Travel Tuesday: Victoria City, British Columbia

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Good evening my lovely readers! Today I’d like to show you the rest of our pictures from Victoria City, British Columbia. For those of you who might be new to this blog, I try to post a new travel post once a week. Currently, I’m sharing about our 2015 Canadian West Coast travels. If you are interested in seeing more travel posts like this one, click here

Victoria City, British Columbia

 

The Bug Z00

One of our memorable stops in Victoria City was the Bug Zoo. I should also warn you to not look at the next few pictures if you’re not a fan of spiders or bugs. I have to say though, I’m super proud of myself for actually pulling myself together enough to hold a living scorpion in my hands!

Another favorite was their large ant colony. It’s amazing to see how hard working ants are. Ants have a designated area where they bring all the dead ants. The healthy ants that bring them there, won’t return, in case they should now also carry a disease. This is to protect the colony.

The following pictures show some of the creatures that we saw at the Bug Zoo. 

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City
Tarantula
The Bug Zoo in Victoria City
Scorpion
The Bug Zoo in Victoria City
Black Widow
The Bug Zoo in Victoria City
Ant Colony
The Bug Zoo in Victoria City
Butterfly collection at Victoria’s Bug Zoo

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City

The Bug Zoo in Victoria City

 

About Victoria City

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City is a charming city with a combination of old and new buildings, beautiful gardens, a harbor filled with small boats, and many local shops and restaurants to visit. Here are some more facts about the city (taken from Wikipedia):

  • Victoria City was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
  • The British started settling in 1843, making it one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Many historic buildings remain, of which two of the most popular ones are the Legislative Building and the Empress Hotel.
  • Victoria city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America.
  • The Coast Salish First Nations peoples were established in this region possibly a few thousand years before the British started settling.
  • Victoria is nicknamed “The Garden City”
  • Population in 2011 was 80,032

The following pictures were taken on our stroll around the inner harbor. We saw the old Empress Hotel, the Legislative Building, some cool sculptures, and of course some beautifully planted gardens.

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Inner Harbor of Victoria City
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The Empress Hotel
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The Legislative Building
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The Empress Hotel

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia
Queen Victoria
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The Legislative Building

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

 

Beacon Hill Park

Victoria City, British Columbia

Beacon Hill Park is the perfect stop after a lot of driving. It gives you the opportunity to stretch out your legs while being surrounded by greenery, flowers, and wildlife. It is also a great location for a picnic. 

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia
Wildlife at Beacon Hill Park

Victoria City, British Columbia

 

Fiamo Italian Kitchen

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Victoria City, British Columbia

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Fiamo Italian Kitchen. I would highly recommend this place. I absolutely loved the design of this restaurant. It was so cozy, yet edgy. Oh, and the Chicken Parmesan is to die for!

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

To end the day, we briefly drove to the Craigdarroch Castle. We also saw some churches, but from the outside only, as they were already closed for the day. We then returned to the Legislative Building and the Inner Harbor to see all the buildings lit up at night.

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The Legislative Building lit-up at night.
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The Empress Hotel lit-up at night.
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The Inner Harbor lit-up at night.

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Victoria City, British Columbia

 

Unsuccessful Whale Watching

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Early the following day, we drove into the city to do some whale watching with Orca Spirit Adventures. We were on the restless ocean for nearly three hours, bouncing along in the Zodiac boat. It got so bumpy at times that landing kind of hurt. On this excursion we saw a bald eagle and its nest, as well as some sea lions. To our great disappointment the tour ended without seeing any killer whales. The great news is, Orca Spirit Adventures offered a free tour if we ever were to return in the future.

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

After being super bummed about not getting to see any killer whales, we enjoyed some macarons from Bon Macaron Patisserie. It was our first time trying this french delicacy, and we definitely enjoyed them!

 

Hatley Castle

Victoria City, British Columbia

We continued on to Hatley Castle, and prepared a quick lunch in the parking lot. Now what makes this castle super cool, is the fact that it was used in the X-men series. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the inside, because of ongoing classes. Yeah, it seemed to be our bad luck day. We did, however, get to see a beautiful peacock on the castle grounds, as well as some gorgeous gardening, and of course the castle from the outside.

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Hatley Castle, used in the X-men series

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Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia

 

Successful Whale Watching

To leave you on a positive note, after visiting some other places, we planned it into our schedule to return to Victoria. We knew that if we didn’t return on this trip, it would be a long time before we would ever go back. Of course, we also desperately wanted to see some killer whales. So, naturally the following pictures are actually from a later time of our trip, but I decided to include them now, as they are related to Victoria.

