Life is pretty beautiful right now. Since we’ve moved to Vancouver (one week ago) it has felt like a constant vacation. The first few days were spent walking and biking everywhere we set our minds to. We went to the beach two days in a row, had the best walnut and almond mylk lattes (respectively) of our lives, and ate at more restaurants in one week than we had in Montreal in a year. In the midst of all of this we moved into our new apartment, gained 4 new roommates, and began to experience that itching, nagging feeling in the backs of our minds that meant we needed to start looking for jobs.
Still though, it has all been so blissful. This city is gorgeous. It is active and peaceful at the same time – you can always find someone willing to go for a bike ride or a hike, but then you’ll turn the corner on a regular old street and have this unexpected stunning view of the mountains all laid out before you. There is a sense of awe that comes along with those gigantic natural structures, one that hasn’t left me in the week that I’ve been here.
Last night my cousin took me to a Zumba class for the first time in my life. It was exhilarating! To be able to dance as full out as I wanted without even thinking of how silly I looked felt so good. It is a reminder to take life less seriously, to dance full out just because you freaking want to (not to mention the amazing workout). Sufice to say, Vancouver is starting to feel like home and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Here is a simple avocado toast recipe. I haven’t got it together to cook a proper meal yet, but this simple summer snack is the perfect thing for eating outside on the balcony mid-afternoon. Have a great week, babes. xo
Blackberry Lime Mint Avocado Toast
Serves 2 – can easily be doubled
Hot tip: If you take the leftover juice from the blackberry mash and shake it up with some gin and ice it makes a great cocktail. I bet it would also be great with soda water. Go wild!
- 2 pieces toast
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 20 blackberries (apprx. 1 1/2 cups but it’s hard to measure)
- juice from half a lime
- inch of ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
In a medium sized bowl mash the blackberries with the lime juice using a fork until there are no large pieces. Add in the minced ginger and mint and let sit for about 10 minutes (you can eat it right away but the flavours meld together nicely when you let it sit).
Layer the blackberry mash on top of each piece of toast and top with sliced avocado. Squeeze some fresh lime and sprinkle salt over top and serve immediately.