April 01, 2009

Homemade Perogies


These are authentic perogies, cooked by a genuine Polish grandmother. They're very, very precious to me, since my only source is my neighbors, who generously share. The dough is ultra tender, but still resilient. I added some parsley and lemon zest. Soooo delicious. I'm dying to learn how to make them, but Grandma doesn't live with them and doesn't speak English... so I'm not sure how that's going to happen. It's one of those recipes that shouldn't die with Grandma!

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April 19, 2009

Best. Cheese. Ever.

Lately, I've been randomly choosing some cheeses at the deli counter of my local grocery. I'm ashamed to admit that I've just polished off an entire wedge of La Sauvagine(PDF, site is annoyingly Flash), made by La Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf in Quebec. It is unbelievably good.

Picking it out of the store, I thought I was just getting a brie. But this is so much better. The cheese tastes distinctly like buttered mushrooms. Unlike brie, it doesn't have that slight bitter kick at the end. In general, I don't eat soft cheese rinds. The rind on this cheese is delicate and tasty - a first in my experience. In fact, the strongest mushroom flavor comes from the rind and it melts in the mouth.

I googled the cheese and found that in 2006 it won the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. in 2006.

This is the best cheese I've ever had. Sadly, I'm wearing it around my waist now.

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April 22, 2009

Trev's House Almost Done

Trev's new house is almost done! The last time I posted about it here, it was just a hole in the ground. Now it's almost done and the move in date is the end of May!



The most striking feature of the house is the upgraded maple staircase. It looks great! I would've liked a hardwood staircase, but they were too expensive (and plus, living alone, I stand a better chance of surviving a fall down the stairs if they're soft).

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April 25, 2009

Ikea Akita

Jen, Naomi and I had a quasi-international day out today. First we headed to Ikea where Jen picked out a whack of stuff and I mostly drooled over kitchens. Naomi was happy to spend time in the Ikea play park (Smaland) while we browsed.

After that, we went to Akita, a new sushi buffet in Bradford. A full review will come later, but suffice it to say that we gorged ourselves. Naomi mostly ate tempura shrimp. She was in a bit of a mood all day, whining and crying for no reason at all ("I don't want to wait for the shrimp to cool!") but her mood improved after the third, very lengthy trip to the bathroom in Akita. So maybe stomach troubles were making her irritable.

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April 26, 2009

Lack-ing Shelf Skills


This evening I hung this Lack floating shelf from Ikea that I've had since the old apartment. It was not fun.

First, I bought the wrong drywall mounting set from Home Depot - they were marked "Shelving Toggles" but were meant for a proprietary shelving system and didn't mount flush with the drywall. Taking the one I put in out made a big hole in the drywall that I've yet to fix (but it's covered by the stereo system).

After returning to Home Depot and getting the right hardware, the bits that I had for the screws that were going into the studs weren't fitting properly - I stripped one (it's never coming out) and the other one barely hit a stud. SIgh.

On the other side, screws that I thought were going to hit a stud totally missed. So it's being held up mostly by the anchors! I would've put more anchors, but I could only put the anchors in BEFORE I mounted the base in (and it can't come out because of the stripped screw.

Oh well. Supposedly the anchors that I have in there should support 500 lbs (125 lbs recommended). The stereo plus the speakers are probably around 60 lbs. So it should be good. I hope. Fingers crossed.

The stereo itself was another pain in the butt - it's so old that I couldn't find a manual online without paying for it. And the controls for the alarm clock are NOT easy to figure out. But I got it eventually (apparently, the CD player has to be turned on to set the alarms, but off to set the clock. You can't set the clock if there are any alarms on. To turn the alarm on, the CD player has to be off).

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April 27, 2009

Restaurant: Akita


Akita is a new all-you-can-eat sushi place in Bradford and it's pretty tasty. In fact, it's my new favorite AYCE sushi place - the sushi tastes slightly better than Ajisai (and a bunch better than Sushi Itto). The sushi selections are a bit more limited and not very creative, but they offer a lot of non-sushi dishes as well. The sushi is a little loosely made, but seems to be freshly made upon order, as the slightly warm rice attests to. Fried items arrive piping hot.


Service is a bit inattentive, but polite and cheerful. Lunch is just 13 bucks and dinner $19-21. A 10% gratuity is added to the bill, which is both obnoxious and a bit low. Personally, I think they would do better not charging the tip, as the standard tip is around 15%.

Recommended.

456 Holland St. W., Unit 1
905-775-1688

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