Friday, July 22, 2011

The Awful Waffle

There are not many adventures happening in Sparkland.  I do not object to this state of affairs, because I am happy to live a quiet, peaceful existence.  By nature I am like an 88-year-old trapped in a 38-year-old's body.  Maybe that's what people mean when they tell me I'm an "Old Soul".

Last Sunday, the day after the patio party, I had plans to meet my sister for lunch. It was supposed to be a scorcher, but I figured I only had some short distances to walk between home and transit and the restaurant.  I'd be in air conditioning the rest of the time.  Right?  Wrong, of course! 

First I got all turned around trying to find the place where I'd agreed to meet my sister.  The building numbers on the east and west sides of the street were 170 numbers off from each other and I was walking along the wrong side of the street.  I'm not sure who is responsible for that stupid state of affairs, but really, isn't it possible to fix it?  After walking an extra four blocks in the 35 degree heat (that's over 100 F for you Americans) with God-knows-what humidex on top of that, I was severely disappointed to find out that the restaurant was not air conditioned.

I repeat: Restaurant.  Not Air Conditioned.  Not only that, but the only free table was right next to their open kitchen, where they were cooking waffles and frying omelettes.  Lord have mercy!  Amazingly, I tolerated the heat, and managed to enjoy both my sister and my gluten-free waffles (the reason for our pilgrimage to that specific place). 

I did worry that I might not make it home without passing out.  There was a little flutter to my heartbeat here and there, but I made it.  I was comforted to know that if I passed out in my neighbourhood someone would probably find me and call for paramedics.  It's not one of those neighbourhoods in which you just assume people on the sidewalk are drunks and step over them.

After that little adventure (if you will allow "going out for waffles" to be classified as an adventure) I didn't do much all week except go to work and home again and try to stay cool.  All y'all know my delicate health requires much coddling, and therefore I made sure that I stayed as stress-free as possible.  It's working.  I'm all good.

Incidentally, the waffles weren't awful.  I just couldn't resist the rhyme.  In fact, they were super-duper, and as soon as the weather becomes more hospitable I intend to go back to the weird, hipster, eco-guiltfree restaurant for more.  If you're planning to stalk me there, better wait until October.


Jameil said...

OMG the heat makes me not want to leave my house!! Straight up 100 here today and I'm so disinterested in doing anything but laying around. I'm glad you got some good gluten-free goodies! But I'd have to pass on un-air conditioned spots as well. NO THANK YOU.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Hmmm.... October isn't good for me... how are you booked for stalkings in November???

kenju said...

I absolutely cannot believe a restaurant without air conditioning!
I believe you, but they are nuts.

Karen said...

I clicked on the link to the restaurant. I am not sure I would ever eat anywhere represented by those miserable looking dudes. LOL

Warped Mind of Ron said...

OMG!! Just checked out the link and have those guys ever heard of having a photo touched up???

Sparkling Red said...

Jameil: I know quite a few people in Toronto who have NO air conditioning in their apartments. Can you imagine? I know of at least one woman who has moved back in with her parents temporarily just to get a few nights of sleep in their AC.

Ron: November's pretty clear.

Kenju: They are definitely nuts. Can you imagine working there? The servers and the cooks must be roasting.

Karen: Ya, it's a pretty questionable portrait for their home page!

Ron: If you're on their website, you should check out their mission statement (the "about" page). It basically says that they love waffles so much that everything in their restaurant is served on or in or with waffles. That is hardcore! I can get behind that kind of mission.

DarcKnyt said...

Wow, that's blazing hot! It hit the century mark here this week too and I've been traveling about 40 or so minutes each way to and from work in it. In an car without air conditioning.


I love your word "humidex" by the way. Very snazzy.

Lynn said...

I guess when they built that restaurant with no AC, they weren't expecting it to be so hot out. Yikes.

I heart air conditioning. And it is amazing that it is hotter in Canada than in Georgia.

Sparkling Red said...

DarcKnyt: I can't take credit for "humidex". In fact, I didn't realize until I looked it up just now that it's a strictly Canadian meteorological measurement. We get humidex readings every day in the summer, especially in Toronto because we're right next to a big lake - it's always humid here!
40 minutes in a car with no AC, both ways? That sure does suck.

Lynn: We're hotter than Georgia?! That's just not right. At this point I also heart air conditioning. I feel completely comfortable all the way up to around 80 degrees (27C) but after that, AC me please!

LL Cool Joe said...

Welcome to the UK, where almost nothing is air conditioned! Mind you we don't need it often.

Now I fancy a waffle. Not an awful one though.

Pixiebaby said...

Eeew, so you are dealing with this blasting heat there too? Yuck! It's been really terrible here too.I, Like you do not do well in this sort of weather. Guess not too many do, but it's definitely kept me indoors as much as possible. Glad to hear that your waffles weren't awful heehee ;) I couldn't resist...that was too cute.

DarcsFalcon said...

I love humidex! Perfect! We're next to one of those big lakes too, and they have never used that word here. And they should.

I'm sorry for no A/C at the place! That's just outrageous in heat like that - will they be running without heat in the winter? At least the waffles were good and you didn't get sick. :)

I'm glad you had a nice visit with your sister. You know, I don't believe I know - is she your big or baby? You strike me as the big sis for some reason. :)

wigsf3 said...

You once sold me on a pastry shop in Roncevalles but you aren't gonna sell me on this place by calling it a "weird hipster eco-guiltfree restaurant." I like my restaurant's to be normal and conservative and seal-clubbing.