Thursday, September 2, 2010

Oh Canada!

As I type the Chef and I are staring at packed bags *and probably trying to shove in some extra things just sayin'* for a quick trip to Canada to see my family over the Labor Day weekend.  We're in a bit of a conundrum trying to choose a return date, and hoping it all just works out so we can be back mid-week.  Uh, yeah.  Can you say ill-prepared?  All together now...

Anyway.  When I think of Canada I think of so many of the comforts of home that start with f-o-o-d.  I'm looking forward to stepping off the plane and indulging in all of the following things that we can't get here in the United States.

Can I get a YAHOO! from all my Canadian readers?!?
Ketchup chips for President!!
If he can't find the Hot Wing chips the Chef is all about these.
Of course he'll have to pry them out of my Vulcan grip first.


Of course we'll be double fisting with chips in one hand
and one or more of these fab chocolate bars in the other.

After breakfast (hehe) I'll be ready for lunch at my fave burger stand - Burger Baron!
Pass the gluten as I fall dangerously off the wagon and order 
the Mushroom Burger as well as the Salisbury which you can't 
even see on this menu.  
You can guarantee we'll indulge in this madness:  Poutine!!
Fries, gravy and cheddar cheese.  I've been fasting all day!!
I pretty much lived on straight french fries and gravy in high school,
so clear the way!!  What are we on?  Course 10?
I fully intend to continue with stomach madness 2010 by eating this entire 
cake for dessert.  It is amazing and you'd never know 
I grew up with a mother who baked everything from scratch
based on my addiction to this nonsense.  She was so offended!!
Not to worry, the next morning I'll heave myself back onto
the gluten-free wagon, pull out my gf bread and smother it 
in this most fantastic cinnamon spread while my brother
makes a fantastic breakfast and my niece fills me in on
her latest pair of shoes.
And then we'll get her ready for her first day of kindergarten.
I'm not sure who's going to cry more - her mom, her dad or me!

I'll try to slip in a post or two here and there *I feel like a failed blogger when I skip a day, but life is life*, but I see my family so seldom that we try to maximize our moments together.  That being said I do hope to pay a special visit to my friends "Holt Renfrew" and "Artizia", as well as "Roots" - which we do have in Beverly Hills, but it's just not the same - and, of course, report back to you with my findings!  Hold on ladies...I'm going in for a food and apparel landing!

84 comments:

annelise said...

Between this post and Valerie's post about birthday pies, I think I just put on a couple of kilos!

Speaking of Canadian food, my parents went to Canada a month or so ago to visit some cousins. The cousins sent them home with a huge bottle of Canadian Pure Maple Syrup. I had it on bacon and eggs this morning and my taste buds exploded!

Have wonderful trip back home! x

Collette Osuna said...

Awwwww..kindergarten....cute! Have a safe visit...enjoy your family:)

Diana Mieczan said...

I am so hungry right now...hahaha...I want to eat all those sweeties....
Have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy your family:) Your niece is so adorable:)

Hugs and kisses and have a safe trip

Ps: thanks so much for taking part in my GIVEAWAY!

SweetHome said...

Looks like a yummy trip!

http://sweethomewherever.blogspot.com

Miles Of Style said...

those fires topped with gravy look absolutely delish!!!

STACY said...

oh mym gosh, ketchup chips?
never heard of them!
x

STACY said...

oh my* gosh, woops..

style'n said...

OMG this is awesome...I am Canadian and grew up on ketchup chips, coffecrisp, poutine etc...
Love this!
Naina

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Have a great trip!

Wild and Precious said...

cute post.. i'm all for trying new foods. especially candy bars. but what is ketchup chips??!!?!

MerciBlahBlah said...

Before I slip into a food coma from your post, let me ask you this question: Deep and Delicious? Cake or Porn Movie?

Hmmmmm.....

Have fun!!!
Merci,
Shannan

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Oh, safe travels! Love that Burger Baron has Texas Chicken - didn't see that coming!!

