Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Come & Share Toronto's diverse Spring Celebrations: Persian New Year, Qing Ming, Passover, Easter & Spring Equinox!






"Live in each season as it passes; 
breathe the air, 
drink the drink, 
taste the fruit." 
~Henry David Thoreau 


 @SOMAChocolate 's
Easter Egg is a sign of spring
Magnolia tree blossoms:
a true sign of spring
Hey Toronto, it's spring! Well, if you went according to the calendar, spring started as of March 21st, though you wouldn't know judging by the flip flopping back and forth between Old Man Winter and Spring!  When I'm not tempering a bowl of dark chocolate as @SChocolateMagic, or leading one of my theme Foodie/LitWalks/GhostWalks as @ATasteOfWorld, I go off-the-beaten-paths in various Toronto neighbourhoods on long, relaxing strolls, to savour the unique four seasons with my hubby.

I'm always thrilled when I spy my first signs of spring: the red breast robins hopping around in search of fat, juicy worms... the tender buds starting to grow on tree branches... and of course, the kaleidescope of spring flowers and herbs popping up out of the soil.  It's spring!  The earth is finally waking up from its long wintry slumber.  I don't know about you, but this year, more than ever, I'm truly relishing the beautiful unfolding of spring's lush bounty.

As a Toronto-born and -bred,  culinary historian, I love how Spring comes in many guises and it is increasingly celebrated in many diverse ways in Toronto, from March 21st to end with Summer Solstice!   March 21st gets a nod from most folks, but for Toronto Persians, this same date marks the first day of the Persian New Year, and the beginning of a new agricultural season. It's a week long of festivities surrounded by family, friends, and lots of good food.  The Chinese community then gets a turn at celebrating spring with the Qing Ming Festival, which means 'pure and clean'.  It takes place 106 days after the Winter Solstice.  Traditionally, it is spring cleaning for your deceased relatives' grave sites, and celebrating their lives with food and drink offerings around April 5th (April 6th if Leap Year). 
Easter cookies

Next, you have Passover which begins April 14th and then ends April 21st, so you'll see this being observed by Torontonians of the Jewish faith. Following on the heel of Passover, we have Easter Sunday. Then we have the Spring Equinox on May 1st, if you're practicing Wiccans. Each of these spring festivals include a common denominator - food, food, food! Does Toronto, the Meeting Place live up to its namesake? I think Toronto does, and for that reason, we figured that it's much more fun to celebrate as many of these spring festivities as possible on our Foodies, LitWalks and even, surprisingly on the Ghost Walks as well! 

On our food tours I get excited about taking advantage of seasonal Ontario produce and intense fresh flavours. Since April is National Poetry Month, we'll definitely recite the late Canadian poet, Irving Layton's poem "Ode to the Olives" and then savour the wickedly delicious black Moroccan olives along our Kensington Foodies Roots tours. If you always wondered about the Chinese BBQ treats, you'll savour the connections with the Chinese food festival called Qing Ming!

On the two Literary Detective walks, we get to see Toronto through the eyes of British author, Charles Dickens during his brief visit in 1842, and beloved Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery while living in Toronto between 1935-1942. The existing and lost landmarks come alive as your tour guide uses old diaries, letters, excerpts from books and maps. Did I mention that along the Swansea & LM Montgomery walks I bring along Aunt Maud's Recipe Book? Ever tried her Boston Cookies? 


On the four unique ghost walks, we share with you the unique energy on the evenings before/after Spring Equinox, when the veil between light and darkness is the thinnest, thus making it easier to contact beloved dead ones. Since our ghost walks are limited to 13 lucky guests, the experience is intimately spookier!  Bring along your digital cameras, as you'll have a higher chance of a ghostly bonus!

