Seven Shores Urban Market & Cafe

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a delicious day so far. I have a great meal that I wanted to tell you about – I enjoyed lunch at Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe in Uptown Waterloo last Thursday. 🙂 I normally always hate sharing iPhone photos because my iPhone 4 takes pictures no better than, say, a calculator. No, I’m not kidding. Take a look!

Regardless of the fact that these photos are crummy and that I’m forgetful enough to leave my camera at home (probably a good thing, considering the chances of me losing it are 50/50 here). I started off with their organic, house-made chocolate milk, which came in a cute jar. Things in jars make me happy. 🙂

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I think the chocolate milk was made in skim milk and the lady making it didn’t use quite enough cocoa powder, because this was a little bland and tasted like plain ‘ole milk. That might just be my taste buds, though, because I like things REALLY chocolatey, whether that’s chocolate cake squares, oatmeal, or a pot of straight up melted chocolate in Paris.

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My entree was the crepe, filled with spinach, goat cheese mousse, red peppers, and caramelized onions. The soup of the day was tomato-garlic. The caramelized onions in the crepe really made it special! This was a nice and light entree, but I was still so full afterwards.

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So full –> still need dessert, because who doesn’t have a second stomach for sweets? This square was their special carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

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It was such a big square, and I should’ve asked for it to be cut in half, but OOPS! It was amazing, though, and I savoured each and every bite. The creamy cheesy frosting was to die for.

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Yeah, don’t be fooled by my notes out here. I was “studying”, but not really studying – I mean, HOW can you focus on social stratification and the Thorstein-Veblen thesis (I was studying for my Sociology exam) when there’s a square of carrot cake in front of you?

That is it for today! I’m going to wash some dishes, clean my room a little bit, and in Jack’s wise words: do anything that’s not studying! 😉

One more thing – ONE WEEK until Christmas?! What is this? I’m not complaining – the holiday season always cheers me up, even if the weather doesn’t. I feel like just yesterday, I was scouring the shores of the Sunshine Coast for seashells and seals. Time really does fly. Anyways, enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you in my next post! 🙂

Thursday Coast Post: Brunch, A Tart, and My Favourite Cheesecake EVER

Hello everyone! Just demolished a bowl of flax-chia oatmeal with caramelized banana, blueberries, and hemp hearts, and I’m going to try to squeeze in this quick blog post before heading off to spin class. In the afternoon, I’ll be getting a haircut and then helping Mom prepare food for our BBQ party with family friends. 🙂 It’s going to be a busy and fun day!

On another note, I just uploaded all recent photos to my computer and updated this post with photos of the casserole we made and enjoyed. It’s down at the bottom of the post and features a recipe, too. 🙂 Who doesn’t love warm, cheesy, and HEALTHY casseroles?

Anyways, this is my fourth Sunshine Coast post. You can read all of the others here, or click on the individual links here – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

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We started the morning by driving to Edie Rae’s Cafe, which is about ten minutes into Powell River. The cafe itself is located inside the Old Courthouse Inn, which is a lovely little hotel with a vintage feel. We were the first people in the brunch place, and the perky waitress was happy to serve us drinks and food. I started with some hot water.

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I didn’t have a hard time deciding what I wanted from the menu – I almost always order eggs benedict when at restaurants for brunch – and today was no different!

Louie’s Smoked Salmon Bene: Two poached eggs, fresh biscuit with herbed cream cheese, smoked lox, Hollandaise, hash browns

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YUM! I’m not a huge fan of potatoes, and hash browns in particular, so I donated most of the taters to my dad. My bene, however, was INCREDIBLE. Rich, flavourful hollandaise sauce, perfectly-cooked eggs with runny yolk, and massive chunks of smoked salmon. They actually smoke their own salmon in-house, and I could definitely taste the difference. This was so, so fresh and didn’t have a “bagged” taste at all. They also whip up their own cream cheese, which is flavoured with herbs. I was so impressed! Everything tasted awesome together, and I absolutely LOVED the biscuit (not a fan of benedicts made with English muffins). 🙂

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Seline decided on a three-egg omelet with her fillings of choice. She thought this was quite yummy and smothered it in ketchup.

