Day 191 – July 10

National Pina Colada Day!
Although you won’t catch me responding to any personal ads with liking Pina Coladas as a must, I do like them just fine… when made with the right stuff!

Christina robbed my joy (the Vitamin blender), but I have a mini Hamilton beach blender kicking around and decided I would bust it out for this notorious cocktail du jour.

I combined:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut milk ice cream
  • 1 oz of rum
  • almond milk as needed to blend

I garnished with some strawberries, pineapple and some grated coconut.

 

Delicioso.
Perfect little afternoon treat to sip when you have to  gut your storage locker of all your possessions when there is a mold problem in your building and your landlord doesn’t give a fuck and isn’t going to do anything about whatsoever ! Pairs perfectly!

 

 

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 165 – June 14

National Bourbon Day! 

As wonderful as it would be to head down to Bourbon Street, New Orleans, I settled for the 83rd best bar in the world, Keefer Bar in Chinatown, Vancouver

Their drinks involve exotic ingredients and the use of blowtorches.

I planned on heading out for a basic Old Fashioned, in honour of the day, but upon viewing their cocktail list, there were several bourbon based drinks to choose from

Christina started with the Chinatown Sour-Wild Turkey Bourbon 101, Fernet Branca, lemon juice, astragalus/ orgeat syrup (right)

Steph had the Opium Sour- Wild Turkey Bourbon, Grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, poppyseed tincture (left)

And I sort of stuck to my guns and had a slight variation on an Old Fashioned and had a Bold Fashioned- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, coconut gomme, house bitters (front centre)

They were so damn good, the service was great as was the company

If you are ever in the area I highly recommend checking this place out !

Day 161 – June 10

 

I decided some time ago that this was going to be ‘ the summer of Rosé

It happened when I found this at Winners :

I saw it and instantly had a fantasy of filling it with rosé reusable ice cubes and drinking out of it on Kits Beach all day with Duncan and a book

I don’t know why  I imagined rosé.  I guess red wine isn’t refreshing, it would be weird to put beer in it as it would go flat pretty quickly.
At 1.3 litre capacity, anything boozier than wine would mean trouble.
So maybe this list of reasons is why my mind jumped to rosé.

I picked up two bottles of rosé to have on hand for the next sunny day. But National Rosé Day arrived first.
So I didn’t get to use my new super cool thermos.
Instead I drank out of a glass like a civilized being.

I ended up drinking the whole bottle during the day.
Then going out and having some wine with dinner.
Then a cocktail.
Then back home, had another few glasses of wine.
It was a ridiculous and unnecessarily alcohol fuelled day.

I woke up the next morning completely ravaged from having had night terrors all night long. I blame the rosé

So I will be laying off the rosé and all other libations of that nature for a while

Day 155 – June 4th

National Cognac Day

When I think of cognac I think of Hennessy… and when I think of Hennessy, I think of Young Ma

Apart from that, this one was a total pain in the ass!

I didn’t wanna shell out for a full thing of cognac because I’m not a rapper, so I had to go out for a quick cocktail during the only free time I had that day and had to drink a pretty boozy drink in the middle of the day pretty much by myself …Kathleen joined later, but it was too late, it was already weird.

I had a Sidecar

This digital recipe card is from The Martini Diva- a woman I follow on Instagram who Celebrates Everyday Literally by making cocktails in accordance with the national holidays as well as a little digital recipe card for it.
A lot of work- deepest of bows to her

This was my first Sidecar cocktail. I must say it probably won’t be my last. I thought it was a great balance of sweet and tart and boozy.

Oh and it was nice out and not pouring rain so I got to drink it outside, which was another bonus

 

Day 150 – May 30th

National Mint Julep Day!

I find myself looking forward to the boozy holidays -they are too few and far between. Although I could have taken the easy route of National Water a Flower Day, I’ve only had a mint julep once before, years ago, so I relished the opportunity to knock back a few.

I had made a date with Kathleen and a friend from work, Steph, to go for some Mint Juleps– the preferred drink of slave owners, at the local New Orleans themed resto and bar, as that seemed the most fitting given that the drinks origin is in Southern USA.

I had nothing to do this day and it was raining (quelle surpris) and I have a weird sprained chest injury, so I decided to rest up for my big cocktail Tuesday night out. I spent the day sprawled on the couch watching Master of None’s season two. In it, Aziz Ansari’s character is in Italy and is also going on a lot of dates. These two plot points meant a lot of wine drinking scenes.

I found myself really yearning for a glass of wine, myself.
Then I came to revelation that I’m a grown ass woman who can drink wine whenever she wants. So cracked open a bottle and finished watching the season.

