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Blog Dates!

One of my favourite things about blogging is definitely making new blogger friends. I have had several meetups over the last year with a few Toronto bloggers, Casey from Waffling Design, Shanondoah from Twenty Something in Toronto, and Michelle from Eamonn and Jack. Originally the four of us would meet up to run together in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery (the one I got trapped in) so we called ourselves the Blogger Joggers. Very clever, I know. I can’t take credit for that name, that was all Casey. Then the actual jogging kind of fell by the wayside and we were just meeting up to eat pub food and drink, so I think our current name of Bloggers & Lagers is more fitting.

Last week we met up to eat and drink things at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village.

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It is a super cute restaurant that is known for its amazing brunch, but we thought we’d try it out for dinner because as Casey brought to our attention, they serve gnocchi poutine.

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I am just going to repeat that. Gnocchi poutine. Instead of fries, it is gnocchi covered in gravy (oxtail gravy and there was some meat in there as well), and mozzarella cheese curds. They had an ample menu but that was obviously what I ordered. I can’t resist poutine most of the time anyway, and I love gnocchi, so gnocchi poutine? Yes and yes. It was so, so delicious. Everything I imagined. It’s on their menu as a share plate but I had that as my meal and found it to be filling on its own. And I still had room for dessert.

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I can’t even remember what that was, but I do remember that it was amazing and I ate every bite.

The four of us hung out and talked for hours.

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Me, Shanondoah, Michelle, Casey. Good times with those girls.

Also, sometimes the glasses I’m wearing make me look like Sam the Eagle because of the white strip at the top…

"THE MUPPETS"..Ph: John E. Barrett..© 2011 Disney

Just felt like I needed to tell you that.

This past Tuesday (St. Patty’s Day!) I had a date with another Toronto blogger, Liz from One Twenty Five. I hadn’t seen Liz since our brunch date in the summer so I was excited to catch up with her over green beer!

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It doesn’t look very green, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

We met at the Duke of Kent at Yonge and Eglinton, my old stomping grounds when I first moved to the city. I miss that neighbourhood a lot. The Duke was super packed when we got there, because St. Patty’s, and everyone was out in full force in their green attire. Somehow we managed to get a table immediately though. I am still not sure how this happened because there were definitely people who were waiting ahead of us, but we will take it. We had a lovely time.

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It is so funny how well you feel like you know someone just from reading their blog. We had so much to talk about and never had a conversation lull.

I have eaten here many times before and have always enjoyed my meal, but this time I went with the quesadillas and was not impressed. So just a note if you go there, don’t order those.

As we were chatting we were approached by a girl, Amy, who said she read both of our blogs and recognized us! It was awesome, I totally felt famous. She was there with her friend Amanda and she was so nice and seemed fun so we told her to grab her friend and come sit with us. We ended up having a few more drinks with them and found we had a ton in common so we kept the conversation going for another couple hours. By the end Liz and I had made new friends!

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Me, Amanda, Liz, Amy.

Amy, thank you so much for coming over and introducing yourself! We had such a good time with you girls. We are going to have to do this again for sure.

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My Love-Grown Nana (and Granola)

Bonjour!

So today we went to visit our saucy little Nanny!

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She loooved the glasses.  I put them on a surprise for her and she almost died (not literally…of laughter).

She recently turned 97, and I had yet to celebrate with her!  It was great to see her chipper little self.  She is so upbeat and Eric, Taylor and I left bursting with love for her.  She is just so cute!

We Love Our Nana!

We raved on about how great she is the entire car ride home.

I love how if either of us are anywhere within her reach, she must be touching us.  She is a very physical person and is a fan of hugging it out.  I always hug her eight billion times before leaving :D.

Poor Ando has the flu, so had to stay home from work today…but couldn’t join us on our Nana visit :(.  Boo to flu.

Dinner

I originally had an all-you-cat-eat sushi date tonight with a few of my friends, but it got cancelled.  I was disappointed, but not to worry!  I had a back-up dinner in mind.

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Quinoa!  This was a hybrid recipe combining Mel’s Cool Beans (and quinoa), and Quinoa Bean Power SaladI cooked up my quinoa, and in the meantime stir-fried half of a large red onion, two cloves of garlic, and red bell pepper, and then added a can of black beans to the veggie mix.  Once the beans warmed up I added the quinoa, about a cup of salsa, and half a cup of mozzarella cheese.

It was pretty amazeballs (I realize the picture does not make it look appetizing).  It was Eric’s first time trying quinoa and he raved about it!

Our dinner included no meat, but the beans combined with the quinoa really tasted meaty!

In Other News…

Before I sign off for the eve, looky-looky what arrived on my doorstep today!

Annnnd this is Why I Love Blogging...

A bunch of goodies from one of my fave bloggie friends Dawn from Blonde On A Mission!  I was so excited to receive this!  I am always going on about how we can’t get any of the good stuff in Canada, and since she lives near the border she sent me a bunch of things we can’t find here!  I will be forever grateful (thank you, thank you!)

I am so anxious to try out those Carba Nada noodles, but you better believe I stuck my finger in the jar of maple almond butter immediately (delicious), and I (along with the help of A-Rod and E-Rock) have put quite a dent in that bag of Love Grown granola!

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Move over Enjoy Life, I have found my new favourite granola!  (I’m sorry Enjoy Life, I know you stive to keep your granola allergen-free, but I can’t help that my heart truly lies with nuts, wheat, and oats.  Your granola is still good in its own right.  Food allergy sufferers rejoice!)

I am off to hit the hay!  But not before snagging some more of that amazing granola…  Obviously that’s what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow.

I am off to Muskoka early in the am for a girls’ cottage half weekend.  I’m sure we will be getting into tons of shenanigans so I won’t be blogging tomorrow, but I’ll be back in full force on Saturday!

Enjoy your evening, and FRIDAY!!!

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