We also popped into Badali's Fruit Market (which is right across the street from the bakery) to pick up some local strawberries and some asparagus for a planned appetizer (that was later cancelled).
Next we popped up to Markham's Victory Fireworks, as how better to celebrate the birth of our nation than by blowing up a small piece of it? Victory makes it all the more affordable by having all of your pyrotechnical needs on had at the best prices in the city. A crate of barrages and cakes were soon loaded into the car, and then it was back down the Don Valley to the Hotel Cavell to finish getting ready.
soup. Not long afterword Aija, Nyls, and Suzy all went off for a nap, and I carried on, whipping up a green salad and dressing, and set up the back yard and prepared the grill.
Guacamole with red and white tortilla chips
Crostini with goat's cheese, roasted garlic, and arugala (courtesy of Jen and Doug Tooley)
Friendly Butcher with home-made Tewkesbury mustard and Sauerkraut.
Thai noodle salad (coourtesy of my cousin Lee)
Mini cherry cheesecakes
Strawberry-rhubarb crumble (All deserts courtesy of Lisa Mallia)
Steam Whistle, Mill Street Organic, and William Cider. The sole import was Innis and Gunn's, as this Scottish brewery produced a special Canada Day 2011 brew that was lovely.
Plenty of good conversation, eating, drinking, baby cuddling, and playing ensued, including emergency repairs of the play structure, trips to the park by the kids, and general merriment. As the sun went down we repaired to Withrow Park, which was a beehive of activty as dozens of families and groups set off fireworks displays. All in all it was a blast!