Break For Brunch

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 7, 2010

Landy got the cold shoulder yesterday!


For THIS!!!!!!!!


Our winters are pretty grey here in Ontario, so to see the sun like this is always very welcomed after a loooooong winter.

There was ice on our driveway, but luckily no ice on the roads for the first time in a long while.

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Since I didn’t have any pace tracking abilities (my Polar HRM is broken), I set a goal of running without stopping to walk. I need to have goals on my runs or I fizzle out!

When I started my run I faced a COLD, strong wind. It took my breath away for the first 10 minutes. By minute 13, a single drop of sweat hit my nose and I knew I was going to make it. ;)

The run:

  • Distance: a hilly 4.6 miles
  • Total time: 42:33 mins.
  • Avg pace: 9:13

I sprinted the last 100 metres as if I was finishing a race. It makes for a much more exciting ending rather than my usual fizzling out to a slow, dying crawl. :mrgreen:

I also ran without my knee sleeves again and had no knee pain. It is so freeing not to wear those annoying neoprene knee sleeves, I tell you! I feel a lot faster without them.

The rest of my day was devoted to laundry, cleaning, writing articles, and emails. It was a necessary evil catch up day.

Today is a FUN day however…

I am meeting 17 lovely ladies for brunch + shopping in Toronto!! We are going to a NEW vegan restaurant this time. I am excited to see how it compares to Fresh…After brunch we are going to cruise along Queen Street West and hit up a few stores.

I had this green monster to tie over my grumbling tummy…


In the green monster: 1 cup hemp milk, 2 cups spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon cashew butter (so good in GMs!), Amazing Grass wheatgrass powder, ice. Mmmmmmmm…perfecto.

Bringing a box of my favourite homemade cookies for the ladies…


Oh! Almost forgot. I have a question for my lovely US readers…

What are the essential US stores I need to hit up while in Florida…clothing stores… fitness stores…foodie stores…certain brands of food…etc…all suggestions welcome! :)

Off I go! See you later for the recap.


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lauren March 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

There’s a Whole Foods and a giant DSW in Naples! I’ve only been to Naples a few times to visit family, but the place is absolutely PACKED with stores, restaurants (most of them not chain restaurants, woohoo!), movie theatres, and even has a nice outside mall! Plus, the beach is just a few miles away. I loooove it there :D


Becca Dressler March 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Although I’m not from Florida (I’m from Portland), I always recommend Outlet stores! Always the best deals :) I especially like the Nike Outlet, Columbia Outlet, and GAP outlet. Enjoy shopping!


Lisa March 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I live in Toronto But I go to Florida often and Buffalo monthly to shop!
You must go to ROSS, Marshalls, T.J Maxx and Target! we don’t have any of those stores….you’ll love em.
Also, The lululemon in Orlando is cheaper than the one here ;)


Lisa March 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Oh and the forever 21 in the Millenium mall in orlando is AMAZING! It blows the one on Queen out of the water!


Dominique March 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

OMG I didn’t know you were in Ontario! I would have loved to have joined the 17 of you for your new vegan restaurant adventure. I was just lamenting on another food blogger’s blog about how I know no bloggies in TO to enjoy the restaurants with. BF and I usually frequent Fressen when we’re in the city and in need of something fresh and vegan.

Oh btw, this is my first comment but I’ve been following for a while. I’ve been dying to make your baked doughnuts from last May but still have not gotten around to finding a doughnut pan. I may have to make an online purchase from Golda’s but I’m afraid it’ll result in a bunch of other stuff going into my cart.


Claudia @ ...and so I ran March 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

too bad I’m missing out on the Toronto Blogger Lunch today. Hope to catch it next time !!
Can’t wait to read all about it.


