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Weekend Precap

February 17, 2012

I caught last night’s episode of Conan O’Brien. There was a clip of Conan and one of his writers going out for lunch at a soul food restaurant.

Damn that food looked good.

I may spend some time this weekend searching for some soul food or southern food here in Toronto.

Also, I am going to the Royal Ontario Museum on Saturday. I’m going to see some art and some antiquities. Not that it’s the best stuff available to see. Let’s be frank here. It’s a museum in Toronto. It’s the watered-down Canadian version of the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Except, because it’s in Toronto, it’s got that new wing that looks like a small glass skyscraper leaning over like it’s about to fall down. It’s defenders say things like “It’s architecturally significant.” Which is just snob-speak for “I don’t get it but I don’t want anybody to know that I don’t get it so I’m just going to repeat what some fluff piece in a snob magazine wrote about it.”

Here is a picture of this new wing. It’s sort of that leaning glass building mixed with Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

I’ve been in there before, about a year and a half ago. On the upper floors of that wing there are these catwalks that allow you to travel from one shard to another. The sound echoes and bounces around in there and does little to diminish the dizzying effects of being on a catwalk. In fact, it heightens the dizzying effects. I’m kind of surprised nobody’s fallen off the catwalk and landed on a pile of garbage that the curator was tricked into thinking it’s art. Not joking about that. Last time I was there, this new wing was exhibiting a large selection from one “artist” who took old bottle caps and various other pieces of garbage and made murals/tapestries from them. I don’t know. I guess paint is too “been there done that.”

I might go down to the St. Lawrence Market too. I’ve never been there. My understanding is that it’s a hoidy-toidy downtown farmer’s market. There’s gotta some vendor in there selling some awesome fresh bread.

In conclusion, here is what I’m going to try to do this weekend: a) find some southern food; b) try to not to complain too much about the stupid new wing at the museum; and c) travel as far away from the farms as possible to buy goods from a farmer.

And have you got planned for the weekend?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 12:56 pm

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting Monday’s recap to see how much you accomplished. For the record, I don’t do catwalks.

    Have fun, and I hope you find that Southe’n food. MMMM.

    Well. I think I accomplished a lot. And I ate a lot of southern food. All in all, a pretty good weekend.

  2. Bob permalink
    February 17, 2012 1:51 pm

    If you aren’t interested in the garbage the ROM is giving you, why do you continue to go back?

    wanted to check out the Mayan exhibit

  3. February 17, 2012 3:07 pm

    I don’t love the ROM, I’d rather check out the Bata Shoe Museum down the street!

    I’ll never understand women’s demented shoe lust

  4. February 17, 2012 4:01 pm

    I have heard good things about this soul food restaurant. I’ve never been, but again, I’ve heard good things.

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1506048/restaurant/Queen-West/Harlem-Underground-Toronto

    I love the ROM. I’ve gone twice in the past six months. I enjoy the biodiversity exhibit and the dinosaurs. I don’t spend too much time looking at the stuff made by humans.

    I don’t think St. Lawrence Market is overly hoity-toity. It’s not Pusateri’s.

    I heard about Harlem, it’s first on my list. And Pusateri’s, never been in there. I wonder if the one on Avenue Rd is opened again after being shut down for vermin infestations.

  5. February 17, 2012 6:40 pm

    I don’t have any catwalks planned, that’s for sure…this post made me laugh out loud! I ran into those yippy types all the time when I lived in NYC.

    I been to NYC. I prefer it to Toronto. People in NYC are friendlier.
    Yup. You read that right. People in NYC are friendlier than people in Toronto.

  6. February 20, 2012 1:41 am

    Oooh, a precap! What a great idea! :)

    Now there’s something I confess I never thought of – how do Torontonians define Southern food? Southern like the southern USA, or southern Canada? What would the differences be? Would your Southern food be more like our Northern food?

    I’ve found that “southern” is a catch-all term for various cuisines that I believe to be common south of the Mason-Dixon line. It encompasses barbecue, soul food and cajun.

  7. February 20, 2012 2:37 pm

    My mom leads tours at the ROM. She says that “The Crystal” (the new wing) is not well-designed for functionality. The elevators are too small to fit in an entire tour group at one go, especially if anyone’s pushing a stroller or a wheelchair, and they’re constantly breaking down. On top of that, the metal gridwork that the catwalks are made of catch rock salt, pebbles, and other junk and the cleaners have an impossible time trying to dig the crap out of the little squares to keep them presentable. The whole thing’s just stupid if you ask me.

    The Fortress of Stupitude

  8. February 22, 2012 4:59 pm

    That is a stupid looking building. I hate stupid looking buildings.

    as do I

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