Having gotten apple sauce and sauerkraut batches going today, I took a break and headed outside in beautiful cycling weather to ride to Twas Now Brewing. They’re a pico brewery located almost directly across the street from the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. That’s a hockey arena, among other things. How Canadian is that, eh?
Waste water COVID monitoring in Waterloo Region continues to increase. 😷
I didn't realise this would come this quickly.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) filed for bankruptcy Thursday after abruptly cancelling its upcoming season originally scheduled to start this week.
The absolutely lovely Marlene Epp stopped by this morning so we could talk about food, food culture, restaurants and her new book (article forthcoming!)
I baked Peabody's Cranberry-Lemon-Poppyseed loaf. Yes, I'm bad at cranberry distribution, but it's a tasty cake :)
And yes, all those flaggies are the notes I made as I read the book.
So today was the big anti-trans protest across the country, which stole the name of a Black event (whatever, colonizer) to make their hate of trans kids known. They also called themselves Hands Off Our Kids, or HOOK, which was very funny to me, as he's the villain in that children's story.
We had, I believe, the edge in numbers on them. Tactically, we outmanoeuvred them - they'd planned to have people on the street honking in support, but we filled the space between the fountain and the street (and much of the fountain, to be honest). So passing motorists only saw a wall of queers, and the honks were for us.
The chalking team had been out last night and done an amazing job of chalking all over the plaza. Messages of trans love and joy were everywhere.
A lot of city councillors were there - I didn't see any MPs or MPPs, but doesn't mean they weren't there. Media people were there too, I saw Craig Norris and Joe Pavia from CBC, and reporters from CTV, CityTV, and the Record, that I was able to recognize.
All in all, it was a good counter-protest. No one got arrested from our side, so safety team did well.
Proud of my people today. We done good.
There was a counter-protest at Kitchener City Hall this morning (as there was in many cities) against hate groups and in support of trans and LGBTQ+ people. Naturally I biked there 😀
It looked like “our side” far outnumbered the hateful side. I’ll be curious to see reports on numbers.
Organizers had asked that people not take photos, for safety reasons. I asked a small number of peope if I could take photos pf their signs, though, as I wanted to share something here.
If you are in #WaterlooRegion, join us on Wednesday to show that our community stands against hate!
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony cancelled its 2022-2023 season (including the Youth Orchestra program) on the weekend (the season was to start tomorrow).
The Symphony's musicians have started a GFM -- if you can, and want to, please consider a donation.
No update from the KW Symphony, but this article provides more from musician and parent points of view
My latest article is up! This time, I hang out with Chef Dan McCowan and chat about his new gig as executive chef at Conestoga College’s Bloom, a functional restaurant that's open to the public *and* educational space.
At the School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, he works with a team of specialist chef and hospitality intructors, in an award-winning, state-of-the-art facilities, to guide the next generation of chefs.
And worse: was told by a friend that the Youth Symphony held auditions *last week* and sent out payment reminder notices to parents.
I'm holding my tongue on the crisis management and crisis comms on this until the announcement is made, but really...this stuff just doesn't happen all of a sudden.
Oh gosh, this is getting worse. No refunds to ticket holders nor to those enrolled in the KW Symphony Youth Orchestra program (that one, I believe, is C$600pp). Tax receipts only.
Seeing messages online that the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony's season (which was to begin on Wednesday) "will not be commencing" and the youth orchestra's activities for the 23-24 season will not be proceding.
No reasons given. The KWS calendar went blank and the site is now down.
It seem *very* sudden, esp as they were posting job notices over the past six weeks.
Hopefully it's a minor blip and not something catastrophic.
As far as I'm concerned, Jasminepalooza/birthdaypalooza is still happening. After getting my curls coiffed, I stopped by Poppy's (have been hearing a lot about them) for their eponymous bagel sandwich (Montreal smoked meat, pickles and more). Messy, meaty, tangy all on a fresh-baked bagel made in the Montreal style. I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
At 3pm Eastern time on CKMS #CommunityConnections I'm playing the music of local musicians in @waterlooregion, several of whom have upcoming concerts. Listen to CKMS-FM 102.7 #RadioWaterloo or online at https://radiowaterloo.ca/listen and see the music list at https://radiowaterloo.ca/ckms-community-connections-for-15-september-2023-the-concert-edition/
FYI, my food columns appear in a Metroland property (Waterloo Region Record), but one that is not losing its print edition.
"The bankruptcy will spare the company’s daily newspapers — including the Hamilton Spectator, Peterborough Examiner, St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and the Waterloo Region Record — which will continue both in print and online."
*edited for clarity.
Back in September 2019 at a meetup that was a part of the Fluxible UX Festival, City of Kitchener’s Darren Kropf took us on a cycling tour of then-new cycling infrastructure, and shared a vision for the near-future with us. It’s been great to see the dramatic changes since then as new infrastructure has been created.
Interesting day with a lot to think about. Met up with a friend for a coffee at Kitchener's Aura-La and introduced her to their chocolate babka. Alas, I forgot to take a pic (they are beautiful things), but I stopped off again, after taking Cardapoppy grocery shopping, and got a mini lemon bundts, just in time for my afternoon coffee.
And a few pics from last night's Edna Staebler potluck dessert buffet (including the Edna corner that overlooks her cottage).
Since Rose Murray would have been there (she passed away one month ago), I decided to make the Tres Leches Cake from Flavours of Canada, which she co-authored with Elizabeth Baird.
