cashing in

probowl players

game: pro bowl
escape: honest ed’s
menu: ramen
salad + moroccan spiced chicken + curry rolls

My new favourite game of the season is the Pro Bowl.  Mike doesn’t watch it, and therefore, neither does my TV.  For the first time in a 20 weeks I got to spend an entire Sunday with my husband; a Sunday that wasn’t regimented by the Football Sunday Schedule.  Our couch was vacant and our dinner wasn’t as elaborate as week’s past but this snowy Sunday was just right.

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Mike’s home away from home opened a second location on Bloor West several months ago and since, we’ve been wanting to check it out.  We finally had a Sunday without a 1pm curfew and were able to venture further from home.  The Kinton 2 menu was slightly different from Kinton 1’s and this restaurant had a lot more seats.  Though we didn’t have to stand in a line to wait for a table, I think I still prefer Kinton 1.  The ramen tasted a little different but was still delicious.

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Mike cashed in on his 10 Ramen Bowler prize and I was privy to his free gyozas.  I have been waiting for this moment since 9 ramens ago.  We both ordered a beer (mine with clamato) and then slurped up our usuals; Shio Ramen for me and Spicy Garlic Ramen for Mike.

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After our ramen fill,  we walked east to Honest Ed’s; a Toronto discount landmark since 1948.  I’ve collectively lived in Toronto now for almost 3 years and this was my first time entering this establishment.  I figure better late than never, especially seeing as Honest Ed’s has been sold.

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One step through the front door [or possibly side door…I couldn’t tell] and I was transported to another era.  I felt like I entered the world of Napoleon Dynamite; cue Kip in a cut off shirt + grey sweats + rollerblades.  The building housed floor after crooked floor of ‘stuff’ with posters on every wall to entertain you along the way.  Thank goodness Mike was able to navigate us around as I would for sure be walking in circles.  Each floor was filled with things you never knew you needed.

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honesteds_03$63 later and were on our way home with Hello Kitty nail polish + 2 books + a mini pink whisk +  a mini green spatula + a pack of Cherry Blasters + a cocktail swizzle spoon + 2 boxes of non KD Mac and Cheese + a stack of blank CDs + $20 in pasta.

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After a day of exploring we headed back home to relax with not a single football in sight.  For dinner Mike whipped up a salad with homemade croutons + gouda + tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.  We oven baked the remaining “curry” rolls from Shereen and Mike paired them with a pan seared Moroccan spiced chicken breast.  It wasn’t the most photogenic meal but it was delish!

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-Happy Pro Bowl!

football pic from chicagotribune.com | Scott Cunningham

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