July 25th marked two very dairy laden holidays – National Wine and Cheese Day as well as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
I managed to navigate my vegan way around these despite being far from vegan-coddling Vancouver quite well!
Christina took us to Gruchy’s Beach, just outside of Terrace
It was only half warmish and the water was most definitely cold, so we just had a restful lay down in the sun while Duncan explored the shoreline and other people cooler contents.
Christina and I had Hot Fudge Sundaes for lunch – I got Cashew Dream ice cream in Cinnamon Cookie Dough flavour, doused it in Coconut whipped cream, hot fudged and sprinkles. Finished with a cherry and some bananas
A truly nutritious lunch indeed
In the evening, when Christina’s fiancee Daniel and the rest of the Kitimat Gang got off work, we went for a canoe down the river
I was blessed to have a little seat in the middle, with Duncan on my lap and a beer in my hand.
When we got home, it was time to celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day We had quite the spread including vegan cream cheese, hummus, assorted crackers and breads
We wailed on these snacks and watched What We Do In The Shadows and laughed our asses off
N A T I O N A L T E Q U I L A D A Y
Another holiday I was counting down the days to celebrate!!!
Being my first full official day in Chrissy’s home territory
She wanted to host a Tequila and Taco Night for me so I could meet her gang of Kitimat pals and us to celebrate National Tequila Day
Initially we thought we would do margaritas, but it felt a little too pedestrian for the occasion and we already had National Margarita Day back in February, so we took it up a notch and made El Diablos!
The recipe I used was more or less as follows:
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- .5 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
- 1 oz lime juice
- Dash of Scrappy’s Firewater, or other hot pepper tincture
- Dickie’s Ginger Beer
- Lime wheel, for garnish
I had been well prepared for this day – before I left Vancouver, I had driven all over town to get the Scrappy’s Firewater, a habernero pepper bitter, and Vancouver made Dickie’s Ginger Beer, and packed them safely in my suitcase
Shake all ingredients, excluding the ginger beer. with ice, then strain into a glass. Add fresh ice, top with Dickie’s Ginger Beer and throw another few dashes of Firewater, just for kicks.. Best garnished with a lime wheel.
This drink was a.maze.ing.
Everyone seemed to like them, but the shaking of each individual drink started to grate on me so I ended up making batches a pitcher, throwing in some jalapeño peppers and blackberries. It sort of lost a little of it’s charm in the mass production, but it was still pretty deadly.
Tacos were awesome and so were Christina’s Kitimat crew. Duncan enjoyed all the newfound attention !
National Peanut Butter Chocolate Day fell on the day I flew to Kitimat, BC, to visit Christina !
I love going places I’ve never been before, so I was super excited.
I also love Peanut Butter and Chocolate – the most iconic duo of all
It was a busy day that involved getting up at the crack of dawn to walk Duncan so he would be well behaved on the flight, then going to the airport and dealing with all that nonsense. then flying to Kitimat, eating at White Spot, a mediocre British Columbian chain restaurant I have seen around a million times yet haven’t experienced, then driving to Prince Rupert where we hiked and explored and drank beer at the local brewery and biked around town and met all kinds of people.
Managed to knock back pretty much an entire bag of these mini Reese cups in one sitting – A solid day to honour a solid treat