Donut day!

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Today is Friday and National Donut Day! I don’t know if it gets much better than that. I hope you all are treating yourself to as many donuts as your belly can hold and topping it off with a happy weekend!

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a taste of Venice.

{our last meal on the grand canal}

I’m not sure how to even start this post… mostly because all I can really say is- this post is solely about the food I ate in Venice. I thought it was so good that it deserved it’s very own post, so here it is! All of the amazing food I got to eat while on my trip. I enjoyed it way to much and I love how uncomplicated Italian food is. The flavors are simple and fresh but I think that’s what makes it so delicious. Uncomplicated cuisine is sometimes the best. I loved every meal we ate and the ambiance at those little restaurants tucked in the allies and canals made things even more memorable.

{sweet corn salad- my favorite salad of the trip}

{my favorite spaghetti}

{I’m not sure why this was my only caprese salad but it was a good one}

{my favorite pizza with spicy pepperoni}

sweet as honey.

I usually have at least two cups of tea a day… One in the afternoon and one before bed. Although I typically omitted honey in my daily tea ritual I have recently changed my mind. While I was back in Savannah I got a jar of my all time favorite honey. It’s a local honey that is made right there and with local bees. It’s by Savannah Bee Company and the tupelo is my favorite {just for reference}. I only tell you this because I have started putting it in or on about everything. In my tea, on a warm biscuit, drizzled on apples. I just can’t get enough! If you make it to Savannah or are a honey connoisseur you need to try this brand!

Also, a fun little fact- my name Pamela is of greek origin meaning sweet as honey. I guess it was only a matter of time before I embraced my sweet tooth.

cupcake cones.

My husbands birthday was a couple of weeks ago and he requested I make cupcake cones instead of regular cupcakes this year. I am always up for cupcakes with a twist! Therefore, I accepted his challenge and I have to admit- I had way more fun than usual decorating these. If you need a cupcake “update” I would recommend giving this a try since it’s so simple. All you have to do is choose the cupcake flavor and icing (I actually just used store bought box mix for these) and then instead of baking in little cups you bake them into the cones. It would be adorable for a summer barbeque or birthday (just in case you’re planning that far ahead)!

the wedge.

I honestly can’t say when or where my first wedge salad was but I can say that I occasionally get a craving for them. The best part of this salad is how incredibly simple it is to make. While watching some old episodes of Mad Men I noticed one of the characters order a wedge and a martini- I immediately knew what we were having for dinner, however,  it didn’t include a martini.

*NOTE: I like to include cucumbers on mine even though it is not part of a “classic wedge salad” *

bangers & mash.

Bangers and mash is definitely one of those dishes I wouldn’t have thought to make on my own. However, when I was at the store and saw that they were putting out fresh sausage I couldn’t resist picking up a pack. At first I wasn’t sure what to use it for… pasta, skewers, pizza- and then in my recipe search I stumbled upon bangers & mash. I knew I had to try it. It turned out better than I ever thought possible. I will definitely be adding it to my recipe book! It’s one of those dishes that is perfect for fall and winter.

a girl about Vancouver: favorite food

{DD Mau, The Teahouse, Ramen Jinya, & Rodney’s}

This month marks one year of living in Vancouver! It’s so crazy to think about but I can honestly say it has been a fabulous year! I have loved being able to explore a new place and find new favorites so I decided I would do a little series of my personal Vancouver favorites. Up first, food. Vancouver has some seriously amazing restaurants! I doubt I’ve been to even a 1/3 of them but I have a couple that I like to keep in heavy rotation.

1. The Teahouse in Stanley Park (see more here!) perfect for special occasions!

2. Rodney’s Oyster House (see full post here!) Chain or not- I love the atmosphere and they know how to make a bowel of chowder!

3. DD Mau- This is one of my most favorite lunch spots. Vietnamese subs at their best, my favorite is the bbq pork. It is always so fresh and flavorful, the ingredients are spot on. Also, it’s perfect for those days you want to go sit in the park and eat.

4. Ramen Jinya- On those cold, rainy winter days my husband and I both love to go get a big bowel of Ramen. This place is always packed and once you’ve had a bowl you’ll know why. My favorite is the spicy chicken, it warms me right up!

5. The Templeton- this place serves up some truly fantastic breakfast, they don’t skimp on the portions either. It’s pretty small and always crowded but on those special days we decide to go; I enjoy bacon, eggs, and toast until I’m about to burst!

coffee.

I have a favorite coffee place here in Vancouver (Cafe Artigiano) and even though it’s a chain I love the atmosphere, coffee, baristas… It’s just a nice place to sit and have some quiet time while drinking your caffeine. I’ve been there too many times to count and ordered several different coffees, lattes, and espressos. However, yesterday something changed. Instead of my usual leaf foam art I got a heart. It was nothing to big or even that exciting but it made me happy so I thought I would share and make a mental note to enjoy those little things this weekend. Therefore, I hope you all find something that makes you happy for no reason this weekend! xx

refresh.

{blueberries in ice is the perfect addition to lemonade}

The summer always brings the heat and it’s important to stay hydrated (actually that’s true all year) but since I drink so much water in the summer I try to mix things up. I have been trying all kinds of different flavor combinations and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites to refresh throughout the day. I also love to serve these at get-togethers. What’s your go-to hot weather refreshment?

{mint infused ice cubes make ice tea extra tasty, or sweet tea for all you southerners}

{one of the most refreshing combos for summer is cucumber mint infused water. Also great to bottle up and give as a gift!}