I’m back from my trip to PEI, with news of Monday’s awesome raw blogger meet up!
But first, a quick update on my friend’s wedding over the weekend: it was fabulous. I was going to post a photo of my bridesmaid dress from the big day, but I’m usually the one behind the camera, so I don’t have many pics of myself. I’ll share one if my friends have any decent shots. At any rate, the day went off without a hitch, my friend looked breathtakingly beautiful, and a good time was had by all.
Now, on to other exciting news. I had the great pleasure of hanging out with some of the loveliest ladies in the world yesterday afternoon at Toronto raw restaurant Rawlicious! Heathy was in town for a visit, Kelli made the trip in from New Jersey, Marlie drove up from the Niagara region, and then we had Nelly, Lisa, Kristin and myself from the Toronto area. What a wonderful time we had! It’s so somewhat surreal to meet blogger friends in person, given that we already know so much about each other from what we share on our blogs.
We sat in the back room at Rawlicious, at a long table surrounded by comfy cushions for seating. It was beyond fabulous to spend the afternoon chatting about raw food and life in this beautiful setting. Obviously, we photographed everything we ordered, and I think we all agreed that it was nice to be around others who understand the desire to get snapshots of great food. (I’m pretty sure a lot of my non-foodie friends find it odd!)
We started the meal with some nachos and spring rolls. I always enjoy their nachos, which are served with yummy raw sour cream, garlicky guacamole, salsa, olives, green onions, and hot peppers. Yum! The spring rolls were delicious and gingery.
Nelly and I both went for the caesar wrap – something I’ve had before and knew I would love! I adore the raw vegan dressing, and the onion bread croutons. I also enjoy the collard leaf wrap (I jump at the chance to get in more greens).
Heathy and Kristin had something similar – the caesar salad (minus the wrap).
Lisa went for the garden salad.
Kelli and Marlie split the pad thai and an olive currant salad.
And obviously, we had dessert! Others went for a raw macaroon or raw brownie bite, but I still had enough room for the blueberry cheesecake :) It was good! It was lighter than many cheesecakes I have tried, and came topped with a delicious blueberry sauce.
And finally, as if the pleasure of their company wasn’t enough, some ladies brought goodies to share! Marlie gave each of us an adorable cupcake container. So cool! I’ve never seen these before. I’ve never made a raw cupcake before, either, but have a feeling I might have to start taking them to work with me in my handy dandy new cupcake container. Heather brought some of her famous treats – pictured below is chocolate topped with maple sugar – yum! – and a foil-covered raw turtle. Mmmm pecan, caramel, and chocolate. And Nelly brought delicious moon pies! I swear, every time I see Nelly she sends me away with a new container of moon pies. She really knows how to be a good friend :) I would have loved to bring some treats for these great girls but time was short since I only got back to town the night before.
It was a perfect afternoon, and I’m so glad to have shared it with all of you ladies. I can’t wait for the next time we hang out, and I feel lucky to have such wonderful friends in my life.