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Wine Tour: Waipara

Waipara

It’s only taken Dan and I all of eight months to finally drive out to the Waipara wineries. Luckily, our friend Megan came down from Auckland for the weekend and inspired us to take a drive out of town. Despite the rainy weather forecast we made the most of our grey Sunday with our first Waipara Wine tour of the season.

Waipara Wine Tour

The Waipara area is well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils, both ideal for quality wine production. Our particular wine tour included three winery stops, giving us good reason to come back to explore more.

Black Estate Winery

Black Estate

A beautiful vineyard located about 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction. The winery is organic and has been using biodynamic practices (a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition) since 2010 and is well known for their Pinots, Chardonnays and Rieslings.

The lunch menu focuses on fresh local ingredients which flavours well with the wines. I definitely suggest ordering more tapas style that way you can taste a little bit of everything on the menu. We decided to start off with the cheese plate which had a selection of one, two or three cheese options. We opted in for the goat cheese with an ash rind and the gouda. I particularly enjoyed the freshly made crackers and local honey with the cheeses.

Black Estate Winery

Dan started with the creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup which he was kind enough to share around the table. Even though the artichoke soup wouldn’t have been my first choice I would have definitely licked-the-bowl good if I had the opportunity.
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For mains we had the potato gnocchi with lemon, sage, winter greens (I would highly recommend this dish) along side with the miso asparagus special. Due to being a seasonal vegetable this side is not always on the menu. Looking forward to our next visit out to the region as I could definitely see myself going for lunch again.

Greystone Winery

After filling our stomachs at Black Estate we decided to carry on our tour to Greystone winery just off the main highway in beautiful Omihi in the Waipara Valley. We tasted an array of their wines and it was easy to get caught up in conversation the cellar door manager. I would definitely be keen to go back  to sit outside on a sunny day on their amazing patio.

Greystone winery

Pegasus Bay

​Pegasus Bay is known for its award winning wines and renowned world class restaurant. As soon as we drove up to the area we new we were in for a real treat.

Walking around the grounds we soaked in (literally) the breath-taking gardens. I was humbled by the beautiful flowers and plants surrounding the building.

Pegasus WineryAlthough we didn’t get to test out the food we took a bottle or two home after tasting some wines at their cellar door. I can’t wait for our next journey back out to Waipara to check out even more of the restaurants and the other cellar doors.

The Best Health-focused Cafes in Auckland

It’s most certainly been a fun-filled few weeks of tasting my way through Auckland’s generous selection of health-focused restaurants scattered across what is known as ‘the city of sails’.

Looking for the best healthy meals in Auckland? With all the choices available you can’t go wrong. Here are my top 4 picks for the best health-focused cafes serving plant-forward, whole food meals in Auckland:

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The Unbakery Cafes (Ponsonby & CBD) | $$$ (out of 5) | Cafe

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The Unbakery Cafe’s offer some seriously nutritious raw plant-based food that caters to most allergy sufferers. You can sense the amount of love and energy they put into their creations by looking around their two beautifully designed spaces. I was first introduced to this cafe while on our New Zealand road trip travelling south for the month of January (blog post coming soon). The Unbakery’s cookbook started popping up in other health-based cafes, grocery stores and friends houses throughout the trip. When we returned back to Auckland I knew I had to go check this place out and try some of their delicious creations. For those of you who know me personally I definitely tend to indulge in the sweets, so I highly recommend the raspberry chocolate brownies, they’re to die for. Seriously, I’d kill my fiancé if he ate more than his half.

Monday's Eatery

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Mondays Eatery (Kingsland) | $$$ (out of 5) | Cafe

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A lovely little hidden gem down a small lane in Kingsland serving up tasty healthy whole-food plates for breakfast, lunch & dinner. On top of the cafe is a wonderful intimate space called Ivy Studio which hosts daily yoga and meditation classes. I highly suggest checking out a class first and follow the stretch up with the tasty Middle East Feast dish loaded with herbed quinoa tabbouleh, coriander lentils, dolma rolls, green bean salad, pumpkin hummus, rosemary & sun-dried tomato olives. If your craving a little extra goodness be sure to add an avocado; it’s a great addition to the mix!  I also recommend relaxing in the garden oasis out back of the cafe, your body will thank you after soaking up the rays and greenery and filling your tummy with goodness.