Victoria said...

Have a great time in Canada, and enjoy all the *lovely* yummy food, we won't judge! xxx

Cara said...

looks like a great trip planned-and our niece is ADORABLE!
<3

Ms. Emily Ann said...

How fun! Last minute trips tend to be the best kind! I have never been to Canada... I must go soon! But I do love Ketchup Chips! And your niece is too cute!

Have a great weekend!

sophiasa said...

you and food, LOL! I never heard of any of those food products before... but I like canada's beer! (and commercials for it LOL) Well have fun on your trip! =)

Style Activist said...

I may be making a trip up to Canada for those ketchup chips - I loveee anything with ketchup :)

Sounds fun! Enjoy your labor day weekend :)

XO.
www.styleactivist.blogspot.com

Sher said...

Oh my goodness, if ever I go to Canada, you will definitely have to be my tour guide! I'm basically salivating over this post!

Have a great trip with the chef:)

xx

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Daniela said...

have a great trip!!

Nikki said...

HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!!!


xx
Nikki

Mary said...

You're hilarious! I had no idea that was all "missing" in the States! I live in Vancouver, BC, and had no idea what I was taking for granted ;)

Have a GREAT vacay!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

La Boheme said...

Have a great trip! Hope you get to eat all your favorites - some sound pretty tasty!! xoxo

Me, Only Better said...

Yay for Canadians (who don't all eat like that! lol!). Have a great trip!

Jessica said...

Umm ketchup chips!? Shut up! I wish we did have those in the US. I'd be all over them like white on rice! Have a great trip!

Josie said...

Have an amazing time, dear! Your niece is absolutely adorable, and I want to come on vacay with you to help you eat all of this delicious food! Mmmmm...
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Coté Provence said...

Have a lovely time. Have some fries for me ....

xo

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Hope you are bringing pants with a little S T R E T C H to them. Oh my that is a load of food. Can't say that ketchup chips really do anything for me but have fun....

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

have fun! my in-laws do the same thing when they come back home to chicago, eat all the food they grew up on.
don't worry about blogging, we'll wait until you return!

Brianna said...

I've never seen Old Dutch ketchup flavored potato chips but I have seen the pickle ones here and my brother gets these ketchup "fries" once in awhile (I think the brand is called Piknik or something). Maybe it's because Wisconsin is so close to Canada, ha.

Have fun!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Have a fabulous time! I love Canada and go a few times a year. I actually was trying to plan a trip on up to Toronto or Montreal for this weekend but I had to stay in the NY area instead for a last minute wedding on Saturday. Oh well I'll go back once hockey season starts so I can catch a game :)

And yes I know those Old Dutch chips well. They're delish! Enjoy, sweetie! xoxo

Marie Z. said...

I hope you have a great trip while you're here! It's supposed to be plus 24 this weekend so thank your lucky stars! Hey, what high school did you go to? If you went to the Burger Baron a lot I'm thinking J.H. Picard? Am I right ; )

Ashleigh said...

This is cracking me up! So many wonderful goodies!
Enjoy your trip home, totally maximize your time, we'll be here when you get back :)

Valerie said...

Your niece and her shoes are just too cute. I want a pair of those! And I must get my hands on some dill pickle chips. I looked high and low at Ralphs for the pringles version and no luck. I do however eat Dill pickle flavored cashews (from Target) often and love those. Maybe those will have to do for now.

Have a great trip visiting your family, Carrie!!!

xo
Valerie

Jammer said...

I'm soooo so jealous that you get to make a stop at Artizia. The closest one to me is like 8 hours and I'm still tempted to make the road trip.

PS - You Canadians sure know how to eat up there! I'd eat myself silly with those gravy fries :D

PursuitOfLLT said...

Have a fabulous trip! And could your niece's shoes be any cuter? Mini fashionista!

Roxy Te Owens said...