Yvonne’s Omelette: Three eggs, choice of 3 toppings (mushrooms, cheese, bacon), hash browns, choice of bread

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Dad ordered the classic breakfast, which came with eggs, bacon, sausage, and two big pancakes, as well as a good serving of hash browns. He raved about the crispy potatoes and loved how they were topped with scallions. Apparently that’s some kind of revolution for him (the fact that you can top potatoes with scallions). The downside to his meal were the sausages, which were cooked for a bit too long and were quite chewy and firm.

Millworkers’ Breakfast: Two eggs any style, 3 bacon, 1 ham, 3 sausage patties, 2 medium buttermilk pancakes, hash browns

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Mom enjoyed her single benny made with avocado and tomatoes. Unfortunately, her avocado was a bit brown on the edges, as if it had been saran-wrapped and then cut straight out of the refrigerator. But the sauce, egg, and biscuit were flawless!

Powell Riviera Bene (half order): Two poached eggs, fresh biscuit, avocado, fried tomato, Hollandaise, hash browns

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Since I gave Dad most of my potatoes, he let me try some of his buttermilk pancake. Bleh! I didn’t like this at all. It tasted like some kind of Bisquick or Aunt Jemima pancake mix. While it was fluffy and airy, there was no buttermilk flavour. Actually, there was no flavour at all here! I much prefer my own banana pancakes or pumpkin pancakes. The blackberry jam was alright. There was nothing memorable about that! And whoa… check out that runny yolk. ❤

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Before heading on another ferry to the Courtenay // Comox region, Mom and I visited the Rocky Mountain Bakery, which has pretty great reviews. I was disappointed though – to see just mediocre croissants and danishes. Mom noted that the cinnamon buns were very expensive.

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We arrived in Courtenay at around 1:30 and drove a little bit to find the Atlas Cafe, where we had lunch. It was super busy at that time, and we had to wait for about half an hour. There was a line up that streamed outside – and quite a few people were here to take out their meals.

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By the time we were finally seated, well after 2:15, I knew I wanted to order the famed goat cheese tart! This plate was truly unlike anything I’ve ever eaten before. The crust! THE CRUST! It was so flaky and buttery. I thought egg tart crusts were good until I tried this one. Better than any crust I’ve ever eaten. Anyways, that incredible crust was filled with caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, and flavoured with plenty of herbs. It was surrounded with a tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, pesto oil, and garnished with a handful of mixed greens. The goat cheese was heaped generously between the mixed greens and the filling, and tasted amazing with the crust (YUM!) and slightly acidic tomato coulis.

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GOAT CHEESE TART: sweet chili yams, fennel & caramelized onions with herb oil, tomato coulis & mixed greens

Yams + crust + balsamic + goat cheese + onions = my favourite bite!

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Seline decided on a chicken souvlaki roll. The wrap could be made with a curry wrap or a whole wheat wrap, and Seline chose curry. She also selected the Caesar salad for the side. She really enjoyed her roll because of the garlicky tzatziki, but I wasn’t the biggest fan. I find rolls so difficult to eat because they fall apart and you have to use your hands. I hate gulping down my food super quickly because it’s going to get messy (eg. wraps, hot dogs, burgers, etc).

CHICKEN SOUVLAKI ROLL: sautéed chicken breast, roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, tzatziki & mixed greens with side salad

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Dad had something similar for himself. His curry wrap had chicken breast with peanut sauce and tomatoes. I tried some and enjoyed the peanut sauce with chicken, but found it, again, too messy! I don’t think there were any pieces of grilled eggplant in here, though.

CHICKEN SATAY ROLL: sautéed chicken breast, peanut sauce, grilled eggplant, caramelized onions, tomatoes & mixed greens with side salad

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Time for DESSERT! Seline already knew she wanted the warm brownie with ice cream. She loved how beautifully it was presented and appreciated the fact that we were served TWO scoops of ice cream rather than one, like most places.

