Food. Good food. And lots of it.

Bonjour!! I am in a bilingual city, I can say that here ;)

Wonderful questions and feedback on my last post: Ripped Arms: A How-To Guide. I made some clarifications in the comments section if any of you are interested. In terms of designing an arm workout, 2-4 sets of 8-15 reps of each a shoulder exercise, triceps exercise and biceps exercise, 1-3 times a week, is enough to do it. Got that? Just don’t forget about your other muscles too! ;)

I also got a great comment from Averie:

10 yrs of yoga gave me a foundation for everything, 4 mos of lifting is giving me some size :)

Couldn’t agree more. If you’re already athletic, but still want to see more arm definition, heavy weight lifting will get you where you want to be in no time.

Now this is where I seamlessly transition to talking about FOOD.

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I really just want to show this pic of Sunday’s breakfast because my toes are stealing some of the spotlight in the bottom right of the frame :P One of the reasons why I love reading food blogs, as opposed to professional food publications, is the level of “real life” you get from photos such as these. Hello toes!

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Rainier cherries are continuing to rock my face off. They taste milder than regular ones.

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The last of my homemade rosemary yogurt biscuits topped with eggs and bacon. If it’s been a while since you last had this combination, I highly suggest you get on it. This is the best post-run weekend breakfast. The HEAB-ster just posted an even easier biscuit recipe just in case ;)

 

Okay, now that we are done ogling at breakfast, I must introduce you to Sunday’s lunch!! Sister Sara had tickets for a play and the theatre is conveniently located across the street from an amazing vegetarian buffet called The Table. I grabbed a little scoop of everything that struck my fancy. I’m a sampler.

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Beet salad and carrot ginger salad.

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A tofu patty topped with this sweet & sour onion sauce. They were highly recommended.

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Some sort of black bean loaf.

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Braised onions, roasted mushrooms and a tofu skewer.

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As well as a bit of lentil quinoa salad and dandelion greens. The salads were a little lacklustre (surprisingly!). The hot foods were my favourite. Especially the braised onion and tofu patty. I want to recreate both!!

As we were leaving, Sara heard that you get 20% off if you’re going to see a play. We’d already paid, but we wanted our discount!! So we went back after the play for tea and dessert :)

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I was still stuffed from my meal, so I stopped myself from grabbing a gazillion cookies and went with what looked unique.

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Not your typical coconut pie. It was surprisingly light and fluffy, not at all chewy like a macaroon. A touch bland though, so I topped it with this:

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Vegan rice pudding. I’m assuming it was made with coconut or soy milk. Made for an excellent pie topping actually!

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Apple & mixed berry crumble with whipped cream. This was my favourite of the desserts. You can never go wrong with cooked apples.

And the tea!

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The perfect flavour to pair with the desserts I’d chosen. I love me some chai!

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Sara being her usual social butterfly self.

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Me, being my usual contemplative self.

Another highlight from Sunday was biking down to one of Ottawa’s beaches. It may take a while for the idea of a beach not meaning “ocean” to sink in.

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Sara and her sweet new bike pump. She’s a cycling queen.

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Me just looking awkward :P My biking adventures in Ottawa have been my first of the season. It would be an understatement to say they came with a little apprehension. In fact, I had a moment of sheer panic within minutes of being back on the bike. But yesterday I started to feel relaxed again and less like I was chained to a death trap. Also impressed by how strong my legs got over the winter – hills are nuthin’ to me now!

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Because of my new-found ease, we opted to take the long way home and enjoy some of the (weird) sights Ottawa has to offer.

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Inukshuks on the river!!

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Clearly, we had to stop and take silly photos with them.

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I just wish I’d read this sign first. I maaaaay have decapitated a statue :\

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Today’s breakfast had a significant lack of biscuits.

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Eggs and bacon were instead eaten between two seedy pieces of bread with mayo, lettuce and tomato.

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I made a fruit salad for us using watermelon, banana, cherries, lime juice and some of this stuff:

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Peppermint honey!

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From Alberta! It was very pepperminty, but added a nice refreshing kick to the salad.

Let’s see… there was also a notable breakfast dessert.

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I love that my sister agrees with me that it is very important to have quality chocolate in the house at all times.

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Camino Coconut gets a thumbs up!

It took me a really long time to get motivated to go the gym today. I am having motivation issues lately. I’m thinking it may be resolved once I finally get settled in Toronto (moving Thursday!). Until then, I forced myself to do a full-body lifting workout.

