Social weekend

What a social weekend!

On Saturday we met Jeanne & Pedro at Kensington Market. The couple are newcomers to Canada, having immigrated from Brazil about a month ago. We met at a forum on the internet dedicated to immigrants and through their blog; this was the first time we met in person.  The idea was to introduce them to Louie’s and the market in general. We hit it off quite well and ended up chatting at Louie’s from 9:30 until past 12:30, when we moved on to the Mexican place up the street for some authentic Mexican food. We ended up partying ways well past 2 in the afternoon, after a very enjoyable morning. At 6 pm my friend Ester came over and we made some Brazilian pão de queijo to enjoy with our coffee before heading down to the Carlton Cinema to catch a screening of Paris, Je t’aime. The movie a series of short stories, each set in a different part of Paris, created by 18 masters of the craft, including Joel & Ethan Coen,  Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu,  Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, and Gus Van Sant.  Some of the stories are brilliant, other are plain odd.  But the overall experience is very good. We enjoyed it a lot. Here’s a trailer for your enjoyment:

You might think the movie is in English on this trailer because they only play the bits that are in English, so here’s one of my favourite short stories in the movie:

Then I came back home and watched Kevin Smith’s Clerks.

Today we went for a traditional Brazilian lunch of feijoada with our newfound friends Pedro and Jeanne, as well as Daniela, a Brazilian married to a Canadian, whom I also met online. We lingered afterwards at a local Portuguese cafe, chatting away over custard tarts and nice coffee…

A nice weekend indeed. I feel ready to go back to work tomorrow!