Saturday in Toronto

gravitypopeWe spent most of the day around Queen Street West.  Just walking around and checking out the neighborhood.  Our first stop was in Gravity Pope.  A mixture of mens and women’s clothes, shoes, accessories.  Very cool store.

artDown the street is Stephen Bulger Gallery that had a few artists up.  The main one was Sanaz Mazinani.  The show was called Imminent Infinite.

mabelsJust the smell along pulled us into Mabels.  The baked breads are beautiful.

mabelscannedLots of pickled items and well curated condiments throughout the store.

gladstonehotelThe Gladstone Hotel, opened in 1889, is now a trendy hotel.  Great building.

theworkroomThis is the Workroom.  It is a communal place for sewing.  I have seen many knitting places but this is a first for sewing. The place was definitely humming too.  Fabrics, machines, threads, patterns etc.

gallery113Gallery 1313 is a communal art gallery.  One of the artist was working it when we were there.

cotedeboeufWe wandered into several places looking for lunch.  Cote de Boeuf is quite the amazing butcher but it was standing only for food.

anchoviesMost of the restaurants were serving brunch and it wasn’t what we wanted so we left the area and went to Bar Raval for tapas.  It is a tiny place although there is outside eating in an enclosed porch.  I think we might have caught the last weekend for that because it will be too cold.  We had a few tapas to share.  These are a few highlights.  Marinated sardines and green olives.

tunaTuna belly with pickles, spicy peppers and an olive.

bauxigallery denisecoleOur next stop was Bau-Xi Gallery located across the street from the Art Museum.  They have two galleries, one is only photography.  There were a variety of paintings from Darlene Cole.  Everyone of the descriptions next to the piece in the gallery had a price tag on it.  I have never seen that before.  I like it.

galleryThis is the basement of the photography gallery of theirs down the street.

kitchenWe went back to have a little r&r before dinner.  Dinner was at Buca.  We were able to watch the kitchen.  Lots of man buns in there.

breadballsThe food here is really good.  These are warm bread knots pan fried in olive oil and rosemary.

pizzaThe pizza was amazing.  I loved how they served it with a scissor.

branzino sushiThe highlight is their branzino crudo.  They show you the fish and then carve it like sushi and sit the pieces in olive oil, italian style.  Absolutely delicious.

We also had a few sides and a salt encrusted Branzino.  The dinner, the wine, the whole thing was delicious.