Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Marché cosy time

Every year I look forward to the Le Marché St George winter pop-up shop which used to be held in the charming apartment above their café. It's now just part of their new shop in an industrial building, which of course they have transformed into a magical place. I gifted myself with a pillow made with wool fabric from Oaxaca. The earthy, wabi-sabi bubble world they create—filled with wrinkled linens, rustic pottery, chunky wools, dried foliage, and scented soaps and candles—is a salve against the plasticy consumer world, and aesthetically-wanting urban views...

Hand pies

The thing about tiny pies is, most of it is crust. Like 95%, since the fruit shrinks down in cooking. And folding that tiny circle of pastry over chunks of apple can raise irritability levels.

I used this recipe for the crust, and huge surprise, it looks nothing like the picture. Altho I have to admit, hers look pretty "rustic" too. The filling is 4 granny smiths with 1/4C brown sugar sautéd briefly in butter, with 1tsp of spices. Tiny pies!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sea to Summit trail (second time)

The last .5km did me in again! But another great climb. Sea to Summit

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Finally tried this hipster joint. Good curry wurst, fries, and beer. Bestie! Thanks, Mark!

Speaking of Chinatown's transformation, here's a recent documentary film about it that you may enjoy. It's a little disturbing to see Bob "Condo King" Rennie portrayed as some kind of a saviour though. A post on my visit to his gallery in the renovated Wing Sang building here.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

St Mark's Summit

We've been working up to this one... Really nice hike with beautiful payoff. Some of the reviews had me worried, but we did this in only 4 hours, including 20 minute lunch break. At a moderate fitness level (me), this was not gruelling at all (keep in mind that by gruelling I mean feeling uncomfortable during, or completely shattered at the end. This is still strenuous—full disclosure, I had a long nap afterwards, whereas my super-fit freind caught a matinée). There are enough flat groomed areas to make it pleasant at the beginning and end. A couple of pretty meadow areas with ponds, and about 3 peek-a-boo views of the sound and the Lions. There are just enough steep technical areas (mostly gnarled roots, not too much rock) to make it a challenging workout. We had one pratfall (not me this time).

Only 3 tips. Follow the Howe Sound Crest Trail "East" (I don't think there were any "St Mark's" signposts), prepare to get muddy feet, and get there VERY early, or on a weekday. This was the busiest trail, with lots of people to navigate around on the way back down. Plus, just a few too many at the top. We wore bug spray, but saw no mosquitoes. Peak was a bit chilly. Long-sleeved layer recommended.