Friday, May 27, 2016

Spring ~ ~ Nature walk and visiting LaSalle














Spent May 22nd visiting LaSalle and spending some quality time with furry and non furry people.

Downtown outing with Julia! Day 2!


So after meeting up with my friend Julia once during her visit, I was able to see her again!

This time we went to Burritoville. I'd never been there before, it was Julia's recommendation and I really really liked it. So much so that I went back on my own on a later occasion. Sadly however it seems that is may be closing :( .. I really hope it's not true!!


yum yum


Some tea and a sweet potato buritto.


Before we went to eat however we stopped by the the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal to check out an exhibition that was up for one last day. It was an installation of guitars and birds flying and resting on them, creating sounds/music.

On the way to, we found this wall of plushies that I had to stop and take pictures of.




Photos weren't allowed within the installation so I tried to draw some sketches.





Including a quick one of my friend :)


We continued to wander a bit and found a chandelier with peacocks on it covered in metled wax.

Installation and sculpture by Petah Coyne, titled "Trois paons".



Captioning Julia: "Aw yiss, weird Art."

Downtown outing with Julia! Day 1!


During my friend Julia's visit to Montreal in March since moving to Calgary, I had the great pleasure to spend some time with her adventuring and eating delicious foods.

First we went to the Concordia Co-op Bookstore. Of the 5 years I was in University I NEVER heard of this place! Or perhaps wasn't inquisitive enough to look for it.. What a huge loss, it is wonderful. Used books, new books, stationary, zines, silkscreened tote bags. It's a treasure chest as dressed a book shop!


Such a clever way to organize zines.


This illustrative alphabet by Kate Lavut was hilarious.



After that we pit-stopped at one of my favourite places to grab a quick something to eat whenever I'm wandering downtown: 


I mainly go for their falafel pita. The half portion is filling enough for me and costs just a little over 5$ which is great. My favourite treats from there are the double trouble brownie, and viramisu cake (a vegan tiramisu).

For this occassion we decided to go for the trio option that is the half falafel pita with a salad and a drink.
It was beautiful just to look at and tasted really nice.

The sweet potato salad was a bit spicy so I would warn for anyone who might not enjoy that! I did though.


We capped the meal off with some chai tea and a shared slice of viramisu cake (pictured is half of a whole slice!)


My Co-op Bookstore purchases:


Typewriter silkcreened patch on a square of fabric.


Some metro station pins.


Mini zine about a nudist cat.


Natural herbs for mental health zine.

And lastly a lovely picture I took of my friend, I managed to capture her essence and how pleasant or meetup was.


Marzipan chocolates ~ DIY


Back in January I made some semi-sweet chocolate covered marzipan balls for someone's Birthday.. or maybe it was February for Valentine's day? Can't say I remember for sure..

Anyhow I didn't have time to get a gift but I remembered I had some marzipan in the pantry that I had gotten from a local grocery store in the baking section and some dark chocolate that I could use to melt. I've made chocolates in the past, but these were a lot faster to make.

The steps are simple:

- Cut slices of marzipan and form into a ball shape.
- Melt semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan with boiling water.
- Use a spoon and fork to evenly coat the marzipan ball
- Pick up with fork and let the excess chocolate drip off
- Place onto a parchment sheet on a cookie baking pan
- Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes to set.

And voila! Done!






Marche Creatif Etsy MTL - Picture post!


Get ready for a whoooooole lot of pictures! Last weekend on Saturday April 30th I had an unexpected day off but I knew I wanted to check out the Marche Creatif Etsy MTL happening that weekend. A large number of local Montreal Designers and Artisans gathered at Technopole Angus to sell a variety of handmade goods. I had never been in the area before and saw a few metro stations on the way that I had never seen before either. It was a really fun day of exploring the city I've lived in for most of my life.


After waiting about 10-15 minutes in line, the sight upon entering was quite spectacular. Although the space wasn't the biggest, it was packed with so many vendors and beautiful things to see! Including this little "Etsy MTL" photobooth wall made by and old school University school mate Tania Mignacca (if I'm not mistaken), who also runs the Ponto webcomic based on a character she designed and created. 


I love me a good market and was brought back to the markets I saw while on a short trip to London  5 years ago. ~_~


The first booth that caught my eye was this lovely display by Vuela Vuela Bijoux. With mini magnetic terraniums and vintage earrings, I had to buy a few of these delicate an unique pieces for myself!

Pictured below: A doll and bunny charm bracelet, a tea kettle rings, and fabric scissors earrings. 


To be honest I wish I would have bought more and do intend to in the future, just look at these!!


The next booth I spent a bit of time at was that of Marie Calude Marquis. Her work was satire + puns at its very best. Mixing Quebec popular culture and slang kitschy crafts and house hold products. A total work of genius. And I regret only buying some pins! (I didn't want to over spend but those mugs and cards are so good!).


Her greeting cards were fantastic! And the watercolour illustration ones brought me back to my childhood, seeing various Quebec kid shows that were popular with children in the 90s. Including les club des 100 WATTS! Which my elementary school had a program for so for a few weeks instead of going to recess a few other students and myself got to do experiments and put our hands on an electro magnetic ball that made our hair stand up!





My humble Marrie-Claude Marquis purchases. 

A few more of the beautiful booths I had a gander at:












The flavour I got: strawberry and mango.















Ponto and his mum Tania!


More ponto plushies (she makes them all herself!) and the pins and stickers I bought :)


A black and white selfie after picking up a few groceries at the Provigo nearby. 

This day was absolutely one of my favourites.


Lovely sticker showing a compiled cityscape of a few recognizable Montreal buildings.

And lastly a few nature shots including the Olympic Stadium in the wild. It was very important to remain quiet so as not to disturb it.

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