2016 part iii

August: Elora Gorge (picture above) stormy hike with my parents taking shelter around outhouses (e.g. singing in the rain) + lovely farm-cation with both sets of parents in Erin Ontario (picture below in case we decide to try out for Amazing Race) as well as Halton County Railway Museum and brewery tour in Guelph

September: Mosel River castle walks

October: Slazburg Lake bike trip

November: Jazz @ UPstairs Lounge

December: Baby Moose @ City of Craft

A follow up to 2016 part i and summer days driftin away

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Looking forward to pickle buffet in Kyoto

Yuzu Daikon (ゆず大根)

Sesame Daikon (ごま大根)

Yam Shiso (長芋しそ)

Komatsuna (小松菜): Japanese mustard spinach

Shibushi (柴漬): a traditional pickle in Kyoto, chopped eggplant and cucumber, leaves of red shiso are added and salted

Mibuna (壬生菜): an annual grass. One of the Kyo vegetables, it is certified as “traditional vegetables in Kyoto”

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i++ When I went to Waterloo, I probably walked through Atrium on Bay a hundred times on my way to the bus station but never really took note of anything; he really likes this space so we make a point of meandering through it during our coffee walks

i++ BBQ with Benise (Benny + Denise) on the patio; so many Neo cakes to try … black sasame is really good too!

i++ Catching up with Mathieu @ Sabai Sabai; potato chip story!

i++ Catching up with Yiyi @ Café Boulud (summerlicious)

i++ Catching up with Marco @ Fat Lamb Kouzina

i++ Finally checked out the Inuit Art Museum; I see bike racks around the TD center everyday when I come to the office but, because it’s an elevated section within the lobby, the view of the bike rack is different

TD South Tower from Inuit Art Gallery

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i++ Adelaide Eats with Jess/Pamela/Christina/Nimmie: I got five spice duck which is like duck confit with pickled mustard greens; Nimmie’s tuna looked good too!

i++ RGA Summer Event: Backyard Axe Throwing League + Cherry Street BBQ

i++ RGA Skating Event: I got too excited and almost wiped out and Jess/Jasper tried to save me

chrysanthemum pattern

I began with the question: When I visit Kyoto, should I purchase a tofu server made using the kiku-dashi (chrysanthemum pattern) technique?

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I ended with the realization: I can apply a sort of kind of similar technique to all the messy wires around our place.

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Still thinking about what I really want to take away from the Japan trip coming up in three weeks with some inspiration from the New Yorker: Initially, Muji included only forty different products, mainly food and household goods. Today, it is an independent two-billion-dollar company, selling more than seven thousand items ranging from furniture to soap. It keeps prices low by paying close attention to processing and packaging (most of Muji’s paper products are unbleached), and by using undesirable and industrial materials, which are cheaper in bulk (it once famously sold “U-Shaped Spaghetti,” made from the discarded ends of pasta).