"Walking is man's best medicine." ~Hippocrates



SPRING BOUNTY FOOD TOURS at A GLANCE:



* Second Chinatown Foodies Tour with Qing Ming Festival *


    Friday April 18th, 2014 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Sunday April 27th, May 11 (Mother's Day) 2014 10:00 am -1:30 pm

* Kensington Spring/Easter Foodies Roots Tours *
   Saturday April 19th,  May 10th, 2014 

* Lost First Chinatown Foodies Tour * 

    Sunday May 4th, 2014  10:00 am - 1:30 pm


** Asian Heritage Month Workshop with Toronto Public Library **

    Chinese Cooking with Shirley Lum in Preparations for the Dragon Boat Festival
     Saturday May 31st, 2014 11:00 am - 12 Noon FREE Hands-on Demo & Tasting
Sticky Rice Dumpling with Contemporary Filling 




SPRING LITERARY DETECTIVE WALKS at A GLANCE : 

Do you think Dickens or Montgomery knocked on this door?



* In the Footsteps of Charles Dickens: Toronto 1842 *
    Saturday May 3rd, 2014  3:00 - 5:30pm

* Swansea Village & Lucy Maud Montgomery * 
    Saturday April 19, May 17,  3:00 - 5:30 pm







SPRING EQUINOX GHOST WALKS at A GLANCE:




* Ghosts, Greasepaint & Gallows * 
   Friday April 25th & May 2nd, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 pm

* Haunted Yorkville, U of T & Queen's Park *
   Tuesday April 29th, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 pm

* Phantoms, Players & Pundits *
  Wednesday April 30th, 2014 6:30-9:00 pm

* Haunted Kensington, Chinatown & The Grange * 
   Thursday May 1st, 2014 6:30-9:00 pm




Pre-Registration is necessary to ensure your spots and treats are reserved under your name. You can call to reserve at (416) 923-6813 or e-mail  info@TorontoWalksBikes.com or  RSVP on our Facebook page  for A Taste of the World 

I hope you're all enjoying the warmer weather, longer days, and brighter sunny days! See you on one of our unique repertoire of off-the-beaten-path theme walks!



"Walk and be happy. 
Walk and be healthy." 
~Charles Dickens

Thursday, March 6, 2014

If You Do One Thing in 180-year old Toronto This March Break - Explore the Nooks & Crannies!



"The real voyage of discovery 
consists not in seeking new lands, 
but in seeing with new eyes." ~Marcel Proust



Sssshhh! ThIs is one of the best kept secrets around March Break when you decide to join one of our cool theme walking tours as part of your Staycation!  For someone who is Toronto born and bred, I fell in love with this fabulous quote at a workshop, and I decided right there and then in 1993, to use it. This food-for-thought quote still captures the very essence of what we strive for along each, and every one of our Foodies, Literary Detective and Ghost walking tours; shake off that jaded feeling about the big sprawling metropolis, and re-discover a city of fascinating neighbourhoods with nooks and crannies to be unearthed, by going off-the-beaten-track  ever so often. 

By the way, did I mention that 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse, and whenever it has been the Year of the Horse, it has been a time to embrace doing something new. So if you have been on guided walking tours whenever you are in another city, then it's high time to do it in your own city, and you will come away with a new pair of eyes, palate and senses. Make it this March Break to unearth 180-year old Toronto's amazing nooks and crannies with your guide/culinary historian/ghost walker, Shirley Lum and discover quirky things like a lost Chinese Fortune cookie factory in Chinatown OR a lost public hanging square nearby the historic St. Lawrence Market   OR a lost vaudeville theatre near the Bay store.  Do something intimate, interactive, experiential while learning together how to properly use chopsticks....   


* * * MARCH BREAK FOOD TOURS * * *


(all with equal portions of food for thought and palate; each 3.5-hr duration; come hungry as we nosh from beginning to end)
Fees (incl food+drinks): Adult $50.00 SR(65+)/ST(ID) $45.00 CHILD (3-12yrs) $35.00


* * Kensington Foodies Roots ** 


Date:  Thurs. March 13th, 2014
Time:  10:00 am-1:30 pm
Meet:  Red Pole with Black Cat, 350 Spadina Ave/St Andrew St


Peel back the layers of immigrant food roots in Kensington Market , starting with the founding family and then successive waves of immigrants. Join culinary historian Shirley Lum in getting ready for Spring, St Patrick's Day and Easter Day! Cheese lovers will love paying homage to the founding family and paying a nod to St Patrick's Day (Guinness Cheddar ;-) while tasting cross-Canada artisan cheeses! Come hungry as we'll graze from beginning to end! Bring eco-shoppings and cameras.

