I wanted to focus my curiosity on a few aspects of my life and blog - food, fitness, and theatre!
FIrst stop was at the Urban Almanac.
I love browsing around and re-decorating my small apartment in my mind with all of the adorable couches and home decor. Sadly, my budget was not a million dollars, so I decided to try this Maple Chipotle Barbeque sauce that I've had my eye on for a while.
I made BBQ baked tofu with the sauce, and it was incredible! I really want to try some of the other sauces and dressings. It wasn't too heavy, or too sugary, which I often find most bbq sauces are loaded with sugar. It was slightly sweet, very flavourful, and finger lickin' good!
Next, I headed to Room 2 Remember. I've had my eye on a few things in there, the problem was narrowing down what I wanted to buy.
I finally settled on two items, a jalapeño mustard (birthday present for my dad), and an aerolatte milk frother. I love tea lattes, but can't afford to buy one every day. Making my own at home is not only affordable, but a healthy alternative to calorie laden drinks often found at coffee shops.
I made a candy cane tea latte. First I heated the milk on the stove (don't boil, it won't froth as well), then added an inch of boiled water to a candy cane tea bag with a dash of maple syrup. Once the milk was hot, I frothed it with the aerolatte, and poured it into the mug. It was delicious, and tasted exactly like a coffee shop latte! I will definitely be using this throughout the cold winter months.
A few nights later, I headed to The Playhouse and bought Kaylee a birthday present - tickets to Theatre New Brunswick's upcoming production of "Miracle on 34th Street." The show opens this Thursday, I'm so excited for her to see it!
Now, picking the "be curious" tagline out of the hat at the launch party really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I started thinking outside the box, and really wanted to try something new. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to try hot yoga, and a good friend of mine is a teacher at Moksha studio downtown, so I figured the best way to be curious was to get out of my comfort zone and sweat it up at hot yoga!
We tried a power flow class with Rachel at Moksha Yoga, and it was incredible! I've never sweat that much in my life, nor has Kaylee.
Honestly, I went into the class with an open mind, but deep down I had a feeling I would hate it. Boy, was I wrong! I've taken a few yoga classes, and I think I've learned that I don't like Yin yoga, which is very slow, but I prefer power flow yoga, a yoga that is fast paced. I also really loved the heat, especially because it was windy and freezing outside.
And to cap off an amazing week of food and fitness, I took Kaylee out to Isaac's Way for her birthday on Saturday night (full recap to come later this week, which includes a cake that looks like a hamburger). All of our favourite people came, and it was such a fun night, celebrating Kaylee with good food and wonderful people.(p.s. Mike Corey, far right, is the friend I blogged about a few weeks ago who was on the Skype Rerouted challenge around Europe. Spoiler Alert, he made it home safely!)
For her birthday dinner, Kaylee got the Squash Wellington, which was so rich and decadent. She had seen it on the menu, but never tried it, so we figured let's "be curious" and try something new! It certainly lived up to our expectations.
I ordered the Black Bean burger with sweet potato fries (not vegan, but it was a special occasion so what the hey). It was so so good, I wish I could eat it every day.
I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to take part in the Bring It Downtown campaign. I had so much trouble narrowing down where I wanted to spend my money, because I'm such a huge fan of our downtown, and truly love supporting every business that I can. Thank you so much to Shasta, who invited me to this campaign, as well as everyone who reads this blog and follows me on twitter for the awesome suggestions of what I should check out!