I ate like garbage box.

– Akemi today after lunch, her way of letting me know she ate too much.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Pictured above: the chocolates I got Akemi for Valentine’s Day.  Jean-Paul Hevin, shipped from Paris.  They arrived three days ago and sat in the fridge because Akemi wanted to wait.  A dried fruit and nut chocolate medley for her – and I surprised myself with a bunch of dark chocolate bars.  I am SO thoughtful!

Today, Jodelle finally took us up on our offer and joined us for a morning and afternoon of food-oriented fun!  First stop, the farmer’s market for an organic fix.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Well, well, well.  Look who knitted herself a Whovian scarf.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Chocolate-covered strawberries all around at the St. Lawrence Market.  Dark chocolate for Akemi.  White chocolate and strawberry for Jodelle.  But nothing for the clearly disappointed guy in the middle.  He missed out.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Jodelle HAD to have this origami chopstick holder.  Keeping with the Japanese theme, she also picked up some origami paper later in the day.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

We return to the farmer’s market where Jodelle picks up a nice warm hat – to add to her growing collection.  50 years from now, neighbors will refer to her as “the crazy hat lady”.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

We followed up with a trip to Kensington Market where we checked out not one but TWO comic book shops.  And then had lunch at King’s Cafe (http://www.kingscafe.com), a vegetarian restaurant that was – surprise surprise! – actually quite good.  We enjoyed a variety of mostly Chinese dishes.  Despite the fact that it was missing meat, the sticky rice purse was my favorite.  Akemi loved the crispy king oyster mushrooms while Jodelle was all over the avocado melt.  Apparently, next to hats, avocados are her favorite things.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

From there, it was a short walk over to Don’t Call Me Cupcake (http://dontcallmecupcake.com) for my weekly rum cake fix.  Actor Roger Cross asked me to pick some up for him and I did – but he has yet to respond to my text about dropping them off so I’m thinking he one or two may not make it to his apartment.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Clearly boozed up on rum cupcake, Jodelle spent an inordinate amount of time swooning over some indie musician I’ve never heard of.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Once she’d sobered up, we headed over to Bakka Phoenix Books (http://www.bakkaphoenixbooks.com), purveyors of fine genre reads.  There, I picked up the above-pictured books (Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others is one of my all-time favorite story collections – that I leant my writing partner years ago and he never returned).  Jodelle got A Game of Thrones, adding it to the list of titles she doesn’t have time to read.

After dropping Jodelle off, Akemi and I had a nice, quiet dinner and then, for dessert…

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

She baked banana bread!

“It’s gluten free, sugar-free, and dairy free!”she informed me.

No problem.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Much-improved with the addition of 45% milk chocolate chunks, a couple of scoops of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream, and a dousing of salted caramel Stoli.

February 14, 2015: Akemi And I Take Jodelle On A Foodly Excursion!

Ah, damnit!  He swung by to pick up his rum cakes after all. 🙁

16 thoughts on “February 14, 2015: Akemi and I take Jodelle on a foodly excursion!

  1. Avocado melts lookin SCRUMDIDLYUMPTIOUS !..and who doesn’t love Bannana Bread!..I’m jealous..

  2. I always love the Akemi-isms (Akemisms?) I think I will use that one, but I might modify it to “garbage truck”, depending on the situation.

    Although, that food looks like far from garbage! Great additions to what I’m *sure* was a wonderful gluten free banana bread by Akemi. 🙂

    Roger looks kind of anxious to depart in that picture. Anxious to go spend some quiet time with those rum cakes, I suppose.

    Well, our next blizzard has already started here and is supposed to last all day tomorrow. Saw this on FB today and have to share. It’s so true.

    See you next epoch!

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The%20Rick%20Mercer%20Report/ID/2653261185/

  3. You are so very thoughtful. 😀

    I think the banana bread looked better after your additions. 🙂

    It looks like a good tine was had by all, and Roger didn’t even have yo do anything :p

  4. Wow! That sounded fun! Toronto isn’t so bad. I hope everyone stays warm & safe during this next storm.

  5. That is an awesomely beautiful knitted scarf. Love the colors. Whovian made that? I’m surprised no one recognized Jodelle (or Akemi 🙂 ).

    Good boy Joe for calling Roger. I would have “picked some up for Roger” but he probably would have never known about them… 🙂

    I sometimes say I ate nothing but garbage today. But for me it means everything I ate was bad for you. Junk foodish.

  6. You know, if this whole TV Producer/Writer/Craft-Services-Taste-Tester thing doesn’t work out, I’m sure that you have a promising career as a Personal-FOODIE-“Picker-Upper”/Gourmet-Tour-GUIDE..?!

    Paris, eh?

  7. Yet another “Five” coincidence; Jodelle’s a fellow yarnie! Tell her she might eventually receive a crocheted hat–or I might donate one in her honor to my charity-crafting group. Her call.

  8. My goodness, one day Jodelle is reading Hitchhikers, the next she has a Tom Baker era scarf? Be still my heart! 🙂

  9. Her hat matches! She might become the crazy hat lady.. but it will be the STYLISH crazy hat lady!

    Yum on the avocado melt and the sticky rice purse.

  10. Jodelle just too cute to comment. While it is the Chinese new year, the Vegetarian festival in Thailand begins in October. It is a good time to purify the body with some good Veggi food.
    Joe, love what you did with the “banana bread”. Thanks for the links to the food venues. I have been told a dietary change is necessary and Avocados are a need addition to the change. With the above pic, don’t fear the avocado.

  11. Excellent food pics Joe. Also I’m surprised by those Toronto weather reports. -26oC by early morning Monday is crazy.

  12. I have that exact same scarf, so I know where she got the yarn! It’s one of my favorite things I’ve knit….I’ve also crocheted a Stargate hat….maybe she needs one of those…and I’ll wait for Dark Matter to see what I can make fromt here…

  13. My sister makes a divine Bacardi white rum cake. Again with the yummy food entries and me with no lunch yet, argh! I made sugar free gummy bears last night and got the makings for sugar free coconut/almond flour scones.
    These are my fave hats for the bitter cold, colorful and yes, crazy, but also fun and toasty warm: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorMyWorldCrochet

  14. I never thought I’d see the words “vegetarian restaurant” and “quite good” in the same paragraph. The chocolates look yummy. Glad you guys had fun.

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