** Toronto's Second Chinatown Food Tour **

Date:  Fri. March 14th, 2014
Time:  10:00 am -1:30pm
Meet: Lucky Moose Mart, 393 Dundas St W/Beverley St

Join culinary historian Shirley Lum for equal portions of food for thought and palate as she gets you ready for a little-known Food Festival called Qing Ming. Whether you're a Novice or Advance dim sum eater, Shirley will introduce you to varying aromas, colours, flavour, and textures! Prepare to swoon over your BBQ and bakery experiences... Always wondered about your Chinese horoscope sign? Over dim sum, check out the Year of the Horse book to get the most out of this year!

NB: ROM's Forbidden City exhibit opens Sat March 8th in case you want to make it a "theme" day and zip over after this food tour with a TTC Family Pass  ;-)


* * * MARCH BREAK GHOST WALKS * * *


* Each of the Ghost Walks has interesting snacks at unique foodie sites (hint: some are haunted) and your guide/ghostly storyteller, Shirley Lum will share some famous local ghostly tales as well as little-known eerie personal accounts of lucky guides and guests over the past 13 years! Warning: Some sites with strong, eerie vibes are NOT for the faint for the heart guests! Bring digital cameras!  
* Rates (incl snacks): Adult $25 SR(65+)/ST (ID) $20 Child (3-12) $15
* Each tour is limited to 13 lucky guests to ensure quality ghost walk experience


 ** Haunted Yorkville, U of T & Queen's Park ** 

Date:  Tues. March 11th, 2014
Time:  6:30-9:00pm
Meet: ROM,100 Queen's Park, steps


What lurks in the shadow of the buildings around the ROM, Yorkville Village, and U of T? Find out as we stroll in and out of buildings in these 3 areas, and even pause to tell a ghost story while tasting the best Hungarian coffee cake in Yorkville's oldest café before heading to one of U of T's most haunted lecture halls! Warning: Not for the faint of heart as we will trace the route of a chase connected to a famous U of T murder and mystery disappearance!


 ** Phantoms, Players & Pundits **


Date:  Wed March 12th, 2014
Time:  6:30-9:00pm
Meet: Old City Hall, front steps, 60 Queen ST W/Bay St 


Ever wondered about how many people have encountered ghostly experiences while working within the Financial and Entertainment Districts? More than you think. Lucky for us, we get quite a bit of folks trying to get down to the bottom of the hijinks at work, and they join us and ends up sharing some interesting experiences!  Find out as we check sites like the Old and New City Halls, Osgoode Hall, Campbell House, and Royal Alexandra Theatre to name a few! Warning: Not for the faint of heart due to strong, weird vibes at the forgotten public hanging square. Bring digital cameras.

** Haunted Kensington, Chinatown & The Grange **


Date:  Thurs. March 13th, 2014
Time:  6:30-9:00pm
Meet: Red Pole with Black Cat, 350 Spadina Ave/St Andrew St (1 bl N of Dundas St W)


As dusk approaches, the spirits lurking in the shadows come out to share their 200 years of memories... Fans of ghosts, vampire and zombies, will discover eerie tales with multicultural twists within the commercial and residential quarters of Kensington and Chinatown.  When we end with eerie accounts of past tour guides and guests at the backside of AGO.  We dare you to return the next day to the AGO, and experience The Grange on your own.


  ** Ghosts, Greasepaint, & Gallows **


Date:  Fri March 14th, 2014
Time:  6:30-9:00pm

Meet: St Lawrence Market, middle Gate,  92 Front St E

This ghost walk is not for the faint of heart due to the strong, weird vibes from the long forgotten public hanging square, the old jail and the vaudeville theatres. Did we mention Toronto's first mayor and his much haunted home-turned-museum? You might find Canadian politics to be hauntingly a thrilling topic after this ghost walk! 

Note: this tour ends at Eaton's Centre.


