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A week in Cefalù on Sicily, Italy

January 27th, 2019

Summer 2018, after our visit to Palermo we rented a car and drove to our second destination for this short vacation on Sicily, Cefalù.

Places we visited in Cefalù:

Duomo di Cefalu
The Cathedral of Cefalù or Duomo di Cefalù is a Roman Catholic basilica.
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The cathedral was erected in 1131 in the Norman architectural style, the island of Sicily having been conquered by the Normans in 1091. According to tradition, the building was erected after a vow made to the Holy Saviour by the King of Sicily, Roger II, after he escaped from a storm to land on the city’s beach. The building has a fortress-like character and, seen from a distance, it dominates the skyline of the surrounding medieval town. It made a powerful statement of the Norman presence.

The cathedral has a cloister that can be entered from within the church. The arcade has pointed arches, each of which rests on slender, paired columns. The form is not different from that of Spanish and some French cloisters; the composite capitals of the coupled columns are Norman and other more generically Romanesque in their motifs. This cloister is the model for the successive Norman cloisters of Sicily, in particular that of the Monreale.

Bastione di Capo Marchiafava

From the Bastione di Capo Marchiafava you get some beautiful panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea and Cefalu, and the locals some sheltered spots to sit and enjoy the sunset!

Cefalù Porto Vecchio
Piazza Marina 3, Cefalù

Lungomare Cefalù

Kalura Tree House
Cefalù
airbnb.se

Places to eat or for drinks in Cefalù:

La Fisheria Liska
Via Carlo Ortolani di Bordonaro 40, Cefalù
www.facebook.com/liskalafisheria

The most amazing fish food in Cefalù. Fresh fish prepared in a peculiar way, but in respect of Sicilian culinary tradition. Great both as aperitiv bar or restaurant.

Da sasà ristorante pizzeria
Via Giudecca 58, Cefalù
facebook.com/dasasacefalu

Santa Lucia Gelateria
Via Porpora 1, Cefalu.

The best icecream in the old city!

Corner Of Sweetness Sas
Via Pietro Novelli 2, Cefalù.

A bit out of the old city, but worth the extra walk, this is best place in Cefalu to get an icecream!

Places to shop for food:

Gourmet Decò Cefalù
Via Giuseppe Vazzana 3, Cefalù
mydecogruppoarena.it

Places we visited outside Cefalù:

Castel di Tusa

Named after the castle that now lies in ruins 600m above it, this small coastal resort about 25km east of Cefalù is best known for the controversial Fiumara d’Arte, an open-air sculpture park featuring a collection of contemporary artworks scattered along the fiumara (riverbed) of the Tusa River. The most recent, and most impressive, installation is the Piramide 38° Parallelo, a gleaming rust-coloured steel pyramid high on a hilltop above the sea, now a regular gathering point for solstice celebrations.

Museo Albergo Atelier Sul Mare
Via Cesare Battisti 4, Castel di Tusa
www.ateliersulmare.com

Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare is a hotel-museum of contemporary art unique in the world, just few meters from a wonderful sea, in Castel di Tusa (ME), nearby Cefalù.
The hotel is situated in a territory full of culture and popular traditions. Inserted in a rare beauty sight, in a wonderful frame of an integral and magnetic nature, between a crystalline sea and the Nebrodi mounts, Atelier sul Mare is an ideal hotel for who wants to spend unforgettable vacations. A place of art, romantic and relaxant, for who wishes to regenerate spirituality in a magical and exclusive atmosphere.

