Life is always a whirlwind when I come back to Toronto. I still feel like I am on a trip, visiting with friends. I have not been able to process that I am LIVING here again yet. One way I have tried to feel more at home is explore foodie options in my hood and look for things that are familiar, that are comforting to me.
One of my favourite bitters to put in salad is radicchio. It is good for the immune system, neutralizes toxins, is healing, fights diseases and is really hard to find in most grocery stores. Every time I buy it, the cashier either has no idea what it is or thinks it is a red cabbage. I always make my own spring mixes and put some in it. I was so happy to see it is readily available near me. That felt like a warm foodie hug.
It is wonderful that I can find President’s Choice products that I use all the time at my store like their Buffalo Wing Sauce which I use with other ingredients to make fantastic Buffalo chicken. That said, the store near me is small and not a Superstore so there are so many items I can NOT find which has been very frustrating.
I am having a bit of a challenging time connecting with their Toronto office so I just went out and bought some of their PC Hot-Smoked Maple Candied Salmon on my own because it looked so damn delicious.
“Bite-size strips of Atlantic salmon with a touch of sweetness.” They are not kidding! So succulent and delicious, you can even skip the carbs and just snack on this salmon, it is so yummy. And you will not hear me say something is better without carbs very often!
If you like smoked salmon and maple, buy this! I thought it was fantastic. A little expensive at over $6 a package but worth it. I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.
Getting Back Into The World
My dearest friend Michelle came down on the first sunny day after I got here so we could spend some time together and go on lots of foodie adventures. I have avoided spending time with people outside of family because I have been so emotional but Michelle has been my friend forever and even introduced me to Reg. Falling apart in front of her would be OK and for the most part, we just wanted to have fun on our day out together.
We realized when we got together a few funny things. It was Pancake Tuesday! And… Sunset Grill had a location outside The Beaches with a paid parking lot close by. Well that was a no-brainer!
Normally we would go to the one in The Beaches but this one was even closer and easier to take a car to and man, they looked so very similar. It was hard to tell that we were in a different location.
The decaf coffee was good and we found out that not only were pancakes only $1 because it was Pancake Tuesday, the restaurant donated money to the Canadian Cancer Society. Our server was super helpful and friendly too which rocked.
We sat at the front of the restaurant for the natural light and because the back was closed for some reason.
We both ordered the Grand Slam which I thought I was not going to be able to eat all myself. Duh Suzie!!! I keep forgetting I am a social eater. When I am with friends and family I appear to be able to eat anything.
I ordered by bacon so crisp it is almost burned to Michelle’s chagrin but hey! It was like bacon chips which is just how I like my bacon. Perfect! Actually everything was wonderful, a hearty breakfast for our long foodie day ahead.
How does the search for PC products have anything to do with Pancake Tuesday at Sunset Grill? You will see. This was just the first part of our radical foodie day together! Glad we stocked up on protein and calories because somehow I had to make it through this long fantastic day with my dear friend during the hardest time of my life.