Things That Are Good

1. My mom came home from the hospital today! She’s feeling pretty good, looks good, and it appears they have found a solution to her medical problems. Sure, she has to take it easy for a few days, but just being out of the hospital and in your own home will help her heaps in healing.

2. I got my hair done today. Being a Leo, I’m all about maintaining my mane. So today, it was goodbye grey hairs, hello pumped up red! Which of course meant an impromptu photo shoot in the mirror.


3. My latest assignment for my Food Theory Applications class. This one involved grocery shopping – an activity near and dear to my heart!


We were assigned to take a shopping trip to a local ethnic market, to get us to experience something outside of our normal grocery shopping experience. Now, I’m the kind of person who would probably go to an ethnic market anyways, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch.


I ended up being assigned to Cioffi’s, an Italian Meat Market and Deli located in North Burnaby. Since I have all this time off for reading week, it seemed like the perfect time to check it out. That, and my assignment is due on the Wednesday after we go back from break.


Now, I would have taken some photos in the store, but I got the impression they weren’t overly impressed with me and my clipboard, taking notes as I inspected everything on the shelves and behind the deli counter. I did have one staff member come up to me to ask if I needed help, and was a bit suspicious when I said I was doing a school assignment. Fortunately, no one kicked me out of the store. Which really, was in their best interests, since I left with a bag full of goodies!


For our assignment, we are required to buy something to eat or prepare from our shopping destination. But I’m sure they didn’t mean we needed to buy quite this much:


This is what happens when you let a foodie loose in a wonderfully stocked Italian market & deli. Heck, this was even a bit restrained – I probably could have spent double what I did.


So, what exactly made it’s way home with me?

Risotto rice. The only one I could find in the store that was whole grain (or so I figure – the package was all in Italian).


Side note – the foodie in me wanted to just buy the really good white risotto rice, but the future RD in my wanted the whole grain. The hippie in me got distracted by the fact that this one was also organic, so its the one that ended up in my basket.

House-made sausages. First up, wild boar(!)

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And duck sausage(!) How could I pass up on finds like these? They also had bison, rabbit, lamb, turkey, and more. It really was hard to choose just two.


I bought pasta


(frozen vegetarian agnolotti herb pasta – so hard to decide, as they had about a dozen flavours)



(5 colour orecchiette – it was too pretty to not take home with me)


…and more pasta!


(I *think* this is a farro pasta. Again, my Italian is poor, but it was near the spelt pastas, so it’s at least whole grain)

I grabbed a couple jars of marinated vegetables – spicy cauliflower and mild eggplant.


I couldn’t very well leave without a nice chunk of parmiggiano reggiano.


And then I splurged on one other cheese I’ve always wanted to try.


Hello manchego! I know, I know, it’s a Spanish cheese. But it’s not the easiest to find. Seeing as I was already out there…


It’s such a gorgeous looking cheese.


I love the pattern on the rind in contrast to the pale interior.


One more manchego glamour shot.


Did I mention I kinda like cheese? Just in case you couldn’t tell.


All in all, I found the selection excellent, and the prices to be decent. I definitely saw some items there that we carry at my store for a much better price than we sell them for. That being said, I still did a little bit of damage to the visa.


What can I say, higher education is expensive!


My assignment isn’t quite over – I have to now prepare and consume the items (or at least some) and also write about that. I see risotto in my very near future, that’s for sure. And perhaps a pizza (oh yeah, I bought pizza dough as well!) using some of that fancy sausage.

One thing I’m amazed with is that I left there without any cured meats, olive oils, or balsamic vinegar. I had to draw the line somewhere.


So while I go dream about all wonderful culinary creations in my near future, I shall leave you with one more photo of my new ‘do, because I’m a touch vain and totally fishing for compliments 😉


Hey, at least I’m honest!

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11 Comments on “Things That Are Good”

  1. February 17, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Excellent news!

  2. February 17, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    OH YUM! Your purchases look delicious. I’m definitely going back to my assigned store to get some stuff, and be able to write a better paper. :p I don’t feel I really got a feel for the place the first time.
    Glad to hear about your mom! And very nice hair do, isn’t it fun to get it straightened?

  3. February 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Your hair color is absolutely fabulous. So gorgeous!

  4. Amy
    February 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Your hair looks amazing! The red goes very nicely with the colour of your eyes! And the style is great too =)

    Yum at the cheese! I l cringe at how expensive cheese is for us Canadians…but worth.every.penny.

  5. February 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Your hair looks amazing!

  6. February 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I’m so haps that mom is okay! AndGIRL I had to LOL at your compliments request. I think there is nothing more attractive than honest communication about one’s needs. So, that alone is hot, but then add that hair and BAM! I now have a serious cruh! 🙂 It really does loo beautiful on you! xo

  7. February 18, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    All that Italian stuff makes me feel like I’m in my Mom’s kitchen! 🙂 And your hair does look great……;)

  8. February 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    You should totally rock the pumped up red more often!!! It totally brings your eyes out!

    Oh and btw on rare occasions you can find Manchego at Costco! 🙂

  9. marie
    February 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Yay for your mum coming home, I can’t wait to hear about the boar sausage, and your hair looks FANTABULOUS!!

  10. February 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    That’s why I like you so much Marianne – we both love cheese! Totally with the $$ if you ask me.

    i LOVE YOUR HAIR! I wish you were smiling in the picture though! 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend – my husband is home from the hospital too – so glad for both him and your momma so they can rest at home!

  11. February 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Great hair.
    I’d love to eat all those groceries and write about the experience. School is so much fun.
    Nice your mom is home.

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