Today was Akemi’s first class of the eight-session pottery course at Clay Arts Studio. I, of course, showed my support – not by actually attending the class with her (Perish the thought!), but by accompanying her there and meeting up with her once she was done. During the downtime in between, I roamed the neighborhood, no doubt raising the suspicions of local shop owners who must have seen me suspiciously saunter past a good half dozen times over the courses of a three hour window. I perused bookstores, checked out pet shops, and, at one point, mistakenly wandered into a tattoo parlor. In between, I did some eating….
My first stop was When the Pig Came Home Delicatessen – or, as Akemi mispronounced it, When the Pig Came Home Deliciousness. And, you know what? It was!
I had the classic porchetta – 1.3 lb of succulent pork with crispy crackling served on French milk bread. Service was prompt and super friendly. Highly recommended.
I ended up grabbing a mocha and pistachio cake (surprisingly moist and not overly sweet) at Claudia’s Coffe where I set up my home-away-from home office for about an hour or so. I’d prepared by packing my travel laptop and two graphic novels (which I never got around to reading). Unfortunately, it’s been over three years since I last used my travel laptop and I never got around to updating my various passwords so I wasn’t able to check my email, twitter feed, or reddit. I also found myself unable to connect to a lot of the sites I often frequent. Every time I tried, I’d receive the following ominous warning:
The first few times, it looked kind of sketchy. After about the tenth time, however, it was just annoying.
I concluded my afternoon foray by once again dropping by When the Pig Came Home and picking up a couple of beef patties – one spicy (for me) and one not (for Akemi). The spicy was gloriously so. And very tasty. One of Toronto’s best.
We returned home, took Suji for her afternoon carpet run, and fed her, after which I caught up on emails and was preparing to unwind after a day of walking around under the hot sun…only to have Akemi remind me that I have dinner plans tonight with out-of-town friends. The reservations are for 8:00 p.m. 8;00 p.m.!!! That’s dinner time for Spaniards and vampires! Meanwhile, there’s a special one-night-only truffle dinner happening tonight I’ll be missing. My friend Natalie, who brought the event to my attention, tried to reassure me that there will be another one later this year – but it’s black truffles not white truffles! I briefly considered whether I might be able to pull off a bang-bang, but the timing is too tight. Sadly, it looks like it’ll be just one truffle-less dinner for me 🙁
Salt on watermelon? Yes/No
In defense of putting salt on watermelon, because it's just better that way https://t.co/BuMqXx6hKW
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) June 23, 2022