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Hot and Cold

Hi! Remember me? It’s been a while. And by “been a while,” I mean two days. Good news is that we now have the internet!! Yayyy!!! Now I can live stream the Tour de France which makes me a very happy girl indeed.

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The simple eats continue, especially considering this heat we’re in. The idea of putting anything in an oven sounds suicidal.

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Monday night I made a big pot of sumthin’ in preparation for the heat wave. Always nice to have a ton of leftovers that I can just pop in the microwave when I don’t feel like cooking! Featured above is a mix of quinoa, black beans, tofu and frozen veggies. For those two bowls, I mixed it with salsa + laughing cow cheese.

I have also spent many more hours internetting in my new favourite cafe.

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Many lightly sweetened iced teas and coffees have been consumed. However, I’ve learned that if I come with rations, I can stay away from the delicious looking baked goods they sell :)

While I may not have been blogging, I was most certainly talking about blogging with another blogger. Bloggity blogging bloggers.

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Kristen from Cook, Bake, Nibble!! We’ve been planning to get together ever since I first announced I was moving to Toronto. We couldn’t wait until the big meet-up on Sunday!

We’d originally planned on going to a specialty pizza place, but it was closed. Really, it was just a sign that we needed to re-visit Fresh.

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I was tempted to get another immunity boost juice to help my cold along, but I also wanted to try something different. After much debate, I ended up with the hangover helper:  orange, banana, ginger, spirulina, wheatgrass. I hoped the wheatgrass would help “the sickness” and having a cold can sometimes feel like a hangover anyways ;)

More debate ensued over what to eat. Kristen and I were both feeling salads – must be the heat!!

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Not surprisingly, I went for the Super Protein Salad: chick peas, grape tomatoes, cucumber, grilled tempeh & our high protein omega rich *salad topper on salad greens (*puffed quinoa, goji berries, currants, pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds & sea salt).

The protein mix sounded too unique to pass up! I got the house dressing (apple cider vinegar, tamari, lemon juice, mustard, garlic & organic flax oil) and really enjoyed it. The tempeh was amazing and the puffed quinoa added a really cool texture to the mix. So creative!

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I must also thank Kristen for putting up with my incessant hacking and nose blowing. Hopefully I’ll be better for the meet-up on Sunday! Kristen is super bubbly and loves chatting about food as much as I do. I see many Toronto eating adventures in our future!!

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Today is Waffle Wednesday. An occasion I was excited to celebrate in my new place, but it was not meant to be. I forgot to buy baking powder. Oops!

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Egg white french toast was the next best thing. Smothered in a sauce made up of mashed banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon.

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No waffles, but just as tasty. You can’t really go wrong with eggs and bread :)

After this I went to the gym! Notable, because Monday was my first day there in 5 days, and then I couldn’t bring myself to go back on Tuesday. Monday’s weightlifting sesh was a little on the brutal side. I was coughing and snotting all over the place, which is not very sanitary given the environment. Today I went back and did a “moderate” cardio workout on the elliptical, rowing machine and stepmill. Much better. I’m still sick, but I left feeling good! Yay!

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The gym also provided a nice air-conditioned escape from the heat. I hope you runners are being careful out there!! I came home starving and immediately hit up those leftovers – this time dressed with black olives, feta and hummus, eaten as a cold salad.

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“Baked” sweet potato (ie microwaved for 6 minutes) topped with cottage cheese.

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The perfect hot weather meal!!

Ohyes, and many of these:

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Iced tea to beat the heat, and soothe my sore throat.

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And, erm, gelato for the same reasons mentioned above ;) Half melted from the two-second walk home (yes, I now also live a hop, skip, and a roll from a gelato place – danger!). Went for coconut raspberry and blood orange flavours. Might I add it also worked perfectly to cool me down. Well, the word “cool” is rather relative these days.

 

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to stay cool in the summer heat? I know we’re not the only ones in a heat wave! I’ve definitely been enjoying a couple cold showers day :)

Sweet Tooth

Heyo!!! How is everyone’s weekend going? I will keep this short. Why? Because I instruct you to go soak up some of your weekend once you’re done reading :)

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I got my eggs and biscuits!

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My tummy was still off for the most part of the day, but I could at least still fill it with good stuff. Including my homemade rosemary yogurt biscuits. Sara and I have nearly demolished the whole batch already.

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Eggs were scrambled with a little butter, pepper and half and half. Avec du crispy chicken bacon!

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And citrus. Whether juice or whole, there must always be citrus.

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I piled the eggs and bacon on the biscuits. This was an amazing combo. Biscuits > english muffins. Just sayin!

(p.s. Ellie and I did extensive research today on the difference between scones and biscuits. Read here for more very important bread info)

Shortly after my sister woke up and reminded me we’d planned on running this morning. Damn. It was cold, and raining, and I was just not into it. Somehow, she convinced me out. It was so humid it felt like I was running through pea soup. Pretty sure I wheezed the whole time and had to take a couple walk breaks. Got through the 4-ish miles though. Thank you to my sis for hauling my butt out. But I was damn glad when it was over ;)

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A nomination for world’s ugliest food photo.

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For lunch, I mixed up a heaping scoop of unflavoured soy protein powder, cocoa powder, stevia, almond milk, a tbsp almond butter and a banana. This was a lot of chocolate, even for me. It’s just too tempting sometime to eat chocolate for a meal! It was however very filling :)

After this Sara and I hit the road to visit an old friend outside of the city. We munched on a special Luna bar in the car.

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Chocolate Raspberry is not available in Canada, I had my girl Holly smuggle it in for me.

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One of my top fave flavours!

Even though we feasted on some delicious hamburgers at our friend’s place, Sara and I were still a little snacky later on.

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We picked up some Tartinade au Tofu aka Tofu spread ;) I am obsessed with tofu in spreadable form.

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And dill cheddar!

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My first time trying rainier cherries. Delicious.

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Solid snackage happening here folks. However, it was more like an appetizer to things to come…

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GELATO!!

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My first gelato ever!! I’ve never had the opportunity to try it in during my sheltered Maritime upbringing. As soon as I saw Pure Gelato on Elgin Street, I told Sara it was meant to be. I’m not a huge fan of ice cream because it is too sweet and creamy for me, but gelato is made with a lower butterfat and sugar content. I went for cinnamon, apple pie and pistachio.

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Sara got hazelnut, chocolate mint and pina colada.

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Excitement!!! We both agreed that pistachio was the best, closely followed by hazelnut. I did indeed enjoy it more than ice cream, and it took all my strength not to get it in a waffle cone (despite the differences, it seems gelato is similar in calories to ice cream). My new place in Toronto is apparently close to a gelato place. Danger!

 

Okee dokie bloggie friends. I am off to cuddle up with the sis and watch Alias. Now you go off and enjoy your free time!! xoxo

 

Question of the Day: Ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt? Favourite flavour? So far I love real frozen yogurt the best, with fresh raspberries mixed in.

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