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 6 – Day 280

Jesus Christ the #2 bus will be the end of me

I had to take it to get the elementary school I have my practicum at and, like, it’s just bananas

First of all there are two types of #2 bus.
One that goes where I need and one that doesn’t.
So you have to ask every #2 that pulls up if it’s going to 41st Avenue.
9 out of 10 bus drivers will respond ‘No’.

And so you wait and wait and wait despite Google maps and the sign and all the other signifiers say it’s coming in two minutes.
They mean the other #2.

Then you may get on the right #2, after all the missed attempts, and even with confirmation that it is going all the way to 41st Ave, this #2 may very well just stop on King Edward Ave for no reason and cease to move ever again.

You may wait on the inert bus, in naive hopes it will start moving again, or you can follow suit of the outraged cleaning ladies, with all their cleaning supplies in tow, and storm off, walk a few blocks, and get the hell on another bus

This ordeal, which should take 20 minutes, but you gave yourself 45, to be safe, may take an hour and fifteen minutes

This was more or less my National Noodle Day, ladies and gentlemen and non binary peoples. 

Good thing I had the spicy peanut Noodlebox, made with tofu and extra spicy

This was one of the first things I ate when I moved to Vancouver. Christina, Daniel and I had it for breakfast because we walked by the one on Main Street and Chrissy got all excited.

Oh the warm noodley memories

September 29 – Day 273

Coffee and I have a strange abusive relationship where I really believe it’s not gonna fuck me right up ‘this time’, so I go back to it… then,  a few sips in, my heart is racing, I’m sweating,  and I can’t keep up with my thoughts. When the mania subsides, I vow we are never ever ever getting back together

But then in a moment of weakness, I yearn for it’s smokey, bitter, soothing warmth  and order up an Americano and the cycle starts again

On National Coffee Day, Daniel was in town and went to Parallel 49 to get us ladies some coffee for the ride to the airport.

I guess they asked what names to put on the orders and they clearly couldn’t understand Daniel’s indecipherable Goulds accent  when he said “Jennah with an H”

September 28 – Day 272

This National Drink a Beer Day  will break the tie between beer and burgers for most national holidays created for them.

The highlight reel of beer related holidays already celebrated by yours truly this year include; National Beer Lover’s Day International Beer Day National IPA Day Beer Day , and  National Beer Can Day 

I went for dinner at Vij’s with Christina and Maggie.  The rooftop patio with fairy lights and communal seating was delightful. Vij himself came over to see how we were enjoying things. I, as usual, got too star struck to say anything clever or ask for a picture.

While Christina and Maggie indulged in some elaborate cocktails, I chose a pilsner off the beer menu to ‘drink a beer’ for National Drink a Beer Day. We shared a bunch of entrees and then Christina snuck off and paid for the entire bill as a treat. How nice.

September 27 – Day 271

National Chocolate Milk Day 

Yee haw. Got some Natur-a Chocolate Soy milk in the ‘juice box’ format to conjure up some childhood memories

I don’t think soy milk was around in my childhood so no memories were conjured

September 26 – Day 270

September 26 is National Dumpling Day 

Hi-Nippon on my block makes a mean gyoza, which I am going to interpret as a dumpling for the sake of  this post ( sake was in italics as it was Japanese cuisine pun, for you uncultured swine out there)

I went there an had myself an order

To the best of my knowledge and experience, they were perfect

Sometimes foods like this can be so greasy but these guys at Hi-Nippon do a fantastic job

September 20 – Day 264

Volunteering at a facility for people for disabilities has been one of my favourite experiences here in Vancouver

Working with ‘the gang’ has been the highlight of my week, week after week.

I never looked at my time spent there as a chore and am certainly not looking forward to my time there coming to an end

National Punch Day fell on this particular’s facilities Volunteer Appreciation Day – so I was invited in early for some veggie dogs and snacks, as well as a special thank you present but, la piece de resistance was  PUNCH!

Perf!

Thanks guys -you really helped a sister out here !  Punch isn’t really my jam and having it all set up in a pot, ready to serve, made this holiday a cinch to celebrate

It seemed to be consisted of 7 UP, McCains concentrated fruit juice and slices of oranges.

Purely one of those fell-onto-one’s-lap moments…
…I looked into the origin of “fell into one’s lap” origin story and there apparently isn’t one – it simply makes sense in and of itself

go figs. Way more macho than ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ *eye roll*

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