Remember that time I fell down the stairs on Valentine’s Day (I love you too, universe!), ended up with a nasty concussion, and was put under strict orders by my physiotherapist housemate to stay on total bedrest for the next three days?
Well, I rested properly for one day.
The next day, Lisa visited me in my woebegone state for an hour or so, and we saw a ninja clad all in black leaping around the backyard adjoining mine. The excitement was so extreme that I had to nap for two hours after Lisa (and the ninja) left.
The day after that, I caught up with the wonderful and inspiring Ricki, whom many of you know as the woman behind Diet, Dessert and Dogs and the upcoming cookbook Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free: Allergy Friendly Vegan Desserts, and her HH for lunch at Fresh.
What? I was totally resting. It’s not like I danced a jig atop the restaurant table or anything. And a girl’s gotta eat, y’know?
Ricki opted for the Powerhouse Bowl (top photo), which included avocado, chickpeas, grilled tempeh, tomato, red onion, nuts, seeds, and a tahini sauce. Ricki can attest to the fact that I desperately wanted to order cake for lunch, but I ultimately decided that my body needed the healing power of epic greenery. My Macro Greens (second photo) was a huge bowl of steamed greens, grilled vegetables, and salsa, and it soothed me greatly.
However, what truly nourished my soul was the joy of spending several hours chatting and laughing with Ricki and HH, both of whom are magnificent beings I am honoured to call friends. Thank you, Ricki and HH, for driving all the way downtown to visit befuddled ol’ me!
Banh Mi Boys
Several weeks ago, I was also lucky enough to grab lunch with the lovely Janet and her partner Rob. I love Janet’s blog because she posts (nigh on daily!) savoury recipes that, almost without fail (sometimes she uses orange or avocado, but I shan’t hold that against her), are exactly the kind of meals I love to cook and eat myself.
Janet suggested we meet at Banh Mi Boys, and I was powerless to resist once I discovered that Jicama Papaya Salad was on the menu. (We all know how I feel about Som Tam.) Alas, I must admit that this papaya salad was not to my taste, as I like my Som Tam super zingy and spicy. To me, Banh Mi Boys’ dressing was so sweet as to be like pouring syrup on my salad, but no worries! For lo! Look what lurks over yonder!
That is all.
Canadians really are rather swell.
P.S. The alternative title for this post is “In Which Diners In The Background Are Caught Mid-Chew Unawares.”