Getting it Together on the Road: Toronto

Toronto | almost getting it together

I’ve been a little MIA lately. Between all the travel, races and a photo shoot week at work, my life has been a little nuts. I’m about twenty paces behind where I want to be but I’m currently posted up at a coffee shop to get through all the blog work, freelance projects and general life things that I have let fall between the cracks in the past few months. I more or less have been in Pittsburgh to go to work lately, not that I hate it.

One of my trips was to Toronto to visit Davida. Basically when we met and fell in love in Montreal, it was immediately decided that Angela and I go to Toronto to visit her. I’ve been in Canada more times this year than my entire life, which is fitting because I am in love with all things Canada, minus the snow.

I loved Toronto. I had a feeling that I would. It’s probably on the list of cities that I would live in if it weren’t for the snow and cold (see also, Chicago and potentially Boston). Toronto is really hip, people are super into fitness and oh yeah, Canadians are the nicest. (Except PK Subban – hate that guy.) Davida and Curt are also amazing hosts and tour guides so that didn’t hurt anything.

St. Lawrence Market is your one-stop shop for all things food. From fresh veggies, meat and cheese to pantry stapes to speciality items, they have it all. I’ve been to a lot of markets in a lot of places and this is one of my favorites. And not because of speciality mustard. (Little known fact about me: I recently became obsessed with mustard. It’s bordering on needing Mustard Anonymous.)

st lawerence market toronto | almost getting it together

Does anyone know what condiments mustard is a gateway drug to?

st lawerence market toronto | almost getting it together

Prosciutto: Italian Girl Problems.

Once you need to walk off all of the mustard food you just ate, head to Queen’s Street West. I actually couldn’t think of the name of this street until I remembered we just opened a new store there. One side is all of your staples: Aritzia, Brandy Melville, Club Monaco, etc. and the other is full of cool boutiques and local stores.

We were lucky enough to have Davida cook for us Friday night (Thai-style mussels, thanks for making me seafood and not murdering me with shrimp) but Saturday night (and Sunday afternoon) we went to Fresh, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant.

When I talk about my eating habits, people automatically assume I don’t eat meat. I enjoy a lot of types of meat (especially super-fatty inhumane ones like foie gras and veal #sorryimnotsorry) but if it were up to me and not my runner’s metabolism, I would probably stick to a vegetarian diet 80% of the time. I’ve been a vegetarian at two points in my life (junior year of high school and my athletic performance really faltered and sophomore-junior year of college and I stopped when I started running half-marathons).

Back to the point – Fresh was amazing. I love combinations of food in bowls and salad which is basically what Fresh’s menu consists of.

Saturday we met Sam for brunch at Rock Lobster. The food was standard – good, but too heavy for me – but the Canadians have invented something called “The Caesar”, their Great White North version of a Bloody Mary. I’ve been on a serious Bloody Mary kick for the past two weeks (blame it on the insane amounts of glucose-filled gels I eat when racing). A Caesar is a Bloody Mary with clamato juice instead of tomato juice and involves a lobster tail. I can get down with that. (I actually think when my family makes Bloody Marys they use clamato juice so maybe I was pre-destined to like them because I’ve had them before without realizing it.)

Caesar from Rock Lobster in Toronto | almost getting it together

Caesar from Rock Lobster with a little Angela photo bomb.

For breakfast Sunday Davida made us her spinach-banana pancakes and I’ve been dreaming of them ever since. I actually made a bastardized version on Thursday for dinner but was too lazy to get out my Vitamix and the food processor does not do spinach justice.

There are a ton of parks and green spaces in Toronto. We were so lucky to have perfect weather the entire time there, so we spent a lot of time outside, walking around and people watching. Davida also made me have a mini-photo shoot in a kimono because she misses my outfit posts (I’ll post it later this week).

On Sunday we went to yoga at YYoga. This is the second yoga studio I’ve been to in Canada and it was very spa-like, just like Enzo Yoga in Montreal. Think Yogaworks if you’ve been in NYC or LA. The class was pretty calm (I think it was a Core Power class). The class was good though and I needed a bit of zen after the insanity that is a 50+ hour week stuffed into four days. Still, Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh will always have my heart and I’m terrified of moving mainly because no yoga studio has ever come close to AY.

YYoga Toronto | almost getting it together


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Have you ever been to Toronto? What is your favorite condiment?

18 comments on “Getting it Together on the Road: Toronto

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on May 19, 2014 9:16 am

I have heard amazing things about Toronto as well as Vancouver. I would love to visit. And my favorite condiment might be prosciutto.
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:34 pm

Vancouver is definitely next on my Canada list!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on May 19, 2014 10:03 am

I’m glad you and Ang had a good time in TO! And of course, I’m happy that I was able to come up and visit ;-)
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:33 pm

YESS SO HAPPY WE GOT TO MEET!! Thanks for making the drive, girlie!

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on May 19, 2014 11:15 am

No but like for real, come back!!! I’m so happy you had a good time up here! Hurry up and get the kimono post up. I need to reveal my future as a fashion photographer LOL. Love yaaaaaa EX OH
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:33 pm

KIMONO POST = TOMORROW. Can’t wait to move to Toronto as your intern and as payment, you can take my photos.

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Caitlin on May 19, 2014 11:23 am

Fun trip girl! I’ve driven through toronto a few times on my way to skating canp, but we never stopped to check it out. Have to remedy that soon :) love the sound of that yoga studio, too! Anything that has a spa like atmosphere sounds good to me ;)
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:32 pm

Yes!! It’s definitely a fun getaway weekend!!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on May 19, 2014 11:28 am

It’s been about… 10 years?… since I last visited TO but I’m planning a trip out there this summer to hang with all the girls :D When should I start working my magic to try to convince you to head back up around the same time? :)
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:30 pm

You tell me when you’ll be there & count Ang and I in!!!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on May 19, 2014 11:49 am

Oh god all of the pictures I took that weekend. I’m a hot mess. At least I had fun (could never not have fun with you)! xo
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:30 pm

You’re never a hot mess. You’re always way more put together than me, love bug.

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Carmy on May 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Glad you enjoyed your time in Toronto!! I loveeee getting cupcakes/baked goods from St. Lawrence!
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:26 pm

Yum, missed those – hopefully next time!

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Hilary on May 19, 2014 4:35 pm

I’ve never been to Toronto but it sounds like quite the place to see! I actually love mustard as a condiment! It works with just about anything and all flavor combinations!
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:26 pm

Yes, it’s definitely the best – and secretly in everything I feel!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on May 20, 2014 5:34 am

I love Toronto and it definitely is one of my favourite cities. Random, but one of my first jobs was in a deli, and I remember nearly getting fired for giving away testers of prociotto the size of a hamsteak.

PS I’m pretty sure I knew we were friends when you said you liked kangaroo.
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Cassie on May 20, 2014 9:21 pm

That’s really funny. I had a friend who poured too much tequila in margaritas at work and wondered why she was getting tipped so much!

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