growing herbs

I don’t know how it happened, but in the spring I became obsessed with the idea of growing herbs, and making herb butter. (Largely due to a book called, “The Cook’s Herb Garden.”)

So I waited until this herb growing kit went on sale, and bought two of them. The Mediterranean one comes with Sage, Rosemary and Garlic Chives. The Italian one comes with Parsley, Basil and Oregano. The two brown discs are actually made of a waste product- coconut husks. It tells me to add two and a half cups of water, which seems like a lot. The little round of coconut waste miraculously grows into soil! I put too much water the first time, so I lowered the amount the second time. I planted my seeds, and wait for them to grow.
Within two days, they have sprouted! I should have labeled them though…because I have no idea what’s growing!! The garlic chives are the easiest to tell apart. The last two pictures were taken yesterday (they’ve been growing for a week now) I’m also sorry that most of these pictures are terrible. I can’t really take pictures of plants, I guess.

Winterlicious Review: Bistro 990 $20 lunch

So I decided to try Bistro 990 as my first Winterlicious lunch of the season. It’s claim to fame is that it’s the TIFF go to, so I grabbed a friend and checked it out. From outside, it isn’t much to look at, but inside is beautiful. We were ushered to a cozy corner table.

I started with the Leek & Potato Soup, Shaved Truffle Infused Pecorino Cheese, while my friend had the Bistro House Mixed Salad, Balsamic Vinaigrette. We were served two pieces of french bread, which was (oddly, but not unbecomingly) salted. Perhaps this was a taste of what was to come?

I was pleasantly pleased with my soup. I am not much of a soup drinker, but it was delicious, with the exact amount of thickness and flavour. The Pecorino cheese was a tasty addition. My companion enjoyed her salad.
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The main course arrived. I had chosen the Black Angus Beef Burger, Aged White Cheddar, Garlic Toast and Frites. My friend had the Sole Filet à la Meunière. I thought that her sole portion looked a little small, but maybe that was just me. I was a bit surprised to see my burger served without a bun, but wasn’t really bothered. The burger was excellent quality and very flavorful. I found the garlic bread a little tasteless and hard. I also noticed that it was the same salted house french bread…an odd combination for garlic bread. Not only that, but they were a little burnt. The frites were nice and crisp. I didn’t feel that they were housemade, though.

My friend took one bite of her sole and commented that it was wayy too salty. I tried a piece and it was. It was too salty with an overpowering lemon flavour. She also didn’t seem too impressed by the bed of linguine the sole was served on. Our waitress noticed that she hadn’t eaten much, and asked if everything was okay. My friend told her that it was a bit too salty for her, and she was asked if she would like anything else but she declined. We were a bit disappointed with our main course, after being started off with such excellent appetizers.
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For dessert, we had the Crème Brulée and Apple Crumble, Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Ice Cream. Both were presented quite nicely. The creme brulee was in a tea cup, and my (tiny) scoop of vanilla ice cream was in a cute spoon rest. I found my apple crumble a bit on the cool side, the the apples being just a tad too crisp for my liking in a crumble. Both desserts with served with a tiny assortment of fruits. My companions Creme Brulee made a satisfying crack as she tapped it with her spoon, and declared it delicious.

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Overall, I was underwhelmed by Bistro 990. The service was good, the food was generally good quality, but could have been way way better. Portion sizes were mostly adequate, and I was left feeling full and satisfied, if not eleated.

Bistro 990
990 Bay Street
M5S 2A5
416 -921-9990

http://www.bistro990.ca

top 9 of 2009

Top 9 Accomplishments

  • Not failing thesis!
  • Doing the J’explore program
  • Getting to Quebec!
  • Graduating from university
  • Doing the Harbourfront Proposal
  • Learning how to drive
  • Ultimatums
  • Discovering how to make people take things back/get discounts AKA being cheap.
  • Not losing my phone!!Top 9 Places
    1. Old Quebec, Quebec
    2. Greater Napanee, Ontario
    3. Montreal, Quebec
    4. New York City, New York
    5. Trois Riveries, Quebec
    6. Yorkville, Toronto
    7. North Bay, Ontario
    8. Eglinton + St.Clair
    9.OCADTop 9 Books
  • Come Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant
  • Midnight: A Gangsta Love Story, Sister Souljah
  • The Waterproof Bible, Andrew Kaufman
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World: Bryan Lee O Malley
  • Ransom My Heart, Meg Cabot
  • Little Pea, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
  • Men of the Otherworld, Kelley Armstrong
  • DAR: A Top Secret Diary, ErikaMoen