Victoria City, British Columbia

Victoria City, British Columbia
Killer Whale or Orca

We were lucky this time and definitely got to see some killer whales. There were very strict regulations in place, which didn’t allow us to get very close to the whales, unless if they came our way. This was for their protection. We were pretty excited to find out that our tour guide was mentored by the man that trained and also released Free Willy.

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Victoria City from the distance.

Thank you for reading along! Wishing you all a fabulous week!! 🙂

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie

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This Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie recipe that I have for you today, makes for a perfect brunch on a cold fall/winter day. It takes a little longer to make, but will be well worth it when you sit down, wrapped up in a cozy blanket, and eat while watching your favorite TV-show.

Now look at what I’ve done! All I’m craving now is a lazy Saturday morning, where I can do just that. Actually, that’s not true at all. I’m definitely also craving pizza, tacos, tortas ahogadas, that delicious layered Mexican-dip that my friend served today…   

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie

The ingredients that are paired in this Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie recipe, might sounds like a strange combination, but I think they work really well together. Bacon tastes great with syrup, eggs taste really good with sweet potatoes and bacon, and sweet potatoes taste so good with coconut oil, bacon and cinnamon! So, why the heck not throw all these ingredients together, and make a pie out of them while we’re at it!?

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie

I have grown to absolutely love sweet potatoes over the last years! Whenever my mom makes a meal with baked potatoes at home, she always adds one or two sweet potatoes to the mix. These are always for herself. Of course, she is more than happy to share them, but the rest of us usually go for the regular potatoes. I think I am now beginning to follow in my mom’s footsteps with loving the rich flavor and texture of sweet potatoes (and my puppy loves them too!). I’m also enjoying exploring the different possible flavors that pair well with sweet potatoes. 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie

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I hope you make a cozy brunch this weekend, and stay warm, as it is getting colder in Winnipeg. At the very least, may your weekend be filled with the warmth of love and friendship. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog posts. It means the world to me. I would also love to hear from you some times! What are some of your favorite sweet potato dishes?

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pie
Serves 4
This sweet potato pie makes a filling and nutritious fall brunch, and is incredibly delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium-sized sweet potato
  2. 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  3. 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 2 Tbsp. bacon bits
  6. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1/4 cup candied-cashews, crushed
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 6 oz. flour
  10. 3-4 oz. tenderflake lard (frozen)
  11. 1-2 oz. ice water
  12. 1/4 tsp. salt
  13. Sriracha sauce
  14. Fresh basil leaves
Crust
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and the lard, using a pastry blender. You want to achieve a chunky mixture.
  2. Add the ice water gradually and mix gently, just until combined. The trick is to not over-mix the dough.
  3. Form the dough into a round disc, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.
Filling
  1. While the dough is sitting in the refrigerator, prepare the pie filling.
  2. Peel and cut the sweet potato in quarters (lengthwise), then slice thinly.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the sliced sweet potatos and fry until slightly browned, but not too soft. Turn down the heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the pure maple syrup, cinnamon, bacon bits, sea salt, and the pepper. Fry for an additional minute, then set aside.
Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a 13-14 inch circle.
  3. Gently lift and place the rolled out dough into a seasoned 9-inch cast-iron pan (or any pie plate). Trim overhanging dough (you may use the extra dough to create decorative toppers for the pie).
  4. Sprinkle the pie crust with the crushed candied-cashews, then add the sweet potato pie filling.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Lower the heat to 350° F.
  7. Take out the pie and create 4 caves in the pie filling. Crack an egg into each cave.
  8. Place it back into the oven, and bake for an additional 15-17 minutes, or until eggs are done to your liking.
  9. Garnish with sriracha sauce and fresh basil leaves.
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Photo Session: Saint-Boniface Cathedral

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As promised, here are the rest of the pictures of my recent photo session with my cousin through marriage, Madeline. The other half of the photo session was shot at the forks. You can find that session here. Madeline suggested this place to me, which I am thankful for. I had never explored these cathedral ruins before, and therefore didn’t know how excellent they are for photo-shoots.

It’s funny how easy it is not to take the time to explore one’s own city. When I took my husband to Mexico the first couple of times, I visited some places that I had never seen before. It’s silly how it takes someone else visiting your country to see new things yourself.