Started with a 10-minute run to the gym. I did three sets and 10 reps of everything. Colour-coded to indicate which exercises were supersetted together (ie no rest in between alternating sets).

Exercise Load Target
Sumo squat  70 lbs Quads, glutes
Wide-grip lat pulldown  60 lbs Back, biceps
Good morning  45 lbs Hamstrings, glutes, lower back
Incline push-up  bodyweight Chest, abs, front shoulders
Forward lunge  30 lbs Quads, glutes
Arnold press  15 lbs ea Shoulders
Overhead cable extension 30 lbs Triceps
Seated calf raise  90 lbs Calves
Incline curl  10 lbs ea Biceps
Captain’s chair  bodyweight Abs

I went up in weight on my squats… yayy!!! Only 60 lbs left to go until I reach my lifetime goal of squatting my bodyweight – ha!

Ohyes, then I ran the 10 minutes back to my sister’s place. Mygosh it was hot by then. Brutal.

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Sister Sara said I had to try these tofu cutlets they carry at an organic food store called Herb & Spice.

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I cut it up cold and put them on top of a salad (dressed with watered down hummus). I would have to agree with my sister, these are amazing!! It almost tasted like they were baked in cream of mushroom soup, but Sara says the spread vegepate on top. Genius.

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Salad also included some wonderful local spinach – yum :)

Late this afternoon I continued my quest to find a decent cottage cheese in Ontario… IMG_9094 
Half a cup of Liberty 1% cottage cheese on top of the leftover fruit salad from the morning.
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It was good but still not great. Also, Liberty is significantly more expensive than other brands.
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I miss my Scotsburn 50% less sodium cottage cheese!! They need to supply outside of the Maritimes!

For dinner, I made Sara and I bison burgers using my mother’s method of locking all the juices in (start with a hot pan, then lower it down to cook)

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Sara doesn’t keep  ketchup in her place (the horror!), so I loaded up on the tomatoes, and ate it on pita bread. A Susan version of a hamburger thin if you will ;)

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Roasted corn in the oven. So easy. Throw it in, husk at all, and cook at 400F for 30-40 minutes.

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Yellow zucchini roasted in rosemary and olive oil. I could never find this anywhere back home!!

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All yellow vegetables tonight :)

Sara and I then sat around contemplating what we could do this evening. We both agreed dessert was in order, but I’d already eaten three pieces of chocolate today (as I do every day, fyi).

Somehow we decided it was a good idea to walk 30 minutes to this delightful place called Oh So Good near the Byward Market.

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We got a little lost on the way, but the extra walk was worth it. They had a wide array of different cakes and sweets. My eyes immediately set on the white chocolate mousse cake.

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Seriously you guys, I’m not a huge cake person, and I loved every bite of this. Incredibly light and fluffy, with shaved white chocolate on the top. Both Sara and I agreed that the small layer of jam in the center made the cake.

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Sara got a slice of the chocolate truffle cake. The chocolate was definitely of high quality and fresh because it was the first piece from the cake!

We both enjoyed our cake with a cuppa tea. We briefly discussed the calories in each slice, and agreed it was a pleasure too great to pass up.

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That’s why you walk to the cake ;)

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See you tomorrow!! xoxo

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Posted on June 29, 2010, in Restaurants, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. ALL of your food looks SO good in this post! That vegetarian restaurant looks really tasty, I am noting that place in case I visit Ottawa next year. I forgot how good roasted corn tastes – I need to pick up a few husks at the grocery store again before the corn season passes!

  2. This post inspires me to start eating more creative food combos- I’m in a bit of a rut right now, but every time I check in with you I’m always wanting some of what you’ve got going.. I still think about your herb biscuits from the other day..

  3. Hey girl! 2 quick notes because I KNOW i’ll forget before I see you:

    a) the best cottage cheese i’ve found is probably PC Howaru 1%. It’s the creamiest, least tangy and most delicious, even above Liberte.

    b) I have had that same cake at Oh So Good. Damn it is a fine piece of heaven.

    See you tomorrow!!
    xos

  4. UMM I WOULD LIKE ONE OF EVERYTHING ON HERE PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!!!!! this all looks AWEESOME! fo real. those tofu cutlets sound great! AND your fresh breakfasts! and your workout is baller. you are baller

  5. My life needs more cake. Actually, it really doesn’t. But it does. I’m trying to wait until July 13 for my annual anniversary tiramisu to have “real” dessert…but it seems like so very, very far away :-)

  6. I loved every bit of this post as I was reading from the top down and then the best part was at the end, “We briefly discussed the calories in each slice, and agreed it was a pleasure too great to pass up.” NICE!!

