One of my favourite communal foods is hands down southern BBQ. My buddy Spencer spent 8 months designing and welding this insane custom smoker for our day one homie and chef extraordinaire Nigel Thompson. Spencer and his fiancé Abby were nice enough to allow Nigel to throw a super dope summer BBQ party which featured the Sneaky Cheats smoker at their home in Charlottetown. Nigel and friends cooked up some mind blowing slow and low smoked pork, chicken, salmon and some mind melting steaks to fulfill everyones imbibing needs. Nigel topped off the night of drinking with a mouth watering (literally) smoked Bologna sandwich platter which was chopped up in to personal slices and disappeared in a whole 10-seconds (I think I got a bite of somebodys). All in all there were plenty of incredible food, refreshing drinks, lots of wu-tang and some great friends made for a very warming PEI house party.
Sometimes the concrete jungle we live in becomes too much and you need to just slow down and chill out by some plants. Allan Gardens is such a place, located in downtown Toronto where you can walk in a door and feel like your in some amazonian jungle dome and almost be guaranteed that there will be photo-worthy light and backdrops anytime you show up. We stopped in for a quick walk-through the other day to grab some peaceful, green creative vibes with our homie Brennan Michael, who also takes major inspiration from botanicals for his personal fragrance line Memory 01. No matter how many times you visit Allan Gardens, every time it feels slightly new and different. You notice something new every time.
Over the holidays, we've been fortunate enough to explore areas of Quebec, which we normally wouldn't venture, and it's been a great experience thus far. There is an small town on the south shore just east of Montréal called Boucherville, which has an impressive number of older victorian'esque style houses and small streets. There is a coffee shop/bistro/boutique in a small square called Saint Laurent Café Boutique which houses a small, cozy yet very spacious space with high ceilings and a wood burning fire place. I left the house with a dead camera battery which wasn't the best but managed to fire of some shots before it died.