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Whole 30, Day 6

I mentioned briefly last week that Evan and I are doing the Whole30 program for the month of January. I’m sure many of you have heard of it and already know what it is, but my mom didn’t and people’s mom’s somehow seem to be my blog’s target audience, so a brief explanation just in case.

Basically, the Whole30 is a strict version of the Paleo diet. For 30 days you can have meat, seafood, eggs, (lots of) vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats like oils, nuts and seeds. Nothing processed. Whole foods, and foods with minimal ingredients that you are able to pronounce. Which all sounds great, but just let me get to the bad news… You cannot have:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Sugar (of any kind, artificial or real, and that includes honey)
  • Alcohol
  • MSG, carrageenan or sulphites

For 30 days. It is a nutritional reset designed to make you aware of how certain foods affect your body and make you feel. It will undoubtedly change the way you think about food, and maybe even change your life. I’m leaving out some rules, but you can find them all here.

Of course when I first heard about the Whole30 my immediate thought was fad diet, no thanks. You may be thinking that right now. So before you hear my thoughts on it so far, please know that I am not a dieter. I don’t think I have technically ever gone on a diet. There are so many ways to eat these days and I have turned up my nose at all of them: low carb, no carb, vegetarian, vegan, high-protein, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, breakfast shakes, only shakes, juice cleansing, food delivery service, the same thing for breakfast and lunch but then you switch it up for dinner… Seriously, everyone will recommend something different, so how in the name of pizza are you supposed to know what and how to eat?!

My method of eating has always been…

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(Inspiration obviously from Allie Hyperbole and a Half for her original Clean All The Things)

But in moderation.

But here comes the problem with moderation. Who is the moderator? It’s me, and I am doing a crap job of it. If I’m at home and have healthy groceries, great, I’m a healthy eater. High fives all around, self-congratulatory pat on the back to me. Otherwise, if there is food in front of me I will eat it. I used to be 80/20 healthy/non-healthy ratio (ish), but that is dangerously slipping. I don’t know where I’m at anymore. Around the holidays? 100% gluttony. If I’m at a party, I’m stalking the food table and I’m eating all the cheese and all the dips.

So I am doing the Whole30 for several reasons:

1 I feel gross and b-word (rhymes with floated) after eating about 90% of the time. It is so often now that it has become normal.

2 I have never done any sort of experiment to see how certain foods are affecting me. I think that it is very good to be able to know how the food you are putting into your body is affecting your body, so that you can make informed decisions about what you are eating. Maybe cake is making me feel bad. Will I still eat the cake? Probably. But maybe I won’t. Maybe I will only choose to suffer from the cake if it is homemade vanilla cake with buttercream icing. At least I will know what it’s going to do to me and I can make that decision, rather than continue to EAT ALL THE THINGS and feel gross, but who knows why! It could have been any number of these delicious things!!!

3 I should probably simmer down on the wine drinking. I doubt anyone would call me an alcoholic (to my face…) but it would not be a bad idea to cut it out on the weeknights.

4 My go-to snack is some sort of cheese in or on some sort of bread-y carb. This needs to change.

5 It’s the best time to do it. Something like this is absolutely not sustainable for me (they don’t even recommend doing a Whole365 because it is too difficult to make it work), and I just don’t think I could pull it off in the summer. Or any other time when a lot of social things are going on. It is VERY hard to eat out and it requires a LOT of food planning and preparation (which, I am actually really enjoying). But after the holidays is the perfect time. I feel fully gross after stuffing my face for weeks that I don’t want to look at chocolate right now anyway. And also I was off last week so I had several days to get into it.

6 Lose some weight. Of course. It’s not a priority, honestly, but I am not skipping out on cheese and wine for 30 days and not losing some weight. It better happen.

