Best of Waterloo, The Cord -> VOTE!

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Finally, someone is making a Best of Waterloo list in the region…that only took like forever. KW’ers must contribute so we can continue to encourage recognition for the little gems that find there home in KW. “Best of” lists can draw attention from outside media to bring much needed light to this great community. As a Cord alumni, I am super proud that they are leading the way!

Vote here! http://www.community.thecord.ca/best-of-waterloo-region/

 

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Mid-Century Architecture

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I love mid-century modern architecture and design, so finding this posting on a home designated and protected for its representation of mid-century style was pretty awesome, and even better it’s in Kitchener.

It’s great to see architecture from all era’s taken seriously and that we don’t go and destroy all these amazing homes.

How I got really excited about a fridge

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I never thought a fridge would get me really excited, until I came across a massive orange Big Chill fridge at a yoga studio in a small town outside Daytona Beach. Big Chill is a company I may as well be a sales person for because I hype them to all of my friends. They make retro, colourful appliances that are efficient so you don’t have huge bills just to be cool.

A Note about current home design: I have to say that the whole beige: “what if I want to sell my home, and I want it to appeal to everyone” look is REALLY REALLY tacky and dated. I understand HGTV has made flipping homes and making money off of them seem cool and endearing and a great idea but in real life, walking through home after home of really awful beige and brown countertops and dark wood cupboards with stainless steal appliances shows that you have no independent style or taste of your own. Why would you live in a home with no character or personality just in case you want to sell it in 25 years? And I can assure you there is a huge market for young couples and families that actually don’t want to buy homes that look like their 65-year old parents home. Please god someone stop these types of kitchens from happening.

LESSON: Please exercise creativity and originality (if somewhat restrained, I’m not talking wacky here people) when decorating your home. People are not zombies or housewives in Orange County. Hipsters LOVE character. And young people are fun and not emotionally dead inside.

Taco Farm

And the taco trend comes to KW! Watch out Grand Electric!

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Today in Waterloo, a new restaurant has opened up called “Taco Farm”. The name captures what they are intending to be pretty accurately. Taco = tacos (and other Mexican-inspired dishes), farm = fresh, local, etc. My partner (Jacquie) and I decided to give the place a whirl on its opening day – there has been ample buzz about it and we’ve been planning on going there since they only existed as a Twitter account. I’ve deduced that the restaurant appears to be the love child of the same people who own Uptown 21 (aka Nick and Nat’s) and Chainsaw. The former is known for it’s upscale, fresh, tasty food while the latter is known for drunk people and karaoke (although I’ve eaten there before and it’s decent).

The decor inside is really nice. They can cram a bunch of people in there, but it’s laid out in a way that…

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