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Sister-In-Law Vancouver Sun Run

April 21, 2015

This past weekend I ran my first ever!!! race – the Vancouver Sun Run. It’s a big tradition for Vancouver, being Canada’s largest road race.

At the beginning of the year my sister in law Tara asked if I wanted to run it with our other sister in law Val (to-be!) and my other soon-to-be sister in law Erin (Adam’s sister). I’ve never ran any races, but have run on my own before on and off – as in, I’ll get into a rhythm of running, then stop for a month or two. So when I purchased my entry fee I knew I had to actually run and not stop practicing. 

I was excited to be a part of it, having never done anything that big before – there were approximately 40,000 participants in the Sun Run this year. It’s definitely fun once you’re down there, lots of people walking around all the closed streets. It’s pretty awesome to be running in downtown Vancouver, and then run over two main bridges, the Burrard St Bride and the Cambie St. Bridge – Although going up the bridge was a whole different story. Actually, the ascend to the first bridge was a struggle haha, as I usually run on pretty flat areas. I joked with Tara that she had to push me up the hill (which she almost did ;) )

We woke up at 6am to have breakfast and head downtown via the sky train. The race has waves of starts, with the elites first. We were down there early to check a bag for the courier at the end of the race, so we ended up waiting around for a while. Our wave didn’t leave til about 9:30, so it was a good three and a half hours of waiting before actually running.

Having never run a race, and starting with a 10k (almost an 11 when you add in the hills etc) i’m pretty happy with myself. We ran it in  about an hour 10 minutes. There are so many people running that you do a lot of people dodging – and we all wanted to stick together – it wasn’t a real ‘race’ – more for fun. 

The only downside was after the race we went to have lunch, and when i got home later that day i felt quite sick, and ended up with food poisoning – not so good. I’m just happy it was after the race, and not before. I’ve only had food poisoning a couple of times before and it sucks. needless to say i was in bed most of sunday and all of monday, having to stay home from work. thankfully i felt better enough to eat some plain white toast and broth monday night after not being able to keep anything down whatsoever sunday night/monday morning. i went to work today, still not feeling 100% but felt that i had better go in. moral of the story – stick to post-race celebratory drinks, not green salads + chicken. 

it was a great weekend – and i’d definitely do the Vancouver Sun Run again!


yup – we even had matching jackets


post race!


Ice Cream

Honey Ice Cream

May 16, 2012

If you live in the Vancouver area, you can’t help but notice the gorgeous summer weather we have been experiencing this week. The rainy spring weather had had the past month has lifted, and the sun is shining. I actually got a sunburn on mother’s day, as we were enjoying our brunch on the backyard patio. I blame my mother, as she is a red head with light freckled skin, which I unfortunately inherited. You wouldn’t guess I was also European, as my skin doesn’t quite soak up the sun in the same way my Nonna and brother can turn a deep olive brown in the summer.

Speaking of Europe, I am very excited to have booked my trip. I have been planning this trip for as long as I can remember. I even had a conversation saved in my Facebook messages planning this trip with a friend in 2008. I think four years later, I should probably make it happen. I complained for a while that I was the only one in our family who had not been to Europe, or more precisely, Italy. The reason being is that my father’s family is from Italy, and it was where he was born. As you know from previous posts, my father is no longer with us, but I still desperately wanted to make the trip to Europe and visit out heritage, along with stops to the gorgeous hospital, that looks like a cathedral, that my father was born in, the town he was raised in, the tiny, I mean TINY, town my Nonna grew up in, with likely <100 people living there I’m sure, and of course the other historical monuments in Italy. My brother was lucky enough to go twice, although he was 18 months old the first time. He went again when he was 15, for 6 weeks, my Nonna took him with her. I’m doing a tour for 16 days around Europe, and then my Nonna is actually going to fly and meet me in Rome and then show me the ‘true’ Italy, the small tiny towns and areas off the beaten path from the tourist attractions. My Nonna has lived in Canada now for longer than she has lived in Italy, and lives only minutes from our house, but still visits Italy every year. She actually told me she wasn’t going back this year, but after I informed her of my travel plans, she decided she would fly and meet me so she can show me where our family is from. It’s been a trip I’ve wanted to take for a long time, and this year after Graduation I planned to go, as a Grad present from my mom, and now I am just counting down the days. My Nonna keeps informing me how crazy I am to want to go in July, as it is so hot. She usually likes to go in August/September.

