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Winter Favourites: Food, adventures, other finds

Winter Favourites: Food, adventures, other finds
Winter Favourites: Food, adventures, other finds

Creating a winter bucket list has really encouraged me to get out and embrace the season despite all the rain and snow. Here are a few things I have been loving this winter:

Lunch at Glory Juice Co. (Olympic Village)

I first visited Glory Juice Co. with my friend Nikki post-workout and have been back several times. Not just a juice bar, they also serve smoothies, salads, soups, bowls, and toasts. My go-to menu items: Americano with a splash of creamy homemade almond milk, the warm and hearty glory bowl, and a bag of the homemade granola to take home. Their granola is some of the best I have ever had. It is hard not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!

Happy Afternoon at Belgard Kitchen (Railtown)

I have mentioned on the blog before my coworkers and I’s attempt to find the best charcuterie platter in Vancouver. Happy Afternoon at Belgard Kitchen was part of this very selfless mission. The restaurant is one of several businesses located inside the historic Settlement Building. The space is great, wood-walled and high ceilings and the appetizers were excellent. What we tried: Grilled Postmark Sausage Board, Winter Harvest Salad, Rock Shrimp Ceviche, and Belgard Meatballs.

Dinner at Caveman Cafe (Chinatown)

It is hard to find a restaurant in Vancouver that serves healthy food and is not a) over-priced b) serves small portions for the cost and c) is a little yuppy. Caveman Cafe is none of these things. They specialize in paleo-friendly food that is natural, organic, and local and the portions are very generous (especially the platter feasts). What I tried: paleo lasagna with spaghetti squash, organic beef, and eggplant, and grain-free pizza with spinach-based crust.

ClassPass: spinning at Cyklus and Method

I shared my favourite spin classes on the blog last week (a true sanity-saver while I can’t run). I picked up a Groupon for Cyklus but once that ran out I signed up for ClassPass. If you’ve never used it before, I highly recommend ClassPass and their $19 introductory one month trial (5 classes). You can’t get fitness classes for much cheaper. Studios I tried: Cyklus Vancouver, Method Cycling, Cadence Cycling, Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary, Kondi Fitness, and T-Squared Personalized Training Gravity classes.

Coffee at Olive + Ruby (Kitsilano)

One of my “goals” for 2017 was to visit Vancouver’s ten best coffee shops of 2016. Olive + Ruby is number 10 on the list. I dropped by post-chiropractor and immediately loved this bright, colourful cafe. From the painted multi-colour wall, to the swinging chair in the window, I’ll be sure to come back to this adorable spot for a hot Americano and slice of avocado toast.

Joy McCarthy’s Cookbook Joyous Detox

Less running has meant more time in the kitchen for me this winter. I recently picked up copies of Joy McCarthy’s Joyous Detox and Julie Daniluk’s Hot Detox and love them both. I rarely go back and use the same cookbooks every week, but I can’t stop making recipes from these! Despite the names, you definitely don’t need to be on a detox to enjoy these tasty, easy-to-make, and feel-good recipes.

Joyous Detox recipes I tried: strawberry oat mini pancakes (make a batch and store in the freezer for quick weekday breakfasts), family veggie frittata, cinnamon flaxseed bread, sweet potato coconut soup (so simple but so good), chickpea blender soup, hemp heart spinach spread, creamy cashew veggie dip, everything but the kitchen sink salad, creamy dijon dressing, hemp seed caesar salad dressing, purple and green cabbage slaw, and cheesy cauliflower casserole (a grain-free dairy-free mac and cheese).

Julie Daniluk’s Hot Detox Cookbook

What I’ve made so far from Julie’s cookbook: homemade nut milk, pumpkin pie smoothie, coconut cashew yogurt (this involved cracking open probiotic tablets on my kitchen counter), detox frittata, the early riser egg bake, pesto, garlic cauliflower mash, cauliflower crust pizza (surprisingly good and easy to make), lazy cabbage rolls, turkey loaf, and pineapple chai chicken (I could eat this many times over).

What have you been loving this winter?


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