Liquid Lunch

Although the calendar said today was May 14th, it sure seemed like summer out there today. It was 25 degrees Celsius in Coquitlam today. In May! Pretty unbelievable, but kind of nice. Means I get to drive around with the sunroof wide open 😀

All this sun means fabulous outdoor lighting for photography as well.

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Can you guess what my breakfast was?

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Why hello oatmeal! It’s been awhile since we last enjoyed each other’s company.

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I had in my mind that I wanted some simple peanut butter & jam oats, so that’s what I made.

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp skim milk powder
  • 3 dried figs, chopped
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • peanut butter
  • strawberry freezer jam

I decided to use the flax seed as topping instead of stirring it in like I usually do. I thought it looked rather pretty that way.

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With a glass of jewel-toned cranberry juice.

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Oh, this was a good bowl of oatmeal. Maybe because I hadn’t had any for some time, or maybe the flavours were just spot on. Either way, I enjoyed it immensely.

Shortly after breakfast I was on my way out the door, as I had a full day of fun planned. My first stop was Pure Nail Bar for a mani/pedi combo, with my cousin’s wife. I went with a summery jade colour on my toes, and similar polish on my nails from the last mani/pedi outing.

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We went across the street once we were done, and grabbed something to eat. Well, for me, it was mostly something to drink. We both decided to try out one of the risotto balls from Thrifty Foods deli. They are a new item, and on sale this week.

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I would love to give the risotto ball a good review, but it just doesn’t deserve it. I don’t know about you, but when I think risotto, I imagine something creamy and delicious. The inside of this ball was neither. Thriftys, I love your deli and all, but these suck.

Good thing Starbucks never disappoints with their iced green tea latte.

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Don’t worry, I was parked when I took the photo.

While sitting in the sun, enjoying our lunch, I was also finalizing the rest of my planned outings for the day. I ended up at the mall to meet Jill from Jill’s Test Kitchen, where she treated me to a Booster Juice with her Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon.

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Photo taken back at home of the cup that once held a Raspberry Rapture. Tasty, raspberry-y, brain freeze inducing. Gotta love it.

After the second part of my liquid lunch, Jill and I were off on a mission – a meat shopping mission to be exact. Although, not quite in Mission (yes, we have a city here called Mission). We drove out to Maple Ridge to check out Organic World Meats. Word on the street was they had an excellent selection of meats, all organic, for awesome prices, close to conventional meat prices at the supermarket. Word on the street was correct – the small shop held a vast assortment of products, from your basic chicken, beef, and pork, to the more exotic like quail, game meat, and turtle. Yes, you read that correctly. As I was browsing the frozen meat case, I spotted a whole turtle, packaged and waiting for someone to bring it home for dinner. It got me wondering – how do you cook a turtle? And what does it taste like? Perhaps one day I’ll get the urge to try out turtle. But today, I went with some safer options, both of the bison variety.

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The bison jalapeno & cheese smokies first caught my eye when I walked in, and happened to be on sale ($3.99 for 4).

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Then in keeping with the sausage theme, I also grabbed a package of bison pepperoni, knowing that my family would enjoy it ($4.99 for 10 sticks).

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Organic bison sausage and pepperoni for less than $10? Sweet deal! Jill scored some great prices on organic chicken breasts and ground beef as well. I could see making the trek out to the ‘Ridge to stock up on some great meat eats.

(Almost) right next door to Organic World is a health/organic food store called Roots Natural Organic Foods. Since we were out there, we figured we should check it out. You never know what treasures they may have, or what deals you might find. They had a nice produce section, and well stocked shelves with all the regular natural food store items. Probably due to the warm weather, we were drawn to the ice cream case, where we found something I’ve seen on blogs, but didn’t think was carried in Canada.

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Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream! I’ve had the So Delicious coconut ice cream and loved it, but it’s always so pricey. The Coconut Bliss was priced $2 less per pint, which may have been a sale price, I’m not sure. Regardless, I had to bring some home with me. I chose two – had to make the drive out there worthwhile 😉 I went with the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge and Naked Coconut flavours.

We also took a quick drive by/walk through of Hopcott Premium Meats on our way back home, where we sampled some teriyaki beef jerky, but didn’t end up buying anything. So we made our way back to the mall, where I dropped Jill off at her car, and then went home.

