Hi friends! How has your week been?
Since I got back on a Wednesday, it doesn’t feel like a Friday to me. Buuuut I work the rest of the weekend, so I guess it wasn’t going to feel like one anyways.
But anyways, Five Things Friday!
5 Things I’ve Eaten Recently:
1. Bacon-wrapped deep fried pickles.
The restaurant where chef-friend works makes these, so my family requested he bring them to Easter. He did, so those pickles are basically going to be his job at all of my family events for the foreseeable future. With good reason – they’re awesome.
I hope he’s realized that dating me means that awkward pictures of him end up on the internet sometimes.
2. Easter dinner.
1 of 2 – I didn’t photograph the second one because that was at chef-friend’s and I didn’t want to reveal my food blogger ways to his family upon first meeting. So this is from my family’s where they’re all used to it. Deviled egg (Heather understands why gatherings NEED these), bread, ham, meatballs, Greek salad, veggies, mashed potatoes, roast beef, gravy.
3. Dinner at Parts & Labour in Toronto.
Chef-friend is a big fan of Matty Matheson’s YouTube channel, so for our night in Toronto he made us reservations at Matheson’s restaurant. It was great! On the left is the pork belly, which came with sweet potato, pickled cipollini and pork bone broth – the dish was supposed to come with uni as well but they were out. We also got the pigs tails dish with scallion pancakes, pickled red cabbage, yuzu and spanish onions. My first time trying pig tails and I liked them – super fatty, but tasty. Unpictured: our side of mac and cheese which had a CHEETO TOPPING. Best idea ever.
We both loved it and would definitely go back – it had a fun, indie feel. Everyone sat at large tables (so if it was a busy night you’d end up sitting next to someone you didn’t know) and they played fantastic music – think Blink 182, The Offspring, etc. Such a fun night.
4. Marrakech sandwich from Wich is Wich.
Wich is Wich is a cute little sandwich shop that just opened up in London a few weeks ago – chef-friend had already been a few times and liked it. This had chicken thigh,tzatziki, shiraz salad, lemon tahini, lettuce and pickles served on a baguette. Loved this – so much flavour.
5. Chil froyo.
I told chef-friend months before I came home that I absolutely HAD to go to Chil when I was home – I’ve yet to find a froyo place I love as much as this one. They use organic Greek yogurt and it actually tastes like yogurt, rather than being all chemically and weird. So, chef-friend, the BFF and I hit Chil the night before I left. Mine was on the bottom right – from what I remember, I had a mix of salted caramel and pumpkin pie froyo with vegan cookie dough, a scoop of some sort of chocolate cheesecake, peanut M&Ms, crumbled raspberry pop-tart, sprinkles, and dark chocolate fondue. As awesome as I remember it.
5 Things Happening This Week:
1. 21 Things You Should Know About Dating A Woman In Love With Food. YES TO ALL OF IT.
2. I figured that the first few days back in Calgary would be the hardest. Readjusting to being back at work, to the long distance thing, to being far away from my family and friends…
Good thing I have lots of cuddles and hugs from this guy. It makes me feel better.
3. I had the best cocktail ever at Parts & Labour.
It had mini eggs in it!! Obviously that’s what sold me, but the drink itself was fantastic.
4. Also in our Toronto adventures – a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. I’ve been to the Ripley’s in Myrtle Beach, but that was when I was around 11-12.
The sharks are my favourite.
That guy’s my favourite too.
Oh heeeeey octopus. They freak me out a little.
Ah. So fun. I don’t think it’s as impressive as the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, but we had a great time.
5. I’m going to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo today! Basically, I’m going to indulge my inner nerd and probably try to get a creeper photo of Norman Reedus because #obsessed.
5 Things I Pinned This Week:
3. So, don’t live in fear.
5. The drool-worthy pin this week: Beer Caramel Pretzel Cookie Bars via The Baker Chick.
I drink beer now, so why not eat it for dessert too? I love the salty/sweet thing.
That’s all for me today – have a great weekend!
<— What are you weekend plans?
<— What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten lately? The pigs tails. Or head cheese croquettes, I had those a few weeks ago.
<— Are you a big aquarium/zoo person? I definitely want to go to the Calgary zoo this summer.