My final night here before heading off to PEI for the rest of the summer... and we saw a bike being stolen (and recovered!), a neighbour walking her dog, another neighbour writing a novel, swimming, duck-chasing doggies and... a heron catching fish!
The boys recently took some photos to email a friend who'll be staying at our apt next month. The girl's never been to Toronto, and so they wanted to show her a little bit of our local community and what's available for kids here within walking distance.
These are some of the pictures that Alex and Simon took, of their favourite places within walking distance from our home!
Click on each photo below for a larger version, and a brief description.
Despite a light but persistant drizzle, the first annual pumkin parade in Mimico Square, modelled on the more popular versions like the annual event in Sorauren Park, was a success!
Neighbours carted their rotting pumpkins and tired/wired toddlers to the event via wagon, and then meandered through the growing rows of jack-o-lanterns to admire their community’s collective creativity.
Had only my crappy iPhone camera on hand, but got a few shots none the less...
Where do you get decent non-chain pizza in south Etobicoke?
For years we’ve been patronizing Mimico’s own Turkish owned and operated Il Paedre Yummy Pizza. The 'za is fairly tasty, and although the owners struggle with English, they are very friendly, and know many of their customers personally. Ever since the boys were small, Ma Yummy has been giving us a fresh carrot or pepper to feed them alongside the healthy pizza (they offer whole wheat crust, and we insist on it every time).
The advantages of Yummy’s include proximity to our home, friendly service, and tasty, relatively healthy pizza.
Unfortunately, they are so popular, delivery can take over an hour at times! And due to the ESL factor, ordering can sometimes be a crap shoot: Although the pizza is generally tasty, it isn’t always what you ordered, lol!
Recently, we discovered a new local pizza joint, FBI Pizza. We decided to check it out, ordering a gorgonzola salad, one pizza with bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, and another with thin crust, gorgonzola, roasted zucchini, caramelized onions, Roasted Red Peppers. We also ordered a few drinks, and tried out their home made asagio dip.
Our order arrived in timely fashion, however, there were some definite drawbacks...
Although FBI delivers SUPER delicious pizza with gourmet toppings, and it generally arrives within reasonable time, one major downside was the price: At almost twice what we typically pay for Yummy’s, FBI is definitely a “sometimes” treat! Furthermore, because they seem to employ so few people, careless mistakes are made: The driver had to go and come back with the drinks and dip which the good people at the pizza shop had forgotten to give him. And the alleged Gorgonzola salad didn’t have any gorgonzola on it!
Overall, I think Yummy’s has the market cornered here in Mimico. FBI has potential, for sure, but with prices like theirs, the order better be spot on every time!
I am thankful. It is not the kind of thankfulness that we try to embed into our daily lives after we read some self help book or article, the kind that is more grounded in logic (I know I ought to be grateful for…) rather than unbridled passion (Wow! This is incredible, I am soooo lucky!)
Nope, I am filled with the kind of gratitude one sings about in the lyrics of the
Observed down by the Lake this morning, while out walking the dog and scootering with the family... one baby raccoon, clambering up from the beach, looking somewhat guilty!
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