Happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! I am home for the holiday for the first time in four years, and the west coast is so, so, so lovely in October. I always pack in a lot of visiting into really short trips, and yesterday stayed true to form. I drove downtown with my dad on his way to work and we had a coffee from JJ Bean on the way in. Dad dropped me at Revolver in Gastown to meet my very dear friend Amanda for a long overdue chat. Amanda has been a really great friend to me and a huge inspiration as a writer (she's taking her Master's in Publishing at SFU right now, and it was refreshing to see where school, which feels mundane and simplistic right now, will get exciting and challenging down the road).
I went over to East Van to visit my cousins Annie and Becky at Annie's coffee shop, Matchstick Coffee. Annie and Becky each just had sweet new babies, and it was such a treat to snuggle with them! Matchstick is so bright and fresh feeling, which is especially nice for rainy Vancouver days, and their food is SO yummy! We had an all-too-short catch up before it was time to go.
I spent the afternoon with my dad at his new job, and it definitely felt like "Take Your Kid To Work Day," and we celebrated thanksgiving with my dad's family at night before heading to Washington for the weekend.
It's been a really quiet and relaxing weekend so far, and I hope yours has been restful and filled with great people too!
[Picture of Matchstick's storefront from Roland Tanglao].
Apparently Toronto's sort-of neighbor, New York, is getting more sun than us! The New York Times posted a photo album of kids getting suncreen applied, and it made me laugh. What are you doing this weekend? I'm a plus-one to a farm wedding tomorrow, and I'm kind of excited to break out my sun dress from Club Monaco that I wore to one of the eight (!!!) weddings I went to last summer, since it was too expensive to buy but too sweet to leave.
Happy Friday! It feels like summer (maybe) is here to stay in Toronto, finally having a few days in a row of sun and breeze as opposed to the dreary, rainy weather we've been having since I was home. I came across this great idea for a tasty summer drink on She Who Eats; white peaches soaked in lavender-infused hot water, and then, when cooled, topped up with soda. It would be great for a lazy weekend day.
Tomorrow I'm going to the beach all day and having a barbecue (my first true summer activities of the season!) and on Sunday Fitness Club Fiasco has a show in Guelph. I hope your weekend is filled with yummy food and restful time too.