I wanted to show you a few of my purchases from Paris…
A cookie press!
I’m sensing vegan ginger cookies on the horizon! ;)
I also got a print of the Eiffel tower.
Sad story: My sister bought my mom and I each a gorgeous oil painting in Paris and we forgot them on our tour bus and no one turned them in. :( Major doh.
I also got a couple small prints and postcards. I am going to put one on my Vision Board.
and COFFEE ONLY Paris mugs!!!
Whenever you see these Paris mugs on my blog, you will know I am drinking COFFEE!!! ;)
[P.S.- I’m working on the coffee thing. Our coffee maker intimidates me….]
I bought a lot of this…
I also bought gifts for family.
Home Is Where The Food Is:
When I return from a trip there are usually a handful of foods that I am dying to eat upon my return. I find for every trip, the list of foods I am craving differs depending on what I ate and also what I didn’t have access to while I was away.
So what was the first thing I ate when I got back from Paris?
The Ultimate Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie, of course. ;)
Sixty seconds after being home one of these was in my mouth.
I made Eric a batch before I left and he saved me one!
Ok, ok, he didn’t technically save me one; he didn’t know any were left and then I spotted it and nabbed it!
I leave no cookie undetected, my friends.
It was STILL moist and fresh after an entire week in Tupperware! It must be those walnuts adding a ton of moisture. This is my favourite cookie recipe yet.
After my cookie attack, I made Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats with pure maple syrup! I was craving them all week.
Then I made a huge chickpea salad. Oh how I missed my little chickies.
Then I spent time with Sketchie! He was stuck to me like glue all night.
But that could have been because I was luring him with cat treats…I’ll just pretend he missed me…
After dinner, I headed to the grocery store to stock up on fruit!
Bananas, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, ginger, apples, etc.
When I get back from a trip, the first thing do is make sure that healthy foods are on hand. Luckily the fridge is overflowing with vegetables from our CSA so I didn’t have to buy many veggies.
I have also had plenty of these Pumpkin Pie Monsters.
Today, I spotted Gena’s Butternut Squash Smoothie that I am dying to try with my leftover 2 pounds of b’nut squash. I’ll have to try it this week!
And a square of this each night…I am trying to make it last, but it is hard.
My sis and I deemed this the best dark chocolate we have ever tasted. It is 85%, but I swear to you it tastes like 40-50%. Incroyable!
I’ve also been enjoying my Ezekiel toast with avocado, pepper, sea salt, and tomato paste.
And bananas and almond butter with cacao nibs:
Maple Butternut squash and apple casserole:
Strawberry & Glonola Spinach Salad:
And of course Tartes Aux Fraises!
These tarts are a must make. If you leave them in the fridge overnight the tart shell gets all soft and moist from the strawberries and the strawberry flavours infuse the crust. A dream I tell you.
1.5 cups chickpeas + 1/3 cup pizza sauce + parsley + Sea salt + Ground pepper = Amazing and quick addition to any lunch.
And over-baked buttery Glonola apples…
Awww, It’s good to be home. :)
After you return from a trip, what is the first thing you usually eat when you get home? What foods are you craving like mad?
After my Paris trip I was craving pumpkin, nut butter, VOO, Green Monsters, chickpeas, toast + avocado, and strawberry tarts.
And yes, mass quantities of chocolate. But that goes without saying…
See you tomorrow morning for a savoury tart recipe and the one thing I really struggled with since being back home. Hint: It wasn’t a loss of appetite! bahaha.
I always want to RUN and then drink a green monster! Perfect “get me back to normal” recipe!
I read “food blogs” for 99% life content. Not food content. Reading about people’s Real Life is sooo much more exciting for than their food! However, your food on this post, from the chickpea pizza to the cookies to the chocolate…well, I admit, I am super impressed by the food in this post, and drooling…hahah!
But I want to see some wild night photos, or days (shopping maybe?!) in Paris! Feel free to keep those coming as long as possible! I can travel vicariously thru you that way :) and in the meantime, bravo on the coffee mugs and coffee pot. I have a french press, a coffee maker, and a totally pimp espresso maker complete with steamer unit to make vegan foam out of almond milk. I take my coffee seriously :)
That’s too bad about those paintings! :( The same thing happened to my dad in Paris – he left an Hermes scarf that he bought my mom behind on a ferry boat. Silly guy!
