Monday, August 13, 2018

Trying New Restaurants

During Christopher's time off we tried some new restaurants that we'd been wanting to visit for a while.  One of those was Avenue, which we went to twice.  We also had lunch at The Meating Room.


This place is known for their fresh and healthy bowls, pitas, salads, pizzas, various juices and smoothies.  Their breads are made in-house, and they grow their own sprouts, wheat grass, etc.


I tried a make-your-own bowl, and Christopher had a lamb pita.


We also shared a green juice, and a couple potent, nutrition-packed shots.


We loved everything!  The rice they use in the bowls is infused with turmeric, which I really enjoyed, and the slow roasted meats are juicy and flavourful.  There are many choices of fresh vegetables and delicious sauces to use in the pitas and bowls, so the combinations are endless.

Another place we tried was Ming Ji BBQ, because we heard the duck fried rice couldn't be beat.  This place is takeout only, and the service was excellent.  We only got the duck fried rice (with some hot sauce that the employee told us to try), but there are so many things on the menu we're looking forward to getting in the future.


The rice hit the spot, and the sauce made it even better.  We'll ask for extra hot sauce next time; it's smokey, spicy, salty, and savoury, and just takes this rice over the top. 

We stopped at one restaurant that we had been to before, Ngoc Van, known for their pho and Vietnamese subs.  You can sit inside, or get the food to-go.  We ordered one sub, one soup, a steamed bun and two fresh rolls to-go, and then shared everything for a couple lunches.


Oooh, and a tasty watermelon bubble tea too!


The soup was my favourite part, but the banh mi sub was also delicious. 

One evening we stopped at Ru downtown for a late night snack.


It was too late to order off their regular menu, so we'll have to go back another time to give it a proper try.  The snacks were pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

Have you tried any new restaurants recently?
How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Staycation Breakfasts

When Christopher was off last week we enjoyed a nice breakfast together each day before heading out for adventures on the town, or making our way to the relax in the yard.  One day, inspired by the breakfast we had at our friends' place a while back, we cooked and ate breakfast outside.


We toasted the bread, warmed the beans, and cooked the sausage on the grill, while cooking the eggs in a pan on the side burner.


It was a really satisfying breakfast, and it kept us full until dinner.


Twice Christopher made pico de gallo omelettes:


Skillets one day:


French toast with buttermilk (yum!) another day:


Egg in a hole:


Mini buttermilk pancakes:


Poached eggs with potatoes and bacon:


And sunny eggs with toast and bacon:


We always used my homemade bread for the toast.

One day we woke up late, and instead of having breakfast, we went out for an early lunch to try a new restaurant.

Yesterday I was back to being on my own for breakfast, so I made a one-egg omelette and had it over a piece of toast.


And rewind to two weeks ago ... I was mostly eating quiche:


Or random breakfasts like Saskatoon berries, cashews, and a small piece of rhubarb snacky cake that I had made with rhubarb that Christopher's parents gave us.


What have you been eating for breakfast lately?
What is your favourite thing to have for breakfast?
How do you like your eggs? 
What do you like to put on your toast?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Staycation

When Christopher initially picked his holidays this year, he didn't get any time off in the summer; however, a while later a week opened up and he grabbed it.  So, he had last week off, and with the weekends and the holiday Monday tied into it, we had 10 days off together! 

We thought about going away, and researched some trips, but in the end decided to have our first staycation.  Any time we'd ever had time off together before, we'd always gone away, so we thought it would be nice to do some touring around our own city.

We planned out some things that we wanted to do on our staycation, and then checked them off as we did them:


We didn't get to all of them, but plan on keeping the list up and checking the rest off before summer is over.

It was exciting to try things we had never done before, like playing virtual reality:


And visiting Stone Hall Castle, a Medieval style castle in our city:

 
 

The virtual reality was awesome, and also extremely scary.  The first game we both tried was one where you go up in an elevator, and then the elevator door opens and you are on the top of a skyscraper.  There is a plank going off the edge of the skyscraper that you can walk on (and likely fall off of), but we were both too scared to do it.  It's amazing how real it feels, and how even though we knew we were standing firmly on the floor, we just couldn't bring ourselves to walk forward.  Once I was flying and crashed into a mountain, and almost fell down in real life!  Haha, such a strange feeling!

The castle tour was really interesting, and we definitely recommend it.  We enjoyed learning about the history of the property, and it's fascinating what the owner has done with it.

During our time off we made a couple different trips to the farmers' market, and got coffees at our corner coffee shop:


We went for ice cream:


And visited the Queen City Exhibition:


The first treat I always want at the Ex is a corn dog!

 

Over the course of the afternoon/evening we shared the corn dog along with a slice of pizza:


A lamb gyro:


And some terrible Asian noodles with sweet and sour pork and ginger beef (they used spaghetti noodles!?!?):


In the evening we were front row for the Arkells!


They put on an excellent show, and we had a blast!

Some deep fried Oreos after the show (they weren't great):


On our staycation we tried a couple new mocktail recipes, and then invented a third concoction to enjoy with some cheeses from Takeaway Gourmet.


We visited the museum ...


And really liked the infrared camera:


We spent a few evenings, and one afternoon, on different patios around town.  One evening we shared tacos at The Lobby (chicken and fish); they were delicious!


A couple of days we didn't leave the yard at all.  We cooked out there, ate, ran through the sprinklers and felt like kids again, read books (five between the two of us), and had a fire.


We did a bit of cooking/baking, but definitely the least amount we've ever done in a stretch of time at home.


Breakfasts were eaten at home, but we went out for (or picked up) lunch and dinner quite a few times.  More on our staycation breakfasts and the restaurants we visited in the next couple posts!

After 10 days of staying up late, and sleeping in longer than usual, Christopher is back at work, and we're back to our regular sleep schedule.  I love getting away on a trip, but really enjoyed this time at home, especially since summers are so, so nice in Saskatchewan. 

Do you like staycations?  Do you like corn dogs?
Do you have anything you still hope to do before summer is over?
Have you ever tried virtual reality?