This morning began with a cup of joe from Costa Rica. We are almost halfway through the bag of coffee, and this makes me want to enjoy every sip even more. It was a souvenir from a coworker’s travels. It’s less acidic than my usual brew, so I can drink a little more in the morning, and it also makes me feel closer to the magical, rainforest-ed land it comes from.
My hiking group hosted a Costa Rica information night for an adventure tour in the country this past week, but I didn’t go due to timing issues for the actual trip dates. Even so, if you have any recommendations of what to visit and see, let me know.
I love to add a lot of milk to my coffee, not only to lower the temperature, but to reduce its impact on my empty stomach (yes, maybe I should eat something first, but coffee is best to me first thing in the morning). Today, I used Almond Breeze’s vanilla flavoured milk, which stands at 80 calories a cup (I added about half each to two cups of coffee). I can never understand why the calorie content of Almond Breeze is so highly variable (I have seen ones at 60 calories/cup, 40, 80, and I think 120. I promise I’m not looking for these numbers; they are plastered on the box in bright numerals.
My plans for the day are to work, exercise, eat a little
or a lot less than yesterday and go to bed at a decent time. I’d also love it if I could get a trip to the bookstore in there somewhere.
I want to pick up what my laptop screen tells me is the only copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Art of Communication. In my quest to becoming a better communicator, I have read Making Friends and Influencing People and Crucial Conversations. Both have been helpful, but I still struggle with the application of some of the foundational principles shared in these books. For example, it is very important to have genuine respect for and interest in the people you communicate with. Ultimately, I am looking for a way to do this better.
This was from a few days ago. I went to Mascot Brewery off King St. They have a cute little rooftop patio, great for fresh air but not for the views. I went here with three friends to take advantage of the last bit of great weather we’ve been blessed with here in Toronto.
Their menu is quite limited and mostly unhealthy. The only vegan thing I could order, by the looks of it, was fries, so I decided to get out of my comfort zone a little and ask for a salad. I know it sounds strange to say I needed to get out of my comfort zone (how small is this zone, after all?) but trust me nobody wants to be that person making a small scene at a pub of all places. After all, pubs serve pub food and it’s usually not the healthiest.
But the waitress didn’t blink an eyelid before telling me they had a side chickpea salad, which I happily ordered with some of their house cider, on tap. The salad was good, though the portion was small (I wasn’t very hungry anyway) and their cider was great. They also brew a few of their own beers, which they serve on tap, but I didn’t have a chance to try any of those.
We really enjoyed our time here. The best thing about this place is the atmosphere, and that is what will probably take me back. The large tables are communal and available on a first come, first served basis—this is common, but just FYI in case it matters to you. However, when I went there and there was only standing room, I let the manager know and the staff found me a place to sit within minutes, before anyone else had even showed up. Their service is great.
I didn’t take any photos of the actual locale, but you can get an accurate idea by looking at these. Toodaloo! How’s your Sunday?