November 7 – Day 312

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

(Please don’t embarrassingly confuse this with National Chocolate Covered Almond Day, whatever you do- that was sooo July 8th)

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I got this bar at Welk’s, one of my favourite little shops in Vancouver. The brand is Galerie aux Chocolat and it’s from Belgium. This bar had almonds WITH the chocolate. I ate the whole damn thing and got a sugar headache.

November 6 – Day 311

National Nacho Day

Can’t have nachos without the cheese, so busted out the Vitamix blender and made some crazy ass vegan cheese sauce – recipe as featured on Oh She Glows

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Simply gorgeous

My nacho cheese came out a lot more like this:

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Not even orange.

But delicious nevertheless. I had some of my home made chilli sitting around, begging to be splayed over some tortilla chips

Added my misbegotten cheese sauce and some guacamole and I had myself a fine National Nacho Day!

 

November 5 – Day 310

National Donut Day

L. O. L

Jokes on you, National Holiday Calendar: EVERYDAY is National Donut Day!

Hell, it was National Donut Day on June 2nd as well

I kid you not

But I don’t care

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I relish the opportunity to eat a donut and make a blog post about it

Went to good ol’ faithful dog friendly Cartems and sampled their vegan fare. This was their monthly feature “The Main”

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November 3 – Day 308

National Sandwich Day got me like whoa

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I’ve been growing my own sprouts on and off for years.
It’s really easy.
You get some sprouting seeds like alfalfa seeds or mung beans
Then you soak about a tablespoon of them over night in filtered water.
Then you strain and rinse, strain and rinse, strain and rinse.
Do that for like a 5 days.
And you get sprouts.
You’re like a little Farmer Brown in your very own kitchen.
Or living room.
Wherever you wanna store your sprouts.

Now my genius touch on the process is using a French Press. It makes it so easy for straining!

Anyway, back to National Sandwich Day.

I channelled my inner Sandwich Artist and layered some hummus, cucumber and sprouts on some flax seed whole wheat bread

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November 1 – Day 306

National Vegan Day!

Shut Up!

Why be vegan?

It’s good for you

It’s good for the environment

It’s good for animals

It’s delicious

Beyonce is!

Some of my favourite Vegan feeding grounds in Vancouver are:

  • Turf  – ultra chic hipster deli (?) You order from the counter, you can get kombucha or walnut milk lattes and everything is vegan unless you ask for bison added to shit which is super weird .. they also sell fancy blankets and yoga mat sprays etc

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  • The Arbor – the artichoke sandwich (photo stolen from my friend Aimee’s Insta)

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  • Uma Luma – vegan ice cream
  • Vegan Supply – that’s where I got this

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  • Heirloom – swanky vegetarian restaurant with swinging cocktails
  • The Only Cafe – outrageously good cashew milk and then little delicious vegan cheesecake PLUS dog friendly !

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  • Virtuous Pie- how many “Stranger Wings” pizzas did I eat this year???
  • Eternal Abundance

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  • Say Hello Sweets – vegan ice cream truck – toasted marshmallow is a personal fave
  • Cartems donuts!

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Going vegan in Vancouver was easy as (virtuous) pie!

 

 

October 14 – Day 288

National Dessert Day 

The sweetest day of the year HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHA!

It seemed like such an ‘obscure’ holiday to the fine folk at CNBC, that it prompted some further investigation on all these ‘strange’ national holidays

I’m over here like bitch don’t get me started

Anyway, I had a donut, as usual

It was ‘meh’ because it wasn’t chocolate

October 11 – Day 285

National Sausage Pizza Day

Sausage is seriously the grossest meat thing I can think of

Luckily Virtuous Pie makes a Vegan Sausage Pizza so I was able to celebrate this national holiday without this stuff entering my body!

Here is what animal friendly sausage looks like … with vegan lime chèvre

October 10 – Day 284

Once upon a time,  I made a sick Drake Cake for my bff Steph’s birthday

This National Cake Decorating Day, I accomplished no such feat

Here is a lousy time lapse video of the artist at work

This is the end result

Yes, white chocolate chips haphazardly stuck onto a store bought chocolate cake

October 9 – Day 283

National Beer and Pizza Day 

Beer and pizza- a match made in heaven

A food combination so good, I feel any words I choose will do their relationship no justice

T’was Virtuous Pie and Stella Artois, united as one in my belly, not just for a day, but for eternity

October 8 – Day 282

 

I had no idea pierogis were spelled that way until today –National Pierogi Day 

I barely recall ever eating pierogis before
I definitely have never made them before
Rather than get carried away with making dough and boiling potatoes, I bought some in the frozen section of Whole Foods

They are, simply put, potato filled dumplings.
The ultimate white people food.
White on white.

…These had cheddar in them which made them a little orange.

I boiled them from frozen for 5 minutes, then sprinkled salt and pepper on them.

There was something flesh-like about them, in colour and texture.
Very plain.
I ate five and felt full but malnourished.