I had an amazing day in the city yesterday with High Heeled Life! The drive there was uneventful until I realised the route I took did not have a highway exit for the road I wanted! I ended up seeing half of the city by the time I got there! I wasn't lost per se....I just wasn't where I needed to be!
We met at Starbucks for a cold drink and a surprise gift exchange - is there anything better than presents?! I gave HHL a set of stationary in a Paris box and she gave me....
How cute is that! HHL has her own mugs! Now I have to admit I am
very slightly competitive so now I am wondering why I don't have MY own mugs! This side of HHL's mug is her blog logo and the other side is her motivational speaking logo!
We ate lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant called Tabule - the decor and atmosphere was ok, not the most spectacular but since I don't know that area of the city very well and it was recommended by a friend....we survived! First up...bevvies!
On the left is HHL's raspberry pomegranate juice and on the right is my mint limeade which tastes like a low octane mojito. YUM! We asked for 2 straws each so we could try each other's drinks!
The view from above - I love the red currants! Yes I am a bit of a currant connoisseur - did you know there are white currants too?
We forgot to take photos of our lunches - this is what happens when two similar people are together - nothing else exists! I had an arugula salad with pan seared cheese (don't you feel good just thinking about that?) and falafel...HHL had a kebab with rice and salad and it was all very yummy!
After lunch we went to a cosmetics store that is the only place in Toronto that sells Mario Badescu products. I love them so I knew all along we would be going there....nothing too exciting happened there except when I paid for my products I gave the cashier my little shopping bag and he completely ignored me. I asked him if I had bought one of their bags would he bag my purchases for me - he said yes. I asked him why he wouldn't bag my purchases if I am using my own bag! I find this happens in a lot of stores with this 'bring your own bag' business. I'm all for saving the planet but not at the expense of customer service!
We also popped into a French linen store - there were so many beautiful pieces, I didn't know where I would begin! I should've taken a photo of the store but I forgot. Next time!
We spent most of the day talking about ourselves (our favourite topic), our books (our second favourite topic) and our snooty pursuits. I am slightly tinged with green when I hear about all of the activities going on where HHL lives!
We went to Chapters to roam around - they always have so many fun gift items! I even saw the Vapur bottles in there! I picked up Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster. I started reading it last night in bed and woke up the Suburban Prince every time I burst out laughing! This book is very very funny. If you are a perfectionist, A-type, control freak like me - you will think it is hilarious! I love books that are a series so I am happy I found this one - she has 4 more books so they will keep me busy and out of mischief for a while.
We were in dire need of more Starbucks (well, I was) so we made another stop....
On the right is my 'grande non-fat extra coffee caramel frappuccino no whip' and on the right is HHL's 'strawberry and cream frappuccino'. Could I be a little more complicated? I suddenly feel like Sally Albright!
By 5:30 we were both getting tired and with a 90 minute (at least) drive ahead of both of us we hugged, air kissed and got on the road.
It was such a fun day - HHL is my soul mate! She speaks my language, loves the same things I love, talks about much as I do, she has dreams, goals and ambitions and is very interested in her friends' dreams, goals and ambitions. It is so much fun hanging out with her! I can't wait to do it again!
Have a fabulous day!