I have been alive on this planet 47 years today. The number is shocking to me, but I'm damn glad to be here. (I feel like quoting Keith, happy to be anywhere.)
Because of work schedules, we celebrated yesterday. And because of wmtc3 and our upcoming Newfoundland trip, I hadn't thought about planning anything. So we went with what's become our favourite Toronto place to celebrate, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.
If you like small plates or tapas-style eating, and you like a stylish wine bar atmosphere and excellent service, this place is tops. They also use almost all local ingredients and work with Canadian food artisans, with superb results. This restaurant is also home to one of Toronto's great food finds: the Yukon Gold frites, a generous cone of the best French fries you will ever eat for a mere five bucks. (I noticed I blogged about Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar on two other birthdays, both mine and Allan's!)
After enjoying several small plates of deliciousness with several small glasses of wine, we drove out to Scarborough and took a walk on the Lake in Bluffer's Park. We hadn't been there yet, and it's a beautiful park. Is there a way to walk on the cliffs, above the park? We didn't see any access.
On the road where The Beaches turns into Scarborough are a lot of sad-looking businesses and many empty storefronts. I wondered if some big development is in the works; so many unrented stores often points to that. Also, who stays at all those cheap motels? The old motel strip in Etobicoke, not far from where we used to live in Port Credit, is all closed now. But the ones in Scarborough are all open for business. There are at least a dozen of them.
Today I'm spending a quiet day at home, reading and blogging. Allan's still sleeping, so I haven't seen any presents yet, but I know they're in the works.