N A T I O N A L T E Q U I L A D A Y
Another holiday I was counting down the days to celebrate!!!
Being my first full official day in Chrissy’s home territory
She wanted to host a Tequila and Taco Night for me so I could meet her gang of Kitimat pals and us to celebrate National Tequila Day
Initially we thought we would do margaritas, but it felt a little too pedestrian for the occasion and we already had National Margarita Day back in February, so we took it up a notch and made El Diablos!
The recipe I used was more or less as follows:
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- .5 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
- 1 oz lime juice
- Dash of Scrappy’s Firewater, or other hot pepper tincture
- Dickie’s Ginger Beer
- Lime wheel, for garnish
I had been well prepared for this day – before I left Vancouver, I had driven all over town to get the Scrappy’s Firewater, a habernero pepper bitter, and Vancouver made Dickie’s Ginger Beer, and packed them safely in my suitcase
Shake all ingredients, excluding the ginger beer. with ice, then strain into a glass. Add fresh ice, top with Dickie’s Ginger Beer and throw another few dashes of Firewater, just for kicks.. Best garnished with a lime wheel.
This drink was a.maze.ing.
Everyone seemed to like them, but the shaking of each individual drink started to grate on me so I ended up making batches a pitcher, throwing in some jalapeño peppers and blackberries. It sort of lost a little of it’s charm in the mass production, but it was still pretty deadly.
Tacos were awesome and so were Christina’s Kitimat crew. Duncan enjoyed all the newfound attention !
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Well well well
Veggie burgers happen to be one of my favourite things to eat, you know, so when National Veggie Burger Day rolled into town, it wasn’t too daunting a task to celebrate it.
I wanted to celebrate in style, so Kathleen and I decided to check out Moderne Burger on Broadway, because the place looks amazing and neither of us had been before.
They do burgers, fries, sodas, milkshake and floats.
Keepin’ it simple, stupid.
They didn’t have any dairy free options for the milkshakes or floats, so we both went of straight up Coca Cola
I was expecting it to come in a glass bottle, in keeping with the vernacular.
Nope. Instead we got a giant glass with slushy ice in it. I survived.
This burger is best described as dry and tasteless. The fries weren’t much better. Or at all better, to be blunt. But I am glad I went and got it out of my system. Until I ate it for myself, I would have always wondered what it was like and how much I was missing out on.
Mystery solved. Will probably have to do this one over
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
National Macaroon Day
Feels like I haven’t baked or cooked anything in a while for this project so although Whole Foods is not even a block away and you can get a pack of vegan, gluten free macaroons there for like $6, I went the old fashioned route and decided to make them myself, as I have never made them before.
I looked up recipes and came across this one by The Minimalist Baker and liked the sound of it:
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
Basically combine all the ingredients save the chocolate in a food processor. Scoop into macaroon like shapes and place on baking sheet. Bake briefly (they said 8-10 minutes, mine burnt in 5 so keep an eye… )
Allow to cool and then dip in melted chocolate
Yeah so total disaster all in all but sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes the bar eats you, amiright?
May 31st is also my big cousin Kory’s birthday
He should have been turning 39 today
He died the year before Sarah
I was aware he had been diagnosed and was undergoing treatment, but I was completely naive and thought he would be fine and just come out the other side- it was really shocking when I got the news it didn’t go down like that.
At this point in my life, what is more shocking is that I had been lucky to have never experienced losing a family member until then.
He, like Sarah, left three children behind.
Quite frankly, I usually push away thoughts about it as it’s just straight up eery
So I just wanted to take a moment to not just celebrate National Macaroon Day, but also to remember my cousin. Kory was a really happy person and just pursued ‘joy’ unlike anyone else I knew.
Gone but not forgotten. Hope he is at peace. Xo cuz.
There’s a new place on 4th called TurF
It’s a gym/juice bar/ coffee shop
So very Kits
I’ve been fascinated with the place since it opened because it seemed to appear out the blue one day.
I consider myself a pretty observant person and walked past the place it now stands almost everyday.
Any gym/juice bar/coffee shop THAT stealthy is worthy of my business.
I tip my hat, TurF
So for National Eat What you Want Day, I decided to check it out with James (and Duncan).
Duncan wasn’t allowed in (-1)
Inside was really well stylized (+1)
The staff was swift and friendly (+1)
Everything on the menu was healthy (+1) and not too expensive… but not a steal of a deal either (0).
There were a few vegan options (+1)
I went for the Lentil Grits Bowl – red lentils, oats, beet hummus and avocado, served with green onion, jalapeños and chickpea crackers
The concept of National Eat What You Want Day is more along the lines of a Diet Be Damned kinda thing, but I just really wanted, deep down in my heart (and stomach) to eat some hipster vegan grits.
I elicited much more joy from this bowl than I would have any cheesy veggie burger & fries combo or nacho platter
So a pat on the back to me; the world remains a better place because of my cruelty free and environmentally responsible eating habits, as does my digestive tract… And a pat on the back to TurF – I give you an overall arbitrary 3
Animal Cracker Day!
Now, if you ask me, these guys are totally a cookie.
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.
When I saw that it was National Something on a Stick Day, I immediately thought of my niece and nephews favourite treat:
Boy do the kids love these.
And would you believe, despite the few thousand that I have bought in my lifetime, I have never had one myself?
Today was the day, my friends.
It was pouring rain in Vancouver… so bad that Duncan refused to go of the step to do his pee. After running a few school related errands and becoming soaked to the bone, I scurried into the cupcakery called Cupcakes on Broadway. There they awaited – my first cake pop. I picked one up for Christina too.
Once I had ‘done my thang’ photography wise, it was time to actually taste one.
It wasn’t quite the quality of a fine chocolate or piece of fudge, but it wasn’t cake whatsoever. Just a ball of fudgey chocolatey sugar.
No wonder the kids go crazy when they have them, as seen here & here
I managed to handle my sugar high, pretty well I think, and was able to carry forward with a productive day.
National Something on a Stick Day presented the opportunity for another ‘first’, which I always embrace, but it was, without a doubt, another ‘last’ as well.