02 July 2010

Out and AbOOt on Canada Day

Some people think Canadians say "Aboot" instead 
of "About" ...actually I think that's only in Alaska...

we truly speak more normally, I promise :)

My version of 'Dirty Oats' which consists of cooked rolled 
oats with cocoa. Topped with banana and chocolate chips! 

I was going to theme my breakfast with red and white, but
then decided Raspberries and Yogurt wasn't what I wanted 

After this incredible breakfast, I headed downtown to immerse myself
in Canada Day festivities. On the way I found myself, quite literally...

Haha... Snacking Squirrel

When I got downtown I popped into 

Yummy bowl of red lentil dahl

Plus a box of delicious mixes; chickpea salad, tempeh mayo 
salad, kabocha squash, arame, and steamed broccoli with kale

Green Cuisine is located inside Market Square, and for Canada Day there were
lot's of events going on. One was a magic show which I watched for a little bit...

I couldn't understand why it was filled with mostly adults versus kids. I'm
really not a magic show kind of girl, so I thought it was pretty funny. The magician
asked for volunteers and picked two eager 40-year-old men to help him out. Weird

The day wouldn't be complete without some
 celebratory vegan gluten-free dessert right?

I got a mix of different sample cakes. 
In front is Apricot and Pecan Praline...

In the back is Mango Coconut Cream Pie, 
and to the right is Chocolate Mousse Cake

They were all insanely good! The Apricot 
Pecan Praline was definitely the best though!

I was going to hang around longer to see some free concerts and watch the
 fireworks, but I was way too tired, and I find the noise pollution a bit exhausting

Hmmm and watching pre-pubescent girls abuse
the Canadian Flag by wearing it as a slutty mini dress
 was a bit too much after awhile... so I headed home

Question: Do you celebrate the 4th of July or Canada
Day? If so, what are your favorite things to do or see?


Anonymous said... [reply]

I celebrate 4th of July. My favorite things are the fireworks for sure! Plus the BBQs and the watermelon.... YUM.

Megan D said... [reply]

Those dessert bars look FAB! And so does your chocolate chippy oatmeal! That last photo is a bit (a lot) scary though. Haha Happy Canada day! I'm celebrating the 4th of July this weekend!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I was seriously drooling over those dessert bars, and then I saw the last picture and kind of gagged. hahaha.

4th of July for me :-)

Anonymous said... [reply]

Looked like a fun day! Although for some odd reason magicians sort of creep me out... maybe I just have issues.

I celebrate the 4th of July... gotta love the fireworks!!! :)

Heather Iacobacci-Miller said... [reply]

That take out always looks so good. Too funny about the magic show attendees. Interesting huh? I celebrate the 4th of July.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Fourth of July here! :)

I've actually never met a Canadian who says "aboot." Ever. ;)

<3 <3

Katie ♥ said... [reply]

Happy Canada Day love!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love your nail polish color btw, I could see it in that pic of you holding your yummy dessert bowl!! Yum! U always have the best nail polish colors!

Have a great day! xoxoxoxoxo

Yuki said... [reply]

Ugh, I hung out with my friends downtown last night and it was hectic!
So many wasted people and too much noise.
I am so tired now.
But one positive aspect was that we went to The Joint Pizzeria! You should try it if you haven't already, they have gluten-free crusts:)

Monet said... [reply]

Your take out looks so so good. I love lentil dahl and just had a bowl last night.

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love that you topped your oats with a bit of chocolate. Sounds just delicious!
That squirrel is too cute.
I am celebrating the 4th with family and friends. I can't wait!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I actually like magic shows. I am fascinated at how they trick out minds like that its usually the simplest things! I love salad bars...mmm all that in the brown box looks awesome. And the desserts? AWESOME x 3

Karin said... [reply]

Sounds like you had a great day! Well I celebrate neither because our national day is on August 1. ;)
All that food is making me hungry!!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Some of my Canadian friends actually do say aboot! Maybe its a Toronto thing?

I am so disgusted by little girls wearing slutty clothes...I am showing my age again, aren't I?

Clean Eating Chelsey said... [reply]

Ahhhh! You found a squirrel! How fun!

When I have daughters, I am not letting them out of the house from the time they are 12 until the time they are 19. Enough said.