HOT FUDGE BROWNIE: a traditional atlas favourite served with toasted almonds and ice cream

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I knew I wanted the chocolate cheesecake. Because, well… it’s chocolate and cheesecake. My two favourites! This was also garnished with a huge chocolate “sheet” (is that what you call it?), whipped cream, and drizzles of chocolate and caramel.

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I kind of fainted after my first bite. This was incredible, you guys! First, you taste the rich ganache, which has such a lovely, deep chocolate flavour. Next up – creamy, slightly tangy chocolate cheesecake. This section was my favourite – rich and chocolatey, yet a little sour from the cream cheese. It had the perfect sweetness, too. The crust was made of almonds and cocoa powder, rather than the usual butter + graham cracker crumbs. So unique, and it went very well with the rest of this chocolatey dessert. I think I ate 3/4 of this slice on my own!

BELGIAN CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE: with chocolate almond crust and chocolate ganache

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If I had to say one negative thing about this dessert, it would be that I wish there was no whipped cream. It simply wasn’t necessary. A fruity compote, on the other hand, or a dollop of creme fraiche, would be perfect. Either way, this was definitely in the TOP THREE desserts I’ve had in my life. And one of the top two of my Sunshine Coast vacation! By the time we finished the dessert and paid, it was around 4:00 in the afternoon. Talk about a late lunch! What is the latest time you’ve ever had lunch?

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While walking around downtown Courtenay, we came to a special Whole Foods Market called Edible Island. It was just like Whole Foods on Cambie Street in Vancouver! Except a lot smaller. A LOT smaller.

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Sweet Surprise Bakery is a famous Courtenay bakery – they sell only gluten free goodies. It was quite late in the afternoon when we arrived, and they were starting to saran-wrap their muffins to close the shop.

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Isn’t it such a lovely little place? With the perky chandelier and cozy decor, I thought Sweet Surprise Bakery was the cutest place ever. It is opened by a mother and her daughter, and they sell nothing but GF treats. Everything looked amazing!

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That’s it for today! Have the tastiest weekend ever. Lots of recipes coming up – stay tuned!

Brunch at Earls

My family {Grandpa and Grandma, Mimi and Charles, Dad, Mom and I} had a wonderful brunch in Burnaby a couple weekends ago. We decided to eat at Earls. 🙂 Everyone was very satisfied with their meal – I’ll show you! Grandpa started with the soup and salad combo, which came with a big slab of French bread. He loves Caesar salad! Dad had the burger with fries, as usual.

L: {Earls signature housemade caesar dressing and brioche croutons on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce sprinkled with grand padano parmesan}

R: {Bacon Cheddar Burger: Cured bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, onion, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard, on a freshly baked brioche bun with truffle fries}

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For an appetizer, we ordered a plate of calamari. Seline loved this and claims it’s one of the best calamari she’s had.

{Lightly breaded calamari, spanish black olives, oven dried tomatoes, refreshing cucumber and sweet radish slices ontop a bed of greek citrus yogurt}

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Seline also enjoyed some of Dad’s truffle fries, which came with a garlic aioli.

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For herself, she ordered a starter, the Margherita pizza. This featured tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and thinly-sliced basil. Seline also wanted a plate of truffle fries with garlic aioli. She loves truffle fries and thought these were almost as good as the ones from the The Sandbar on Granville Island.

{Margherita Pizza: House tomato sauce, salted mozzarella, chiffonade basil, chili olive oil}

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Mom enjoyed the eggs Florentine, which came baked in a polenta and cream sauce. There were two poached eggs, some parmesan cheese, and lots of onions, mushrooms, and spinach. She really liked dipping the bread into the creamy sauce, which contrasted with the spinach. I tried some of her dish, and thought it was SO flavourful and rich!

{Poached eggs, spinach and mushrooms, parmesan cream sauce, polenta, sourdough}

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Mimi ordered a brunch dish as well. Hers starred chorizo (spanish sausage), poached eggs, and avocado. Hers was also topped with hollandaise sauce and chives.