Monumento per un Poeta Morto (1989)

The sculpture is also known as the “Window on the sea”, for its strong visual impact. Realized by Tano Festa and dedicated to the brother poet, the “Monument” is a hymn to the color and infancy, recurrent topics in the works of the artist. – the frame, high 18 meters, realized in cement (reinforced concrete) and ferrous armor, is the triumph of the blue color, that is not the one we usually see on the painter’s palette, but the blue of the soul, when a poet and sculptor like Tano Festa, that was adult and child at the same time, decides to show himself on the infinite. This enormous window that frames the sea, expresses the limited sense of the possibility to be stopped with the thought on the horizon. But, also, it’s a tension to the serenity, searched from the artist, broken from the black monolith, ended sense of our existence, that runs through the joyful window adorned with the typical little clouds recurrent in the artist artworks, interfering with the harmony of the sculpture.

Nicosia
Unfortunately during our visit to this place, it was raining like from hell. We were totally unprepared and could not leave the car. We managed just to reach a basic restaurant for lunch.

Nicosia is a village and comune of the province of Enna in Sicily, southern Italy. Nicosia, along with Troina are the northernmost towns in the province of Enna. The vicinity traditionally contained are salt mines and arable lands.

Ristorante La Torretta
ctr. Torretta, Nicosia
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Castelbuono

Castelbuono is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo, Sicily.
It is known for its castle from which its name derives, and around which the city developed in the 14th century.

From Cefalu it takes about 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus to get to Castelbuono.

Castelbuono Ventimiglia Castle
www.museocivico.eu

The construction of the Castle mixes Arab-Norman features with others typical of the castles built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy: the cube shape recalls Arabic architecture; the square towers, although incorporated into those of the façade, reflect Norman architectural style, as also the battlements; and the round tower recalls aspects of Frederick II’s times architecture.

The structure is on three floors, the first floor for the servants, with the essential services, the second for the nobility, with the sumptuous Cappella Palatina, and the third for the court and for guests.

The Cappella Palatina (“Palace Chapel”) was built in 1683 by the brothers Giuseppe and Giacomo Serpotta, with a great profusion of precious marble, stuccowork, putti, and friezes that commemorate the most resplendent moments in the history of the House of Ventimiglia. Here is kept the holy relic of the skull of Saint Anne, in an urn that acts as the pedestal to the sculpted bust of Castelbuono’s patron saint.

There are also the traditional underground dungeons and a tunnel that leads to the Church of San Francesco.

Nangalarruni Restarant
Via Confraternite 7, Castelbuono
www.hostarianangalarruni.it and cefalu.it

Looking for an expert of food and wine, and most of all, an expert of tradition, who took upon himself the responsibility of preserving that knowledge that changed the humanity and the world? Peppe Carollo of the restaurant Nangalarruni in Castelbuono, to quote Ermanno Olmi, is just that, but also a fine connoisseur of wines and a passionate mushroom collector.

In the heart of the characteristic historical centre of Castelbuono, along the main street of the city that once belonged to the Ventimiglia family, nested in a little alley is Peppe Carollo’s restaurant. At “Nangalarruni” (the name comes from the famous woodwind instrument featured in many Sicilian folk songs) you can try the inland Sicilian cuisine – apart from meats and the cheeses, the dishes are mostly made of seasonal vegetables and mushrooms.

A cuisine associated with seasonal products and dishes with an antique flavour, some of which have been revisited in a modern key with a touch of creativity, like the fillet in a manna crust with almonds and pistachios, and many other products with unique and authentic flavours. Among the antipasti, you will find the Caponata della nonna with aubergines, the tortino di panecotto (a savoury pie), a selection of typical meats and cheeses of the Madonie mountains, black pig lonzino smoked with tobacco, roast beef marinated with citrus fruits, mushroom and ricotta gratin, greens with smoked Cacciocavallo, mushroom and potato pie, cream of ricotta and truffle. As your first course (primi), you can try dishes like mushroom soup, organic legumes and greens, cheese, pepper and wild mushroom spaghetti, fusilli with pork mince, garden vegetables and basil ricotta, pasta with tenerumi greens, potatoes, zucchini and salted ricotta, and a fondue with smoked caciotta and truffle. The second course (secondi) could be served at a royal dinner! Choose from a pork fillet in a crust of manna or baked in foil with a sauce of mushrooms and vegetables, served with a side of rosemary roasted potatoes, tagliata steak with smoked salt, the hamburger (beef, chicory, pecorino San Nicola, crispy onion and a cheese sauce), roasted pork in citrus sauce, pork fillet stuffed with Ragusano cheese, swiss chard, cheese fondue with black bee honey, rabbit stewed with Madonie spices and truffle. A sumptuous lunch that can only be concluded with a delicious dessert: the typical Castelbuono Testa di Turco or the cassata with ricotta ice cream.