Your oats look so delicious!

I celebrate the 4th of July - I love the firewords and wearing red, white, and blue!

alex said... [reply]

did you crack yourself up talking about the snacking squirrel?

girls dress just as bad for the 4th of july....I'm wearing my cute tanktop with the flag on it from Old Navy and I see half naked women....it's awesome.

alex said... [reply]

I mean to say...i Laughed out loud when you talked about the squirrel.!!

Unknown said... [reply]

haha old magician men & trashy pre-pubescents...sounds like an interesting day :)

I didn't think *all* Canadians said 'aboot' lol. As long as you don't think all Americans say 'yall' ...

Christina said... [reply]

hahah that bikini is awful!

my canadian boss says aboot and PROject.. he's funny.

you're way cooler than him

Anonymous said... [reply]

My Canada Day breakfast completely failed in the patriotic department as well. It completely rocked the taste department, though, and it looks like yours did as well. Bananas and chocolate were meant to be together.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said... [reply]

"I find the noise pollution a bit exhausting. " --ME TOO!! God, there are certain venues and events that exhaust me..b.c of all the crowds and noise!

I actually like the tattoo on that girl. I however, love tats of all kinds. There is something trashy that makes me stare at it. Maybe like a trainwreck, i can't help myself :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

4th of July for me!! I'm so excited for it :)

Also, I know this is going to be stereotyping, but I HAVE heard Canadians say oot and aboot haha. My fam's from Montreal and they do say that and eh a lot. It's so cute. Good to hear that's not always the norm :)

Erica said... [reply]

Sounds like a nice day :) Always good to celebrate a little...although I agree that too much can be overwhelming. Mango Coconut Cream Pie just sounds awesome. I do celebrate the fourth- usually with a family bbq

A Toronto girl out West said... [reply]

As lovely and calm as Victoria is it's an absolute mad-house come Canada Day. I couldn't believe the throngs of drunken kids!!!

Honestly I've never seen anything like it - and I include Paris on Bastille Day!

Btw your desserts look lovely! Did you make them? Buy them? Either way.....YUM!!!!

Anonymous said... [reply]

hahaha i loved this post!
i love putting chocolate chips in my oats!
andddd those pictures of the squirrel! haha snacking squirrel -so funny.
i really wish we had green cuisine in california! man, that stuff looks soo good!
and that dessert! heavenly!
those magicians scare me.
i celebrate 4th of july - i LOVE fireworks!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I am obsessed w/ dark chocolate chips in my oats. DROOL. Ick on the magician and bikini! We celebrate the 4th. My boys love fireworks. Have a great weekend, lovely!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Mmmm...chocolate mousse pie is my favorite vegan dessert...looks like you fit in some tasty eats for canada day! I celebrate the 4th and it seems like we don't have any big plans but relaxing on sunday! Tomorrow seems pretty action packed though! Have a great weekend lady!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Those puddings look amazing! and now I NEED to try choc chips in my oats :D

I don't celebrate 4th of July or Canada day as I'm from the UK, but I wish we had a day of celebration like that!

Crystal said... [reply]

Lies! Every time I watch HGTV and they are looking at houses in Canada, I definitely hear "aboot" lol. :)

Looks like you had a fun day! I haven't done anything for 4th of July since my boyfriend and I have been together. Kind of sad, because I LOVE watching fireworks!

Anonymous said... [reply]

The 4th of July!!

Sounds like you had a fun day! Those desserts look amazing! :) I want to try each and every one.

Also, I'm having a hard time commenting on your blog lately...I don't know if it's me or my stupid computer, but I apologize -- I am still reading.

Have a great weekend!!

Chelsea said... [reply]

Haha I definitely don't pronounce it "aboot". I am guilty of saying "eh" a lot though! :P

Looks like you had a fun Canada Day! I celebrated by going to a party at my friend's house!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I'm loving it so far!! :) Hopefully I'm commenting right. I have no idea how to comment using blogger now!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Looks like it was successful!

Krista said... [reply]

Cute squirrel! That Green Cuisine sounds like such an amazing place to go. I'm so jealous! ;) We always head down to the park for Canada festivities. I went as a kid and loved it and now my kids do, too.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Those desserts and Dirty Chocolate breakfast both look excellent. (Can you tell I have quite the sweet tooth?)

