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.


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


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.

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.


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.

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!!

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!


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!!


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!


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


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!

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.


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

The perfect hot weather meal!!

Ohyes, and many of these:


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

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 :)

Posted on July 7, 2010, in Restaurants, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. It was 92 degrees here today in Chicago. When I got home from work, my whole shirt was wet. Gross, sorry for that.

    My bf asked me, ice or hot for coffee this morning at Starbucks. I’m not even sure why he would ask such a thing. I had ICE COFFEE this morning.

  2. I’m back in Arkansas and I feel like I am walking through the air. As in I could reach out and grab it. I am trying to be a little cleaner in my eats and drinks this summer, so instead of reaching for a Diet Coke or beer, I’ve been loving homemade lemonade. I just use the juice of one fresh lemon and a packet of stevia. So refreshing.

    I hope you feel better soon! I think it will help that you are finally getting settled somewhere. Sometimes it is nice to just be around all of your things, unpacked. LOL I do a lot of traveling, so I find that very comforting.

    • oooh, I love the idea of juicing a lemon and adding stevia! SO stealing that!

      And yes, being in my own space again definitely helps. I’ve been keeping my room messy for no other reason than the fact that it’s nice to have a room I can mess up again :)

  3. Yummy everything looks delish, I wish I had bloggers that lived near me! x x

  4. P.S Check out my Healthy Sundae I reckon that would help soothe ya throat x x

  5. It was over 100 degrees here in Baltimore today – WHEW! I’ve been surviving by making many smoothies! :)

  6. Oh my, I feel like if I have to move to Toronto in September, Fresh will be receiving the majority of my paycheque! It’s roasting here in Waterloo as well, and last night I attempted to beat the heat with a Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt concoction that I came up with a while ago – it’s delicious! If you’re looking for a recipe, check it out!

  7. i like staying near the AC hehe…well i also love being outside by the beach pool or lake! any body of water, so when it gets hot I can jump right in! I also love cool beverages like ice tea, ice coffee and the occasional diet coke! YUM

    that super protein salad looks SO good! i want a restaurant like that!! thast so great you met up with kristen!

  8. Cold showers for me too! I’ve been sweating A LOT between the heat and Bikram, which feels good, but is kinda nasty at the same time. That’s awesome that you met up with Kristen – I’m sure you two will have plenty to talk about!!

  9. Lots of lovely refreshing meals up in here!
    Fresh sounds better and better every time I hear about it! The protein meal def looks great. Yay for lots of meet ups! :)

  10. I agree, cold showers and staying inside!

    BTW…I got THE job today! Now I have to resign from this one LOL!

  11. Ummm…move to San Diego, where Mother Nature has not gotten the memo that it’s supposed to be warm. It’s been in the 60s and grey and blah for days..I hate intense heat (or cold, really), though, so I’m not complaining, trust me.

  12. I love seltzer water in the hot weather.

    Nothing stinks like being sick in the heat! Hope you get better soon.

  13. WOW hello my arm is huge in that pic, bahahah! That has got to be the worst angle EVER. And look at me, I didn’t even stop talking to take a picture :P

    I had such a fun time with you, can’t wait for more adventures! See you on Sunday :D


  14. Well everyone, sorry to rain on your parade but at the moment here in not so sunny Sydney it’s 17c (62f) and raining. And on the weekend I spent 3 days snowboarding in 0c temps. It’s early in our season so most of the snow was from the snow guns they have. I’m sooo unfit, my legs were burning after an hour. So I’m getting back to the gym and trying to get inspired, hence why I’m here :)

    I’ve also been sick this last few weeks. First time poster, long time listener.

  15. greensandjeans

    It was 110 here today! Blech! It’s all about snacking on frozen fruit, drinking loads of water, and trying to be outside as little as possible…

  16. “he idea of putting anything in an oven sounds suicidal.” = my entire 9 mos in Phoenix! Could be another reason the high raw vegan lifestyle is just solidified!

    love Kristen and have been reading her blog for 6 mos or so…she’s a great girl and can cook up a storm. Would love to meet you both! :)

  17. Ice tea sounds great. It has been crazy hot here the past few days. I guess ice tea is more appropriate than beer to drink at work! :)

  18. Mmmm I loooove Fresh, I try to go every time I’m home. I wish we had one in MTL. Next time you’re there you should try the Chickpea Dosas, they are amazing! :)

  19. I’ve been mixing watermelon and a tiny bit of sparkling water in the blender then serving it over ice with more sparkling water. It’s a very cooling beverage. I also drink a lot of iced lattes and iced tea.

  20. Well, I can’t do it these days but back when I spent the summer lounging round Austin, TX with my boy post-graduation, pre-backpacking I would get up and walk over to the pool down the street and lay in there/swim for a while. Then eat some lunch and make my way to the lake/river/greenbelt for some more lounging or maybe some tubing. The life!! If it involves cold water, it makes me happy!

    Good point with the running folk. I am failing miserably at running at the mo – it’s just TOO fricking hot. I’ve reverted to inside activities which makes me sad but whateves. This comment is long.

  21. I love the heat! It makes me feel so good and warm. I’m like some sort of cold-blooded lizard that soaks up sun to store through the long hard cold winter. Eek. I don’t even want to think about how awful its going to be come December! :[

  22. i was literally JUST thinking about how a sweet potato would sound so good for dinner tonight! until i realized we have no cottage cheese or sweet potatoes haha. can i borrow yours??

  23. Hey there! I just came across your blog and I LOVE it! Your quinoa dish looks awesome too, I think I might have to try and make it. I am going to add you to my blogroll so I will stop by your page frequently. I look forward to it :) –Maria

  24. fun that you guys met up! sigh, one day! xoxo

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