Saturday, July 25, 2015

What does a Polish croissant look like? Stopped at Piast Bakery and Deli (3280 Cambie St. at 17th) after a long walk to QE Park. One of those authentic, unassuming mom and pop stores you could walk right past without noticing. Donuts and other treats for under $2 (strawberry/rhubarb croissant above). A freezer full of pierogies ranging from "hunters sausage" to sour cherry. Nice $4 bread. Plus a funky assortment of imported Polish groceries. Check it out before they are priced out of the neighbourhood...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

last night's sunset

I was stunned to see this outside my window last night. Here are some much better captures!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Picquot Ware

I've been a bit obsessed with this British deco kettle design for years. Probably after seeing it on the pages of UK Country Living in some staged rustic kitchen. Burrage and Boyd of Northhampton began making cast aluminum vacuum cleaners in 1932. In 1938 they branched out with the sycamore-handled K3 kettle, and in 1951 renamed their new range of coffee and tea products Picquot Ware for marketing reasons. From 1939-45 they switched over to ammunitions. The company stopped production last year for financial reasons (new, the K3 is $275). I scored this one (from the 50s or 60s) on the weekend at a vintage kitchen jumble sale. Woot! With the right care, these can be buffed up to a high shine (due to magnesium they added), but for now I'm enjoying the patina.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Wackness

Birthday celebration in Chilliwack doing the self-guided Circle Farm Tour. Visited The Local Harvest, Anita's Organic Mill, Happy Days Dairy, Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey (quaint interior, you can sample all the honeys, and the owner loves to talk about honey and bees), and Old Yale Brewing. We also got lost at the Great Heron Nature Reserve (which you don't want to do in 34C heat and the wrong shoes). Note to self – always take a map! Nice trail tho, and lots of herons. My only critique of the tour is that there were no cute alpacas or goats. We did mistakenly go off route and encounter two donkeys... Lunch at what seems to be the best eatery in town – Harvest Store and CafĂ©. Bright, airy interior, very good food and baking, nice staff, and outdoor patio in back. Recommended.

Super tasty strawberry cake and dinner afterwards with the gang.

Monday, June 15, 2015