A Sweet Ending To A Wonderful Trip


After living in the Toronto area for the past 9 years, I forgot how small my hometown is!

This is Main street in Moncton. No sky scrapers, no high rises- simple and to the point. You can get anywhere in the city in 10 minutes. Such a change from what we are used to!!!


I had another great workout on my dad’s exercise bike at Nubody’s today! Susan and I just missed each other by 10 minutes.

Funny quote from Eric today, "I don’t want you to get a NEW BODY."

He lays it on thick at times. ;)

I did another 45 min around the world workout:

  • 20 mins. on stairmaster @ level 15
  • 10 mins on elliptical @ incline 9-10, resistance 11-12
  • 10 mins treadmill hill workout @ incline 15, speed 4-4.2 mph intervals (60 sec.)
  • 5 mins cool down @ incline 10-5, speed 3.5-3 mph

I wanted to see what the hardest level on this stair master would be like (level 20) and it was HILARIOUS. I couldn’t even keep up! The steps kept hitting the ground and I was trying to keep up like a crazy person. I can only imagine what I looked like. I almost fell off!

This afternoon, we braved the mall to look for some Boxing Day sales. All of the stores were closed here on Boxing Day (Dec 26th).


I had a couple good finds. This summer dress for just $15. It needs a few alterations in the hips, but I really like it!


These red and green t-shirts were on sale too. I can’t imagine why! LOL ;)


I also used my gift card at La Senza and got some Victoria’s Secret perfumes:


and some other unmentionables… ;)

That was all she wrote! I only spent about $35. Eric didn’t find anything, he just waited on the bench in front of the stores mostly and played Sudoku on his Blackberry. Not the shopping type if you know what I mean!

We came home and visited with more family and also some long time friend’s of the family too. It was nice to catch up!

Tonight we had a last minute blogger meet-up at none other than Calactus Cafe! I knew in my heart I had to go back one last time before we leave for home tomorrow. ;)

Left to right: Eric, Chris, Susan. Chris is Susan’s boyfriend.


They are both super sweet and we had such a fun time getting to know each other!!! Susan grew up in my hometown, Riverview, and oddly enough we discovered that she lived in a house beside my BEST FRIEND Allison for years and years! I knew her name sounded familiar!!

Eric, Chris, and I decided on the Big Marc Burger. :D


Eric’s with Caesar salad and taters:


I had a large garden salad (subbed for Caesar) and a cheese less Big Marc burger:


I had to use FLASH because of the poor lighting (Gasp!) lol ;)


The burger was TO DIE FOR. I agree with those of you who said it was the best veggie burger you have ever had. Hands down the best, by far!!!!


Susan just got a new SLR camera for Christmas! I didn’t bother bringing mine along. I’m lazy ;) Susan had a burrito. It looked awesome.


We couldn’t pass up dessert this time!

Eric and I decided to split the vegan Banana Walnut Cake with raspberry glaze and tofu cream.


This whole tofu cream is so new to me, and I am determined to find out how to make it. It is a wonderful topper on a vegan dessert! :)


Words can’t explain my friends.


I only wished we had each ordered our own! Oh my. The glass dish was cold and frosty too. Wonderful touch.

Thank you to Susan and Chris for the wonderful company!

Eric and I are currently checking out the movie show times and trying to decide what we are going to see: Sherlock Holmes, It’s Complicated, or It’s Up In The Air. They have all received decent reviews so I don’t think we can go wrong with any! Has anyone seen any?


Homeward Bound:

5pm tomorrow we fly home.

It will be interesting to see if the Canadian security process changes after the recent terrorist attempt. I got patted down on the way over. It is a running joke between Eric and I because I ALWAYS get searched at every security check we go through. I guess I look suspicious?!

Only 4 days until a NEW YEAR!!!

Are you doing anything fun for New Years?

Eric has to work on New Year’s Eve, so I think we will be laying low and watching the US vs. Canada Junior Hockey Game! Should be intense. PS- Canada beat Latvia 16-0 yesterday!!


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1 Angi December 27, 2009

Petite blondes are very dangerous, ya know!

Have a safe trip home!


2 Jennifer December 27, 2009

Angela! I had to write to tell you I’m sitting here drinking my first green monster! I’ve been following your blog and been wanting to create one. The only problem I just bought a house and didn’t have a blender. Well Santa (aka Mom) took care of that and I got a blender for Christmas! I went and bought all kinds of stuff and just made my first one! I’m in LOVE! I know what my new go-to breakfast will be! I can’t wait to try different flavors!