Evan and I are now on day 6, and it’s going really well. I am so glad he’s doing it with me, it makes it so much easier! My holiday bloat (ughhh that word is so awful) was completely gone in three days, and I am already feeling more svelte. Our dinners are very similar to what they usually are (minus when the kitchen reno was going down, that was some dark eating times right there). But I felt better after eating almost immediately. There was no gross feeling. Though Evan and I are both pretty on par with the timeline of how most people feel while doing the Whole30.

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Kill all the things was Day 3 for me though, and feeling like I needed to nap all day was on Sunday (which worked out well). And I TOTALLY felt like I had a hangover on Day 2. I think from all the sugar detox, because we went nuts eating all our chocolate from Christmas until New Year’s Eve. The last two days though, I have felt amazing.

I will just go ahead and answer the obvious…I miss cheese and homemade chocolate chip cookies. But not as much as I thought I would, surprisingly, and I do feel very satisfied. Here are the kinds of things we’ve been eating so far:

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1. Steamed salmon with lemon slices, sweet potato with coconut manna (or coconut butter, and OMG SO GOOD!!!!), and Evan’s green bean salad (whole green beans cooked, tossed in garlic, oil + vinegar and salt and pepper and then cooled).

  1. Lots of giant salads with protein like hard boiled eggs, walnuts, avocado. This one tossed in a lemon garlic dressing I made.

  2. Stuffed peppers with ground beef, cauliflower rice (grated cauliflower), compliant marinara sauce (just no additives, no Prego, it has sugar!)

  3. Eggs, leftover half stuffed pepper, homemade guacamole.

  4. Big salad topped with compliant tuna salad (I made my own mayo using this recipe – it’s delicious and it took literally five minutes), and also sunflower seeds.

  5. Grilled pineapple with coconut oil, cinnamon and walnuts. At the time I thought it was one of the best things I have ever eaten, but it’s possible that’s because I hadn’t had sugar for three days.

  6. Egg frittata with seasoned ground beef and vegetables, guacamole on the side.

  7. Eggs, potatoes, veggies in olive oil, avocado on the side.

  8. Spaghetti squash with Evan’s grandma’s meat sauce (made by Evan and so good). The spaghetti squash was really, really good. I was so full but actually felt good after eating this, where normally with spaghetti I’d have to take a nap or something.

And not pictured, but coffee with coconut milk (I would usually use almond milk but it has carrageenan in it) and a bit of cinnamon.

Evan also received The Veggetti (affiliate link but I cannot recommend this product enough) for Christmas from my brother Eric and his girlfriend Kenya (THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!) and it works WAY better than both of us expected, so we have been cranking out the zoodles.

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ie: the zucchini noodles. They are not too bad at all.

So we have been eating very well, as you can see. But we’re still in the new and exciting phase. I’m sure I’ll be back in a week to tell you about how I hate everything and I just want to eat an entire block of cheese like a banana. And I just need to complain that I cannot find bacon without sugar ANYWHERE! Why does all bacon need to have sugar?!

The biggest struggle I think for me for me is that I have always been the girl who eats everything. My friends used to (lovingly) refer to me as the garbage disposal because of this. Like if you don’t want your food toss ‘er over here ’cause I’ll take it for ya. So to go from someone who leaves no food uneaten to being that girl who makes all the special dietary requests, no dairy, no grains, no beans, no sugar, oh, are there sulphites in this? THEN NO. … That’s tough on my food ego. We’ll see how that goes. But I’m doing it. I’m in it now. Only 24 more days until this happens:

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And God help me if I feel anything but amazing after I introduce cheese back into my life in 24 days. I am not sure a life without cheese is a life I want to be a part of.

Have you done a Whole30? Considered doing a Whole30? Think the Whole30 is a cult? TELL ME!

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Kitchen Updates and Birthday Parties

Hello from the land of kitchen renovations. It is messy and chaotic but kind of a little bit fun too. I will do a full update as Evan and Brotherman have accomplished quite a lot in a week and I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was hard to picture said light when this was the state of the kitchen at this time last week:

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The floor is not slanted, this was taken as a panoramic so it got a little skewed…but you get the idea.

