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July 25, 2014

So I just spent 20 minutes prickling young (not ripened) walnuts in preparation for pickling them! I have never heard of this delicacy before… and I’m really looking forward to seeing these little guys all done up :)

July 15, 2014 Reblogged from tastefullyoffensive



I would be following this if I had a twitter

(Source: vodka-in-my-cup)

July 15, 2014 Reblogged from eatsleepdraw


Suzanne aka ‘Crazy Eyes’ from OITNB.

Wanted to repost this and say she is one of my favourite characters from OITNB, but then I realized that I love every single one of them. This show is brilliantly done and I can’t wait to watch the new season once I get back to Toronto and our awesomely reliable internet connection.

July 14, 2014 Reblogged from archiemcphee


Do you follow Wink Books? They only review 5 star books that need to be printed on paper. Today’s book is about “aggressively cute” Japanese pop culture. 


Kawaii! – A catalog of the aggressively cute in Japanese pop culture

Kawaii!: Japan’s Culture of Cute

by Manami Okazaki and Geoff Johnson
2013, 224 pages, 7.9 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
$20 Buy a copy on Amazon

The exquisite subtlety of traditional Japanese art and design is legendary. But on top of that subtlety, the Japanese have an odd affection for the aggressively cute. Cute as in Hello Kitty, anime manga, pulsating TV game show graphics, wide-eye-popping color packing and over-the-top cosplay costumes; the kind of extreme poptomistic cuteness that outsiders either find head-scratching ridiculous, or completely captivating. I’m in the latter camp and find myself delighted and made happy by the explosive sensibility of Japanese cuteness. Here is a mighty fine catalog of the full range of “kawaii” – or cuteness – in Japanese food, maps, fashion, toys, and love, and a bit of how it came to reign in Japan. – Kevin Kelly

July 14, 2014

Having recently visited Japan and loving their kawaii culture, this is definitely a book I would want to read/flip through. The blog itself is also a gem for anyone who likes to read!

July 14, 2014

Spent the day yesterday with one of my fave cousins eating our way through Shanghai. We had hot pot for lunch in one of the fanciest hot pot joints I have ever seen. Usually, I just have hot pot at home where you have one broth and one sauce, so I have never been the biggest fan. However, the array of sauces and the big copper pot at this joint won me over and I wouldn’t mind going out for hot pot in Toronto every now and then.

We also walked down an old street where most of the buildings are from ‘old Shanghai’, and there weren’t many people (see 2nd pic)! In most other countries this wouldn’t be shocking but I’ve only encountered this situation a handful of times in the 5 weeks we’ve been in China in broad daylight. After a bit of internet searching, I’m pretty convinced that this is Duolun road in the HongKou area.

The last two photos are from an overhyped tourist district, whose name I can’t really recall… It’s full of over priced knick nack shops and cafes, but there are a few spots of interest - one being a restaurant entirely based on washrooms (3rd pic). It’s totally a tourist trap I realize, but its menu and decor is worth a glance if only for the authenticity of the washroom experience.

Finally, we all had a one hour massage which was very relaxing. I have never had a full body message before and was a little concerned at first since my shoulders really hurt when they were being massaged… however, everything worked out for the best and it was only 96 yuan per person! That would be impossible to find in North America so I’m glad we took advantage of it while we could.

July 13, 2014 Reblogged from beatonna


I really love John Allison’s Tackleford tales and I wrote a bit about why, specifically “reviewing” The Case of the Team Spirit, the first volume of Bad Machinery, published by Oni Press

I have posted about this before, but it’s worth repeating… Bad Machinery is da bomb! It’s rare for me to come across a comic where I not only like the art but also find the plot interesting… and this series delivers on both fronts! It also helps that John posts new panels diligently, so you never have to reread the previous panel to understand what’s going on (although I sometimes reread just for the heck of it).

I’m just waiting for the day Bad Machinery and John’s other comics make their way across the pond to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival ;)