Meals didn’t take a back seat to cen­tre stage

What this ac­tor and east en­der ate the week be­fore the cur­tain went up

North York Post - - Food - By Gabriella Al­bino

This month we en­listed ac­tor Gabriella Al­bino to de­tail what she ate the week lead­ing up to the de­but of

Bunny at Tar­ragon Theatre. Al­bino can be seen as Lola in the play which runs un­til April 1.

fri­day, feb. 16, start of tech week

I was born with an im­pres­sively long list of food al­ler­gies — from nuts to seeds to eggs to shell­fish. They’re real, they’re life-threat­en­ing, and most of the time they make me feel re­ally un­cool and em­bar­rassed. I’ve heard, “So … you just live off air and wa­ter?!” many a time. While my diet is more lim­ited than the av­er­age per­son, food is one of the dear, sweet, great loves of life. Din­ner tonight is pizza at my beloved Queen Margherita Pizza. The Gio Old­school is what my dreams are made of. Fior di latte, roasted cherry toma­toes, prosci­utto di parma, arugula. So. Del­ish.

satur­day, feb. 17, re­hearsal day

I chug a mango/rasp­berry/ba­nana/kale/co­conut milk smoothie then pop into my lo­cal cof­fee shop, Rooster Cof­fee, for a co­conut milk Lon­don Fog and hop on the street­car. Lin­ner (be­cause there is no time for sep­a­rate lunch and din­ner to­day) is maple-gar­lic-mar­i­nated chicken and a big kale salad with cab­bage and pome­gran­ate, sun­flower seeds and bal­samic dress­ing.

sun­day, feb. 18, re­hearsal day

I made oat­meal-ba­nana-choco­late cook­ies to bring to the theatre to­day. These are such crowd-pleasers and the only way I make and keep friends. Post-re­hearsal I pop into Wvrst for a cel­e­bra­tory drink. The cran­berry cider they have on tap here is my favourite.

mon­day, feb. 19, day off

The day off! I make a quick basil pesto pasta for lunch and then head out for my weekly gro­cery shop. I am a fiercely com­mit­ted meal plan­ner and cooker on my days off. It comes from my time in theatre school where we had 13-hour days and only one day off to play catch-up on life.

tues­day, feb. 20, fi­nal re­hearsal

For lunch I eat my go-to ve­gan sweet po­tato and kale chili recipe over brown rice with some co­conut Greek yo­gurt on top. For din­ner, it’s time to pump the brakes on all this home­made busi­ness. It’s tech week. I just got out of an 10-hour re­hearsal, and I’m tired and hangry. I or­dered thick, greasy pizza from Panago. It’s de­li­cious and sure to give me bad dreams.

wed­nes­day, feb. 21, first per­for­mance

First per­for­mance of Bunny is un­der our belt! I end the night at an­other lo­cal favourite, Aft Kitchen and Bar. It’s in­ti­mate, re­lax­ing and oh so cosy. I sip on a glass of Valpo­li­cella while my boyfriend and I catch up on our days. Then we in­evitably or­der a plate of frites ’cause it’s my favourite late-night snack.

Al­bino and her beloved QMP pizza

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