*** MARCH BREAK LITERARY DETECTIVE WALK ***


 ** Swansea & LM Montgomery **


Date: Sat March 15th, 2014
Time:  3:00-5:30pm
Meet: Runnymede Stn, Runnymede exit, by phone booths


Anne of Green Gables fans unite! Follow in the footsteps of Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who lived the last 7 years of her life in Swansea Village. As your guide, Shirley share excerpts from LMM's journals, letters and the novel, Jane of Lantern Hill, you'll understand the connections with her last home and some buildings still standing! Ever wondered which type of cookies filled the family cookie jar? Find out as your guide let you have a sneak peek at LMM's recipe book! Bring cameras. 



Who said that March Break can't be goof-off time for the little and especially the big kids at heart?  On that note, call up a few friends and goof-off together with us.  Don't forget to pre-book your spots to avoid being disappointed, as we are limiting each tour to an intimate size of 11 guests (each food tour) to 13 guests (each LitWalk and each Ghost Walk) to ensure quality interactive experiences. 




Pre-register with A Taste of the World 
via phone (416) 923-6813 or 
  e-mail  info@TorontoWalksBikes.com




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Foodies! Celebrate the Year of the Horse Together!

Find out what the Year of the Wood Horse
holds in store for your Chinese animal sign!


Happy New Year!

Gung Hei Fatt Choi  in Cantonese or...
Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin or ...
Chuc Mung Nam Mui in Vietnamese! 


Lucky Candies in lieu of Lucky Money

Foodies unite! Chinese Lunar New Year takes place earlier in 2014 than in 2013! Most folks think it's only a 15-days food festival to end all festivals, starting on New Year's Day which happens to be Friday January 31st, 2014 and wrapping up with the Lantern Festival 15-days later on Valentine's Day. Shhhh! We'll let you in on one of the best-kept secrets. If you count the exciting preparatory week prior to curtains going up on Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve, it becomes a 21-day food festival to rejoice, relish and share! 


It's hard to believe, but 17 years ago I had guests who had done either the Lost First Chinatown Food Tour or the Second  Chinatown Foodie Tour, and requested for behind-the-scenes food tours during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, so they can understand  and embrace the richness of old and new customs, traditions and superstitions. So in 1997, I obliged by launching my first annual Chinese Lunar New Year food tours lasting  two weeks, and by 2007 we offered the exciting preparatory celebratory and Grand Finale periods on the 3-week food tours, but I also launched a hosted Chinese New Year's Eve and Day multi-course banquets for folks intrigued by the dictate of old customs, traditions and superstitions. 

The hosted multi-course banquets were also a reflection of the demographic trends: my own mother, who like many others Chinese moms and grandmothers, was beginning to find it too challenging to cook 8 to 12 symbolic dishes from scratch. It was time to gracefully take the task away from her, and allow her to enjoy the numerous dishes sans exhaustion, and my sister and I no longer had to deal with the mountain of dirty dishes, pots and pans afterwards!  Thanks to a request three years ago, I will be hosting my second annual  Lantern Festival banquet. As a locally born and bred Chinese, I feel lucky to be able to share my own culture/heritage mixed in with local Toronto Chinese history, and then toss in full sensory experience as we experience the gastronomic part of this festival. 

So lets celebrate together by bidding the Year of the Water Snake farewell, and welcoming in the Year of the Wood Horse with Culinary Historian, Guide & Founder, Shirley Lum of A Taste of the World while peeling back the layers of history in Toronto’s second Chinatown on intimate food tours and/or hosted multi-course banquets. You will experience equal portions of food-for-thought, palate and full-sensory experiences as Shirley shares old and new customs, traditions, and superstitions behind the festive food and drinks! 



Long-time locals, newcomers and visitors 
have three exciting ways to 
immerse themselves in this festival of all Chinese food festivals!


(I) 17th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year's Food Tours (3 unique periods to immerse oneself on intimate tours):

(i) Preparations for Chinese New Year’s Eve



Dates: Fri., Sat. & Sun. January 24, 25, 26, 2014 
Time:  10:00 am-1:30 pm
Meet:   Lucky Moose Mart, 393 Dundas St W

Floral decorations 2013

Need more luck in 2014?  Find out how you can get the most out of the Year of the Wood Horse as Culinary Historian Shirley Lum shares some of the necessary ways to spruce up your home and office for this exciting new year! This behind-the-scenes food tour includes hosted dim sum complete with review of chopsticks & tea pouring etiquettes over Chinese horoscope book for Year of the Wood Horse; Asian grocery store tour with bi-lingual shopping list to pick-up symbolic and essential ingredients to prep in cooking/decorating; restaurant supply store for essential decorations & to replenish your pantry; and bakery visit and tasting of symbolic  festive pastries. 

