Reading Week 2014

With reading week already three days past, the midterm grind is on and I have become unnaturally fatigued following the men’s gold medal hockey game (the early morning seems to have triggered an insatiable weariness). However, I had a wonderful week off from classes and was able to do lots of adventuring thanks to an…

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HoCho Fest Final Day (27): Popped Cherry

A bittersweet day for the hot chocolate festival and me! The only sweetness of it comes from the end of my sense of obligation to buying expensive hot chocolates and then later consuming them in greater quantities than I ordinarly would. The bitterness is the end of my contributions to the Women’s Job Skills program in the Downtown…

HoCho Fest Day 26: Bacchu’s Dream

The penultimate day of the hot chocolate festival is upon us! I took this opportunity to make a quick trip down to Cocoa Nymph before other evening obligations came upon me. Bacchu’s Dream: Made from 72% dark chocolate with red winereduction and apple ginger compote.Served with walnut shortbread (vegan).($6.65)  This particular beverage was made with coconut…

HoCho Fest Day 25: …?!

I was disappointed to find that another location in the hot chocolate festival has stopped serving festival specials – but this time, the website was not overlooked by me! They stopped early according to the schedule online. With a tight schedule and a lot of driving ahead of me, I went to Beaucoup Bakery and…

HoCho Fest Day 24: Brunette Bangle

Today was a hot chocolate festival day marked with both high and low moments. First, the low (because then we can move on from them): Really there is only one, and it is having made the discovery that Thierry Chocolaterie stopped participating in the festival as of yesterday – I do not know why, but…

HoCho Fest Day 23: Monkey’s Uncle

Happy B.C. Family Day!To celebrate the day, some of the folks I love came out to my end and we all went for “Italian soul food” at the restaurant Incendio. My pasta was delectable, and the crusts of my family members’ pizzas were as well. S and N’s pizza. My rotini pomodoro pasta. Mom and…

HoCho Fest Day 22: Hot Toddy Float

Hot toddy (noun): A mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices, served hot.Also known as: Hot totty, hot tottie, or a hot whiskey (in Ireland)This screams to be made into a delicious hot chocolate! Off to the edge of the water we went in search of Soirette Macarons and Tea. A…

HoCho Fest Day 21: Winter Citrus

Today(yesterday)’s festival item was truly a blessing in how it soothed my very fragile mind from today (yesterday)! The day had felt overwhelming for no identifiable reason, so a kind offer to accompany me to my location for the day was very welcomed. Location of choice: The Last Crumb Cafe. According to their website, The…

Something is Growing

I cannot identify what it is, but every so often during the last few weeks I have felt this “something”, and it seems to be expanding within me. It may simply be a sense of anticipation for the upcoming months that will determine what my involvement and living arrangements for the next academic year will…

HoCho Fest Day 20: Big Bad Wolf

Hallelujah, Friday has ARRIVED! In celebration of this, and with great fatigue, I made what turned out to be a somewhat lengthy journey east of UBC to indulge in hot chocolate today.The journey took us to Schokolade Artisan Chocolates and Cafe. It is a not-too-small shop with a sweet aroma that contrasts the harsh vibe of the…

HoCho Fest Day 19: Hera’s Habit

Thursdays are long days, and long days call for a reward. Luckily, I can count on every day holding a reward of some sort during the hot chocolate festival! Today I reaped my day’s prize at none other than Cocoa Nymph, who is into their third festival item introduced this week. “Hera’s Habit”Made from 50%…