On Saturday we rented the Castor designed Winnebago that sits in the Oddfellows parking lot, a restaurant started by Castor design a few years ago. We were sad to hear Oddfellows is closing. I used to work across the street, and Juli and I would have dinner and brunch there all the time. It was a really great restaurant offering a really unique experience, it is a great loss for Toronto.
My brother Frank and I!
Juli’s group of gals.
Our friend Taylor took all these great photos (above). Thanks Taylor!
There is a beautiful wood burning stove to the far right. and the seating area at the back is upholstered in different types of old fur, the walls are raw hot rolled steel, and the floors are a dark stained oak.
These last few images are from our coverage of IDS09 which is where the winnebago made its debut!
On Friday we tried a new lunch spot on King St. West at Portland called The One That Got Away.
We only use sustainable fish!
The menu was filled with all sorts of delicious fish options, but what I was most intrigued about was the ability to order any of the fish grilled instead of fried. For some reason I never liked the taste of fried fish/meat, and fish and chips was always something that I wanted to like, but never really enjoyed. Now with my grilled Halibut sandwich I could really enjoy my own version of fish and chips.
We took a cue from Anthony Bourdain’s “No reservations” series, which has been entertaining us recently, and decided to order way more food than we can eat. We were lured by the fries and decided to order a large basket. Since we got the grilled fish with greens, it was pretty easy to get through most of the fries (shockingly).
Juli got the grilled baramundi salad which she says was amazing. The mango salsa and mysteriously tasty (a hint of tartar, but we have no idea what it is) salad dressing made this meal satisfying without feeling full.
The interior has a set of cool red wire chairs, and an old tin tiled ceiling.
The place has lots of nice natural light, and a reasonable amount of seating. If you can manage to get a seat, I would recommend staying in.
If they ever open a second location, we have our fingers crossed that it’s in the Junction!
This post is a bit late. Like we’re into a whole new year late. But we felt the need to share our Christmas stocking bounty since we managed to actually find some great items! We weren’t going to do presents this year but a few days before Christmas, we decided to do stockings and for the most part, we shopped local (yay Junction!).
John’s stocking for Juli (above): MOR candle from Russet & Empire, Happy Socks, Aunt Lolo’s DIY Cookies and airplane comfort kit (in grey bag) from Drake General Store and the Kay Bojesen monkey was a lucky find from World Headquarters.
Juli’s stocking for John: washi tape from The Paper Place, socks and letterpress cards from Drake General Store, Kay Bojesen soldier from World Headquarters and Panasonic Toot-a-Loop bracelet radio from Mrs. Huizenga (Junction location).
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
Yesterday we went to Starving Artist for some eggs benedict over potato and chives waffles. We’ve been looking for new brunch places to try, and we’ll definitely be returning here. If you guys have any recommendations of places that are open on Mondays/Tuesdays that serve a great brunch, we’re all ears (besides Aunties & Uncles, Grapefruit Moon, Saving Grace, Mitzie’s, Yasis’s Place).
I also wanted to mention that we only have 2 pairs of Yuki Sakano cutlery left at the shop. Each piece is made by Yuki herself from solid Nickel silver, and then plated again one last time with pure silver. You can keep the beautiful light colour by polishing with a soft cloth, or as Yuki would intend, enjoy the tarnished silver as it naturally oxidizes.
$205 / set
I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for your encouraging words. We’ve got some pretty amazing artists we’re looking forward to working with this year, and I hope you’ll like our new products as much as we do!
As for the winner of the family of Oak birds here are the results:
The winner is…
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For all of our downtown customers that have a hard time trekking all the way to the Junction, stop by 35 Bathurst St. (south of King at Niagara) and check out some of our Christmas gift ideas and enjoy some of the best coffee in the city.
This is what I saw outside my window yesterday morning. This wasn’t the first snow fall this year, but it was the first time the snow stuck around.
It was our day off so we decided to go to Poor John’s in Parkdale for some brunch.
Juli had a breakfast bagel.
I had the traditional breakfast with marble rye toast, it was delicious! So nice to have a new brunch spot!
We finished our coffee at Poor Johns and decided to get another coffee at a new Scandinavian inspired espresso bar called Thor. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Patrick and Tom during their renovations, but this was our first time actually seeing Thor in person.
Pine slats Spruce tongue and groove from a mid 1800s manufactory in the Kitchener/Waterloo area run the length of the bar.
It’s a cozy light filled space with sheepskins draped over white black and blue Eames shell chairs, the side tables are made from off-cuts from the bar.
The Eero Aarnio stools are from us, and they look amazing in the space!
A nice bright corner full of design and travel books, along with other goodies for sale.
Industrial felt covers pine benches underneath the span of windows.
One of the most important items at Thor is their “Slayer” espresso machine, one of only 52 on the planet.
The Viking themed artwork on the bathroom door by Afo Grigoriev, who also did the mural behind the bar. Love it!