A bit of a shirtshow, that is for sure. It was completely gutted and difficult to see Evan’s vision.

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The rough vision. Folded because that is where the corner of the wall is.

I can see it now that most of the major elements are in though. The progress thus far:

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Evan and Brotherman are pretty amazing, oui? They are laid back and take their time, but they’re still quick and they do such a good job. It has been so much work to get to this point, and I can understand why the boys held off on doing the kitchen for so long. It will be so worth it though when it’s done. The kitchen is functional now, and all that is left is basically the cosmetic things: the backsplash, painting, the board under the counters, the board above the counters, the microwave range hood, the cupboard handles, etc. More on this later, but I didn’t want to leave you in total suspense. I have been putting more progress photos on my instagram if you genuinely want to follow along.

Now for some weekend recappage. Friday was our pal Corey’s birthday celebration.

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I really look forward to Corey’s birthday every year. It is always a fun night with friends and it falls at a perfect time to kick off the holiday season.

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We went to the Watzing Weasel in Oshawa, which I have blogged about many times because we have had many adventures there, including Corey’s birthday three years ago.

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I can’t believe it’s been three years since this was taken. It feels like yesterday, but at the same time so much has changed for me since then and I am in such a better place in my life 🙂

I have eaten at the Waltzing Weasel many times as well, and I do love their food. Just typical pub fare, but it is always really good. I’ve never had a bad experience. Their nachos in particular are delicious.

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So that’s what I ordered. They came with chili and sausage and chicken. And lettuce and tomato, so that means healthy, right?

Evan and I got Corey a pretty sweet birthday card if I do say so myself…

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It says Hey Grandson! and it has a T-Rex holding a present on it. Pretty great. We always try to get each other ridiculous cards. Poor Dawn was sick, but I bet if she had been there her card would have said “Happy Bar Mitzvah!” or something similar.

It was quite a fun night catching up with the pals.

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We were home by midnight as Evan had a big day of kitchen renos ahead of him on Saturday, which he needed to be alert for. Brotherman came over in the morning, and I mainly stayed out of their way as they spent the day installing the cabinets and the countertop. They didn’t need my help, too many chefs in the kitchen and all that. They know what they’re doing. So I went to the gym for a while and then did some general leisuring.

My contribution was to order us all dinner. We have been eating out all week since the kitchen is out of commission, and bringing home dinner has been my job. I am good at that. I have been trying to grab healthy things for us, but Saturday I swayed from that plan. Enter Chinese food.

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It’s been a long time since I have had Chinese food, at least months…so that hit the spot.

On Sunday we celebrated Evan and Brotherman’s Grandma’s 90th (!!) birthday (Grandma is not to be confused with their Nana who makes all the curry dishes and sent Winnie a birthday card), their grandma is the one who makes the apple cake. Like Evan’s Nana though, she also is quite hilarious and her reactions to things make me laugh hard.

We met up with Evan’s family at Frankie Tomatto’s in Markham for brunch.

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I have been there before (with my work) and when Evan told me that’s where we were going, I actually screamed with joy. It is an extensive Italian buffet, and I had quite the eating adventure last time I was there. I also really love all the cheesy paraphernalia in there…

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Picture from the last time I was there

This time the buffet included fun brunch things like eggs benedict, but I still mainly stuck with the carb-heavy dishes…

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I just can’t resist. I know that plate looks like a mess, but it was amazing.

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Their pizza is SO GOOD.

And dessert:

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The pancake and the strawberry cheesecake were the highlight. I didn’t love everything else and I didn’t quite finish that plate.

And I didn’t realize how much (crap) I ate this weekend until I just put these photos in… Ah well.

When Evan and I got home from brunching, I helped him grout the kitchen floor.

