Welcome to Parallel
Parallel is the alchemizing of quality raw materials to form something unexpected and remarkable.
Our Sesame Butter
Parallel begins with the world’s best sesame seeds from Humera, Ethiopia. Humera’s climate and soil is ideal for producing the sweetest, highest-quality sesame seeds.
Produced on-site, with our ancient stone mill. From there, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy the purest form of sesame butter on its own, or add to dressings, soups, salads, dips, bowls and much more. Seed what is possible.
Parallel is a place where we make and create, and our goal is to make use of Parallel’s creations in all the food at our restaurant. It all starts with the sesame butter we grind on-site. You’ll notice that it’s in almost every dish on the menu, used in ways you might not expect at first.
We worked hard to create a place that’s alive, new, and innovative. We invite you to come in and stay for as long as you like. Bring your friends for brunch, grab an espresso and halva on the go, enjoy our current video art, or visit our mezzanine. It’s our favourite place to take in the crowd, enjoy our organic rooftop garden, watch the sesame being milled in our 150 years old lava stone mill, and if you’re lucky, watch the freight train pass by.
Making sesame butter is a simple but surprising process. You start out by adding fresh lemon juice and water, and begin to mix. At first, it thickens the paste, making it coarse and harder to mix. Then, as you continue mixing, something changes; the sesame butter begins to loosen, and gradually takes on a soft, silky texture.
LANDSCAPES – VIDEO ART SCREENING @ PARALLEL
May and June, 2019
The videos participating in this cycle of video art at Parallel revolve around ideas of describing and identifying landscapes. Landscapes have a long tradition in art as a genre where the political and aesthetic are deeply intertwined. The three female artists included in the cycle define the term broadly as they engage with different aspects of this representational traditions; at times it is the female body that is treated as a physical site, on other cases it is the pictorial plane that becomes a landscape. One video explores urban space, while two others examine the natural world, yet not as a sublime untouched territory by nature that is man-made.
Checks and Balances – Video Art Screening @ Parallel
March through April, 2019
And/Or: Video Art Program @ Parallel
January through February 2019