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Nothing says Superbowl Sunday more than wings…or maybe football.  Either way, prepping in spirit, as LB keeps us away from the pubs at the moment. #32of365

Superbowl Wings

Superbowl Wings

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Nothing beats cold weather like a bowl of hot noodles.  #26of365

Pho

Pho

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A dim sum lunch with the coworkers.  Lots of food…as usual. #19of365

Dim sum

Dim sum

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Once a month, my parents are kind enough to come down and watch LB while the Dude and I go on a lunch date.  This month, it was his choice, and he picked San Remo Bakery in Etobicoke.  It was awesome.  We split a bunch of food, and topped everything off with a pistachio cannoli.  Definitely going back.  #18of365

Lunch

Lunch

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Back to work has meant one thing:  I can now eat at least one meal with 2 hands again.  Huzzah!  ( I love you LB!)  So today, I decided to celebrate with sushi, one of my top 3 favourite foods.  Nomnomnom indeed!  #7of365

Lunchtime!

Lunchtime!

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No CNE for Me

After a number of years away from the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), I started going again a few years ago just for the food.  Since I’ve been trying to stay away from wonky foods because I’m breastfeeding, I’ve been trying to live vicariously through others through posts and pictures.

Here are the top 3 things I would try if I were going this year.

1.  The s’mores bao.  Come on.  This looks totally awesome!  Who wouldn’t want a soft warm bao with a s’mores centre?

2. Liquid nitrogen gelato.  I have a kid now, can I get this in IV form so I can keep up with her?  Update:  I just read this is gelato made using the flash freeze process of liquid nitrogen.  Eh.  I’d try it anyway 🙂

3. Peanut butter sriracha rolls.  Okay, this one sounds dodgy, but such an unlikely pairing that I’d give it a go.

If you went/are going this year, what did you have?

 

 

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What?: Lottie + Doof

Subject?: food

I came across this food blog through another site (don’t you love interweb rabbit holes?) and immediately read several pages of blog posts.  The blogger, Tim, not only shares great recipes, but also gives the reader a good sense about life in the Midwest.

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But whyyyy, Mac?  I can hear you asking.  You’ve delivered the kid already!

Because I’m paranoid, that’s why.  Even though I still eat chocolate, I decided to cut out teas and coffee when I started breastfeeding ( for the record, I BF and formula feed too).  LB is on a daily schedule, and I was afraid that the added caffeine would ruin the little semblance of normality I had cobbled together.  Nothing frightens me more than hourly wake ups at night.

But I miss that bitter, bitter taste of the brown stuff.    I miss espresso ice cream.  I miss those java chip fraps at Starbucks.  I’ve gotten so desperate that whenever the Dude has a coffee, I grab it to take a whiff.  Oh, the aroma!

I can already envision that first taste.  My first meal at the hospital after having LB was sushi.  It was so good after 9+ months of refraining.  So gooooood!

If all goes well, I should be able to have my first cup in about 6 months.  In the mean time, have one for me!

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I love this time of year.  Mostly people because it seems to be the only time when most of the people I know are off work at the same time.  Which makes for super busy schedules, but great catch up.

One of the traditions that we participate with our friends every year, is an annual Cookie Bee.  I’ve probably written about it before, but it’s where a bunch of us get together and exchange lots of cookies.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I usually cheat a little at this.  No, I don’t bring store-bought, but I usually bring brownies or bars.  For the life of me, I just can’t get cookies right.  Either they are rock-hard, or a buttery mess.  And this year, the tradition continues.

A couple of weeks ago, the Dude sent me a recipe he wanted us (as in me) to use for the bee.  Someone at his work had brought some in and he was raving about them.  Sure, I said.  I’ll give it a go.  So imagine my surprise when I get an email from him last Friday saying that he wanted to try his hand at them.  Have at it!  I said.  And while I hung around the kitchen to answer questions he had, he did do 99% of it himself, and they turned out pretty well.  I didn’t doubt that he’d be able to do it (he doesn’t cook…like…at all) since as an engineer, he does follow instructions pretty well.

I even brought some into work yesterday, and the resident baker on our team said they were good.

Maybe this means that since I do all the cooking for us whenever we eat in, he’ll be the resident baker?  Haha!  I know, I know, dream on.  But it’s nice that there will be a few things that may become his signature dishes =)

If you’re curious, this is the recipe he used for the Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars.

