Canada Day Festivities

Happy Canada Day!!!!!!

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A day late, but I hope all you Canadians had a great Canada Day long weekend filled with barbecues and fireworks (the above photo is from last year when I spent Canada Day weekend on Vancouver Island with my family).

My weekend was amazing. On Saturday Evan and I walked to Evergreen Brick Works from my apartment, but I have a lot to talk about so that is going to have to be saved for another post. This will be about Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday my beautiful friends Emily and Corey hosted a Canada Day barbecue at their place. Very similar to Emily’s 30th birthday barbecue party, but more intimate and no grown-ups drinking out of boots.

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A lot more of the frisbee drinking game went down also.

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And I am happy to report that I have gotten much better at it over the past few weeks. Not sure how that happened as I haven’t been practicing (although I was accused of practicing alone in my apartment), but I was much less useless as a teammate, so this is good news. Eventually it just turned into a giant game of frisbee.

It was a very low-key night and I didn’t take very many photos. We did have a fantastic barbecue though.

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My friend Sherrie was in attendance, and I was excited to see her because she just spent three weeks in Thailand and I hadn’t seen her since she returned. I was really looking forward to hearing about her crazy adventures in person. She had some good ones. She went all by herself! She is such an independent minx.

Evan and I brought raspberry shortcake for our dinner contribution.

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So festive! When we brought this out to the table we all sang O Canada at the top of our lungs. It was a beautiful moment that I will forever cherish in my heart.

For the shortcake, my original plan was just to slap some raspberries and Cool Whip on the little cakes and call it a day, but Chef Evan took it to the next level and basically made raspberry jam.

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He cooked two packages of frozen raspberries on the stove with 1/4 cup of sugar until it turned into a jam-like sauce.

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He is such a creative little food lover.

We put spoonfuls of Evan’s jam on the cakes, and then added Cool Whip and fresh raspberries on top.

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They turned out quite well and they were DELICIOUS.

Joanna also brought her apples with caramel and Skor dip that I can’t get enough of.

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That dip is so, so good.

After our barbecue we had a beautiful bonfire.

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Em and Cork’s neighbours had the most impressive residential display of fireworks I have ever seen, so we had fun watching those and telling stories around the fire.

Corey had a little too much fun…

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He fell asleep so Emily decided it would be a good idea to hit a cup off his head like a baseball. He liked it. We had sparklers also, and here is the best picture I got of the sparkler action…

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Did not work out very well.

It was a fun evening with my pals!

Yesterday after possibly the best nap of my life, Evan, his friend Ian and I decided to hit up Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park in Etobicoke.

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We assumed most people in the city probably had plans for Canada Day and since it had already been going on all weekend maybe it wouldn’t be very busy. This assumption was wrong.

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It was very, very busy. But, anything for ribs I always say! (I’ve never said that, but it seems fitting.)

Once we got into the actual rib area it opened up a bit so we weren’t standing on people anymore. There were so many rib vendors it was a bit overwhelming…

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We had no idea which one to choose, so I quickly did some Googling to find out the best place for ribs at ribfest and Crabby’s BBQ Shack kept popping up. That was the winner for us.

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If the number of their awards was any indication of the quality of their ribs, I think we were going to be alright with our choice.

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We ate in front of the stage, and Crabby’s actually won the People’s Choice Award for something ridiculous like the 12th year in a row as we were sitting down eating. I felt proud so I made sure to cheer for them.

I was also excited when I saw the employees saucing the ribs with a tool that looked like a mop.

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It was safe to say they were going to be saucy, and saucy is my favourite.

Evan, Ian and I all ordered the Vegetarian’s Nightmare, which is just how it sounds. It includes 1/3 rack of ribs (which was enough for me), pulled pork, and chicken. It was great because it allowed us to try everything.

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I also got a Red Leaf draft from the Canadian Brewing Company to complement my box of meat.

The ribs were good, but the pulled pork was my favourite. It’s hiding under the ribs in that picture so you can’t really see it in all its pulled pork glory, but it was amazing.

After our meat party we were all full and disgusted with ourselves, so we waddled back to the car. I wish we had a wheelbarrow or something with us so the boys could have rolled me there.

It was a pretty great weekend, no complaints here!

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2 responses to “Canada Day Festivities

  1. “standing on people” lol. I have no idea what Canada day is, but assume it’s like 4th of July based on all the blogs I read that have mentioned it!..it’s cool to keep up with people who are so far away!- and to see pictures that include some kind of growing plants, while it’s 125* here and nothing but brown. 🙂