{Chorizo + Mushroom Hash: Avocado, crispy fried potatoes, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise}

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Charles devoured a Croque-Madame, which is like the French grilled ham and cheese sandwich called the Croque-Monsieur – but topped with a poached egg and béchamel sauce.

{Grilled sourdough, poached egg, white cheddar, virginia ham, roasted serrano cream}

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And for me? THE BEST SALAD EVER. Also known as rocket salad with pecan-crusted chicken.

{Citrus dressed arugula, beets, pears, goat cheese coulis, spiced pecans, parmesan chips, pecan + porcini crusted chicken.}

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I love arugula. I love beets and pears. I really love goat cheese. Spiced pecans are my favourite salad topper. Parmesan chips are incredible. But pecan and mushroom-crusted chicken? I wasn’t so sure. But after the first bite, I was totally blown away! Nutty, flavourful, with a crisp texture outside and perfectly-cooked chicken inside. There was a lovely mushroom flavour as well, and of course, I love anything with pecans. This chicken was incredible and one of the highlights of the salad – along with the goat cheese dressing and tasty beets. I seriously NEED to make this salad at home!

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Here is Mom’s eggs Florentine dish again, which I nibbled from. I probably had a whole poached egg and a quarter of the spinach – but more than half the polenta! This was delicious, even without the bread. And the eggs were cooked flawlessly. I need to learn how to poach eggs like this at home. 😛

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After last time, we HAD to get dessert! I chose the same one – chocolate toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and toffee sauce. Warm, rich, sweet, and chocolatey, this is my idea of the perfect dessert.

{Housemade warm chocolate cake drizzled with rich chocolate and toffee sauce, served with a scoop of vanilla gelato in a sugar candy basket}

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While I took five six massive bites of the rich chocolate cake, Charles had a sour key lime pie. His pie was topped with whipped cream and almond cracker crumbles, which were apparently hard enough to chip a tooth!

{A sweet yet tart key lime pie with its delicate graham waffer crust and topped with chantilly cream and crunchy almond crumbs}

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That’s it for today, everyone – I’m still organizing my Sunshine Coast photos and I can’t wait to show you 🙂

Lazy Lately

Hi guys!

How’s it going? I just had an amazing week in terms of food – lots of nutritious and delicious meals. 🙂 I love it when all my meals just work out, meaning I’m full and satisfied. Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I just feel like there isn’t much to show you!

This is what I ate this week, plus a little analysis of the meal in blue. That includes what I was thinking after the meal, and how I liked it, and also how filling it was.

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And… OMG. Montreal in ONE WEEK! Like I mentioned on this post, I will be leaving for Montreal next Saturday. The flight is five hours, and we will get a free meal on the plane. I think I will bring a Larabar and a homemade banana muffin for the flight, as I would rather not eat plane food.

In other news, this was a great dinner cooked by Mom. Roasted baby potatoes in salt and pepper, steamed broccoli, and sauteed corn and scallions. Plus one filet of super tender trout. I love baby potatoes! I sure will miss Mom’s cooking. Only seven more dinners left to enjoy before I’m off to Quebec.

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Oatmeal for breakfast! Here, simple oats are topped with crumbled triple berry muffin and sliced banana. Aaannnd a big blob of my favourite almond buttah.

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I sure hope I can have muffin at Montreal. I wonder if they are as nice as the muffins here – most muffins I find here are dense, rich, and made with minimal ingredients. There are usually no funky preservatives – just flour, butter, leaveners, fruit, oats, and other simple mix-ins. Who needs a muffin with soybean oil and diglycerides?!

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Mom and I went to Whole Foods earlier this week. We started with a wonderful sandwich – one of my favourites, the big chicken + arugula sandwich. The salty proscuitto with tangy chevre is SO good. Plus, that sundried tomato aioli on herby focaccia?! OMG.

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Then we had some a lot of goodies from the hot bar!

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Roasted veggies, amazing marinated feta cheese, and incredible hummus + baba ghanoush (eggplant dip) on pakoras and falafel. The white beans are really good, too. Oh! The broccoli salad! With sweet and tangy mayonnaise, chewy raisins, and crunchy seeds, the WF broccoli salad is seriously to die for. And that macaroni and cheese. OMG.