3 Janice @ O.S.M.B. December 27, 2009

So funny because I got my first blender for Christmas this year too, and the first (and only) thing I’m excited to make is a green monster! Can’t wait!!!


4 erica December 28, 2009

me too! i just bought a magic bullet and the first (and only thing) thing i made was a green monster! and i like it!!! i wasn’t sure i would, and i was so nervous upon taking my first sip, but i like it :)


5 Radha December 27, 2009

Angela~ Love your blog. I’ve spent a couple of hours reading it and watching your great vid on YT. Jess of Trulyjess brought you to my attention. Do you know her?
Because of you two I got 30 day shred video. Did level 1 today…what a workout!
Want to try the cucumbers and bal vig snack. Sounds good. Will be ordering some Glo Bars soon…the variety pack. You do ship to the US now?
Til later.
Love~ Radha


6 Sarah December 27, 2009

I always wonder how they decide who to search and who not to. I can’t think of one time I’ve ever been searched. I guess I look too sweet and innocent (haha!) :)

I love the top part of that dress.


7 Bridget December 27, 2009

That light purple colour looks gorgeous on you! Nothing like a good bargain on boxing day :)

It seems like the cute and nice looking people always get searched…why is that haha?!?


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 27, 2009

I am intrigued by that tofu cream now, too! Glad you have a great day, girl! :)


9 Susan December 27, 2009

Bahaha, that picture of Main St. makes me laugh. Moncton is a lot of things – including one ugly city! Had a wonderful time meeting you and Eric today! Can’t go wrong with good eats in the company of good people ;) I’ll have to go back for just dessert sometime – although my mom’s trifle was worth waiting for :) Good luck flying out tomorrow!


10 Stephanie December 27, 2009

Ha, it always seems to be the most innocent looking people who get searched!
BODA weight loss


11 Jenny December 27, 2009

Saw Sherlock Holmes Christmas Day and it was great! I love me some Jude Law and RObert Downey Jr.- But I also heard “It’s Complicated” was good as well!!


12 Danielle (Coffee Run) December 27, 2009

That dress is beautiful! Yay for blogger meet-ups :) I’m pretty sure tofu cream is just pureed silken tofu with sweetener? At least that’s what I do…with a little bit of vanilla


13 Erin December 27, 2009

Travelers will like Up in the Air — I saw it last night with my family and we all really enjoyed it. George Clooney is great!


14 MarathonVal December 27, 2009

Glad you had a fun blogger meetup- for a small town, you are lucky to have found a vegan-friendly restaurant!


15 Hope December 27, 2009

We saw Up in the Air tonight – loved it! Really fabulous movie and acting.


16 Danielle December 27, 2009

YOU MUST SEE Sherlock Holmes. Seriously, seriously, seriously. It is such an amazing movies!


17 Danielle December 27, 2009

*movie ;) enjoy!


18 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 27, 2009

I got in some great sales today too. I didn’t want to go out on Boxing Day even in the US because people are nuts.

New Years we are having a church party and then relaxing with my mom who will be visiting.


19 Jenny December 27, 2009

Looks like a great ending to your trip! And that lavender dress is gorgeous :)

I believe I’m going to be laying low this New Year’s Eve as well, all of my friends are headed to a bowl game which I was not up for, so I’ll just have to make an evening for myself!


20 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 27, 2009

Looks like such a fun time! I can’t believe 2010 is in just a few days!


21 gymbunnycoco December 27, 2009

we flew out to vegas on boxing the day and they did a 100% bag and bodysearch on EVERY passenger on the flight…it took forever…there were over 400 on our flight!!
We are celebrating NEW YEAR here in Vegas…woohoo


22 Lauren December 27, 2009

I hope you chose It’s Complicated. I saw it today, and it was knee-slapping hilarious!


23 Kristen December 27, 2009



24 Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 27, 2009

Not to sound like a perv, but your boobs look great in that dress.


25 Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 27, 2009

I hope you went to see It’s Complicated so we can hear the reviews.


26 Jenn December 27, 2009

Awwww, aren’t Susan and Chris so sweet?! I met them when they came here to Windsor back in the Fall. So wish I would have been home to NB for Christmas, I would have loved to join the fun. I’ve been dying to try Calactus after Susan’s rave reviews!! Everything looked delicious!

Have a safe trip home.


27 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) December 27, 2009

That sounds like a really fun dinner! Glad you had a great trip :)


28 Jil December 28, 2009

That dinner looks delicious!! & Cute dress! Yay, for great shopping bargains!! :)


29 Ameena December 28, 2009

What a pretty dress! Dessert doesn’t look too shabby either. :)


30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 28, 2009

Hahaha I definitely know the sitting-on-the-bench-waiting deal. That lilac color on you is PERFECT. Oh my gosh, you are beyond glowing.

