New Year’s Mini Vacation

As promise, here’s a little recap of what I was up to over New Year’s. Alas, I don’t have alot of pictures, but sometimes that’s the way life goes.

I was up bright and early Thursday morning, so I could catch a ferry over to Victoria to visit my friends! I didn’t want to be late, so my breakfast photos were taken mid-munching.

Toasted Silver Hills “The Big 16” bread with peanut butter & raspberry jam.

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My favourite smoothie combination – banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla whey protein powder, flax seed, and milk.

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Quick, easy fuel to keep me going until I was at my destination city.

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My ferry ride was uneventful – I spent the 1.5 hours reading magazines, and rockin’ out to the tunes on my iPod. I considered lunch on the ferry, but I just wasn’t hungry, so I waited until I got into downtown Victoria.

Of course, once I was over there, it was pouring with rain. All I could think of for lunch was something warm, brothy, and noodley. I hit up the mall food court, and my desires were fulfilled!

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Shrimp Udon Soup from Edo Japan. Check out their website for the nutritionals – if you only focus on the fibre, calories, fat, and protein, it’s pretty damn good. I choose to ignore the sodium stats, as they make me want to cry.

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That sucker is huge too! I figure I only had about half the broth, so that probably saved me half the sodium. Phew!

I decided to do a little shopping before catching the bus over to my friends’ house. I was feeling the need for some new tea from one of the gems of Victoria – Silk Road Tea.

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I went with the Cherry HaikuJapanese green tea with sakura cherry essence. Smells deliciously fruity.

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And I couldn’t pass up the Velvet Potionblack tea, raw cacao & nibs, vanilla beans, exotic spices & essences. Check out those nibs!

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I have yet to try either though, but I’ll let you know the results 🙂

With my little tins of tea tucked safely in my bag, I figured it was about time to catch the bus. My stomach had other ideas, and wanted a tasty baked good. A quick stop into Starbucks, and I was set with a slice of their reduced fat banana chocolate chip coffee cake.

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This was very satisfying. It would be great for when you have a muffin craving 🙂

Finally, I arrived at my destination and was able to see some of my friends I’ve missed since I moved away in August. We spent the weekend chatting, playing Rockband, playing Wii Sports, playing board games, drinking tea, and of course eating. Oh, how wonderful it was to eat with people who share my style for food. It really made me feel like I was back living on my own, eating foods that I not only enjoy but that make me feel better than I’ve been feeling. If only I had pictures to share with you all. Alas, I do not, but here’s the menu from Thursday night through Saturday morning:

  • Stuffed Pumpkinwild rice blend, mushrooms, celery, spinach, green peppers, herbs, parmesan (Thursday dinner)
  • Cranberry Almond Cream Cheese Cake (dessert)
  • homemade museli with almond milk and blueberries (Friday breakfast)
  • build your own pizzasveggie salami, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, artichokes, spinach, mozzarella, tomato sauce, all on naan bread (excellent pizza crust option!) (Friday lunch)
  • Chinese take-out (Friday dinner – we wanted Thai, but they were closed)
  • Sunchoke & Red Chard spread with crackers (Friday night snack)
  • Foux de Fa Fa (Ferris’ Oyster Bar)French toast stuffed with brie and spiced walnuts, with dried apricot and vanilla bean compote (Saturday brunch – heaven!)

As you can see, I was well fed while I was on my mini vacation. Awesome friends, awesome food, time away from my family. It was perfect. A great way to refresh before starting up the new school semester, that’s for sure.

One thing to come out of the weekend was the discovery of a new cookbook – The Complete Harrowsmith Cookbook. My friend had used this awesome cookbook to make a few things (the stuffed pumpkin and cranberry almond cake), and had nothing but good things to say about it. I thumbed through, and thought it might be worth picking up one day. Not that I really need anymore cookbooks, although, can you ever have too many?

Saturday night I made a trip down to the mall here at home, and low and behold, what did I find?

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Not only did I find the cookbook, but it was on sale. Hello, $10 for a $35 cookbook? It was fate. I had to purchase it. Especially when you consider how many recipes are contained in this little treasure.

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Did you get that? 2151 recipes. Insane. I swear, the book has everything you could ever want to make, and things you didn’t know you wanted to make until you saw them in there. Not only that, but they all have relatively short ingredient lists, and easy instructions. One day I’m sure I’ll read through the whole thing 😉

Well, I was going to share with your my goals for this new year, but this post has already gotten longer than I expected, and it’s totally past my bedtime (hint – one of my goals involves getting more sleep). So I shall save those for a later day – good thing we still have 360 days left, so no worries if I don’t share said goals for another day or two, right? Night!

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Categories: Books/Cookbooks, Breakfast, Lunch, New Years


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7 Comments on “New Year’s Mini Vacation”

  1. January 5, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    Your Starbucks treat reminded me of the muffins they used to have a few years ago – banana chocolate chip with a crumbly topping, oh my word! Divine! That is a TON of recipes!!

  2. January 5, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    I never seem to buy cookbooks anymore. The internet makes it all too easy.

    That protein shake sounds killer, anything with banana, chocolate and pb is wonderful.

  3. January 5, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Sounds like you had a really good time. I bet you miss Victoria and all the familiar things there…

  4. January 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Sounds like a nice mini-vacation with lots of delicious eats! Those teas look really interesting, let us know how they are!

  5. January 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    OMG. That Foux de Fa Fa sounds amazing.

    I never ate at that restaurant when I was at Vic. I’ll have to go there next time I’m back there.

  6. January 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    A cookbook covered with pictures of SQUASH on the front? Yes PLEASE.

    Glad to hear you had a great mini vacay!


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