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If this blog has taught me anything, it is that I eat a lot of nachos.

#78:

Mmm...

Mmm…

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After a fun-filled day catching up with old friends, we settled down with a deep fried Mars bar.  Were they trying to give us the illusion that we were being healthy by including a few pieces of fruit?

#65:

Melty, chocolatey, fried goodness

Melty, chocolatey, fried goodness

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Leftovers from a birthday dinner.  Gotta love shawarma, falafel, and hummus…mmm…

#57:

Leftovers

Leftovers

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This is the first time since I started working from home that I actually when to pho for lunch on my lunch hour.  Mmm…I never get tired of this.

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Out to Lunch

Out to Lunch

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Superbowl Eating

So the Dude and I decided to once again head to the pub to watch the Superbowl.

Even though I don’t know enough to have a favourite team, I’ve discovered that that doesn’t stop me from getting excited, or disappointed.  Part of me wanted San Francisco to win, but that was only because I just happen to like the city a lot.

And of course, it was the perfect excuse to eat lots of junk food.  We started with the nachos, which lasted us right up until game time:

Nachos

Nachos

The waitress then brought around some chili to everyone in the pub, and we wolfed that down:

Chili

Chili

And then we finished things off with a sporting event staple, the wings and fries:

Wings

Wings

We contemplated sharing a sandwich too, but thought that that would have been overkill.

All in all, it was a great time.  We got to eat a bunch of greasy food, and in the process, watch what turned out to be a very exciting game.

Congrats to Baltimore!

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All that remains of our ‘Beat the Winter’ pho gathering.  No, all that wasn’t for two, it was for six.

#352:

I never get tired of pho

I never get tired of pho

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Having breakfast before doing more legwork on our investment property.

#228:

Greek Omelette

Greek Omelette

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Had some of the girls over today for food and trivia.  Specifically, Canadian trivia.  Dudes, I am soooo terrible at Canadian trivia, I’m ashamed to admit it.

#222:

Trivia spread

Trivia spread

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I really do love Angry Birds, but I also feel that it is getting waaaay to commercialized.  C’mon, fruit snacks?!

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Angry Birds fruit snacks

Angry Birds fruit snacks

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Oh my God.  So the Dude found this place on BlogTO and said that we needed to try it.  He was right.  This is a breakfast sandwich from “Porchetta and Co.” on Dundas St.  SOOOOOO good.  If you need a meat fix in the morning, this is fantastic.  We saw people ordering other things as well, and it all looked good.  Highly recommended.

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Yes, please!

Yes, please!

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Note:  I’ve broken down my visit to the exhibition into two separate blogs, the food and non-food.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the slogan in the title, there is something called the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) every year here in Toronto.  It is always the last couple of weeks of August, and into the Labour Day weekend.

What it’s like is a giant fair.  There are midway rides, and buskers, and kiosks that sell goods from around the world, and a food building.  It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people LOVE it.  Case in point, the friend that I went with 2 nights ago.

She was just there 4 days ago, and had wanted to go back already.  For those of you in the city that are wanting to go though, it is only $5 after 5pm from M-Th, otherwise, it is $16.

What I really wanted to blog about, though, is the crazy foods that we decided to try that day.  And by crazy, I mean foods that I wouldn’t normally eat because it is either really bad for you, or just a really interesting shall we say, combination.

So I met up with at the food building with the intent on eating something that I’ve never had before.  She made a beeline for a place that sold “Donut Burgers”.  Which is a burger that replaces the bun with Krispy Kreme donuts.
Look here:

Donut Burger

Donut Burger

While in line though, we got distracted by another sign.  Pulled pork!  On a pretzel bun!  Top with perogies!  We decided to each get one, and then split them.  Mmmm…

Stack'd

Stack’d

It really was very good.  I ended up eating a quarter of the donut burger and half of the pulled pork.  Mmmm…

Double burgers

Double burgers

We then decided to get a cheeseburger poutine, which looks pretty disgusting, but is soooo good:

Poutine

Poutine

Of course, no visit is complete without some dessert (albeit a few hours later).  And what did we decide on?  Deep fried Mars bar.  That’s right:

Deep Fried Goodness

Deep Fried Goodness

Can we say “good times”?  And also that I’m really glad I biked down…

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