May 2012


Sometimes you just want something quick, simple, and cheap. But of course, without compromising on quality and taste. Urban Fare to the rescue. Urban Fare is Vancouver’s upscale grocery store serving the residential downtown core. Prices can be rather upscale too, except not so much on the takeout food, and not on their groceries, either, if you pay attention to sales. Surprisingly, they tend to have some great sales on organic eggs and dairy, dark chocolate (of which they have a large selection), and meat.

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Magnum Ice Cream Bar
(Photo by craigmdennis)

Prior to last year, if you craved an ice cream treat in Vancouver, whether you were at the beach or a hockey game, you could count on finding a Haagen-Dazs bar at the nearest concession. Last year, however, Magnum entered the North American market. And sadly, almost overnight, Magnum has become the most widely available ice cream bar in Vancouver. I was hoping this was a passing fad, but more and more places are solely selling Magnum. Why’s this a big deal?

The images of Magnum bars looked pretty good, so I tried one at the beach – not that I had any choice, it was the only “premium” ice cream bar available, Haagen-Dazs was suddenly nowhere to be found. Yuck, what a difference. It was cloyingly sweet and tasted like, well,  low quality ice cream. The Haagen-Dazs bars taste infinitely superior. And it makes sense that they would, check out how the ingredient labels compare:

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Yes, it was a few hours of pandemonium :P

But, now I have food ready to go for almost the entire week.

That’s the joy of batch cooking :)

On the menu this week: Meatloaf with pan-fried Brussels sprouts for dinner and cream of broccoli soup with chicken for lunch.




Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one ;) In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

*These groceries are for 1 week, 2 people; the ketchup and hot sauce aren’t mine.



“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

This week included: chicken meatza (chicken, spinach, pineapple, artichokes), salad with steak (plus avocado, bocconcini, and strawberries) and yam fries.

This was my fourth week sugar and caffeine (including tea) free! :)

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