Jazz and Tapas

The Bytowne Theatre lights up a cold night.

After hearing so much about the darling film of Cannes, The Artist, I finally saw it last week…twice. I enjoyed it so much that after seeing it with a couple of girlfriends I got my parents and grandmother out to the theatre as well. I may or may not have tap danced out the theatre (I totally did).What can I say, it’s a crowd pleaser!

The charming leads in the silent film "The Artist".

My parents took me out for post-movie drinks and a bite to eat (I love my parents!). So on that cold, snowy night we warmed up with some tapas at “Trio” a tiny, but great, place in Westboro. The food was inventive and delicious and there was good music to boot.

Chili Lime Toasted Peanuts at Trio

Make your own tapas!

A First Taste of 2012

We ended up having a great time ringing in the New Year downtown.  The bar was busy, but the lines weren’t bad, we witnessed some unlikely hook-ups and some drunken debacles, snagged some free drinks, pretended to be the fashion police (but just amongst ourselves, don’t worry! We’re not mean!), and practiced our French with some Quebecers. It was a regular night at the bar really, but everyone was so happy with the countdown to midnight; champagne and confetti rained down from the second floor. I basically treated this night out as a hybrid between a few hours of Zumba and crazy karaoke – it wasn’t perfect, but I had a blast with some of my closest friends. I hope the last hours of 2011 were good to you, and the first of 2012 have been even better!

My friend's awesome celebratory top... millennium vintage!

To recover from the partying of the night before I hosted a little New Years Day lunch. What better way to recover from the first hangover of 2012 than with a good meal? I served way too much food (I over estimated the hunger of hungover people!), but here’s a little taste:

Refreshingly cool lemon mint water.

Slices of Spiced Yogurt Pound Cake and Ginger Blueberry Pound Cake.

Potato Leek Soup with croutons and chives

Smoked salmon spread with fresh dill

Grape tomatoes, bocconcini and baby gerkins on toothpicks -- a little bit of a retro vibe on this snack!

Coconut macaroons

Hot apple cider on the stove with oranges and cinnamon.

Recipes to come, but since I need to start going to bed earlier (it’s not really a resolution, I just need more sleep), it will be tomorrow. Happy Happy New Year!!

Resolutions from my nine year old self. Really, not much has changed...except for my handwriting, thank goodness.