Crave: Wolford Bondage Tights

So I know we’re still getting to know each other, but there’s another thing that I’m obsessed about that you should probably know. I love tights & stockings! I spend way, way too much money on them. And today’s Crave is no exception.

I love, love, love these Wolford Bondage tights (actually, all of their tights are fantastic.) , but alas, they are out of my league. I’ve even visited the Wolford store downtown. But $65 for a pair of something I will probably end up ripping is too rich for my blood.

So I’m pretty much ecstatic now that I’ve found these replicas from England! The Pamela Mann Strap Around Tights are $14.58. I’m going to order a pair!

Say Cheese & Say Cheers: Black Creek Pioneer Village Beer Workshop

Last night, I went to Say Cheese and Say Cheese at Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first time. (Full disclosure, I work closely with BCPV) I haven’t been back to Black Creek since I was in grade 6! So it was a unique experience. The beer workshop is hosted by the lovely Julia Rogers, cheese society member and all around awesome person.

The tour started off with one of Black Creek’s cheerful animators leading us around the village. Each person was assigned a character card, and we learned a lot about what the beer scene was like in the 19th century. The principal beer makers were women!  They made beer for the whole family. Also, women could only own property if they were widowed.

After learning a bit about everyone’s characters, we traipsed into the mill. We took a look at barley and other things needed to make beer. Barley looks like coffee when it’s all ground up! Barley also is what gives beer it’s colour and most of it’s flavour.

After the tour, we headed down into the brewery and pub. Julia had arranged a nice selection of Canadian cheese and beer.

The first pairing was St. Albert’s Cheddar and Black Creek India Pale Ale. This cheese was my favourite! It was medium textured and creamy. It’s available in various stores, and also at Pusateri’s fruit market.  Black Creek IPA is made on site and is available at the LCBO.

The next pairing was Lankaaster cheese from Glengarry Cheese. It was an hard aged cow milk cheese, and reminded me a bit of Parmesan. I liked it. It was paired with Creemore Springs urBock, a strong German lager, from Creemore, Ontario. A great ale for winter.

Next up was C’est Bon Chevre, which I enjoyed. This goat cheese was from Transvaal Farm in Saint Mary, Ontario. It was  light and delicious! One of the things that I loved about this event was hearing stories about the cheese maker. This particular goat came from Riverdale Farm! And now it’s happily living on Transvaal Farm. The cheese was paired with a festive fall Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery, in Etobicoke.

(PS: These sweet potato “root chips” were delicious! And made in-house. )

Mouton Rouge was next, a raw sheep milk cheese from Ewenity Dairy Co-op, in Fergus, Ontario. This cheese wasn’t my favourite. It was supple and a bit gritty. This cheese was paired with Black Oak Nut Brown Ale, made at the Black Oak Brewery in Oakville! This brown ale goes well with meat and bitter chocolate.

Last but not least was Celtic Blue Cheese, a creation from Glengarry Cheese, in Glengarry, Ontario. This firm cow milk cheese was served on a dollop of strawberry jam. The contrast between the sweet jam and nutty cheese was perfect.  This was paired with a whopping 10% beer, Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Baltic Porter, from Les Trois Mousquetaires in Brossard, Quebec.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience! This was the last session for the year, but more workshops will happen in 2012, and each pairing is different!

Daytripping: Bellfountain Conservation Area

Destination: Belfountain Conservation Area, in Belfountain, ON 1 hour away from Toronto

With this mild fall weather that we are having in Ontario, why not take a day trip with a bunch of friends, or that special someone? I headed to Belfountain Conservation Area with my boyfriend to do a little exploring. Belfountain Conservation Area is located in (wouldn’t you know it) Belfountain, and is 1 hour away from Toronto.

I love bridges, so I was really excited to see this one! It’s a pretty small conservation area, but it’s nice to pack a picnic lunch. They have a small cave that you can explore and a man made waterfall. The bridge is a great place to take pictures, and many Torontonians take wedding shots there.

Download: Uniqlo Screensaver

How awesome/beautiful/addictive is this screensaver from Uniqlo?
Uniqlo is a clothing company from Japan. Think, American Apparel but better quality.

The screensaver shows videos of life all around Japan. People doing Yoga, parking, the sun rising, Ferris wheels, elephants…it’s amazing and very fun to look at. It also displays the weather, and you can install different segments if you need more videos in rotation!

Download it here.

 

Hit List: November 14-20

My top 3 event picks in Toronto this week!

TO Underground Market: Sat. Nov. 19 at the Evergreen Brickworks: The Underground Market is an excellent way to spend a Saturday! I went and was so full after I pretty much had to be rolled home. Everything is unique and independently run, so you can’t find this dishes on the street. $10 to get in at the door.

Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale: Nov 19-22/25-28 & Dec 2-5 in Markham: This will be my first year attending this sale, but I have a friend that swears by it. They have nail polish for $1, eyeshadows, and even designer sunglasses! She says that the first day is the best, so line up bright and early.

What a Girl Wants Fundraiser:  Thurs. Nov 17 at 99 Sudbury: An evening out for a good cause! This event is held by the Canadian Liver Foundation and features a fashion show, live auction and swag bag.

 

Lunch at Dr.Laffa’s

Earlier this week, I went for an impromptu lunch at Dr.Laffa’s with a friend from work.
One of the things that I love about my workplace is that you can find pretty much anything you need around it.
Fresh pasta, circus school, Italian bread, fencing classes, and now, authentic Middle Eastern food.
My interest was piqued by this article in blogTO.
The thing that got me? The laffa. If you’re going to stick with this blog for awhile, you will need to know this:
I am a sucker for bread. I love it, in almost every shape and form. So when I read about this traditional, fresh bread I knew I had to try it.

The image that blogTO included made it look like the restaurant was in a loading dock. It wasn’t.
We went to 40 Magnetic Drive only to discover that that was their warehouse, and that the actual restaurant was across the street. Oops.

When we arrived, the restaurant was bigger than expected, bustling and smelled delicious.
Our waitress was cheerful and very helpful. The menu had lots of different options, and I  selected a chicken Sharma.
My friend had Sabich. We both paid extra to get the wrap in laffa instead of a pita. They had a nice selection of tropical juices, and I had a mango juice. ($1.50)


Our waitress brought a steaming fresh laffa to our table. The laffa was huge and completely met my expectations.
It was soft and chewy, and reminded us a little bit of naan, but not as thick. My friend ordered a soup that came in a
tomato based broth with big potato dumplings that were filled with beef.

Pickles were liberally sprinkled in the bowl. The soup was served with a selection of sides to put into your soup. (pickled onions, corn and more pickles.)She had ordered the soup as an appetizer, but it was a pretty large bowl so she was full by the time our mains came around.

While waiting for our mains, I noticed that they were serving fresh mint tea (doesn’t get any fresher than the actual mint leaves!) and delicious looking hand cut fries!

Our wraps finally arrived, and they were huge, as long as my forearm. (I forgot to take a picture of this, so it’s only half!)

My chicken Sharma was filled with hummus, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley and of course, tender marinated chicken. It was good! My friend enjoyed her Sabich that was stuffed with fried eggplant, boiled eggs, potato and hummus. We could only eat half of our food, but we were still trying to decide what we would order when we came back next time!

NOTE: I forgot my normal camera, and had to use my phone which is why the photos aren’t the best!

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