Day 189 – July 8

    July 8 is National Chocolate Almond Day

No, you’re not having deja vu, you’re probably just confusing this holiday with  with regular Chocolate Covered Nut Day, or, perhaps,   Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Common mistake.

I scored some vegan dark chocolate covered almonds at the Safeway/Sobeys and fashioned my own little trail mix out of them

I combined:

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • peanuts
  • coconut flakes
  • chocolate covered almonds

Put it all in a baggy and hit the old Highway 99 for another trip in The Pickle with Duncan

He made a useless copilot

We went to Joffre Lakes

This hike was pretty short and dusty and full of people – I saw so many young little families and thought of Sarah missing hers… or hers missing her rather, every step of the way. The view was stunning.

Had a beer with my DIY trail mix and then headed back down the mountain.

Once back on the road, we pulled over for a lovely little swim at One Mile Lake, drove a little further, then had another swim at Lost Lake with some wine and spent the night in Whistler

Not a bad Chocolate Covered Almond Day at all! Thank you almonds for your vitamin E and healthy fats and protein, and chocolate for your deliciousness!

 

Day 182 – HALF WAY DAY

July 1st is the half way point of the entire year – 182 spins around the sun of the allotted 365 spins we call a ‘year’.

It’s an official day too – called National Half Way Day

It was also Canada Day – Canada’s 150th to be exact.

Well not really, when you factor in that First Nations have lived here well beyond that and also Newfoundland didn’t join until 1949 so like,  not exact whatsoever.

Thirdly it was National Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day!

So I had a lot on the proverbial plate here.

It was a gorgeous day in Vancouver, as it has been for quite some time now- it’s the new default setting – sunshine and warmth. I was most excited about celebrating the half way point of this project!

Kathleen and I went to see a play near the UBC botanical gardens, “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish” performed by Axis Theatre

The screen play author and cast were all First Nations, and because it was on “Canada Day”, we thought it was going to be a really politically charged theatre production going down and couldn’t wait.

It turned out to be more so a children’s story.  Quite off the mark there.

Still nice.

Then we went to Arbor and had lunch – deep fried artichoke sandwich with eggplant bacon and macadamia nut ‘cheese’. Divine.

THEN we went to a brand new ice cream place that serves vegan ice cream.

 

Their vegan selection were Strawberry Coconut, Toasted Marshmallow (which I’ve had before and LOOOOOVED), Lime Coconut and Coffee.

Besides Toasted Marshmallow, I felt coffee was the most creative flavour so I went for it.

 

Holy McMoly, it was incredible. I can’t get enough of this stuff.

Kathleen went for an Affogato – coffee ice cream with espresso. It too was amazing .

Then I had to go to work and it was dead for the entire time until midnight when I got completely rocked by myself and a patron had to jump on bar and help.

Happy Canada Day etc !

 

Day 177 – June 26

Happy National Chocolate Pudding Day !

I couldn’t just bypass the fact that the celebrity that’s practically synonymous with this slimy treat’s rape trial just ended a few days ago in mistrial after FIFTY SEVEN women came forward with rape ‘allegations’.

I put allegations in ” there because I’m not really sure that’s the right word

Is it an ‘allegation’ if the defendant literally corroborates the story the plaintiff presents? Isn’t it just a ‘fact’, rather?

Here is what I pieced together from a few credible online articles.
The man drugged women.
He made that perfectly clear (“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Troiani asked. “Yes,” Cosby replied.)

Roger that, Dr. Huxtable, sounds healthy!

And then he would make varying levels of advancements on them. From attempted rape to digital penetration to full fledged. Quite the spectrum.

When pressed about what he meant by having ‘romantic interest’ in one of the 57 victims in particular, Cosby said he meant “romance in terms of steps that will lead to some kind of permission or no permission or how you go about getting to wherever you’re going to wind up.”
Hmm, Heathcliff, I’m not sure this is what most people’s idea of ‘romance’ is, sounds a bit strange.
Oh this is another good one:
“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything,” Cosby said in the deposition,  admitting that he’d given one victim one and a half tablets of Benadryl before the incident. “And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.”
When the prosecution asked Cosby if he believed another particular victim (of the 57) was not in the position to consent to intercourse after he gave her the drug, Cosby replied, “I don’t know.”
I mean, in his defence, it’s probably really hard to keep ’em straight at this point. A Benadryl here, a Quaalude there, a cappuccino, a digital penetration, Andrea, Autumn, Cindra, Camille,  completely out of it or half out of it but scared for her life/career/etc. Job to say. He’s legally blind now, too, so like, it’s all going downhill fast.
One of the jurors, a 21 year old kid who voted ‘Guilty’,  says he came to conclusion Cosby was guilty when he was asked if the women ‘gave consent’ and Cosby said, “No I wouldn’t call it that”.
Yep, well done justice system.  I wonder if they wouldn’t just take his word  that he drugged women and assaulted them because he’s black? Typical. Smh.
I’m glad that one 21 year old male juror could draw the connection between non consent and rape – god bless him. He also said they wouldn’t have deliberated as long or as hard if it hadn’t been Bill Cosby.
Which is to say it’s hard to figure out if it’s rape or not if the perpetrator is really funny and played a doctor on tv… and hawked chocolate flavour slime to children for years
So, needless to say, I did not pick up some Jell-o pudding today.
Rather,  I went with a local company that makes vegan puddings, of all sorts, instead.
It was a little on the gelatinous side, versus creamy, which was a bit ‘off-pudding’ 😉
But other than that, it did not disappoint.  A great chocolatey flavour, just sweet enough, and the perfect portion too.
Two thumbs up for local, cruelty free pudding.
Two thumbs down for another win for rape culture.