It has been fun trying out different locations in Winnipeg for photo shoots. It is encouraging me to explore places that are new to me. However, shooting in new locations also comes with its challenges. Said challenges push me to learn though, so all is good.

The Saint-Boniface Cathedral

I researched some of the history of these cathedral ruins. It appears that there have been six churches built in this location between 1818 and 1971. (The information below is from this website).

  • The first church was built in 1818 when Father Provencher arrived. It was used as a chapel, residence, and school.
  • The second church was built in 1819 and was bigger than the first one, but was only completed in 1825, due to lack of funds.
  • The third church was built some time between 1832 and 1839. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1860, along with all the mission’s historical records.
  • The fourth church was started by Bishop Taché, and opened for worship in 1863. This church was even larger, but was torn down in 1909, because it was no longer big enough.
  • The fifth church was built by Archbishop Langevin. Yet again, the church was destroyed by a fire in 1968. However, its outer walls remain standing strong, and a sixth church was added in 1972.

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Travel Tuesday: The Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens

It’s Travel Tuesday! My last travel post brought us to Victoria, BC, via a beautiful sunset ferry-ride. After a good night rest, our first destination in the morning was The Butchart Gardens. These gardens are basically heaven on earth for any gardeners or flower lovers. There was so much variety in these gardens and so many things to see! Therefore, I will only cover this place today. Next time, however, I will show you some more pictures of the actual city.     

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Ever since having worked at a garden stand, I get a kick out of being able to name flowers. Since these gardens contain many flowers that grow in Manitoba, I would be able to name some of them. However, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that know their flowers way better than I do.

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Fun fact: did you know that Begonias are edible (pictured above)? I’ve tried them before and I didn’t die, I promise. They have a citrus kind of taste. Begonias would make beautiful dessert/cake toppers, or you could decorate your salad with them!

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Butchart Gardens

Pictured above, is the rose garden.

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Aren’t these bunnies cute!?

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

The Story Behind the Butchart Gardens

“Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, was attracted from Owen Sound, Ontario to Canada’s West Coast by rich limestone deposits. In 1904, he developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. Close to the quarry, the Butcharts established the family home complete with sweet peas and rose bushes.

As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tonnes of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.

Between 1906 and 1929, the Butcharts created a Japanese Garden on the seaside, an Italian Garden on their former tennis court and a beautiful Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart took great pride in his wife’s remarkable work. An enthusiastic hobbyist, he collected ornamental birds from all over the world. He kept ducks in the Star Pond, noisy peacocks on the front lawn and many elaborate birdhouses throughout the gardens.” (Story taken from The Butchart Gardens’ website. The website also contains other useful information that you might want to check out).  

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Butchart Gardens

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Pictured above is part of the Japanese Garden.

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Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens

Finally, a definite high-light was the ice cream that we got from this Gelateria. This was part of the Italian Garden. I tried their Wild Flower Honey and Lavender flavoured ice cream. It had a bit of a unique taste, but it was actually quite tasty!

Ice Cream

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

If you are new to my blog and would like to see the rest of our West Coast 2015 trip, you will find the other blog posts about all the beautiful places in the West Coast of Canada here.

And hey… by the way, I don’t know how many of you are familiar with bloglovin’. Bloglovin’ is a large community for bloggers. The website is designed to make following your favorite bloggers a breeze. You simply create your own account, and then you can start following different bloggers. This is an easy way to keep up with the newest blog posts. You may follow me on bloglovin’ here.

Wishing you a great rest of the week! 🙂

Refreshing Cucumber Dill Salad

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If you’re reading this, you made it to the weekend! That’s a good reason to celebrate, right? 😉 We are having the second sunny day in a row and this makes me SO happy! It is mind blowing how a little bit of sunshine can immediately lift my mood.

Today I have a really quick and painless recipe for you. This cucumber dill salad pairs really well with these homemade beans (with some tortillas on the side, of course), or any other meal that needs a little fresh pick-me-up.

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This is a recipe that I learned in my mom’s kitchen. I don’t remember ever really following a recipe, so I tried to measure all the ingredients while making it, so that I could share it with you. My mom often adds lettuce and tomatoes to this salad as well, which also tastes really good. I like just using cucumbers, because it makes it so quick.

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I recommend using fresh dill in this recipe. Dried dill will do the job as well, but it definitely won’t taste quite as fresh. A great tip that I learned from my mother-in-law, is to freeze fresh dill so that you can enjoy it all year round. When you are ready to use it, you simply cut off as much as you want, then throw the rest back in the freezer.