Speaking of heat, when the temperature rises the best way to cool down is usually with a cool treat. I saw this unique ice cream recipe online, from a new-to-me food blog, Girl Cooks World, which I’ve been perusing daily.

It is my new favourite, instead of vanilla. It is so subtly sweet, and the taste is just heavenly. I added a half cup of cream instead of the 1/2 cup of milk, cause I had one cup of milk left, and I think it made it even better. It is so good, it is like whipped ice cream. A definite favourite for cooling down in the hot weather. It keeps well in the freezer, and still comes out like soft serve once frozen. It’s really delicious and light tasting. Adam ate most of it, as I try and stay away from dairy with my allergy, but I didn’t want to try and substitute Almond milk this time, so I went with the original version.

It tastes even better with frozen raspberries.

Honey Ice Cream, From Girl Cooks World, Adapted from The Soul of a New Cuisine
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 & 1/2 cups heavy cream
* 1 cup milk
* 4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
* 1/3 cup honey

Combine the sugar, heavy cream and milk in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

When the mixture is smooth and the sugar is dissolved, temper the eggs yolks by whisking in about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the eggs.  Pour the tempered yolks into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove from heat and place the entire saucepan into a shallow ice bath, and mix in the honey.  Stir frequently until the custard has cooled. Pour the custard mixture into a container, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Are you planning on going anywhere this summer?

What do you do to cool down in the heat?


Secret Supper Soiree

January 16, 2012

Today I was happy to find out I had won a contest courtesy of Good Life Vancouver, Cassandra Anderton, and Swallow Tail Supper Club.

Here are the deets:

Swallowtail Canada holds a yearly sold-out culinary event in Vancouver.

From their website..

Last years sold out event is back! Vancouver’s culinary speakeasy tour. Imagine being a guest in a 30’s underground bar, a room of unsolved mysteries, perhaps, an urban winery. A sommelier serves you stunning sips of wine. Chef Andrea Carlson formerly of Bishops sizzles up fresh, wild BC canapé creations. A classic double decker chauffeurs to the venues. The best way to explore the secrets of the city!

Five Courses. Four Wine Tastings.
Two Secret Locations


Classic Double Decker


1 Pims Cup a la Boardwalk Empire

3 Tastings – BC boutique wineries showcased


Executive Chef Andrea Carlson of Bishops

5 tasting plates – BC Wild food inspired

Vegetarian option available


…secret until ticket purchase

All new secret locations this year!


As fancy as you like, the fancier the better.

We encourage 1930’s speakeasy attire!

Don’t forget your umbrella for rainy days.


Saturday – Jan 21, 28, Feb 4

4pm & 8pm shows
Trolley leaves promptly, so don’t be late!

Jan 21 & 28, Feb 4 8pm Shows SOLD OUT


Early Bird rate (pre Dec 24th) – $99 w/ wine

$99 Group rate 10+ w/ wine

$89 w/o wine
$129 w/ wine

Information from Swallow Tail website here, where you can also find out how to purchase tickets for yourself.

Thank you Good Life Vancouver & Swallowtail! I am looking forward to Saturday!

Also, Dine Out Vancouver is beginnig soon! January 20-February 5. I have been trying to decide on a restaurant.. and keep changing my mind! Have you dined out at a restaurant on the list? What would be your pick? The restaurants are divided into 18/28/38$ menus in three or four courses. Last year we went with Adam’s family to EBO, and it was absolutely delicious. I saw their menu this year, but I’m not sure if it’s something I wanted to try.