This destination is a must not only for gourmets but also for wine enthusiasts, with a wine cellar that counts an assortment of over 600 labels. In summer, you can also eat outdoors. There is also an option of a tasting menu.

Manifesta 12 Collateral Events

The exhibition represents the collaboration between Kunst Meran Merano Arte and Civic Museum of Castelbuono, investigating the social and artistic conditions in Sicily and South Tyrol, two extreme poles of Italy, through a group of artists, three from each region.

Santuario di Gibilmanna
Contrada Valle Grande, Frazione di Gibilmanna
www.cefaluguide.it

The Sanctuary of Gibilmanna is a Christian shrine in the province of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. It is located in Gibilmanna, a frazione of the comune of Cefalù on a slope of the Pizzo Sant’Angelo, a peak in the Madonie chain, at an altitude of some 800 m.

According to tradition, Gibilmanna would be one of the six Benedictine monasteries commissioned by Gregory the Great (pope from 590) at his own expenses before his election. On the site existed a church dedicated to St Michael Archangel.

The convent’s edifices were perhaps in ruins in the 9th century, when the Arabs conquered the area (858), while the small church would house several hermitages. After the Norman conquest of Sicily, a program of numerous Christian constructions was launched, perhaps including that of Gibilmanna. The church, again mentioned in 1178, was a priorate in 1228, and thus no more a Benedictine possession.

In 1535, father Sebastiano Majo da Gratteri, one of the first follower of the Capuchine reformation, established himself at Gibilmann. Next to the old Benedictine chapel a first convent was built. In the early 17th century it was decided to build a new church in place of the Benedictine chapel: finished in 1623, it was opened in 1625, including a sacristy and an entrance staircase. The façade was preceded by a portico. The new church also received, from the old church, an image of Madonna with Child, a Byzantine-style fresco, a statue of the Virgin and a Crucifix (also in Byzantine-style). For the high altar a new painting was commissioned, depicting the Assumption. The old chapel was demolished. In the same centuries, the convent was further enlarged and enriched. Artworks added include statues of St. ohn the Baptist and St. Helena next to the altar of the Madonna Chapel.

After the portico preceding the church crumbled down, the façade was remade in Neo-Gothic style in 1907.

Places to shop:

Sicilia Outlet Village
Contrada Mandre Bianche in Agira
siciliaoutletvillage.com

Sicilia Outlet Village is located in the heart of Sicily, amongst art, archeological sites and extraordinary cities. The Village offers the opportunity to shop at affordable prices in over 140 stores featuring some of the most important and best-known fashion brands. It is conveniently positioned at the Dittaino – Outlet exit on the Autostrada A19 Palermo – Catania highway.

Places to stay:

AirBnB @ Lorenzo’s Contrada Kalura.

We stayed just outside Cefalù in an apartment at an Villa with swimming pool overlooking the sea.

This place is really a great gen just outside Cefalù. We felt very welcome by Lorenzo and his wife and they helped out with every question that we had. The appartment is situated next to the host in a smaller recidency with access through a gate. The pool area is shared with only two other guests. Parking is just outside the appartment. The garden is beautifully kept and the outdoor spaces well equipped with furniture. The appartment is spacious, well equipped and very tidy. There are three air conditioners if the temperatures would rise but the shutters keep the sun out and do a lot of work keeping the appartment cool. You can easily reach Cefalù by car but parking is sparse. In the evenings we sometimes took the 25 min walk to the old town. That was an easy walk once you know the route. We highly recommed this place and would love to come back. Thank you for your hospitality!

