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Friday Round-Up: A Week of Highs & Lows

This week my life has sort of mirrored the weather…as in…I’ve seen some pretty crazy ups and downs…

1) HIGH: Went to my very first NHL hockey game!

It was amazing and the fact that I chugged a gigantic grey goose caesar right before the game only improved matters…

And yes that is a piece of pepperoni in my beverage. Ha! Gross/mazing. My dad thoroughly enjoyed snacking on it before the game. 

2) HIGH: Mac & Cheese at the Hogtown Vegan

In a recent conversation with my sister we got to talking about the holy grail of vegan dining: the perfect Mac & Cheese. There are loads of recipes out there involving all the usual vegan suspects like daiya cheese, earth balance, cashews and nutritional yeast as well as some less conventional additions like butternut squash. But we both agreed that whatever the combination, it is seriously tricky to emulate the creamy comfort food magic of mac & cheese…Unless of course you’re a chef at The Hogtown Vegan.

Source: BlogTO

To say I was impressed would be an understatement, I was utterly befuddled. Normally when I go to a vegan restaurant I am secretly plotting how I could recreate the dish at home but with this baked platter of goodness I had no idea whatsoever how I would go about making it…Which was probably the same reason I liked it so much. It was pure pleasure. Ignorant bliss. I paired it with a lovely dinner salad they had on the menu that came loaded up with marinated tofu, a scoop of the best guacamole I’ve had in years, sunflower seeds and fresh crispy vegetables. Sadly my own pics didn’t turn out very well due to the low lighting…But now I just have another reason to go back 🙂


On Monday one of the worst car accidents in Ontario history resulted in the deaths of 11 migrant farm workers from Peru who were on their way home from working at a poultry farm just North of Toronto. While this was, on the surface, just a very tragic accident, it has caused many to rethink the current treatment of migrant workers in this country.

As someone who consciously supports Canadian farmers by purchasing local fruits, vegetables and meats, this accident served as a wakeup call and a tragic reminder that “local” does not always mean “ethical.

I thought immediately of the families of these individuals living in Peru who not only lost their loved ones but their livelihood. Migrant workers in North America often send large portions of their wages back to their native countries to support friends and famlilies there (this money is called remittances). While this process occurs informally, it often serves as the primary income for many families in developing countries.

The Real Price of Sending Money Home from on Vimeo.

What I did about it: 

Bundled up in my long johns and woolies and got my butt out to the local farmer’s market. I figured there must be others like me who wanted to support for the families of these workers, so why not give them the opportunity? The response was incredible. I raised about $300 in 3hrs (it is a teeny tiny market, so this is a SERIOUS chunk of change) plus I handed out a zillion donation cards to folks who didn’t have money on them but wanted to donate online.

And that’s all for now, folks.

Care to share your highs and lows from the week? What are you looking forward to this weekend? 

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  • Reply Shawna February 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Although I thought it was a minor tragedy that I didn’t go to hogtown vegan when I was in town- I am proud of you for fundraising for an actual tragedy and raising awareness in your neighbourhood. That’s my sister!

  • Reply Cassandra February 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    You go girl! That’s awesome!

  • Reply Stephanie February 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I wish good luck for the farmers who’ve been influenced 🙁

    And the game…I thought it was in the states yesterday, no? Or was it only the Canucks…

  • Reply Christine Johnson February 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    It’s fantastic that you have been rallying support for this cause! If you ever want to become more involved in bringing awareness to this issue, the Workers’ Action Centre would be a great resource for you–they have done some awesome campaigning to improve protections for workers in precarious employment (including agricultural workers that Canada brings over through the Temporary Foreign Worker program). 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth February 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Great response to a sad event. Also, I love your blog, unreservedly. Keep on doin’ it.

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