I headed to Philly for This Is Hardcore, mainly to see one of my all time fave bands Vision of Disorder. It was a smooth drive down with my cousins, stayed with them for a couple of days and just hung out. Friday I met up with my friend Mike from Calgary and a few of his friends for some vegan philly cheese steaks from Govindas. Of course I took zero photos on this trip, so you'll just have to imagine how delish it all was. I picked up some cookies and pumpkin cheesecake there as well, all made by Vegan Treats. I have yet to go to their actual bakery, but I will at some point in life. :( Day 1 of the fest was pretty sweet, I'm happy I got to see Have Heart one more time before they break up.
Saturday was hot as hell, a huge difference from Toronto weather. Luckily no sunburns were had, which is rare since I'm pale as eff. I had a great surprise lunch with Sharon TK! Of course we made a round two trip to Govindas, and a few vintage stores. It was a short, yet sweet hangout and I'm so so glad I have been able to see her as frequently as I have been.
I went back to the fest and met up with my friend Sarah from Connecticut, yay!! We decided to wander the city and hit Whole foods for some Temptation Ice Cream, the best invention in life. Toronto, why do you not have this ice cream!?!? Anyways, I love Philly because it's super easy to walk anywhere you want. We headed back in time for VOD, who were awesome (of course). They played a tonne of old songs and I left with a smile on my face. Hopefully their new record doesn't suck, eep.
Saturday night was ridiculous. Sarah, Casey and I hung out with Casey's friend Kyle. Which resulted in THIS:
Sarah and I in Casey's car and him clinging to Kyle for dear life like a little girl. SO GOOD. I wouldn't have even gotten on the bike, so I guess he has more balls than me (yeah, it's true). Best part being the bike gang of 10+ dudes in Ed Hardy gear surrounding them and yelling rude things at Casey. We died laughing. It was awesome. End of story. That night Sarah and I cuddled under a sleeping bag for warmth on the hardest hotel floor I have ever slept on. Good thing it was only one night. Hah!
Sunday was our last Philly hangout day, so we pretty much just roamed around the city again. Checked out Reading Terminal Market, I love that place. Another sweet thing Philly has that we do not, LAME. I went back to Connecticut with Sarah for some sleepover action and the most barfalicious car ride I have ever experienced. I still wish Sarah and I threw up on each other and all over that chicks car, it would have been great.
Monday Sarah brought me to Edge of The Woods, a sweet Health Food Store in New Haven, CT. They had awesome vegan baked goods sweetened with agave nectar, like "cheese" danishes! DAMN. Then it was time to go to the train station, sad times. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to head to NYC and catch a Greyhound home.
I got to NYC around 4pm and met up with Duane!!! Dear Duane, thank you for leaving Florida so this hangout was actually possible. He brought me to Foodswings as our first stop, which was obviously the best idea ever. At this meal I realized that I couldn't eat anymore after finishing my sweet as hell veg chicken parmesan sandwich and "my little pony" epic milkshake. He showed me around Williamsburg, which is adorable and I really wish I had more time and less 50lb suitcases to lug around. I definitely need to go back, 100%. We did a lot of sitting in random cafes and chatting, just for fun and less suitcase lugging. Next stop was Atlas Bakery for a whole lot of sitting and not enough eating, since I couldn't even eat anymore food. So instead I watched Duane eat a crazy brownie with sprinkles... and I obviously don't count peach soft serve as food, more as liquid awesome. Sad times leaving NYC after only 8 hours, but at least I got to take the bus from hell home.. YAY! I mean, 11 hour bus ride from hell.. with internet access.. hooray!
I arrived home to:
DANDIES!!! Which are being hoarded for some kind of epic cupcake concoction I plan to bake at some point. You should order these for yourself at Vegan Essentials. The shipping and pricing is reasonable and they are so delicious, it's probably better that they don't exist in Toronto and I refuse to mail order food. Haha.
A lot of life changes going on right now, I'll try and write in here more often. We have a booth at the Fanexpo this weekend, so come check it out and visit our booth! I need lovin' and you need panties. ;)
I also feel the need to spread the joy of the best purchase I have ever made. This ridiculous cat hoodie meant for little girls. Thank you H+M for making kids clothes that fit me.