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Cheers to a fun-filled weekend!

Refreshing Cucumber Dill Salad
This cucumber salad is a fresh pick-me-up to any hearty meal.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  2. 1 tsp. white vinegar
  3. 3 tsp. sugar
  4. 1 pinch of salt
  5. 2 tsp. milk
  6. 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  7. 1 English cucumber
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Let the dressing mixture sit for a while, then stir again, making sure the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Quarter and slice one long English cucumber.
  3. Mix the dressing and the sliced cucumber just before serving.
Notes
  1. Dried dill works as well, but won't taste as fresh.
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At Home with the Brauns

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I am so thankful for friends who are willing to be my models so that I can continue to keep practicing my photography. I’m especially thankful for this couple, as they have become such good friends of ours. We started hanging out a lot when Kevin and I started dating, and it has been such a blessing to have walked beside each other through many life changes. Now we get to witness them being amazing parents to the sweetest little girl. Thank you for opening up your home to me, and for the warm tea, cookies, and conversations that followed after the session. 

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Maddie Grunging it up at the Forks

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I had the privilege to do a photo shoot with my cousin (through marriage) at the forks recently. She was so easy and fun to work with! It was a cold day outside, but that didn’t stop us! We also took some pictures at the St. Boniface Cathedral ruins. I will post those pictures some time in the near future.

Madeline is such a gifted and creative person, and has a heart of gold. She has been such an encouragement to me on my own journey of trying out new things, and is always ready to share helpful tips. 

Madeline is a fantastic model (seriously, it comes so naturally to her!) and a seamstress. She is studying to become a designer, which I have no doubt she’ll rock at, having her creative spirit. Thank you for such a fun photo session Maddie. I look forward to collaborating with you again in the future! Make sure to follow her on her Instagram account.

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Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

Travel Tuesday: Capilano Suspensoin Bridge & Vancouver Aquarium

Capilano Suspension Bridge

 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Last week I wrote a little about some of our adventures in Vancouver City. Since we had so many pictures, I decided to write two posts on Vancouver. Today, I’m going to show you the rest of the pictures of the two other activities that we enjoyed.

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First, we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The main draw here is the long suspension bridge, but there is also a tree top adventure (among others), which is a walking path, suspended by tall trees. 

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It was a hot summer day, and the place was packed. We waited in line for quite a long time before it was our turn to walk across the very long suspension bridge. It was quite a thrilling experience. The bridge moved so much, because there were so many people walking on it.

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Here is a little more on where the word Capilano came from:

It is actually a First Nations name belonging to the Squamish Nation and originally spelled Kia’palano, meaning “beautiful river”. Kia’palano was the name of a great Squamish chief who lived in this area in the early part of the 1800s. Over time “Kia’palano” was anglicized into “Capilano”: a word that has become the namesake of our bridge and park as well as the river and surrounding area.  

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Walking through the trees felt like some kind of a “George of the Jungle” adventure. Perhaps it made my childhood day-dreams come true? 😉

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I must say that the suspension bridge, as well as the tree top adventures, were quite impressive. It must’ve been SO much work to build everything, making sure that it is strong and safe. 

The long bridge is suspended by two very thick wire cables, and is capable of holding tons of elephants at once. In the past, a large tree fell on the bridge, and instead of causing damage to the bridge, in snapped in two. Now you know, the bridge should be able to hold you just fine!

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As the above picture shows, we saw this huge tree that was 1300 years old!

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Vancouver Aquarium

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We ended our time in Vancouver by visiting the Vancouver Aquarium. I very much enjoyed this place. It was so much fun to see so many different kinds of sea creatures. We saw a great variety of fish, sea plants, jelly fish, tiny poisonous frogs, beluga whales, otters, and dolphins. The following pictures show just some of the life that we saw:

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Ferry Ride to Vancouver Island

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After having some leftover pizza for supper, we drove to the ferry and waited in line for a long time. To make time go by a little faster, we blasted the music in our car, and treated ourselves to some snacks.

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We really enjoyed the ferry ride. We chose to sit outside for most of the time. I wrapped myself up in my blanket, as it was pretty chilly, and enjoyed the breathtaking sunset. How I miss these days.

