Sunday, June 03, 2012

Weekends, Friends, and Other Good Stuff


When my lovely friend, AwesomeGal said she would be in my 'hood, naturally we had to plan a visit!  AwesomeGal and I worked at the same school in Toronto TEN years ago! Whoa. That makes me feel really old!  AwesomeGal was the Activities Coordinator and I was an English teacher at the school.

We've kept in touch ever since I left Toronto.  We have been trying to meet up over the past few years, but it just wasn't in the cards. When the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at it.  I have to say that it was really nice having my good friend over (even if it was just for the night).  There's nothing like rehashing funny stories from a time long before Little One was even a glimmer in my eye.

Hubby and I also got to meet AwesomeGal's other half, AwesomeGuy (seriously, he is so awesome! Love that guy!).  Because their stay was so brief, we spent the night hanging out at our house and then capped off the remainder of their stay with breakfast at The Garden Shed Cafe and a walk along the boardwalk at Providence Bay.


Little One loves showing people "The Many Faces of Little One". It's her latest "thing"! She shows us her happy, scared, shy, shocked, cold, hot, confused, surprised, and MAD face! 



If  you're on Manitoulin Island, you have to try out the scrumptious breakfast items on The Garden Shed's menu!  I'm a fan of the Mediterranean Omelette (followed closely by the Florentine Omelette).  If you're like me and love black olives, the Mediterranean Omelette is a must.

Just for some variety, I tried the Reuben Omelette.
Heaps of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut overflowed from the giant fluffy omelette! The combination was just right. The only thing is that Laurie's omelettes are HUGE! She does get bragging rights for the hugest, fluffiest, most delicious omelettes around, but you might consider sharing with a friend or taking the rest home for later! At The Garden Shed, I'm known for doing that! I can usually be found doggy-bagging my meal and quite often Hubby or Little One will finish it for me later.

Another fun dish to try is the Breakfast in a Bowl and if you're the type of person who loves a great deal, the Potting Shed Breakfast is a good one! It's only $2.99 for eggs, toast, and bacon!
Above: Breakfast in a Bowl
The meal below had the French Toast, Perogies, eggs, and bacon.
The Garden Shed offers a different jelly for your toast every day. Today's jelly was rhubarb. Their watermelon jelly is also quite tasty.

The ambiance is fantastic. It's a real treat and a surprise to enjoy a meal amongst the greenery and stunning, vibrant flowers at J.D.'s Garden. Relaxing atmosphere, quaint environment, and fun local flair.

Lots of laughs were had and I'm really hoping to see AwesomeGal and AwesomeGuy again soon.

Good friends, good food, good times :)


*Photos courtesy of AmazingGal & her iPhone cam.

16 comments:

mamawee said...

it's so nice to catch up with old friends! Glad you had a nice visit!

Linda said...

We were just there today too! I had the Reuben sandwich with chicken in it and my husband had the Potting Shed Breakfast.

Deborah Coombs said...

Not sure I could do the Rueben Omelette, but the Mediterranean sounds right up my alley. Olives are yum!
So glad you had a nice visit!

Christine said...

mamawee:
It sure is! I have a lot of great friends on the Island (I've been living here for 8 years), but for some reason, there's nothing that compares to hanging out with old friends :)

Christine said...

Linda:
Oh, really? What time were you guys there? We were there around 9:30AM I think. It's such a great place! Love it!

Christine said...

Deborah:
Haha! I know. I was torn. I always tend to go for the Mediterranean because I love it so much. It's my mission to try everything on their menu this year! Ha! I know...I'm kind of crazy like that! The Reuben omelette was a bit over the top - definitely something my husband would love! It was huge and had A LOT of meat!

caninecologne said...

hi c! omg, you HAVE to take us to the Garden Shed! I want to try that breakfast in a bowl! those omelettes sound so good too! :)

less than 2 more weeks! I can't wait!!!!!

Christine said...

Canine:
HAHAHA! I was JUST telling John that we have to take you guys there for breakfast! LOL! I was thinking that you'd like it! Not just because the food is good, but because the atmosphere is just so unique and unexpected!

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

So much fun that you got to reconnect with an old friend - now I'm curious what school you guys worked at together! I once taught in Toronto too 10ish years ago!

And....perogies for breakfast?! Yum!!!

Sober Julie said...

What a great weekend, add in a phone call from me with that lovely meal and it's perfect!!

Lisa Marie Fletcher said...

Hehe. Her angry face is adorable. And - great, now I'm hungry for an amazing meal! :D Thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

Drooooool Pyrogies for breakfast would be a real treat! Glad you had fun with your friend and I can't wait to hang out with you!

NPC said...

Aww, love L/O silly faces! And, it's great that you got to hang out with an old friend. Serena and I want to pay you a visit. :)

Ashley said...

Cute photos!

Mommy Matter said...

Catching up with friends is my ultimate fav thing to do. Always makes any day a great day, and then add on that meal.... woo wee!!!

Canadian Dad said...

Sorry, I stopped reading after the omelette...You were hanging out with a friend or something?? Mmmm, beef!

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