oh cone-ada…

January 17th, 2012 Posted in canada, food, vancouver | No Comments »

…our home & native land!

Ben & Jerry's "Oh Cone-Ada"

le marché st. george {i’m in love}

January 17th, 2012 Posted in restaurants, vancouver, winter | No Comments »
Le Marché St. George

Le Marché St. George via coffeefoodies.com

As I mentioned, the highlight of my weekend was meeting the girls for tea. This wasn’t any ordinary tea date, it was one that was set in a place I can only describe as a hidden gem of Vancouver. Vancouver is full of chain coffee shops-there are about 5 Starbucks within a 1 mile radius of my house! It’s really exciting to discover somewhere like this. In my opinion, Le Marché St. George is perfection. It is a breath of fresh air.

The cafe is located on St George St/28th Street in East Vancouver. This area is totally residential which makes Le Marché St. George even more unique as there is nothing else like it nearby. The wooden facade is weather beaten, but this only adds to it’s charm! Inside is a rustic cafe/market shop that stocks items such as Eiffel Tower shaped pasta, squid ink pasta, teas etc.

Inside

Inside (via Amers)

There are only really 3 tables inside, but it wasn’t very busy so we were able to occupy ours for a couple of hours-eating, drinking tea & chatting. I ordered two macaroons-raspberry/lemon & pistachio. The woman who makes them was delivering them just as we arrived, so we hit the jackpot! Any earlier and we would have missed them. I had Earl Grey to start with-one of my favourite teas. As with most cafes of this style, the cups & saucers were mismatched and antique. I love this idea, and I have a collection of these types of cups at home. There is something a bit special & elegant about drinking tea from a china teacup & saucer!

Tea

Teacups (via Amers)

We sat and chatted, and ordered more tea (my 2nd round was Jasmine pearl tea). It was very fragrant & floral which I don’t usually like, but I enjoyed this. (not as much as the Early Grey though). They also serve savory food-quiche & flat breads etc. which I will definitely try next time. Eventually the sun had set, it was freezing outside and we all realized we would have to leave our Parisienne hideout and return to Sunday night reality! I am so happy to have discovered this place. It is really exciting to know that there are places like this, waiting to be discovered in Vancouver. Sometimes I feel like there are hardly any quaint places, or a cool, grimy underbelly here but this just reaffirms my belief that there is, you just need to go that extra bit further to seek it out.

Darkness falls

via Amers

I will definitely be returning to Le Marché St. George for tea & macaroons very soon-sounds delightful!

http://www.marchestgeorge.com/

Amers

x

and then came the snow

January 17th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Listening to: The Black Keys

I was beginning to think I’d never see it in Vancouver, and then came the snow! It was very unexpected, and very welcome. Luckily I live within walking distance of my job so I can make it there easily without being snowed in. People were cursing me in work today for wishing snow upon the city, but whatever. I love it!

Snow!

Snow!

The weekend was pretty relaxing/lazy. Friday was taken up with the excitement of getting a Coachella ticket! 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s a music festival in Palm Springs in April-93 days! I’ve wanted to go for the last 3 years or so, it would really be a pity not to go while I’m over in these parts! I need to get my saving pants on because it’s going to be an expensive trip. I’m really looking forward to it but we have a lot to organize-flights, accommodation, where we go after the festival-since we’re going to be travelling to Palm Springs we were thinking of maybe doing a few nights in LA, San Diego and then back to Vancouver. I’m excited, but stressed about how much it’s all going to cost!

The snow came on Friday night and since then it’s kind of melted, snowed again, melted snowed again. It’s still pretty though! VERY COLD!

Downtown

Other than the excitement of snow, the rest of my weekend was pretty chilled. I skyped people at home which is always nice! Even though it’s Monday today, it feels like it should be mid week. I’m just in one of those moods at the moment.

Sunday was the highlight of my weekend, I went for tea with some girlfriends which is one of my favourite things to do-it reminds me of being at home.

I’ve had a lot of ideas and plans going through my head recently, I sometimes find it hard to harness my ideas and inspiration. This is definitely one of my flaws. I would really like to be able to use some of my ideas to do something worthwhile with my career, or even my spare time. This is something I need to work on…

Amers x

 

the river & the river bank

January 11th, 2012 Posted in vancouver | No Comments »

Feeling: mellow, hungry, sleepy

Listening to: Neil Young “Harvest Moon” (he’s Canadian, eh! dontchaknow)

 

Today was a good day! Work was busy, even though I slept terribly last night (woke up constantly and had nightmares!) I was up early and at my desk before 8am (a rarity), my housemate Carmel is back from her Christmas break so the house is bustling again! The work day flew by and then when I was leaving the office (it has no windows) the best part of the day happened. It took a few seconds for me to realize that IT WAS BRIGHT!!! It was bright until after 4.45pm. I couldn’t believe it. It completely crept up on me, and took me by surprise but I’m so happy! The dark, cold evenings can get very depressing so when you just have to contend with one of those elements it is easier to deal.

It was a beautiful, cold & clear day in Vancouver. Coming home from work over the Cambie bridge I could see the pink sky to my right where the sun had set-the sun sets here are pretty spectacular.

via fucoueda.com

Following new years (I’ll be doing a back post on Christmas & New Years) I have made some resolutions. One of which was to blog more often, which I’m hoping to stick to! Another one (which is a total cliche) is to try to improve my habits and lifestyle in order to feel healthier, look better & just improve my general well being. I used to be pretty conscious about the food I put into my body and I feel in the last few years I’ve really let that slip. You have to be so careful these days when you’re buying anything because you never know what ingredients are in some things! <rant> An example of this is Danone yogurts-I checked the ingredients of their Activia yogurts and they contain gelatine! I’m no yogurt guru, but there is absolutely no reason to put gelatine in. None of my favourite yogurts (http://www.glenisk.com/ & http://liberteyogourt.com/ contain it, in fact they tend to only have a few ingredients and they are delicious! </rant>

Random yoga picture from Google

Anyway, I just really want to become more health conscious again and cut down on a lot of my unhealthy habits. One of the things I REALLY want to get back into is yoga. I’ve always loved it and after college I was pretty good as I was practicing regularly. Yoga here is a little expensive and since I’m on a budget, I’m seeking out free/cheap yoga classes! Lululemon  have free classes in their stores, and there’s one 5 minutes walk down the street from me. Tonight I went to a Meditative Yin Yoga class and loved it! It’s a practice I’ve never tried and I enjoyed it. It involves the normal stretching, but once in the positions you stay in them for longer periods of time and deepen your breathing. The teacher also had some kind of instrument that made a ringing noise. It’s really hard to explain, but it was like a big glass jar that he ran a wooden staff around the inside. It was really relaxing. I will be going back next week-I feel really mellow but also like I worked some muscles. I’ll keep you updated on my hunt for cheap/free classes! I talked to a woman at the end of class and she gave me some tips on other locations.

Sometimes after a tough week, or after a great week for that matter the universe has a way of whispering “psst, look around you”. There are a lot of amazing things in the world (pink sunset, nearly full moon a clear sky) and a lot of cool things I could be doing with the time I waste watching TV, on the Internet. I sometimes find it hard to see the wood for the trees, and I get a bit lost (everyone does, I’m sure). Today was a day that momentarily snapped me out of that. There are endless possibilities.

via weheartit.com

Stay cool.

Amers x