Things I Love Thursday – Soy milk at Tim Hortons, probably other stuff.

I mentioned this on Facebook, but earlier last week a friend us a picture from the new Tim Hortons in Liberty Village. A Tim Hortons location with soy milk. I wasn’t able to go check it out for myself until yesterday where JC and I have a standing Wednesday lunch date. The same friend that passed on the news initially, said that there was a new sign. A less exciting sign, but we opted to check it out anyway after lunch. We walked over to the Liberty Village Tim Hortons and saw the sign our friend was talking about. See what I mean? Neither of those interest me. I wondered if the soy was gone – so I asked, and the manager just happened to be there, and we asked about soy and they had a bunch (in case you’re curious, they’re using Silk Original flavour). He mentioned that their location, as well as a couple of others, were doing the soy thing independently. Corporate was okay with it, but not making it a regular thing (yet.) So of course, I got an iced capp. Post by Vegan In Your City. It’s sort of surprising to me that I would even write about Tim Hortons, the grand corporate entity that still dominates the Canadian coffee market. In all honestly, I am more likely to walk over to Balzac’s or Uma when I feel like getting a cup of tea or coffee, since I like the feeling of going into a…

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Things I Love Thursday – Taking a moment.

This week has been wet and wild in Toronto. We got the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain in the span of a few hours, which led to flooding, power outages, traffic delays,  and a lot of property damage. There is an underpass near our house that was completely flooded, as you can see the picture below. There were many other’s like it. JC was on one side of this underpass, and I was on the other. And not to be dramatic, because we were very minimally impacted by this, but as this was happening it was hard to know what was really going on or what the weather would be like in a few hours. There was thunder and lightening, and we lost power for a few hours, and it just wouldn’t stop raining. I think the situation in Calgary was very much on the collective consciousness, especially since it was so recent. But the rain stopped, and everyone started cleaning up. Sadly there were lots of people without power, some people were trapped on Go Buses or Subways for several hours, or had flooding in their basements. I’m thankful that our experience was comparatively easy, but my thoughts go out to those that weren’t so lucky, and hope that things are getting a bit closer to normal. Most of all, I’m thankful that it wasn’t worse and that things are getting straightened up again. Moving I’m not sure if I like this, but I think I do.…

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Vegan Food and Love

Around a year ago, JC and I really started to see each other. Sure we met sometime at the end of January for the first time, but this was the point at which I wasn’t travelling constantly and we really got to know each other.  This is also around this time last year that he started wooing me with his talent in the kitchen. He was pretty much the opposite of vegan when we met, but he found great recipes, followed them perfectly, and appreciated the ingredients. One of the first things was this butternut squash soup with tofu cream. I sneakily took a picture with my phone in the kitchen (and I don’t think he saw me and yes, I’m a creep.) I remember being so damn impressed that he’d go out of his way to cook me dinner, I’m not sure why, because clearly – I’m pretty awesome, but nevertheless, I was impressed. Say what you will about men, hearts, and cooking, but the quickest way into my heart was/is through my stomach too. The rest of the meal was equally awesome. Homemade garlic bread, a (veganized) cassoulet, candied walnuts, and a blueberry cheesecake from Sweets from the Earth. I remember that first bite of cassoulet in detail because it was shocking. Maybe it was just being wrapped up in the moment, but that was the best thing I had ever eaten. Ever. At least up to that point (since then, we’ve hunted down and created more deliciousness…

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