Beautiful food at Ursa in Toronto

We finally checked out Ursa after many months of thinking about it, but failing to make it happen. It’s close to our old house, but it took a spur of the moment decision after last Friday’s Bit Bazaar party at Bento Miso to actually eat at Ursa. We were drawn in by promises of their homemade silken tofu, and at least one vegan entree on the menu. No reservations, meant we had to sit at the bar, which, to me actually seemed like a great thing. A beautiful wood table, well lit, a full view of the space and what was happening in the kitchen, with the added bonus of having the friendly bartender nearby to take our order. We started with drinks. An Anchor Steam for JC, and a Ursa Cocktail for me. I ordered the Ursa Cocktail solely because it said it was inspired by “The Toronto” the mythological cocktail that I haven’t seen on menu anywhere. And I was delighted. I love when it’s obvious people take creating food and drink seriously. The bartender at Ursa (it was Robin Goodfellow the night we were there) really takes it seriously. A drink becomes art, and flavours become meaningful and worth mentioning. As a creep sitting at the bar, I watched him make several drinks, and every time, the attention to detail, the ritual of creating was there. It set the stage for the rest of the evening, because as I’ve found with most places I’ve eaten – if you take…

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Toronto Tuesday – Queen West, HotDocs, … Niagara Falls?

This weekend was one of those action packed weekends that only seems possible in a big city. There was Jane’s Walk, the Toronto Marathon, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and so many other things. We did none of those, but still managed to fill up our weekend with THINGS. So many glorious things. I spent the morning finding things to send to my RedditGifts partner for Awesomesocks this month. Which resulted in going to every store in Queen West that looked like it’d have fun socks. You’d never think fun non grown up socks would be hard to find… but they are. I ended up at Clic Klak (435 Queen Street W) and found exactly what I was looking for. Hopefully my exchange partner likes them too! One place on Queen Street that I can’t pass without either going in, or staring longingly inside the window is The Paper Place. It’s kind of funny considering how much of my life is strictly digital, but there is something so friendly and fun about a handwritten letter or note that my usual quick emails just don’t satisfy. I wanted to send out thank you cards to everyone that had donated to my WWF CN Tower Climb (since I promised to send everyone a picture) and I found absolutely lovely ones from the Paper Source via waste not paper in Chicago.

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