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Me: You never plan anything
Him: What?! I took you to a film festival on Friday
Me: Seven short films do not make a film festival

  • Nevertheless we had a great time at the Gardiner museum
  • Three Penny Opera with Ann in STL
  • Delish soju with Denise/Stephen at Han Ba Tang
  • Met Amelia for the first time; yay happy baby

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  • New Idea Fest at Alumnae Theatre: He says he likes the second play the best because it was the most realistic; I say I like the second play the best because it was the most absurd; the play is about the meeting of two women at a laundromat; the old woman thinks life is a play; the young woman thinks life is a reality TV series.
  • Preceded by Mylk Uncookies for milk (almond milk latte) and cookies (not usually a cookie person but this cookie has more salty choco than cookie).
  • The barista at Crema has been giving me double stamps for some reason, so I’m getting a free cappuccino every other week.
  • Lunchbox Exchange: When I cook, he gets to bring the leftover for lunch; when he cooks, I get to bring the leftover for lunch.
  • Dinner at the Rosedale Diner; loved the apple cake and the duck confit (in a cassis veal jus).
  • Health Mandate: I ask him if he thinks it’s constitutional; he says “No Act of Parliament can be unconstitutional, for the law of the land knows not the word or the idea”.

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  • architizer: The New York Times quotes MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design (and jury member) Barry Bergdoll, who says that Wendy is “pro-active, it’s not apologetic… It’s going to be amazing from the No. 7 train!”
  • Penny Plain much darker than I expected; yes I expected romance at the end of the world to be more lighthearted; zoomermag: “The plot intrigues, and at points seems inspired by something out of Beckett or Arthur Miller. // One of the highlights is the appearance of Geppetto and his grown son. The symbolism, in terms of the plot and of the character’s relation to Burkett himself, is ripe for interpretation”
  • preceded by the always delish smoked salmon sandwich from petit four; last ate there with Yiding; can’t believe I haven’t been there for four months; used to go there every week when I worked at OW
  • T+T’s sticky black rice bun is my idea of real fusion: layer of (flower scented?) sticky black rice between french bread)
  • trio of green tea snacks: cracker with green tea leaves; uji green tea cream sandwich; matcha meltykiss

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  • Brunch inspired by petitekitchenesse. Yes, romantic morning of self.
  • Preceded by ravine walk with Tanya.
  • Followed by hotpot with Haina, Steven and Albert. Sesame tofu ice cream versus Häagen-Dazs.
  • The Double. Exactly how I imagined Dostoevsky’s funny. First time at the studio, which is more intimate than the main stage. Love love Factory Theatre.
  • Preceded by Sense Appeal Americano to go. Last timehe got Americano and I got Cappuccino.
  • oxford comma

How to imagine St Petersburg in Toronto

Image from other-st-petersburg.ru

Steven and Haina decided to visit St Petersburg this year.

I decided to find the best guide to St Petersburg.

Why this site is so disorienting // Most websites and city guides try to make things easy for their users. This one does not. // In fact, it deliberately sets out to lead its visitors astray, to tempt them down unknown paths, to plunge them into the thick of the St Petersburg fog. In short, to get them well and truly lost.”

It is not hard to name a film that leaves too little to the imagination. Can the same be said of traveling? Maybe the only thing better than visiting St Petersburg is not visiting St Petersburg.

How to imagine St Petersburg in Toronto
+The Double (play & film)
+Russian Revolution Reenactment
+25 dollar tickets to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 “The Year 1905
+Does throwing a shot of vodka into an Americano make it a Russo?

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  • Denise and I did spa for my bday. Nothing like letting out some steam in the steam room!
  • Followed by dinner at Pangaea (winterlicious). I picked cheese platter for dessert and the blue was surprisingly good.
  • His turn to pick a coffee place and he picked Capital Expresso where the cappuccino is extra foamy and …
  • … where I found out that Necessary Angel Theatre Company is bringing back divisadero: “Michael Ondaatje collaborates with Daniel Brooks to adapt his novel Divisadero – a violent and passionate story exploring themes of memory, identity, love and the grip of the past on the present.”
  • Come up to my room was a lot of fun and I found more Angry Asian Girl.
  • It was warm with a sprinkle of snowpowder so we walked back from the Gladstone, dropping by the new CB2 at Bathurst (liking one of the candle holders but it’s not very minimalist to buy something just to hold a candle so I will stick with candles in tall water glasses) and …
  • Longo’s to pick up pizza ingredients (pineapple, smoked prosciutto, arugula, parmigiano reggiano). We drenched the pizza in balsamic vinegar (oops gotta clean oven).

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  • Love the “Keep Calm & Invest On” campaign.
  • We cooked together a few times. (I did the 50/50 speech on the second date.) But this time he cooked for me. Lemon juice from a bottle. Garlic from a press.
  • He got tickets to see Blue Dragon, Robert Lepage’s new thing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. At first, I found the combination of a modern visual and a Chinese opera soundtrack jarring. Towards the middle of the play, I started enjoying the tension. The ending(s) is/are not particularly satisfying and I’m tired of the Angry Asian Girl archetype but there are lots of interesting elements to ponder over. I love the scene where the Angry Asian Girl turns around and takes a picture of her angry face with her cellphone.
  • Mum + Dad got me green tea cookies for Chinese New Year.
  • Madeleine Peyroux

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  • My neighbourhood made an appearance in TorontoLife. St. Lawrence, because everything an urbanite needs is within a five-minute walk. Bisogno Espresso Bar was mentioned so we tried it out. Blackboard at the entrance: If you expect the unexpected is the unexpected expected? Nutella-cino was interesting but sweet coffee has not taken roots with me yet.
  • He got a bottle of Ladybug Rose before the holidays. I tried it and thought it was okay … for a rose. I tried it again with tilapia and onion confit. It was unexpected … in a good way.
  • Next Stage Theatre Festival: We wanted to see Modern Love and couldn’t get tickets; we got tickets for Tomasso’s Party and missed the show; we showed up for Hypnogogic Logic and loved it … very Waking Life.