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It is a lot less fun than Evan looks like he is having in that photo. I didn’t love it. It requires squatting for long periods of time (which my legs do not enjoy), or setting up on your knees, which hurts and I can’t wear knee pads because those hurt the back of my knees even more. But I was happy to help out and be useful for once. I tried to keep my complaining to a minimum and we got ‘er done!

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Delicious Things I’ve Eaten Lately

I have been very, very busy with work the past few weeks, and when this happens my blog tends to suffer. I am sorry about that. There are so many things I want to talk about but I am just not making the time to sit down and write, so I don’t know if it will happen. But rest assured I have still been eating delicious things. So, this is totally a filler post, but who doesn’t like to hear about food?

A couple of weeks ago Evan took me out to this Turkish restaurant in Vaughan called Sofra Istanbul. I got the Meat Saute with beef and I was super impressed.

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Beef cooked with onions, green pepper, mushrooms, tomato, herbs and spices with tomato sauce, and rice on the side. It was SO GOOD. I don’t know if I have ever had Turkish food before, but I will definitely be having it again. I loved that plate.

A couple of weeks ago I went for a catch-up lunch with my former coworker but forever friend Brian, aka Lord Byron (and he calls me the Princess).

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Lord Byron and I at a work event a few years ago

I miss seeing him all the time. Actually, I miss my whole office family very much. We went to a pub near my work called the Pump House Grille that I have been to several times with my current coworkers so I know it’s really good. Their salads in particular are amazing. Huge portions. When I was out with Brian I ordered the grilled chicken taco salad and it did not let me down.

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When I broke down the walls of that taco shell it nearly overflowed on my plate. So much salad and it was so good. My only complaint was the salsa. It wasn’t the best, but it got the job done.

My first event last Monday was at the Royal York Hotel downtown Toronto, and leading up to this I had nearly daily conversations with my contact at the hotel. During this time we decided we like each other quite a lot. She is close to my age and we have a lot in common, so whenever I talked to her about event related things we ended up having a grand old time on the phone. I don’t even usually like talking on the phone. Anyway, I was dropping by for a site visit prior to our event and she offered to take me out for lunch at the Royal York restaurant EPIC. I will never, ever say no to a free lunch. Ever. Especially not a fancy lunch.

Not only did she offer to take me out for lunch, but she insisted that we go all out, three course meal it up. If you insist. I started with the Ontario farm fresh salad with goat cheese. My new friend also insisted that I add scallops to the salad because they are very good. I am not one to argue the addition of scallops on anything ever, so I complied.

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And I agree, they were VERY good scallops. And that goat cheese was plentiful and delicious. Now that is how you do a goat cheese salad! Take note, Sandals.

For my main I ordered the lobster pasta, because lobster. And because pasta.

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Better than I was anticipating. Best pasta I’ve had in recent memory. The chefs there know what they are doing, I tell you what. I think I need to hit up EPIC more often, because it was EPIC. Dessert was epic too. Creme brulee!

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Three different kinds. I don’t remember what kinds they were but they were all delicious.

My old work building had a Druxy’s deli downstairs and I used to rave on and on about how much I love their salads. I have really missed not having them so conveniently close to me. Last week I Googled locations near my work and I saw there was one not far away inside a hospital. Not convenient at all, probably the furthest thing from convenient. But I love Druxy’s so damn much that yes I will visit a hospital so that I can go there.

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It’s been so long!!! Druxy’s, I love you!

The hospital parking wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be… It is pay parking, but apparently if you are under 10 minutes you can get back out with your ticket without having to pay. So I will be going back. But even though I didn’t have to pay, let it be known that I would pay an extra $3 in parking for a Druxy’s salad.

This Monday I had an event in Vancouver, so I was away Monday and Tuesday. I was in Vancouver for about 24 hours and it was raining so I didn’t even really go outside. But I ate! Ohh I ate. After the event on Monday I roped a few of my coworkers and also a fine young chap from Edmonton with a fantastic mustache who was attending our event, to come out for dinner. We went to the restaurant at the Four Seasons (where we were staying), Yew. I went there last year after an event too, and I can’t remember what I ate but I do remember liking it. This year my coworker Kelly and I split this amazing seafood platter.

