High School vs. Uni, Dining Out, and a New Favourite Recipe

Happy Sunday morning everyone! I hope you’ve all had a beautiful and restful weekend so far. The weather here in Waterloo has been pretty nice to me – nothing below -10 recently. Whew!

PS: This post is gonna be another very random one, so click away or close your eyes if you just aren’t ready for that kind of chaos in your life 😉

Maybe you remember from my post last week that Dad and I went to explore Toronto on Saturday the 9th, and we had such a good time. Well, on Sunday the 10th, we were planning to go again but the weather wasn’t looking so nice. Instead, we hopped back into the car and drove to Guelph, where we had a nice breakfast.

We were actually planning to go to a Guelph patisserie for croissants, but they were closed. It always irks me when restaurants/cafes that I plan to go to are actually CLOSED, with no mention their website or Facebook page. Either way, The Bakery and With the Grain were my second choice for breakfast.

From date squares to scones to lemon bars, this place has all kinds of sweets and breakfast treats. I got a raspberry lemon muffin to go {now frozen for a future oatmeal topping}, as well as a Dream Bar and a Bee Sting for our after-lunch dessert. 🙂

Dad started with the almond caramel latte, which he found just perfect. Dad doesn’t like almond OR whipped cream, but found the latte sweetened just right. While we waited for our food, I sipped on a London Fog latte (unpictured). Dad’s breakfast plate had a little of everything! He enjoyed it all, sans salad.

I ordered the trout hash: wild trout with butternut squash and potato hash with a poached egg, dill, and multigrain toast. This was absolutely incredible. The squash and potatoes were flavoured to absolute perfection and I couldn’t stop eating them. The trout was cooked until tender, and the dill added a pop of freshness.

My favourite part, though, was any bite with squash + trout + dill, or that bread! They bake their own bread in the bakery across the street, and you can totally tell that it is homemade. Crispy, chewy, nutty, and smeared with salted butter, this was some darn good toast! I stole a piece off Dad’s plate, too. 🙂

That day, my lunch involved tofu, peanut sauce, quinoa, and lots of veggies and a big sprinkling of sesame seeds. I have been so addicted to peanut sauce recently – you’ll see a lot more of it in this post.

Here are the aforementioned Bee Sting and the Dream Bar. I found both to be very, VERY sweet! Sticky and ganache-y, these nicely-textured bars were quite good. I had a quarter of each and Dad enjoyed the rest.

Alright, let’s move on to something totally different – I recently made a compilation of ways that high school differs from university. 🙂 Let me show you!

High School: Teachers give worksheets with key information written on it. All you need to do is study the worksheets and notes, and possibly the textbook.

University: Powerpoint slides all day long. Most of the Powerpoints have just key words on them: “walking, cell cycle, or motoneuron”. Then, the professor goes into extreme detail during the lecture, elaborating on the key terms on the slides. It’s really up to you to take good notes in class, otherwise exams would be a nightmare! This leads me to my next point…

High School: Parents and teachers tell you what your responsibilities are. They help you organize your time to accomplish these responsibilities.

University: You are expected to know your responsibilities and be able to straighten out your priorities. No one will remind you what your responsibilities are. You need to keep track of to-do’s on your own, because no one will be nagging you anymore.

HS: 28-30 people in a classroom, each with their own desk.

U: 280-300 people in a lecture hall, each with a little fold-up desk. Or, in some theatres, no desk at all!

HS: Teachers, parents, coaches, and many other people schedule your time. You didn’t have any choice about school from 8:00-3:00, Mom planned your piano lessons from 3:30-4:30, and coach organized practices after dinner. The schedule is rigid and you have to conform, whether you like it or not.

U: You manage your own time! The schedule is extremely open. All you have to do is go to several lectures a week, and the rest of the time is yours to do anything you’d like. For example, last semester I had two classes a day, typically before noon. That meant the entire afternoon and evening was mine, and I could fill it up with any activities I liked. I really enjoy this about university – having the freedom to plan your own schedule according to your personal preferences and mood is fantastic.

HS: Countless assignments and projects for every class, and worksheets are handed in into a box, dropped on the teacher’s desk, or collected by a teacher or student.