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Wise Cicada Cafe (Newmarket) | $$ (out of 5) | Cafe

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One of my favourite healthy spots for breakfast or lunch in Newmarket without a doubt. I stumbled across the cafe by complete fluke after attending a yoga class at the Yoga Corner nearby. The cafe offers a wide range of delicious smoothies, salads and raw desserts. I was lucky enough to try an array of dishes while there. The vegan shepard’s pie was a definitely favourite, but I will mention that it was a special of the day so occasionally you’ll see it on the menu. I always get the liver cleanser smoothie after sweaty yoga class as it helps boost the detoxification process they make this one with organic orange, apple, beetroot & spray free ginger. As soon as you pop in you’ll also find a large selection of raw cakes and slices so be sure to treat yourself with something sweet if you go. Attached to the Wise Cicada Cafe is also one of the best organic grocery stores that I’ve ever been too. It’s been a one-stop-shop for all my vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free supplies since landing in Auckland.

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The Raw Kitchen
(CBD) | $$ (out of 5) | Cafe

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The Raw Kitchen is located in the City Works Depot a unique little industrial area in the heart of downtown home to creative and talented restaurants and shopping outlets. Whether you’re looking for a healthy lunch or a 3PM snack break The Raw Kitchen serves up freshly made meals, smoothies and delicious desserts that will have you wanting to come back for more. My personal favourites include the flat whites as they make a delicious homemade coconut-almond milk. I tend to pair it with a raw slice of chocolate raspberry cheesecake or chocolate peppermint slice (I told you I had a sweet tooth).

So there you have it, if you ever find yourself in Auckland looking to try out some fresh tasting health-focused restaurants these are some of my favourite places.

Road Trip Through New Zealand

Hello all! From the white and black sand beaches to some wildly windy roads and an endless amount of pies. I’m happy to say that our photos are finally up from our month long trip around New Zealand. There are more stories to come but I wanted to share a few of my favourite moments from our adventure together.

Only fitting that the first photo I take in NZ is of a . We had a pretty crazy last month in Vancouver... between getting engaged, packing up our lives in a container and saying good-bye to our friends and family we have finally arrived at our destination. Here's to the next three weeks of exploring this beautiful country ✨

Only fitting that the first photo I took in New Zealand is of a sheep. We had a pretty crazy busy but awesome last month in Vancouver between getting engaged, packing up our lives in a container and saying good-bye to our friends and family we finally arrived at our destination.

Wander this way.. but watch out for quicksand.

About an hour drive outside of Auckland is the beautiful Te Henga also referred to as Bethells beach in the Waitakere Ranges well worth a visit despite the quicksand.

Settling into this kiwi way of life just fine. Thanks to my amazing tour guide @dssims and @meganpe87 for letting us say at her family batch Next stop: Rotorua

We made our way up to beautiful Hahei, a small settlement in Mercury Bay on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. This photo was taken at Cathedral Cove, between the settlements of Cooks Beach and Hot Water Beach.

Taking in the beauty of the pōhutukawa, also known as New Zealand's Christmas tree.

I love taking photos of plants and flowers native to New Zealand. This here is the pōhutukawa, also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

Morning eats at @flightcoffeehangar in Wellington.

We arrived in Wellington and we enjoyed some delicious morning eats and coffee at The Hangar in Wellington.

Tussock grassland and this guy ☝

After a few days in Wellington we few down to Christchurch and explored the Port hills and the endless amounts of tussock grassland.

Lyttleton farmers market.. you're a real winner

While spending time in Lyttleton we visited the famous farmers market which takes place every Saturday. The main street was blocked off and completely filled up with people. I’ve never seen so many amazing vendors in my life. We spent the afternoon sampling local goodies and shopping for our next meal which included loads of veggies from the local farmers & fresh bread from the bakery.

Watching the waves roll in

We flew back into Wellington and had a few more day to explore. We drove around and stopped in Tarakena Bay to watch the waves roll in.

Such a beautiful stay in Taranaki from meeting friends parents to sleeping in @cottesloeciaran sweet little camper van on the beach. Next stop Raglan for the tail end of vacation

On our way up from Wellington we spent a night in Taranaki on the beach in a camper van. I absolutely love waking up to the sound of the waves rolling in.

