snapshots of an idle mind

July 30, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 10:22 am


so i went to hillside and it was… weird a little.

in some ways i sort of blinked and missed it.  i talked to someone else actually and he said that he felt like he just got there and it was over.  we had been so busy with our volunteer jobs that we kind of didn’t notice the festival going by.

it was nice, and it was hillside and it was still better than being anywhere ELSE in ontario this weekend that’s for sure… but somehow i didn’t quite connect to it or it’s energy.

some years have been about music, and some about connecting with people and still others about whatever my volunteer gig was or dancing or personal discovery or whatever.

this year was about food.

i made my way through the festival like kim cattrall in the sex and the city movie.  i ate ice cream THREE times and had like four or five meals a day plus some snacks.

it was all i could do to let my food digest before i ate something else.

[truly this has been going on for a month or so but hillside was amazingly silly]

i tried all this great food that i couldn’t afford in years past.  couldn’t afford because i bought clothes; none of which appealed to me this year… so i ate.

god the food is amazing at hillside.

there was pakoras and samosas and great great great vegetarian meals and turkey and walnut kafka and organic ice cream and green curry something or other and the most amazing chocolate that i brough a bunch home and oh my god.

oh my god.

it’s so rich and delicious and i’m not sure i’ve ever had chocolate like it.  they grind their own beans on a fixed bicycle!

and the cappuccino guy makes what may be the best cannoli in the world outside of italy.


i ate two of them!

he doesn’t pre make them you see.  you order the cannoli and he takes out the shell and he puts the cream in from the freezer and he dusts it with icing sugar and he hands it to you.  most places the cream is already in the pastry shell and it’s just a little soggy.

these ones are… mmmm so good.


what’s funny is that i’ve been having great food for several weeks now and hillside was kind of the culmination of it all.

my theory is don’t worry about it until labour day and then stress for a few months to get back into the good habits.

then of course you slip at christmas and early winter and then get sane again.

yeesh, food sure is a funny thing.

we love it so much but we hate it at the same time.

if only it was the cannoli and not the broccoli that was the healthy choice…

and i even LIKE broccoli.


anyway i think hillside for me this year was the kickoff to a month of relaxation and in a way i treated it that way.

i’m going to two festivals, my parents place twice, camping party all just in the next month AND i’m taking the last week of august off.

SECOND vacation in five years boo yeah!

i know, and i bought equipment and i took a week off in february too!  [the aforementioned FIRST vacation in five years in fact.]

i’m really tired, i can’t wait to spend a week at the farm in the quiet and just doing physical work or reading or whatever…

sounds like heaven.




  1. you deserve these vacations.

    and suddenly, i’m hungry…

    Comment by terry — July 31, 2008 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  2. terry: lol

    good, did i even mention the organic chocolate? god the food was amazing…

    and man oh man am i ever instantly addicted to vacations!

    Comment by sassinak — August 6, 2008 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  3. The food sounds fabulous. I love cannoli. There’s this cookbook about how to sneak broccoli and other vegetables into things like chocolate brownies. Its meant for parents trying to get their kids to eat more veggies, but it could work for adults to. I’m sorry I forget the title though.

    I’ve heard about the chocolate being ground by the stationary bike. There is a chocolate store over by Honest Eds that does that to. Here’s the info:

    Hmm… if you get on the bicycle and grind the beans yourself, maybe that burns off some of the calories from actually eating the chocolate? Just a thought.

    Comment by clarity — August 11, 2008 @ 2:15 am | Reply

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