Day 197 – July 16

National Fresh Spinach Day… not National regular Spinach Day … that’s March 16th, obviously.

I bought a bunch. Looked quite like a bouquet

Full of beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as iron and zinc, the leafy green is a delight to have in a salad or smoothie

which I planned on having one or the other, but then didn’t follow through on after the photo shoot

it was just too pretty to eat and an 8 piece yam & avocado roll next door is $4.95 so… yknow…

Day 195 – July 14

So gotta come clean: I actually sneakily celebrated National Mac and Cheese Day, yesterday when I had that god awful poutine

HOWEVER, I didn’t eat it all at that time and had taken a ‘doggy bag’, as they were once called.

This National Macaroni and Cheese Day had a tight schedule of enjoyable things I had to do

I had to go on a hike with Ashley, Ian, Duncan and Toast in Quarry Rock, then I had to go to Vancouver Folk Festival and see my all time favourite musician, Billy Bragg play TWICE.

Duncan and I finally got to  nail our Lion King pose

Also I had a beer.

Busy busy busy

After the hike, I had just enough time to shower, pack a bag with snacks, blankets, sunscreen and a thermos of rosé wine, and wolf down the remaining Macaroni and cheese from the day before

Mac and cheese is my favourite, so I was on the hunt for the best vegan Mac and cheese Vancouver had to offer. I’ve had a few here in the city, but this one from Wallflower Diner was touted the best according the plebeians who put in the time making Yelp reviews

It was ok.
They used that Daiya orange fake cheese which is pretty nasty, but if I avoided the top, it wasn’t half bad.

Then it was get the f to the festival for Billy Bragg’s Working Class Hero set with Rhiannon Giddens et al.

I was thiiiiis close. It was bananas

 

Day 194 – July 13

Um yeah, so National French Fry Day was kind of a big deal.
It seemed like everyone was celebrating it – even those who don’t usually pursue celebrating every single official holiday day
Instagram was teeming with McDonald’s eating selfies

I chose to go  the more non traditional French Fry route today and ordered a vegan poutine from Wallflower Diner

Well, sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.

The gravy tasted like a chicken soup bouillon cube.
I have no idea what the cheese was supposedly made of, and it didn’t matter because it was null and void of taste.
And the fries. Oh the fries. They were straight from a McCains freezer bag

Yeah… so … happy National French Fry Day, everyone else but me 🙁

 

 

Day 192- July 11

Fast and dirty National Blueberry Muffin Day !

I took this holiday as an opportunity to celebrate one of the little everyday things. Blueberry muffins are pretty much in any cafe or bakery you pass.
I rarely pick them up but I like them. Being able to grab a muffin quickly has saved me from many hanger attacks in the past

I picked up a mixed berry kamut vegan muffin and brought it home. My friends had dropped off some fresh blueberries earlier this week and they really enhanced the photo shoot

I thought the muffin photographed beautifully but Kamut is a hard grain to get behind when you’re trying to muffin- it was pretty dry and cough-inciting, not gonna lie.

 

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 189 – July 8

    July 8 is National Chocolate Almond Day

No, you’re not having deja vu, you’re probably just confusing this holiday with  with regular Chocolate Covered Nut Day, or, perhaps,   Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Common mistake.

I scored some vegan dark chocolate covered almonds at the Safeway/Sobeys and fashioned my own little trail mix out of them

I combined:

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • peanuts
  • coconut flakes
  • chocolate covered almonds

Put it all in a baggy and hit the old Highway 99 for another trip in The Pickle with Duncan

He made a useless copilot

We went to Joffre Lakes

This hike was pretty short and dusty and full of people – I saw so many young little families and thought of Sarah missing hers… or hers missing her rather, every step of the way. The view was stunning.

Had a beer with my DIY trail mix and then headed back down the mountain.

Once back on the road, we pulled over for a lovely little swim at One Mile Lake, drove a little further, then had another swim at Lost Lake with some wine and spent the night in Whistler

Not a bad Chocolate Covered Almond Day at all! Thank you almonds for your vitamin E and healthy fats and protein, and chocolate for your deliciousness!