Just in time to catch the sunset surf

Made our way to the amazing town of Raglan, just in time to catch the sunset surf and to celebrate my fiancé birthday.

Happy birthday to the love of my life. May this next year be as eventful and wonderful as the last. Here's to new adventures in kiwi land and living the life of our dreams.

Dreaming of our next visit to @solscape.nz ✨ If you find yourself in Raglan make sure you check out this spot. There's yoga, a plant-based restaurant and a epic view of the ocean... What more do you need? #solscape2017

Our evening consisted of listening to live music and watching the sun fade away across the ocean, what more could you want?

Listed above are just a few of my favourite moments from our trip. I hope you enjoyed my little round of photos and if you’d like to check out the rest of the album feel free to check them out here.

 

Our Road Trip Through Northern Italy

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From the windy hike along the shores of La Spezia to the breathtaking views of the Dolomite mountains, nine-days in Italy was not nearly enough time to explore everything; but we sure made the most of it. September 2nd, 2016 marked my first trip to Europe. It sure has open my eyes to a wonderful way of life, culture & expansion of my food palette. Some notable highlights were obviously the beautiful countryside, wine and brightly colorful houses along the waterfront.

Get lost and then get found.

Traveling has a way of transforming you, as soon as I stepped off the plane I felt as though the stress in my shoulders was lifted. I flew into Milan–Malpensa Airport then made my way to the other airport in Milan to meet my girlfriend Miranda. From there we rented a car and drove up to Val di Sole where both our boyfriends were racing in World Master’s for Downhill. Little did we know the drive from Milan to Trentino was going to be an adventure. The roads in Italy are very narrow compared to the spacious ones we have here in Canada. It definitly made for a very interesting drive up the windy mountain roads. After about 3 hours we finally made it to Trentino and settled in for the night at this cozy but modern chalet called the Hotel Palace Ravelli.

The next day Miranda and I took the gondola up to the top of the mountain and hiked around for a few hours while the boys did their practice runs. I was truly amazed at how mountainous the northern region was. While up touring the top we constantly heard cow bells in the distance. After some time we ended up stumbling across them grazing. In Europe they call this Alpine transhumance which is a traditional practice of grazing livestock between the valleys in winter and the high mountain pastures in summer. It has helped shaped much of the landscape in the Alps, as without it, most areas below 6,600 ft would be forests.

Trentino, Italy

 

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The next day we rented some bikes and road along a valley trail between five of the little mountain towns. We searched for a little cafe before making our way back to see the boys race in the afternoon.img_0317

With the tough conditions and rough track the race was definitely quite interesting to watch. Unfortunately, Dan crashed at the top section and was set back with his time. It was hard to see all the hard work gone into training and to have one lap to determine your standing…but that’s downhill. Despite the not so great run we all enjoyed a lovely dinner in town with crunchy thin crust pizza and chocolate desserts. The next morning we grabbed a quick espresso in town before heading down to Verona.

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The Dolomites are simple incredible, for those of you living in British Columbia picture driving through cliff faces like “The Chief”. I’ve done a fair bit of road trips in my time and I will say this was the kind of drive where you want to stop every 10 minutes to take a photo. Dan being the patient guy he is obliged.

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The drive from Trentino to Verona took around 2.5 hours which included a quick pitstop at a small hotel on the side of the highway. There we grabbed lunch, had a glass of white wine and took in the view. img_0598

img_0670For a couple weeks I had been looking forward to our stay just outside of Verona at beautiful little Airbnb I found (here). Our host was wonderful, and was able to recommend a traditional Italian restaurant in the area.  We had a few hours to spare before dinner so Dan and I decided to go into the city to check out the arena.  The next morning we got up at the crack of dawn and made our way to the beautiful little town of Modena. By the time we made it there we had both built up an appetite and while walking around the city we stumbled across this vegetarian spot called Loma, where we ate some tasty panini’s.img_0752

After lunch we continued walking along the narrow side streets in town before making our way to the Ferrari exhibit.  After the exhibit we made our way to the Balsamic tasting at Acetaia Di Giorgio.