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Can I please live at Whole Foods?! 😉

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Oatmeal for breakfast the next day – plain oats topped with almond butter, berries, and a sliced banana. Yum! Oatmeal is really the most filling breakfast I can think of.

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Dessert – crumbled muffin over yogurt with honey-roasted pecans and chia seeds. 🙂

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These photos look almost identical to these, but I had this lunch on two different days. Toasted focaccia topped with creamy smushed avocado and tangy goat cheese eggs, plus some mixed greens. The perfect healthy + easy + quick + delicious lunch!

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Okay, I have this for dessert a lot. More yogurt, this time topped with mixed berries, a little scoop of almond butter, and honey-roasted pecans + walnuts.

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Obviously I cannot get enough! Here, yogurt crowns a bowl of strawberries and crumbled honey almond pear muffin. YUMMO.

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… help guys I think I am addicted. Yog, again, topped with sliced banana and crumbled muffin, plus a big sprinkle of ch-ch-ch-chia.

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I think that is it for now… I know, it’s lame… but I’m busy writing a STORY with my sister! I’m working on most of the written novel part, and she’s doing all of the illustrations. We’ve actually published a book already (I wrote it when I was nine), but this one will hopefully be better. 🙂 I’ll give more deets next time because I have to go help Mom with dinner now.

Happy longest day of the year and see you on my next post!

Mes Repas Excellents = My Amazing Meals! ☺

Hi! I hope you’re having an amazing week. The weather’s been GREAT here recently; the sun’s up at 6:30, just in time for a morning run (which I’ve been doing for about a week because of the rainy spell we’ve had). I love sunny weather – it always puts me in a good mood. 🙂

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Doesn’t this look yummy? Since school’s out (BC teacher’s strike) until next year, I’ve got plenty of time to bake before my group leaves for Montreal in 16 days.*** I really want to try this recipe for blueberry coffee cake, especially because our fridge is overflowing with big, juicy blueberries from the farmer’s market. This recipe, from the Whole Foods website, looks exceptionally tasty. I’m also betting it would taste great crumbled over oatmeal, like my blueberry muffin oats!

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***Dear host family, if you’re reading this, HI! Or… bonjour! ♥ I can’t wait to meet you, and I am so excited to see your wonderful city. 🙂 We have only two weeks until the big switch! Je suis tres excitee, et j’espere que vous etes une bonne semaine.

I had this salad one day at school. Mixed greens topped with berries and some goat cheese. On the left are honey-roasted pecans + walnuts and some dried cranberries, plus a bit of poppyseed dressing. I’ve also got half of a lemon-poppyseed muffin top for dessert.

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Whipped banana oatmeal, just like Kath’s version on KERF. Oatmeal is hard to photograph because it doesn’t look very attractive unless you add lots of fruity toppings! Like Kath, I added chia seeds, a whole banana, raisins, regular milk, and a big blob of peanut butter. This bowl was SUPER sweet – I should have left out the raisins. I also added a drizzle of maple syrup, which probably wasn’t a good idea. 😛 Next time, I think I’ll stick to slicing the banana on top. That way, there is more to chew. The texture of this concoction was nice, though – sort of melt-in-your-mouth. This was a pretty tasty bowl of oats. If you prefer something sweet in the morning, this bowl is for you. 🙂

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Sorry for these terrible photos – I was too excited to dig in. :mrgreen: This salad featured mixed greens, blueberries and blackberries, goat cheese, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and cubed avocado. All of it was tossed in creamy poppyseed dressing. I think my favourite part was the avocado – it’s a great addition to any salad! I really liked this quick and healthy lunch.

