Bard on the Beach + Corduroy

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.” Last night I was able to see those words come to life on the stage at Bard on the Beach.Unfortunately, Canada East has been stealing all the hot summer weather!! Yes, this is the second to last week of July, and yes, it does look and feel like october.

Bard on the Beach happens every year in Kitsalano, Vancouver. Huge tents are assembled, and inside actors re-create some of the most loved Shakespeare plays. This year the four plays featured were: As You Like It, Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, and Richard III. We went to see As You Like It, because I am studying this play in my early Shakespeare class as part of my English Major. I also thought it would be a better choice for Adam and I to see, as it is a comedy. It was really well done, and the characters were actually quite funny! Touchstone stole the show – absolutely hilarious! And, the actor who played him was in commercials for A&W’s ‘Momma burger.’ I would definitely reccommend you see this show, or any of the other ones they are performing this summer.

Bard on the Beach runs until September 24th. They have a brand new BMO stage that is really great! Every single seat is close to the stage, and feels very intimate while watching it so no one has a ‘bad’ view of the actors. The back of the stage is a great big opening so you can see Downtown Vancouver and the mountains. It is awesome!

During the intermission you could wander out into the open concession area, where they served wine and other snacks. At least the rain held off until the end of the show, so everyone could enjoy the beautiful atmosphere within the tents.

Our Tickets! And they even handed out a 5$ Starbucks Gift Card to everyone who attended!


Before the show, we planned on going somewhere for dinner. We (read: I) were a little behind getting ready, as I was trying frantically to register for Fall courses. We hadn’t planned on going anywhere in particular, so we just drove down early and tried to find some eats.We were really lucky to come across a fairly new spot called Corduroy.

It was such a great find. They offer local organic ingredients, and everything on the menu sounded delicious! We were in a little bit of a hurry, so we asked if it would take long to order a couple of individual pizzas. It wasn’t too busy, as it was still early, but they had a comedy show later that night, and on weekends they have local bands. Adam and I said we will definitely have to go back for another pizza, and drink or two.

The Pizzas – so so so so so good! Their crusts are Whole Wheat Rosemary and Honey. The perfect thin crust with lots of crunch!

We chose two pizzas:

Double Smoked Bacon, Carmalized Pear, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction. ( I had to take a bite before I took a pic..)

Omg was this good. The balsamic reduction and carmalized pears!? Adam definitely would have eaten the whole thing himself, but was nice and shared =)

The second choice was the Mushroom Medley, with Truffle Creme Fresh. The mushrooms smelled absolutely delicious! I could have eaten just those on their own.

Adam liked the first one best, but I think the mushroom one was really good! The pizzas were $12/each (i think the website says 10$?) but definitely worth it. I love a good pizza!

If you live in the Vancouver area, I would definitely suggest taking in a play! And, maybe get some pizza on the way? If you do, save me a slice!

Fusion Fest 2011

This weekend Adam and I visited the annual Fusion Festival  held just down the street from us! It is a celebration of all different nations including the celebration of food, culture and music. It is a two day event, and there is usually hot summer weather to accompany the festival, but seeing as how we are being termed ‘raincouver,’ we saw no sun. It would have been great if the sun came out even just for an hour or two, but nonetheless people still came out to enjoy the delicious food and take in the sights!

We got there just in time to catch the end of the nation parade.

There were lots of people dressed up in their nations clothing, and dancing as well as singing.


Of course we had to visit the Italy tent. My people after all! Nothing beats delicious Italian food.

Adam had his eye on the calzone style pizza. Filled with stringy mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, pepperoni and sauce. I really wanted a cannoli, but for 5$ it didn’t look that great.


While I had my sights on the delicious Tandoori Chicken being BBQ’d. Love the colour of this dish!


yum!

Adam wanted this sweet empanada the moment we walked in the gates. And, with only 3$ worth of tokens left, it seemed like a good choice. It was incredibly flakey, and the filling was not too sweet. Definitely hit the spot.


 

We also went to a farm today as well! But, that’ll be another post! I just love how farm markets, festivals and events are readily available on weekends to visit during the summer! Except, with this rain it’s not feeling a whole lot like summer! Though ‘vancouverites’ have grown accustomed to the weather, and therefore leave the house with an umbrella and BENCH rain jacket in tow, even in the middle of summer. I hope that next weekend will be a little nicer!

Hope you all had a great weekend – rain or shine!

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Day, July 1

Don’t mind the slightly bright, and non-pretty looking dessert photos. This dish is just not photogenic lol. Every year I want to make a special dessert to celebrate Canada Day. Last year, I made a simple maple cake/loaf. It was pretty delicious. But this year, I wanted to do something to incorporate our national colours. Although, I kinda wished we had a little more colour in our flag! It’s limited with what you can make, besides cupcakes and cake with strawberries to make a maple leaf. Adam and I are also headed up to Osoyoos today so we can celebrate tomorrow! Thankfully the HWY has been cleared up, because yesterday there was a giant mudslide that stopped traffic in all directions! But I heard on the radio that we are good to go! It would be a major bummer to not be able to go out of town on the long weekend!

I just hope the dessert makes it on the 4-5 hour road trip! We had to borrow a cooler, cause A. we don’t own one, and B. we have no room to store one even if we bought it! Seeing as how it is a cool dessert, I froze a giant ice pack to put into the cooler with it, and we can always stop for ice if we need to refresh it! I’ve actually made this dessert several times before, and it is so delicious. It’s from Kraft Canada, and is sort of like a cheesecake with jello on top. Yup. It’s delicious. The original calls for a pretzel crust, but I’ve never been a fan of that so I just make it with graham cracker crumbs like a regular cheesecake.

You could totally sub other fruits for it, like a melon one, or raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc. Or even a lemon one, and leave out the fruit completely. That would be delicious!

I let the Jell-O set a little too long this time, so it didn’t have a ‘smooth’ finish to the topping, but I’m fairly confident it will taste just as good, whether or not it’s pretty.

I also make it at least the night before, or morning of, so as to let it set up firm for more than a couple hours so it is easy to cut!

Strawberry Jell-O Cheesecake Squares
slightly adapted from Kraft Canada – Strawberry Pretzel Squares

Ingredients:
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
just about 2/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 pkg. (250 g each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
3 tbs. Sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 pkg. (85 g each) Jell-O Strawberry Jelly Powder
1-1/2 cups cold water
4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix Graham cracker crumbs, and butter in bowl, press (using the back of a spoon) onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake 10 min.; cool.

Beat cream cheese, in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. StirSugar and  Cool Whip, add more/less sugar depending on how sweet you would like it; spread over crust. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In another bowl, add boiling water to jelly powders; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thickened. Now, you don’t want it fully set, but enough when you drag a spoon through it, it will leave a mark. Stir in strawberries until incorporated; spoon over cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate minimum 3 hours or until firm.

Keep in fridge until ready to serve, otherwise it will become too mushy to cut!

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend!!! Happy Canada Day!

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