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 188 – July 7

This summer has been the Summer of Vegan Ice Cream.
I can’t get enough of it. I really can’t.
Seeing Say Hello Sweets ice cream truck at an event literally makes my heart skip a beat. I’ve made the half hour drive across town to go to Innocent Ice Cream. I’ve even, *gasp*, stood in a line up that went down the street, like a sheep.
Ice Cream is a  joy in a cup.. or cone.. whatever you’re in the mood for.

For National Strawberry Sundae Day, I did contemplate grabbing a 99 cent sundae from McDonalds, just for the pictures, maybe having a bite to humour the holiday, then move on with my life.
But then I thought about how gross dairy is and how unsettling McDonald’s is, etc etc., and in the end, talked myself out of it.

So here we are, Jennah’s Super Delightful DIY Vegan Strawberry Sundae, ladies and gentlemen…and those who are neither… or both …and/or undecided

You’ll need:

  • 6-10 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • Vegan ice cream (I used President’s Choice Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream)

In a sauce pan combine diced strawberries, sugar and water and bring to boil.
Stir and mash mixture until you have desired consistency – you may want to add more strawberries, or sugar, or water depending on what you are going for

Scoop ice cream and pour sauce (***once cooled) over top. Garnish with fresh strawberry.

***Yeah so I didn’t do that and it made everything super melty but that’s where impatience gets ya, kids, what can I say

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 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 133 – May 13

A junior high substitute teacher,  Mr. Menell (sic), once said something that stuck with me forever…

“An apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze”

It was the grossest thing I ever heard and his words still haunt me

I recalled Mr Menell’s (sic) old chestnut today, National Apple Pie Day, as I enthusiastically (and interuptedly) said ‘YES!!!’ to my waitress’s offer of vegan coconut vanilla ice cream with my apple pie, in case she was going to finish her sentence with “…or some cheese”

It was delicious but the ice cream far outweighed the pie in flavour and texture. Two thumbs up on that, Aphrodite’s!

Happy Apple Pie Day everyone – hope it’s full of cheese less slices !

 

Day 74 – March 15

March 15 = Pears Helene Day

Who knew?

Pears Helene is a French dessert composed of pears, peeled and poached in simple syrup, then doused in chocolate and served with ice cream.
Seems like a lot of effort to have some pear with some ice cream but I shan’t questions the National Holiday Calendar Gods, lest I upset them.

I peeled some pears, boiled them in sugar water for about 25 minutes, then transferred them to a bowl to expedite the ‘cooling’ process.

When I became restless with waiting, I scooped some vanilla bean gelato into a bowl, and then threw the pears on top of that, and poured the melted chocolate over top.

It tasted as one would imagine – warm pear-y, vanilla ice creamy and chocolatey.

My friend Meg, the lifesaver-Duncan-watcher, had some too. I think we both thought it was ok, but felt it was an unnecessary dessert and wouldn’t bother to make it again.

Another first though, which is always fun!

Sadly, Duncan was asleep so he didn’t get to try any. Bummer, dude!

 

Day 32 – February 1st

 

February 1st marks the beginning of a whole new month of celebrations!

National Get Up Day,  National Freedom DayNational Baked Alaska Day & National Serpent Day!

National Get Up Day has something to do with skating, but I decided to interpret it to mean ‘get up’. Which I did, first thing.

Now National Freedom Day is an American holiday celebrating that time Abe Lincoln (my birthday twinsie) outlawed slavery. Thank goodness for that. It is also the start of Black History Month. Check out Donald’s latest speech to learn alllll about what it’s like to be black : Absolutely riveting

Now, for all you fine folk who think Canadians only claim to shame was our complete mistreatment of our indigenous peoples (genocide, residential schools, bum land trades, forced sterilization, germicide, etc), boy are you in for a treat!

We indeed had slaves! Mind you, Wikipedia likes to call the amount of African slavery “insignificant” (and then quickly point out that the native nations enslaved each other).

So the idea is that if it isn’t that many, it doesn’t really count.  We get to be holier than thou towards our American neighbours forever because we didn’t use as many. I’m just beaming with Canadian pride over here.

I read all about it here

They faced the same shit and some even fled to the freed states in America from Canada.

Found this – so sweet, having a clearance sale because he’s heading back to the motherland…

In French and English, all Canadian-like!

So that’s how I celebrated American Freedom Day, by taking the time to learn about Canada’s true history using Google.

That brings us to National Baked Alaska Day !

I was really looking forward to this one because I have never had it before and was completely mystified.

Baked Alaska is cake or crust, ice cream and meringue. It all goes in the oven at some point and the ice cream doesn’t melt, by the grace of god, I presume.

So I did a graham crust, baked that. Then layered on the ice cream. I froze the ice cream and crust together then got to work on the meringue.

I combined 3 egg whites, a dash of salt, a dash of cream of tartar and about 1/3 cup of sugar and got to whipping. I don’t have a stand or hand mixer so it was all ‘elbow grease’ as they say, which is just a revolting idiom for ‘hard fucking manual labour’. So I whipped and whipped and whipped. And whipped. And whipped.

I can’t believe I hand whipped meringue. Holy fuck. I feel like I could win Chopped now… Chopped Canada at the very least. When I got my ‘soft peaks’, I layered the meringue mixture over the ice cream layer, sprinkled some additional graham crumbs on top

Then I put it in the over under the broiler for about 5 minutes

Magic

It was pretty good

The ice cream was completely melted so I guess that wasn’t quite right.

It was also quite substantial. I had no one to share it with and it’s not a dessert that ‘keeps’ so I had to let Duncan in on the action.

But I had to be careful – he’s a puker…

Oh and it was Serpent Day but idgaf. I hate snakes ever since everyone attacked Taylor by flooding her Instagram with the snake emoji that time Kim released the secret recording of Taylor agreeing to some of the lyrics in Kanye’s song but not the lyrics she was upset about (“I made that bitch famous”) (… which is sooo not true, for the record, get over yourself Kanye) (she made you famous, if anything, give me a break) so it proved nothing but Kim fans are all total losers and need to get lives and ruined Instagram completely for like 2 weeks. So rude.

#teamtaylor

Just kidding – I hate teams- I think everyone should win

Join me tomorrow for more ice cream- National Heavenly Hash Day… as well as  Ground hog day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 19 – January 19th

National Popcorn Day (and Get To Know Your Customers Day but… ) !

Christina and I decided to celebrate this day by eating all kinds of junk food! We usually just eat salads and wine!

So I got some cookies and ice cream and made ice cream sandwiches.

I popped the kernels on the stove top using coconut oil and melted some butter with Sriracha sauce to douse the popcorn in.

Then, once we had all our unhealthy snacks in order, we put on a movie.

“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief”

Would you believe I already saw it?

I relearned that a lot of people are insane.

This is what we looked like to all the internet hackers for about an hour and a half

Duncan really likes popcorn in case you were wondering

Because I didn’t have to overexert myself celebrating on National Popcorn Day, I decided to revisit National Rubber Ducky Day. I felt really guilty about skipping it because I really like Rubber Duckies and came across some Rubber Duckies pretty much the next day.

So to commemorate their hard work and sacrifice, I took a moment out of National Popcorn Day to honour them.

Namaste