HOLY food sensory overload!!!!!!!!!! I want to EAT this whole post. Right NOW. Maple butternut squash casserole?? aaaaahhhh :)
mmm, mmm, mmm!! It all looks soooo good and those coffee mugs are so cute. I got hooked on coffee this past summer and bought a mug in every big town I visited; montreal, boston, NY, etc.
You should definitely start your own coffee mug collection from places you visit, that way you are always reminded of the great times!!! :)
Just wanted to let you know that my most recent post is an ode to YOU! You can check it out here: http://foodie4healing.blogspot.com/2010/09/ode-to-angela.html. I hope I’ve done you and your food justice!
i bought that print of the eiffel tower in autumn on my first trip to paris, too. so glad you enjoyed your travels there.
now, a challenge for you. i want to add pumpkin to a vegan oatmeal cookie and i’m stuck. ideas?
I always feel that the best vacation is the one that makes you miss home – including the food of home!
oh my goodness everything looks so tasty! now I am hungry!!!! and inspired!
Awwh, Sketchie totally missed you :)
I love that you have a vision board!
I find that I crave all my usual foods on vacation too! There really is no place like home! Hhaa =)
Sketchie is SO adorable! I love him!
I never have green monsters when I am on vacation, so I definitely crave them when I get back! Then again, I crave one pretty much every day anyway!
I’ve been busy and haven’t had the chance to check your site in a couple of weeks and what do I see today? You went to Paris!!!! Oh, you lucky dog.
What an adorable picture of Sketchie!
My boyfriend just suggested that we get rid of my kitten and get a Bengal cat. I almost killed him.
I remember when I got a souvenir from another country and a family member broke the item by accident. I don’t think the feelings of a broken item would be worst than accidentally leaving behind something that someone got me. :(
ur posts make me want to go to paris so badly. it is my life goal to make it to europe one day. sure i dont know a lick of french but i figure ill go to england first where english is english! then make my way to paris and italy where i will be the annoying tourist who will have to point, and mime everything but it will be great :)
i always find that after i come back from a long trip i always crave plenty of clean fresh veggies! eating out at restaurants so much makes me appreciate some more clean eating especially if its been a heavy eating week out!
Oh my goodness, you always have so many tasty looking recipes that I am dying to try! Your blog is my cookbook!! :)
I think I miss VOO with banana soft serve the most when I’m gone!
Despite being 113 degrees today in Los Angeles, low and behold, what do I find at Trader Joe’s today???
ORGANIC CANNED PUMPKIN!!!!
Immediately I thought, “Angela would understand my excitement!”
Lots of pumpkin treats and pumpkin VOO to come. I bought 4 cans. For this week :)
When I get home from a trip I always crave veggies like crazy!
Yes, home is where the food is! I crave thick protein shakes, greens, All my spices and seasonings and my chocolate drawer.:)
Lovely pics as always!
Welcome back from Paris Angela! Looks like you had a sensational time!
I love that dark chocolate…I ate that in Paris too in May!
The pumpkin smoothie looks amazing – thank you!
Your cooking always looks so delish Ange! I’d be happy to send you more of that chocolate when you run out if you’d like? xxx
We got the same photos of paris! The ones on the rubbery material.
I’m making the squash + apple recipe soon. Thanks for posting!
I’m going to be going away on a vacation soon to Korea for 2 and half weeks. I’m already missing some of my food like oats, french toast, canned pumpkin, etc, just thinking about it. Maybe I’ll pack some with me if I have any room! :P
Everything in this post looks amazingly delicious!
do you eat the tomato paste cold or hot with avocade? And that brand do you use?
Hmmm… I usually crave my raw Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding when I get home from a trip! I miss it so much!!
I love your new coffee mugs! I was intimidated by my new coffee maker, too, but just keep in mind that the first batch you brew probably won’t be very good. I find that the more I use my coffee maker, the better my coffee tastes! I think it’s a combo of practice and “breaking in” the new machine. I’m sure you’ll be making tasty coffee in no time! :D
You’re recipes just amaze me every time!! I need to get in that kitchen! And, your cat is sooooooo friggen cute!!!! I’ve been bugging my husband for ages…told him by next spring I will have a kitty =)
I have those very same two prints of the eiffel tower from my Paris adventure with my sister in April. Ah, LOVE it.
I definitely miss my smoothies when I travel. I may look into getting a travel blender if the make them!
Angela – I would love to make one of your vegan overnight oats recipes, but I wonder what kind of oats you use. Old-fashioned? Steel cut? I’m dying to try the pumpkin pie version (especially since I just made my first chia seed purchase – unless you count the Chia Pet I had in college) and want to get it right. It looks amazing!