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The seafood tower for two. Yumfest for days. In that pile of deliciousness is fresh local oysters, crab salad, shrimp, albacore tuna and scallops. Yes yes yes and yes.

The next morning I ordered room service before my flight back to the T dot.

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I love a good poached egg.

This has all been going out food, but I have been eating pretty great in as well. Evan has been just killing it in the kitchen lately. Turkey with roasted vegetables.

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We are both on a huge roasted vegetable kick right now. It is fall, so tis the season.

And curry.

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Evan’s curry is the best. That is lentils, beef curry, two different kinds of mixed pickle chutney, rice and a popadom (this little crusty tortilla thing made from lentil flour).

And pulled pork burritos.

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(put pork in crockpot with soup stock, garlic and onion – cook all day, pull the pork, add to burritos and top with rice, cilantro, cheese, squirt of lime juice, salsa. Toast burrito between two pans to make crispy. This seals the wrap so it stays together). I like.

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Eating Adventures at the Calgary Stampede

Last post about my vacation and then I will shut up about it, I promise.

I need to talk about the food at the Calgary Stampede, because whoa. I am still undoing that damage. The Stampede is really a lot like the Toronto Exhibition, only with cowboys and rodeos. In the food department it is very similar in that it is one of those “let’s see how crazy we can get” type of deals. Like cronut burgers and such.

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Who doesn’t want a hand dipped double bacon corn dog? I actually did have a hand dipped jalapeno cheese corn dog and honestly I ripped all the corn off and just ate the dog, so I am not sure what that says about me. Probably it says I was inebriated because that happened late Saturday night.

There was food EVERYWHERE. Everywhere you looked. All the food. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder, along came pizza on a stick. And chips on a stick.

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Those Wiggle Chips were GOOD though, they were Evan’s dream!

And deep fried Philly cheesesteak (I almost wrote chilly pheesesteak)…

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And all of the items on this list:

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Why did I not get the chocolate covered bacon?! WHY?!

And then there was all your typical carnival/fair type fare as well:

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There were a lot of different kinds of foods, and sadly I can’t eat everything, so I had to choose wisely. Here are the things I remember eating:

Pulled pork from the 3 B’s, which was delicious.

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I love a good pulled pork from a legit barbecue joint. I could have gone for more sauce on there, but that’s alright. You can’t have everything.

Taco in a bag!

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Which is crushed Doritos topped with all the taco fixins (ground beef, cheese, lettuce tomato, salsa, sour cream). That actually may have been one of the greatest things I’ve ever eaten. I never wanted that goody bag to end.

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Deep fried cheddar cheese…

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Which was also amazing. Just a crispy nugget of melty cheddar. Love.

Deep fried avocado…

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And I would say deep fried avocado is not as good as it sounds, but I don’t even know if it sounds good… We should have stuck to the deep fried pickles ’cause I KNOW that is goodness right there.

And of course…

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Yep and yep. Deep fried Oeros…

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And deep fried Pop Tarts.

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#fitfluential #jerf #betruetoyou #nourish

The Pop Tarts were surprisingly good. The taste was pretty much bang-on deep fried Pop Tart. If I didn’t know beforehand what I was eating, I would have been able to guess it. HOWEVER, they did have a weird kind of sogginess to them that I didn’t really enjoy. Not sure what was up with that.

The deep fried Oreos were obviously dynamite. You can’t go wrong there.

All the deep fried things reminded me of when I used to work at Dairy Queen in high school and we would experiment with the deep fryer and try to fry everything. Like processed cheese. And cones. And the ice cream itself (deep fried cone with ice cream is SO good). And one time someone accidentally dropped a drive thru headset in the deep fryer. It actually still worked afterwards, but it was greasy forever after.