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More of my love: oatmeal. This delicious bowl (made with almond milk) was topped with strawberries, sliced banana, almond butter, and crumbled honey-almond pear muffin. Summer fruit on oatmeal is incredible. 😀

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This lunch featured leftovers from this day: chicken fried rice with green peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet corn, and something else that I can’t remember. Fried rice makes awesome leftovers, and I always bring it when there’s a microwave available. On this day, I volunteered all day as a block leader at Place des Arts, a local art school. They have a lovely kitchen with all sorts of appliances. I also snacked on strawberries and the last of my peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. Aww! 😥

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The next day, Mom and I made plans to go to Whole Foods (YAY!). Knowing I had to get ready for a big lunch like the past three times , I made myself a light breakfast of banana + crunchy Barney Butter (so good!). Here it is, sprinkled with cinnamon. 🙂

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Then we were at Whole Foods! It’s about a 40-minute skytrain ride from where we live. We have to take the bus for a short while, too. This time, we were there at about 12:30, and I was hungry! We filled a huge bowl with all kinds of goodies from the hot bar. Some highlights were the super-creamy macaroni and cheese, which was covered in buttery breadcrumbs (OMG) and the smoked mozzarella pasta salad. I’m always so happy to see the smoked mozza pasta, because it’s not usually there. Super yum! I also loved the tofu cacciatore and chicken chili verde.

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Hi Mom! 😀 She likes to take photos of her food, too – she posts them on her Weibo. Weibo is like Chinese Twitter, and Mom has quite a few followers. Go Mammaaa!

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We demolished this bowl! I saved a big chunk of the blueberry French toast to eat at the very end, and OMG, it was amazing. The best French toast I’ve ever had – it had an incredible vanilla taste. After all of that, we were SO. FULL. Usually, we have a sandwich after eating a bowl of hot bar food, but we just couldn’t. I didn’t even need dessert!

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We bought this sandwich at WF: my favourite, the turkey apple brie. This one, and the big chicken + arugula, are tied for the position of my favourite sandwich EVER. At the moment, though, this sammie is my #1. I had about a third of it for a light dinner, along with some Mom dishes and dessert (no pics – sorry!).

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Creamy and tangy brie cheese, with savoury turkey breast, crisp greens, a slice of tomato, and sweet/sour grilled apple. The bread is one of the best parts – it’s SO crispy. I think it’s ciabatta?! Love it!

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Lunch at school: quinoa sauteed with butter, scallions, and sweet corn, topped with lemon, black pepper, and goat cheese crumbles. I ate this like a cold salad (ie. no microwave). I love lunches after a trip to Whole Foods or Costco – so much fresh, crisp produce. These cherries and grapes (both organic!) were so, so crunchy good. Mmm! I’ve said it lots of times before, but ORGANIC PRODUCE TASTES BETTER! It really does. I think it’s sweeter, and the texture is so much more pleasant. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you spring for organic fruit. You won’t regret it! Most of the fruit that we buy here is organic or local. I am so lucky. :mrgreen:

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Next up – a PB + B sandwich for breakfast. We bought a nice loaf of organic whole wheat bread from Whole Foods. It was really soft, and I loved the crust. Here it is with lots of natural peanut butter, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a sliced banana. I put it on the skillet with a bit of coconut oil to crisp it up. Nice ‘n toasty. 🙂 This was a really filling breakfast, too.

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And agaaaaaain, that turkey apple brie sandwich. This is the other 2/3 of the sandwich. We have a panini press, and it’s perfect for warming up the middles and making the outsides toasty. I don’t even brush oil on the “plates” – they still get crispy on the outside without added oil. Check out those grill marks! 😀

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I think the melty brie is the best part. Or maybe the apples. Or the crispy bread… never mind.

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That’s it! Thanks for reading today’s post. I’ve got to go now – I will be attending my school’s awards night. Last year, I totally lucked out and won the Top Student Grade 10 award, and I hope I’ll be winning the same award this year (for Grade 11). I’m wearing a dress right now, and I think it looks pretty dopey… and then there’s the pom-pom flats that I have to wear. Oh gosh.

Bye for now – I hope all of your school years end well and have a wonderful weekend!

Goat Cheese + Avocado Toast, and MORE Good News!

