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2016/04 Moments April 2016

Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario

Pape Avenue Public School
Pape Avenue Public School: Behind a preteen boy on a bicycle, a cameraman on a film dolly truck, and then maybe 20 grips and make-up artists in support. Across the street, a traffic cop was stopping commuters for 2 minutes to reduce noise during the shoot. On my neighbourhood afternoon bike rides, finding a film crew at work is not uncommon. (Pape Avenue Public School, Riverdale, Toronto, Ontario) 20160401
Perfect Chinese Restaurant
Perfect Chinese Restaurant: Family table of 12, two set orders with lobster, duck, fish, chicken, plus sides of beef, squid, grouper. Mostly finished, with good size leftover containers to take home. Restaurant surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night, leisurely conversation. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160402
Dragon City Mall
Dragon City Mall: Snow returns to Toronto on April. Wet cross town to Spadina Chinatown for a casual clan dinner. Still full from yesterday’s dinner, fridge full of leftovers. (Dragon City Mall, Chinatown, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20160403
Metro Centre
Metro Centre: Winter garden inside, another snowy day in Toronto outside. Municipality buildings connect into the PATH underground walkways, also with direct access into subway University line. April so far is disappointing to most people, who haven’t recalled the record February temperatures at 15 degrees C. (Metro Centre, Toronto, Ontario) 20160406
Mak Deli
Mak Deli: Bosnian meat burek, plus combo of cevapi grilled minced meat and sudjukice smoked veal sausage on lepinje flat bread, made to order. Casual cafe at back of eastern European market, given table service with knife, fork, napkin and water glasses. Food makes sense geographically, as Bosnia Herzegovina is south of Austria and Hungary (grilled meat) and north of Greece (bread deeper than pita). Service in a Canadian style. (Mak European Deli, Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160408
Kensington Market
Kensington Market: Sunny day, but below freezing. Drive cross-town to computer store to pick up 2TB hard drive, replacing one that has failed after 4 years. Spent more time in slow-moving traffic, should get more exercise benefits from bicycling as the weather warms up. (Kensington Market, Augusta Street south of College Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20160409
@Nuvango Gallery DwD @Nuvango Gallery DwD
@Nuvango Gallery DwD
@Nuvango Gallery DwD: Sustainable Design for Flourishing Fashion led by @KellyOkamura at Design with Dialogue event a little farther west on Queen Street. Second floor gallery hardwood floors and high ceilings on renovated building reminders of Toronto 100 years ago, when manufacturing industries reigned. (Nuvango Gallery, Queen Street West, Toronto) 20160413
Silverstein's Bakery
Silverstein’s Bakery: Unlabelled orange door leads customers into working bakery. Lots of racks of breads cooling, no counter, staff ring up purchases on old mechanical cash register. Production at this location since 1953, I lived 2 blocks away in the 1970s and never thought retail for this mostly wholesale operation. (Silverstein’s Bakery, McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20160414
Brightlane #DrupalCampTO
Brightlane #DrupalCampTO: Panel @DrupalCampTO with @suzanne_kennedy, Colan Schwartz, @BeCircle + @walkah, @LuckhardtLabs moderating. “Drupal’s Past, Present & Future” looked back at first Drupal Camp in 2006, but histories back to 2002. (Brightlane, King Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20160415
Bayview Avenue at Mill Street
Bayview Avenue at Mill Street: Mark di Suvero (1967) “No Shoes” sculpture of red steel I-beams, cables and logs, at south end of Corktown Commons park, where Bayview Avenue curves into Mill Street, was formerly sited cross-town in High Park. Canary District is still in development, with field northwest marked a private property, not parkland. Last fall, these roads were blocked off. On a sunny spring day, optimists wearing shorts and sandals. (Bayview Avenue at Mill Street, Corktown, Toronto, Ontario) 20160416
Greenwood Park
Greenwood Park: View westward into downtown Toronto, spring weather has arrived. Before 1920, the pit now Greenwood Park was once a deep brickyard dating back into the 1900s. Community gardens are still untended from the winter. Children enjoying the 15 degrees C temperature, after freezing temperatures just a week ago. (Greenwood Park, Greenwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20160418
New Hopper Hut
New Hopper Hut: Puzzling through Sri Lankan menu after planned Malaysian restaurant found closed. Ordered chicken lampries, served paper bag which enclosed banana leaf, then boiled egg, rice, anchovies inside. Also had string hoppers (rice noodles) with mutton curry and sambal. First time for this cuisine, need a dictionary. (New Hopper Hut, Ellesmere Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160422
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto Reference Library: Came to browse book available only in physical form, then reminded that a lot of people use the reference library for computer access, and/or a meeting place. The convenience of the Internet from home and then a local branch gives a luxury of rarely having to travel far for knowledge. (Toronto Public Library, Asquith Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20160423
Rol San
Rol San: Sunday dim sum with family and friends in Spadina Chinatown. Someone at the table should have a 10 hour jet lag recovery, and it’s not me. (Rol San, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20160424
Scarborough L'Amoureaux
Scarborough L’Amoureaux: Suburban visit for help with repairs. Raleigh shopping bike needed headset bearings. On AHI’s old Norco bike, swapped front suspension for fixed forks, threadless for threaded headset with different stem, and then vertical brakes since no cantilever mount. DT has many used parts in his garage accumulated from curbside discards, and enjoys fixing bikes. (L’Amoureaux neighbourhood, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160426
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Gate403 Roam Project trio accordion
Gate403 Roam Project trio: Some new compositions by @RoamToronto in acoustic trio @Gate403 early evening show. Occasion for spousal date night in Roncesvalles Village. First set audience had infant in baby carrier, restaurant filled up by second set. Roam is Lisa Patterson (accordion, sax, piano), Alex McMaster (cello), Justin Abedin (guitar). (Gate 403, Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20160429
Sky Dragon
Sky Dragon: Karaoke at Lowkong clan Spring Festival banquet, society elders showing how it’s done. Invited friends to join us for the special occasion, as our family now has two sons living and working in remote locations. (Sky Dragon Restaurant, Spadina Chinatown, Toronto) 20160430
Sky Dragon
Sky Dragon: Three generations, between the eighth and ninth course at the Lowkong clan Spring Festival banquet. Photos happen when I lend my camera to a friend. (Sky Dragon, Spadina Chinatown, Toronto, Ontario) 20160430