U: There are usually one to three assignments in a class, depending on your professor, and all of them are submitted virtually. For instance, my Sociology professor designed three assignments: two critical reflections (500-word essays) and the skeleton of a research project. All of these were handed in on ‘Dropbox’, a program on Learn, which we use to get updates from professors and submit assignments. My Kinesiology professor, on the other hand, decided to do one project for the entire semester. The 8-person project was worth 25% of our grade and was a presentation based on a health-based controversy. Every professor, and their assignments, are completely different!

HS: 8:00-3:00 classes with two scheduled breaks for everyone.

U: Sometimes four classes a day, other times just two – sometimes 8 AM, other times not until 2 PM. Much more freedom, like I mentioned earlier!


HS: It’s the norm to call your teacher “Mr.” or “Mrs.”, followed by their last name. No one EVER refers to a middle-school teacher by their first name!

U: Professors have completely different preferences. Some of my professors like being called their first names. It was pretty strange at first, calling my 50 year-old Kinesiology professor “Bill”, but other professors dislike that. Professors with a PHD are generally “Dr.” so-and-so. It’s always safe, however, to use “Professor Smithwick” or “Professor Engelhardt”.

HS: I don’t know about you guys, but in high school, I did all my homework on the same desk in the same room, with the same people (well, person… my sister).

U: I still do homework in my room 60% of the time, but most of my classmates and friends tell me that they absolutely cannot concentrate on schoolwork when in their rooms, surrounded by Netflix and a cozy bed. Now, I do quite a bit of studying in the school’s health building lounge with my friends, in cafes, and occasionally the library.

HS: Papers, pencils, binders, textbooks, highlighters of every colour, pens, and more

U: Laptop. They do everything! I’m still a little old-school and prefer the traditional pen and paper method for note-taking, because I can go back and colour-coordinate things and feel like it’s more interactive and engaging. Most of my friends use their computers for 100% of notes and studying, but I wouldn’t be able to look at a screen for more than 45 minutes at a time. Really, in university you can study any way you choose.

HS: My parents drove me everywhere. My mom was like my personal chauffeur, and I didn’t fully appreciate it until I started living on my own.

U: Buses became my life! Thankfully the bus system in Waterloo caters very well to students. One bus, the #9 that can take me to one end of campus, comes every THREE minutes between 7:30 and 8:30. Isn’t that crazy? In Waterloo, we also have Express buses that stop in key places like the mall, the school, and uptown – so rides are always efficient.


HS: Fun. Every day in the classroom, is new and different. Teachers provide interactive demonstrations, games, workshops, and presentations to keep students engaged all the time.

U: The professor talks. If you want to listen and take good notes, go for it. If you just don’t want to, you can sit back or maybe even take a nap. You won’t get called out on it. In fact, you don’t even have to come to class. Sometimes my classmates sleep in, or just don’t feel like attending a lecture. In that case, they simply ask someone to send their notes over. Not the best idea. When we were filling out Scantron cards for my Sociology final a couple weeks ago, the boy next to me asked what our professor’s name was. He hadn’t been to a single class!

Saw this on Twitter: In high school, everyone is so judgmental – but in college, you see someone wearing a Snuggie and riding a scooter, and you’re like… “that is a smart man.”

I am going to testify that the Tweet above is completely true. One time, I saw a girl walking to the bus with one of those super-long, body-shielding umbrellas and thought it was so bizarre. Who on earth would use one of those?! Then I realized I was just totally jealous because my legs and backpack were getting soaked in the rain. I need to get myself one of those super-umbrellas!

Whew, that’s the end of my list 🙂

Dad and I went to Belmont Bistro in Kitchener on Thursday night, the night before he left for BC. We started with polenta fries and bolognaise sauce.

Dad ordered the chicken dish, which came with duchesse potatoes and bacon, broccoli, and a sweet potato puree. Red wine gravy on the side.

I had the salad with garlic baguette chips, arugula, celery, green grapes, walnuts, fig spread, and bruleed goat cheese. I personally found the salad overdressed, but the ingredients here complemented each other like nothing else. The sweet figs, crunchy walnuts, and tangy goat cheese all went so well with the fresh grapes and peppery arugula. Yum!