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I could have easily spent the night in Modena, but we already rented an Airbnb in Florence. So after our balsamic tasting we were on the road yet again. The weather had decided to take a turn so by the time we made it to Florence it had started to rain. Despite the down pour there was something awfully beautiful about staying in the Florence countryside. From the rolling hills, endless amount of vineyards and beautiful estates we were soaking the whole experience up. That evening our host at the bed and breakfast recommended yet another great restaurant right down the road called Tres Pini. We couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere and the the food and the live music was the cherry on top. The next morning we woke up and headed into the city for a early breakfast. We quickly realized we didn’t have enough time to fully explore Florence so we made a decision to continue heading towards Lucca, a small town where my grandmother’s family was from to spend most of the afternoon.  img_1159

I instantly fell in love with the little town. We rented bikes for the day and got lost down the narrow windy streets. It was a small enough town that you could do that. Around lunch we found a little restaurant where I indulged in some burrata cheese and prosecco, what more could a girl want?

img_1131My grandmother wanted to visit Lucca before she passed, but wasn’t able to make the trip due to health concerns. Before we left town, I made a point to go to the cathedral and light a candle for her and my poppa. I’m so grateful I was able to spend the afternoon there with Dan, exploring and seeing that part of Italy.

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Our next stop was La Spezia where we planned to root ourselves for more then just one night. Dan and I stayed at Le Ville Relais a stunning hotel sitting on the very top of the hill overlooking the Port and the West of the Gulf of La Spezia.img_1259

Between the elaborate breakfast spreads to the four course dinner menus,  the food there was simply incredible. I will never forget the delicious molten lava raspberry chocolate cake I had two nights in a row, it was that tasty. The following day we spent exploring the beautiful Cinque Terre coast. We travelled by train to the furthest town then made part of our way back by foot.

All you need is a little bit of this.

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Like I said, nine days in Italy wasn’t nearly enough. I will definitely spend some more time there. Especially to check out the southern regions.

Sunshine Coast

IMG_6420Last weekend a few of us headed over to the beautiful Sunshine coast…. It was my first time ever going to this special place and I now know why everyone talks so highly about it. For the third weekend in a row Dan and I were up at the crack of dawn (on a Saturday) getting the bikes and gear ready to be on the road for 7AM. It’s a short and sweet ferry ride but on a beautiful clear day you’re able to see all the breathtaking mountains that surround you as far as the eye can see. IMG_6428-2
Mountain biking for me is one of those things that makes me excited but nervous all at the same time. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that I’m learning something new and challenging but the getting injured part doesn’t really do it for me. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to going more often as the weather gets warmer.  After a long day of riding in the snow and frost we all went to Persephone Brewing Company to enjoy a couple brews and to eat some well deserved food at the Farm to Feast Food Truck.IMG_6492 I can’t wait to go back and check this place out again in the summer time. Such a great hang out spot and I can only imagine how good the atmosphere is with the outdoor patio all lite up in the summer time. They even have a stone fire place out back where they cooked us up some A+ vegetarian pizzas, what more could a girl ask for?IMG_6501

Mt. Baker

3This weekend marked my first riding day of the season. Instead up heading up to Whistler for opening weekend like I would normally do; a few of us went down to check out Mt. Baker. By 630 AM on Saturday morning we were already on the road eager to get down to make it there for first chair. Despite not being able to enjoy my regular weekend sleep in– it was most certainly worth the early morning rise. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather on Saturday, bluebird and -3.  What surprised me the most, was the lack of lift line ups and the completely affordable apres drinks post riding. I’m so excited for this winter season. Next weekend we’ll be looking to head up to Whistler or Big White. My fingers are crossed that there’s some snow in the forecast.

1Having snacks to fuel the body while riding all day is essential. That’s why these delicious little Raw Energy Bites are the perfect healthy snack option! A little sweet something to keep you going. They’re quick, easy to make and can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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Raw Energy Bites
Recipe type: Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20-25
 
A little sweet something to keep you going. They’re quick, easy to make and can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • ⅔ cup toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (the smaller the better). Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  2. Makes about 20-25 balls.

