I have recently found a lot of joy in drinking a mugful of something steaming hot and delicious. It’s almost always tea, sometimes hot chocolate, and even more rarely apple cider. In fact, I think that the one and only time I made apple cider was late last spring, when we got caught in a freezing cold rain storm wearing nothing more than shorts and a tank top. I got home, drenched, chilled to the bone, and all I wanted was a nice, spicy, hot mug of cider (which at the time was odd, how do you suddenly start craving something that you never consume?).
This past weekend, we went back to Vancouver for a few days. Not only did we have a bunch of people we wanted to see, but a list of restaurants where we wanted to eat. The list was way too long for the time we had, but we certainly ate well when we were there. Funnily enough, whenever I think of Montreal, where I lived for almost my entire life, there are very few restaurants that are ‘must visits’ when we go back to town. I don’t really know the reason why. The food in Montreal is diverse, delicious and affordable so I have no excuse for not having tons and tons of places that I have to go to when we visit, but it’s the truth.
One of my main issues with moving to Calgary was the fact that I would have to experience a real winter once again. While London and Vancouver are not reknowned for having the best weather (can someone say overcast and rainy?) I really didn’t find either city to be as bad as most people would like to have you believe. I could wear real shoes, my parka was completely useless, and I didn’t need to wear a ski mask walking around the city (yes, I was known to do this all the time during the winter in Montreal. It’s a little scary, but it’s also a lot cold!). So, as October creeps to an end and it is already below zero at night, I am trying to embrace the impending freezing next few months.