Lorenzo with his wife and little dog

Contrada Kalura, despite being very close to the city of Cefalù, offers absolute tranquility and spectacular views from sunrise to sunset. In the evening, by turning off the lights on the terrace, you can admire the starry sky. The climate, moreover, is influenced by the sea breeze that breaks the heat even on the hottest days.

Car rental:
Maggiore through rentalcars.com

For our week outside Palermo we had rented a car in Palermo. It was not so easy to find a company that was open on sunday in the city. After our week, we could leave the car at the airport in Palermo.

Our mouse-gray Audi A3.

Guides on Cefalu

lonelyplanet.com

cefaluguide.it
www.visitsicily.travel

P-Hus on Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen – DK

December 15th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered at P-Hus entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in København

2017 – Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered at P-Hus entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in København

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered at parking entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in Copenhagen

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered at parking entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in Copenhagen

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered at parking entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in Copenhagen

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered at parking entrance on Edvard Thomsens Vej 8 in Copenhagen

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered on Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered on Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen

2018 – Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen (Google Streetview)

2018 – Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen (Google Streetview)

2018 – Edvard Thomsens Vej in Copenhagen (Google Streetview)

Edvard Thomsens Vej is located in Ørestad South in Copenhagen.

The parking house in Ørestad, Copenhagen, won first prize in a competition in 2008. It’s located at the busy corner of Edvard Thomsensvej, where its facades enclose very different types of urban spaces and courtyards.

The architectural idea is that the building, with its light facades of a diffuse character, is well suited to the varied context it’s situated in with different kinds of developments and urban spaces surrounding it. A main idea is that the building in its entirety should not by itself signal ‘car park’, but that the signage on street level alone communicates the identity of the building to motorists.

The facades are designed in white translucent materials with “greening” towards the courtyard and residential block to convey the desired expression, and to help bring the large building in scale with the people living in the neighbourhood or just passing by.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and plh.dk.

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P-Hus on Robert Jacobsens Vej in Copenhagen – DK

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2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar at P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej on Robert Jacobsens Vej in København

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2017 – Volvo V60 Polestar at P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej on Robert Jacobsens Vej in København

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered

2018 – Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered

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2017 – Volvo V60 Polestar at P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej on Robert Jacobsens Vej in København

2018 – P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej in Copenhagen

2018 – P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej in Copenhagen

P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej is located on Robert Jacobsens Vej in Ørestad South in Copenhagen.

Another step in the development of Ørestad Syd is taken. Now residents, employees and guests in the area receive their own state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly p-house with space for 690 cars.

One of the primary purposes of building parking facilities in Ørestad is that the cars must not fill the streets, so the city’s space can be used for anything other than rows of parking spaces. Ørestad Syd’s first p-house is constructed from high climate standards with an intelligent system that leads the driver to the nearest available parking space. It is located on Robert Jacobsens Vej 71, not far from Vestamager Metro Station and just between the Stævnen and the new Robert Jacobsen College.

2018 – P-Hus Robert Jacobsensvej in Copenhagen

The perforated facade of the house shows a motive of cars at a distance, but in addition to signaling the function of the house, the perforation also creates a natural vent, which means that the electrical ventilation must only be used for a few days a year. And despite the holes of the facade, it effectively protects the parked cars from wind and weather and keeps snow and rain out. The entire p-house is illuminated by LED light, which, besides being CO2-reducing, is especially safe because it reminds of daylight and does not leave any dark hooks.

Ørestad is a developing city area in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the island of Amager. When the area was planned it was expected that 20,000 people would live in Ørestad, 20,000 would study, and 80,000 people would be employed in the area. However, so far the area has failed to attract even half of those numbers. The area is being developed using the new town concept with the Copenhagen Metro as the primary public transport grid, connecting the area with the rest of Metropolitan Copenhagen.

