Happy Monday! I hope you’re just coming off of a marvelous weekend.
Which, I think is the most marvelous thing about Mondays – thinking back an awesome weekend. Thanks to the Diva and her-soon-to-be-here little man for hosting!
So my weekend was a good mix of fun and relaxing, with some awesome food thrown in for good measure.
Friday was definitely relaxing – I hit the gym in the morning, put in my 8 hours at work, and got to enjoy driving instead of biking to work (Eric had the day off and didn’t need the car). As much as I love Queen Cersei, it’s nice to have the chance to drive and sleep in an extra 10-15 minutes once in a while.
I put together a tasty dinner:
Hoki fish with sauteed asparagus and potatoes…if you saute potatoes with something else, does that automatically make it a hash? I’m not sure whether to refer to that as a potato and asparagus hash or not. Either way, it was pretty fabulous. The hoki was a firm-fleshed fish with a little bit of the ‘fishy’ taste to it. Eric and I were both fans.
And then Saturday…I drove up to Burlington for the afternoon to hang out with Chelsea!
Right now we’re actually only about a 40 minute drive away from each other, so I was happy to make the trip down to spend the afternoon with her. We made plans to go to Kindfood for lunch…if you read Chelsea’s blog at all, you know about this fabulous vegan, organic, gluten free restaurant!
The restaurant itself is small and homey…a little hippie-ish, actually. I thought it was adorable! Although everything looked amazing (the Huevos Rancheros were calling to me a little), with the way Chelsea waxes poetic about the Buddha Bowl I knew I had to give a shot
First of all, I’m obsessed with the bowl itself. I kind of want to serve all of my meals out of giant wooden bowls.
The Happy Buddha Bowl includes brown rice, grilled sweet potato, red onion, tomatoes, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried herbs, olive oil and tamari, garnished with cilantro and avocado. I added tofu as well, at Chelsea’s suggestion.
So I can understand why she’s such a fan. This was such a good meal! Some of my potato slices were a little bit blackened, but other than that, absolutely delicious.
Over lunch, Chelsea was telling me about Kindfood’s sister store – Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (in between our random conversations about everything from puppies to Game of Thrones…I love having another person I can talk GoT with!). Like Kindfood, it’s an organic, vegan, gluten free facility. And as an added bonus for my peanut allergy sufferers out there, the bakery is entirely peanut free as well! I didn’t exactly need a lot of convincing to head over there after we finished up our lunch.
So, this was clearly the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in a while.
Hell, I even had trouble arriving at the decision that I wanted a cupcake. They had cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, cake ball truffles…so.many.decisions. After an embarrassingly long time of deliberations, I decided on the chocolate coconut cupcake.
Because it looked like it had more frosting than the rest of them
So I’m actually kicking myself that I didn’t grab a box of cupcakes to take home…holy jesus this was amazing. The cupcake was perfectly fluffy and chocolate-y, and the icing was just the right amount of sweetness. I never would have guessed in a million years that this was a vegan, gluten free cupcake…the icing wasn’t as thick as a traditional buttercream, but it was better than the vast majority of conventional cupcakes I’ve had. I think I’m actually making myself drool on my keyboard a little looking at that photo again.
We followed lunch with a shopping trip that ended up being more of a browsing trip…neither of us ended up getting anything. Although we did go into Sephora and talked about how we needed Amanda or Lisa there to guide us, because we had absolutely no idea what we were doing
As per usual, I had a great time hanging out with Chelsea. Hopefully, she can make the trip down to see me soon so I can take her to my favourite sushi place in town!
Sunday was just a lot of lounging about, so I think I’ll end the post here. I hope you have a wonderful day!
<— Do you name your cars/bikes/vehicles? Never named my cars, but for some reason bike names feel necessary to me…
<— Vegan restaurants – yay or nay? I’m pretty sure was my first time at a 100% vegan restaurant, and I was thoroughly impressed!
<— What was the last cupcake you had? Before Saturday, the last cupcake I had was a Turtles cupcake at a bakery here in town…also pretty wonderful.