Oh Lord! Those fries!! I don't know if I could do it haha Safe and fun travels! p.s. The watermelon and tomato salad was kinda strange. I loved the goat cheese (but who doesn't love cheese?) and all the other ingredients, but the watermelon kept throwing me off!

Katie said...

Ooo have fun - visiting family and friends and falling off the GF wagon :)

Marcie said...

Awesome post, Carrie! I didn't realize I owed Canada so many thanks for the great food! Sorry, I've been MIA lately. Busy week at work. Do know that I am reading your posts and loving them all (as usual). :)

xo M

Leia said...

I love that you are such a huge foodie! :D
Have an awesome time in Canada... I'm craving some ketchup chips now!!

Leia

Kristin said...

Family trumps blog lady. You have a fabulous time!

ruthy ann said...

ugh...i love canada...i had the best crepes EVER there. i'm so close...me and the hubs should definitely make a trip across the border!

bobbi said...

Looks like great food. I do the same thing: everytime I go back to Milan I eat things I can't find here in Verona. It's amazing how food defines certain places, isnt'it?? And I love food. Oh I love food.
Bobbi

Cafe Fashionista said...

I'm thinking a trip to Canada may be in order - if only for the food. The fries with gravy...ohmigosh I DIE!!

I'm kind of in love with the fact that your niece has inherited your love of fabulous footwear!! :P

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I hope you have a fabulous trip!!! I love Cadbury chocolate! Now that is my favorite! Especially fruit and nut.
Have lots of fun! xo

nadia said...

Yay Canada! And yay for vacations! Wishing you a lovely trip with your family.. and happy shopping!

xo Nadia

Rachel said...

Your niece is adorable! I love her little blue flats!

PhotoPuddle said...

Hope you have a fantastic trip. I'm not Canadian but I did live there for a bit. I love, love, love poutine. When I've tried to explain to people here what it is they just think I am mad! And I also love Roots. All my Roots clothes are getting a little old now so I really want to go back and go shopping again.

Sigh... I love Canada, I wish it wasn't so far away.

Chas said...

Yum! I love ketchup chips; I didn't realize they weren't available in the US! Have a great trip!

http://fromdenimtodessert.blogspot.com/

junghwa by amy stewart said...

That cakes looks so good I can't even stand it!

Thank you for your baby comment. Our baby boy will be the best Christmas present EVER!!!!!!

Have a fun trip to Canada. I haven't been there in years!!

Annie said...

Have such a wonderful trip!!!!!! xo

The Owl's Closet said...

I must say you guys have awesome snacks:) One of my good friends from Canada introduced me to ketchup chips and I LOVE it! Wish we had it here in the US. Have a great trip, Carrie!

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I seriously love poutine. best food ever!

Christiana said...

Yahoo Canada!!! As a Canadian I go to the US to enjoy Macy's, JC Penny, DSW shoes and Almond Joy chocolate bars.

Christiana
sewamusing.blogspot.com

Taj Acosta said...

oh my gosh I had never heard of ketchep chips until I met my husband and I thought they sounded so gross! But then I tried them and they are pretty good! Canadians!! I guess I love you haha

Draffin Bears said...

Have a wonderful trip home to see your family.
What a darling little girl your niece is and love the shoes.
Hope you get to enjoy all your favourite foods.

Hugs
Carolyn

Style, She Wrote said...

Fun pictures! Love those little blue shoes. :)

alli/hooray said...

Have a fun trip Carrie! I need to get my passport updated so I can visit Canada again :)

Join the Gossip said...

Fun! I totally missed out on all of the crazy foods when I went up there a few times this summer. I was bummed. What part if Canada are you from? :)

Mimi said...

i've tried those ketchup chips and they are absolutely yummy! have fun on your trip! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

We have ketchup chips here and they are ahhhmazing. You are my kinda girl! I love all the food you mentioned on this post. Have a wonderful time in Canada. Oh and P.S. I have a little award for you over at my blog.

Style Attic said...

