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August 31st, 2014

I’ve been working my way through a new cookbook this weekend, The Vibrant Table by the lovely @golubka. There’s a lot still in progress (sprouted chickpeas and naturally fermented oat yogurt don’t come together in five minutes, you know) but the book has a lot of simple ideas, too, like this layered strawberry-oat smoothie that’s helping me forget it’s the last day of August.

August 31st, 2014

On Friday I picked up the most gorgeous bunch of local organic carrots with tops. The green fronds were so lush and fluffy I couldn’t bear to throw them out. Half went into last night’s pesto, and the rest I tossed into the blender with a banana, frozen mango, hemp protein and coconut oil to make this vibrant smoothie for breakfast.

August 30th, 2014

Pink smoothie for breakfast: roasted beet, frozen cranberries, banana, a few dates and a spoonful of hemp protein.

August 27th, 2014

Don’t you just want to scritch behind her ear? (via distractify.com)

August 26th, 2014

Spent an awesome afternoon trying out the awesome XC biking trails @silverstarmr. Did two greens (one from the top of the chairlift, seen here) and a blue trail that challenged me a lot but was a ton of fun. What a great place to spend a summer day - and they’re putting in even more trails next year! (at Silverstar Mountain Resort)

August 25th, 2014

Found this Nova Scotia #latergram hidden away in an app. Taken in July on a hike at Gaff Point near Lunenburg.

August 24th, 2014

The sunny Okanagan. (at Kin Beach)

August 24th, 2014

Summer isn’t summer without a visit to the drive-through corn stand.

August 23rd, 2014

Kalamalka Lake is my favourite lake. #explorebc (at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park)

August 22nd, 2014

Sun setting over Okanagan Lake. (at Okanagan Lake)

August 22nd, 2014

The Santa Fortuna - a reduction of elderflower, lilac and wild rose petals shaken with grapefruit and tequila and topped with the winery’s Cipes Rose. Yum. (at Summerhill Pyramid Winery)

August 22nd, 2014
My latest for the Globe and Mail, a look at three places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Auckland, New Zealand. (via Discover three of New Zealand’s sweet spots - The Globe and Mail)

My latest for the Globe and Mail, a look at three places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Auckland, New Zealand. (via Discover three of New Zealand’s sweet spots - The Globe and Mail)

August 22nd, 2014

Bear bum. A polar bear latergram from the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.

August 20th, 2014

I’m at Canadian travel conference Go Media in Winnipeg this week and we got to visit the new Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The 10-acre area opened in July and is home to caribou, arctic foxes, seals, snowy owls and, of course, polar bears, which we got to see swimming above an underwater archway (you can imagine all the cameras pointed upward) as well as interacting (through a fence!) with staff. The bears that live here were either born in captivity or found orphaned and helpless in the wild. It’s not the same as a trip to Churchill, but it’s well worth the visit to Winnipeg to get a close-up look at these beautiful animals.

August 20th, 2014

Today at #gomedia2014 the @canadianmint has a half-million-dollar bar of gold on display. It weighs 23 pounds, is chained to its pedestal and comes with two security guards.

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