I've never been a big July 4th person. There were a few years that I'd go to fireworks with friends, and often my immediate family will have a barbecue, but that's about it.

Jess - Healthy Exposures said... [reply]

looks like a fun day all around - but i don't think anything tops the desserts. they all look amazing! i love that you can find so many vegan and gluten free options there.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Hi, just found your blog (:

Happy canada day!! I'm going to canada in January, so excited.


Anonymous said... [reply]

I love your vegan meals! Actually I decided to prepare something like that for today :)
The language in my blog is Greek, because it's impossible to keep english language and settings, since it makes my pc to collapse everytime!

Sorry about that :(
I ll continue to visit your blog of course

Anonymous said... [reply]

I will be all by myself on the 4th and loving it!

I love squirrels. They were my sorority mascot.

Don't judge...

Anonymous said... [reply]

I celebrate 4th of July! My favorite things are BBQ, beach, & fireworks! (classic trio)

omg! I wish I took a photo of my WHole Foods lunch looked SO similar to yours! We have great taste : )

Anonymous said... [reply]

Canada Day! That's what I'm supposed to celebrate except that I never do. Mainly because I always forget about it. :P

Someone needs to throw a towel at the girl in that last picture. That's not sexy, that's trashy.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Yum, yum and yum!! I am drooling over your oats!
I love watching fireworks on the 4th!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I'm glad you had a good Canada day love...
I had Green Cuisine tempeh today and thought of you!
That is such a cute little squirrel in the picture. I saw the biggest squirrel today...and our squirrels are black not gray...I thought it was a cat at first, it was so so big. Okay, random story, I'm sorry.

Oh wow, so strange...I just got an e-mail on my phone saying that you just commented on my blog. We were writing to each other at the same time!

Okay, first of all: your eats from today look delicious and the story about the magic show is pretty funny...I guess those adults were embracing their inner 5 year old. My sister used to love going to magic shows and "volunteering" to be the guinea pig who they cut in half or levitate or whatever. She was so excited about it, it was pretty funny...But she was 5 so it was cute.

I've seen slutty girls in Canadian flag "mini dresses" too! Every holiday is really an excuse to show skin for some people...oh well...to each their own!

I'm going to go reply to your comment separately so that I don't overwhelm your comments section (on second thought, I probably already have?)
Love you xoxox

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said... [reply]

Choc chips on oatmeal for breakfast??? NOW you are talking! LOVE IT!!!!!

Unknown said... [reply]

Haha that is funny about the magic show. That restaurant looks amazing! We have nothing like that in SJ. Also, great pics of the squirrel!!!

Samantha said... [reply]

That "snacking squirell" is too funny. I loooove the 4th of July--its all about water activities, BBQ, fireworks and beer for me. Your dirty oats look delicious!

Anonymous said... [reply]

We definitely celebrate the fourth of July! J's family has a huge picnic and then lots of fireworks at night. Sad we won't be there this year, but maybe next year?

Anonymous said... [reply]

lol magic shows ALWAYS used to and STILL creep me out for real!!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Hope U have the best 4th of July everrrr<3

Anonymous said... [reply]

Love the snacky squirrel, adorable! Love your dirty oats too ;)

Joanne said... [reply]

Actually I'm pretty sure I've never met a single Canadian who says aboot. Down with stereotypes!

Dude sounds like a seriously delicious food-filled canada day! I want those dessert bars!

Laury@TheFitnessDish said... [reply]

Hahaha...my sis went to high school in Lake Placid--so she has lots of Canadian friends..I can vouch for you!! Minnesota peeps say aboot too, hehe.

The oats look tasty tasty!!!

I wish we had a Green Cuisine here :(

Girls are dressing more and more risque, younger and younger these days, huh!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

The oats and desserts look so good! YUM! I hope you had a great Canada day! We celebrate the 4th, but this year will be a little more low key for us!

lynn said... [reply]

happy canada day! i love canada - at least the parts i've been to.

erica said... [reply]

Looks like lots of fun! Happy Canada Day! I celebrate the 4th of July. Enjoy your weekend beautiful!


Anonymous said... [reply]

Mm, love the oats! Your GC stuff looks fantastic, and those desserts have me drooling. Sounds like those events were fun. :)

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