Ørestad is noted for its attractive location and excellent infrastructure, which apart from the metro includes the Oresund Railway and Copenhagen Airport, as well as the nearby Øresund Bridge. The regional Oresundtrains reach Copenhagen Airport in six minutes, Copenhagen Central Station in seven, and 29 minutes to Central Station in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. Ørestad has once been referred to as “the largest crossroad in Scandinavia”. However, Ørestad has also been criticized heavily for its modernist planning approach, focusing exclusively on real estate development and infrastructure connections. This has resulted in wide, open spaces that are void of any human life. The plans for the area have been remade several times to account for such mistakes, but so far without much success.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and https://christensenco.dk/.

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808 S Olive Street Parking on S Olive St in Los Angeles – USA

December 13th, 2018

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2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking on S Olive St and W 8th St in Los Angeles USA

2018 – 808 S Olive Street Parking (Google 3Dview)

2018 – 808 S Olive Street Parking (Google 3Dview)

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

2016 – Volvo S90 at 808 S Olive Street Parking

808 S Olive Street Parking is located on S Olive St and W 8th St in Los Angeles, USA.

Olive street is located in South Park, a commercial district in southwestern Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is the location of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, and the “L.A. Live” entertainment complex.

“The District includes all property within a boundary that begins on the north at 9th Street and the 110 Freeway and runs east to Flower Street then south to Olympic Boulevard, east on Olympic Boulevard to mid-block across Hill Street then south to 11th Street then east to mid-block across Broadway forming the northern boundary. From there the eastern boundary runs south across 12th Street, past Pico Boulevard, past 14th Street, past 15th Street, across Venice Boulevard to the centerline of 17th Street. From there the southern boundary runs west along 17th Street/Santa Monica Freeway across Broadway, past Hill Street, past Olive Street, past Grand Avenue, past Hope Street, past Flower Street, across Figueroa Street to behind the Convention Center along Convention Center Drive. From there the western boundary runs north along L.A. Live Way (Cherry Street) across Pico Boulevard, past 12th Street, past Chick Hearn Court (11th Street) across Olympic Boulevard to 9th Street and the Harbor (110) Freeway.”

Bordering the district are Pico-Union on the west, West Adams on the southwest, South Los Angeles district on the southeast, the Warehouse District on the southeast, and the Financial District on the northeast. Major thoroughfares include Venice, Pico and Olympic Boulevards, Grand Avenue, and Figueroa Street. The Blue Line light rail line and Expo Line light rail line stop in the district at the Pico/Chick Hearn station.

At the beginning of 21st century the area began to rapidly transform with infill development. Luxury apartments and condominiums with ground floor retail began construction in the 2000s. The district’s proximity to the University of Southern California, as well as the Blue Line light rail line, have made it an attractive area for young professionals. As with many neighborhood transformations, this change in demographics has a few concerned about displacement and gentrification issues.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.parkme.com.

Great photography for Volvo Car USA by Marlyne and Patrick Curtet! (www.behance.net and curtet.com)

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Sutter-Stockton Garage on Stockton St in San Francisco – USA

December 12th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC40 XC60 and XC90 at Sutter-Stockton Garage on Stockton St in San Francisco

2017 – Volvo S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription in Crystal White Pearl on Sutter-Stockton Garage at 444 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, USA.

2017 – Volvo S90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription in Crystal White Pearl on Sutter-Stockton Garage at 444 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, USA.

2017 – Volvo V60, V90, XC60 and XC90 as German Spezialfahrzeuge on Sutter Stockton Garage in SF,USA

2018 – Sutter-Stockton Garage on Stockton St in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

2017 – Volvo XC40 at Exitlane of Sutter-Stockton Garage in SF USA

2018 – Sutter-Stockton Garage on Stockton St in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

2018 – Sutter-Stockton Garage on Stockton St in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

The Sutter-Stockton Garage is located on the Stockton St and Bush St in Downtown San Francisco, USA.
The exact location is the exit lane of the parking towards Bush Street.

