March 2012 archive

Drunken shopping

Bre and I haven’t hung out in a long time, yesterday’s outing was well overdue.
First, to put us in a festive spirt, we picked up a few Sir Perry ciders.
Next, we headed to the mall in search for the perfect pair of jeans.



Got a grudge on the go? No problem! You can pick yourself up a keychain voodoo doll for only $1.




After all the jean excitement (and starting to lose our buzz), we drifted to the cute restaurant on Blanchard called Hope Key. The owners were fantastic, the food was great AND inexpensive, the decor was hilarious and the wine was old and disgusting. Perfect!





Girl’s lunch

Last Thursday, Carla, Matt and I went to the Culinaire food festival and literally pigged out. The one dish that stood out above all was Vis a Vis’ smoked pork belly rillette on an apple crisp (shown bellow).



On Monday, Mom, Carla and I went to the Vis a Vis restaurant to see what else they had to offer.


Celebration was in the air, I had just passed my driving test with flying colours, it was day one of Carla’s week off and mom, well she’s retired and gets to have fun full-time.


Smoked brisket sliders, house smoked beef brisket, arugula,
apple and blue cheese, rye crostini, open face.

Leek and goat cheese tart, double smoked bacon,
crème fraîche custard, flaky butter crust.


Smoked pork belly rillette, grape compote, prosciutto wrapped, blue cheese stuffed date, pickled vegetables, a French blue cheese and a lovely French sheep cheese.


Book club chez Shona

Last Friday night was Shona’s turn to host book club. Her and her mother live in a building very similar to my mom’s building (where I lived before being taken over by Matt’s loving spell). The 55 plus resistance is fitted with psychedelic patterned carpets, lovely plastic floral arrangements and cute elevator signs like the one shown below. 


In true Shona fashion, everything was impeccable. The snacks were delicious, the drinks were at the perfect temperature and we each got a take home a goody bag.


Our next book, chosen by Carla, is Women in love by D.H. Lawrence.

The cat’s out the bag!


Matt and I are moving to Europe for a wonderful adventure. We land in Frankfurt and continue on to Poland where we will get our affairs in order. We’re buying an old RV and traveling the continent, taking pictures, making wonderful meals with local food and drinking loads of cheap wine.

Anyone need a fluffy cat?

Egg-cellent Breakfast


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Hollow out your tomatoes with a spoon and place on a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle a little bit of goat feta and green onions into each tomato.
Crack one egg into each tomato, season with salt and pepper and place it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Spread guacamole onto a piece of toasted bread.
Plop the eggy tomato on top of your toast.
Sprinkle everything with more goat feta and fresh basil.

St Patrick’s day aftermath.


Arek, Ella, Emmy, Ryan and Carla celebrated the green holiday with us at our place. Great conversations, boozy drinks and green snacks were plentiful.
Tonight, we recuperate by eating lots of roasted vegetables and drinking liters of wine.

Drunken tickles.


Yesterday afternoon, Matt and Ryan went pub hopping. Once I was off work, I met up with my very tipsy husband and friend at the Backpacker’s Inn for a jug of beer. We talked about life, travels, airplanes and hippies. Super fun night!

I’m going to a rave party…


I know, right!?! They still have those? 

Hopefully I can stay up as late as Matt intends. I took 2 vitamin Ds, cod liver oil, a multi-vitamin, lots of red wine and fizzy water. Not exactly the same prescription I would take back in my rave days but hopefully it will leave me with SOME extra energy…or at least nicer skin.   




Leap Day leftovers have been transformed into a Hot Chicken dinner.

Preheat oven to Broil.
Take an old, rock hard baguette and break it into large pieces onto a pan. Heat up leftover turkey in gravy and add a few green peas. Spoon everything onto the hard bread. Top with cheese. Broil for a few minutes and voilà! I sprinkled fresh Italian parsley and mom’s homemade red pepper jelly.
Simply delicious.


Random fun day

Stacey and I met up yesterday afternoon for drinks and giggles. We went to my favorite spot in town, The Oyster, by the Empress hotel. Champagne cocktails were on special and Fanny Bay oysters were only a dollar. Stacey made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants a few times. It’s always a fun(and loud) party when she’s around!!!


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