 

 

Mt. Hood & Portland

I’ve been dreaming about a trip down to Oregon for quite a few years now. So when my boyfriend asked me to join him down to his Mt.Hood downhill race for a weekend in his old camper van “Colleen the American dream” I was over the moon excited. Seeing as Mt.Hood is fairly close to Portland we both decided it would be smart to tag on a couple extra days so that we could also explore the unique city. We packed up the van and were on the road on the Thursday after work, it was about a 7 hour drive down and the plan was to  make it half way down that evening… a pretty big commitment if you ask me. Dan convinced me to sleep in a car park over night which made for an interesting experience, definitely some good people watching. We also made some pit stops along the way including a mandatory food stock up at Trader Joe’s and a stand along coffee shop were the lady served us some brew in a bikini.campervan

20 hours later and we finally made it to Mt. Hood and set up camp in the car park for the next two days. I walked the track with Dan and then left so that he could focus on his practice runs. By that time I was itching to go for a hike and I decided to check out a local 2 hour hike down the highway that afternoon which brought me up to this beautiful secluded lake. I was tempted to stay up there a take a dip in the water but it was starting to get dark and thought it would be best to head back to camp aka the “car parking lot”. The next morning we checked out the  small town and ate some breakfast from there I hiked up to the top of Mt.Hood and along the backside while Dan had practice, After practice his parents (who also came down for the weekend) Dan and I  went to check out another watering hole down the highway which made for a beautiful view of the mountain and swim. We came back to camp and made a delicious meal and got to bed early. FullSizeRender_2

The morning of the race I had to work so I only made it up for the last half of the race. There was lots of excitement in the air as the crowds gathered in the steep technical tree section at the bottom section. After the race was finished we started to make our way to Portland driving through the beautiful country side of Mt. Hood and along the Georgia River. I wish we had a bit more time in the area to do some more exploring and camping but we wanted to make it to Portland that night to grad some great eats in town.IMG_0927

That night we ate at Pok Pok an amazing thai restaurant that is a must while in Portland. We also walked down the strip and stumbled across this beautifully designed space called Bollywood Theater, which had an amazing outdoor patio.FullSizeRender_1I definitely wish we planned to stay in Portland an extra couple of days. There was so many areas of town I wanted to explore and I think three days in Portland would have been the perfect amount of time.

Strawberry & Rhubarb Galettes

This summer in BC is going to be one to remember, I can already feel it. This past weekend I got together with some friends and went camping at Levette Lake which is located just past Squamish. The scenery there was absolutely incredible. There’s something about sitting around the bonfire looking up at the night sky and snow capped mountains all while enjoying some vino that really does it for me. The more time I spend exploring the more I realize I need that constant adventure in my life. Before leaving for our camping trip I had some time to make some Raspberry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Galettes. I had quite a bit of extra filling left over so I also made some crumble as well. You can find the recipe for the dough here.

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The following day we woke up and made a big breakfast on the campfire.  We had planned to go and do a local hike but the water looked more inviting. I was actually surprised of how warm the lake temperature was. A half hour later we were swimming to this island in the middle of the lake to jump off a rock and a giant log. We were all tempted to stay another night but the weather wasn’t looking too great so we started to head back to the city, stopping off in Squamish at Howe Sound Brewery for some eats. The sunday I had a long overdue lady dinner date were I made some delicious Homemade Lentil Soup and Fresh Spring Salad. All-in-all a great weekend.1

Rhubarb, Raspberry and Strawberry Galettes
 
Ingredients
  • Pie dough
  • 1½ pounds trimmed rhubarb, cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
  • 1½ cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss to combine rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, cornstarch, and granulated sugar.
  2. Roll out dough rounds and cover with a heaping ½ cup rhubarb mixture, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold edges over rhubarb filling, leaving an opening in center; gently brush water between folds, and press gently so that folds adhere. Refrigerate or freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush edges of dough with water, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until crusts are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and bake until juices bubble and start to run out from center of each galette, 15 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely before serving.

