According to Google Maps I covered 21km today, not including walking while browsing in various stores and markets. That’s not the most I’ve ever walked at once but it’s one of the larger (though not uncommon) numbers. Last fall, on a Friday afternoon when we were still on summer hours, I walked home from work just so I could say it was possible, and that’s 30 km. On a typical weekend day I probably only do 10, maybe 15 km. The reason the number is so high today is because I went everywhere in the world (i.e. downtown TO) in search of the perfect items for my BSI:Avocado prize pack. Of course if things keep going at this rate, I’ll get to keep the goodies for myself. I won’t complain, I found some good stuff, but I’d rather share them!
I found someone far from home.
I’m really glad I spent a good amount of time in St. Lawrence Market, mostly in the “World’s Most Ridiculous Bulk Food Store” (my name for the store, not it’s real name). Its hiding at the north end of the basement of the building on the south side of Front St., if anyone ever goes looking for it, I forgot to take a look at the sign to see the real name. The place is jam packed with SO MUCH STUFF. Oodles of bulk bins, but also racks and racks of other things packed floor to ceiling (well, not quite tht high), and stuffed into any available nook and cranny. So many good finds, and some were cheaper than anywhere else. You will see them in the future, starting later in this post.
Spring is here! (I shouldn’t mention the 0 degree forecast for Monday).
Anyways, I was so busy shopping today (and having fun!) I barely had time to eat.
I started with a breakfast of the last of the tuscan melon, topped with Grandma Emily’s Blueberry Cranberry Granola.
Later in the morning I had a Cocoa Mole Larabar. It was so good! Just the right amount of spice, I was happy with my choice. It was also the only thing I bought at Whole Foods, I was thoroughly unimpressed, nothing caught my eye. Luckily, it was the only place on my list of places to visit today that did not deliver.
On one of my stops home to drop off stuff I grabbed a gala apple and a handful of snow peas.
And of course there was the obligatory sampling that occurs when you shop on a Saturday. There some more yummy glazed nuts, really flavourful gouda, sausage made of local organic beef, amazing frozen yogurt at Blue Banana Market in Kensington (best new store ever! – I used to live a block away from it before it existed), and bits of tortilla chips dipped in a variety of tasty sauces.
And then there was also a piece of chocolate that was going to be in the BSI prize pack, but it ended up in a bag with some wet kale and the paper wrapper got soaked and kinda disintegrated, so I obviously had to eat it. It was Green and Blacks 71% Dark (not Canadian, but I get the impression it’s not widely available in the States), but have no fear, there is other chocolaty goodness for the prize pack instead, I don’t have pictures of the samples or the chocolate. But I do have a picture of a tree that seems to have had a bit of a problem with gravity.
So I’ve been wanting a rice krispie square for the longest time, but didn’t necessarily want to buy or eat of box of rice krispies or marshmallows, and would prefer a healthier alterntive. I’ve seen marginally healthier alternatives around, but most are on the expensive side, close to a dollar per square, for a box of 5 or so squares. Which leads me to find number 1 from the “World’s Most Ridiculous Bulk Food Store”. I found a box of Source Salba (aka chia) Krispy rice bars, 8 bars for $3 (5-6$ in a regular grocery store). I had one for a snack when I finally got home. To borrow a phrase, HOLY YUM! It’s has the perfect chewy rice krispie texture. It’s definitely sweet, but not sickeningly so, and it has the most amazing fruity flavour that I can only assume is the flavour of the blue agave nectar, since I’ve never had blue agave plain before (only the dark). I might be in love, it’s a perfect treat for my sweet tooth.
Finally to finish the day I had a veggie filled dinner. There was a pile (mostly hiding) of brussel sprouts sauteed in olive oil, salt and pepper, some egg white cooked with jo tsai/garlic chives, red and yellow pepper strips, and the last seitan sausage, browned in the pan after the sprouts to crisp up the outside. With ketchup, and maple flakes for the sprouts, best idea ever. I think I must make more seitan. Tomorrow. Now I’m all for getting ready for bed.