Favourite Five for March | five favourite sites

It’s Friday and it’s mid-March already. If we just keep our head down and keep slogging along we’ll get there together. There is slush and rain in our near future but things are going to brighten up, they always do, so for right now forget all that and browse. Happy Friday.

These illustrations by Victor Nunez on This is Colossal using ordinary, everyday objects are wonderful and whimsical. 3D Illustrations

You’ll have a serious case of wanderlust after seeing this. Amazing places to experience around the globe on Coolhunter.

If you’re heading to London these guidebooks look fantastic. Herb Lester Associates

So this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts with Brown Butter Glaze is on the absolute to-do list. Just need to get a pan and then I’m there. joythebaker.com

Want to try your hand at creating your own plaid? If you’re a Maritimer you do! Do it here on Plaidmaker

Personalized plaid

The Gallery of Street Art | Graffiti

There are a lot of frustrations to living in Toronto so every once in a while you have to seek out what makes city life fun and fresh. Graffiti alley is just the thing to re-energize you and is the number one “gallery space” in Toronto for street art. The appeal is the colour, the grittiness and let’s face it… a hint of badness and graffiti has become a bona fide art form that is always on the cutting edge.

Just south of the intersection of Queen and Spadina you have to look for the alleyway that runs west over to Portland. Once you turn the corner there is no mistaking it, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colours and figures that continues for the next kilometre.

Fans of the Rick Mercer Report on CBC will recognize this alley as the settings for the RMR Rants.

By it’s very nature graffiti and street art are ephemeral so, in theory, you could visit every day and have a different experience each time.

Toronto is a great city to explore, there’s always something new to see or do. If you’re searching for something free and off the beaten path to do this is a great option.

 

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

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Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

Graffiti alley

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Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

Graffiti alley Toronto

 

 

 

Why is Toronto called Hogtown? | Hogtown

Vegans beware! Toronto’s Hogtown nickname is not animal friendly.

In the late 1800s meat processing was one of the city’s main industries. Livestock of all sorts was shipped to Toronto’s railyards for slaughter and processing. Pork was one of those products, thus the name Hogtown was born.

Told you it wasn’t pretty. The accompanying fruit photo is just to cleanse the palate.

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