Daily Archives: October 17, 2010

Family Feasts

Hello friends! How is everyone’s weekend going? I’ve been gallivanting around Toronto eating with my family. My mom is the city from New Brunswick for a week and my sister made it up from Ottawa for the weekend!

First stop on Friday:


Fresh! This is one of my favourite spots in Toronto so far. As exhibited here, here, here, and here.

It’s a popular vegetarian/vegan restaurant with three locations around the city. Cramped seating and long waits. But the food is usually worth it!

I met up with my mom and sister here after a visit to the gym. They’d ordered a falafel + hummus appetizer that I munched on.


The falafel was parsley packed and delicious, fluffy pita bread, and a wonderfully garlicky hummus. Thumbs up!

The fam split a wrap and burger. I tried a bite of the mushroom onion burger and it was amazing.Sautéed mushrooms & onions, tomato, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts & vegan mayo with aged cheddar, gorgonzola or soy cheese.” Definitely getting that next time!


Sara ordered one of the E3Live juices. It was, erm, interesting.


I went with something I’ve had before and loved – the magic tofu wrap: savoury coated tofu steaks with tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrot & vegan mayo.


Hit the spot!


I dunno, you think we look related? ;)


I ended up having to work all day Saturday at the running store, but we had even bigger family plans for that evening. I have an aunt in the city and she made reservations at a new-to-me restaurant, Granite Brewery. 


They’re in Halifax too!!


Famillyyyy!!! Right here in Toronto :D SO wonderful to have us all together for an evening. It seems like these days the only time our family is all together like this is at mandatory holidays or funerals. I recommend getting together with your extended family every now and then for no reason other than to see each other. Maybe for Connectober!

I started with a half pour of raspberry beer. One must try the beer when eating at a place with “brewery” in the name.

I also tried a half-pour of the blonde ale. Both were pretty tasty!

One thing you must know about my family is that they’re loud. They always tell me I’m so quiet. But I dare any normal-toned person to get a word in edgewise ;)


Thankfully, I’m a preferred listener, and they’re pretty darn entertaining.


My family are all blog readers and insisted I take pictures of all the food! Too cute. Here’s my cousin’s chicken curry:


Heather with her pizza!


My cajun salmon salad:


Allan, the budding food blogger:


Sister Sara with her steak sandwich:


Then came the best part: cake!


Several birthdays have been celebrated over the last couple weeks, so of course a cake was in order.


It was a chocolate cheesecake cake. 


After being a good girl with my half-pour beers and salmon salad, I had a fair-sized slice of cake and ate it all. You choose your battles when dining out, and this was a battle well chosen ;)

Today is my last day off before going back to the real world on Monday. But Suday is already off to an amazing start! You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about it. In the meantime – enjoy the rest of your weekend! xo


Question of the Day: What is your favourite part of a restaurant meal? The appetizers? Bread basket? Drinks? Decadent main dish? Dessert? Clearly, I am all about dessert ;)