The subtitle of my blog -- right up there in the header -- is a girl, her thoughts, a camera, and a keyboard. That's pretty much what you get any time you drop by to see what's new in my world. I'm not here to make money, push an agenda, count visitors, or become Queen Of The Internet ... that's what my other website is for :o)
My blog is where I come to relax and reflect on my personal world, listen to my thoughts, share my passions, and meet some really great people who somehow wander in. It's where I take the time to sort through all the things that are going on in my life -- past, present, and future -- and choose something worth shining up enough to share. Today I'm sharing some lovely blue foods from a recent trip to one of my favorite cities, Vancouver, B.C.
My husband Ray and I love to travel: whether it's across town or halfway around the world, there's always something new to explore. We love to shop, we love to cook, and we love discovering new foods in new places. Entire vacations are often planned around what foods are going to be in season in a certain region, or when we can take a class from a favorite chef.
Wherever we go, my camera is a constant companion, letting me dabble in another favorite hobby ... photography. It's fun taking pictures of food, even though I rarely know what -- if anything -- I'll do with the pictures that multiply like rabbits.
We spent 10 days or so in Vancouver in December, doing foodie things and shopping for antiques. On a particularly cold Saturday morning, we took a 3 hour culinary walking tour of Commercial Drive, Vancouver's Italian (and a lot more!) district. Since it was the "off season" -- a week or so before Christmas -- there were only 4 people on the tour ... Ray and I, the tour guide (a local chef), and a recent vegetarian newcomer to Vancouver.
We mingled with a happy crowd of early morning shoppers, while nibbling our way through more than a mile's worth of stores and restaurants. Commercial Drive has dozens of restaurants, fruit and vegetable stalls, bakeries and butchers, Italian coffee bars, small ethnic grocery stores, and numerous specialty shops, all of which were piled to the ceiling with imported foods and holiday treats. The old-fashioned displays were wonderful, and I had a blast taking fun food photos that morning ... more than 200 pictures!
The colors of the packaging were as delightful as the food itself. Here are some blue pics from our culinary walking tour of Commercial Drive. All can be enlarged by clicking on the photo.
Culinary walking tours are hosted by Edible British Columbia. Click here for info on the Commercial Drive tour. They also offer tours of the wonderful Granville Island Public Market and Vancouver's Chinatown.
Blue Monday is hosted by Smiling Sally.
Click here for a list of this week's participants.