Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Week Four at last

Hey guys,

Sorry for my absence the last couple of days. It's simply too hot to blog. My computer generates too much heat, so I can only stand having it on for short periods of time.

I might not be blogging, but I'm still doing the challenge. To refresh your memory, this week's challenge is to discover a new café everyday.

It was a bit difficult to find a café open on Monday, other than Starbucks or Second Cup, because of Victoria Day. I wandered around until I found myself in Kensington Market. I found a café just as it was about to close. They weren't making anymore coffee, so I had a tea to go. It was super rushed and I didn't even get the name of it or take a picture. It's just a little unknown café on the edge of Kensington. It was far too hot to drink tea, so when I got home, I made iced tea out of it.

I had a lovely coffee shop experience yesterday. There are a ton of really cute cafés on Queen Street, west of Bathurst, that I always have my eye on, so it was just a matter of choosing which one to try. The one I chose was west of Trinity Bellwoods Park. It's called T.A.N. It's fair trade and locally brewed, which is always cool with me. The woman working was really friendly and the atmosphere was really relaxed and cute. I had a tasty iced vanilla latte and a lemon square. I'll definitely be back. I think there's a patio at the back, but I wanted to stay out of the sun (I actually got a touch of heat stroke yesterday). The best part was the bathroom. All of the walls and the door were covered in pictures and writings in chalk and there was a cup of multi colored chalk to add to the masterpiece. Overall, it was a really pleasant café adventure and I recommend T.A.N. to all of my Toronto friends.

Today, Iris joined me at another Queen Street café, called Niche. As you can see from their sign, they have homemade lemonade. Or, at least, they claim to have homemade lemonade. Both Iris and I wanted lemonade, but they apparently had no lemons (odd?), so we settled on different drinks. I also brought some homemade vegan chocolate peanut butter cups (!) with me to snack on. They are pretty delicious, let me know if you want the recipe, I don't feel like typing it up now. It was a fairly nice place. My one complaint (other than the false lemonade advertising) is that the bottom of the chair left some sort of black, greasy looking substance on the back of my legs. It took us forever to figure out what it was and it was kind of hard to wash off. Bizarre. I will commend them on their music choice of Iron & Wine.

I thought I'd let you know that my relationship with green food is improving more and more each day.

Peace and lattes!