I know my posts lately have been a bit dramatic and sad so I’m happy to finally be back on the blogosphere with a more upbeat tone. Sometimes all you need is a perfect 48 hours with your best friend to remind you how wonderful life really is. I’ve known Dale since I was 8 years old when I still wore white and green striped onesies and she was homesick at summer camp. Fast-forward 16 years and we’re still incredibly close. I’ve re-typed this sentence 20 times trying to describe to you how much I value her friendship but words can’t sum it up. I’ll spare you my attempts, but I hope you are all as lucky as I am to have a Dale in your life.
We spent most of the weekend catching up over good food and gallivanting around Toronto. It was nothing short of perfect and I miss her already. Marvelous is having a best friend in your life.
The weekend started off at Safari Bar & Grill with some good wine and food. Highlight was the first froyo I’ve had in months. I know there’s lots of froyo haters out there, but I am not one of them. Then again I like anything I can top sprinkles on.
Saturday morning pancakes of course. Ginger & Pear Pancakes totally hit the spot. Recipe coming soon!
Midday shopping break at Rock Lobster. I wonder if it’s possible to NOT take a picture of the Cesaers with a lobster tail in it? I’ve been 4 times and taken a picture every single time. I think it’s my attempt at capturing how unbelievably good these are so I can stare at the picture until the next time I go back.
In honor of Becky, a little Treat Yourself Tuesday shopping excursion. I bought a new scarf and could not resist adding to my epic tea collection at Tealish.
After a very subpar dinner at Drake One Fifty (the new Drake Hotel restaurant) we took to the streets with what seemed like the entire Toronto population. It was Nuit Blanche, which is an outdoor contemporary art show that takes place across all of the downtown core. We stopped at a few exhibits including the Ai Weiwei Forever Bicycles presentation at City Hall. Look behind us and you can see how crazy the crowds were. It was a gorgeous night though!
This would be my Sunday food prep. A little Maven Butter for ya. I roasted 2.5 cups of almonds for 11 minutes at 350 degrees. While roasting I processed a cup of coconut in the food processor. When the almonds were done I added them, along with sea salt, vanilla extract and cinnamon and processed until creamy. And yes this is all I food prepped…I could probably survive off this for the rest of the week!
I really could not have asked for a better weekend. I can’t say I’m thrilled that Monday is here, but mentally I’m prepared for it. Now it’s time to start planning my next escape to NYC so I can visit Dale!
Thank you to Katie for being such a marvelous hostess! Check out Healthy Diva Eats to hear about more Marvelous Mondays.
Do you have a best friend? Are you a Bloody Mary or Caesar fan?
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