Eating My Way Through Vancouver

Why hello again! Remember me? My little corner of the internet’s been quiet for a while now. But I’m back… and ready to (finally) share my tasteful experience in Vancouver! If you want to check out my other thoughts on Vancouver, BC, check out this post, this post, and this post. Oh, and this one too!

The Sandbar

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This was lunch on Granville Island. It was yummy, but not spectacular. I had the fish burger/sandwich (I don’t remember what it was called) and was happy with it. The restaurant itself is nice, too; it reminded me of a restaurant here in Seattle called Ray’s Boathouse. Continue reading

A Fishy Salad

Hello! I was just working on a longer post, when I suddenly realized that I’ve missed Food or Thought! I’ve just barely been out of school for a week and already I don’t know what day it is.

Last Thursday I took advantage of not having practice to make dinner. My mom had picked up some halibut that morning, so I had to find something to do with that. I looked up halibut recipes online, and I decided on this one from Real Simple:

Avocado and Chickpea Salad with Halibut

Serves 4 

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Four 4-ounce pieces halibut

kosher salt and black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

8 cups mixed greens

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

One avocado, sliced

One half small red onion, thinly sliced Continue reading

Bites of Joy

Have you ever bitten into a little ball of delicious happiness?

If not, you’d better run over to Trader Joe’s right now, and ask for a box of Chocolate Coconut Almonds. A few weeks ago my mom brought a little plastic container of these chocolate balls home, and since then we’ve always had a stock in our cabinet.

If you shop at Trader Joe’s, you’ll know these little morsels are dangerous the second you see them. Continue reading

I Gurt, You Gurt, We all Gurt for Yogurt!

The other week when my grandma was in town, she and my mom brought home this new kind of special yogurt that my grandma said is amazing (I think they got it at Whole Foods). It was coconut flavored with shredded coconut mixed in. 

 

this is the lemon one. (obviously.)

 
The company is Noosa, named after Noosa, Australia, where the company is located. I just took a peek at the nutrition facts for one of these things, and it’s got a lot of fat and a ton of protein in each serving, exactly what I look for in yogurt! 

I’m sort of lactose-intolerant, so I didn’t try it right then, but a few days later, I had to try a bite of that coconut.

 

the flavors currently in my fridge.

 
And the best part about this new treat? It may as well have been dessert. It was so good. I also tried the lemon. I’m not normally a big fan of lemon flavoring, but this was delicious. 

Bottom line: get Noosa Yoghurt. You won’t regret it.

Check back next Monday to satisfy your appetite!*

  
So… Obviously I’m not posting as much as I’d like. It’s going to be like this at least the next couple weeks, because next Friday I have an AP exam that I really need to study for. So I’m going to go for shorter posts so I can hopefully post more often than I have been.

*I know for most of you it’s not Monday anymore, but it is for me, so this food or thought is on time! 😉

#Take Back What’s Yours Campaign (I hope I’m not too late!)

Thoughts today!

A new blogging friend of mine, Molly (To Live With All My Might), tagged me in a post of hers to participate in the #Take Back What’s Yours Campaign. As far as I understand, the campaign is basically setting a New Year’s resolution (this is why I say I might be too late– its February!) except for that you do it for more than a year, and maybe forever. It can be something physical, but I think the point is that it is more something immaterial. Here’s what you have to do:

1. Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains and why you are taking part

2. Decide what Take Back What’s Yours – New Year Resolution you are going to set yourself

3. Tag 10 bloggers to take part

4. Let Chloe know if you’re taking part by using the hashtag on Twitter #TakeBackWhatsYours – Also tag either @ChloesConcept or @TBWYCampaign so she can retweet!

