Day 193- July 12

Pecans may just be the most glamorous nut.

I mean, hazelnuts may sound a lot more ritzy, but those portly little guys are as ugly as peanuts (and those guys are actually beans – ew)

Pecans are beautiful – their sleek wood like shell is gorgeous and the inner nut meat couldn’t be more chic if it was designed by Frank Gehry

If pecans were a person they would be Lisa Bonet

I had a  little mini pecan pie on this National Pecan Pie Day 

It was store bought and not vegan and not fresh and not good

But that seems to be the thing about this celebrating project – a lot of things are just awful. Just trying to dance in the rain over here

Day 175 – June 24

I’ve been to New Orleans more than once and have had my share of Pralines.
As much as I wish I could be ringing in National Praline Day with all the hilarious and charming characters I’ve met down there, I had to settle with buying some of these “Sweet Georgia Browns” from Purdy’s Chocolatier which isn’t even 25 metres away from my house and eating them alone.
These Sweet Georgia Browns were the closest thing, geographically as well as ingrediently, to pralines I could find in this neck of the woods.

They came in a two pack- which was more than enough.
The pecans were toasted and salted to perfection.
This saltiness and crunchiness created a delectable harmony with the sugary gooey, chewy toffee and the rich chocolate.

I give these 10/10 for a sugary treat. I give them a 0/10 for being vegan and also a 0/10 in the teeth kindness department.

Day 137 – May 17th

National Walnut Day!

I contemplated whipping up some Walnut Milk  but then thought the better of it. It looks and tastes like gruel- sticking with my Cashew Mlyk for life

Instead, I opted to jazz up these cough-inducing fruit seeds (yes, that’s apparently what the definition of a nut is) with some dark chocolate and sea salt

It was pretty straightforward

Melt some dark chocolate

Dip the finest walnuts you can rummage out of the Costco bag into aforementioned melted chocolate

Lay on wax paper after dipping, sprinkle with sea salt

Allow to cool …too cool

Day 135 – May 15th

Monday May 15th was National Chocolate Chip Day

I love Chocolate Chips. They are, simply put, deadly

I throw ’em in everything I bake and eat them by the handful

Everything about them is marvellous except if they end up in your dog (Duncan once ate a Costco size bag of dark Chocolate Chips and there was a lot of puking and frantic ‘how much chocolate can an 18 lb French bulldog eat and live?’ googling)

I was tight on time Monday because I had school, practicum and then The Flaming Lips concert to attend, so I grabbed a Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Granville Island Market Terra Breads stall during a break and snapped some pics with my iPhone

Pretty lack lustre, I know but I was pressed for time

After wolfing down two of these overpriced and under flavoured Chocolate Chip Cookies in honour of the day, I got to my practicum where one of my client’s mother had sent him a batch !

I asked if I could photography them – I probably seemed a little crazy as I didn’t explain myself (didn’t really want to self disclose the blog concept to the guys, no offence)

These were much more delicious than the store bought ones. You could tasted the love. And what a coincidence !

Great day – great concert – lots of lights and inflatables 

Day 132- May 12

Pleased to say I spent National Nutty Fudge Day in the historic community of Steveston, Richmond.

Once a thriving Japanese Internment camp location and fish canning town, now a picturesque tourist trap known for being the filming site for The Power Rangers movie explosion scenes.

There, I stumbled upon a little candy shop that made their own fudge called The Candy Dish.  I  picked up some Peanut Butter Fudge (peanuts aren’t a nut, they’re a bean I know I know I know) and some plain Chocolate Fudge. There were no official ‘nutty fudge’ options to be had so I improvised when I got home (see figure 1a)

Figure 1 a

The store offered a deal – buy 4 (giant) pieces of fudge, get the 5th free! I imagine they throw in Type 2 diabetes as well.
James was really into that bargain and I had to reel him back in. We stuck with just the two (see figure 1b)

Figure 1 b

It was super sugary and definitely not vegan. I had a few pieces and could feel it coating my teeth then seeping into them. I also got a sugar headache.

The remainder are still on the counter for the taking, FYI

Happy Nutty Fudge Day 

 

Day 112 – April 22

National Jelly Bean Day

More sugar, red dye & artificial flavouring for me!

I must trudge on I suppose

I went to a little locally owned candy shop on 4th Avenue and bought vanilla bean & strawberry cheesecake flavoured jelly beans

Then I went to work, met up with a coworker for a drink, went to a strip club, blew all my money, and got home at 3 am

 

 

Day 102- April 12

What can I say about Liquorice? Especially on National Liquorice day?

