BBQ SEASON!

With the sun shining in and the dandelions growing in the backyard, there’s no lie that summer is upon us (where I live, at least)! AND THAT ONLY MEANS ONE THING..IT’S BARBEQUE SEASON! Over the past three weeks or so, my family and I have used our barbeque at least once a week (if not more).

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A Sunday lunch can’t get any better than having grilled store bought patties for burgers and a side of cucumber & tomato salad. And of course, eating outdoors; it wasn’t scorching hot as we were under some shade.

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Here’s a close up. I know it may not look appealing, but it’s filled with pickled hot peppers, grilled red onions, slices of avocado, ketchup, mustard and relish.

I hope this post inspired you to enjoy having lunch outdoors and or use the grill. : )

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Panera Bread

When a good friend of yours asks to meet up, it doesn’t matter (for me) where we end up. Jess suggested going to Panera Bread. I’ve never been to Panera Bread. And  as you may know, I’m always up for trying new things (most of the time anyway). We met at the downtown location, near Dundas and Yonge.

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Jess wasn’t hungry. So she got this Pecan Roll from trading her points. I’m not sure how the points card works, but I think that if you get a certain amount of points you can trade your points for food.

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I was starving when I was waiting for her. She was late, and that made me more hungry than I already was. There is a variety of selection on their menu; salads, sandwiches, soups, bakery items, and pastas. I had trouble choosing as everything sounded delicious. I ended up choosing pick two. What is that? It might sound confusing, but basically you get to choose two different items on the menu (from different categories); soup and salad, soup and sandwich, soup and pasta, etc. There are many combinations that you can pick two from. And plus, it comes with a side; bread, water and something I can’t remember. I had the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo, Chicken Soup and bread. The bread was so good, maybe because it was crust-ful and warm in and out.

I really liked the particular location that we went to.The lady that took my order was really nice and patient as I had a million questions to ask before I placed my order. Most restaurants are incorporating this into their system, but I was surprised that Panera Bread was also using restaurant pagers. We got a pager and then headed to our table. I guess it would make sense as when the food is ready, the staff know where and who ordered what.

The restaurant had an upper floor, I guess it’s to suit the amount of customers they have in and out (it’s located at a busy intersection). It was quite upstairs and all the staff were friendly. I definitely recommend going to Panera Bread and will eat there again.

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E N J O Y ! : )

Lunch at La Vecchia

On Tuesday, I had lunch my friend, May, who I met at a volunteering event around this time last year. Since we are both done school (for the summer), we decided to have lunch..and just have a catch up session. We don’t see each other often through the year, as we have both been busy with school and life, in general.

May suggested that we have lunch at La Vecchia, an Italian restaurant by Yonge and Eglinton (she read reviews about this restaurant). We each ordered a main and shared a pizza.
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This is the Pizza Vegertariana ($9); a pizza loaded with grilled vegetables. It was perfect for lunch on a sunny day.

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The pizza came with a side salad. We also shared this.

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I ordered Linguini Mare ($12). Pasta with seafood in a tomato sauce. Also perfect for a summer’s lunch.

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May had Risotto Porcini (I believe) ($12). She let me try her risotto as I never ate it before. All I know is that it’s really hard to cook the perfect risotto. And I liked it. :]

I wish that the restaurant seating was more spacious. We were sat on the patio and there was really limited room to move around. The service was average, as I’m used to being treated not like an adult (which I am)..I didn’t expect much. We also had bread served before our food came, it was cold though and wrapped in a towel (I suppose to keep the bread warm)? Nevertheless, it was a new food experience.