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 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 85- March 26

March 26 is National Spinach Day

Allow me to share a pictograph I found through a basic Google search that I will take as gospel… or fact, rather.

There you go. Eat spinach.

I drank mine to celebrate the day, in the form of Popeye Mylk by K & I Juice Co

It was a concoction involving spinach, apple, parsley, hemp & cinnamon. I saw it at Whole Foods, thought it was different …and a bit of a gamble.

But it paid off – I found this beverage to be absolutely delightful and I would have it again tomorrow… if it wasn’t $9, that is.

Day 58 – February 27th

When I received the news of Melvin’s death on Sunday, Pistachio Day,  I left the birthday party I had just arrived at to go home to weep and make the necessary arrangements.

I had to email everyone I deal with in Vancouver, which is no small feat, to tell them I was leaving the province.
The list included school (four different instructors), my liaison at the elementary school, my co-volunteers at the residence for people with disabilities, my contact at the male rehab clinic, the manager at my new job, my hair salon (I had an appointment Tuesday morning), Air Canada about bringing Duncan on board etc etc.

I booked the Monday night Red Eye flight from YVR to YYT.

I polished off a bottle of wine pretty much by myself  (Christina and Daniel helped near the end when they got home from the party).

When I got up Monday morning, I opted out of going to school and chose instead to have brunch with Christina and Daniel.

It was National Kahlua Day

Celebrating was not something I felt like doing and Kahlua is not something I felt like drinking. But at brunch at Slickity Jim’s on Main, Christina and Daniel intervened. The show must go on. They presented the fact that there wasn’t going to be an opportunity to have Kahlua at any point today otherwise.
“Just throw some in your coffee and get it over with.”

I complied. It wasn’t awful, which was a relief, because I really didn’t want my coffee ruined.

 

I’m lucky to have friends like these guys in the first place, but especially Kahlua Day, because this was the first day I was literally ready to give up on the whole project.

Thanks Chrissy and Dan

ALSO thank you Karl @ Axis Hair Salon , holy cow what a hero.

This guy is a top stylist at a very prestigious hair salon in Vancouver. They make you pay a deposit for appointments and require 48 hours notice for cancellations. I have been eagerly awaiting my appointment with him on Tuesday for months now because my hair was terrible.

I was pretty stressed thinking I was going to get lose my deposit because I was not giving the 48 hours notice required ( which I respect the shit out of – I think it’s horrid when people don’t show up for appointments of this nature and the stylist loses out on earning potential)

So I sent in an email to the salon because it’s closed on Sundays to try to give as much notice as possible. I was pleasantly surprised when Karl himself responded to send his condolences and that I could email him directly so he could ‘fit me in’  when I get back (he’s booked till May online). I was so touched because I really though they would think I was lying and keep my $100.

Then I responded to say thank you and that I would be back the end of March or also if he miraculously had availability today, I wouldn’t be flying out till midnight and can come in at a moments notice.

And would you believe he took me in on his day off to fix up my hair so I wouldn’t look like a bag of garbage at the funeral and wake ? Just in the nick of time for my flight.