Things I Love Thursday: The Big Apple.

So it’s Thursday, and I’m still in New York City. I don’t know what it is about this city, but it’s always got me feeling introspective. Maybe because it was part of the first big transformative grand adventure I went on by myself, maybe it’s that fast paced life that I feel part of now, maybe it’s because I haven’t had enough pretzels, I don’t know. A common theme for me every week (whether I post a TILT or not) is that I feel grateful for almost everything that has transpired over the last few years. If you had asked me 10 years ago, where I thought I would be, I don’t know if I would have had such a positive answer. Life hasn’t always been easy, but I think the harder parts of the past have made me appreciate all the good good things all that much more. We’re staying in a beautiful condo in Manhattan overlooking the river (a view I love) and with a glimpse of Central Park. Officially we’re catsitting, but really, I have come to the conclusion that all vacations are better when I can borrow a cat (i.e., it’s not really cat sitting, it’s cat borrowing). This is Gizmo (an action shot) When we were in Las Vegas I especially missed our cats, and this time is no different, it’s just a bit easier with another cat around to annoy us. I miss Kes and Emmie, but I know they’re in good hands with cat sitter…

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The Hogtown Vegan

From the same folks that opened up Hot Beans in Kensington Market, The Hogtown Vegan (834 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON – Bloor @ Shaw) is a new vegan comfort food place near Ossington Subway station. That area is getting fantastic for vegan food options. Leaving Ossington Subway you have a choice of going right or left at Bloor Street, and either way you’ll get a decent vegan option within a block or two (Hogtown Vegan or Nazareth Ethiopian or heck… even Disgraceland.) I’ve been to The Hogtown Vegan twice in the last month, and I really wanted to like this place. Other than it’s lovely veganness, it’s got a lot of things going for it. A sit down restaurant within walking distance from my home that serves North American style cuisine? What’s not to love? Well, there is stuff not to love. But there is also lots of stuff to love. The first time we went in, the service was great. I’ve seen the same server at Hot Beans, and she’s always been friendly and helpful. It was another one of Toronto’s hot hot hot days, and they didn’t have the air conditioner running (yet.) Overall I felt hot and probably drained three jugs of water all by myself (to her credit, our server was awesome and kept us well watered.) We started with the Hogtown Wings, which turned out to be my favourite item, on both occasions. On our first visit they were moist in the way most foods…

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