Our meals left enough room for dessert. This is the buttermilk oatmeal cookie with Saskatoon berry preserves and ice cream.


And the deconstructed s’mores bar which came with graham crackers, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate ganache, and torched meringue. The peanut butter ice cream was to die for with the rich chocolate!


I told you there would be a lot of peanut sauce in this post!


I made this crepe the other day! It serves one perfectly. Here’s the recipe:

Single-Serving Almond Flour Crepe


  • 1 tbsp almond flour/almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp ground flax
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • heaping 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 banana for topping
  • nut butter for topping
  • chocolate chips for topping (about 1 tbsp)
  • any desired fruit for topping
  • nuts or coconut for topping (OPTIONAL)


  1. Mix all ingredients together up until salt.
  2. Heat pan over medium heat. Grease with coconut oil.
  3. Pour into pan and swirl to cover.
  4. Cook until the bottom turns brown. You do not need to flip.
  5. Put nut butter, then chocolate chips, then banana slices on the crepe.
  6. Roll it up and serve with more toppings!

I ran for my program’s Director of Computer Services, but I don’t think I got the spot. That’s okay, I don’t think I was ready for such a big time commitment and should probably focus more on my courses and volunteering this semester.

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Oh, and yoga! I’ve been doing lots more yoga recently. Since Dad was here, he was able to drive me to hot yoga and I could do more yoga classes at school. These are some of my favourite asanas (poses) that are incredibly beneficial for improving not only flexibility and balance, but also your muscular endurance. Some yoga poses have some funny names!

Do you do yoga? What are your favourite poses?


I saw this online and it really made me think. What a powerful photo.


Like I said, the weather has actually been quite nice! It’s -6 degrees today with wind and snow. I’m glad to be in my cozy, warm home in pyjamas. 🙂

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Facebook Funnies:

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C’est tout! See you guys in my next post…


Before you leave, though, check out some of my favourite posts from recently:

  • Steph’s yummy WIAW post! I always love it when she does these. You MUST go look at that pizza… now. Seriously.
  • Rachel is BACK! After quite the loonnngggg hiatus. The blog world has missed her, that’s for sure! Check out her new restaurant review – PS: I was there too 😉
  • Jack’s new page on eats around Ottawa – someone please take me to Ottawa so I can visit every single restaurant/cafe on her list.
  • Cora’s jaw-droppingly beautiful food photographs. Honestly, if this girl made a photography boot camp, I’d be the first to sign up. Isn’t she so talented at making and taking pics of her meals?! HOLY.
  • Kate’s epic meals recently – and valuable insight into why she’s waiting 🙂 Such a lovely and, as usual, honest read!

And, that is really it for now. 🙂 I have some psychology readings to do and notes to make for my anatomy class!

Happy rest-of-your Sunday and let’s get ready for a great (and hopefully not-too-cold) week!

22 thoughts on “High School vs. Uni, Dining Out, and a New Favourite Recipe

    1. Scantron cards are sheets of paper with rows of blank squares that you colour in with a pencil for multiple choice exams. Then, your teacher puts the Scantron card into the machine to generate your mark, which is very quick and efficient. Scantron is a brand, which is probably why you can’t find the word in the dictionary. 🙂 But you can do a quick Google search for some pictures!


  1. This is such a helpful post!!!! As someone who’s going to go to college this year for the FIRST time (yay, college freshie!!), I really need these tips so that I can learn to be responsible and more independent in my schedules. And that tweet was SPOT ON. 😉
    The trout squash potato hash looks AWESOME, definitely something I’d recreate at home (but watch me fail at the poached egg! XD). So do the almond flour crepe, tofu stir-fries and oatmeal!

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    1. Oh I am so glad that I was able to help you a teeny bit. You are already managing SO well with school, exercise, food, friends, blogging, sleep… oh my. If you keep doing what you are doing next year, success and happiness will come naturally!
      It was so good. I’m still thinking about how yummy the hash was! I know how you feel about those poached eggs 🙂

      Thanks girl!


