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

 

September 20 – Day 264

Volunteering at a facility for people for disabilities has been one of my favourite experiences here in Vancouver

Working with ‘the gang’ has been the highlight of my week, week after week.

I never looked at my time spent there as a chore and am certainly not looking forward to my time there coming to an end

National Punch Day fell on this particular’s facilities Volunteer Appreciation Day – so I was invited in early for some veggie dogs and snacks, as well as a special thank you present but, la piece de resistance was  PUNCH!

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Thanks guys -you really helped a sister out here !  Punch isn’t really my jam and having it all set up in a pot, ready to serve, made this holiday a cinch to celebrate

It seemed to be consisted of 7 UP, McCains concentrated fruit juice and slices of oranges.

Purely one of those fell-onto-one’s-lap moments…
…I looked into the origin of “fell into one’s lap” origin story and there apparently isn’t one – it simply makes sense in and of itself

go figs. Way more macho than ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ *eye roll*

August 25 – Day 237

When I think of Whiskey Sours, I recall my first year university days, a blurred stage of constant underaged drinking and feigned abject poverty purveyed to my parents to fund aforementioned underage drinking. Myself and my two best buddies at the time, Rod and Louie, would drink Wiser’s Whiskey and Lime Crush

I reflect on that time and that ‘cocktail’ and like to think the beginning of my refining my palette for the Whiskey Sour Cocktail we all know and love today

For National Whiskey Sour Day, I DIY’d it, as a lot of placed put egg whites in it and that is straight up sick.

It was simply the combination of

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • tablespoon of simple syrup

Garnished with a lime

I sat back and drank this with the company of Duncan.
Although he is my favourite company of all, I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the days of yore and Rod and Louie’s company and sense of humour and the foolishness of university life in general.
Being back in school as a ‘mature’ student, is undoubtedly not the same.

 

 

August 16 – Day 228

National Rum Day !!

I do love me a mojito from time to time, but rum is most definitely not my go to spirit

I branched out, however, and honoured this sweet liquor by making a Dark & Stormy cocktail!

You will need:

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish

Build the cocktail on ice, leaving rum for last and ‘float’ it on the top

That’s what I do at work all the time – I made a few of these and the patrons were loving them