    The vegetarian buffet is a sweet deal, good food, PLUS you get 20% off with a play ticket? SOLID.

  7. holy moly, this is a lot of food. Seriously, i’m full after reading this post.. oh & incredibly jealous.
    I need to find a vegetarian restaurant around here, i’m seriously going too because your buffet meal made my heart smile.

  8. greensandjeans

    You and your sister are having such a good time together! You’re making me miss my brother!

  9. you have an amazing amt of vegetarian food in this post…wow! it looks awesome! so glad that you were able to partake

    and love the “beach” pics…perfect!

    and the corn method, yep, have done your method w/ success about 10 times the past few mos

    thx for the shoutout in your opening paragraph. Seriously it’s true. Lifting will not make you big. Unless you lift ridic heavy AND THEN you also need to eat for it. I could dead lift my weight daily but if I am not eating more calories than I expending, I will never get “big”. I will add some muscle and tone but wont turn into a huge person or anything. People dont think of it this way and i never did either. There are two parts to getting “big”…lifting heavy AND eating (a lot). I could go on and on but one day over coffee in person we will have to discuss :)

    xo

  10. oh my gawddd this is a monsters drool worthy post! you made biscuits!?! yogurt and rosemary at that? WOWZA I need those in my life! that black bean loaf looks so good, I am all into thebeans lately :)

    haha when you said that sara doesnt have ketchup in her place…I alwatys figured that ketchup was a staple that most people have but I was at someones house and they didn’t have ketchup either! I guess if you dont ever use it, why buy it?!?! those heirloom tomatoes look georgous !!

  11. I loved the picture of your Sunday breakfast plate and toes :D

  12. Delicious foods! Looks like such a fun time :)

    My dad just brought my bike back with him, but I am SO scared to ride my bike in the city, I feel like such a wimp! All I need to go is like 1 km to the path and then I am off the road… BUT…

    And I can’t find awesome cottage cheese either. Liberte is really expensive, Nordica is ok but NOT low sodium. :(

    xo
    Kris

  13. that quote at the end is so awesome! i love it!

  14. Tofu with sweet & sour onion sauce is music to my ears (and eyes!). That sounds fantastic!

    Those statues are so interesting! Very unique!! It looks like you guys had a great time together – wonderful food and fun adventures, what could be better?!

  15. I’ve decided that I’m moving in with you because everything you make looks delicious!

  16. That cake looks delicious! Seems like you are having a fun time! I’m jealous! ;)

  17. That carrot ginger salad looks amazing! Yum!

    I am so glad to see you back on your bike, you know with the tour de France coming up starting this weekend and all…. :D

    I would be so all over that little cafe. Maybe it is a good thing I haven’t been to Ottawa in a while LOL!

  18. I love this post! I agree with you; I always laugh when I can spot something random or unusual in my photos or someone else’s. My favorite is when the dog is randomly sitting in the blurry background, begging for a taste! Its so funny. I had corn last night too!

  19. I love the Vegetarian Buffet idea, I would take a little of everything too! You and your sister look like you’re having a blast! Great workout too, I really don’t strength train enough… Have a good rest of your day!

  20. Whew! That was a lot of food to take in. Glad you are having such a great time. Those little stone people statue things creep me out though. LOL

  21. So much to say.. where to start?? Lets see, congrats on getting closer to your squatting goal! you will be there in no time! Lets see what else.. desserts are making me hungry.. and you and your sister are so cute!

  22. A vegetarian buffet sounds pretty awesome :)

    Mmmm…BACON! You are having such tasty adventures, Susan! I love it! <3

  23. i don’t even know where to start with this post.

    i want all of it.

    now.

    and moving tomorrow?!?! ahhhhh…so exciting! i was seeing the G20 riots yesterday on TV and thought of you! romantic, huh? ;)

  24. I’ve come to the conclusion that you love food as much as I do. Every plate you eat both looks and tastes sooooo delicious and pretty! Almost too pretty to eat. But as I’ve said before, NOTHING is too pretty to eat. Ever.

    30 min walk? To and from? I’d say the cake was def worth it.

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