Note: Each tour is limited to 11 spots to keep it intimate
Fees ($CAD; Cash on day of the tour; include food + non-alcoholic drinks; $CAD): Adult $50.00 SR/ST (ID)$45.00 Child (3-12yrs old) $35.00


(ii) Celebration of the Year of the Wood Horse

Dates:  Fri., Sat. & Sun. January 31, February 1, 2 (Sold Out), 8, 9, 2014 

Time:  10:00 am-1:30 pm
Meet: Lucky Moose Mart, 393 Dundas St W 

Lion Dance 2013

If you love the thrill and excitement of celebrations, then the food tours that take place on these dates will tickle your fancy! Each tour includes hosted dim sum where your host aka culinary historian, Shirley Lum orders a variety of aromas, flavours, and textures to tantalize all your senses while keeping with symbolism needed for luck! An Asian grocery store tour to pick-up ingredients to cook/decorate/to be gifted will make folks popular as they attend parties afterwards! Don't forget to save some room for the bakery tastings of symbolic pastries; and high chances of catching Lion Dances this weekend. Bring digital cameras for added bonus of Lion Dances! 

Note: Each tour is limited to 11 spots to keep it intimate
Fees (incl food + non-alcoholic drinks; $CAD): Adult $50.00 SR/ST (ID)$45.00 Child (3-12yrs old) $35.00

(iii) Lantern Festival: Grand finale of 15-day festivities

Date:  Fri. February 14, 2014 

Time:  10:00am-1:30pm
Lanterns 2013
Meet: Lucky Moose Mart, 393 Dundas St W.

The Lantern Festival or Big New Year, formally ends the New  Year celebrations, marking the return of the spring light and the lengthening of the day! In 2014 it  is double luck for attendees as it also falls on Valentine's Day! This tour includes hosted dim sum; lantern shop; Asian grocery store tour to pick-up ingredients to cook/decorate; and bakery tasting of symbolic pastries for the grand finale of Chinese Lunar New Year plus Valentine's Day.  

Note:  Tour is limited to 11 spots to keep it intimate
Fees (incl food + non-alcoholic drinks; $CAD): Adult $50.00 SR/ST (ID)$45.00 Child (3-12yrs old) $35.00




Reserve your place setting now! 



(II) Join our 7th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year's Day 11-course Banquet to kick-off the Year of the Wood Horse
Date:  Fri.  January 31st, 2014
Time:  6:00- 8:00 pm
Location: Taste of China Seafood Restaurant
Fees: $58.00 per person OR $500.00 a table of 10



Notes: Two tables have been reserved. Total 18 seats available at this point. Please book your spots soon to avoid being disappointed. 
Join Culinary historian, Shirley Lum and other guests as she shares the rich symbolism, rituals and superstitions behind this elaborate communal meal traditionally reserved for immediate family members, now limited to  a few special guests. Each guest gets a keepsake at the end of this splendid night! 


2014 Menu:

Lobster platter 2013
 * Crab Meat & Fish Maw Soup
 * Stir-Fried Big Shrimps
 * Phoenix Nest w/ Seafood Medley & Vegetables
 * Whole Crispy Chicken w/ flavoured Salt/pepper + Shrimp Chips
 * Pork Chops w/ House BBQ sauce
 * Four Treasure Braised Vegetables
 * Double Lobsters with Ginger, Garlic & Green Onion
 * Whole Steamed Fish
 * E-Mein (noodles)
 * Yeungchow Fried Rice
 * Sweet Dessert Soup & Fortune Cookies



(III) Grande Final: Second Annual Lantern Festival 8-course Banquet (and hint...hint... Valentine's Day)

Date:  Fri. February 14th, 2014
Time:  6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Taste of China Seafood Restaurant

Fees: $50.00 per person OR $480.00 a table of 10



Note: Two tables have been reserved. Total 18 seats available at this point. The Lantern Festival or Big New Year, formally ends the New  Year celebrations, marking the return of the spring light and the lengthening of the day! How are lanterns connected with this day? Find out over this special communal meal. Each guest gets a keepsake at the end of this splendid night.  Bring digital cameras!

