It's really hot. I mean really, really hot. Today it was 34 degrees! This is very unusal for the Vancouver area, especially to have this kind of heat for a week now. It's so hot that I'm happy to go to work at my air-conditioned office!
One of the best ways to beat the heat is bubble tea. We went over to Bubble World on North Road, and got a couple of our favourites: green tea ice cream slush with pearls and fresh mango slush without pearls. They really have great bubble tea here--the tapioca pearls are soft and nicely caramel-palm-sugar flavoured, and the beverages and delicious and icy.
I haven't posted a while about knitting, but I've got my hands full! Again, another scarf, but this time it's with very thin, fingerling blend of wool/silk. It will be a long go. Sometimes I wonder why I take on impossible projects like this!
Last night we had a huge thunderstorm with hail, and violent rain. There were flashes of lightning in the sky and the thunder was quakingly loud. We're not used to this kind of weather on the west coast, so it was quite a treat. There was this amazingly colour saturated sky: bright oranges and fierce reds that filled the night. These are really poor pictures, but you can see some of the colours especially at 9 o'clock at night!
One of my favorite recent discoveries are Bento Boxes for lunches. They are compact, cute, and a great way to save lunch money. It also provides a great method for portion control. Probably the best website out there is Just Bento, which has great tips about getting started, pictures of delicious bento boxes, and recipes. There is also a flickr group for bento boxed lunches.
This is my first bento lunch. It's brown rice with spinach cooked with sorrel on the bottom tier, and on the top tier there's baked tofu with sesame and blanched broccoli. I cooked the night before. Ther's something about eating and cooking healthy food--it makes you feel so good.
Oh yeh, I showed my co-worker's my bento box and I think I've converted them as well. They're planning to visit Daiso this weekend!
On Saturday I went to Daiso, a Japanese "dollar"store in Richmond, and got things. Everything was two dollars each!
Assorted bowls and plate
Two bento boxes, one red, one blue. You can see the blue one disassembled into its parts.
Bento accessories: rice ball moulds, and tiny animal sauce containers. Cute!
I usually get up pretty early for work, but I rarely have time for a nice breakfast. But today I had blueberries with vanilla yoghurt, a couple of mini banana blueberry whole wheat muffins I baked last night, and orange juice.
It was lovely.
ahh! blurry photo
We went to the store today and bought about 4 pounds of cherries, which were on sale for only $1.97 per pound. The first couple of pounds were eagerly and quickly consumed after dinner.
They were fresh, firm as they should be, and a deep, dark red. I really love the sensation of biting cherries.
They are in season over here, and will be for a few weeks.
It's been raining here in Vancouver for the past few days--the skies are a dark grey, the air has turned cool and you can really smell the fresh, wet earth. After a week of hot summer weather, the change has been pretty welcome.
I love to drink tea anytime, but on days and night like this there is nothing more comforting than a hot mug of tea in your hands.
My favorite is this Japanese green tea from Yamamotoyama, green tea with brown rice. The roasted rice gives a really nutty warm flavor to the tea, and it smells earthy and divine. It makes a good cup. Don't you love the green packaging and design?