It was lovely night and so good to catch up with people I've not seen in *ages.*
And finally, since she was clearly a person who cycles, I asked her if she knew about the @CyclingGuide mobile app. After a moment's hesitation, her eyes let up with recognition and she said that she does indeed know it, and had been one of our early testers. We chatted a bit more as I loaded beer into a pannier, and then I left her to the other folks waiting in line. She said this had made her day. I told her the same for me 😀.
When I was paying for my beer, the cashier was very interested in the ORTLIEB panniers that I had with me. I'd seen them recommended here on Mastodon back in July, and had discovered that a fine Kitchener bike shop called Black Arrow Cycles carries them. She looked closely at them, we talked about how well they work for me, and she took a few photos.
As long as I was in the neighbourhood, I decided I'd cycle over to a nearby LCBO (that's an Ontario government retail outlet for alcohol) I hadn't been to previously and get some beer. That also went well, and I picked a few good-looking beers, some of which I've enjoyed before and some of which were new to me.
Ok, here's a cycling story that ties together a few things I've posted about previously.
I posted recently about the large number of apples that our sole apple tree has produced this summer. We're making apple sauce, and peeling apples by hand is tedious, so I wanted to get one of those old hand-cranked apple peelers. Happily, Lee Valley carries them so I figured I'd cycle out to get one. That worked well.
My latest food adventure is up! Not a restaurant review per se, but a literal around-the-world graze at St Jacobs Market! I mentioned about 10 spots offering everything from chinchin to churros, including wonton soup, doubles, and bao.
And yes, I did stop in for my sentimental favourites – fritters, pierogis, back bacon sandwich: all are just as tasty as I recall:
If it's the Civic Holiday Long Weekend, it's also Food Day Canada. This year, I commemoratee the sparkly and lovely Canadian food writer, Rose Murray, who passed away a few days ago.
Chili pulled pork and coleslaw (tweaked) from Canada's Favourite Recipes, with the pork's extra sauce going into my baked beans (yum).
I think Rose would have approved of it.
Today I learned about Twas Now Brewing, a “pico brewery” in a residential garage in Kitchener. So I had to cycle out there. Lovely ride, and I picked up a few of their beers and had nice chats with folks at the window. I’m enjoying their NEIPA right now.
My latest food article is up and in The Record!
This time, I’m writing about Bailey’s Local Foods and their 15th anniversary.
What started as a family’s search for fresh, local food has turned into a food hub, community, & year-round online farmers’ market and community for those interested in organic, sustainable, and local food!
We're delighted to be on the front page of The Record, our local newspaper, again today, this time with a little focus on Cycling Guide Foundation. And the piece includes a mention by @uxmark of "surveillance capitalism ", so that's pretty cool 😀
You can read the piece by Terry Pender online.
I spent 3 years following @oddduckwp's progress from idea to pop-up to restaurant and I am *thrilled* that my article about what they’re doing is out!
SO much to say about them. Community-supported restaurant focussed on sustainability of product, practice, and people. Supporting supporting small, independent farmers, the way the menu is built, living wage-certified employer no-tip.
I went for the manti and I'm glad I did
My latest review is up! This time, I'm at Antalya, a new Turkish restaurant, in Kitchener's Williamsburg area!
It's in today's Record and online here:
I found a bit of a local doughnut trail, with six spots from Elmira to Cambridge where you can pop in & out for a dozen (vs restaurants that serve them as desserts), so I nibbled along for this round-up.
+100 flavours, so there's something for almost everyone from those who want plain cakes to longjohns topped with cereal and bacon. Some offer vegan and gf!
It's a tough gig, but someone's got to do it.
My latest restaurant review is up! This time I’m back in dtk, at Pho Vietnam K&W to graze on some delicious Vietnamese dishes.
There's a lot to choose from here and it's all delicious and aromatic, and we sampled A LOT.
You can read about the restaurant and the dishes in today's Record, and online:
So proud of my friends who fought so hard for this. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/indigenous-sacred-fire-willow-river-victoria-park-1.6820586 #WaterlooRegion @waterlooregion #Indigenous #LandBack
We’re pretty pleased that Cycling Guide made the front page of The Record today. I ( @uxmark ) cycled out to St. Jacobs with reporter Terry Pender last Friday and had a great conversation.
Which, of course, isn’t to diminish the joys of grain-related bike errands to breweries. This afternoon, my son and I biked to and enjoyed patios at Short Finger Brewing and TWB Cooperative Brewing in Kitchener, capped off with the patio at Arabella Beer Park. All hail unexpectedly warm days in April
Not all my grain-related bike errands are to breweries. This morning’s was to Grainharvest Breadhouse, a lovely bakery in Waterloo.
It was easier to get my next review out this week rather than next – and what a place it is. This time, I’m at dtk’s new takeaway sushi market The Humble Lotus.
Lots of good things to say here. The draw is creative fresh-made sushi by the piece (you can get it by the roll), but also SE Asian grab-and-go bowls. Jared Wood and My Nguyen are doing awesome things here.
@notjustbikes Progress is slow, for sure. But in Waterloo Region it’s very visible, with new cycling infrastructure opening regularly. Kitchener is really focussed on creating and expanding a cycling network. And Waterloo’s recently elected mayor, Dorothy McCabe, biked to city hall in snow on her first day of work as mayor. Is it perfect, or even great yet? No. But it’s going in the right direction. #WaterlooRegion #Kitchener #Cycling