First off, I had no idea there was a ‘q’ in there until autocorrect started going off about it.

Secondly, I could live without it.

Especially the black kind. Who the f eats that???

I managed to score a handful of the red kind at the candy kiosk at the Granville Island Farmer’s Market today during my lunch break.

It wasn’t your standard issue Twizzlers, let me assure you. I don’t know where it came from or what flavour it was supposed to be but it served it’s purpose today as I snapped these glossy red photos before heading to my volunteering gig.

I may have bought too little, photographically speaking, as I felt limited in what I could do with it…

…however I felt I may have bought too much, ingestingly speaking – heavy on the plastic flavour and texture… especially coming off the tail of a two week raw vegan stint… better luck next time, random red liquorice !

Day 88- March 29

The 88th day of my celebratory journey was yet another rainy one.

Like fucking downpour. Like I had to turn back to get an umbrella and still was soaked when I got to school kinda rain.

So over it.

It was National Lemon Chiffon Day, which was quite the mission.

I searched high and low. I went all through Granville Island Farmers Market, I popped into the vegan gluten free bakery by my gym, and tried Whole Foods. There were no Lemon Chiffon cakes to be had, or any lemon anything, really.

I refused to make a whole cake on this day because
a) I don’t even like lemon cakes
b) I still have god damn chocolate covered raisin oatmeal cookies left from last baking episode
c) time was of the essence

So I bought a small piece of junky cheapy vanilla cake from Safeway that had putrid lemon frosting splurged on top of it and cheated.

I sliced up a real lemon to try and make amends with myself for failing on this plight.

It was a really shitty cake. The icing was definitely made of lard and the stuff that could turn a few unassuming little pet shop turtles into Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, & Raphael.

Dreadful.

And I ‘hate ate’ it too.

 

Day 87 – March 28

 

When I saw that it was National Something on a Stick Day, I immediately thought of my niece and nephews favourite treat:

Cake Pops!

Boy do the kids love these.
And would you believe, despite the few thousand that I have bought in my lifetime, I have never had one myself?

Today was the day, my friends.
It was pouring rain in Vancouver… so bad that Duncan refused to go of the step to do his pee. After running a few school related errands and becoming soaked to the bone, I scurried into the cupcakery called Cupcakes on Broadway. There they awaited – my first cake pop. I picked one up for Christina too.

Once I had ‘done my thang’ photography wise, it was time to actually taste one.
It wasn’t quite the quality of a fine chocolate or piece of fudge, but it wasn’t cake whatsoever. Just a ball of fudgey chocolatey sugar.

No wonder the kids go crazy when they have them, as seen here & here

I managed to handle my sugar high, pretty well  I think, and was able to carry forward with a productive day.

National Something on a Stick Day presented the opportunity for another ‘first’, which I always embrace, but it was, without a doubt, another ‘last’ as well.

 

 

Day 78 – March 19th

Today was pretty hilarious.
Which worked out great, as it was National Let’s Laugh Day!

I spotted this gem of a sweat shirt in a shop window on 4th Avenue and, naturally, had to try it on.

   

It was 179$, which was no laughing matter, so change rooms selfies were all that were procured.

If you have all kinds of money to blow on basic graphic print sweaters that are probably 14$ at cost, knock yourself out  here

Next up, celebration wise, was National Chocolate Caramel Day.
Luckily for me, my little sister Claire sent me a care package that included a Cadbury Caramilk Bar.

It was sickly sweet.

Meg helped me eat some, but I ate most. I don’t think I’ve eaten a full chocolate bar in a long time – makes my teeth hurt.

Now, circling back to Let’s Laugh Day.

My friend Kathleen’s coworkers had conspired to have a surprise birthday party at Catfe, a Cat Cafe for her on this day.
But then she made some pretty important unbreakable plans with a friend from out of town that they couldn’t manoeuvre around so the staff had to reconfigure the plan.
The result was bringing someone’s cat to the regular cafe that she manages to surprise her.

This is pretty hilarious when you think that she would never know, at the time of the ‘surprise’, that the original plan was to go to Catfe.

I felt one cat wasn’t enough, so Meg and I painted cat noses and whiskers on everyone so we could also be considered cats and then we hid under tables while one of Kathleen’s employees called her in feigned panic that she forgot her key to lock up the shop.

Kathleen showed up to lock up the shop and we all did the whole turn-on-the-lights-yell-surprise thing. She was, as one would imagine, quite surprised. Both because of the loud yelling and lights, but also that there were a bunch of people dressed like cats and one real cat in the coffee shop after hours.

I hope everyone keeps their jobs! Happy (early) Birthday, Kathleen!