Monthly Archives: February 2015

#12 – Foodie Pen Pals

The blog The Lean Green Bean, run by a dietician from Ohio, facilitates a foodie pen pal program every month.  You sign up, get matched with someone, and once getting a grasp of their dietary restrictions and favourites, you send each other package of goodies. The rules are you send by the 15th of the month, reveal on the last day, and have a $15 limit.  Fun, right?

We were matched with a woman in Nova Scotia, who is a diabetic and loves almonds and pistachios.  Since we were matched with someone out of province, I really wanted to fill the box with local finds, but I couldn’t think of anything local, non-perishable and suitable for a diabetic.  We sent her Evelyn’s Crackers (the only Toronto item included), raw almond butter, two packages of Gone Nuts (Rosemary and Garlic Almond and Pistachios, and Spicy Chipotle Pistachios and Pumpkin Seeds), and Crisps freeze-dried strawberries and bananas.  We did go over the $15 limit (slightly), but given it’s an American program, we figured it was fair since $15 doesn’t go as far here.

We got a box of tasty goodies; dark chocolate and coconut granola (my favourite), cinnamon tea, and two local items; red pepper jelly and maple cream.

Super fun!  We’ll definitely do this at least for a couple more months.  Toronto folk – what non-perishable local goodies would you include if you were sending a foodie package?


Details: The Lean Green Bean blog can be found here with info about the Foodie Pen Pal program.

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#90 – Glory Hole Doughnuts

Our friend Scarlet introduced us to Glory Hole, and this past family day Adam went and picked up a half dozen (yes, we’re comfortable with the ratio of two people vs six doughnuts – especially on a day when it’s -30 out).

We got Toast & Butter, S’mores, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, London Fog (Earl Grey infused cream) and the daily special; a peanut butter chocolate caramel.   My favourite was the London Fog, Adam’s was the daily special.  We both liked the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the Toast & Butter is deceptively delicious.  We both would pass on the S’mores in the future, it was good, but we’d reach for the others first.


Details: Glory Hole is located in Parkdale and information about hours, menu and catering can be found here.

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#74 – Go to Burger’s Priest

Adam’s Valentine’s treat to me was breakfast in bed from Kitten & the Bear, mine was to take him to Burger’s Priest (#romance).  The guy loves a good burger though, so it suited him.

This one actually made the list due to the vegetarian option; two portobellos stuffed with cheese, breaded and deep fried.  Yes, please.  It is a pricier option, but super tasty, with a fairly extensive menu (and a secret menu, for those into that sort of thing).  When we are in need of a splurge, this will be in rotation!


Details: Location, hours and menu can be found here.

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Bonus #1 – Kitten & the Bear’s Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed in a Box

We had to add this as a bonus item to the list because it was just so darn lovely.  For Valentine’s Day, Adam treated me to Kitten & the Bear’s Breakfast in Bed in a Box; I’d love to say it was a surprise, but I’d been dropping pretty liberal hints for a while, so I knew it was coming.

First, it came in that pink box – I was smitten before I even opened it.  Inside was a Sloane tea caddy, two speciality pop tarts with Kitten & the Bear jam, 6 mini-scones and a mini jar of delicious Strawberry, Raspberry and Cream jam.  It was the perfect way to start a lovely day.

Mark it on your calendars folks, you definitely want to get on this train next year!


Information about The Kitten & the Bear can be found here.  And be sure to follow them on Instagram to keep up to date on specials like these, and what flavours are currently in rotation.

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Around Toronto: This Little Piggy’s Love Market

This Saturday is This Little Piggy’s Love Market.  Running from 10:00am – 5:00pm and featuring some of their favourite Queen West boutiques, there will also be a music class at 1:00pm facilitated by Music Together.  And of course, Kitten and the Bear will be serving up complimentary mini-scones and jam.  Yum, guys.  You don’t want to miss it!


Details: This Little Piggy is at 1594 Queen Street West.  Their website and blog can be found here.

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