This exit lane is just above the south portal of the Stockton Street Tunnel, a tunnel in San Francisco, California, and carries its namesake street underneath a section of Nob Hill near Chinatown for about three blocks. The south portal is located just shy of Bush Street, which is about two blocks to the north of Union Square. The north portal is located just to the south of the Sacramento Street intersection.

The tunnel was built to decrease the grade through the hill. Before the tunnel was built, the maximum grade along the route of Stockton north from its intersection with Sutter was 18% and the maximum grade south from the intersection with Sacramento was 12%. The tunnel was built with a maximum grade of 4.29% between Sacramento and Sutter. Initial plans in 1909 called for a tunnel 430 m long. The planned tunnel was shortened in 1910 to 230 m, with a width of 17 m and a height of 25 feet (7.6 m), with stairways connecting the tunnel with Pine and California streets.[4] The bore was narrowed slightly in 1912, with a total planned width of 42 feet (13 m) and a height of 18 feet (5.5 m).[8]

Construction involved lowering Stockton Street near where it passes into the tunnel from the South, evidence for which can still be seen at the building of 417 Stockton Street (Mystic Hotel), where the basement became the ground floor and the former front door is now a visibly marked window bay on the second floor.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.sfmta.com.

Thanks to Changyoung Jeong for finding this location!

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Tartine Manufactory on Alabama St in San Francisco – USA

December 11th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC40 at the Tartine Manufactory on 588 Alabama St in San Francisco, USA.

2017 – Volvo XC40 at the Tartine Manufactory on 588 Alabama St in San Francisco, USA

2018 – Tartine Manufactory on Alabama St in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

2018 – Tartine Manufactory on Alabama St in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

Tartine Manufactory is located on the corner of on Alabama St and 18th St in the Mission District in San Francisco, USA.

The Tartine Manufactory is an idea that grew out of Tartine Bakery and its ever-evolving philosophy on flavor, craft and human health. They hope the platform of collaboration allows many friends, thought leaders, chefs and farmers to challenge the industry, create beautiful food and improve the livelihoods of every link in the chain.

Tartine Manufactory has picked the right time to start serving dinner, at a time when San Franciscans need nourishment in both body and soul. The talented team, which includes general manager Charles Chen and bar manager Ashley Miller, have been ramping up for the evening service since opening in August. Now, after a series of ticketed dinners to allow the team to get their ducks in a row with service, dinner has launched to the general public, starting tonight.

Chef Sam Goinsalvos has created a menu that starts with co-founder Chad Robertson’s bread of course, including spreads like cultured butter with koji salt, and sea urchin and mustard smørrebrød (basically a Scandinavian tartine). Rustic and umami flavors flow throughout the menu, which starts with “Welcomes” like chicken and pork bone broth, and lamb ribs with yogurt and dukkah. “Grains and Vegetables” are a particularly strong point for this kitchen, offering veggie dishes prepared with care like roasted baby carrots, with Castelventrano olive-herb salsa. The main section, “Land and Sea,” focuses on shareable dishes like a ribeye with black garlic-green walnut steak sauce that serves 2-3, alongside individual items like a short rib pastrami sandwich.

Desserts are from co-founder Liz Prueitt, who has created plated dishes like a pavlova with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, tangerine, and passionfruit. There are also plenty of opportunities to try her ice cream treats, including a huckleberry float with lemon verbena soda, and ice cream pie for the table.

More information at sf.eater.com and www.tartinebakery.com.

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Highway 99 near Fountain 3A in Lillooet – CAN

December 10th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC60 R-Design on Highway 99 or Road 99 north of Lillooet near Fountain 3A in BC, Canada.