This also set me up to be tipsy going out for more drinks

Upon arrival at the aforementioned NOLA themed bar, it was pretty empty. The bartender riddled off the specials but I told him why we were there – National Mint Julep Day so Mint Juleps all ’round. 

Of course, the barkeep somehow felt threatened by being informed of something he didn’t know already, so he voiced his doubts that it was, indeed, Mint Julep Day, and went so far as to call upon the DJ (?) guy on his laptop for back up. The DJ (?) guy said he had no idea, as he wouldn’t, and proceeded to do a simple google search, which proved my correctitude.

You know what they always say; nothing more fragile than the male ego!

Anyway he busted out three 6/10 ( on the delicious scale)  Mint Juleps for us and then never checked on us again. So we didn’t get a second round there and headed to mine and Steph’s place of work for one more drink

There our bartender made way better and stronger Mint Juleps, for half the price and no questions asked. Thanks Kenton.

These made me really drunk and ready to end Mint Julep Day 2017. Cheers! Tomorrow is National Macaroon Day!

Day 127 – May 7

Yeah yeah yeah
National Lemonade Day


Y’all thought I would be lip-synching to Beyonce
Too easy
Instead I made Christina juice me some fresh lemons
That’s right, real, authentic, pure lemonade, today, bitches
Lemon is super detoxifying and we all needed it after being gas poisoned

Yes, I said ‘gas poisoned’

The eve of National Lemonade Day, we (myself, James, Christina and Duncan) noted a slight, strange smell, but mostly felt drained, which we chocked up to having binged on the news coverage of my recently brutally murdered friends , as it was, well, quite draining.

We went to bed early but were awoken in the middle of the night to aggressive banging on our door.

It was our beloved landlord Mark, saying that other tenants had complained of the smell of gas.
Christina responded with a string of incoherent sentences about BC hydro.
Mark said to wake the rest of us up
Christina responded with a string of incoherent sentences about not doing that.

We eventually evacuated and waited for the gas company to come investigate. We had to loiter outside with all the other tenants.
They, of course, thanks to CTV and Global TV’s ruthless investigatory journalism,  knew all about The Pickle and had all kinds of questions about it. James could do nothing but grunt. I don’t really know what I said.

Turns out one of our elements was slightly ajar.
Turns out it was only 11:30, not the middle of the night (I had only been asleep a matter of minutes- out cold because of fumes)
Turns out we were well on our way to carbon monoxide poisoning
Turns out we nearly killed our whole building.

We realized all this the morning after.
Which was National Lemonade Day.
We had no idea what was on the go the night of.

So down the hatch with fresh squeezed lemons and here’s to being extra cautious around gas knobs.

Cheers!

Day 124 – May 4th

May the 4th was day 124 of Celebrating Everyday Literally and  23 degrees and sunny and National OJ Day

…no no, I mean the non murderous kind of OJ Day

… National Orange Juice Day!

I made some fresh squeezed home made juice in our fancy new juicer

It involved:

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 hunk of ginger
  • 1 hunk of turmeric
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple

Once I got all the Vitamin C, I headed out to get some Vitamin D in Pacific Spirit Regional Park with Duncan and Kathleen!

 

Day 108 – April 18

Animal Cracker Day!

Now, if you ask me, these guys are totally a cookie.
But whatevs.
Who am I to tell a baked good what I think they are.
To each their own.

You’d think my favourite would be the elephant. But it’s not.
Gorilla hands down.  He just looks so damn pleasant.

Animal Crackers are also vegan, FYI… as am I for the time being.

Now these cookies, I mean, crackers, are great with Nutella.
But that shit is full of palm oil and cow puss so today, I decided to try them with a cashew mylk chai latte instead.

My instincts were on point. Chai latte + Animal Crackers = Match made in cruelty free heaven

To make your own at home you will need

Brew some super strong chai tea. Add some maple syrup and cinnamon. If you have an espresso machine with a steamer, combine the tea and the cashew mylk and steam. If not just combine the two and heat on the stove. Feel free to use an immersion blender or milk frother to get some foam going.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkling of cinnamon and voila.

 

 

Day 86 – March 27

This was quite the strange holiday, I have to admit.

It was National Joe Day– a day to celebrate all the Joes you may know.

I know one or two but they aren’t around.

I had my first class back after having ‘spring break’ in the morning and Christina had arranged a spa day for all of us, including my mom, for the afternoon. En route to the spa, I took note of a restaurant called JOEY’S.

Apparently it is a chain that was founded in Vancouver.

We decided to pop in there for a bottle of wine post spa to celebrate Joe Day and hoist a glass to Joe’s everywhere.

It was pretty nice in there but we thought we should up the celebratory ante by taking a photo with the sign, posing with a compact mirror featuring Joey Smallwood, the last father of confederation

I think it went remarkably well.

Here’s to you, Joes.