Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cream Puffs

On Saturday Ben and I ended up in the Aberdeen Centre for lunch.  This mall is in Richmond, BC and consists of Asian themed retail stores, herbal tea shops and restaurants.  Now, I would have never thought that a Japansese chain store would make possibly the tastiest cream puff I have ever eaten, but I am here to tell you - it does.  The chain is called Beard Papa's (yes, that's the name of the store) and the only two Canadian locations are in the Lower Mainland of BC.  Looks like there are a few more options in the states and I am serious about the fact that if there's a store near you - you must try one.  If you do - let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

From $40 thrift-store bike to Canadian National team

Okay, how cool does Svein Tuft sound?  I'm kind of embarrassed that I had never heard of this Canadian cyclist and all round interesting sounding guy until I read this article about him in the New York Times.  That's right - not the Globe and Mail, the Times. 

"In 2003, he showed up for the Prime Alliance pro team’s training camp near Los Angeles. He had ridden there from Canada.

He had this really long beard, and he smelled very bad,” said Vaughters, who was in his last season as a rider. “I remember thinking, O.K., this guy is completely different than the image of the typical European money-driven cyclist who buys Porsches in his spare time.”."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Let the Sun Shine In

Minimal bloggage lately. Why? Minimal life excitement or minimal introspection, I suppose.



But in the last couple of weeks, spring has started to peek around the corner here in Vancouver and that has been something to get excited about. Last week we made the trek out to my fave mountain (Baker) for a mid-week ski day. The snow was actually pretty poor, but the sunshine was top-notch!





Snowdrops have punched through our un-tended flower beds in the front yard (and yes, those are fall leaves that we just didn't get around to doing anything with).






















And when I wore my lobster mitts on a bike ride yesterday, my hands were too hot!








I know that come May, when spring does not seem to want to make way for summer, I will be frustrated by temperatures in the teens, but right now a little bit of sunshine and double digit degrees are making me feel much better about life.

Happy in the sun! That's a t-shirt in February!