Things I’ll Miss – Bloggers

Phew! I came back to Toronto this week with the intentions of resting up, packing up, and tying up some loose ends. Instead, the last seven days have turned into one big Torontonian feast. I have two days before my next doctor’s appointment in Ottawa and I’m officially stuffed.

I’ve been trying my best to get in some face time with my Toronto friends before I leave for good at the end of the month. Thing is, ALL of these dates involve food. That’s what I get for being a foodie who mostly associates with other foodies.

My best foodie friends of course, are my fellow Toronto bloggers.

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Friday night I took a break from my Toronto restaurant bucket list for a dinner party at Morgan’s with Kristin. I mean, for people who claim to love cooking so much, we don’t actually do a lot of it when we get together. So it was a fun way to break away from the ordinary!

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I’ve had to forbid myself from heavy duty cooking or baking. I did a number on my right and only good hand last week making banana bread. Because my left arm is in a cast, I get overuse pains in my right hand very easily. I had trouble lifting glasses of water for two days after the banana bread incident. So I have to be extra careful with it.

Thus, I brought store-bought hummus. Albeit, made in store at the Leslieville Cheese Market. It was kinda awesome and not that expensive.

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Homemade crackers have been on my “to-bake” list forever. But I had to resist and instead bought a package of locally made crackers. These were very expensive.

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Kristin brought her Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad.

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And Morgan made a Mexican casserole which I ate top of tortilla chips (Que Pasa, the best) with lotsa cheese.

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Oh yeah, and shortbread cookies for dessert! It was a fun and relaxing evening hanging out with two blog-world friends turned real-world friends. The best part is gossiping about the things that don’t make the blog ;)

Monday night we decided to venture out. I know I proclaimed to rarely eat at the same place twice. But by now I hope you’ve realized I’m a filthy liar.

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Many discussions between Callie and I have revolved around self-serve froyo. It’s the nature of our relationship. Toronto (and Canada!) has distinctly lacked such places until recently. We made a date to visit Menchie’s Monday night and realized a real meal first would probably be appropriate. Morgan joined us, as she too couldn’t turn down a solid vegetarian meal.

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Fresh, an all vegetarian restaurant, is conveniently located just down the street on Bloor. In the nine months I’ve lived in Toronto, I’ve been here six times. Just goes to show how much I love this place. Not only are the dishes creative and tasty, but they’re also all healthy. I can eat here any day of the week and not feel like I’ve gone of course with my healthy eating.

I ordered the Tangled Thai Salad: shredded carrot & yellow beets, jicama, napa cabbage, chopped peanuts, cilantro, cucumber & our high protein, omega rich * salad topper with peanut lime dressing
and crispy tofu cubes.

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The salad itself was delicious with the spiralized veggies and a crunchy salad topper made up of puffed quinoa, goji berries, currants, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds & sea salt. Divine. My only complaint is the bowl was too small and made the tangled salad incredibly messy to eat. I lost a lot of it to the table and do not eat off the table in restaurants!!

The salad also left plenty of room for what was arguably the main course.

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Of the dozen or so frozen yogurt flavours “on tap,” I went for the nonfat frozen hot chocolate. I taste tested a lot of flavours before committing to this one. It was just slightly more mild than the regular chocolate. There were even more toppings to choose from, including a hot and cold station.  I opted to go for a “s’mores” theme, topping with graham crumbs, marshmallows, brownie bits, cookie dough bits and chocolate sprinkles. My only regret is that I forgot chocolate sauce.

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Callie opted for a “banana split on crack.”

All I can say is, it’s probably a good thing I’m moving far away from this froyo place ;)

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Morgan, Callie and I ended up sitting here for a couple hours laughing our faces off (Morgan being brought to tears at one point) and admiring the “celebs” on the wall.

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It’s funny thinking back to the hot days of summer when I first moved to Toronto and was meeting up with these ladies for the very first time. My other friends in town would tease me for going out on these blogger blind dates. Like the first time I met Kristin, or the time I met Morgan on the brink of hangover death. Then of course, I got to know Callie pretty well during our 16-hour car ride together to Chicago and back.

Turns out I ended up with some pretty great friends. The best kind really, who understand my need to agonize over froyo flavours and appreciate a good tub of hummus.

Yup, “blogger friends” rank pretty high on the list of things I’ll miss about Toronto.

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Posted on March 8, 2011, in Restaurants and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I am so sad that school has been kicking my butt this week and I haven’t been able to come say good bye :’-(

    *hugs*

  2. I know how close you’ve become with the girls since living in Toronto and that’s the #1 (and only!!!) thing I miss about my time in Phoenix were my Madeline meetups. But she’s moved too…anyway.

    But so happy for you to have one last hurrah with the girls!

  3. What fun that you have formed such friendships- nothing quite like laughing til you cry.

    And I have to say that I love truffles more than life itself and would never have thought to put it in hummus. Brilliant.

    Hugs and good luck with your followup appt!

  4. Until a couple of years ago the only truffle that I knew off was of the chocolate variety, and I’ve yet to have the “other” kind with anything yet. However, I’m pretty sure you could put hummus on a shingle and it would taste great, so that looks very fancy ;)

    Good luck with the follow-up and look on the bright side–you have great pen pals and people to visit often!

  5. I will miss you too! I hope I get to see you before you leave next week :) And of course you have to come visit!

    Glad you’re having a fun food-filled last week :)

    xo

  6. Good luck with your appointment Susan.

    I’m so glad you got to know so many wonderful people in Toronto. I think b bloggers are all so similar and have many similar interests which is why we become so much closer.

    So sad I’ll barely miss ya since I’m coming to Toronto in mid April.

    • Booo! You’ll have to take lots of pictures from your trip for me. Let me know if you need any ideas for things to do or see in the city!

  7. Aww I’m gonna miss you too Susan! I had a great time on Monday, and I’m surewe’ll meet again, whether it’s in Ottawa this weekend or sometime in the future :)

    Also, seeing all those pictures of me and my X’ed hands from Chicago makes me laugh so hard, lmao!

  8. Looks like a fun last week! Good luck with your appointment!

  9. Just came across your blog- loving it!
    That food from Fresh sounds absolutely fantastic- Next time I’m in Toronto I want to try it out! Fresh has a sister restaurant called Urban Herbivore on College Street. Also amazing food, you can eat there and know that you’ve eaten way healthier than you would have anywhere else! Even my carnivore boyfriend loved every bite! :)

  10. OOPS my mistake, it’s Fressen that has the sister restaurant! Either way, 2 great places to check out in the area!

    • I’ve been to Fressen! Amazing food, but I never made it to the Urban Herbivore. I’ll have to add it to my list of places to try when I’m back in Toronto to visit!

  11. Haha, I love that the hummus says “no mayonnaise”! Does Canadian hummus usually have mayo in it?? ;) Gotta love blend dates- the good news is that us food bloggers tend to stay in touch since we have BLOGS to connect us every day!

  12. I can completely relate to the undersized salad bowl dilemma! I can’t stand when restaurants do that. There have actually been times when I’ve asked a waiter for a bigger plate. Haha! As for the actual salad you ordered…that crispy topping is really intriguing me. What a cool idea.

  13. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH don’t go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. awww, the best part about blog friends is they are everywhere! i am sure you have some lovely readers back out east as well :)

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