January 01, 2019

Montréal, Québec Part 1: China Town, Old Port, Old Montréal

Rich & I took a short trip to Montréal during my holiday from work and to be honest, we went to eat and pig out at their local vegan/vegetarian restaurants as well as some not-so veggie places. We took the train there, enjoyed naps and movies on the way there and stayed at an Airbnb which was located in the heart of downtown, 5 minutes from the Metro (Berri-Uqam) and minutes from the places we wanted to eat at. It was perfect!

Photos from Airbnb
Pillow chocolates and snacks from our hosts
Pine Christmas tree for the holidays
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Included was breakfast (baked goods, bread, Poptarts etc), Nespresso/tea, fresh fruit and full access to the kitchen
Notes and letters from previous guests

End of The Year Purchases

So it's the end of 2018 and to me, it flew by quicker than most other years. Work has kept me busy and everything is at a nice pace. We're anticipating the first and second quarter to be busier than normal, (I work in the wedding industry designing/producing stationary) with Spring/Summer brides booking appointments and rushing to get their orders in. My goal is to get everybody on schedule! Better yet, a head of it, since no one seems to realize just how quickly time flies by. 

Anyways, Black Friday came and then Boxing Day. I bought a couple things here and there, but these are the last two hauls I made. First, Bath and Body Works as they had their semi-annual sale, plus a $10 off $40 coupon. I keep these creams at work by my desk and they're scattered around the house. The sprays are nice after the shower or sometimes as a light room spray.

Love the texture of these creams, except Cucumber Melon...which has a scent so strong, it creeps onto your taste buds. Exchange. Happy Vibes and Wild Strawberry are nice for spring. I'm a sucker for anything peachy, so I actually bought two.
Happy Vibes and Waikiki Coconut for warmer months, Vanilla Bean for whenever and Vanilla Bean Noel for right now.
It smells like cookies! 
Okay, so I am in love LOVE with Made About You and I've been eyeing the cream and spray online (since it's discontinued) and deciding whether or now I want to buy it. So glad I spotted these beside the cash register and picked them up!! 
Repurchase of The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid, which I like using every second or third day. My skin loves this stuff, keeps it soft and smooth
and a try buy of The Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate for those extra super dry months.
Another item I wanted to try, NOID's Sanskrit Saponins. A cleanser in a tube, kind of smells like a mix of bread with a touch of peanut butter. Doesn't sound appealing at all, but muster through it- I've been loving this every couple of days after taking my make up off. My pores and skin feel clean. Squeaky clean! But not stripped.
As someone who loves chemical exfoliation, I picked up some more Lactic Acid 10% + HA. I use this in rotation with the other acids.

December 30, 2018

Vegetarian Food Festival: Part 3

Kings Café: We have to go every year and everyone else agrees. They serve delicious dim-sum like food, only there's no meat. Prices are decent- ranging from $1 to $2 per item. 
A mix of skewers ($2 ea)  and a chick'n drumstick ($1 ea). 
Inside of a chick'n nugget 
Inside of the mock char-siu (bbq pork)
Popcorn chick'n bites -- hands down favourite. Cripsy outside, meaty inside and seasoned lightly with 5 spice.
Blended Fruit, served in ...fruit. Poor guy working the counter couldn't blend fast enough. Time for a Vitamix, you guys.
This was the shit. It was so damn good. Culcherd non-dairy butter are what dreams are made of. 
Not just popcorn.
Our main for the day- all veg Indian plate, $8, had a scoop of everything and was delicious.
Samosa innards. Super flavourful.
Boardwalk
More snacks, more samples.

September 09, 2018

Vegetarian Food Festival: Part 2

Sol Cuisine: We already knew their burgers are delicious, so we were looking forward to trying out some of their new meatless alternatives. 
Featured was their Greek Moussakka meatballs, made with a base of eggplants and veg proteins. They were really good- texture had a little chew, it was juicy and packed with flaovour. Win!
Nelakee: They have a store front on Scarbrough, but with their odd hours, we usually just stock up annually at the Veg Food Fest. This time would we bought about $60 worth of Taiwanese faux meats. Maybe not the healthiest, but always welcomed when we're looking for a quick source of protein for dinner. 
Bobo's Oat Bars: Cute name, dry bars. Decent flavour profile, but they were lacking moisture/chew. 
Maple Walnut- our favourite flavour combo that unfortunately did not show through in this bar.
If I hadn't already made a batch of corn soup at home, I totally would have bought a cup,-especially with the temperature dropping. Huge lines for this vendor, lots of people munching on $5 cobs of corn.
Nuts For Cheese: Loved the packaging and the friendly people. Rich isn't a fan of most vegan cheese products, so I tried this one solo. All their cheeses were super creamy and rich. A little would go a long way.
"Super Blue": Sharp, rich, and marbled with spirulina.
Looks kind of like real blue cheese! Description is spot on. I really enjoyed this one. 
"Red Rind": Mild and creamy with a turmeric and paprika rind. Deliciously smoke and rich. Super pretty too! 
Simply Protein: These chips have 18g of protein per serving and they taste really good too. 

Vegetarian Food Festival: Part 1

Pistachio Baklawa from Baklawa Queen: Just as good as the honey/butter version. Look at those laters! $2.50  
Baked good from Bunner's Bake Shop
Samples from Nong Shim: They have some of the best instant noodles (I find their noodle texture is just right). We were looking forward to buying a box of 20 packages, usually $10, but they weren't on offer this year. Huge disappointment, as they were only selling cup noodles...which we're not fans of. 
Chickpea Miklk: Tried this out, not a fan. Sip and spit, tasted like "paint thinner" as Rich put it. 
Sunflower Kitchen: They offer a variety of dips in a wide range of flavours
I tried the sunflower pesto which I really enjoyed. So much so I wanted to buy a couple containers (a mix of hummus and pesto), but was ignored and passed over for a good 7 minutes. With the people behind me getting served and others pushing their way for a sample, I left empty handed eyes rolling. You lost my business.
It was busy but not overwhelmingly so
Kind: I love their nut bars (hello, almond coconut!), so it was no surprised that their pressed fruit and chia bars were a huge hit as well. The were a pleasant mix of dried fruit snack with little bits of chia seeds. So yummy.
Yves Veggie Cuisine: Rich gets their products regularly, as they have a good selection of meat alternatives. 
Yves veggie sausages- pretty good for a non-meat product! I had mine with a dab of sriracha.
Genuine Health: Fermented Vegan Protein bars, sampled both coconut lemon and maple walnut and as someone who doesn't eat bars like these ever, the maple one could have passed as a less sweet version of fudge.. I liked it and so did Rich!

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