Top 9 Movies

  • Soul Kitchen
  • New York, I Love You
  • Coraline
  • I, Don Giovanni
  • Ponyo
  • The Invention of Lying
  • 500 Days ofSummerWow, I don’t have 10 movies. I still haven’t seen Coco Avant Chanel, or The Princess and the Frog, or thatbollywood movie about horoscopes. =( I’m sure those would have made my list.Top 9 Obessessions
  • Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
  • French Pastry Shops/Bakeries
  • NANA manga
  • Tea
  • Wanting to Travel
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Pasha Malla
  • MoRoCo Chocolat
  • gothiclolita stuffTop 9 Purchases
  • boots from aldo
  • 1.5TB externalharddriveThat’s it! I really didn’t buy a lot of big things this year.Top 9 Things
  • Quatchi from Vancouver 2010
  • Montreal Bagels
  • Frankie Magazine
  • rocking horse shoes
  • Glee!
  • FML Application
  • Farmville
  • tumblrTop 9 Websites/Webcomics
  • Notcouture
  • Swiss Miss Blog
  • We Heart It
  • tumblr!
  • blogTO
  • Nedroid Picture Diary
  • Persona Sauna
  • Smart Canucks

twitter

I’m always a little surprised when someone starts following me on twitter. I hardly use it, and I have like, 5 friends.
But I’m realizing that maybe updating my twitter status, or watching the status of businesses or communities could be interesting.

If anyone is interested, here’s my twitter.
catch me if you can…

5 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to February

February is freezing cold, and full of slush.
However, there are enough good things coming to make me feel warm inside!

1. vstheuniverse

Scott Pilgrim!!! So excited, I just love Ramona, and she’s on the cover!!

2. coralineposter

CORALINE. Neil Gaiman’s book beautifully animated!!

3. new-york-i-love-you-01

I fell in love with Paris, I Love You, a film with a series of vignettes from various romances around the city. Now there is New York I love you! Which is super exciting and bound to be beautiful.

4. candy-heart

Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s Day!!!

5. winterlicious-logo

Winterlicious!!!The City of Toronto’s Annual culinary event, with prixe fix menus at gourmet restaurants all over the city. I’m going to check out Cafe Morac on Front Street next week and let you know how it goes.

Happy February!

iphone stuff

Not that you care, but I like to fancy myself a techie kind of girl.
I’ve been trying to SSH my iphone to the computer for ages,
and it kept timing out. Last night, I was finally able to SSH themes to my phone, and I’m really happy!
I intend to make a NANA anime theme eventually.

Anyways, my phone looks like this now.
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I’m using a theme called Damino, and I am currently in love with it.

I’m trying to get a lockscreen that looks like this because it’s -beautiful- and I love it. I think I’ve found the way to do it at mytriniphone but it’s not working on my phone!

I will get it to work. The reason I like my iphone is not because it’s such a great phone,
but because it can keep me entertained with all of the modifications I can add to it.

Jailbreake, of course.

Little Bee Book Review

When the weather is this cold, I don’t feel much like doing much more than curling up with a good book.
Random House had sent me this book in the first week of January, but I didn’t get around to it until yesterday. And when I did, I couldn’t put it down.
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Little Bee is written by Chris Cleave. It tells the story of a young girl that has gone through incredible trials and is still a witty and strong character. Little Bee can be heartbreaking and horrific at times, but is still beautiful. This book brings international (Africa and the UK) issues right into your living room, and into other characters personal lives as well. I was captured from the opening paragraph, and I’m sure you will be too.

Little Bee will be released on February 10th. Go and grab your copy!

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