Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#Reverb14: 1000 Words

There’s the old saying that a photo is worth 1,000 words.  Give us a photo with that impact that sums up some significant event of your 2014.


[ music | none, sean's still asleep ]

Monday, December 15, 2014

#Reverb14: Soul Food

What food did you discover this year? Or maybe you discovered a new way to prepare your favorite food. Or a new cookbook. Or a new restaurant. Tell us about your culinary adventures.

oof, get ready for a bunch of photos with this one.

one of the fun things about a new relationship is that (hopefully) the other person introduces you to all kinds of delicious things you haven't tried before, or else haven't eaten in years. as i mentioned before in the small pleasures post, the import boy took me for my first korean food experience (he loves it, kimchi especially), and now stone bowl bibimbap is the only thing i crave when it's cold and grey outside. also, crumpets (which i've had before, but not expertly prepared by an actual british person) -- pretty much the best when they're perfectly toasted and soaked in butter. sure, i have to hit the gym pretty much immediately, but it's worth it.

other british things i'd never experienced before this year: percy pigs, pimm's cup, hobnobs and jammie dodgers ("biscuits").





oh, and rarebit, though i suppose that's usually welsh:



another fun thing about a new relationship is that you have a partner for eating out at restaurants (i know there's nothing weird about going out to eat by yourself, but i don't like it), which makes breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner dates a staple -- and we both love all of those things. for our part, our staple going-out food is usually diner breakfasts (flo's and avenue diner are our regular hangs, and sometimes pour house):


this is sean's photo (that's me & my brunch sitting across from him) - i'm stealing it, shhhhh

or sushi:





plus gelato. so much gelato consumed in 2014. again, always worth the extra gym time.



also, in honour of the boy's homeland, we did high tea at annona in the park hyatt back in august, which was a delightfully twee experience:





for my part, i introduced him to a ton of favourite toronto restos, from the stockyards (ribs!) to sneaky dee's (nachos!) to c'est what (beers!) to swiss chalet (festive special!) to the wonder that is the better life plate at mystic muffin:



what can i say, we're not rich but we do eat well. it helps to have lived in the city for so many years (12 for me now) that you know where a lot of the best cheap eats are located. also, again, it helps to have a partner who's about as much of a foodie as you are, and willing to try whatever you're in the mood for. the way to the heart is through the stomach, indeed.

[ music | yeah yeah yeah, "phenomena" ]

Sunday, December 14, 2014

#Reverb14: One Little Word

What one word could describe your 2014?

Surprising.

Note that "surprising" doesn't hold positive or negative connotations exclusively; it can be used for both. And yeah, my whole 2014 was full of both good and bad surprises. A lot of stuff happened that I didn't see coming. But if anything, having a year full of surprises teaches you to sit back and go with it. You're just here for the ride, after all, and how you deal with the unexpected can really say a lot about a person. So, having a surprising year ultimately means that you learn to roll with the punches, to celebrate the sudden moments of happiness, and that you can survive anything.

[ music | moderat, "last time" ]

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#Reverb14: On Writing

Chances are, if you’re participating in #reverb it’s because you like writing. Or at least want to like writing. Writing is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. What do you do every day to hone your craft? Or, what would you like to do each day to contribute to your writing?

the concept of writing being a muscle - and me feeling like i was losing it bit by bit - is totally why i started blogging again. i took a pretty long break there, but as always, i keep coming back because i miss being part of conversations. i miss having something to add. sure, i could write stuff for myself (and i have, in the past; i've got tons of private & paper diaries stashed away), but i do prefer writing for a wider audience, and i think being able to write for the internet is a skill in itself. so, aside from scribbling bits of things that may or may not eventually become blog posts, i like to read a lot of stuff online -- articles, thinkpieces, reviews, whatever. it gives me a good sense of how other people write for the online audience, and how i can keep bettering the way i tell a story.

oh, i also read a lot in general. every goddamn day. i still try to read books, physically or electronically, because i feel like it helps me absorb different writing styles that i can alter or apply to my own. i've always been a voracious reader, and i can solidly kill a new book within a day. kind of harsh on the bank account sometimes, but i'd give up a lot of things before i'd give up books. (recent reads: symbiont, by mira grant; the intimate adventures of a london call girl, by belle de jour; rules of civility, by amor towles; and i've asked for stephen king's revival and amy poehler's yes please for christmas. great writers, all.)

[ music | phoenix, "entertainment" ]