Another new Italian café has opened in TO and it’s called Sud Forno Queen, on Queen Street W. It is part of the Terroni restaurants. Very nice staff but very confusing service. I had to try their pistachio gelato and I am sorry to say it was no match to THE best pistachio gelato I had in Corniglia, Italy. Sigh, on to the next gelato place… 🙂
I met the North York Happy Hiker group yesterday for long hike – 13.8k following Toronto’s Don river. We started from Edwards gardens (Toronto Botanical Garden) and followed the trail to Queen Street E. “How green is my valley” would aptly sum up the entire trail. A vast variety of flowers and plants, a mother deer with her baby and lots of crazy speeding cyclists! Luckily our group was small and fun. All in all a great experience.
While looking for things to do this summer, I found a series of workshops called Cooking at the Farmers’ Market offered at the Evergreen Brickworks. The workshop was about cooking with wild blueberries! YUM! Food workshops are the BEST! The chef, Donna Dooher made the whole experience fun. Lots of tips about blueberries, buying and taking care of knives and cooking. With a few asides thrown in about the Italian love of food – she has Italian and Irish heritage. Neat! On the menu that day were these delicious pancakes made in a neat pan with small dimples to hold the batter and them delicious blueberries!
Did I mention the dish was delicious?
Then she made pan seared duck with wild blueberry chutney, served on polenta. Also delicious!
At the Farmers’ Market……
Walking around the site………
At the Brickworks……
Should you not listen well to the questions you ask out of nowhere? Only in looking back do you find those crumbs you dropped that marked your way forward.
– Frances Mayes, A Year in the World
These words brought to mind again how things happened in my previous trip to Italy. I had seen a picture of a beautiful church – I know, I seem to have a thing for them – in my colleague’s Italy travel photographs. The image of this “Duomo”, she said it was called, stuck with me for some reason. My colleagues and I had the “Would be nice to visit this place someday” moment and then life went on. Imagine my surprise then when as part of the hiking trip to Amalfi we find this Duomo! No, I had not done any research about the place because we were to be part of this tour the whole time. So, we get to Amalfi, get dropped off our bus outside the piazza where our hotel was, then we lug our suitcases on cobblestone streets to our hotel all along wondering why the bus would not go all the way. It was mini bus too.. It was because the piazza was out side the said Duomo and was a no traffic zone!!! We stayed two days in Amalfi right across from the Duomo di Amalfi..
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