This past weekend, I traveled to the Great North with Cassie to meet the Maven. Davida, Cassie and myself have been planning this trip for a while, so I was pretty darn excited to meet her! My family might have thought I was a little crazy to go to a different country and stay with someone who I met online, but whatever. It’s the 21st century, people.
So: Canada. It was my first time there, and I couldn’t have asked for a better, more welcoming experience. I have to say that Davida and her boyfriend are absolutely the most wonderful hosts. They made sure Cassie and I had everything we needed and were (not that this is a surprise, I guess) well-fed. One of the things I was anticipating most was trying out Davida’s food in-person. How could you not be pumped to try The Healthy Maven’s recipes cooked by the Maven herself? I’m going to include more about that in my Wednesday post, but for now I will preface it with she is as talented in the kitchen as her delicious pictures would lead you to believe.
Friday night, Cassie and I arrived fairly late in the evening thanks to a later start and some traffic we hadn’t anticipated. Davida cooked us up some dinner and then some of their friends came over for a bit. We hoped to go out on the town for a bit, but our plan got derailed when the place Davida wanted to go was closed. Regardless, we still had a lot of fun and went to bed pretty late!
The next day was a whirlwind! Almost as soon as we woke up, we grabbed some coffee and headed out to St. Lawrence Market, which was a huge indoor marketplace where you could find everything from Artisan mustards (Cassie loved that – I think she tried almost every flavor. We’re both having a mustard moment) to fresh meats and fish. It reminded me of North Market in Columbus.
After the market, we took a street car (super cool that they have street cars) to meet up with Sam for lunch! My actual lunch experience wasn’t that great, but it didn’t get in the way of enjoying talking with Sam, Cassie and Davida. Sam is so nice, and I wish she didn’t live so far away! I can’t wait to get together with her again.
We walked around for a bit after lunch and shopped a bit. We stopped in a beautiful park for a while, and I enjoyed the Toronto people watching. The city seems really active and alive, so the park was packed.
By the time we got back to Davida’s apartment, I was hungry and tired, so we snacked a bit and relaxed before heading out to dinner and a movie. Believe me, I will gush about dinner on Wednesday. We ended up seeing Divergent, which I’d already seen, but I didn’t mind watching a second time. If you aren’t happy watching Theo James on-screen then there’s something wrong with you.
Sunday morning, Davida made us pancakes to fuel us up for yoga. I’m pretty sure Cassie’s and my main request was to go to a yoga studio, and Davida delivered once again. I want to give YYoga a big thanks for a relaxing and powerful complimentary power class. I was impressed by the facilities – they were unlike anything I’ve seen around Pittsburgh thus far. They offered freshly brewed tea, had stunning washrooms and shower rooms, a sauna and several beautiful and modern classrooms.
After class, Cassie and I packed up our things and headed back to the states (but not before a 40 minute detour to the Lululemon outlet – typical). Toronto is a vibrant and healthy city, so I’m sending a huge thank you (THANK YOU!) to Davida for being a great host and tour guide. Remember Davs, Pittsburgh is only a five hour drive away 😉
All the photos above are courtesy of Davida and Cassie. Thanks for helping a girl with no fancy camera out.
Question of the Day:
>> Have you ever been to Toronto? What’d ya think?
>> What do you think the healthiest city you’ve visited is?