Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Toronto and Ottawa... Final Trip Adventures

Now I'm into the 4th post of my travel adventures - this is the last. It was action packed in every way, and totally fun!

Naturally, there was plenty of chocolate involved - particularly Nelly's specialty - moonie pies! She makes caramello moonies that are insane, and I was fortunate enough to be around for a batch.

While she was it it one evening, Kelli was making rawmond joys...Mmmm. Me? I enjoyed being the taste tester, hehe. I was in heaven - I love having raw foodie friends who make amaaazing food!

In addition to the other tropical fruits, we picked up some young coconuts in Chinatown and I decided to do a quick, impromptu video on how to open one.

Nelly, her boyfriend John, his brother Mark, Kelli, and I (oh, and Jackson) enjoyed coconut water shots! Cheers! I love this crew!!!!

I got my fair share of raw ice cream during the trip too - and it was necessary because it was so hot and humid (2 showers a day kinda hot)! The girls and I shared a pint of Blue Mountain Organics Vanilla Ice Cream (which I've had before and love). We also got a pint of Coconut Bliss Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Ice Cream. I've tried a few of the Coconut Bliss ones and am such a fan! Let's see, I've also had the vanilla, cherry amaretto, mint galactica (on other occasions) ... and on this trip Danny and I picked up a container of the pineapple coconut one hot afternoon to enjoy in Hyde Park.

I'm always prepared - I brought toppings: dried mulberries and cacao nibs!!! The combo was insanely good - we were hooked.... ummmm so hooked that we bought the naked coconut ice cream later on.

Do you know how to balance a spoon on your nose?! That's important when eating ice cream, you know!

I also took a trip up to Ottawa to have a visit with some very special people. It's been almost 19 years since I've seen my father. I recently reconnected with him via phone and email, and decided it was time to share a visit in person. It was a wonderful reunion. I met my grandmother for the first time, and Bruce's wife, Irene. They welcomed me with open arms, and I plan on going back for more visits!

Everyone says I look like Bruce, what do you think??

I love the corn field in their back yard!

I've been reading and re-reading through everyone's parfait entries... and tomorrow the verdict is in! I will also let you know if I placed in the Hot Raw Chef contest


Nelly said...

I LOVE MULBERRIES...they remind me of little worms (i know gross!!)...but i love them! haha!

oh i wish you were still here my girl...you have no idea how much i miss you...but i know we'll be sisters forever and i will see often!

thank you so much for making the trip and gracing me with your presence...love you to the moon and back!!!

maybe danny should hook jackson up with his agent in ny? that pup sure knows how to pose...and he certainly loves the camera!!!

i know you won the hot chef award...i know it!!!

have a beautiful day!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Lucky you having such wonderful friends to uncook with :) Nelly's moon pies look awesome. And Kelli's rawmond joys? Oh yeah.

Yep, you look a bit like your father. So glad you were able to reconnect. xo

Lauren said...

Wow, how lucky are you (and them), 3 raw chefs in one kitchen! :)

I love mulberries!!! I will have to add some to my ice cream next time. I too adore Coconut Bliss.

How sweet that you got to reconnect with your father. Such a beautiful thing!

Melissa said...

Oh how I wish I was in that kitchie...yum!
Moonie pies and almond joys..so delish!
That's amazing that you reconnected with your father:)

The Raw Butterfly said...

All that chocolate and ice-cream sound heavenly!

Glad you enjoyed your trip and you got to see your Dad x

Pure2Raw Twins said...

All that chocolate food sounds awesome! Looks like everyone had a great time! Love the coconut water shots, too cute!

bitt said...

Looks like to much fun in the kitchen! Love the cute aprons too.

You look like your grandma too! How lovely for you to have each other back in your lives again. What a powerful experience.

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Sounds like an awesome time was had by all! The ice-creams sound delicious, and I love your video on how to open a young coconut. I've never had one and we probably can't get them in the UK.

Congrats again on your runner up hot raw chef win!!!

Can't wait to see who wins the parfait competition xxx

Kiley @ Coconut Bliss said...

Thanks so much for the Coconut Bliss love!
I've never tried dried mulberries so I'll have to dig some up and try them with a bit of Bliss. Hopefully I don't seek little worms like Nelly!
Thanks again,
Kiley from Coconut Bliss

Christine said...

thank you for the opening of that coconut, i bought one yesterday and today i'm off to buy an appropriate knife, then parfaits and smoothies look out.

evergreen said...

Thanks for sharing the last of your wonderful adventure with us...it looks incredible!

So happy you were able to visit with family, too :)

HiHoRosie said...

Love(d) all your adventures - meeting and hanging out with Nelly and Kelli and reconnecting with your father. what special times. Love the corn field too!

Marlie Centawer said...

What a lovely post Heather - so nice to hear you reconnected with your Dad. I'm glad the trip went well, and that you had more fun back in TO before you went home! We miss you out here :)

Also, many thanks for making coconut opening an easy task - my only time attempting it was using an electric turkey carving knife (eee!). Next time I will definitely try it using your method haha!