Remember when it was the weekend??
While Toronto may be a go-go-go city throughout the week, I love the pace it takes on over the weekend. Families emerge in their neighbourhoods with a more friendly and relaxed manner.
Let us bask in the weekend once more with a Sunday recap, shall we?
Sister Sara and I are doing a half marathon together!! Completing a half marathon was actually one of my 2010 goals. But it got sidelined once I decided to move halfway across the country. Now it will be accomplished in May 2011 with my big sis at my side! I think it’s the perfect goal for both of us to have right now and will be a fun bonding experience :)
We spent 4-ish miles chatting about our future half marathon and other things while running along my favourite lakefront trail Sunday morning. We’re lucky enough to pace similarly and are currently maintaining the same mileage base. Should be a fun adventure!
After working up an appetite running, Sara, my mom, roommie and I all hit up a local joint for Sunday brunch.
Pulp Kitchen has been on my “to-visit list” forrrever! They’re a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a juice bar.
That waitress totally called us out for being East Coasters for talking about Joel Plaskett and Jill Barber. Ha!
I treated myself to a Chunky Monkey shake made with chocolate soymilk, banana and espresso.
Roommie Megan got the Cocoa Berry shake with chocolate soymilk, strawberries, banana and ginko biloba.
Megan’s was awesome, but I enjoyed the caffeine boost in mine!
Mom got the PK sandwich with crispy tofu, avocado and cilantro dijon mayo. She said she enjoyed the bread and crispy mayo.
Sara got the blueberry waffles. I tried a bit, but we all agreed mine are better ;)
Finally, I got the stewed beans and bangers with homemade vegan baked beans and veggie sausage. This was so filling! I appreciated that the beans were made in house and not canned, but now I totally want to try making this at home.
After brunch we wandered around the ‘hood poking our heads into all the antique and vintage clothing stores. I also brought Sara to get the best cinnamon buns in Toronto. I’m not joking here folks. And I’m something of a “connoisseur” on the subject.
These come from Sweet Bliss Baking Company on Queen St East. I first tried one in August and it was love at first bite. I held off on this day though. Instead I had a few bites of the blueberry scone which was also nothing short of amazing.
I want one so bad! Someday… When I’m no longer a vagabond…
Sunday finished off with a wonderful dinner at my aunt Heather’s place. She made a chicken chili (breast, not ground, yum!) topped with sour cream and an amazing olive bread. I had way more bread than pictured. Holymoly.
My mom’s mom, aka my Nana, had several siblings. Thus, my mother has even more cousins. All of which she is very close with. I’m not sure if her cousins are technically “aunts” and “uncles” by definition. But they’re as good as that to me!
Ahh… the weekend seems so far away now. But even after working 15 hours today (yes, I did) I was still able to find just as many joys. Here’s to a fabulous work week!
Question of the Day: What is your favourite weekend activity? I love exercising on the weekends then treating myself to a big meal (or beer!) after. And of course, exploring new spots in this city of mine :)
I could comfortably live at home with my mom for the rest of my life. This is why it’s imperative that I move out.
They should lower the retirement age to 24.
Experimenting with my diet is still a good thing. I now know dairy does not adversely affect my body.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a grandiose action to make a difference. Just being there is often enough.
Don’t let your mother pick up men’s phone numbers for you.
Dairy-free (ish) Protein Pancakes are better than Bisquick.
I was silly to think I’d stop hearing sad stories once I left my job as a reporter.
Wear a seatbelt.
Manual white balance has changed the way I photograph.
Blue chips > yellow chips.
I’m a dog person.
My mom puts crack in her food. It’s the only way to explain why her chili, spaghetti, pie, etc are the best in the world.
Of all the exercises in the world, lifting weights is my favourite.
I have an insatiable sweet tooth. Instead of denying it, I need to just manage it.
I like to shop alone.
Jugo Juice won’t do snack-sized protein smoothies, but they will add a scoop of whey to a Snackin’ Wacky Watermelon.
It’s time to get a job when your day is defined by what talk show is on.
Hummus or bean dip makes a fantastic sauce for a pepperoni pita pizza.
Blogging has become part of my livelihood. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can still come on here to write it all out, and have a group of friends here to support me :)
Question of the Day: What did you learn in May?