Anyway. I washed all the amazingness down with sweet, sweet lemonade.

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And beer.

Good times. And you know what, I didn’t even gain any weight while we were away because we walked so much. So that is a win. Though, every time I go on vacation I seem to gain 10 pounds the second I’m off the plane somewhere new…and somehow when I’m home again I’m back to normal. Weird, right?

Have a great weekend! EAT LOTS!!!!

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The Ex Adventures

So if you are not from Canada you probably would not know this, but every year in the few weeks leading up to and including Labour Day weekend, there is a huge event downtown Toronto called the Canadian National Exhibition, or the CNE, or just “the Ex”.

It is basically a fair on steroids. Actually, it is exactly like the Calgary Stampede, only without the cowboys. And without the stampede.

I have not been to the CNE for years and years. The last time I was there I think was about 20 years ago when my cheeky little nanny took me. But earlier this week my friend Hannah texted me and asked me if I wanted to go with her, and we lured in my friend Joanna as well. So yesterday we hit up the Ex.

Let’s just get the food thing out of the way first because hooooooly crap. The food was ridiculous. One thing I regret about visiting the Calgary Stampede was holding back in the food department. I made a pact with myself to make it up at the CNE. There were so many choices that I was legitimately overwhelmed.

There were a ton of food stations throughout the grounds.

And THEN there was an entire building just dedicated to food. Every food imaginable. Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, European, Canadian, American, Thai, Greek, Jamaican, Mexican, just everything. All the food in the world!

My senses were on overload. I didn’t know what to get! And I had to eat things I wouldn’t get on a regular basis. And I obviously had to go to town. But I knew I didn’t want pizza in a cone. And I’m not sure if I’m down with this new bacon sundae, or bacon on cupcakes thing. I love bacon, but not with sweet stuff.

SO. Over the course of the day I stopped by the Poutinerie and got a Mexican poutine which included fries, ground beef, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos.

It was pretty good, but I think I just prefer regular poutine. I was jealous of Hannah’s “Canadian” poutine, which included fries, gravy, cheese and BACON.

And Joanna opted for jerk chicken, fried plantains and pierogies from the Jamaican and European food booths.

Also consumed later in the day was a deep fried onion, which I split with Jo.

We had been seeing people walking around with that thing all day and were intrigued to try it out. It was pretty good, but possibly a bit overrated. We couldn’t finish it. We were both done with the onion after a few bites and kind of just kept eating out of obligation.

Good thing I had a 99 cent spaghetti to supplement that.

Plus 59 cents for parmesan cheese. Spaghetti for $1.60? Well alright then.

And rounding out my meals for the day was birthday cake remix ice cream from Coldstone Creamery.

Which is vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate cake and sprinkles, with fudge on top. I loooooved it.

And also a cake pop. Because I saw them and I just can’t resist their deliciousness.

So it was not a healthy day of eating, I will just say. But we walked around for about seven hours so I feel like that must counteract a little. Right?!

The great thing about the CNE is that once you are in, pretty much everything is free. So besides eating we went to the farm building, where all the animals hang out.

So many babies! I was dying over the baby sheep and pigs. I want one of each as a pet. Winnie needs a friend.

And I saw family members of my attacker from the other day…

Ugh. Bees. But I do love honey…

There were a bunch of shows going on, so we stopped by the illusionist and the hypnotist for a bit, and I have to say that both were pretty awesome. The illusionist got me with his magic many times, and I’m pretty sure the people on stage with the hypnotist were actually hypnotized.

He convinced one kid that he was Justin Bieber, and he was a pretty hilariously convincing Justin. Though his singing was terrible.

Oh and Jo, Hannah and I made friends with some firefighters.

They gave us junior firefighter stickers and let us pretend to drive the truck.

We felt all important. You are never too old to make friends with the firefighters, in my opinion.

Hannah had to leave relatively early, so Jo and I met up with our friend Lisa and her daughter Ella for some ride adventures in the afternoon.

