9. Comfort food for strange place
19. May 2011
So it’s official I’m on my own for the rest of the trip. I got a Facebook message from my travel companion saying that he was going to alaska. Anyway, so I was stuck with no plans and a nonrefundable bus ticket to Calgary. That’s where I am now, Calgary. I have mixed feelings about it. I like that it’s sunny, that’s a nice change from Vancouver. But my first few hours here were spent wondering around looking for a hostel that ended up being in the middle of nowhere so I didn’t stay there. That was enough to put me in a grumpy mood. Once I had a bed though, I was in much better spirits.
I was going to go out and explore but I was just to tired, I just napped. After a while I got up and went grocery shopping. Calgary sort of redeemed itself when I found out the rapid transit system in the downtown core in free. It’s cool, you can just hop on an off, Toronto should take note of this.
I went to Safeway to buy some food. We don’t have Safeway in Toronto so it was a new experience for me. They have some sort of club card that gives discounts and when I went up to the counter to pay she asked if I had a club card. I told her I didn’t and she sort of gapped at me, I said that I had never been to Safeway before because I wasn’t from around here. Again she stared and said “well then where do you do your shopping?”. I said Nofrills and she just gave me a look that said “well that just sounds like nonsense but you do what you want deary”. That was just one of the examples of why Calgary is weird.
It was nice riding the transit home, I had a loaf of bread under my arm and my hands were full of shopping bags, it felt good, like I was living on my own. Only in Calgary.
For dinner I wanted something really comforting: garlic mushrooms on toast. I make this for myself a lot at home when my mom goes away. It’s super easy and really tasty.
All you need is:
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
a handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
a good handful of Parmesan (I didn’t have the money so I omitted this)
a splash of 2% milk or cream
Just dice the garlic and slice the mushrooms, and cook them together in a frying pan. When the mushrooms are just about done, add in the basil and the milk (and cheese, unless you’re poor like me). Cook for another couple of minutes on low, than remove from the heat.
Serve on toast. It’s so good! It would have been perfect with a glass of wine, but hostels have rules.
Now I’m going to go relax and listen to a book for a while. Bye.