tale of toast.

i set my alarm for 6:30 a.m. this morning so i could go grocery shopping. if you ever needed proof that i am the coolest person you’ve ever met, exhibit a.

i find the price of groceries pretty expensive in calgary, and it’s even worse at the downtown stores. the best bet is to drive out of the suburbs and take advantage of their expansive parking lots and big box stores. superstore is usually my go-to, but at a reasonable time of day, it’s you and hundreds of your closest friends all fighting over the less expensive produce.

i’d rather stab myself with a safety pin until i bled.

i pulled into the parking lot at 7:03, and rolled back out to get home before 8. if that’s not a productive sunday morning, i’m not sure what is. my grandma tendencies and lack of saturday night plans win again.

i contemplated heading out on a solo trek in the mountains, but the common theme of rain and bears kept me in the city. soggy bear bait doesn’t sound too appealing. the thought of going back to bed did, but i fought the urge, packed up my laptop and decided to head to a newishly opened coffee shop.


i’ve been a big fan of monogram coffee since their opened their altadore location. it’s so deceiving: in the middle of a little strip mall on a mostly residential street, you wouldn’t expect much from the tiny coffee shop. that is until you order a coffee. there is thought and effort poured into every cup. the stuff is good.

monogram expanded into the downtown core with a second, much larger location. that’s where me and otis decided on for the morning. at 9 a.m. on a sunday, i had my pick of any table, but i’m sure on a weekday i wouldn’t be as lucky.

a latte was a must – their london fog, and chai are also on my favourites list. and though my fridge was fully stocked, i left the house without breakfast; i decided to try their apple butter & cheese toast.

whatever you do, get the toast.


thick cut, toasted sourdough bread slathered in labneh and apple butter, topped with cheddar curls. it was the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy and buttery.

i think i’m in a serious relationship with that toast.

the main reason for coming here – free wifi and a change of scenery – worked, too. important emails sent, and i’ve caught up on some work. the sky had clouded over again, so i’m pretty sure my afternoon will consist of meal prep, cleaning, netflix and a couch nap, while listening to the impending rain.

sunday, you’ve been pretty dreamy so far. love, laur. xx

how was your sunday? when do you grocery shop?