TGIF! 🙂

Actually, as I mentioned in my last post (which, by the way, you should look at, because THOSE. PANCAKES.), this week has just flown by. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May already – less than a MONTH until school is out! My summer is pretty much planned out: summer school (Physics 12), {hopefully} researching medical science/working on a science fair project with a UBC professor/doctor, volunteering at a local art camp, studying for SATS, baking, blogging, and going for walks in the sun. I’m not really excited for the summer school part, but I’m sure everything else will be a BLAST.

Like I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been re-loading pictures onto the old posts (the photos were deleted, remember?). Here are the newly-fixed posts. If the headline interests you, click on the blue link! It will take you to another tab.

Easy, quick, and healthy lunch ideas
Amazing Whole Foods hot bar + sandwich + desserts
Coconutty strawberry pancake stack
Really good Mom Meal: Braised Ribs + Broccoli + Egg Dinner
Dessert for breakfast: creamy chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
Maple-soy salmon with edamame and butternut squash, Chinese chicken salad with sesame dressing + Trader Joe’s Shopping List
Seafood fried rice… covered in cheese?!
The story of apple pie oatmeal: a failure
Amazing weekend: pancakes, oatmeal, sushi, dessert, stir-fries, and leftovers for lunch!
One of my #1 favourite Mom Meals EVER: taro chicken stir-fry, steamed eggs, sauteed broccolette on rice

Seriously. Click. I just spent three hours fixing up the darn pictures. So time consuming, but worth it. 🙂

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So… I’ve got a goodie for you today.

It’s creamy.
It’s crispy.
It’s cheesy.
It’s crunchy.

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It’s goat cheese + avocado toast with a fried egg on top!

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Okay, it’s sort of a rip off of my cheesy avocado toast (better photos), which I’ve been making FOREVER (no photos 😥 ).

And it’s SO easy to make, not to mention healthy, filling, and super quick. I’ll show you how!

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Start with a slice of bread, halved bun, whatevs. I used a halved focaccia bun from the local bakery. It’s studded with all kinds of Italian herbs, and POPPYSEEDS, which are super addictive. I highly recommend using a high-quality, herby bread. I’m sure ciabatta or French baguette would taste great, too. Just steer clear of those flimsy Dempsters white bread slices. Anyways, toast it up!

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Mash an avocado. If you’re using a big one, half will be enough. But I like to buy small avocados so I don’t have to be wasteful (no doubt half of it will be sitting in the fridge, turning brown on the edges, before I can think of another use). So, mash it up and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Lots of lemon juice for me – I love lemon flava. You can also season it here with salt/pepper/garlic powder/red pepper flakes, but I used a few grinds of black pepper only.

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Arrange some mixed greens, spinach, or arugula on the avocado. Mmmm, arugula. I use mixed greens here, but arugula is definitely my favourite green!

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Plop a fried egg on top. I like my yolks extra runny! Sorry for the dark photos – I really wanted a bite.

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Dot the fried egg with big hunks of goat cheese. I got some yummy goat cheese medallions from Trader Joe’s. Goat cheese is really, really different from creamy mozza and sharp cheddar. My mom says goat cheese tastes more “raw”. It’s not really milky, either – I think it’s kind of like a ‘fermented’ sour cream cheese?

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Sprinkle with black pepper. I added some red pepper flakes for heat because I was feeling spice-ay. I usually hate spicy food, so I think I did this mostly for aesthetic appeal. 😉 DONE! What was that, like, 10 minutes?!

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Dig in!

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Runny yolk is life. As you can see, I start by picking it up with my hands, but then… I can’t resist the temptation of breaking the yolk. Knife and fork to the rescue!

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This is so, so good.

Creamy, herby, salty, crispy, fresh, and made with minimal yet flavourful ingredients. Enjoy this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

I guess, if you wanted to make this lower-calorie, eliminate the goat cheese and add extra greens… but why would you?! It’s already an open-faced sammie – we’re already ditching half of the bun. Woot! Plus, the cheese makes it so tangy-good.

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^ or with your math homework. This cheesy toast makes logarithms not-too-bad. 😉

Have a GREAT weekend!