Missing Pieces

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Good morning.

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

Current status: cold. small. rummaging around in the dark corners of my mind looking for things I don’t have.

Coveting thy neighbour as a form of self-flagellation. I’ll add that to the list of ways I punish myself. Or can I use it as a form of aspiration?

Nikon D3400
1/20 sec
f/5.6
18mm
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Stepping Forward

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“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Epictetus

Today came almost completely off the rails. Didn’t quite get done all I wanted to do, and spent too much time on Muted Tones/Dark and Moody Lightroom tutorials only to discover that my LR settings were better than anything I was able to glean from YT.

Suspect that this means I’m becoming more comfortable with using Lightroom and can now process/edit my own photos without having to rely on other people’s presets.

Ok, I’ll take that as a step forward for the win. Maybe today wasn’t such a write off after all.

Nikon D3400
1/20 sec
f/5.6
18mm
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Jacobs & Co Steakhouse – Toronto – October 20, 2018

Jacobs & Co Steakhouse blends the timeless steakhouse experience with the sleek modernity of a new generation. The elegant piano bar is a nod to the past, while streamlined yet comfortable décor ensures the experience of every guest is warm and modern. Executive Chef Danny McCallum sources select cuts from the best ranches throughout North America, Australia and Japan, adapting the menu each evening to ensure each guest’s culinary experience reflects the standards that Jacobs is renowned for. A key feature of the dining room is the Dry Aging Room, where each cut is finished to its most perfect state. Guests delve into the fascinating world of steak, selecting their cut by region, age and ranch. Meals are complete with classic choices such as Caesar salads prepared tableside, a raw bar of oysters and chilled seafood, and unpretentious and knowledgeable hospitality. It is no wonder the restaurant is one of Zagat’s top rated in Toronto. Dining at Jacobs & Co never goes out of style.

Address: 12 Brant Street Toronto, ON M5V 2M1
Website: https://jacobssteakhouse.com/

Menu:
1. Canadian Prime Hereford-Guelph, ON – Tenderloin
2. Mushrooms
3. Duck Fat French Fried Potatoes
4. Parusso “Bussia” 2012, DOCG Barolo

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Kinko Izakaya – Toronto – October 6, 2018

Relentlessly festive Japanese tapas hot spot with a strong sake selection & woody interior.

Address: 559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

Website: http://www.kinka.com/canada/menu/inde…

Food:
Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkantsu sauce and mayo
Takowasabi – marinated octopus with wasabi stem
Pork Kakuni – braised pork belly, pumpkin puree, rapini, shredded red pepper, shichimi pepper, boiled egg, sweet soy sauce
Izumi Draft Sake – Junmai – from Toronto’s distillery district
Matcha Cheesecake – matcha green tea cheesecake w/ green tea ice cream

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Ryus Noodle Bar – Toronto – October 5, 2018

Relaxed Japanese eatery with bright, simple decor specializing in noodle soups in a signature broth.

Address: 786 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P7

Website: http://www.ryusnoodlebar.com/

When I went to this place on Friday there was a line of customers which went right out the front door. Which always a positive sign that it’s a decent place.

Shoyu with seasoned egg – pork slice, chicken slice, bamboo shoot, arugula, nori, white fungus, chilli pepper and sesame in a rich chicken broth

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Buca Yorkville – Toronto – September 15, 2018

Sleek offshoot of Rob Gentile’s Buca empire with inventive & traditional Italian fare & wine.

Address: 53 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 0A1

Website: http://www.buca.ca/yorkville.html

OSTRICHE – Seasonal warm oysters, arugula, preserved lemon, white fish roe & barrel aged vinegar
CULURGIONES – traditional sardinian hand-braided pasta stuffed with b.c. side striped shrimp and crema di patate, ontario cherita passata, shad roe bottarga
FIORI DI ZUCCA – crisp lobster and black cod stuffed zucchini flower

Unfortunately, I had to rely on the cell phone photos because I wasn’t happy with the way the Nikon camera pictures turned out. The exposure and clarity was slightly off and I couldnt save them through LR, so I’ll chalk it up to lesson learned and  apply it to the next time I shoot in a low light setting

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Fresh on Bloor – Toronto

A large menu of modern vegetarian & vegan dishes plus made-to-order juices in a lively eatery.

Address: 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

Menu items featured in this video:

Banquet Burger – grilled tempeh bacon, fresh ‘cheese’ sauce, garlic mayo, dill pickles, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato & red onion

Moroccan spiced chick pea soup – star past, red lentils and white kidney beans

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars. I’d actually rate it a little higher than that. It’s very affordable vegan comfort food and one of my favourite restaurants.

 

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