Shrimp platter 2013
2014 Menu:

 * Crab Meat & Fish Maw Soup
 * Scallop with Meat
 * Big Tiger Shrimps
 * Crispy Whole Chicken with Flavoured Salt/Pepper and garnished with Shrimp Chips
 * Traditionally Braised dish of Tofu, Meat & vegetables
 * Double Lobsters with Ginger, Garlic & Green Onions
 * Steamed Whole Fish
 * Sweet Dessert Soup & Fortune Cookies



Have we whet your appetite yet? Don't wait until the last minute to book your spots, as each of the food tours and even the banquets are kept at intimate size, which translates to limited spots.  Once we're filled to capacity on each event, we will turn away folks! 


Feng Shui tip:
Place bamboos in your SE corner for Wealth in 2014! 

Book your spots now by email  info@Torontowalksbikes.com or 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Make Time for Life with Loved Ones On Intimate Food Tours Over the Holiday Season


"Time is free, but it's priceless. 
You can't own it, but you can use it. 
You can't keep it, but you can spend it. 
Once you've lost it you can never get it back." ~ Harvey Mackay
 author of best-selling book, Swim With the Sharks

"They say time is money but that's not true. 
Time is life." ~Ann Voskamp 
author of best-selling book, One Thousand Gifts


Are you also finding that once Toronto's Santa Claus parade arrives in town, it's a cue for the city to flip on the "Holiday" switch?  It's time to enjoy (or dread) the onslaught of holiday parties,  time to play festive music in all the shopping malls, and time to savour the early sunsets giving way to twinkling cavalcades of lights on buildings and trees. December may have 31 days, yet it always seems to be shorter  as it ends up jam packed with early deadlines, staff parties, and shopping for the perfect gifts for loved ones.

2013 marks 20 years of designing and conducting intimate Food Tours, LitWalks and GhostWalks for A Taste of the World in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Over the years, I have felt honoured to be leading a food tour whenever a loyal patron/guest returns, and book themselves and a loved one to join one of our popular holiday food tours (i.e. Kensington Festive Food Roots or Chinese Lunar New Year tour/banquets). The gift of your precious time to others is a gift to yourself. Time well spent together on a food tour is one of the most rewarding and cherished in life. From time to time, over the 20 years,  I get patrons dropping a line  or two via a hand written 'Thank You' note, an email,  a Facebook update or even a Twitter 'shout out' - and often it's about their cherished memories of the fantastic foodie moments shared with their loved ones and yours truly.

In the month of December, I look forward to celebrating  all the Festivals of Lights along the Kensington Festive Food Roots tours (Sunday December 8th, 15th @ 10am-1:30pm; Saturday December 21st 9:30am-1:00pm). Toronto, lives up to its namesake, The Meeting Place, as we celebrate the festivities and foods behind Diwali, Chanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  Each tour will be kept to an intimate size comprising of 11 lucky guests, so book your spots now to avoid being disappointed! You can still book by phone at (416) 923-6813 or via email info@TorontoWalksBikes.com .  These food tours will be extra special as the lucky foodies will be treated to artisan chocolates, personally made by my alter ego @SChocolateMagic, as I complete the Chocolate Confections course while working my way through George Brown College's Professional Chocolatier Certificate programme. I hope you will be able to set aside some time to join me in lighting up and celebrating life as 2013 wraps up.

Happy Holidays!

Shirley Lum, Founder, Culinary Historian & Food Tour Guide
A Taste of the World 
Est. 1993



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Lest We Forget... Remembrance Day on November 11, 2013


In honour of those who fought & those who fell. May peace be our future.


"A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King 

or 
Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. 
We are it. 
It is up to us. 
It is up to you." ~Marian W Edelman 


Lest  we forget on Remembrance Day the Canadians who fought and gave us peace in the past and those who continues in the present time. This grateful Canadian-Chinese is headed off to Hart House Circle for the service, and will wear this hat in Remembrance...