GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH MONTH POST #4
This is another delicious food collab with the amazing human being Reiss Reid.
Sometimes, I really take for granted how region-specific your daily food options can be. I mean, Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world, with over half of its residents born outside Canada, and yes, that translates to an unending list of options of culturally in tact, authentic foods from all over the planet. Toronto really does have one of the best food cultures I've ever seen, in person, or on tv. But why does Toronto have like 10 kraft poutine places, and a giant lack of taco trucks?? No matter. The point is more so about what you can get here, and not elsewhere. Like, who knew, the proud Québec import, poutine (fries, gravy, cheese curds), should actually be a big deal? It is kind of like putting the 3 shittest foods together, something I stand by saying, you really have no business eating unless you're super drunk. But omg, when it's 3 am, and you are super drunk with your new instabestie from the UK, and you find out he's never eaten pouting, OR A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH, you fucking get on that shit. So yea, you better fucking bet we went for some 3 am sweet potato fry poutine, and then dreamt up this vegetarian mushroom gravy poutine grilled cheese.
Of the many things that incited uncontrollable laughter between the two of us, I think "Yoga, food, booze. Pick two." summarizes our time together.
But man, it's good to meet someone you instantly click with. And where did I meet this amazing dude? Couchsurfing. If you haven't heard of it, or know about it, but haven't worked up the courage, get on it. To keep it short, when I travel, I stay with local hosts, and meet the most incredible, often lifelong friends, get to see the city with someone who knows it, and it's free. So when I'm not travelling, every now and then, I come across surfers I know I just need to meet, and I we get to spend a few days, intersecting lives, and I show them how it's done here. Reiss is one of those rare, perfect cases where you meet, and pick up like you just left off from knowing eachother forever. So if you think it's strange that every now and then, I open my home to perfect strangers, just imagine never having met a handfull of your really close friends. Think about it.
Anyway, we had the most incredible week, stayed up till 4 a few nights shooting the shit, and I probably laughed more than in the last year combined. AND I think he had a pretty good time in Toronto, AND, we made this dope sandwich. AND I miss him a ton, and know we'll be friends for a long time, and I'll see him again someday. Bonus photos of our week below.
Now check out our poutine adaptation grilled cheese sandwich, totally Reiss' idea.
bread (Queen St Gluten Free Bakery white bean and millet seed)
roast red skin potato fries
king oyster mushrooms
gluten free all purpose flour
So this sandwich is obviously all about cheese. Lovely smokey havarti.
Then a shit tone of more cheese!
Now butter it up.
Then stick it in the frying pan, and hope you didn't underdo the CHEESE.
Then watch a guy in bliss.
Licking those fingers.
And bonus photos 'cause why not. Here's Reiss sitting on the window sill, soaking up the sun(?).
What a cutie.
OMG so I made Reiss model for me, and he eventually got quite comfortable in front of the camera. This face makes me laugh.
Then there were these douches doing the Titanic thing on the ferry beside us, and we couldn't stop laughing so hard, so we joined in.
And did I mention Yuna was there?! What a perfect day. You'll be seeing Yuna on here soon, making her very own kimchi! SO EXCITED.
Sad he doesn't live here, but finish up your PhD, and maybe meet you in Brooklyn! #duh.
Until next time.