What do you do when you find yourself without plans on a Saturday night, with an itch to get out of the house? When all of your friends seem to already have plans? When your parents are having company over? Why yes – get out and go shopping!
Sure, it helps that it’s Christmas time and many stores are working extended hours to help you spend your hard earned dollars. But actually, every place I went would have still been open anyways. Take that Christmas consumerism!
So because I haven’t done a shopping post in ages, and I just so happened to buy food things, well…here we go!
First Stop – Chapters
Bookstores are great places to entertain yourself for hours on pretty much any subject you can think of! And luckily I have a Chapters virtually in my backyard, open late, so I can browse whenever the mood strikes me. I managed to keep myself from the cookbook section, because I need another cookbook like I need another hole in my head. I did, however, come home with a couple magazines – Vancouver Magazine’s 2012 Eating & Drinking Guide (I always consult here when I’m looking for a new restaurant to check out), and the December issue of Vegetarian Times, simply for their Chinese Buddhist cuisine feature (I haven’t had delicious Buddhist food since living in Victoria). These will be perfect when I’m avoiding studying for exams!
Next Stop – Whole Foods
Sure, it was a little out of the way, but I remembered I had bought their recent Living Social deal ($10 for $20 worth of products), and thought why not go splurge on fun items I don’t need? I may have dropped a little more than the $20, but it’s all good. I picked up some great treats!
Such as this delicious banana chocolate chip muffin from their bakery. It made for an excellent breakfast this morning with a glass full of green juice.
See all those chocolate chips? I think chocolate chips should be mandatory for Sunday breakfasts, don’t you?
I also got a little something to enjoy for lunch today.
I actually saw the yam, parsnip, and kale salad in their salad bar as I walked past, and wandered over to the deli to see if they also had it there. Sure, I could have packaged my own from the salad bar, but then I wouldn’t have the sticker with the ingredient list. Which is key – if you enjoy the salad, then you know what to use at home to make it yourself! Sneaky!
It’s a lovely combination of roasted yams, parsnips, red onion, and purple kale. Simple and to the point. I do think it would taste even better hot out of the oven though.
I ate it with chopsticks, because it seemed appropriate for the little take out box.
I also stocked up on some random grocery items.
I’ve been craving a good mug of hot chocolate like crazy lately. I did have an excellent one at The Juice Truck on the last day of classes (you have to check it out – it’s steaming hot almond milk with 63% dark chocolate from Beta 5 Chocolates. The chocolate comes on a stick, and you stir it in so it gets all melty and awesome). Unfortunately my favourite liquid food truck isn’t exactly close to my house, so having a package of Camino Dark Hot Chocolate on hand is probably the next best solution.
Speaking of chocolate…
Butter Baked Goods Chocolate Sandwich Cookie. I don’t need to say anymore.
I also grabbed some Food Should Taste Good chips since they were on sale. You never know when you’ll need a salty snack in the midst of a late night study session.
Another impulse buy (damn you end displays!) – The Naam Famous Miso Gravy. If you have ever been to The Naam restaurant in Vancouver, you will have enjoyed this delicious sauce with your meal. I’m pretty sure it’s a standard condiment there. What’s even better is that you can buy it to use at home. I see roasted potato wedges in my near future…
I also grabbed a few fridge items (all these things on sale!) – Liberté coconut yogurt, So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt (in Canada!), and a GT’s Citrus Kombucha (to balance out the junky study food). I’m definitely interested in the So Delicious yogurt, as I have no idea what to expect. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a non-dairy yogurt, now that I think about it. Always good for us RD’s to be to stay on top of the products in the market.
Final Stop – Starbucks
What can I say? It was cold, and I wanted something warm and comforting. So I went with the Venti Tazo Joy Tea.
My Starbucks tea buying tip – it doesn’t matter which size tea you get, they are all the same price. Just make sure you ask for one tea bag when you get the Venti, otherwise they give you two and charge more. But you are all smart people and probably figured that out way before I ever did.
And that, my friends, was my Saturday night. Do I know how to live it up or what?!