Day 133 – May 13

A junior high substitute teacher,  Mr. Menell (sic), once said something that stuck with me forever…

“An apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze”

It was the grossest thing I ever heard and his words still haunt me

I recalled Mr Menell’s (sic) old chestnut today, National Apple Pie Day, as I enthusiastically (and interuptedly) said ‘YES!!!’ to my waitress’s offer of vegan coconut vanilla ice cream with my apple pie, in case she was going to finish her sentence with “…or some cheese”

It was delicious but the ice cream far outweighed the pie in flavour and texture. Two thumbs up on that, Aphrodite’s!

Happy Apple Pie Day everyone – hope it’s full of cheese less slices !


Day 131 – May 11

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

Day 124 – May 4th

May the 4th was day 124 of Celebrating Everyday Literally and  23 degrees and sunny and National OJ Day

…no no, I mean the non murderous kind of OJ Day

… National Orange Juice Day!

I made some fresh squeezed home made juice in our fancy new juicer

It involved:

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 hunk of ginger
  • 1 hunk of turmeric
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple

Once I got all the Vitamin C, I headed out to get some Vitamin D in Pacific Spirit Regional Park with Duncan and Kathleen!


Day 122- May 2

National Chocolate Truffle Day was the day random news outlets decided mine and Christina’s Airbnb listing was worth national media attention.

That’s right, Christina’s green Dodge camper van (inherited from an Australian friend who got deported for thinking ‘common law’ was synonymous with ‘gay’ in his visa application) made for breaking news here in Vancouver and beyond.

Yes, this cute little van that me and Duncan have had such a great time in the past few weeks has Vancouver in a tizzy

I was first contacted through the listing by Ben Miljure of CTV news at 9:45, asking for an interview for a news piece that was going to run at 11.

Thanks for the notice Ben, real respectful.

I didn’t get back to him in time so of course he and a film crew swarmed The Pickle at dusk, peering in the windows and asking random passers by what they think of the cost.

No one seemed to care one way or the other, thankfully.

He also quoted a whiney tweet from an arsehole in the area. This guy, FIVRE604, posted a link to our listing with the caption “Taking up very limited permit parking on my block for at least 6 weeks. At least they aren’t using something locals would?”

This was an outright lie on so many levels.

Firstly we have a permit so have every right to park there.
Secondly it had been in Whistler for the past three days. It also brought me to work and school and my volunteering gigs several times within the past few weeks. I took it to Squamish Easter weekend. Christina and Daniel took it to Whistler within that time frame as well.  It was on the move quite a bit in the past 6 weeks, FIVRE604.
Thirdly “very limited permit parking” is highly dramatic. We have two vehicles in the area and never ever have a problem finding a spot
Fourthly, The Pickle has been here since October, so if anything 6 weeks is an understatement. This guy can’t even complain properly.

You can read the first article and video piece here

Shortly after that was all over the news and social media, Global News’s John Hyo reaches out, for he would like a tour.

I respond:

Hi John,

Sorry to tell you I am at work all day and on top of that I just returned from a 4 day excursion in The Pickle so it is full of my own gear not prepared for a tour.

We aren’t happy about our current publicity and have removed the listing. However if you are going to run with a story regardless, I would like to take the opportunity to clarify some points that the reporter from CTV was misinformed about.

The Pickle is not booked up for most of May and June as CTV stated, but rather blocked off by choice by us because we actively use it as both a vehicle and to go camping. The resident who complained on Twitter  about parking is off base. There are, on average, four other vans on the same very block that never move. Whether those folk Airbnb or not, I don’t know, but in the past 6 weeks we have taken The Pickle to Whistler twice, Squamish once and I have driven to work and school as a regular vehicle several times. There is always a spot in the vicinity when I get back. I have yet to experience scarcity of parking in Kits and The Pickle is on the move often. Even if we weren’t using Airbnb it would be parked there, legally, like all the other vans.

We have yet to encounter a neighbour who was upset by it, and we have encountered many. Renting an apartment in Kitsilano is more than either of us have ever had to pay for housing in our lives and we are just trying to offset the cost a little.

John was gracious enough to DRIVE ALL AROUND KITS TO FIND IT AFTER WE TRIED TO HIDE IT AND THEN FILM IN THROUGH THE WINDOWS AND ASK MORE RANDOM PASSER BYS WHAT THEY THINK OF THE COST ALL ORIGINAL LIKE. This can be seen here. You’ll note he really deeply understood the situation and quoted the most important statement I made.

Christina and I were so floored by the onslaught of media attention that we broke our juice cleanse to go out and eat our stress feelings.  On the drive home WE HEARD THE RADIO DJ GO OFF THE HEAD ABOUT IT.

Christina’s mom saw the CTV morning show people discussing it. Her IT guys asked her if it was her ‘pickle van on the news?’.  My clients at the residence for disabilities all saw it. We were called ‘racketeers’ in Facebook comment threads. People were demanding we be towed in others. Some people thought it was cute. Most people seemed to think The Pickle was all Christy Clark’s fault (it’s not). A third article showed up.

The whole thing was super stressful and I no longer want to be a Kardashian at all.

So I made Vegan Chocolate Truffles

You won’t believe how easy they are

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup DIY Cashew Milk 
  • 12 oz dark vegan chocolate
  • topping – pistachios, cocoa, etc

Heat cashew milk. Pour over chocolate and stir.
When fully melted, chill.
Once somewhat firm, roll into balls, roll in cocoa, chopped nuts, coconut, or whatever other topping you can think of.