 

 

Seattle

It’s interesting how life unfolds and when the person you’ve always dreamed of becoming slowly starts coming to fruition. If I look back at only a year ago, I would have never imagined I would be taking a solo road trip down to Seattle. I mean, of course it‘s always something I’ve wanted to do but making it happen was another story. The urge to explore the outdoors, new cities and meet new people continue to build. Before leaving to head down the coast, I ended up picking up this girl named Miia, a backpacker, from Finland who had been travelling the world for the last year or so. It made the drive super interesting, especially when I figured out she was actual chef. Needless to say we spoke a lot about food and her unique travel experiences. She even ended up sharing with me some great traditional Finnish recipes that I hope to test out soon on the blog. After our three hour drive down I dropped her off in Fremont; a part of Seattle which is known for it’s quirky art community. While there I stumbled across this tasty vegan bakery called Flying Apron Bakery, where I grabbed a hot beverage and a small chocolate chip muffin. After that I continued to walk around and ended up finding this great Vintage shop and ended up picking up this small beautiful necklace and a couple vintage postcards.

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From Fremont, I headed straight to the iconic Pike Place Market. Parking was a bit tricky, but I managed to find some and ended up walking around for a good hour and a half. IMG_9158The weather was on point, so despite being a friday afternoon the market was packed. I made the most of my time and wandered around soaking up the beautiful view of the ocean, fresh market fish, flowers, and of course baked treats. IMG_9154Looking back, I definitely wish I had planned more time at the market, so that I was able to pick up some fresh goods to bring back for dinner. Next trip will have to be at least two nights.
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From the market, I drove to check into the Airbnb place I had booked. The last time I had used the service was while I was in Israel and the experience was equally as great. I checked into this beautiful bedroom, and met Caitlin and Chais who are a wonderful couple who made me feel right at home. Caitlin and I sat down and chatted for and she got me to try some of her homemade kombucha.  She also provided some awesome recommendations on restaurants and spots to check out while in town. That evening I went to go check out Ballard, a neighbourhood in northwest Seattle. I had a couple places in mind that I wanted to check out so I started the night out first at Walrus and the Carpenter where I ended up finding a seat up at the bar and enjoyed a few oysters and a small salad. From there I went to Ocho a spanish inspired tapas bar where I ordered a few different platers and topped it off with a deadly sweet dessert at Hot Cakes, a molton chocolate cakery.  That morning I woke up and went to a great brunch spot called Talluah’s in the Capitol Hill area. I absolutely fell in love with the decor of this spot. My tummy rather enjoyed the avocado toasts & mimosa combo too before hitting the road. Once again, it was an absolute beautiful day outside, and I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy at the thought of having to drive back to Vancouver already. But before reaching the border, I decided to stop in Bellingham to visit a friend.  While there he suggested we hike Oyster Dome, a classic trail that takes you from sea level to a stunning lookout 2,075 feet above with a 180 degree view of the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and Olympic Mountains. FullSizeRenderIt was one of those hikes that I will most certainly be doing again. I could have easily just stayed up there the rest of the day basking in the sun, highs of 17 degrees while enjoying a cold beverage.
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Before I finish the post about my trip, I wanted to mention that this adventure wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for my good friend Tyler, who not only lent me his truck but also his GPS. Without both, this trip wouldn’t have ever happened. Cheers to the PNW as it continues to amazes me. I can’t wait to discover more of the beautiful coast. 

Vancouver

Let me first begin by saying how lucky I feel to have started a new chapter of my life. The last few weeks have been filled with pure excitement as I settle into a completely new routine from being in a new city, starting a new job to connecting with old friends and meeting new ones!

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It’s amazing how a fairly unfamiliar place can already feel like home. I mean in a place surrounded by mountains, the ocean, amazing yoga teachers and delicious vegetarian restaurants..  how could it not? For those of you who know me well I’ve always had an itch to move back out here after spending some time in Whistler after graduating. Although I looked into making the move quite a few times through out the years, it never fully worked out until now.
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Timing is truly everything. All the experiences I’ve had up until this point have really shaped who I am. From the various schooling programs I pursued, the many jobs that I worked, to the places that I lived and the people I met along the way. I’ve hit a point in my life where things are finally making sense and I’m really excited to see what future adventures await.
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As I sit here on the ferry to Nanaimo to visit my cousin Dani and her family, I wanted to share with you all what I’ve been busy reflecting and preparing for with The Spoonful of Honey. I’m truly so grateful for all the positive response that I’ve been given since starting the blog, about a year and a half ago. The hope for this year is that I will continue to post new and exciting recipes every week or two and will also start writing more about different restaurants and yoga classes and hiking trails I explore along the beautiful west coast.rock