Sky Dragon
Sky Dragon: Special guests spark the conversation at the Lowkong clan Spring Festival banquet. (Sky Dragon, Spadina Chinatown, Toronto) 20160430

2016/01 Moments January 2016

Scarborough, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Thornhill, Ontario; Frankfurt, Germany; Helsinki, Finland
Scarborough, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Thornhill, Ontario; Frankfurt, Germany; Helsinki, Finland

New Year's dinner
New Year’s dinner: Family starting off year together, before dispersing on diverse paths ahead. Lobster, Peking duck, plus lots of variety with 9 at table. Christmas was quiet, now enjoying the time together. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160101
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market: Shopping for good bread and liverwurst on a late Friday afternoon with outdoor temperature above freezing. Bakeries mostly depleted, packaged for end of day. Eastern European meat store on lower floor. Bike route is flatter going west-east than climbing up the hill northbound to Danforth Greektown. (St. Lawrence Market, Toronto) 20160108
Cayne's
Cayne’s: Selected dark roasted decaf pod for free sample coffee from machine in store. Declined on extra flavourings. Afternoon of driving around Thornhill and Markham for small errands. Not the best date for a long-married couple, but still gives us time together to talk. (Cayne’s Super Housewares, Thornhill, Ontario) 20160114
New Bilan
New Bilan: Somalian lunch with friendly chef. Short menu of 5 meat and fish choices, ordered one of each, enjoyed as a group: goat meat, chicken steak, chicken stew, king fish, beef stew. Chicken soup with spices had us guessing flavours. Five platters came with rice, we ordered chipatti bread extra, arriving hot to the the table. Casual restaurant not frequented by tourists slightly east of downtown, unconventional choice for Sunday lunch (New Bilan Restaurant, Dundas Street East, Toronto) 20160117
Francesca Bakery
Francesca Bakery: Italian hot table on Friday 4:30 p.m. rather depleted, with pasta gone. Decided against calamari, chose veal sandwich and arancini (where the rice balls were hard to discern under zesty tomato sauce). Had ridden with friend out of downtown early to preempt traffic, this venue is close to McCowan transit station for my return back downtown. (Francesca Bakery, McCowan Road, Scarborough, Ontario) 20160122
Absolute Bakery
Absolute Bakery: Wider selection of breads in front window of neighbourhood bakery, pies and pastries in the cases behind. Chose rye bread for a change, will return for multigrain on another trip. Weather 6 degrees C and cloudy, no snow on the ground meant opportunity for bicycling on a mild Toronto day. Continuing pattern of sampling non-artisanal bakers around town. (Absolute Bakery, Parliament Street, Cabbagetown, Toronto, Ontario) 20160126
First Nations School
First Nations School: Canoe on dry land, in front of mosaic spelling Gzaagigoo Nookmis Rose on easel planter. Translation guess: We love you (Gzaagigoo) Grandmother (Nookmis) Rose. First Nations School has junior and senior primary students in building co-sited with Dundas Public School. Multiculturalism mixes aboriginals with new immigrants on the playground. (First Nations School, Dundas Street East, Toronto) 20160127
Nino D'Aversa
Nino D’Aversa: Racks of bread less busy than larger hot table buffet and espresso bar care areas. This brand is delivered to our local grocery store downtown, but the selection isn’t always there. Took home a loaf of ciabatta unsliced to judge freshness. Was in the neighbourhood, so a modest tour of cuisine nearby. (Nino D’Aversa Bakery, Glen Cameron Drive, Thornhill, Ontario) 20160128
Pearson Terminal 1
Pearson Terminal 1: : Express speedwalk seems slower and longer today, en route to Helsinki foot 3 weeks. Seats on flight to Frankfurt not full today. Weather at destination if expected to be about the same as at home. (Toronto Pearson Airport, Terminal 1) 20160130
Frankfurt Airport Terminal A
Frankfurt Airport Terminal A: Mobile installation in atrium of popular hub for flights across Europe. Now morning daylight, arrival was dark on overnight trans-Atlantic leg. On time schedule and loose connection have enough time for shower and leisurely breakfast in Senator Lounge. Stiffness and dull headache chills be treated, but first have to sit on another plane for a free hours. (Frankfurt Airport, Terminal A, Germany) 20160131

