Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!
1. Mac’s Mural and Neighbours Day
A couple of weeks ago in the Friday Five, I posted about this blank wall outside my neighbourhood Mac’s store.
And here is what it’s been transformed into this week!!
You can check out more pictures and videos of the work in progress, and yesterday’s reveal on the Williamsburg Community Association Facebook page.
The project was finished just in time for Neighbour’s Day this Saturday! Don’t forget to check out what’s happening in your ‘hood for this city-wide annual celebration!
2. Wonder Pens
This family-run company in Toronto, Ontario specializes in specialty fountain pens and stationery supplies; a very narrow niche market, that some could say is falling by the way-side with the advent of all things digital. But there is popular return to “pen and paper”, calligraphy, and traveller’s notebooks (see my Friday Five post on my favourite Chic Sparrow notebooks).
My latest addition to my traveller’s notebooks meant shopping for some size specific accessories. While other online retailers like Amazon and Etsy will usually fit my needs, in this case, Wonder Pens is not only less expensive, but much quicker than waiting for shipments from Japan.
But what makes Wonder Pens amazing is their attention to detail, and good old fashioned customer service. When was the last time you got a hand-written thank you note for your business?
3. Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls
Our summer weather is about to get HOT this weekend. I find it always makes for a struggle when looking for meal ideas that don’t involve the stove or the oven. We love the barbecue, but sometimes even that seems like too much effort when the temperature outside soars.
A few weeks ago I came across this recipe on Facebook, and thought I’d give it a try. I had all the ingredients on hand except mint, so I just made a quick trip to the grocery store. We keep frozen, pre-cooked shrimp in the freezer, as it makes a quick protein to add to salads. Just dump about half the bag in a bowl of cold water and thaw for a few minutes.
I have made a similar recipe before, but this one also included a tip for rolling the rice noodles in romaine first. It made rolling everything in the rice paper soooo much easier!
While they do take a bit of effort, and patience, I think the results came out pretty good!
My finicky boys weren’t fans, but the rest of the family enjoyed them. I will definitely make these again. They would make a great addition to a pool party or get-together with friends!
4. John Williams tribute
Harvard University’s recent commencement ceremony included a special tribute to composer John Williams. If you’re not sure who John Williams is, check out the video, and see how many of the songs you recognize!
5. Nutella Cafe
We’re pretty big Nutella fans in our house. I am a bit ashamed to admit that most jars don’t last long, and rarely see anything other than a spoon. So we are totally on board with this new cafe Ferrero is opening in Chicago, celebrating all things Nutella!!
Now, there is a Nutella cafe in Toronto, but it’s more of a “grab and go”, not the dedicated chocolate hazelnut establishment Chicago welcomed this past week.
Definitely adding this to my list of places to visit in the windy city!