Food | Part and Parcel

Moroccan Spiced Fries. Morrocan. Spiced. Fries. YES! Among other delicious, inconspicuous foods these are the holy grail of what Part & Parcel has to offer. According to my Mum and I that is. Part & Parcel in Victoria offers handcrafted cooking, with new dishes being offered daily, local ingredients and counter service it has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in the city.

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Shop | Fired Up!

I think this post should really be named Shop, Learn, Relax, Heal, Explore and Discover: Fired Up! That is what I think Fired Up! really is to me. Technically it is a paint your own ceramics studio in Victoria B.C. where you pick your piece, design it and get it fired.

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Recently it was my Mum’s birthday and I know she loves handmade gifts and I know she loves Hawaii so I decided to make her a little plate with the Hawaiian sunset and something on it. I went to Fired Up! and decided on a size of plate and the colours that I wanted from their “Butterly Wall” of paints that show what the colours look like after they’ve been fired. I then decided to look into silkscreens and I found a humpback whale to use!

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If you want to try something a little more free hand too you can use washable markers (they totally burn off in the kiln) to draw on your piece and then use paint pens! I decided to write Family and Ohana, which is family in Hawaiian to finish the whole Hawaiian theme of the plate.

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After you finish your piece you leave it at Fired Up! and they do all the magic, aka fire it in the kiln and you can pick it up in a week from when you drop it off! I gave my mum her plate when she was in Victoria visiting me and then we went for a fabulous supper at Part and Parcel!

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Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you enjoyed the insight into painting your own ceramics at Fired Up! and come and try it for yourself!

~ Sarah

P.S. This may be a gray whale not a humpback whale, but at some point isnt a whale just a whale?

P.P.S. In case you were wondering I actually work at Fired Up! as well, I love it but even if I didn’t work there too I would love it. Happy painting!

 

Explore | Victoria’s Breakwater at Dusk

Hey everyone! With the end of summer comes so many activities that just make me want to jump for joy. Where you can put on your boots, wear a scarf and head out with a coffee to enjoy our beautiful landscapes and crisp fall weather. Even better you can do that with a rad friend and have a lovely walk along Victoria’s breakwater!

Well Jenna is my rad friend and we did exactly that earlier last week. We met at the breakwater in James Bay in Victoria. You have a beautiful view of the Olympic Peninsula (Washington State ) and as you get to the end of the breakwater, also of Victoria’s inner harbour. We grabbed a coffee from the cafe and bistro at the beginning of the breakwater and headed out bundled in boots and scarves. The sun was just starting to set as we were walking out and dipped its face behind the clouds, setting when we got half way down.

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It was so peaceful, walking with our coffees. We chatted and dreamed and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed one of Victoria’s gems. It was a calm night and we could see people fishing in between the floating kelp.

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The sun set and then it got very chilly so we were glad we had our coffees. I can definitely recommend going down to the breakwater to enjoy an evening (or daytime) walk! I think it would be a good place to go if you needed to walk and think as well. Until next time lovely readers!

Sarah

 

 

Shopping | Island-ish In Nanaimo’s Departure Bay!

Hello lovely readers! Last week I popped by Island-ish an amazing new shop in Nanaimo near Departure Bay. It’s the perfect sea-side shop to browse and get inspired in. My friend Laura says it’s a “Pinterest” shop and I couldn’t agree more. As well as beautiful clothing and gifts they have country chic paint, which is a chalk based mineral paint. They sell the paint, offer tips and inspiration as well as offer classes for a more in-depth lesson into the product.

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Travel | Sending A Sister To Whitehorse

Nanaimo to Whitehorse and back in five days! Woo!

It’s Sarah here today! My sister got a new position in whitehorse and transferred offices. She asked if I wanted to help her move there and I said YES right away and set out planning our road trip. We left on a wednesday evening taking the 5:20 ferry, stopped in whistler for a dinner of Tacos with my sisters best friend and then up to Cache Creek to spend the night. The second day took us all the way to Dawson Creek. The third to Liard Hot Springs on the Alaska Highway (AMAZING!) and the fourth day all the way to whitehorse. It was a long haul but I honestly had the best time ever with my sister. That’s the thing about road trips you really need the right partner and she was the best.

Once leaving Fort Nelson behind things started to get really wild on the third day. We ended up seeing bears, moose, long horned sheep and bison along the road on our travels. We saw a moose and a little baby moose struggling to learn how to use it’s legs. SERIOUSLY cute!  I now feel truly Canadian after seeing my first moose!

Our third night on the road found us staying near Liard Hot Spring. Let me just tell you, dang BC you have got it going on. These hot springs were amazing and beautiful and almost mystical. The water was over 100 degrees and seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Researchers have found that the water is rainwater that is collected and then flows down into the earth for about 3 kilometers, gets to a temperature of 120 and then flows back up to resurface in Liard River Hot Springs. There was a beautiful wooden walkway to the springs with steps into the water and a damn that lets the water slow down and flow further into another pool. We had a lovely evening floating around and crashed hard for a wonderful sleep that night.

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A little video log of our days and decent into madness! Just kidding, but really I guess you have to watch now just to make sure!

I flew home and it only took four hours to get from Whitehorse to Nanaimo (are you reading this meg?!) with two flights. That means I can visit anytime! I have fallen hard for Northern BC and would love to explore the outer coast more! Have you been anywhere extra special in Northern BC? Or to Whitehorse? I would love to know. Let me know in the comments below!

~ Sarah