Ahhh (a relaxed and much needed sigh of relief, one where the air was waiting to be freed —same as me).
There seems to be a lot of mental pressure that I place on being productive, making the most of each day, and working towards a goal. Though I enjoy the working hours and the creative process, sometimes, I forget that taking a conscious break is what I need.
This is why friends who make me take long spontaneous walks are much needed.
Here is a recap of one unplanned evening of walking and eating that doubled as a beautiful break.
We started the afternoon with a meet up in Old Town, visiting my favourite dessert shop, Roselle.
Roselle constantly change up their menu with seasonal specials and limited time desserts. To be completely honest, I have had everything on their rotating menu and have rarely ever missed any of the limited time creations.
That day we had their classic Earl Grey soft-serve complete with all the extra toppings.
We also had the pistachio St. Honore.
Both desserts were really good, and this is not an exaggeration, but I have taken most of my friends here and they agree with my fondness for Roselle.
While we walked along Queen Street East, in classic Toronto manner, we witnessed a Street Car jam.
We made a savoury pitstop on a neighbourhood shop, Completo.
Completo used to be a pop-up that started out in Kensington Market but has now found a home is Leslieville. We had their loaded grilled cheese. This was a good looking hot mess of tomatoes, beans, avocado, roasted red pepper sauce, and a lot of aged cheddar cheese.
What’s a spontaneous walk if we didn’t stop and smell the flowers.
We also took in the scenery at Ashbridge Estate.
We walked so far east that we ended up at Woodbine Beach.
You know it’s a good walk when you don’t even realize how far you’ve come.
Had to feel some of the waves for ourselves.
Then, with full determination, we decided to transport uptown all the way to Indian Street Food Co.
We cooled down with some complementary Tarbooj Sharbat (watermelon mint juice).
And, ended up ordering some tall glasses because they were so good!
Started the meal with some chaat.
We also had some fried Gobi (cauliflower).
A sizzling plate of panner in masala.
A full view of our dinner, along with some previous not showcased daal and garlic naan.
For all the things we work towards and all the events we plan, here’s a toast to the ones that we don’t. Some nights unfold naturally and it can take us to unplanned places for a conscious break.
All we have to do is to take friends up on a spontaneous walk.