Which Way To The Beach?

Hello there everyone. Hope all your weekends are going well so far – I know mine has. Today was a day filled with adventures and random food, which I’m going to share with you now.

I slept in this morning – mostly because I was up until almost 3:30 last night reading! I think I’m reverting back to my old university self, staying up til the wee hours of the morning, except that my old body can’t handle it anymore. I received some good news on the textbook front as well – the bookstore is going to ship me the textbook they didn’t send, and not charge me for the shipping costs. I’m quite impressed with the customer service I’ve received so far at the school, hopefully this keeps up.

I considered cooking up some oatmeal this morning, but my kitchen was overrun with all my family members, so I threw together a bowl of cereal instead.

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I topped some Kashi GoLean Crunch with craisins, goldenberries, coconut, and hemp seeds. It all took a dip in a pool of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

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With the usual drink of choice – juice of the cranberry peach variety. Still haven’t finished off the damn jug!

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Lookin’ good.

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I then decided that I wanted to make the epic trek downtown to see Food, Inc., so I jumped online to figure out how public transit would deliver me to my destination, and realized I needed to get my butt in gear, since the bus I needed to catch was leaving in 30 min. I made it out there in plenty of time, even with my mother telling me I was going to miss my bus over…and over…and over again.

The public transit ride was uneventful, and got me to my destination as promised after taking a bus, then the train, then another bus. Here’s where I got off the bus.

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Right smack dab in the middle of English Bay. You have to love a major metropolitan city that has a beach right downtown to enjoy. As you can see, it was a glorious day to be out at the beach, so I made sure to spend a little time down there as well. I had about 45 min until the movie was to start, so I wandered up and down Denman Street, surveying my options for lunch after the movie let out, and seeing how much has changed since I’d last been down there. I was a bit on the peckish side, so I found myself a bench at the beach, and broke out my snack.

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I had this Clif Mojo Mixed Nuts bar that K had sent me. I’ve really enjoyed the Mojo bars I’ve tried so far, and wish they were available up here in Canada. Just like the others, they are a wonderful chewy & nutty snack.

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I think the Mountain Mix is still in the #1 spot, but this was definitely tasty as well. If I ever get in my trip to the States to go shopping, I’m so stocking up on Mojos!

I made my way back to the theatre with about 20 min before show time, but the doors were still locked. Hmm, odd. So I wandered along the street a little more, and got back there with just under 10 min before show time, and the guy was just opening up the theatre. The lights hadn’t even been turned on inside when I got there!

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It’s one old school theatre, that’s for sure. There was only one other person there to see the movie when I went in. And she made the one guy working there fire up the popcorn machine so she could have popcorn. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I was the only person wanting popcorn, chances are I just wouldn’t have any if they were popping it only for me. I almost felt bad when he asked me if I wanted some “fresh popped popcorn” and I declined.

So empty!

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I think one other person came in after I had sat down, so there was a total of 3 of us in this big old theatre. That can’t be cost efficient, running all those lights, paying your one employee, for 3 people paying $7.95 to see a movie. Oh well, at least I was able to see it!

I’m not going to do a big review on Food, Inc, as I know there have been plenty out there. I can’t say that it was THAT shocking to see the monopolies, animal/worker conditions, etc, etc. There was definitely some new information to me, and it gives you alot to think about and consider in your own food consumer life. It also makes me want to delve further into the food industries here in Canada. I’m actually hoping one of the classes I have this fall will touch on the topic. I think the most shocking this to me, was the power these companies have to sue people, for even just saying how they may have changed their eating habits due to an E. coli outbreak or whatever. Perhaps I don’t fully understand the American legal system, and what you can and can’t sue people for, but to me, that’s just someone expressing what they choose to eat or not eat. How is that grounds for suing? If you can sue people for expressing something like that, then shouldn’t we all as food bloggers be worried about what we choose to say on our on blogs? Something to ponder for sure.

When I left the theatre, I was hungry. I had passed a little falafel restaurant in my travels, and it smelled amazing, so I knew I was heading there for something good to eat.

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I had considered getting the Falafel Sandwich special with the carrot & lentil soup, but I wasn’t quite that hungry, and it was a little too warm out for soup, so I went with just the falafel sandwich. I took my sandwich to go, and walked back down to the beach 🙂

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It was pretty basic – pita, falafel, lettuce, yogurt sauce, and spicy sauce (it also came with tomato, but I passed on that). It was very flavourful, and the spicy sauce wasn’t too spicy, which I was grateful for. My only complaint is that it was a little on the dry side – I think a little more sauce, or perhaps if I’d had the tomato in it, and it would have been better. There were even whole chickpeas in the falafels.