2017 – Volvo XC60 on Highway 99 or Road 99 north of Lillooet near Fountain 3A in BC, Canada.

2018 – Highway 99 near Fountain 3A in Lillooet in British Colombia, Canada (Google Streetview)

Highway 99, also known as the Fraser Delta Thruway south of Vancouver, and the Sea to Sky Highway, the Squamish Highway, or Whistler Highway north of Vancouver, is the major north–south artery running through the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia from the U.S. border, up Howe Sound through the Sea to Sky Country to Lillooet, and connecting to Highway 97 just north of Cache Creek. The number of this highway is derived from the old U.S. Route 99, with which the highway originally connected. The highway currently connects with Interstate 5 at the international border.

The total length of Highway 99 from the U.S. border to the Highway 97 junction is 409 kilometres. In 2006 the UK’s The Guardian newspaper listed the Sea to Sky as the fifth best road trip worldwide.

The “Sea to Sky Highway” is the name given to the section of Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton. From Horseshoe Bay, the highway travels along the coast of Howe Sound. It continues for 12 kilometers to Lions Bay, north for another 21 kilometers, crossing into the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District en route to Britannia Beach, and north for 11 kilometers to Squamish, at the head of Howe Sound. From Squamish, it continues north for another 58 kilometers to Whistler, and then to Pemberton 32 kilometers later, where the Sea-to-Sky Highway ends and Duffey Lake Road begins. After going for almost 100 winding kilometers in very steep mountains where sometimes the speed limit is 30 km/h, (99 km) northeast, Highway 99 reaches the junction with Highway 12 at Lillooet, and then goes northeast for another 75 kilometers to its northern terminus at its junction with Highway 97, just north of Cache Creek and just south of Clinton. The speed limit of the Sea-to-Sky Highway ranges from 80 to 100 kilometers per hour with 60 kilometers per hour sections in Lions Bay, Britannia Beach and parts of Squamish.

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Adelaide Street West in Toronto – CAN

December 10th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 at Bay St and Adelaide Street West in Toronto, Canada,

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Bay St and Adelaide Street West in Toronto, Canada

2018 – Adelaide Street West and Bay Street in Toronto (Google Streetview)

2018 – Adelaide Street West and Bay Street in Toronto (Google Streetview)

This location is at the corner of Adelaide Street West and Bay Street in Toronto, Canada. It is in the Financial District of Toronto.

The Financial District is a business district in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was originally planned as New Town in 1796 as an extension of the Town of York (later the St. Lawrence Ward). It is the main financial district in Toronto and is considered the heart of Canada’s finance industry. It is bounded roughly by Queen Street West to the north, Yonge Street to the east, Front Street to the south, and University Avenue to the west, though many office towers in the downtown core are being constructed outside this area, which will extend the general boundaries. Examples of this trend are the Telus Harbour and RBC Centre.

It is the most densely built-up area of Toronto, home to banking companies, corporate headquarters, high-powered legal and accounting firms, insurance companies and stockbrokers. In turn, the presence of so many decision-makers has brought advertising agencies and marketing companies. The banks have built large office towers, much of whose space is leased to these companies.

The bank towers, and much else in Toronto’s core, are connected by a system of underground walkways, known as PATH, which is lined with retail establishments making the area one of Toronto’s most important shopping districts. The vast majority of these stores are only open during weekdays during the business day when the financial district is populated. During the evenings and weekends, the walkways remain open but the area is almost deserted and most of the stores are closed.

It is estimated 100,000 commuters enter and leave the financial district each working day. Transport links are centered on Union Station at the south end of the financial district, which is the hub of the GO Transit system that provides commuter rail and bus links to Toronto’s suburbs.

The building on the left is The Bay Adelaide Centre, an office complex in the Financial District of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The first phase, a 51-storey skyscraper known as Bay Adelaide West, was completed in July 2009. The second phase, the 44-storey Bay Adelaide East, was completed in October 2016. A third tower, Bay Adelaide North, is planned.

