It’s been a while since my last post but it’s not my fault, blame Vancouver. I love my city but for 10 months of the year we live with rain, overcast clouds, and more rain. The only thing that gets us through it is knowing that for two months of the year we live in the best city in the world.
People freak out when the sun comes out in Vancouver, not hitting a patio or walking the seawall is sacrilegious and an insult to what we endure during the year. Rich and I hit a patio for a bottle of wine on Thursday night at 10pm because it was still warm out and being inside felt morally wrong. Our beloved Canucks didn’t even make it past the first round of playoffs this year, so we (Vancouverites) need this.
I know you’re thinking that wherever you live is warm every day of the year so Vancouver needs to shut up but just trust me on this. Because we live most of our lives in gumboots and lululemon rain jackets, Vancouver gets giddy when it’s summer. I want to say it’s electrifying. If you’re working on a sunny Friday afternoon in Vancouver then you’re probably the only one.
Here is what I did on my sunny Saturday in Vancouver:
Rich insisted that he had a surprise for me so we got up and grabbed coffee before our friends Ryan and Cynthia took us out on their boat. 10am and I’m sipping my Starbucks while zipping through English Bay on a boat. It was awesome, I felt like saying ‘Ahoy!’ for the rest of the day. Here’s a photo of Cynthia looking like a total badass driving it:
We then pulled into Granville Island for brunch (I’ll write more about Granville Island in the future) before I walked home because I was meeting my friend Amanda.
Floating houses at Granville Island
Amanda picked me up and we hit up the $10 vegan BBQ at the Whole Foods Market on Robson Street where we dined on the patio.
We went inside and picked up some artisan salts and Tofutti before she dropped me off in my neighborhood. I quickly picked up some Corona’s, grabbed my book, and headed up to our patio to relax. (Seeing a pattern yet?)
Rich and I then decided that we should enjoy the weather as a family and grabbed the cat. She made her home in someone’s planter before getting spooked by a stranger and ripping out of her harness and making a run for it.
I then headed back to Whole Foods Market to pick up some groceries and food for dinner (again on the patio).
I updated an old favorite by putting Tofutti on vegan crackers with mint and sliced asian pears, yum!:
I also tested out this Whole Foods Market recipe for minty melon salad. Perfect for a sunny night on the patio!:
Our best man Bruce joined us for dinner which also included corn on the cob, chickpea salad, stir fried veggies over kale, and of course-more beer!
And now I go to sleep praying that tomorrow is another sunny day although I know Vancouver will inevitably break my heart again with never ending rain…
Good night Vancouver, call me…maybe?