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 ;)

Posted on October 17, 2010, in Restaurants and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Yummm!!! Dang, I need a trip to Toronto. Stat!!!


  2. YES! Dessert PLEASE! It’s ok if we skip the meal to get there!

  3. Hi Susan,
    Finally I leave a message here even though I’ve read your story for a while. Yep family pictures made me to say Hi to you! : )
    How joyful to spend time with family!!!! Thanks for sharing those awesome pictures!!!!

    Btw bread basket. Fresh warm bread with butter!!: )

  4. I was about to say that the salmon looked delicious! Then I saw the cake. And all coherent thoughts escaped me for a moment. YUMM!

  5. Family time is the best. I think this time of year encourages it!

    You, your mother, and your sister all have gorgeous hair. I’m jealous!

  6. Aw, I love family time! I get to see my folks later this week and I am PUMPED!

  7. Aww, your fam is cute and that cake looks delicious :) I pretty much love everything about eating out. I miss having all the unique restaurants in Toronto to choose from.

  8. I love the pictures of you and your mom! Both so cute! :)

    PS: WOHOOO!!! I get to see you this week!!!!!

  9. ahh yes the magic tofu wrap… gets me every time as well! looks like you had an amazing time feasting, my favourite part of a restaurant meal is usually the main course. as boring as it sounds, i’m not much of a dessert girl so i usually go all out on the entree. salmon is my fave!

  10. what an awesome time w/ the fam!

    love that you can eat goat in one post but the next post, BY CHOICE you go to a vegan restaurant and drool over the tofu and veggie burger. I am so impressed by you :) LOVE IT!!

    Dessert + drinks. That’s really all i need :)

  11. The entree is always my favorite part! I usually skip dessert, just not interested in sweet stuff. How come I didn’t visit Fresh when I went to Toronto? Oh yeah, my family has allergies towards anyplace vegan/vegetarian. ;-p

    Your whole family has AMAZING brilliant hair and I am so envious! What does Allan do with his pictures, I wonder?

  12. Since giving up gluten the best part of dining out to me is the company. I usually am very limited in what I can order. However, if a place has a gluten free dessert I tend to get overly excited! lol!

    Nice family pics! I do see a lot of resemblance between you and your mom and sis!

  13. cheesecake is ALWAYS a battle one must fight and win :)

    so glad you are enjoying all this time with your family – it looks like you ladies have been gallivanting the city in style. i was totally drooling over ALL your Indian food. it looked absolutely divine.

    and thanks for that shoe post – i am also a supinator. i’m still on the hunt for the perfect shoe, but it is good to know i should look for general cushioning. good luck on your massively busy week – lots of love girl!!!

  14. Appetizers are definitely my favorite! I could order a few and call it a day. Looks like you had a great time with your family- those can be some of the very best weekends!

  15. Looks so yummy! its kinda funny when i see people in restaurants taking pics of their food. good luck with the chaos this week!

  16. Yummy mushroom and onion burger ;) I just made my own but I’ve never thought of addid mushrooms in my burgers, I must try that!

    I think I love the appetizers most.

  17. Raspberry Beer? That is exciting!

    My boyfriend brewed a late summer watermelon wheat – but I knew it was not going to turn out well once I got a whiff of the watermelon extract when filtering the beer (it smelled like soap and tasted like soap).

    My favorite part about eating out is not having to do the dishes or clean up aftewards!

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