Not Just For the Boys

Monday, January 24, 2011
The Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver are looking to find 100 Women in 100 Days.

What? I know, I was confused too at first.

Big Brothers is Not Just For The Boys anymore. At the end of November 2010, they launched the 100 Women in 100 Days campaign, a search to find 100 women mentors and "big buddies" to school aged children. Their search ends March 8, 2011, the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.

If you're able to give up an hour of your week between 8:30am-3:30pm Monday to Friday, then apply to become a Big Buddy to a kid in need.

5 Things That Freak Me Out

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
1) Clowns. They're so creepy.
2) Needles. The kind for shots, not for tattoos.
3) Salt. I imagine having salt poured on our tongue in a pile and that image makes me want to vomit.
4) Some chenille blankets/scarves/socks. Heebee-geebees. *Shudder*
5) Cough Medicine. It's like I'm 5, I hate it that much. The taste makes me want to throw-up.

Macaron Mania

If you follow me on Twitter then you may already know that last Friday, my Mom and I took a macaron making class. It was so awesome. And if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you already know that I love macarons and have made them before (twice).

We took the course at the Pastry Training Center of Vancouver. The school is owned and run by Pastry Chef Marco Ropke. Ropke has over 20 years of industry experience and has worked all over the world. The macaron course is offered monthly, but there are so many other wonderful classes offered - I can't wait to take more - especially the bread and fondant classes.

We learned to make 3 different macarons in the class - French, Italian & American.

The French macaron recipe that we used used an Italian meringue, as opposed to a Swiss or French (who knew??), because it retains more air.

Chef piping out his lemon macarons

Before you bake the cookies, macarons have to 'rest' to form a skin
Using a mortar & pestle to crush coffee beans for our macarons
Infusing the coffee in cream to flavour the filling

Chef piping the lavender chocolate filling onto his lemon cookies
Our finished coffee macarons
Chef's finish products

Italian macarons

American macarons
The bread in the pic above prompted this tweet

French macarons
During class we snacked on salad, brie & fresh homemade sourdough multigrain bread

I love the organization of the kitchen

Love these guys!

The front case showcasing goodies from the classes

Sample from the fondant class!!

I definitely recommend taking a class. It was super fun and really easy to follow along. And don't forget to follow Chef Ropke on Twitter: @pastrytraining

For Sale: Aldo 'Garlanda'

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Showing off a standout dégradé effect, this high-heeled, peep-toe pump's a total must."

Size 38 (runs small, fits like a 7)
Bought in April 2009 ($100+tax)
Worn once in May 2009
Approx heel height's 4.4" (11.2 cm)
Like new

Please email me if you're interested or for shipping. If you are local, we can arrange a pickup.

Winner of Mobilicity HTC Smartphone

Thursday, January 6, 2011
I've selected the winner for the contest using

Going from the oldest comment to the newest comment...

...the winner of the Mobilicity HTC Smartphone + 3 months of unlimited talk/text is...


Her favourite part about elementary school was being able to play games, like chess, once they had finished their work.

Congratulations Wendy - enjoy your new phone!

Thanks to Mobilicity for sponsoring this awesome giveaway! Remember to 'Like' them on Facebook to donate $1 to the S'cool Life Fund!

The Corner Suite: A PR Fiasco

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I take to my blog because 140 characters on Twitter is not enough.

I'm sure that many of you are aware that The Corner Suite Bistro has abruptly closed their doors.

I recently purchased a gift certificate for the restaurant for my parents for Christmas. Upon hearing of their closure (and apparently full voice mail inbox), I decided to call Visa, to get them to remove the charge.

After speaking with Visa, and telling them that I heard the information via Twitter, I was told that in order to get the charge waived, we must attempt to contact them directly by whatever means - phone, email, Facebook, Twitter (the Visa guy actually said that - I laughed inside) to see if they will refund us the money.

If after a reasonable amount of time you do not hear back from The Corner Suite, contact Visa again and they will launch an investigation to have the charges removed.

Hope you are all able to get your money back!