Summery

Wow! It’s been a while since my last post but summer is always packed with friends’ visits, weddings and the miscellaneous dinners and parties. The last two weeks, I also found myself feeling completely exhausted and I had to force myself to take my iron supplements again. It’s finally kicked in after 10 days and I’m feeling more rejuvenated. My write-up on iron supplements will be posted soon when i stop procrastinating on that project.

This week, i’m reminded of how lucky I am to have such amazing friends in my life. My last fb status was about how true friendships can last no matter the distance or time between us. Having moved to the island, the friends that i grew up with or went to school with are still a big part of life whenever I go home to visit. There’re those that live here on the island who are super active and fun to be around. They influence me in a positive way and I’d say without them, my island living won’t be as fulfilling or as active as it would be. Finally, the ones that live miles away, thanks for the calls/ texts/ likes!

While laying in bed at 2pm sat afternoon trying to fight my headache, I picked up a call from a friend living in calgary and I probably would not have picked up otherwise if it weren’t him since i hadn’t heard from him in a over a yr. back in high school, there was a healthy competition between us in physics. years later, he still calls me once in a blue moon to check up on me and we’d pick up from where we left off. If you’re reading this, I have so much respect and admiration for you after what you been through. You’re an inspiring friend and a true success story!

Picture highlights from the past few weeks

A get-together and fare-well party at Darcy's

A get-together and fare-well party at Darcy’s

At Niagara Falls. First stop on an up-island excursion with Adam who came all the way from DC.
Niagara Falls of the West Coast – First stop on our up-island excursion with Adam who came all the way from DC.

Goldstream Park
Goldstream Park

Kinsol Trestle

Kinsol Trestle

One of my besties visiting from Vancouver

One of my besties visiting from Vancouver

Quality time with my new table-top easel

Quality time with my new table-top easel

Buck-a-Shuck Time!

Buck-a-Shuck Time!

Jazz Quartet featuring Noah on the Sax, Hermann's Jazz Club

Jazz Quartet featuring Noah on the Sax, Hermann’s Jazz Club

Farewell Party for Max. An amazing couple <3

Farewell Party for Max. An amazing couple ❤

Hiking with Jess and Zoe at Mt. Work/ Gowland Tod.

Hiking with Jess and Zoe at Mt. Work/ Gowland Tod.

Finally, I’d like to share with you my hearty Sunday Night Dinner.

Roasted root vegetables with rosemary; Israeli Couscous and roasted tomato; Caramelized onion on grilled chicken

Roasted root vegetables with rosemary; Israeli Couscous and roasted tomato; Caramelized onion on grilled chicken

Roasted Vegetables: From Jamie’s Food Evolution Cookbook.

Boil desired root vegetables (i used potatoes, yam, beets, radish, garlic) in salted water x 9 mins. Drain well and drizzle with olive oil, s & p, and desired herbs (i used rosemary and basil). Bake at 400 until golden and crisp. Around 45 mins.

Israeli Couscous with Red Quinoa and Italian Orzo: purchased a bag from costco. Cook with instructions provided.

Caramelized Onions: Absolutely to die for and goes well with so many things!
I added some mushrooms, a pat of butter and 1 tsp of brown sugar towards the end. Trick is to constantly stir and scrape bottom every 3-5 mins. Total time: 30 mins stovetop.

Lime-Honey Baked Chicken: I would marinate it for 2 hours or less next time to lower the saltiness. Also added cayenne pepper and cumin as suggested and a dash of sesame oil. Baked for exactly 20mins. Perfectly moist and complements perfectly with the Caramelized Onions.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a fantastic week ahead.

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A Weekend of Art, Music & Food

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

My weekend kicked off with a fabulous concert at the local art gallery featuring Kytami, a Canadian musician and violinist born in Vancouver. She played along side her DJ who mixed music from all genres, from rock to classical, with a predominant Irish theme that was upbeat and dance-worthy. I’ve never been to a concert quite like it before – in the middle of an art gallery, surrounded by paintings, a wooden staircase and a chandelier in the room. The atmosphere was warm and cozy, everyone was well-dressed and out to have a fun and relaxing Friday night.

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If you live in Victoria and haven’t been to the Art Gallery on Moss Street, I recommend checking it out. Hint: it’s a great date night idea! The gallery is small but has quite a few paintings from Canadian artists including Emily Carr, the famous Canadian icon whose works portray the lives of indigenous people and landscape of the Canadian Northwest Coast.

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A few pictures to describe the rest of my weekend

Saturday afternoon bike-riding

Galloping Goose Bike Trail

Galloping Goose Bike Trail

Girlfriends over on Sunday afternoon

Homemade Nespresso with handmade truffle from Spinnakers

Homemade Nespresso with handmade truffle from Spinnakers

There’s been a lot of hype around this healthy smoothie lately that I decided to give it a chance.
I must say it was not bad! Really refreshing after a work-out.

Kale Smoothie

Kale Smoothie: 1 cup kale, a few frozen mango chunks, 2 heaped tsp greek yogurt, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, honey to taste

Sunday night dinner

Kale with three bean salad, Homemade green onion roti, Tandoori Chicken Curry, Homemade Raita (yogurt)

 

Last but not the least before I sign off, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone reading my blog!  A few of my friends have messaged me in the past couple weeks sending me sweet & wonderful comments. It means a lot to me that you all take time out of your busy lives to browse my blog. And to the silent ones there also, thanks for reading ❤