 

Day 188 – July 7

This summer has been the Summer of Vegan Ice Cream.
I can’t get enough of it. I really can’t.
Seeing Say Hello Sweets ice cream truck at an event literally makes my heart skip a beat. I’ve made the half hour drive across town to go to Innocent Ice Cream. I’ve even, *gasp*, stood in a line up that went down the street, like a sheep.
Ice Cream is a  joy in a cup.. or cone.. whatever you’re in the mood for.

For National Strawberry Sundae Day, I did contemplate grabbing a 99 cent sundae from McDonalds, just for the pictures, maybe having a bite to humour the holiday, then move on with my life.
But then I thought about how gross dairy is and how unsettling McDonald’s is, etc etc., and in the end, talked myself out of it.

So here we are, Jennah’s Super Delightful DIY Vegan Strawberry Sundae, ladies and gentlemen…and those who are neither… or both …and/or undecided

You’ll need:

  • 6-10 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • Vegan ice cream (I used President’s Choice Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream)

In a sauce pan combine diced strawberries, sugar and water and bring to boil.
Stir and mash mixture until you have desired consistency – you may want to add more strawberries, or sugar, or water depending on what you are going for

Scoop ice cream and pour sauce (***once cooled) over top. Garnish with fresh strawberry.

***Yeah so I didn’t do that and it made everything super melty but that’s where impatience gets ya, kids, what can I say

Day 187 – July 6

International Kissing Day  

Duncan gets so many kisses all the time . And not just from me…and Kathleen… and Chrissy.. but from strangers.
Just today, a full grown bro dude waiter guy putting out the sandwich board of his restaurant picked Duncan up and kissed him.
Leave it to Duncan to combat toxic masculinity with nothing but bandana and a smile.

He isn’t one for returning kisses. He’s more of a snorter.

He was super embarrassed after this shoot because the red lipstick stain is now just part of his fur. Oh well.

Day 185 – July 4

National Independence from Meat Day?

Nah, man, for me, it’s  Independence from Meat LIFE

That shit is disgusting.

For supper, I whipped up a burrito bowl of sorts:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 roasted sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • mixed pepper, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 button mushrooms, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 jar of Salsa

Prepped the quinoa, roasted the sweet potatoes and then sautéed the remaining. Topped it with some diced avocado and

Bang- a -rang!

Meat free independence accomplished

Day 184 – July 3

National Eat Your Beans Day!

( Not to be confused with National Bean Day,  of January 6th fame )

T’was a Monday and I was notified pretty much last minute that my practicum was cancelled that day.
My classmate Marija had asked to get together for a dog walk about a week ago, after this now cancelled practicum, and so I tried to move it to earlier in the day.

Turns out I’m the only morning person out of the two of us.

I had suggested we walk around Buntzen Lake  and then check out Brewery Row in Port Moody- a series of four microbreweries all on the same row. Twin Sails, Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales, and Yellow Dog Brewery.

It was a long weekend so everyone and their dog had the great idea of going to Lake Buntzen. It was so hectic there that they just shut down the road that leads to it because it was too overcrowded.

So we made due with going to Belcarra Provincial Park.  It was hot as hell and midday at this point, causing little Duncan to collapse theatrically in panting fits every few metres, so we cut the hike short and went to check out the beer!

All the breweries were great – Brewer’s Row was pretty much heaven. Also mostly dog friendly. Parkside Brewery had the best deck – dog treats and water and astroturf, killing it. Moody Ales had the most adventurous brewskis going- Pineapple Hefeweizen? Lemon Matcha?

Bananas.

But Twin Sails had the best beer. Period.
( *please envision that said like Sean Spicer)

AAAND best food truck – The Truckeria.

There I scored some Black Bean tacos so I could get my Eat Your Beans Day on! Plus the owners humoured my clunky, rusty, forgotten Spanish!! They were from Mexico and sweet as pie.

These tacos were so delish and paired perfectly with my little smaller of Twin Sails beer. Eat You Beans Day was celebrated  to the max ! Annie and Duncan wanted in on the action too!