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No Rest (or Shwarma) For The Weary

I see Jesus

Some of you have been following me for the last few months and read about how I blithely ate my way down Queen Street, 3 blocks of Gerrard, and various points on the Danforth.  I am East Toronto’s takeout version of “Eat, Pray, Love.”  I’m willing to admit, I think I spent too much time on the “eat” part, it’s time to pray.  I do have an ashram set up in my house, complete with all the game systems and Rogers on Demand, that will help with the meditation part but last week I turned pro-active with the prayer part.  I have bootcamped and grunted with my girl-cush, Amy and aerobicized and walked out with that taskmaster of torture, Jen.  I’ve also yogo’d (?!!! I can’t even explain why he calls it this: spinning and yoga) with David, who is my own personal Jesus, I love him so.  He’s married though, all the good Jesuses are married, gay, or dead.  So far after my first week, I have learned that I am a piece of work in progress, and that while Jesus may love me, he is not *in love* with me.  So I better just do what I’m told and shut up.

I’m already anticipating the third part of my “eat, pray, love” journey.   I came across a beautiful mattress store called essentia at 2180 Queen Street.  I was so tired, I needed to lay down also I am looking for something unique in a mattress that will help with my coccyx condition (I wish)….okay!  I’m looking for a bed I can watch tv in that I don’t have to order from on the Shopping Channel.  Essentia mattresses are made of memory foam without the toxic ingredients which means mites won’t stick around.  They range in thickness and vary from luxuriously soft to my favourite, the fit and firm.  The company is all about quality and the environment, what more can you want?  There’s always more to want and I have found it:  Hello, Lover!  They have a bed called the Flex Drive, that offers full range of motion and you can adjust it with the flick of the wand.  I see tv!

Flex Drive TV Watching mattress

essentia, 2180 Queen Street East

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P.S.  you could even eat in that bed without spilling and the shwarmas at Delina’s are fantastic!

Kristin Ate Here….Again and Again


1891 Queen St East, just east of Woodbine Ave

When I was pregnant 17 years ago (!), after the the first trimester where everything smelled like freezer burn and tasted like Crayola crayons (yes, I know what they taste like, I was one of  those kids who ate weird things like cardboard lollipop sticks, Bic pens, and satin blanket trim),  I developed an insatiable hankering for falafels which ironically, was my default hangover food in Montreal because this one particular Middle Eastern restaurant was the only place opened at 4 a.m.  For 6 months as my stomach swelled,  I traveled near and far to find the perfect one and finally in my 7th month, I found the my favourite on Bloor St West near Christie.  It was quite a hike from the Beach but I had to have it!  Something about a falafel that is all about texture and taste.  As a rule, the best food seems to be crunchy and smooth at the same time.  With a bad falafel,  the chick pea balls are overcooked and become too hard  so the inside is dry.  The perfect patty is slightly crispy on the outside, and inside is grainy and moist. Anyway my pregnant craving became an obsession and because of my expansive hunting, I consider myself a connaisseur of fine falafel.  But after my daughter was born, the trek to Bloor and Christie  became too arduous and so my appetite waned. Then last November I was walking by this place after yoga class and something drew me in, probably the smell of tahini triggered some memories but whatever it was, I am grateful.  I ordered my first falafel in years, although maybe I had one at the CNE at some point, I can’t be sure… whatever  happens in that food building, stays in that food building because it’s usually a huge mistake.  Anyway, Delina’s falafel, not only is the BEST FALAFEL  I have ever had, I was able to wolf it down while I walked home….an impossibility with every other falafel I have ever had.  Delina’s falafel is wrapped and swaddled like a newborn baby, then pressed in a grill to make it even more compact.  And there is no shortage of condiments inside, tomatoes, tabouli, tahini…terrific!  I went back for 5 days in a row.  There are other things on the menu as well of course including shawarmas and vegetarian sandwiches and the service is fast and friendly.  Best of all, my falafel is $3.49, which is cheaper than the big box of Crayolas!