Since we last caught up, I’ve been out and about doing some exploring. Christmas is in the Vancouver air, and it smells good! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have had a sneaky peek already.
There are lots of twinkly lights all over the autumnal trees…
And everywhere is looking pretty.
One day, we decided to venture over to Burnaby – the ‘home’ and birthplace that Michael Buble refers to in this cheesy classic, if you weren’t aware!
Burnaby is in between New West and Vancouver, so it’s conveniently close. We thought we’d head to Deer Lake for a bit of a walk, but first: breakfast!
Whenever I’m in Canada or the States, I always try to get to IHOP (the International House of Pancakes for those of you who’ve never heard of it), because their breakfasts are just divine.
‘Cheap and cheerful’ is a good way to describe it. Don’t expect fancy interiors – it’s just good grub done well and done cheap.
I went for two eggs sunny side up, bacon, and hash brown (hash brown is more of a rustic mess than neat patties as they are at home!), with a side of pancakes and orange juice and coffee. It well and truly did the job!
We hopped on the bus and arrived at Deer Lake to beautiful autumnal scenes.
Apologies for the rather rough photo of me!
It’s a lovely little walk for a weekend, and very popular with local Vancouverites.
We even got to see salmon spawning in the stream.
Lots of lovely fall sights!
That evening we were having a surprise birthday party for my uncle.
It started with a bit of wine.
We visited the Hub Restaurant in New West, right next the SkyTrain station.
There’s also a branch on Denman, and one in Yaletown.
The Hub prides itself on its ‘upscale, unpretentious dining for craft beer enthusiasts’. I think they’ve pretty much nailed in on the head.
Offering a contemporary menu with lots of delicious, comfort food options, I was pretty happy.
I went for the ‘Crack Burger’, and can’t recommend it enough! A lovely bun held together a cracked peppercorn encrusted beef patty, pesto mayo, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato, and onion rings, and the accompanying fries were endless and crispy just as I like them. Utterly delicious, it was also reasonably priced.
Then it was time for birthday cake…
The next day brought another beautiful sunset.
I love how it actually looks as though the mountains are on fire, with smoke billowing up!
I also managed to squeeze in a bit of baking, with this apple pie being served up…
And I’ve certainly been making the most of the Starbucks festive coffee menu.
Probably a bit too much… So far I like the Salted Caramel Latte best. What’s your favourite?
And Dad and I have been knocking up some yummy comfort food.
When it starts getting chilly and miserable outside, there really is nothing like spicy chicken fajitas to brighten up your day.
We simply popped some chicken, peppers, and red onions to bake in the oven with spices.
And knocked up some fresh guacamole by simply smashing up an avocado, a handful of cherry tomatoes, the juice of a lime, and a handful of coriander. There’s nothing quite like fresh guac!
We served it all in warm tortillas with cheese and sour cream. We may have forgotten the salsa, but with ingredients like these, I don’t think we needed it!
Make sure you give it a go!
What have you been up to this month? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?