A partridge in a Blacktree

This week I finally got to take one of my new Christmas presents out for a test drive! That’s right. On Christmas morning, I woke up to find a brand new BMW in my driveway!

Did I fool you?

While I may not have received a new car for Christmas, I did get a Garmin Forerunner 305!

Even though it has been freezing cold this week, I decided to suck it up and give my Garmin a try. But not before getting in a filling breakfast. I’m definitely not one of those people who can run first thing in the morning on an empty stomach! I tried it once and I got so hungry that I had to stop and head home about 5 minutes into my run.

I loaded up a bowl with yogurt, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, a banana, some mango chunks, and blueberries.

My run was awesome, even though I spent the last mile running head on into the wind. And I learned that I run a LOT faster outdoors than I do on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles in 26:42 – I’ve never been able to do that on the treadmill!

For lunch I had leftover turkey yet again. My dad bought a 28 lb turkey for Christmas dinner, so we’ve been feasting on the leftovers all week. I was getting sick of eating the leftovers on sandwiches, so instead I had turkey on a salad. I added roasted carrots, parsnips and beans, dried cranberries, roasted almonds, and leftover stuffing, and it tasted just like Christmas dinner!

I think we were all thankful to get a break from eating turkey leftovers when we went to our favourite restaurant, Blacktree, to celebrate my parents’ 24th anniversary.

Burlington may not be known as being a hub of culture and excitement, but this restaurant alone makes it worth visiting. Eating there is always such an experience. And it gives me a totally different perspective on eating. Usually I view food as fuel (albeit tasty fuel), but when I eat at Blacktree, I’m reminded of what it means to eat for pleasure.

My appetizer was “Crispy Tuna. Cured Duck. Jerusalem Artichoke.” I wish I could remember everything else in the dish because it was absolutely incredible!

Blacktree restaurant

For my entree, I had “Partridge. Nutmeg Spaetzle. Apple. Almond” (hence the title “Partridge in a Blacktree… get it?!). There were also cranberries, a crispy mushroom ravioli, and some layered yam, parsnip, and carrot puree. This was also extremely delicious. But then again, when does Matteo ever cook anything that doesn’t blow me away?

Blacktree restaurant

What is one thing about your city that makes it worth visiting?

Do you mostly view food as fuel or pleasure?

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10 Responses to A partridge in a Blacktree

  1. I'm a total pleasure personwhen it comes to food. I love enjoying my favorites!We are getting a vegan cafe next month, and I am so excited!

  2. I wouldn't recommend coming to my town. Hahaha, just kidding, it's a small town but it has it's benefits. ;)Happy New Year love!

  3. Hooray for the new Garmin and what a fantastic run! You would kill a 5K race!I have been eating for pleasure for the past two weeks since I've been home. While it's been great, its hasn't been healthy, so I'm ready to start eating for fuel again (not to say that what I eat for fuel isn't tasty!).

  4. Woohoo! I have the exact same Garmin. I forgot my charger at home though and nobody can find it of course, so I have to buy a new one :(

  5. I can't workout on an empty stomach either…I have o eat first thing too. Looks SOO good!

  6. Yayy congrats on the watch!! I actually got a car for Christmas when I turned 16…I thought it was a sick joke and actually started yelling at my dad for thinking it was funny to give me the car keys :)I see food as both fuel and pleasure. Every day, it's more of a fuel thing, but when I'm eating out or with family, it's also a huge source of pleasure!!

  7. Congrats on the new "pr"!!!! Garmins rock-enjoy!!! Happy New Years

  8. Wow, that restaurant looks incredible!I live in Saint John, NB, and it's full of really old, interesting, historic buildings. I love stuff like that, and think that's what makes my city worth visiting.Happy new year!

  9. congrats on the 3 mile time!and amazing restaurant!!! YUMM!!! sounds so unique!

  10. I got that same Garmin for Christmas too! Trying mine out today :)

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