🎉 This little nugget is 9 today 🎉 Happy Birthday #themightyquinn 🥳 Cheers to 9 years of cowering in the corner as your Dad cheers on the @cavs; the cutest darn puppy; through COVID hair; and the resulting awful trip the groomers; being bigger than your best friend for a couple of months; and always snuggling with her; and your grandma; and being so stinking cute that we love you and your anxious antics more each day. My buddy 💗
It’s been quite a past week-ish. I’ve been doing lots of reflecting too, as the curveballs came at me. This photo while the reason for its gathering is so sad, makes me also so very happy. My Aunt Layla, that lives in New Orleans; and cousins Bert and Dan, whom I can never seem to keep track of; are all in Ireland together and dressed up to make their sister/mom/my aunt smile. And that effect warms me here in the states, too…plus it makes me chuckle and remember where my wackily creative side comes from.
What a night! Before Lizzo, we had a sensational time in the backyard of @actinoliterestaurant, here in #Toronto. There are two central fire pits with tables surrounding them, under tin roofs. There was an outdoor kitchen at the back where you could see them grilling away, but as you will see, not your average grilled items.
* Course 1 : Mussels and grilled peppers with dehydrated tomatoes.
* Course 2 “Bread Service” : Leek and Potato Velouté with Chicken Confit, plus stellar sourdough, yeast butter and insanely good salumi.
* Course 3 : (My Fave) Beef Tartare with sliced Cornichons, diced radishes and chives with a bit of garlic aioli at the bottom.
* Course 4 : Autumn Salad of grilled greens, Pumpkin Seeds, dehydrated Plums and more that I can’t remember.
* Course 5 : The leg of lamb we saw them caring for all night, with the most perfect roasted potato under that bed of grilled Brussels Sprouts Top Leaves (didn’t know that was a thing, the single leaf at the top of the Brussels stalk) plus the most perfect Leeks. They were charred and then they removed the central part of them, the hearts, for one of the best tastes in the world.
* Course 6 : Roasted Plums and Rosemary Tart, sitting on a perfect pastry shell and Mascarpone.
* And for a little treat while paying the bill, a Juniper Marshmallow to roast over the fire.
Bravo, chef and team 👏
#lovelysomethingstravels #torontofoodie #actinolite #actinoliterestaurant
🌟 Cheers to 9 Years (yesterday) 🌟 I remember making sure our wedding invitations and vows said something about ‘adventures’ and what an adventure the past 11 years together have been. I’m so glad we take an annual adventure on this weekend (follow along in stories). There’s no one I’d rather spend all of the minutes with, even when they are filled with your smooth jazz, nerd podcasts and endless Marvel movies/shows, my bug 🐛💗.
Weekly IG captures - 7. No witty caption because I now have Prince’s 7 song swirling around in my head, look up the lyrics and it will happen to you too…you’re welcome. #inspirationeverywhere
Fun fact: I don’t like to take baths. They creep me out if I’m honest and I can’t sit still. But they are beautiful - though in the last one I’m mostly drooling over the chair.
When you beg your sisters for help to do a surprise office remodel for your hubs, you must bribe with the best: Brunch Board from @waxedcrescent featuring @sweetmarysbakery bagels. Note we dove into it before I could capture its true beauty. #charcuterieboard #bagels #thisisakron
I love it when all of my worlds collide ✨ And I love making magic with @broadlawnfarm ✨ And I can’t wait to see what Beth does with this insanely beautiful sage cotton ribbon from Italy via @studiocartashop ✨ And you may remember we carried Angela’s beautiful ribbons at #LovelySomethings but this is the first but certainly not the last custom order with her 🇮🇹💗✂️ #LetLizHelp
*MAJOR DISCOVERY* Did you know that @swensonsdrivein has a Doggie Menu? Their grandma wanted to spoil them with their first burger, and the wonderful runner said a “Doggie Burger” and all of our ears perked up! They also shared a Doggie Water (shorter & wider cup with crushed ice too) but we skipped the Doggie Sundae.
🐶 🍔 #swenatics #swensonsdrivein #swensons #silverlab #wheatenterrier