BEACHES OF HAWAII.
THIS UMBRELLA HAS BEEN AT THE APARTMENT FOR MONTHS AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANY OF MY ROOMMATES USE IT SO I TOOK IT OUT FOR A SPIN TODAY AND IT WAS PRETTY GREAT.
I had very low expectations going to Toronto because a friend from home (now I can’t remember who) warned me that it is a soulless, ugly place. Turns out Toronto isn’t ugly. It’s just like a bigger, more sprawled out version of Vancouver with more people.
Some of my favourite moments of the trip:
Catching up with old friends from high school - Tracey, one of my oldest and closest friends, Kayan, who might come to visit me in New York in a few weeks’ time, and Sahar, who I hadn’t seen since our graduation in 2007.
Netflix every night.
Wine every night.
Coconut ice cream every night.
Getting Tracey hooked on Tinder and watching her swipe for hours on end.
French signs - I actually missed being in a bilingual place! I’ve forgotten most of it but it’s handy seeing the English and French translations side by side.
My very first baseball game. Turns out baseball isn’t my thing and Tracey and I ended up leaving during the 2nd inning. I did, however, enjoy the footlong hotdog I got.
The half chicken we got at Medieval Times. Suspiciously delicious.
Walking around Ward’s Island and looking across the water at downtown Toronto.
I have a new challenge for April: try a new recipe every week. And since the disappearance of my sweet tooth (RIP), I’ve been looking to cook more. This week I made tostones with Tracey in Toronto. They turned out a lot more labour intensive than anticipated but they were delicious, slightly sweet with a hint of coconut.
COCONUT FRIED PLANTAINS (TOSTONES)
2 green plantains
Enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of pan
Peel and slice plantains into 1” rounds.
Heat up coconut oil in a pan.
Fry plantain slices for 2-3 mins on each side until golden.
Remove from oil.
Flatten plantains to 1/4” thickness with the bottom of a glass.
Fry the plantains again for 2-3 mins until lightly browned.
Pat dry with a paper towel.
Serve with mashed avocados!
Adapted from THE CURIOUS COCONUT.