Since I’d spent my day consuming a bunch of liquid calories, I thought I should balance it out with something solid. And hey, I had bison pepperoni to taste test. perfect!

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It has a nice heat, and a somewhat different flavour that isn’t obvious right away. Not gamey, but almost a more smokey flavour? It’s hard to describe. But it’s good, and that’s all that matters, right?

While I munch away on my pepperoni, I set out opening my mail, which included a package. How I love getting packages in the mail. This one contained a new product I’ve been sent to review. I’m pretty excited about it, but it shall remain a mystery until I get a chance to try it out. For now, I will give you these teaser photos.

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I know, the suspense is killing you!

Another bonus of receiving products to sample? Instant cat amusement.

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Put an empty box on the floor, and you know sooner or later Sienna will be inside it.

I went to Zumba this afternoon with my sister, to make up for the class I missed on Tuesday to watch the last Canucks hockey game of the season. OMG – the gym was a sauna. I was the definition of sweaty mess by the end of it, and not just because I was working hard. I guess it was a good thing I’d been downing the liquids all day, otherwise I would have been super dehydrated at the end of class.

When we got back home, my dad went to get dinner. Something we hadn’t enjoyed in awhile.

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Fish & chips! Halibut of course, topped with tartar sauce.

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And those awesome chip shop fries, with a drizzle of ketchup.

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If I’m going to eat fried food, it should be fish and chips. Yum!

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After dinner, I made a quick trip to the store to pick up some random things, then came home and spent the evening sipping on ice water with lime and fresh mint (courtesy of Jill’s garden).

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Curiosity finally got the best of me, and I just had to dish up a wee scoop of the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Coconut Bliss ice cream.

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Not only was that a tiny scoop, but I ate it with a baby spoon to make it last longer. Loved all the pieces of hazelnut throughout the ice cream, and there is a nice fudge swirl. I should have let it thaw a bit before scooping so it would look nicer, but I’m impatient like that.

And here I am again, posting in the wee hours of the morning, when I have to be up bright and early to go on another foodie adventure. This time, the goal is not meat, but spring vegetables. Local asparagus anyone? Keep your fingers crossed I end up with some! Night!

PS – Only 2 days left to win some free Silver Hills bread & a t-shirt. Go enter my giveaway. All the cool kids are doing it.

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7 Comments on “Liquid Lunch”

  1. May 15, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    What a great post, Marianne! Great toe colour…I see you’ve become a mani/pedi fan! 😉

    Seeing a turtle like that would freak me right out. I know that is something I would never, ever eat. My hubby had some turtle “stuff” while in Japan and was not a fan. Hehe….All the bison sounds qonderful, though. And what an awesome Coconut Bliss score! That mutsa put a HUGE smile on your face! 🙂

    Anthing with the words “vanilla” and “almond” in it has got to be good!

    Ah, Sienna….the highlight of the post! Baby doll…

  2. May 15, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    I was wondering when you were going to snap a picture of the Booster Juice!

  3. May 15, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    omg 25, gorgeous weather! it only got to 20 on the island, but no complaints thats still good! I love booster juice or jugo juice for lunch on hot days! i think a big meal wouldnt work in hot weather.. def smoothies all the way! and CUTE toe nails, loving the green- i just put a brownish color on mine lol.

    have a fantastic weekend love!

  4. May 15, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    mmm… that oatmeal breakfast looks so delicious! I’ll have to give it a try 🙂
    (and isn’t this weather amazing? yesterday, 9:30 AM, it was 23 degrees downtown!)

  5. May 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    I think flax definitely makes a good and pretty oatmeal bowl topper. Usually I stir it in but the on top method is swell too 🙂
    I’m excited that you found that Coconut Bliss in Canada… there is hope for this country and good foods! Haha. I’ll have to keep my eyes extra peeled for those freezer gems.

  6. highonhealthy
    May 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Turtle?! That’s different.. I wonder if it would taste good. For some reason I never thought about people eating turtle but I suppose it makes sense. Anything “meaty” is edible and peeps have probably tried eating the most random of things.

    Booster Juice is soooo good! Although Jugo Juice is even better. 😉

    You’re a BCer?! That’s awesome because I am too. 😀

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