NATIONAL WATCH DAY !
I always wear a watch. My watch if choice is a Casio Calculator watch. It’s water resistant (I’ve been through a few, pushed my luck)
It’s digital and boasts all the buttons a regular strength calculator would feature. According to Wikipedia, they were first introduced in the 1970s and continue to be produced, despite falling from their peak popularity during the 1980s
Thanks watch, for always being around for me to check neurotically !
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
I vegetables make up the majority of my diet. Right after peanut butter.
I thought I’d share with you my recipe for the soup I whipped up on this blessed National Eat Your Vegetables Day
You will need the following
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 onion (red or white or yellow, whatevs)
- vegetable stock or bouillon cube
- 1 can dices tomatoes
- 1 cup lentils (mixed or commit to just one)
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- red cabbage
- bay leaf/ves
- chili flakes
Sautee diced garlic and onion in olive oil in a large pot. Once soft, combine everything else. Let simmer and you have soup.
Happy National Flip Flop Day
For those of you who may be wondering the origins of the flip flop – the answer is Egypt.
For those wondering about when they became a integral piece of western foot couture, it was during WWII- the soldiers were bringing them back from Japan to America
I am eternally grateful for their service in keeping a barrier between me and disgusting pool decks/change room floors
You can catch myself and Duncan celebrating them real hard here
I have taken so many nature themed photographs since moving to British Columbia with my Canon in tow, that it was hard to choose what to share on this National Nature Photography Day
As I scrolled through my portfolio, the most striking of the bunch were those of the dinosaurs I spotted grazing in Richmond about a month ago
I have never seen such a variety of dinosaurs gathered in the same location, living peacefully together
Also, amazingly for anyone familiar with capturing wildlife on film, they were incredibly still and easy to photograph
What beautiful, majestic creatures #blessed
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 !
International Axe Throwing Day
This was easy to partake in thanks to the axe Graham and Kathleen gave me for my Paul Bunyan Birthday this year
I basically hucked it around the apartment, trying to capture it with my Boomerang app
Here are a few action shots
National (vegan) Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Whipped these suckers up pretty good
I always have tubs upon tubs of peanut butter around because I live off the stuff and stock up at Costco every chance I get
I looked around online and scouted what generally goes in them then decided to wing a PB cookie recipe… you ready?
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 cups raw natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup of flour ( I was out so just ground up some instant oats in the blender)
- dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine the flax seed and water. Let sit for a few minutes, till gooey/gelly consistency. This is what we call in the business a “flax egg”. It acts as binding agent, the way eggs usually do.
Then throw the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and mix well!
I even threw in some chocolate chips on my second batch.
Scoop onto baking sheet and press with a fork for the signature peanut butter cookie look. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350.
I can never wait for shit to cool down because I’m a real go getter, so I ate these fresh out of the oven and burnt the fuck out of my mouth.
(Ir)regardless, they were delicious, especially with my home made cashew milk
NATIONAL GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY
My new friend Steph’s birthday is National German Cake Day
She threw a birthday party, so naturally I had to bust out my cake making skills on this one.
It should be known that it’s not actually a German invention. It’s American. The guy that invented it had the last name ‘German’.
How very misleading.
I’ve never made a German Chocolate Cake before and, quite frankly, don’t know if I’ve ever had a really good German chocolate cake before.
The idea is rich chocolate cake and coconut & pecan frosting more or less.
I deliberated on making a regular one, as I was bringing it to a party full of people who don’t give an f if there is chicken embryo or cow puss in it, but as I went through recipes, I realized I had more of the vegan necessities to make it so decided to stay true to moi and went vegan
I followed this recipe from Whisk & Shout more or less to a T (very rare for me, as we all know).
I used my own DIY Cashew Mylk instead of the almond milk called for. Probably why it was extra delicious
I walked the 25 minute walk to her house in the scorching sun with this fucker.
But it was totally worth it. Home made shit is just so damn touching.
I ended up having to leave before the ceremonial singing and serving, which was fine by me, that stuff half makes me cray, so I didn’t an official slice. However I did sample some of the crumbling ( it was a hard walk on the cake in the sun ) and icing and was pretty pleased with myself.
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