How are ya today? I hope you had a fantastic weekend. As you’ve probably already guessed from the title of this post, mine was full of great things. It all began on Saturday morning with a beautiful, glorious, euphoric long run which you’ll hear more about a little later this week.
Then it was off to the farmers’ market with my roommate. I don’t go nearly as much as I’d like to, but I really do love the atmosphere and walking around to see what all the vendors have to offer. We’re lucky to have 2 great markets in the area, and St. Jacobs Market has a ton of character.
It also has some enormous zucchinis! (Yes, I bought one. They were $1 and it would have been rude not to.)
After the market, I had a fun little lunch date planned with another local blogger that I just recently met, the lovely Danielle of Work It, Wear It, Eat It. Neither of us are vegan or vegetarian, but we were both curious about a little veg-friendly restaurant called Cafe Pyrus.
The cafe doesn’t have an official website, which meant I couldn’t do my usual pre-visit menu scoping. However, a little surprise is always fun and having read a few restaurant reviews beforehand, I didn’t think I’d be disappointed. The ladies at Cafe Pyrus have just introduced all of the amazing items that you see on the chalkboards above, and there was so much to choose from!
As far as beverages went, we ordered Rise Kombucha, a brand I hadn’t heard of until our visit but it was amazing! Prior to this, the only brand I really loved was Tonica (which still holds a dear place in my heart as a Canadian company with amazing raw and organic kombucha flavours!) but I now know that Rise is delicious too. They also happen to be Montreal-based. It appears that Canadians know how to make fabulous kombucha!! We chose the Green Tea Lemongrass flavour and it was super refreshing on such a hot day.
Danielle and I both opted for custom-made salads, which were very reasonably priced at $8.
Mine was a mix of greens (including Swiss chard! I’ve certainly been getting my fair share these days), red onion, red peppers, cucumbers and tempeh bacon.
Danielle’s was similar, only she ordered a little avocado on top.
Our food came out really quickly and the ladies at Cafe Pyrus were so friendly and fun to talk to. They informed me that all of the baked goods at the cafe are vegan, and there are several gluten-free options too.
The restaurant was much bigger than I originally anticipated, with both table and couch seating. I think I need to organize a bigger blogger meet-up here soon!
After all that hard work eating lunch (ha ha ha) and a Costco trip (which to be honest, really is tedious sometimes!), I headed to one of my favourite local spas for a lovely massage. My back has been hurting quite a lot lately so it was long-overdue, very much appreciated, and absolutely heavenly!
The action didn’t stop there. On Sunday, my roommate, her boyfriend and I headed to Casa Loma in Toronto to meet up with some other friends. None of us had been before but we’d heard great things, so we were excited to finally get to tour the castle.
For those of you that haven’t heard of Casa Loma before, it’s a castle that was once owned by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt. It took us about 3 hours to tour the entire grounds, including the suites, conservatory, secret passageways, 80-foot tunnel, stables and gardens. Casa Loma was built during the Edwardian era (1911 to be precise), but today it exists as a venue for self-guided tours and special events, including weddings like the one that was going on during our visit. It has also been used in several movies including The Pacifier, Chicago, The Skulls, and X-Men.
A few shots from the visit….
As you can see, it was a fun but very busy weekend!! I’m looking forward to a quieter week, but don’t you worry, I’ve also been busy in the kitchen and I’ve got some delicious recipes that I’m very excited to share with you. Stay tuned!
So tell me….
- Ontario readers: Have you been to Casa Loma before? What did you think?
- What did YOU get up to this weekend?