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That brings our adventures in Vancouver city to an end. Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Mini Pizza Buns

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It’s Friday!! Let the weekend begin! Are you hosting friends or family this weekend? Or are you bringing food to a potluck? I have the perfect appetizer recipe for you! You can throw it together in just a few short minutes. It also makes a tasty lighter meal with some salad on the side. Check the recipe at the end of this post, for the instructions on how to make these tasty, Mini Pizza Buns.

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Is it just me, or do you also crave greasy food when you’re cold? In past summers, I have worked at The Salad Bowl Greenhouses’ garden stand. On a side note, if you haven’t visited this local garden stand yet, make sure to do so next year (I’m talking to you Winnipegers!). They sell beautiful plants, and the owners are the kindest people, and such a joy to work for.

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Back to my story. At the garden stand we’re open through sunshine and rain. The awesome and awful part about this job is, that there is an ice cream shop and a Salisbury restaurant right close to it. On hot days, all I wanted to do was buy ice cream to cool off (and our boss definitely spoiled us with some cold treats sometimes). On cold days, however, when we would sit wrapped up in our blankets, sipping at our hot tea, all I wanted was Salisbury’s greasy yam fries.

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For years the employees at the garden stand have used the washroom at Salisbury, as the garden stand doesn’t have one. So, on cold days, I would always go and warm up my hands and face with the hand dryer in the washroom. Of course, that just made matters worse, as I would walk by all the people sitting with delicious, greasy food in their hands. On occasion, my co-worker and I would cave into our temptations and indulge in a platter of greasy yam fries.

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We are having a cold and cloudy fall day in Winnipeg today. Mini Pizza Buns anyone? I hope you try this recipe. Do you have any quick, go-to recipes? Please do share!

Cheers to a fun weekend! -Erika

Mini Pizza Buns
Yields 6
Easy and delicious appetizer!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 whole-wheat buns, cut in half
  2. 6 Tbsp. pizza sauce
  3. 12 slices peppered salami
  4. Grated mozzarella cheese
  5. Olive oil
  6. Pepper
  7. Basil (dried and fresh)
Instructions
  1. Spread one tablespoon of pizza sauce on all six buns.
  2. Top each with two slices of peppered salami.
  3. Add grated mozzarella cheese to taste, then drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
  4. Add dried basil and pepper to taste.
  5. Bake in toaster oven (or any other oven) at 400 degrees, until cheese is melted, and crust is golden brown.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
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Travel Tuesday: Vancouver, BC

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Another week is on its way, and I hope it has started off well for all of you. It’s time for another travel post, and our next stop on our West Coast trip was Vancouver. I’m sure there are thousands of things to do in Vancouver, but here are a few of things the things that we saw and did in Vancouver. 

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First of all, we were excited to find Winnipeg on the street in Vancouver! We had to take a picture with it, of course. 😉

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We visited Canada Place, which is located in downtown Vancouver’s waterfront. This building (pictured at the top of the page) looks unique because of its tent-like peaks.

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If you want to get a better view of the city, Vancouver Lookout is the place to be. We went up this tower twice, once during the day, and then we came back to see the city lit up at night. 

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The view from the lookout was great!

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Next, we went to Granville Island. This was my favourite part of the city. There was a market, and a lot of small local shops. We went to a soap shop, as well as a candle store, and it was nice to talk to the owners about what it’s like to own small businesses. It turns out that the owner of the candle store was actually from Winnipeg, where she has another candle business. 

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These Granville Silos have got to be the funnest Silos I’ve ever seen. They were painted by two internationally acclaimed street artists, known as OSGEMEOS. They are two Brazilian twin brothers, who are popular for their public art. 

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We spent some time browsing the market. So many plants! So much good food! So many things!

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We decided that we absolutely had to buy some desserts from Stuart’s .The choices were endless!

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After the market we made our way to Stanley Park. This park is massive! We spent a short amount of time there. We saw some skillfully crafted totem poles, and walked around the sea board walk. It offered such a great viewpoint of the city and Canada Place (the building with the white peaks). We drove through part of the park, as we didn’t have time to walk through it all.

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At the end of the day we drove to Gastown and enjoyed some delicious burgers at Black Frog. It was closely located to this old steam clock, which would play a melody every half hour with steam and pipes. The cherry on top was the delicious churro we enjoyed at a small Peruvian restaurant. 

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We went back to the lookout tower one last time to see the lit up city. We got lucky to see a beautiful crescent moon. The Canada Place building looked neat at night, as it was lit up with different colours. 

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Next week I will write about the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Vancouver Aquarium, which are two other fun activities that we enjoyed in Vancouver. 

Thank you for reading along!