• WEG here I come!
  • August 20, 2014 - No comments - In: Uncategorized

    Setting the week from hell aside, it’s finally the eve of my departure to France, for two-and-a-half-weeks of World Equestrian Games so, hereafter, until Sunday, September 7, everything will be filed under HORSE WORLD, for obvious reasons. Although I do recall some years ago, going through airport security in Amsterdam, being asked what ‘equestrian’ meant! […]

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  • Incommunicado!
  • August 11, 2014 - No comments - In: Uncategorized

    No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth or been transmuted into some other-worldly being. The past couple of weeks of disconnectedness were occasioned by our move to a new apartment and unanticipated issues with the building’s technology provider, who finally came through with flying colours. Thank you Nicholas (Rogers Communications) – you’ll know who you […]

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  • Tomatoes: You learn something every day
  • Vine tomatoes from a St. Lawrence market vendor – which are great for slow roasting.July 13, 2014 - No comments - In: Baking Did you know? Food

    Did you know that you shouldn’t keep tomatoes refrigerated? Have you eaten bland tomatoes that you thought should have been tasty? Chances are you kept them in the fridge. According to Harold McGee’s book, On Food and Cooking, “refrigerating tomatoes damages the membranes inside the fruit walls, causing the tomatoes to lose flavor”. Other food items that are […]

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  • Pan-Am countdown begins
  • PL_14-07-11_0797941July 13, 2014 - No comments - In: Toronto Uncategorized

    Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto was hopping over the weekend, when Cisco’s Pan-American Games countdown clock was unveiled on Friday. Interestingly, there was a glaring omission during Pan-Am CEO Saäd Rafi’s welcoming speech when he made no mention of the city’s infamous mayor, Rob Ford – even though he was omnipresent in the VIP line-up. A […]

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  • Distillery District – Wine, women, and song…
  • Corner of Trinity Street and Gristmill Lane – with our new apartment building in the background.July 3, 2014 - No comments - In: Toronto

    If I could have chosen one area over Old Town to live, it would be the Distillery District. Thanks to our Toronto landlord who decided to sell our apartment less than three months after we’d moved in… the dream becomes reality on August 1.   Less than 10 minutes walk from our St. Lawrence apartment, the […]

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  • Olive Oil – You get what you pay for
  • OliveoilJuly 2, 2014 - No comments - In: Did you know? Food

    Did you know that many olive oils are widely adulterated, especially those touted as ‘extra virgin’. Authentication tests carried out by UC Davis in 2011 concluded that “70 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold worldwide is watered down with other oils and enhancers”. In fact, in 2008, a Spanish company was busted for […]

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  • Peter Llewellyn… Action Man
  • July 2, 2014 - No comments - In: Peter

    The Toronto triathlon takes place during the third weekend in August and, guess what? Peter will be competing, but not on his own. The swimming and biking wouldn’t be a problem, but he’s admittedly no runner. As it happens, the Pan-Am workforce are entering several departmental teams, so he’ll be doing the swimming leg (750 […]

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  • Peter Llewellyn action photography
  • July 1, 2014 - No comments - In: Peter

    Returning to his much-loved roots in action photography, Peter is now working freelance once again, recently added to the roster for USA Today, covering the various major league sports in Toronto. He’s already reopening his portfolio at Rogers Arena for today’s Canada Day afternoon baseball when the Blue Jays play the Milwaukee Brewers. I’ll post a selected photo […]

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  • Worldpride 2014
  • July 1, 2014 - No comments - In: Toronto

    To the best of my knowledge, Peter and I have never lived in a city that celebrates diversity in quite the same way as Toronto embraces Pride Week (in reality, 10 days, which kicked off in 2014 with a mass gay wedding of 110 couples). Yes, London has its annual parade, but we were there for […]

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