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 171 – June 20

I decided to add a little twist to National Ice Cream Soda Day, thanks to some random posting I saw on Pinterest or Instagram once upon a time.

I relished this opportunity to try out a Guinness Float instead. Same concept as an Ice Cream Soda, except you swap the root beer for real beer.
Genius, right?

So I picked up a four pack of Guinness cans and two tubs of President’s Choices dairy free coconut Ice cream in chocolate and coconut flavours and went to town!

The coconut flavour, although absolutely delightful on its own, was a bit ‘meh’ with the Guinness. But the chocolate? Look out. Guinness and vegan chocolate ice cream were made for each other, believe me.

 

Or rather, just go try it yourself sometime. This is definitely an cocktail (?)/ dessert (?) I will be keeping on the roster.

Day 169 – June 18

June 18 marked Vancouver’s Car Free Day on Main Street… one of their main streets.

The street was shut down to vehicular traffic, and then filled with pop up kiosks and tents of vendors from food to soap to t shirts to art.

I want with a gaggle of women – we were six in total.

I also kept in mind that it was also National Splurge Day, so all bets were off if I saw something expensive and unnecessary that I wanted.

Despite the endless array of tied dyed tank tops and crystal jewelry sellers, nothing really struck my fancy until…

…this little vegan ice cream truck was calling my name

Had. To. Have. Some.

ALL VEGAN. Look at the options. My mind was blown. I ‘splurged’ and got two scoops, Chocolate and Toasted Marshmallow

It was ridiculous it was so good. Everyone in the girl gang ended up getting some too, even though it was half cold out and rainy

I have since subscribed to their news letter so I can follow them around wherever the go- I NEED to try their London Fog next

Day 158 – June 7th

So, just FYI, this blogging project is a hassle.

Firstly, I have to figure out which day is what.
Then, I have to strategize how I’m going to get that food, activity or object incorporated into my day.
Once I do that, and act on it, documentation is integral. I photograph or film the event.
After that brouhaha, there’s the uploading and editing.
The final stage is the post itself, which means choosing what photographic material to go with and then writing a blurb about the whole experience.

A lot of the time, there aint a whole god damn lot to say about the matter.
Imagine writing an essay on an arbitrary topic, each and every day- it’s bananas.

So some days are, naturally, much harder than others.
But, I kid you not, EVERY single time I sit down to write a post, and contemplate just doing a photo journal of the event ( half assing it), I think of the parable of The Retiring Carpenter.

In case you’ve never heard it before, I’ll share my rendition of it

A carpenter decides to retire.
Her boss/friend insists she complete one last building project for her before she hangs up the proverbial hammer.
It’s a house.
The carpenter just wanted to get it over with so she could go sip pina coladas in Florida with her wife, so she slaps together the house. She cuts corners, uses subpar materials and performs shoddy workwomanship.
All in all a totally shitty build.
When the job was done, her boss/friend shows up, hands the keys to the carpenter and says, “This is your house, it’s my gift to you.”

Ugh. Right in the ovaries, amiright?

I may have modified the story to modernize it a smidge 😉

Anyway, for some reason, whenever I post, I think if I don’t put ‘enough’ effort into it, I will end up living in a crappy house with inconvenient light switch locations and a cracked foundation.

I don’t wanna live there ! I want all my cabinet doors to line up! I need all my low hanging light fixtures to be in no traffic areas! You don’t get Eat Pray Love successful from a few swift captions !

Today was National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

I used President’s Choice Vegan Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream and garnished it with some dark chocolate shavings, chocolate covered coconut pieces, cocoa powder and a raspberry

100% vegan, 100% delicious

I don’t really have much else to say about it, that’s sorta what prompted me to go off the head earlier

 

 

Day 154 – June 3rd

National CHOCOLATE Macaron Day

Not to be confused with National (regular) Macaroon Day that was literally three days ago.

Here’s a helpful diagram

So as you can see, to partake in this holiday, veganism had to be tossed aside, which I’m not ashamed to do from time to time

Got me some real nice macarons at the Whole Foods.

I think $2.65 is a little steep for a treat that’s barely bigger than a townie, but apparently they are tremendously labour intensive, so I let it slide

Way way waaaay better than the ones at the fancy macaron kiosk at the Granville Island Market that a classmate brought in one time.  I actually enjoyed eating them! They actually tasted chocolatey and I couldn’t feel the sugar granules in my teeth so two thumbs up from me !

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