Happy Weekend + Links I Love


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Happy weekend and hello May! It feels like summer in the city. Got any exciting plans? It’s been an extremely busy but enjoyable week on this end. With officially 6 weeks to go until Relay For Life in Toronto, it’s eat sleep breathe Relay time. From community outreach to social media, things are definitely heating up.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Cancer Society hosted a volunteer appreciation night at The Ballroom Bowl. It was lovely to reconnect with everyone and my North York Relay For Life committee from last year was awarded the 2015 Relay For Life Award of Excellence – Leadership. That was a nice surprise.

This afternoon, I worked on my flexibility at Adagio Ballet Stretch class at Extension Room.

If you’re in relaxation mode, here’s a recap of amazing discoveries I made this week, in the city and online. Enjoy!

+ Notable Toronto finds: Float Stress Relief and Wellness Centre on Yonge Street (I booked a flotation therapy session for next Wednesday!), Kanga Aussie Meat Pies (ordered Mum’s Chicken Pie two days in a row! Officially addicted) and Daily Press Juicery (‘Sunset Blvd.’ is now my main squeeze) both in the Queen West area.

Scenes with Joan Scheckel: Teaching directors to direct. “In Hollywood, the sidewalks are literally paved with actors, and their mentors are often well-known, even famous. The idea of a directing coach, though, is somewhat unusual.”

+ The Internet Mapmakers Helping Nepal. When natural disaster strikes, volunteers with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps.

+ A Feast for the Senses. “On three evenings each week through June, sixteen hungry people will file into Kitchen Theory, an “experimental kitchen” and pop-up restaurant in London, for a hundred-dollar tasting menu prepared by the chef Jozef Youssef, of the restaurants Fat Duck and Connaught, and the author of “Molecular Gastronomy at Home.”

+ Confessions of a Frustrated Newsprint Lover. “Opening and trying to refold the paper is like attempting to unfold one of those canvas retro beach chairs that you might see in a Jacques Tati film.”

+ The Amazing New Thing. Made me laugh out loud.

+ Bugging You: An Ontario company puts insects on the menu. “Goldin wants North Americans to embrace insects as part of a healthy diet, rather than see them as some sort of novelty.” Carrot cricket cupcakes, anyone?

+ What I’m reading this week: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr.

+ Watched and loved: The Age of Adaline. Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman and Harrison Ford. Go see it!

+ Update your watch list: The New York Times compiled an impressive list of this summer’s movie releases.

(Photo of love locks snapped while exploring The Distillery District earlier this week.)

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