Hellsten Parliament
Hellsten Parliament: Arrived at Helsinki apartment for 3-week stay. Smaller room, just the basics for me. Teaching 2 days per week, a few other meetings, but lots of opportunities to visit with friends. (Museokatu, Helsinki, Finland) 20160131

2015/05 Moments May 2015

Moments in May 2015, in Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario; Markham, Ontario.
Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario; Markham, Ontario.

Beach Skateboard Park
Beach Skateboard Park. Spring has really arrived in Toronto, but people not yet wearing shorts. Transition from winter wear to light top clothes seems practically overnight. (Ashbridges Bay, Toronto) 20150502
Bike helmet selection
Bike helmet selection. When safety equipment all looks about the same, is made with similar materials, and ranges in price from $22 to over $200, the conscientious shopper takes quite a while to decide. The last bike helmet may be a decade old, so the perhaps thriftiness isn’t the most important attribute. (Mountain Equipment Coop, King Street West, Toronto) 20150507
Yonge and Grenville Streets
Yonge and Grenville Streets. Two storey storefronts demolished, foundations for @YCcondos 66 floor glass tower in progress. Intensification of downtown core, a few blocks north of Ryerson University and Yonge-Dundas Square. I don’t remember this construction project starting, the warm weather means bicycling more frequently. (462 Yonge Street, Toronto) 20150509
Silver City Fairview
Silver City Fairview. No lineup at suburban Tuesday matinee of Avengers movie in its second week. Stadium seating in non-3D room, a better way to enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster. (Cineplex Silver City Cinema, Fairview Mall, North York, Ontario) 20150512
Table of ten
Table of ten. Chinese dinner on a weekday night with aunt, cousin, sister, father. Only one son attending, so our branch not dominating the table. Lobster, Peking duck, lots of Cantonese dishes, all consumed. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario) 20150513

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2008/09/05 Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Monk’s Cross, Shiptonthorpe (North Yorkshire)

Despite the rainy day, Jennifer took us on a driving tour of Scarborough, Whitby and Pickering, in North Yorkshire.
Despite the rain on that Friday afternoon, Jennifer followed through with plans to take the visiting scholars north in Yorkshire to some historic towns. Driving from Hull on the inland highway past Driffield, our first stop was Scarborough Beach, on the south bay.  The town centre is a little farther north.

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Zooming in, the arcade attractions to this resort town are visible on the peninsula.

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Just west of the beach, on the Esplanade, is one of the many resorts:  The Ambassador Hotel.  If the weather had been better, we might have ridden from the beach up to the top riding the cliff lifts (i.e. funiculars).

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The wind was blowing strongly, so the merits and demerits of holding umbrellas was unclear for Jim, Thomas and myself. Continue reading2008/09/05 Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Monk’s Cross, Shiptonthorpe (North Yorkshire)

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