25 August, 2009
17 August, 2009
Silver and Multigold Vine Box, originally uploaded by MaevinWren.
I was looking for something rather unrelated and found these beautiful little boxes. The craft is so good that it's hard to tell that they're wood or paperboard underneath. I've never been terribly interested in working with polymer clay, but doing something like this might be interesting. You can see more of them here in the photoset.
16 August, 2009
The photo shows their European Beer Flight, which includes-from foreground to background- Hofstetten Kubelbier, Franziskaner Weisse, Palm Amber Ale, Boddingtons, Rodenbach Red, and Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. Samplers like this are a favourite of Banik since he gets to try a bunch of different things at once. Alcoholic beverages are rather lost on me, so I couldn't tell you which ones he liked or why. Maybe he'll post it in the comments.
I learned lots of stuff about Armstrong levers, mechanical switching, how tracks work, and in general how much stuff you don't see happening when a train moves between tracks. This placed is staffed by knowledgable volunteers, and they certainly earn their donations.
I got the frozen hot chocolate, which is their signature hot chocolate blended with ice and topped with whipped cream. Banik was not a fan, but I really liked it. It was less sweet than most cocoa, and tasted more like dark chocolate. I'm ususally ambivalent about whipped cream, but I enjoyed theirs because had just the right level of sweetness (even so, I allowed most of it to be pilfered from my glass). I'll have to use these as a model in my continuing endeavours to make my own cocoa mix and whipped cream.
He had their take on nachos: thick, fried potato chips topped with melted blue cheese and truffle oil. I had a grilled sandwich: a wheat roll with fresh mozzarella, avocado, tomato, red pepper spread, and grilled portobello. The little salad that came with my sandwich was mediocre, but everything else was very good.
Yes, I'd usually have pictures, but I didn't think about it in time. You can see some pretty awesome photos and read someone else's thoughts on the restaurant here. I shall conveniently have to go back such that I might take my own.
15 August, 2009
Fortunately there's lots of stuff to see. There's a reptile exhibit that's really neat, and includes these little guys. It's probably not a surprise to anyone, but I love the blue ones with little black spots.
The seals were really cute and amazingly graceful. We watched them for a while and then came back to see their first feeding of the day from the floor above.
Otters are adorable. I think that says it all.
We spent a few hours at the Maritime Aquarium, then had lunch at Chocopologie, then visited the SoNo Switch Tower Museum, then wandered around for a while, and finally had dinner at The Ginger Man with a couple friends. A good time was had by all.