September 19 part II – Day 263

So apparently Sarah & Melvin’s birthday is National Butterscotch Pudding Day 

Too bad neither of them are around to comment on the ‘coincidence’

Imma go out on a limb and guess that neither of them were crazy about the mucous like substance

I picked up a 4 pack at No Frills (should I even bother capitalizing no frills? def against brand ) having not tried the stuff since circa grade four….

…aaaaaand it more or less exactly as my memory provides

gross…but not TOTALLY gross… only half gross…. like if you were coming up with new forms of torture as the new intern at Guantanamo Bay you probably wouldn’t bother trying to implement it’s use….  but that’s as much flattery as I can muster at the moment

September 18 – Day 261

Oh man:

National Cheeseburger Day 

Yeah yeah yeah, quelle surprise, non?

Well, FYI, The Market (mother fuckin’ ) Grill at the Granville Island public market is positively deadly

Mondays are a long haul day for me – class all morning, all afternoon, and capped off by a practicum placement on the other side of the city

So I indulged in a regular strength cheeseburger (veganism out the window for the cause) to power me through this Monday

Perfection as always !

September 16 – Day 259

Saturday night – had to work- as usual

I was able to weasel my way out of closing, though, which always brings me great joy.

I feel like I really accomplished something if I can manoeuvre someone else into staying till close while I hop in the jeep and peel out of wherever I’ve illegally parked for the past three hours

It’s the simple things, I suppose

And because I was off early, I was able to pop by my friend Steph’s house and have some chips and dip for National Guacamole Day !

I got the good shit from Whole Foods. I like it because it is very avocadoey… like you can see smushy chunks in there

It paired nicely with the $4 wine Steph got at Trader Joe’s in the states

I also boosted the cover photo from National Corn Chip day, back in January, when this blog seemed like a great idea!!

 

 

September 14 – Day 257

National Cream Filled Donut Day!!!

As you can imagine, I was counting down the days to this particular national holiday.

Not that I was reserving eating a cream filled donut for this day, as I will eat a cream filled donut any damn day I please.

Cartem’s September vegan friendly special is a Purple Yam (Ube Halaya)


Ube Halaya stuffed yeast donut with milk glaze and dolce de leche drizzle

I’m guessing they use some sort of milk alternative but neglected to put it in their description

I made sure to get there at juuuuussst the right time (can’t go too early, as they may not have been delivered, can’t go too late as they will sell out… 11:15 is a good try) to pick one up for National Cream Filled Donut Day

Well I gotta be honest, it was not my jam.

Potato stuffed donut is just too far down the slippery slope of starches for me, people.

I toughed it out but am looking forward to what their October offerings bring

September 13 – Day 256

National Peanut Day !!

No, not that Peanuts, this Peanut :

I found some real live unshelled peanuts which I haven’t seen since at least 2006 … or thereabouts I’m sure

I got them at the dollar store.
Although I spend most of my money there, I can’t bring myself to eat anything from there. Maybe in a zombie apocalypse and I’ve been in hiding/on the road, hungry and lost and came across a dollar store, unlooted… maybe then I’d eat some of their packaged goods…

..but otherwise, I think I’ll stick to my guns

Thank you Peanut, for your amazing flavour, incredible caloric value and for bringing us peanut butter

I tip my hat

September 12 – Day 255

Haven’t had Ants On A Log is at least 100 years

Peanut butter on Celery + raisins

 

Sounds ridiculous

Strangely delicious

This National Ants On A Log Day I ate about four logs and recalled my Aunt Kate, when I was a child, encouraging me to try peanut butter on celery, and that if I did, I would never go back to Cheeze Whiz on celery.

It’s one of those strange, crisp and concise memories you have no absolutely no reason.

I did, in fact, go right back to Cheeze Whiz as my preferred celery condiment, but as an adult, I’d be hard pressed to put Cheeze Whiz on something if my life depended on it.

September 4 – Day 248

I’m a lackadaisical vegan, especially when it comes to some national food holidays that are just too annoying to reroute around

National Cheese Pizza Day was one such day so I just took it as it was.
This was mainly because we were in Kelowna where my uncle Bob, who’s famous on TripAdvisor for dropping so much wisdom in his reviews, claims has the best pizza in CANADA.

Yes, in ALL of CANADA

So we had to check it out

Bordellos was the place – an Italian restaurant with pasta, wood fired pizzas and pickle back shots on the menu. Classy

It was full of university aged kids with lip piercings and weird haircuts

We ordered the Margherita because that to me is a cheese pizza with a few leaves tossed on there. Totally counts.

There was a lot of hype over this pizza and it didn’t not live up to it

But we couldn’t figure out if it was the best pizza we’d ever had

This is because we really think all pizza is good

August 31 – Day 243

Trail mix: a hikers bff 

Although a colossal fan of nuts,  I am not keen on raisins or other dried up fruit. There is something inherently  gross about the notion of letting fruit dry out to me.

So trail mix and I have a love/hate relationship

Well, rather,  I have a love/hate relationship with trail mix… I’m sure trail mix doesn’t care about me one way or the other

I definitely love when there is chocolate in there. This particular mix was lacking but she did make a beautiful photo subject

Happy National Trail Mix Day !

August 30 – Day 242

National Toasted Marshmallow Day was brought to you by Dandie’s Vegan Marshmallows (that’s right, marshmallows have gelatine, a derivative of animal skin and bones *gag* and therefore are not vegetarian ) 

I was able to score a stick off the side of the road (if it wasn’t for the side of the road I wouldn’t have anything), poke a marshmallow on top and light ‘er up off my gas range oven… indoors!

She burned absolutely beautifully and tasted glorious

I kept it simple and ate it straight off the street stick. No regrets.

August 29 – Day 241

Months ago… which feels like years ago, I was walking Duncan along a the Arbutus Greenway where there lives a community garden. A place I always internally remark as a ‘thing I should do someday’ which I will never do.

There was a bin of sorts with a “Take as much as you like” sign on it and long branches and sprigs of bay leaf in it

I grabbed several stickfuls and brought them home and let them dry out

I’ve thrown them in soup, chilli, curry, and pasta …because I literally have no idea what they actually taste like and have thousands on hand

For National More Herbs Less Salt Day, I thought I’d bust them out and use them in the chilli I made as meal prep for the week that lay ahead

 It went as usual, I threw them in the pot and the chilli tasted delicious. Who can say if it is the bay leaves, all or any of the other ingredients, or sheer talent ?

I also tried burning them as one burns sage or incense … and didn’t get much out of the ordeal