Snaps from the outside #2

A bunch of good things arrived for me today! Ordered my favourite of the non-limited edition Field Notes, the Cherry Graph 3-pack for the Valentines’ Day special, and it finally arrived! Also picked up a new Knox nib from The Birmingham Pen Company, which I highly recommend for their customer service. The last special thing (which didn’t arrive in the mail, but never mind that) is my box of Ada Lovelace Blackwings, because I’ve been working on drawing more lately, and these are too gorgeous to not use.


Checked out the Takashi Murakami exhibition as well, and it was insanely colourful and blissfully relatively empty today.


My attempt at an #evachenpose, but I realised that I don’t actually ride solo in the backseat of cars very often?

But I do enjoy the idea of tracking my shoes and pins and things everyday. Something to think about… Hmm


Finally checked out Caffe Di Beppe for dinner. Loved the paper ordering system, and the food was also very very good!

Snaps from outside #1

The rare sight of sun in Vancouver always brings people outside.

The steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery is always a choice place to sit and have lunch, especially since there’s always a bunch of excellent food trucks parked nearby.

Early start for a quick trip down to Seattle. Too early to focus, evidently.

The best part of the Sears closing sales are all the dress forms standing in a cluster hoping for a good home.

Wandered briefly past the Pike Place Public Market, but. No time for exploring today!

Running errands all day, including one that took me past this indoor dragon maze.

And through an outdoor urban maze too.

Always look up! Today, I found the site at which Mary Poppins and her chimney sweep apparently got caught up in some overhead wires…

The pigeons around here are getting increasingly acrobatic and creative with their perches

Symmetrical road blockers, lookit that!

This raven pretty much let me get as close as I wanted…

My favourite kind of sky!

My favourite bag with my favourite charm.

The fabulous new spring windows in our office!

Things I’ve eaten #1

Kani Tsukemen

Maze Soba

Tiramisu Sundae

march 7
It’s my birthday! Went out to The Ramen Butcher for a birthday dinner with my family. The first things to arrive were the Kani Tsukemen and the Maze Soba, so by the time the ramen flights (black garlic and red hot chili) showed up, I was too busy stuffing my face to take photos 🤷🏻‍♀️ The Kani Tsukemen was mindblowing, with an intensely crabby broth that I couldn’t get enough of, so thank goodness for the soup-wari our server brought me when I finished the noodles, so I could chug that crabby goodness properly 🤤

After that, we went to my absolute favourite ice cream place in Vancouver… Earnest Ice Cream! They had a fantastic tiramisu sundae for their special sundae, and it was special indeed! 🍨💖


Mini Pulled Beef Rice Bowl

Chicken Skin Chicharrón

march 8
Today’s office lunch was at Gyoza Bar, so obviously I didn’t have any gyoza at all. 🤔 I’ve had the baos from here before, so today I had the Mini Pulled Beef Rice Bowl, which had a spicy soy glaze and was just the right size for my small lunch stomach. And then… I spotted the Chicken Skin Chicharrón and how could I possibly resist the siren song of fried chicken skin? Thank goodness for my lovely coworkers who helped me finish off that golden mountain of crispy chicken skin 🤪 Ooh and the nicely acidic tomato sweet chili sauce was great for cutting the greasiness too 👍🏻


Chef’s Choice Sashimi

Traditional Japanese Pickles

march 9
Sashimi cravings plus a lunchtime errand = Ryuu Japanese Kitchen, which I’ve passed a million times without stopping in. Glad I did today though, because the sashimi (the usual combo of salmon, tuna, hamachi, and mackerel) was fresh and satisfying, and the tsukemono that came with the sashimi, miso soup, and rice was great. I love pickles and now I really want to learn to make proper tsukemono at home, too.


Salted Caramel Cheesecake

march 10
Had to pop down to Seattle for reasons of family, so we stopped at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner, and for me the absolute best part of every Cheesecake Factory meal has to be the cheesecake! This time, I had the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and it absolutely lived up to expectations 👌🏻





What is this even?

Everyone’s new favourite photo editing app! This app’s been spamming my Facebook feed for ages already. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to photo editing though, so you’ll never see this on my Instagram (but follow me anyway!) but I’m a sucker for AI art, so I eventually caved and downloaded the app too.

According to their website:

Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.

Art generating time!

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