5. If you can – include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:

“TAKE BACK WHAT’S YOURS –
MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO YOU. #TakeBackWhatsYours
In 2015, I’m taking back: *i.e., “my confidence”
I was tagged to take part about ten days ago, and I’ve been horribly slow to respond, but here it is:
Starting NOW I am taking back my free time. And time in general, really.
This ties really well into something I’ve wanted to blog about for a while now, and that is the complete lack of enough time ever. Does anyone else feel this way? (That’s a completely rhetorical question by the way, because I’m pretty sure everyone feels this way).
Do you feel like you have so much stuff to do that you’re drowning in it?
Here’s some– well, more than some– homework. On top of over six hours of school five days a week. And also you have to go to hour and a half soccer practices everyday, and drive a half an hour each way to get there and back. What’s that? You say that’s a bit too much? But you haven’t even put in the time you need to eat! Oh and sleep! You might be able to handle that, you say? Great! add in a couple soccer games per weekend, and travel time, and family time. And you need to have a social life! Go make friends! And while we are on the topic, start thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life, and research colleges. Great! Now how about hobbies? What do you mean you don’t have time for hobbies!? I mean look at this list, you need some time to relax.
That’s pretty much my life.
Not that I’m complaining. Too much. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Although a 30 hour day might be nice. I realize that I am so lucky to get the education I’m getting, and the opportunities I’m getting, and that I do a lot of this stuff by choice.
I just get so caught up in it all that I forget to take time off, or more that I don’t have any time to take time off.
So that is why I’m taking back my free time. I am going to be more time efficient, or organized, and do whatever it takes to get that little bit of fun time back, when I don’t have to think to hard about anything or worry about it’s effect on my overall life. Everyone needs some time to themselves. Those hours from when I was younger, and would sit all afternoon reading a book I chose to read, or do arts and crafts for a day, are the hours I’m taking back. Starting now.
The ten blogs I am tagging to take part:
  1. The Color Green
  2. The Positive Project
  3. Storytime with John
  4. Byclarkellis
  5. Heather Colmore
  6. Insidethelifeofmoi
  7. Uniquely Erin
  8. Fill Your Own Glass
  9. Rachel Being Chatty
  10. Life By Natalie

Hot Cakes: Molten Joy

Happy Food or Thought Day! This week, once again, the eater in me has taken over the thinker. So food today it is!

This Saturday, my family and I went on an outing down to our neighborhood’s Market Street. It was my birthday a couple weeks ago, and instead of getting a bunch of stuff, my parents gave me the much better present of experiences! Certificates like: tour the chocolate factory (that trip will be written about), get a pedicure, etc. One of these lovely treats was “Go to Hot Cakes”.

There’s an adorable little cakery down off Market with a rustic/classic bakery sort of design. The front window displays chopped logs and jars of chocolate sauce. The name of the shop– Hot Cakes–  is self-explanatory; just imagine! A whole bakery that specializes in molten chocolate cakes. Brilliant! It’s a small space inside, but it had nice wooden tables and a bar along the far wall. Since it was a Saturday afternoon, the place was starting to get busy. Continue reading

Food (f)or Thought: Official Introduction

Welcome, welcome, to my first annual weekly Food or Thought post!

In the past, my blog has had no structure whatsoever. But in attempt to make my blogging (and your reading) experience more organized, I am going to have days each week that I post on a specific topic. Previously I had not wanted to do this because I didn’t want to restrict myself to only talking about certain topics, but I think I have found the solution in only loosely categorizing these posts. For example: Food or Thought!

Ok, ok, Emma. That’s great, but what is Food or Thought? Other than an obvious attempt to play on words?

Aha! Glad you asked! Although food and thoughts seem like very different categories to some, I will promise you that for me, very often these are one and the same. Just ask my mom. Or my sister. Or my dad. Or my friends. I am a FOOD LOVER. Around two in the afternoon, I’ll be asking my mom what’s for dinner. I am blessed to have a mother who is also a  fantastic cook and baker. I love good food, and I eat a lot of it. Which could cause some weight gain issues when I stop playing soccer, but I don’t plan on ever stopping, so that’s ok.

I eat breakfast almost as soon as I get up in the morning. Yesterday I had cereal. About an hour after I ate, I walked into the kitchen just in time to see my mom putting blueberries on her cereal. To which I half shouted, “Uuuuuuuhhhh! I forgot about the blueberries!!” then put my arm on the counter and rested my forehead in my elbow, and probably made some whimpering noises.

My mom said that there would be enough left for tomorrow, but that didn’t make me feel any better, because I had planned on having them this morning and having something else for breakfast tomorrow. (See what I mean about food for thought? Do you know anyone else who plans their breakfasts?) Then my mom, trying to suppress a laugh, asked “Are you going to let this ruin your whole day?” In response I nodded, with my head still on my arm, and  said “uh-hu”. Then I smiled and also tried to suppress a laugh because I was being ridiculous.

We went to sit in the living room, and I sat in a chair staring out the window in frustrated silence. After a while, my mom said, while laughing, “I’m sorry, I don’t mean to laugh, it’s just, I’ve never met a single person who gets so upset over food.” I laughed at that too, but in that way you do when you’re trying to be very angry and not laugh at anything since you are not happy. But I couldn’t not laugh at that, because it was very true, and I was a little dramatic. I got over it quickly after that. And don’t worry: I had blueberries in my cereal today.

Anyway, story tangent aside, food does dominate a fair amount of my thoughts. Hence Food or Thought. On Mondays, I will post either on food– a recipe, favorite dish, restaurant, etc– OR on my thoughts, which, if you follow and read my blog, you know contain quite a range of ideas. OR, now that I think about it, the post may very likely be some sort of combination of food and thought.

Check in each Monday to satisfy your appetite!