More information at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_District,_Toronto and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Adelaide_Centre.

Big thanks to Chao, for finding this place in Toronto!

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Agora Theater on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto – CAN

December 10th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 at Agora Theater on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto Canada

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Agora Theater on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto Canada

2018 – Agora Theater on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto (Google Streetview)

2018 – Agora Theater on Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto (Google Streetview)

The Agora Theater is located on the Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada.

The Agora Theatre is an awarded project for the revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square. The project was selected for the Toronto Urban Design Awards- Award of Excellence in 2007.

Nathan Phillips Square has always acted as an agora, the ancient Athenian place of public and political exchange, but also claims the dual functions of theatre, the place of focused gathering, and square. AGORA/THEATRE – the competition-winning project for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization competition in 2007 – clearly defines the interior space of theatre and square – a theatre for the city – where planned and unforeseen events are encouraged, against a vast forested perimeter of intimate programmed green rooms.

Nathan Phillips Square is an urban plaza in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It forms the forecourt to Toronto City Hall, or New City Hall, at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bay Street, and is named for Nathan Phillips, mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962. The square was designed by the City Hall’s architect Viljo Revell and landscape architect Richard Strong. It opened in 1965. The square is the site of concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers’ market, the winter festival of lights, and other public events, including demonstrations. During the winter months, the reflecting pool is converted into an ice rink for ice skating. The square attracts an estimated 1.5 million visitors yearly. With an area of 4.85 hectares, it is Canada’s largest city square.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.branchplant.com.

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Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St West in Ontario – CAN

December 9th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 at Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St W in Ontario, Canada.

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St W in Ontario, Canada.

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St W in Ontario, Canada.

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2018 – Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St West in Ontario (Google Streetview)

2018 – Designer Fabrics on Brock Ave and Queens St West in Ontario (Google Streetview)

Designer Fabrics was located at the corner of Brock Ave and Queens Street West in Ontario, Canada.

In August 2018, the famous store closed down.

From ordinary folk to the film and theatre industries, Designer Fabrics has become a household name for selling fabric, trim and hardware. The store at the corner of Queen St. W. and Brock Ave. supplied material to the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Renowned interior designers such as Sarah Richardson and Brian Gluckstein have shopped there.

Even costume designers for the Murdoch Mysteries television show and, most recently, the Oscar-winning movie The Shape Of Water have sourced items there.

“I love it, I will miss it; I had a good time with people, I made a buck, I did my best in this community while I was capable and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

But Fainer says he knows it’s time for him and his wife, Beverly, to retire. The couple recently bought and moved into a condo near Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave., but Fainer says it will be hard to adjust.

“I don’t know how to live in another place after so many years here in Parkdale,” he says.

He didn’t want to sell the business as is, and none of their three children wanted to take over and run it. So much the better, according to Fainer.

“I would be freaking out. I wouldn’t want anything to be messed up within my business,” he says.

Sitting in his office on the upper level of the store on Friday — decorated with pictures of grandkids, and framed messages and awards from various organizations — the self-made businessman reflected on the journey that brought Designer Fabrics to what it is today.

As a young immigrant from Poland, who arrived in Canada in the early 1950s, Fainer says he worked odd jobs like mopping floors of restaurants and offices across the city.

When he had enough capital, he opened a small rental storefront. Later he bought it and bought a property next to it, then the next one, and now his store has grown into almost an entire block covering more than 30,000 square feet.

Over the years he has travelled to India, Belgium, Italy, Germany, China and many other places, developing contacts with fabrics suppliers and retailing their wares to the Canadian market.

You get a sense of Designer Fabrics’ influence and its community outreach simply by looking at plaques, certificates and congratulatory messages adorning shelves in Fainer’s office.

More information at www.aseanbreakingnews.com and www.thestar.com.

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