What at trooper Eric was for going to that restaurant again :)


31 Karla December 28, 2009

That dress is too cute! I love it!

I love veggie burgers :)


32 Lara (Thinspired) December 28, 2009

So fun that you got to meet up with Susan! Definitely one of my favorite bloggers. Looks like you guys had a fun dinner! :)


33 Jolene December 28, 2009

For New Years I will be sitting on a beach in the Dominican!! We leave on the 29th with 10 friends :-)

That dessert looks SO good – can’t wait to see your replication!!


34 Ann December 28, 2009

Go see Up In The Air… and then do yourself a favor, skip the appalling looking “modern action hero” Sherlock Holmes, and rent the awesome TV adapation from the 80’s (?) starring Jeremy Brett instead (I’m a total Holmes geek and love the books, and I shudder every time I see the trailer for the new movie!).


35 The Voracious Vegan December 28, 2009

Ohhhh I’m so jealous of you! To be back in North America’s good ol’ malls. The ones here just cannot compare! And that veggie burger really does look epic!


36 Marina December 28, 2009

You look wonderful in that dress, absolutely beautiful!
I love small towns, like my own hometown. Big ones are without a soul,and scare the crap out of me :D
That restaurant really is amazing, wonderful eats you’ve got there :)
For new years, I’ll probably be somewhere around Eiffel with my Love, can’t wait:)


37 Brenda M. December 28, 2009

Love your blog! You might want to check out this blog – http://veganepicurean.blogspot.com/. She has a huge amount of great vegan, super-healthy recipes and I’m sure I have seen recipes for Tofu cream there.


38 Laura December 29, 2009

I second this! A mine of great vegan ideas! If not, you could always substitute cashew or almond ‘cream’?!


39 Paige @ Running Around Normal December 28, 2009

Moncton looks so cute! Great finds at the mall :) My hubby’s not a huge shopper either.
Dinner looks fab! That veggie burger sounds amazing. So cool you were able to meet up with Susan!


40 Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind December 28, 2009

Calactus Cafe looks amazing – I’m jealous! This world needs more healthy restaurants!


41 Kelly December 28, 2009

Haha I can’t believe you always get searched, you don’t look suspicious to me!
I really want to see “It’s Complicated” but I haven’t seen any of those so I can’t really support that decision…


42 ::christine:: December 28, 2009

oh how your blog warms my soul. It is such a joy to be inspired by you and to go through your life with you. I find myself grinning perusing your pics.

Why does Canada have SO many amazing vegetarian restaurants?

In the words of Napoleon Dynamite: LUCKY!!!!



43 M. December 28, 2009

Some friends dragged me to see It’s Up In The Air last week so I had low expectations. But honestly- it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I think that it is a life changing experience- for real! George Clooney is superb and the whole scenerio is worthwhile.


44 Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness December 28, 2009

Looks like a great meal at the restaurant! I love it when veggie burgers are really great-tasting and not simply a ‘hockey puck’ store bought one! It’s great when places actually put effort into offering a kick-butt burger options for veggies / vegans.
OMG my family and I saw “Did you hear about the Morgrans?” on Christmas Eve and it is AWFUL. My Mom really loves Hugh Grant, otherwise we wouldn’t have picked that one!


45 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 28, 2009

That dress is lovely! I think I’ve seen a recipe for tofu cream in Veganomicon or Vegan with a Vengeance. And cashew cream, too, if I recall correctly :-) I am eager to see what you create – I love tasty vegan food!


46 Nicole- Geek Turned Athlete December 28, 2009

I’m so impressed with your hubby’s shopping attitude! Mine hates shopping too, but he nags me instead of patiently waiting outside! haha :)


47 KRISTEN'S RAW December 28, 2009

Your workout looks great! Fun! And, you’re so adorable! Love the pics. :)


48 nina December 28, 2009

That veggie burger really wants me to eat it! Great pictures! Mmmmmm!


49 Good Taste. Healthy Me December 29, 2009

That dress is gorgeous!!! You look so good in it!


50 Micco January 5, 2010

Tofu creams are usually just pureed tofu (silken being preferred) with a sweetener (confectioners sugar works well to build body but maple syrup is usually recommended), plus vanilla and oil. You can substitute pureed cashews for the oil, but fat is essential for that truly creamy texture.

Personally, though, as far as vegan whipped creams go, I like coconut whipped cream more than tofu whipped cream..!


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