I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic weekend. On Friday I mentioned that I had a new theme for my posts this month, I know its a little Oprahesque but I was actually inspired by 1000 Awesome Things and the recent afternoon when I found myself dancing on a street corner. Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right.
That excitement you feel when the restaurant hostess says “your table’s ready” especially after you ran 16 km, drove around town with your Mom and waited 25 minutes in the restaurant entryway (you should have seen my grin)!
Yesterday, my Mom drove into the city to join me for lunch. Normally when a friend or family member comes to town for a meal they like to return to the establishments they’ve enjoyed in the past (Fressen, Fresh, Live Organic Foodbar). I have nothing against any of those restaurants – they all make fabulous food. But there is something to be said for new experiences. So, yesterday I introduced my Mom to Calico Cafe. It is a very cozy spot that serves vegetarian fare. Saturday and Sunday they have a brunch menu that includes vegan french toast, omelets and of course, tofu scramble.
We had a lovely visit, chatting away about our dreams of travel and sharing our meals – here is a shot of the tofu omelet before it was devoured.
As I mentioned above, I’m really focusing this month on the little things that give me pleasure, so I have to share another great moment from my meal. When we arrived there was a large group taking up three (of the 6 total) tables at Calico. While My Mom and I waited for a table, one of the women got up from the large group to thank us for waiting. She said “I’m Jared’s (Calico‘s owner) grandmother and I’m so proud of him. It is so nice that you are waiting. I really hope you enjoy your lunch”. You could see the pride in her heart slipping out with every excited word. It was the perfect demonstration of the the kind of adoration reserved for those who have watched an individual evolve from tiny, dependent being into successful, confident adult. It was lovely.
When someone asks you take their photo in front of your home town’s famous landmarks. Seeing your city through someone else’s eyes can be quite magical. I live downtown Toronto and in the spring and summer visitors come from all over the world. When I realize that people dream of visiting Toronto, save up and make the journey, I’m really proud that I live in a destination – it may not be paradise but it is still a pretty special place.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with pride? I make pie.
In your food processor, pulse the almonds, pecans and salt until a fine meal texture is achieved. Add the dates and process until the crust stays together when pressed between your fingers. Divide the mixture between two mini tart pans and press evenly across the bottom and up the sides. Allow to set in your freezer while you prepare the filling.
In your food processor combine all of the filling ingredients and process until smooth. Spoon into the prepared tart shells. Spread evenly. Garnish with whole pecans. Allow to set in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Congratulations to disneyrunner, healthyashley and AndSoIRan who all ran happy today.
I did an intense brick work out this morning: 30 mins on a spin bike and then 30 minutes on the treadmill -where I played with both incline and pace. I came home sweaty and tired but it was exactly what I needed. This afternoon I did 20 mins of pilates.
In just two days I head to NYC – I’ll be sending those winning Moon Pies to Heathy. All the raw food bloggers are excitedly posting about their entries into her next challenge: ice cream cakes. I know pure2raw twins, raw candy and bitt will be offering up something sweet on May 15th.
What’s your favourite pie? Have you ever entered a culinary contest?