I had originally not planned on going on any rides at all, but Ella wanted to go on alllllll the rides, so Jo and I ended up getting wristbands, and we were game. We went on all the rides.

Well maybe not all the rides, but at least 20. A lot of them I hadn’t been on since I was a kid, like the stupid Zipper.

I used to HATE the Zipper. It was my nightmare. I can still picture myself on it when I was about eight and just hating my life. I thought I could overcome my fear of it, so I went on it. If anything though, my fear was just intensified. That ride is horrible. I hated every minute of it. Joanna and I were both like “WORST. RIDE. EVER.” as soon as we got off. Never again.

But the fun houses were super fun.

And we went on the giant slide about five times.

My stomach is definitely not as young as it used to be though. It can’t handle going on rides all day as well as eating like crap, and by the time I got home I was feeling pretty blah. Oh well, it was fun and delicious, so all good.

After our ride adventures we went to this acrobatic ice show, which was pretty cool and I found myself really enjoying it. When we came out we found ourselves in the middle of a parade, and Ella got to bang on some man’s drum for a bit.

And that was pretty much it. It started to get insanely busy at around 7pm, so we decided we had enough of the Ex and hightailed it out of there. But it was a fun day for sure. The Ex is running until Monday, so if you’re in Toronto, hit that up!

I hope you guys all have a great long weekend!

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Wedding Shower Fun (and a giant panzerotto)

So, since it is now summer time (hurrah!) you know what that means…wedding season! (And also summer event eating…)

My good friend Leah is getting married in July, and I am super pumped to be a part of her big day. I am a bridesmaid! I love attending the weddings of friends, and I love it even more when I get to be involved in them. It makes me feel special and important.

Saturday was Leah’s first official wedding event: the shower.

And I had my first official task as bridesmaid: wrapping paper garbage duty. It was an important job and I took it very seriously. Garbage bag stuffing is an art I tell you.

My other job was to make Leah a bra (hats are boring) out of paper plates and attach all her bows to it. I also took this very seriously, and the bra worked out pretty well!

Leah looked so pretty. I looooved her dress.

She got a ton of great gifts, and so many for entertaining. I told her I will be hanging out at her house all summer so she can serve things to me while I leisure around on her patio in the sunshine. What, she can’t let them go to waste…

And of course the shower included my favourite thing…food! Ohh the food.

There were quite a few of my favourite appetizers as well (cheese ball and taco dip specifically), so I had definitely already been doing some quality food table stalking before this spread was brought out. I was already nearly full, but mini sandwiches are pretty much my favourite things in the world (remember I inappropriately associate funerals with mini-sandwiches), and I’ve never met a samosa I didn’t like either. Or a deviled egg, really. I loaded up my plate and everything was great (especially the spinach salad in the above photo on the left…so, so good).

And you know there was cake…

My slice was heavy on the buttercream icing, so I was obviously in love.

I had a really fun time eating and chatting with everyone. My friends Janet and Candis were there as well, so the bride and I made sure to get a pic with their lovely selves.

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And the other bridesmaids, though two were missing…

I am excited for the rest of Leah’s wedding festivities with those gals!

After the shower, I drove into the city to meet my friend Lisa for a drink. By the time we made it out it was quite a bit later, and I was feeling a little snack-a-lacky… I planned on ordering something little, but then the panzerotto on the menu caught my eye, and then this happened:

That thing was amazing, but it was not small. I was dying about halfway through…just so full. I sadly couldn’t finish it. It was extremely cheesy, so therefore extremely delicious. AND I love that it came with extra pizza sauce, because I love things a little saucy and I frequently eat specific things for the sauce. Like spaghetti.

Anyway, a good weekend all around, for sure! Hope you guys all had a great one as well, and if you’re American I hope you’re having a fab Memorial Day. I will be thinking of you as I slave away at my desk today! It’s okay, I like it.

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