Elis March 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Ft. Lauderdale area: Clothes – so many possibilities honestly! Try going to Sawgrass Mills Mall. It’s in a town called Sunrise, not TOO far from Ft. Lauderdale. It’s an Outlet mall thats out of this world!
Food – Whole Foods, Nutrtions’mart
Restaurants (vegan/vegan options) – Sublime, Seasons 52, Pizza Fusion. Those three are the only ones I’ve tried and they were all really awesome. Here is a link to veg South Florida that gives you all of these options for Ft. Lauderdale area:


Run Sarah March 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Awesome run! So jealous of your Toronto blogger lunch, I’d love to meet up with some other Canadian blogging girls! I love Sawgrass Mills (massive outlet mall in Ft. Lauderdale!), Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross for Less as well as any outlet shopping! I find the Banana Republic outlet is awesome and SO SO much cheaper than BR here. I go down to Seattle to buy most of my professional clothes there!


Jayme March 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Naples is awesome and you will love it. Definitely hit the Outlets in Estero. They are great, pretty and have a TON of parking! Also, there is a great store called World Market. They have furniture, international foods, beauty products, dishes, alcohol, everything! It’s the best and sadly they aren’t everywhere in the US. There is also a huge “Super Target” in the same shopping plaza with a Starbucks inside and lots of fresh produce! The two stores are located right off the main highway, Route 75, at the Tarpon Bay Plaza. There is also another AMAZING shopping center in Naples called Coconut Point. Def worth checking out…. Hope this helps!


Michelle March 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

You must visit the Lululemon outlet in Orlando!! You’d love it!!


cassie @ March 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just discovered your “greenmonstermovement” site and oh she glows, i have to say i have been so curious to know how the “green monster” came to be..i can’t wait to have my first GM.. i love your blog and looking to exploring further..


Em March 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I LOVE the quote at the bottom of your post!


Heather (Heather's Dish) March 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

hurray for a sunshiney run! i know how great it is to finally see sun after a long winter :)


sara March 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

My husband and I drove down to Washington today (live in Vancouver) specifically to check out Trader Joes! We had a blast … SO CHEAP … and so many fun & organic goodies!! We’ve never been before but will def be going back :)


Shamima Z. March 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I found when I went on a trip to New York, the Whole Foods had a wonderful selection of baked vegan muffins, cookies, etc. I don’t find this selection in the Toronto Wholefoods….really yummy!


Stacey March 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Yummy looking cookies and so nicely package.


Lexi March 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I was about to leave a long post of all my favorites when I realized that half of them are on here already :]

Here goes anyway:

Trader Joes – must must must go. So. Good.
Target – not sure if you have it but good as well!

pizza fusion
sublime (i know im pretty much the last one to say this)

Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Go; just go. I kid you not; it is the biggest mall you will ever see!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Yay for running outside! Thanks again for organizing the meet up, you are so incredibly sweet, I had a wonderful day!!



Caitlin March 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Trader Joes
Dunkin Donuts (for coconut iced coffee)

Forever 21
TJ Maxx


Carla Shorts March 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Hey Angela,
Sorry to hear your watch broke! Technology can be so frustrating! I just thought I would let you know that I used the Garmin Forerunner 305 today during my long run (10 miles) and I think I may be in love. It’s a larger watch, but it gives you the best data display! It also comes with a heart rate moniter if you are into that. They are on sale at for around $150 USD.

Have a great week!


Michelle March 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

if you’re going to South Beach hit up Dash for bikinis and beach coverups!


Jessica March 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Oh my! I am a Floridian and THERE ARE NO TRADER JOE’S IN FLORIDA! (That I know of at least.) I now live in D.C. and am happy they are plentiful here. Publix Greenwise is ok, but Whole Foods is way better– it loses its novelty after the first few visits though, because everything at Whole Foods is WAY OVERPRICED. If you don’t have them in Canada, I’m sure you’ll have fun there.

There are farmer’s markets in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth (just south of downtown West Palm) on the weekends. Lake Worth also has an ADORABLE raw food restaurant/yoga studio called Soma– its awesome!!

I’ve also been to a fun raw food restaurant/organic clothing store in downtown Miami, near the Arts District. Don’t recall the name, but it’s near the Target and I found it on I don’t think there are many of them, so shouldn’t be too hard to google.

Enjoy the Florida sunshine! I miss it! Love your blog!!


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