Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, December 18, 2017

Well hell, where have I been?

Once again ... life has gotten in the way. I'm in the middle of a move and haven't had the space to do any writing. As of Apr 1 my desk will be set up and we'll be in our new apartment (same building, just newly renovated place) and ready to work again. Ok, make that Apr 2, it's going to take a few hours to do the move. One good thing about moving within the same buiding, not a lot of packing. We already have the keys and will start moving stuff down this weekend.  We have an entire week to do the fussy things like sort the kitchen and closets out and shift all the smaller things.


So ... I haven't abandoned you. Just busy deciding what to get rid of and what I actually want to take. Amazing how much stuff isn't making the cut. 

Food ... oh glorious, wonderful food! - trip to the local baklawa place

Ah yes ... I love food. Pretty much all types. That's one of the great things about living in Toronto, we don't lack for choice. My neigbourhood now boasts a fine baklawa place that serves wonderful, delightfully delicate, honey soaked baklawa. So delicate, your eyes will roll into the back of your head and don't get me started on their Turkish Delight. 

The Baklawa Queen, which opened about 2 weeks ago, is less than a 5 min stroll from my doorstep.  Not a lot of seating there, but they do a great take out.  I love a good Turkish coffee, but don't normally order it any longer. It's one of those drinks that people tend to screw up on an epic level - it comes off weak, bitter with a wretched acidic backwash. This place has a fine touch when it comes to a proper Turkish coffee. It's strong, smooth and zero nasty aftertaste. I think I could sit in the window all day sipping it.

Photo of Turkish coffeeBowl of Turkish Delight

But the Turkish Delight OMG ... OMG ... they make it themselves. I'm waiting for them to start selling it for take out, which should be in about 2 weeks. They said they're bringing in a machine and baker to do it on site. Have you ever tried the Turkish delight that comes prepackaged? That sickly sweet, neon coloured, styrofoam textured stuff so common in stores? Throw out that idea because it has no resemblance to the fresh made delight sold here. Like I said O... M .... G! Coconut coated, nuts inside, not sweet but richly textured. If you eat it with a strong coffee the TD takes on a slightly sweeter taste.  

They do more than just desserts, their lunch items (including soup and sandwiches) are filling. I had the manti - little pockets of beef that look like mini dumplings, served with a spicy tomato sauce and yogurt.  Combined with a sweet backlawa for dessert and I'm a happy person. I'm going to work my way through their menu and I'll let you know what becomes my go to favourite.

Try them out - 1404 Yonge St. Toronto. That's just below St. Clair Ave on the west side of Yonge, across from the Fruit and Veg market.  Easiest way to get there - get off the subway at the Pleasant Ave entrance and walk over to Yonge. Go south on Yonge until you hit Rosedale and cross to the west side. It's about 1/2 block north from the crosswalk. If you walk past the hardware store, you've gone too far.




Dear Donna - pt 5 - a pointy matter

Ah yes, what is Isobel the cat up to today? Here's the latest installment of my serial Dear Donna: emails from an increasingly desperate cat sitter.
If you'd like to start from the beginning I've created a new page listing all chapters - Dear Donna Serial



Dear Donna - pt 4 - fishing anyone?

The latest installment of Dear Donna: emails from an increasingly desperate catsitter. Fishing anyone?


I'm back baby! ** roll eyes ****

Well, that was embarrassing.

I'm in the middle of changing servers and couldn't get the files uploaded.  Thank goodness, for quality tech support. I've switched over to Hostpapa, closer to home here in Canada and hey ... the tech support was able to fix my problem in under 15 min. I have a few things to tweak to bring it back the background colour and a few bits and pieces, plus upload the last article I wrote - yea, bit of a moment of stupid, forgot to back it up - but other wise ..... I'm back.


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