just stopping in to say a quick hi,
how are things?
i’ve been traveling a little lately
not far from home
but just far enough somehow.it’s been the kind
that opens your eyes.
the kind that reminds you
to sit up and to take notice.
the kind that says,
hey look, look how beautiful life can be.
look how wonderful a meal can be.
look how amazing
someplace new can be.
we put our cameras away to eat (most times)
and we turned off our phones.
we spent hours enjoying the spectacle
of just how perfect, a meal can be.
we walked across a bridge
we stood in the rain
and we ate at neighborhood kind of places.
it was amazing,
amazing in a way that is difficult to explain.
amazing in a way that weeks later, still lingers.
we left new york on a sunday
spent monday in toronto
then set off for the maritimes the very next day.
we saw towns with
nearly no people,
we ate chowder from old worn bowls.
we broke biscuits,
and had butter local to there.
we saw foxes
and one very large moose.
we saw an ocean, many rivers
and lakes by the sea.
it was, i’ll say
the kind of travel that opens your eyes.
the kind that makes you love the city
and the countryside
near equally the same.
the kind that fills your sails
with all the possibility out there,
all the good.
happy trails friends,
i hope things are swell.
we’re updating next week, join the list!
and a wee video for anthology magazine by thayer allyson gowdy
+ we’re in martha stewart weddings this month
the first few photos were taken here
and the fourth, here
this review and the accompanying slide show
the illustrations from melinda’s new book
salt and pepper boats
the dream kitchen (via)
the maltby street market
i wish this were mine
photos: michael graydon
ps: look at the little girl’s eyes in the door of the bottom photo, adorable!
that it’s arrived so soon.
and that season we call summer,
vanished out the back door.
i’ve got plans for autumn though.
big. grand. plans.
i’m going to pick the apples and brew tea
and i’m going to make pie.
and you know what,
there’s something innately
satisfying in that.
something innately satisfying
in the pleasures of the season upon us.
there’s something to rolling pastry
something about butter and
nutmeg and cinnamon and spice.
something about perfecting an old fashioned crust.
for me pie is a rustic affair.
something like a weekend cake,
country in its style and easy in its making.
and to me, a good pie is meant to be shared
and so, a good pie is fit to travel.
wishing you the happiest of seasons.
and because it’s what i do:
i’m just popping in to say a quick hello,
and to share a recipe download
for what i think
is just about a perfect
illustrated by the lovely melinda josie
and from us to you
ice cream clouds!
click on the recipe below to download
hope your week is swell.
if you like add a pinch of salt to the recipe,
i forgot that bit!
i’m in the september issue of food & wine magazine!
find it on newsstands now or online here.
i teamed up with my friends and super talented folks
john cullen and martine blackhurst for this one, such fun.
if you don’t have a cloud cutter any shape will do
but if you’d like one, you can find them here.
how are things?
all is swell here,
i’ve been embracing
the beauty that is
the last month of summer.
and at the same time,
i’ve been feeling that familiar tug of fall.
i’ve been steaming fish
and peeling prawns.
and trips by car.
of campfire nights
and seaside days.
things are good.
we’re taking a road tripnext week
and i’ve got a feeling it’s going
to be great.
until next time.
happy friday y’all
hope your weekend is great.
this past weekend i spent
away from the sea.
smack in the middle
of our ontario summer.
i had one of those weekends
where summer feels
almost like a dream
as though it’s here now
but could be gone tomorrow.
the kind of weekend where
you come to appreciate moments
for what they really are,
fleeting and precious and so very grand.
i’m sure you know the kind i mean.
those filled with good friends
and good food.
the kind where memories
are easily built.
the kind when
you eat ice cream from cones
and corn from cobs.
when you drink beer from mugs
and listen to music
from the grass.
the kind when
all the small moments
really come to matter.
and you know what
it reminded me
that life is, in large part,
just a collection of moments.
a collection of moments
that lead to a collection of events
that then lead to the stories
that make up our lives.
and while that’s a simple thought
i still think it’s pretty grand.
the photos you see here
are from a weekend just like that.
one that has passed now
but where we sat by the sea.
where we drank tequila
and rowed boats.
where we ate great food
and had a good lot of laughs.
and where most of all
we had those kinda of moments
that turn so easily to memories.
the kind that i
and i think it fair to say, we all
come to cherish.
that’s all for today friends.
BIG THANKS for all your NYC recommendations, keep ‘em coming!
and number five – marguerite herriott
how are things?
all is great here
it’s lovely and warm
it’s crazy hot!
but it’s a welcome change
compared to the chilly,
but near perfect nights
we spent on the west coast.
i’ve got lots to share from that too
but today i wanted to chat
with you a little about
a project i got to working
on before we left.
it’s a collaboration with
tara of seven spoons fame
for the new and super great
we chat about it a little more below
but before we do on an unrelated note,
i need your help!
i’m off to new york later this summer!
(a surprise trip i only learned of this morning, eeep!)
our hotel and flight are booked
but i have questions for you.
where to eat? what to eat?
where to go?
i’d love suggestions for
restaurants, cafes, coffee shops,
delis, diners, and food trucks.
for bakeries, pastry shops
and grocery stores
for butchers, fish mongers
and places to get lost.
can you help?
A few words from Tara and me.
The magazine is all about the magic of the small gathering;
the coming together of those we cherish the most
in celebrations big and little,
or in the passing of simple hours in their company,
and the everyday moments that charm.
It was an idea close to our hearts and right up our alley,
and we were thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of it.
In an added bonus,
it gave us the perfect excuse for a collaboration
we’ve long wanted to do.
We wrote a story about two friends getting together
for breakfast or lunch on a weekday, eaten outside.
We sat on the steps in the sun
and laughed over cookies and bubbles,
messy sandwiches and berries,
and it was all pretty grand.
We hope you like it, we’re happy to share it with you.
Nathan brought together a stellar group for the project.
The magazine is both a print and online endeavour;
while the paper edition’s already sold out (!!)
fingers are crossed for a second run,
and here’s to enjoying the beauty of its pages on their site.
So thanks to everyone for their hard work,
we’re beaming to be a part of such a community.
Here’s to days like these and the many issues to come.
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