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.
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 :)
3) SERIOUS LOW.
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.
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?