They were delicious and infinitely more cruelty free than the comment section of Global News !!!

Day 121 – May 1

Whoa – May 1st already
Holy smokes
Rent due. Tuition due. Bills due.
I just want to keep travelling around in The Pickle with Duncan and not face reality.

National Chocolate Parfait Day, though, is a great way to kick off a week.

I’m about to belt out an elaborate recipe, so hold on to your hats

Homemade Raw Vegan Chocolate Parfait

Cashew creme

  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 5 dates
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of water


  • 3/4 cup DIY cashew milk
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • 1 banana
  • blackberries or fruit of your choosing that pairs with chocolate

This recipe involves a bit of waiting for the magic to happen.

Combine Cashew Creme ingredients to soak overnight. Combine Pudding ingredients in mason jar, whisk and allow to sit overnight

The following day, blend soaked Cashew Creme ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Layer Pudding with Creme and sliced banana and some blackberries in a cute cup or jar until filled

Then mow down and know you didn’t hurt any animals, you’re not ingesting any puss or antibiotics and you are getting lots of protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good fats and Omega 3’s!

Happy Monday, bitches !


Day 115 – April 25

What a day

Hauled ass to go to a coffee shop I was certain sold zucchini bread – they didn’t
Then I lost my bank card, as in, it fell out of my pocket between my house and the grocery store.
Tried to pay for parking at my acupuncture appointment, but the meter was broken -took my toonie of course.
Having no bank card, I tried to pay for my acupuncture with the VISA gift card MEC put my boots refund on and of course there was no money on it because they screwed it up completely
Ended up with a giant dark forehead bruise from acupuncture
Did not get the paper due Wednesday done at all… not even a bit of progress

Thank god for wine

And Zucchini Bread

Well Zucchini Muffins… they had to do in a pinch, especially considering the harrowing nature of my day

For National Zucchini Bread Day I bought a couple vegan zucchini muffins and ate them both.



Day 114 – April 24

This was the first day, possibly, yet, that has only been ONE thing to celebrate. No options, no cop outs. Just Pigs in a Blanket or bust.

So weird.

One must oblige.

Turns out Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough is vegan so this was actually a pretty straight forward vegan-able dish.

Bought some St. Yves vegan hot dogs and away I went.

You take some crescent roll dough and some vegan hot dogs, roll one on top of the other and put them in the oven. Serve with ketchup.

Of course they ended up a bit ‘over done’ to say the least.
Our oven is hotter than hell, and I never seem to learn.

I don’t remember liking these very much as a child.
Most definitely repulsed by them as an adult.

They certainly don’t photograph well.

They weren’t so bad really. More so bland than gross, which was a pleasant surprise..

Day 110 – April 20


Holy Smokes is Day 110
This shit be cray
I can’t believe I’m still at this racket

Summer is in the air here in Vancouver… sorta.
Macroscopical gusts of it, at least.

April 20 is a doozy

It’s 4:20, National Lima Bean Respect Day, National Look Alike Day, National Pineapple Upside Down Day, National High Five and National Cheddar Fries Day

Not much of a pot smoker.
I respect the shit out of Lima Beans every. damn. day
My closest look alike is Celine Dion
Pineapple Cake is gross.
Herman gives the best high fives but is far away (Duncan is useless at them)

So I’m stuck with Cheddar Fries.

Fine by me.
Now the conundrum is how to make them vegan so I don’t have to eat cow puss.

It was relatively easy

All you need is :

  • 1 large potato
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chilli powder
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small potato
  • 1/4 cup cashews (pre soaked)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375. Slice the large potato into wedges. Soak in water for about ten minutes. Drain and pat dry then toss in olive oil, salt and chilli powder. Place on baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.

Dice and boil the carrot and potato. Then in a blender or food processor combine the rest of the ingredients, adding water if need be.

When both parties are ready, combine!

It was pretty delicious although hard to get a good photograph because it was more or less hideous.

Day 109 – April 19th

For National Banana Day I thought I would make some Secret Ingredient Vegan Banana Mega Muffins and share with you my secret recipe with the secret ingredient

These muffins are delicious and nutritious
I even packed some up and dropped some off to Kathleen while she was at work to honour the most versatile fruit of all.
Bananas are second to none in the fruit department
…except maybe avocados.

It’s close.

To make these muffins, do source the ensuing ingredients and follow the directions provided:

  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 banana – mashed
  • 1 zucchini – grated
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil – liquid
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 secret

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the ground flax seed and water in a small bowl and let sit until it becomes a gummy mixture.
Next, combine the remaining wet ingredients in one bowl with the flax mixture and combine all the dry together in another… except the secret. That comes in later.
When they are thoroughly stirred, independently, THEN combine them all in one big bowl.
Now the secret is idgaf, literally. I just throw things I have on hand in a bowl and then put them in the oven. I actually don’t even measure. So whatever, really. Use the secret wisely
You may need to add more applesauce if the mixture appears to be too dry or more spelt flour if the mixture appears too runny.
Distribute into a lined muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Go Bananas!


Day 108 – April 18

Animal Cracker Day!

Now, if you ask me, these guys are totally a cookie.
But whatevs.
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.