The great thing about being a personal trainer is that people don’t like to train on weekends or holidays.
As a result, I typically get Saturdays off work.
Why then, would my alarm go off at 5:30 this morning?
And why was on I on the streetcar eating a yogurty mess for breakfast at 6am?
For a race of course!!
No no no, I was not running. All my race goals for the season went out the window when I decided to be a vagabond then move halfway across the country this summer.
Instead, I was up early to hand out healthy protein bars to the hungry runners at the Toronto Women’s 5k & 10k :)
Cathy and I e-mailed a little bit before I moved to Toronto about how much I love the bars. I told her I wanted to get involved somehow when I got to the city and she introduced me to their ambassador program. Today was my first official event with them!
For those of you that don’t know, The Simply Bar is a high-protein, low-calorie bar similar to a flavoured rice krispie square. No, I am not getting paid to be an ambassador. But I do get a lot of free deliciousness for my time ;) I genuinely love the bars and just hope I can get more people loving them too. It’s all about spreading the foodie love, ain’t it?
After handing out healthy treats to people all morning, my day took a very sharp turn in the other direction.
First, I fuelled with carnival-inspired eats – veggie dogs on an english muffin (the only bread in the house), carrots, smoked cheese and pickles. Admittedly, there was a little too much ketchup on there, but it did get me ready for the Canadian National Exhibition! Basically like the exhibitions we have in New Brunswick, but a million times larger :P
Usually I’m not into big crowd-fests such as these, but there were two things I really wanted to experience at the CNE.
1) Canada’s favourite TV chef making chocolate chip cookies
My roommie and I got stuck in some kind of streetcar hell on our way to The Ex, so we arrived 20 minutes late for the demonstration. Thankfully he was still into it when we got there.
Chef Michael Smith hosts a Food Network show in Canada called Chef At Home based out of his house on Prince Edward Island (yay Maritimes!). He’s one of those chefs whose recipes line up exactly with “my kind of foods.” He uses all simple ingredients, putting them together easily. Not to mention, I am totally jealous of his pantry.
We missed part of the cookie demonstration, but he did stress that it’s okay to be laid back when making cookies. Nothing needs to be that precise. Also, he said baking the cookies on top of two stacked cookie sheets will help keep them from burning on the bottom!
No. Thank you Mr. Smith. I’m available for breakfast at your P.E.I. home any time.
Sarah also tipped my roommie and I off to a Vitamix demonstration at the back of the giant building we were in.
Megan and I then proceeded to get sucked into four demonstrations including two fruit smoothies, a hot broccoli and cheese soup, and ice cream. We were lucky we made it out while we did, or else we would have been there watching those things pulverize ice all night. Amazing.
Instead, we stumbled outdoors, for we had a second mission in mind.
First, we needed a refreshment.
M-m-megan! She’s my roommie. And loves foodie adventures as much as I do :)
The sign didn’t lie. This stuff really is freshly squeezed, shaken, and loaded with half a cup of sugar. Approximately.
Next, we needed something of substance for our final mission.
I have never heard of mini donuts as a popular fair food before. But then again, I haven’t been to many fairs.
Action shot of the teeny rings of dough being plopped into a vat of hot oil by a giant machine. And a reflection of my pasty legs.
I am such a sucker for powdered sugar. Especially when fried dough is involved. I had two and they were crispy and delightful!
Then we were off in search of the item we really came all this way for.
At last, we found the building that housed it.
I always thought this kind of stuff was a myth up until now.
Apparently, we were not the only ones on such a quest.
We waited in line for almost an hour, during which I watched them take cubes of butter, cover it in a doughy batter, then bathe it in bubbly hot oil.
That, my friends, is deep fried butter. I had heart palpitations just looking at it.
Finally, it was our turn at the window…
Megan and I ordered what we waited almost an hour for…
What?? You think I care about doughy butter or a twinkie on a stick?? No way!! I want me some of the bacon covered in chocolate!!! (not to be mistaken with chocolate covered bacon, which does not sound nearly as extreme).
People around us were going nuts over this food. They were either extremely excited or moderately horrified. There is a lot to be said for novelty.
Thoughts?? My bacon peanut butter is better. The bacon was too thick while the chocolate too thin and runny. Definitely more of a bacon flavour here. Megan and I are opening our own stand at the CNE next year. One that sells thin crispy bacon covered in a hard chocolate shell, and deep-fried marshmallows in a crispy cornflake-like shell. Our tent will be plaid instead of pink. Or in the colour of jeggings ;)
Just when I thought things at The Ex couldn’t get any crazier, we watched a man in a bear suit go down a zipline. It was in this moment that I finally understood why all the Toronto locals told me I had to come experience this event. I feel like there are some things about this city I really get now :)
Including this majestic looking arch which I never knew existed until today!!! I swear I discover new places here every single day.
The rest of my day was very simple. Cuddled up watching MTV reality shows. Ate a dinner consisting of tuna salad and a sweet potato covered in Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa.
Cinnamon may have a new contender as my favourite flavour. Wow. This one is a winner! At first it tastes very peanut buttery, but then I got tastes of burnt caramel, then buttery caramel. Mmmmm…
I think I’ll take that over bacon covered in chocolate any day ;)
Looking forward to what Sunday has in store! Have a great one! xoxo