If I hadn't been to Canada and have a dear friend living in BC, I would not know the pleasures you are talking of. But I do! And she sends me Canadian snack food and I love it!! Thanks for the grocery list I can send to her now ;) Have a dashing time! XO, Kelly

Gorgeous Clara said...

I was in Canada a few years ago, and I do remeber really nice food, specially fast food...maybe not the healthiest...but it was nice...hehehe

love jenny xoxo said...

have fun in Canada! Yum, the dill pickle chips are the best!! but fries, gravy and cheese... never heard of such a thing but not for me! have a great time!

the chirpy bird said...

Love it all! My girlfriends shooting a tv show in Vancouver and now I have the perfect excuse to go and visit! I feel like it's going to be a lot like Australia! Have a fab time!

xo tash

Stacey said...

Safe trip and have a grand time! Did i ever tell you how much i love fries. That's probably my one vice as far as junk food goes. Your pic has me drooling...xx

LyddieGal said...

Sounds like you've got an awesome weekend plan! Nothing like going home for a good meal, right?
Hope you decide to have an extended stay, and have a wonderful time!!

Chic on the Cheap

MarchMusings said...

Hope your hoilday is filled with all of the above. Nothing like food to make me feel good

Abby said...

Fries and gravy! All of a sudden I envy Canada.

Debby said...

Have fun, Carrie!! Your niece is adorable!! xo

StephanieTJLee said...

Aw your niece is absolutely adorable :). Fabulous shoes! And this post made me intensely hungry and craving for some snacks!

christine said...

Yahoo Canada!! I guess I'm taking some of this food for granted ;)

Have an amazing weekend!!
:) Christine

hélène said...

Ha- how much do i looove this post?! lol Yummmm wonderbar! Where are you from in canada anyway? And how come you are living in beverly hills? If you don't mind me asking..

Susan said...

Welcome home :)

Enjoy your vacay... and your munchies.

cheers
Susan

OneCraftyFox said...

Have an awesome long weekend in Canada. I'll be there, come join me, lol!!

xox

Fashion Cappuccino said...

OMG! All those foods are making me hungry! Gravy french fries here I come! xoxoxoxoo

Ms Sublime said...

You'd like England then! we do chips and 'curry sauce' here though and it is yum!! Have a wonderful trip! x

Dawn said...

YAHOOO....for Canada and all our food:)
(THAT is exactly why I run or swim or bike every day!!!!)
Happy trip!
Hope our weather treats you well....yikes.
Which part are you travelling to?

hugs,
dawn:)

Anna Jane said...

ahh, i missed your blog while abroad, lady! hope you're having a great ol' time in Canada and sneak back some extra ketchup chips for your blogger friend Anna Jane.

xx aj

She Wore It Well said...

Hope you're enjoying lovely xxx

Krystal said...

...so I'm not going to worry about you starving in Canada!! And ketchup chips? yuck. I had those in bosnia, they are def interesting! but dill chips, YUM!!!!! I hear you on needing a nap after spending time with a 4 year old hahaha...I spent time with adults and I took a 2 hour nap yesterday when we got home from seeing them off. I think it's just entertaining/traveling in general...I'm so glad to have some down days before we get more visitors on Saturday. I miss my little blog and barely got a chance to look at it all week :( :( and I MISS YOU!!! have fun in canada, k?????

Café Bellini said...

How cute is your niece? And great taste in shoes, just like you! Sorry I haven't been visiting regularly but we're moving house, as I briefly mentioned before, and we're so busy! I shouldn't even be blogging now, I should be packing... ugh!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

I love ill-prepared trips and your niece's beautiful patent blue shoes! Hope you're having a great time!

Kate said...

Bahahaa, this post was amazing! As a Canadian I feel like I need to say we DON'T eat like this most of the time - I promise there are lots of fruits & vegetables here!! That said, poutine is my favorite thing ever! I love that you posted poutine and fries & gravy as two separate things (because they totally are) - hahaha, amazing post! Hope you had a fantastic time - your niece is adorable!!

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