I misjudged Calgary. Last year, the winter was brutal. It came early, suddenly and lasted for what felt like forever. I was thoroughly convinced that this was a city of two seasons: a long winter and a short summer. While I probably shouldn’t revoke my judgement too early (it’s hard to tell whether this season or last is the anomaly), the whole point is that winter still hasn’t come. There has been a real fall. The leaves have changed bright yellow and the weather has been pleasantly cool but not too cold. I am pretty sure that fall is my favourite season so I feel very pleased that I get to experience one this year.
As much as I wanted to eat everything when we were in Vancouver, eating out three meals a day is a little much. Solution: smoothies from Whole Foods. Instead of going out for a big breakfast, I was able to keep up with my smoothie addiction by frequenting Whole Foods every morning. Even though I would never spend that much on a smoothie in ‘normal’ life, when we’re on vacation the little indulgences feel way more acceptable. One morning when we were sipping our drinks, I got the dreaded case of food (or drink) envy. Intense drink envy. It wasn’t that the drink that I got was bad, but my boyfriend’s was so much better. I snuck a few sips and then ordered the same one the next day. Man, it was good.
I feel like I haven’t been in here in ages. Even the last recipe was one that I made a while ago and had saved for a busy week. There are a number of reasons why I haven’t been around. First, I had a few kitchen disasters. Two almost wonderful recipe that I intended to post didn’t work as I had hoped. They both tasted delicious but the texture was just off. I am determined to fix them so hopefully you will see them soon. After that, the water main outside of my building broke and we didn’t have water for three days. I have to say, I never realized how many daily happenings relied on having water, so it goes without saying that no cooking took place. I am very grateful to have it back!
The first time I had fresh juice that really blew my mind was when we were travelling through Asia. In Malaysia and Vietnam, we had the most delicious and cheap fruit juices that were so bright and flavorful, every time we had one it felt like a real treat. Ever since then, I thought it would be wonderous to be able to make my own juice at home. In the end though, I thought that a juicer was kind of extravagant, both in terms of spending the money and giving up the counter space.
But, a couple of months ago my boyfriend bought me one for my birthday and I can’t get enough.