  2. Your downward dog is BEAUTIFUL. I know that is a “basic pose”, but coming from someone with the tightest hamstrings ever, I am impressed! I really need to get into going to a weekly class. It’s the getting there that is the hard part.
    I love when my Dad comes to visit and we get some one-on-one time. He’s an explorer like me.
    That’s awesome you ran for an office. Even if you don’t get it, putting yourself out there could help in the future!

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    1. My yoga teacher once said “simple is NOT always easy”, and that really resonated with me. There is so much going on, even in so-called basic poses like this one. I completely agree about how getting there is half the battle! Once you’re there, the hard part is basically over 🙂 My secret is that I carry my yoga clothes in my backpack so I have no excuse!

      Aww, that sounds awesome. I am sure you always have a great time with him. 🙂 And thank you!


  3. Love your points for high school vs uni. It’s so true! I’ve always want to start college life asap back in high school, but now, I wish I could go back to high school. haha.

    And dancer pose is my favorite yoga pose! It reminds me the times when I still do ballet 😛 I’m struggling to crow pose! Still need to overcome the fear of falling on my face!

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    1. “I’ve always want to start college life asap back in high school, but now, I wish I could go back to high school.” Eva, truer words have never been spoken! Wow. It’s like when you’re a child, all you want to do is grow up. Then when you’re older, you’d give anything to be young and carefree again. I think the key is to just live in the moment and enjoy what you’re doing now, right? 🙂

      Oh cool! How long did you do ballet for? I am registering for ballet lessons at my school because I took a trial class and absolutely loved it 🙂

      Crow pose is SO hard… omg. I’ve never held it for more than three breaths! But trust me, you will not fall on your face. Trust your reflexes!


      1. Yes! Each stage of our life consists of different kinds of bitterness and sweetness 🙂 I did ballet for 10 years, but had to stop due to knee problems :/ That’s so nice that your school offers ballet! It’s so hard to find adult ballet classes here. The closest I could find is hot barre.

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      2. Hot barre sounds even MORE awesome than ballet! I’m sure it’s more intense and probably a little more interesting, haha! Ballet (or, at least, beginner ballet) isn’t the most interesting 😛

        Do you have photos of yourself doing ballet? I LOVE looking at pics of dancers! 😀


  4. So many great meals. I’d love that deconstructed s’mores plate. My own dessert today (vanilla ice cream with lemon curd) was much simpler though it wasn’t bad for a last minute throw together. I had PLANNED to make cream puffs but it didn’t happen. 🙂

    Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I’ve been at uni, let along high school, that I can’t really relate to the differences in such a positive fashion.

    In retrospect, it seems that in high school, students were babied by their teachers. Work was parcelled out in small portions, deadlines were set, reset/extended and the students were constantly reminded to do their work. Successful performance was often to the teachers’ efforts. In uni, there are so many students that teachers rarely recognize the faces of their students let alone know their names. It’s very much a sink or swim situation for the students and teachers are rarely invested in their successful performance. For many students that’s a shock. I spent over 20 yrs in a university atmosphere and have probably become quite cynical.

    I’ve been being back in a high school environment for the last 16 yrs and find myself a bit frustrated with the gr 11s and 12s because they’re not taking as much responsibility for their education as I think they should. Real life is a shock for many of them.

    I enjoy reading your views. 🙂

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  5. Oh my gosh this is hilarious. My boyfriend used to live in Guelph (just moved to Toronto last fall) and was a cook at With the Grain. Every time he came to visit me he would bring me leftover salads, or a muffin or dessert from the bakery (oh my god all so good). And, no word of a lie, he is coming over tonight and MAKING me that trout potato egg hash dish!! He said it was his favorite to make and has wanted to make it for me for months. So I get to have it! in my own house! That’s so weird you made this post on the exact same day! aha!
    And um, smores bar!? Amazing.
    Thank you for the lovely compliments, lady. My food will never rival your creativity.

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    1. WHOA! NO WAY!
      My jaw dropped (no lie) as I read your comment! That’s so crazy.
      I can see why the trout potato egg hash is his fave – I wish I could go over for dinner too! I was crazy about this dish. Maybe you will even get some homemade bread toast! Mmmm. I still can’t believe what a crazy coincidence that is. You have to upload pics ASAP so I can see your BF’s rendition! 😀

      ❤ ❤ ❤


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