A Much Needed Pick-Me-Up

On Friday, I Tweeted this:

image After three days spent in bed, 10 days of a straight fever and the remnants of a sore throat and sinus infection, I was feeling pretty lousy.

Thankfully, my sister knows there are two ways to make me happy.

Butter.

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And chocolate.

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Our original plan was to meet-up in the East End for coffee before my shift at the running store this morning. But getting around the city on a Sunday morning is slooooow. So I ended up going to her. She was conveniently located at Le Gourmand at Queen & Spadina.

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I’d already eaten breakfast by this point because not eating the second I roll out of bed is not an option. Oh, hell, I also already had one coffee. You know, coffee to get me out of the house for coffee.

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Apparently Le Gourmand is known for their big and thick cookies, but Sara and I had other plans.

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Sara insists these are the best croissants in Toronto. I can’t back this statement up a they’re the only croissants I’ve had in Toronto.

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I knew I was in for a good time when I saw how much was flaking off the outside. The first sign of a good croissant is an incredibly flaky outer shell.

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The second sign? A spacious, soft and buttery inside. You should never feel the need to add butter to a croissant, for there should be enough baked into the pastry already. This one gets two BIG thumbs up from me!!

Of course, one always needs chocolate for good measure.

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Not sure what these were called, but they were comparable to a lava cake. Outer chocolate cake shell with a soft, fudgy and creamy centre.

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Very rich, but the cocoa used to make this was SO good. Definitely not cheap. And delicious with the day’s second coffee ;)

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After almost two weeks of being the sickest I’ve been in years, I’m happy to report I’ve now come through the other side. I may workout for the first time in 10 days tomorrow. I may do laundry. I will definitely get my drivers licence renewed. Big things. And I thank my sis for this butter and chocolate pick-me-up I so greatly needed <3

 

Question of the Day: What’s the best thing you ate this weekend? I love hearing the answer to this one!

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Posted on January 16, 2011, in Restaurants, Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. That would have to be prime sirloin AND tenderloin with a baked sweet potato. ohhh soooo gooooood!!!

  2. Christina @ Food.Fitness.Fun.

    Le Gourmand is one of my fave places in Toronto :) If you’re there again their latte’s are awesome, they know how to do latte foam, lol!

  3. Salmon in a honey mustard sauce and a sweet potato!

  4. Haha I do the coffee-at-home-before-going-for-coffee thing too – never really thought about it before; I guess it’s kind of a strange habit!

    Mmm croissants…I haven’t had a good, plain croissant for quite some time! I think the best thing I ate this weekend was a spoonful of my roommates’ lemon parmesan risotto with mushrooms – very rich and flavourful.

  5. “comparable to a lava cake. Outer chocolate cake shell with a soft, fudgy and creamy centre.”–

    i want those!!

    and i am glad you’re feeling better…sounds like you’ve been thru the wringer!
    hugs! :)

  6. drool.

    i ate a box of cereal.

  7. Hmm…I’m gonna say the crockpot chicken tortilla soup we had for dinner. I love that meal ;)

  8. Thai Peanut Tofu Wrap from an all-organic cafe!

  9. Vegan chocolate apple cake! Yum :)

  10. Well…sorta doing the Weight Watchers thing to the best thing I ate? Popcorn. Oh and wine. Not together, although that would have been nice.

  11. oh it looks so lovely, just what you need to recover from an illness! i haven’t had a cold/flu this winter yet, but i bet i’ve spoken too soon!

  12. I live a stone’s throw away from Le Gourmond, they have the most amazing chocolate chip cookies that are the size of your head! Hope you’re feeling better!

    I went to Cruda Cafe in St. Lawerence Market and had their flourless sundried tomato wrap, it was amazing!!

  13. Wow, what a delicious Sunday brunch! I love croissants from Brick Street Bakery, but have not tried le Gourmand… sounds amazing!

    Best thing I ate all weekend?? We had some awesome sushi on Saturday night! :)

    xo

  14. I had a pretty phenomenal salmon BLT this weekend!

  15. It’s a tie! Friday night I had some amazing sushi. Saturday night I had a wonderful steak from the beef we bought from a local farm. It may have been the best steak I’ve ever had and I cooked it myself on my cast iron grill pan! I may never buy beef at the grocery store again!

  16. I baked cookies this weekend! I haven’t done it in sooooo long and they were delicious!!!

  17. wow those little lava cakes look DELICIOUS!!

  18. Both look mouth wateringly good! x x

  19. I had an amazing dinner at wegmans hot bar! yum- not that exciting but pretty eventful for a college girl:)

  20. does your sister need more friends, because she can take me on a pick me up for butter anytime!

  21. I need to go here… and eat some butter and chocolate!

  22. honey, i am SO glad you are feeling better! i cannot even imagine being out of commission for that long. but i am with you, no matter how sick i am, coffee WILL get me out of bed :)

  23. p.s. how did you get that cute twitter screenshot on there?

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