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#coffeefetish ideal coffee @ Ossington, Toronto

Posted on August 29, 2014


People of Ossington seem to wear plad shirts and skinny pants, and prefer their coffee slightly acidic and ethically sourced. Although I bet, if you were to ask any of these decaf Americano-chugging, into-their-Apple-laptops-squinting human beings what the hell ethically sourced means, you wouldn’t get a straight answer.


Baristas wear black clothing and a slightly bored expression. Unsweetened almond milk kind of expression. Facial piercings are optional, but strongly encouraged.

The layout of this coffeeshop is narrow, and long. The coffee connoisseurs, occupying the few tables look like they have not moved for hours, and the books piled on top of the coffee table are filled with art I do not understand.


Cookies are available for purchase. Althought it’s never your run-of-the-mill chocolate chip. You’re way more likely to find ginger molasses with lemon grind, and, of course, vegan brownies – one part suspicious, two parts pretentious.

Nothing resembles real food, as every edible item is either sweet, liquid or green. Or all of the above.

“We usually use whole milk”, barista explains to yet another skinny-jean wearing patron. “But we can also use skim, soy, almond, or any combination of these”.┬áThe patron examines her iced coffee from underneath a pair of oversized glasses.

Pondering my feature bean brewed coffee with plain old cream, I immediately regret not ordering a latte with a blend of skim, soy and almond milks. Just because.

I’m sure it would be magical.

Maybe next time.

Although I’ll have to buy a pair of skinny jeans first.


High on coffee,



4 reasons I won’t be doing the ice bucket challenge

Posted on August 27, 2014
Just like bazillion of you, I have been recently challenged to do the ice bucket challenge. Yeah, yeah, to raise awareness for ALS. Funny, how this little detail almost gets lost in the shuffle. Now I like a crazy challenge as much as the next barbwire-crawling gal (Tough Mudder...
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Dennis Buchanan at 2:10 am Aug 28
I can't really agree with you on this one. Number one is a legitimate would be nice if these bandwagon folks could be bothered to actually understand what ALS is...but still, this is a fundraising initiative, and as a fundraising initiative, you can bet that every other charity in the world is asking "How can we replicate that?" On the water issue, most people (outside of drought zones...yeah, I might raise an eyebrow at Californians doing this) water their lawns on a regular basis, in quantities that make this look like a drop in the bucket, so to speak. While there is no question that North Americans need to improve their water economy, pouring a bucket of water on the grass really isn't wastage by most standards. Thirdly...and this is the big one...I seriously doubt that 'charitable displacement' (good term, by the way) is likely to be a large-scale issue here. The beauty of this grassroots approach is that it's attracting small non-hardship-level donations on such a large scale, yet most of these donations will *not* likely change other donation patterns. Most of these folks probably don't give in the first place, and for those who do, a $10 or $100 donation probably doesn't get them the tax receipt they typically look for. (Yes, it's displacing something - every budget has to balance - but that's not necessarily other charitable giving.) As for the McLean's article, I read that recently...I find the $/death calculus to be a little cold. Yes, ALS is rare, but it's a horrible way to die, and we're still quite limited in terms of treatment options. Don't misinterpret me as minimizing the significance of heart disease - with my family history, every Big Mac probably takes six months off my life - but you can't just compare on number of people affected alone: The average age for a first heart attack is some 20 years after the average age for ALS, and bears pretty decent long-term survival odds if the attack doesn't kill you (which, let's face it, if you had to pick sudden cardiac death versus ALS, it's kind of a no-brainer). So while heart disease research continues to be important, you can't seriously argue that ALS funding should be limited to 1.x% of heart disease funding to maintain the $/death ratio. As for desensitization, that's a broader problem. We have cause after cause thrown in our face, and it does tend to lose its impact...but I'm not sure that's a compelling reason to stop doing it. I don't much respect the "look at how socially responsible I am" (see slacktivism), but if it gives people a reason to be it.

all I want for my birthday

Posted on August 26, 2014
*This post was written on August 25, 2014. Right. It’s my birthday today. To be completely honest, between running Tough Mudder blindfolded, guiding Rhonda on two our of her 20-day epic adventure, training, drinking coffee and simply enjoying summer, I kind of forgot about my own damn birthday. Which...
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Michael at 1:27 pm Aug 27
I'm your guy - for the 70.3 that is

my new favorite racing pant – Salomon Endurance 3/4 Running Tights

Posted on August 20, 2014
Gang, meet my new favorite racing pants – Salomon Endurance 3/4 Running Tights.┬áThis is what I wore, while running Tough Mudder blindfolded, and you can bet your hams, I’ll be wearing these to the Championships in Vermont. While you will find your fellow peeps racing in anything from booty...
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