December 31 – Day 366 (??)

So looks like I may have miscalculated a day or two seeing as 2017 was not a leap year and this is apparently Day 366

Oh well  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is the last day of the year and potentially one of my faves

NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY !!!

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We got the party started early in the Canary Islands with some mimosas

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I quickly converted to straight champagne by mid afternoon

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And things had escalated by the time the fireworks started

Anyway, that’s that… for the year, for the blog, for the champagne …. you may have found the ending a little underwhelming.. but

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How bout an updated stock photo from the first Christmas after Sarah died and Ellis nabbed my VERY champagne forward mimosa and chugged it like a frat boy before we had the chance to stop him and he went around stumbling and slurring til nap time? Sound good? Here you go :

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December 25 – Day 260

Christmas Day!

Christmas was spent in the Canary Islands with the in-laws this yearIMG_7837

We had a rented villa and car and were able to explore the island

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Did some hiking… and lots of drinking

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We made our way pretty much all around the island

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..and the beach… although it was windy as all hell

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Oh yeah and we went on quads …

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…and had fish eat the dead skin off our feet…

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Merry Christmas, fish! A feast indeed

December 24 – Day 259

National Eggnog Day

I hate the shit that comes in the carton every Christmas season – vegan or na… bleck

This year I had a sort of a frozen chai version of eggnog

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Combined coconut milk ice cream, rum, almond milk, vanilla and chai spice

Garnish with mint and a sprinkle of nutmeg and clove

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December 20 – Day 355

I am partial to a pitcher of sangria from time to time. James and I once had a pitcher in Costa Rica that cost us $70 USD that left a foul taste in our mouth.. but apart from that, it’s been nothing but a good time

It’s a simple cocktail and a great way to rid yourself of a bottle of sub par wine

On National Sangria Day, I made a simple sangria involving a cheap red wine, brandy, orange juice, mint leaves, and an assortment of fruit – including blackberries for drama

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November 30 – Day 335

As I ruminate on mason jars for National Mason Jar Day, I come to terms with the fact that I’m a lot like that little old lady from the Franks Hot Sauce commercial

“I put that shit on everything”

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Except with mason jars, like, it’s more so like “I put everything in that shit”

Sorta the same.

Soup, beer, kombucha, peanut sauce, water, cocktails, ice coffees, painting supplies, pencils, green juice, green tea, chilli, urine samples… the list is endless

I salute you, John Landis Mason, for creating these sons of bitches, though I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a man invented these, no offence.

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November 9 – Day 314

National Louisiana Day

New Orleans is the best city in America, hands down

I don’t even need to got to any other cities in America.
I’ve been to New York, Las Vegas, Nashville, San Francisco, and Houston
I am completely convinced.
There’s no telling me otherwise.
New Orleans is the best.
And so, Louisiana is the best.

These guys know how to Celebrate Everyday.. Literally

To celebrate, I went through some old Instagram photos of my two trips there with James, Christina and Elliot.
Despite being robbed every time we go and having the most despicable service from the Holiday Inn (our key cards were deactivated and the front desk said ‘not my problem’ and refused to talk to us any further- locked out of our room the whole night), we all still love it there.

So many more photos were taken, but again, we were robbed both time and all were lost that weren’t posted immediately

Shame

November 1 – Day 306

National Vegan Day!

Shut Up!

Why be vegan?

It’s good for you

It’s good for the environment

It’s good for animals

It’s delicious

Beyonce is!

Some of my favourite Vegan feeding grounds in Vancouver are:

  • Turf  – ultra chic hipster deli (?) You order from the counter, you can get kombucha or walnut milk lattes and everything is vegan unless you ask for bison added to shit which is super weird .. they also sell fancy blankets and yoga mat sprays etc

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  • The Arbor – the artichoke sandwich (photo stolen from my friend Aimee’s Insta)

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  • Uma Luma – vegan ice cream
  • Vegan Supply – that’s where I got this

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  • Heirloom – swanky vegetarian restaurant with swinging cocktails
  • The Only Cafe – outrageously good cashew milk and then little delicious vegan cheesecake PLUS dog friendly !

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  • Virtuous Pie- how many “Stranger Wings” pizzas did I eat this year???
  • Eternal Abundance

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  • Say Hello Sweets – vegan ice cream truck – toasted marshmallow is a personal fave
  • Cartems donuts!

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Going vegan in Vancouver was easy as (virtuous) pie!

 

 

October 19 – Day 293

National Kentucky Day

Nothing is more Kentucky than bourbon … I mean besides the Kentucky Waterfall kentucky_waterfall.gif.7de0949fc74a6ae825480ec6c35291c0.gif

So I celebrated, at work, by making a fuck tonne of our Old Fashioned’s and not denying myself one 😉

How we do, just so you know :

  • 2 oz of Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 5-10 dash of Black Walnut Bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon of brandied spiced cherry jus (all spice, lemon, clove, cherries, simple syrup, cinnamon stick)
  • Ice
  • Orange Rind, burnt

In a mixing glass, place one sugar cube. Douse it with Black Walnut Bitters and then add 1/2 teaspoon of the cherry jus. Muddle till a sugary paste, then add 2 oz of bourbon of choice (we use Bulleit at my bar). Fill mixing glass with ice, stir, then let sit. Prep the rocks glass with a king cube, peel an a rind from an orange over the glass so that the juice spray falls in the glass. Burn the orange rind with a lighter and throw it in the glass. Give the mixing glass contents a final, hearty stir then pour through strainer into glass. Garnish with a cherry. Voila!

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Takes a little time, but well worth it.

Happy Kentucky Day!

October 7 – Day 281

It was cold.
It was rainy.
It was not National Frappe Day in my heart.
But it was National Frappe Day on nationaldaycalendar.com, and I’m it’s bitch so here we go…

I went in to the neighbourhood Starbucks (yuck, I know) and had a gander at their Frappe menu

Overwhelmed by the seemingly endless combinations of  coffee, chocolate, peppermint and caramel, I settled on a good old fashioned

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

I say to whatshisname behind the counter that I would like a Pumpkin Spice Frappe made with coconut milk please and he responds, with an all too smug smirk, that they don’t do ‘frappes’ here, that’s McDonald’s (he is haute couture and I am so white trash). I was like aren’t you all soulless multinational corporations that underpay and over work your employees and wreak havoc on the environment and local businesses?

Anyway I ended up with a Frappuccino® Blended Beverage in the end

It was pretty gross, which I was prepared for

I tried to pawn it off on Duncan but even he was leery of the strange scent and flavour

Would have preferred not shelling out $7 on icy sugary guck, but somebody’s gotta celebrate everyday literally

October 4 – Day 278

National Vodka Day !!

Time to indulge in this decorative thing of vodka that’s been on the bar cart for the past year !

It’s Crystal Head vodka, which is a manufactured home in Newfoundland and founded by Dan Aykroyd! It’s quadruple distilled and seven times filtered, with the final three filtrations being through crystals !

I buy it for it’s aesthetic offerings, but getting filtered through diamonds is just so extra

You can taste the glamour

I had a vodka with Perrier and lemon

It was fine

Felt like a weird drink to be just having around the house by myself