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After I’d eaten my meal, and had enough fun in the sun on the sand, I made my way over to Robson Street, with a particular destination in mind.

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Capers Community Market – which is owned by Whole Foods, just so ya know 😉 I’ll admit, my first reason for heading there? To see if they were carrying the new Larabar flavours – alas, they were not. I also wanted to pick up a little snack and cold drink for the trip home.

So I grabbed a Zico Coconut Water.

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And a few yogurt covered pretzels from the bulk bins. It’s been far too long since I’ve had bulk bin treats!

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Between the falafel, coconut water, and pretzels, I totally ruined my appetite for dinner. I walked in the door at home around 6:30, to find my family just finishing up dinner. On the menu – BBQ ribs. Which I hate. I am so not a rib eater, so it worked out perfectly! Instead, I had a little blurry bowl of yogurt, homemade applesauce, and a few craisins.

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Then I promptly fell asleep on the couch while my mom watched some shows on tv. I awoke, and watched some other randomness with her, then made my way downstairs to show some love to my computer. Too bad the damn internet wasn’t working again. My dad and I spent a good hour or so troubleshooting the problem, trying to get it to work, but we’ve come to the conclusion that our router might just be dying. I see a trip to Future Shop in our future tomorrow.

All that technology headache required dessert. My mom had made a blackberry apple pie, so I grabbed a slice of that.

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I cannot pass up on my mom’s homemade pie. She makes the best pie crusts. Why can’t bakeries make crusts as good as hers?

I may have also grabbed a Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownie. I obviously needed the sugar high.

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You’d think I should be passed out in a sugar coma, but I’m wide awake and raring to go. And my internet has magically started working again, so I think it’s the perfect time to make a dent in all those posts in my Google Reader. With that, I say au revoir…until tomorrow.

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10 Comments on “Which Way To The Beach?”

  1. lessonstolearn
    August 30, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    What a wonderful day! I love days like that where it’s just me… I can do what I want, when I want, a on my own schedule. I love doing things and sharing experiences with other people, but sometimes days like that are really a treat! I love that you are really getting out and enjoying as much as you can before being consumed by school!

    I am still waiting to see that movie.

  2. August 30, 2009 at 5:04 am #

    Falafels and the beach and chocolate brownies and pie… you lucky, lucky girl!!

  3. August 30, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    What a great day!
    I have to admit to having zero interest in seeing Food Inc. For some resaon it just doesn’t call out to me.
    Love all the sweet stuff in this post. Your Mom’s pie looks heavenly!

  4. August 30, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    Glad you like that Mojo! I haven’t had one in so long that I’m craving it just looking at yours! 3 of you in the theater? That’s like when I went with one of my friends to see Blindness and it was just us – haha! Glad you liked the movie though. As far as the legal system goes, I have no idea what grounds constitute suing but I do know that people try to sue over the stupidest things.


  5. August 30, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Sounds like you had a really enjoyable day! Nothing like enjoy some great meals/snacks with the beach as your scenery 🙂

    Mmm looks like your mom really knows what she’s doin’ in the kitchen!

  6. August 30, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Oh wow, this post was filled with some of my favorite foods. For starters, I LOVE that flavor MOJO bar, it’s my favorite. The falafel looks fantastic too. I’ve seen a couple blogs today with falafel and now I’m craving it a bit…hmmm…

    Regarding America’s tendency to sue people/places/companies, I agree with you that it’s pathetic. Seriously, some of the things people sue for are just ridiculous. Off the top of my head I am just thinking about the McDonald’s coffee incident, when a lady sued McDonald’s because her coffee burned her….WHAT?! I mean, isn’t coffee supposed to be hot?? I would think the excuse a company would give for suing someone for changing their eating habits would be that they probably talked about this change in eating habits in public or on tv, thus making the company look bad who had the e.coli. So the company gets bad publicity, then they try to take revenge on the person. It’s dumb.

  7. Lizzy
    August 30, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    they are about to open up a falafel king in my area and i’m excited! ur sandwich looks great!!!!


  8. August 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    So jealous that you got to see Food Inc. And your falafel.

  9. August 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Love the outing!!!! That’s pretty well my favourite area if van. And capers is a real winner too – the coconut macaroons are crackalicious!!! lol


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