The Beach Bay Cafe Vancouver is a new and welcome addition to the West End. Focusing on Pacific Northwest flavours with fresh, local ingredients, the menu at The Beach Bay Cafe Vancouver is sure to satisfy any palate. With a team who has graced other local hotspots such as the Blue Water Cafe, L’Abattoir and Bambudda, you just know you’re in for a treat. The steal is the 3-course lunch menu for $32, the Beach Bay Cafe Vancouver is sure to become a new local favourite.
Seated out on their patio overlooking English Bay, it seemed only natural to start with something to drink. Cocktails range from a refreshing and classic Pimm’s Cup to a smokey twist on the Caesar using Mezcal as a base. There’s no risk in even trying one of Bar Manager Adrian Lindner’s creations.
The Rum Melon D’eau (watermelon, lime and hibiscus with white rum) was heavenly and went down far too easily. One could simply sip away the afternoon working through the extensive wine list or their delicious cocktails.
Taking advantage of the set menu lunch (or you’re welcome to order a-la-carte), we started with the Salade Nicoise and Ham Hock Terrine. Substituting salmon for tuna in the Nicoise, was an absolutely delight. Each ingredient was prepared to perfection – I’m still dreaming about the creamy texture of the salmon along with the softly boiled egg, fingerling potatoes and blanched green beans. Continue reading →
Ok, even though I’m a full-grown adult – I love back to school time because it gives me a chance to refresh my own personal arsenal of home office supplies. I’ve been going for a gold and white office theme lately to keep things sort of casual but glamorous at the same time. I’m also trying to be strategic about what I buy – I don’t want too much junk + clutter!
Here are a few cute things I’ve been coveting for my own home office:
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Planning a trip to Disneyland? I’m re-sharing my BEST tips on getting the most out of your visit to both Anaheim parks – Disneyland + California adventure. PIN or bookmark for future trip plans!
I’m back! After a getaway last week to Anaheim, California to visit Disneyland and California Adventure Park, I have compiled a few tips to make sure your future visit does not involve waiting in long lines and junk food.
1) Use the Single-Rider Line – If you don’t want to wait 50+ minutes in the stand-by line and you don’t have a FASTPASS, the single-rider line is your best bet. A few of the rides do have this option – simply ask the attendant at the front of the ride for a paper pass or enter through the exit. I was on both the California Screamin’ rollercoaster and Splash Mountain in under 5 minutes! This is perfect if your group is not picky about riding together.
California Advenutre Park
2) Get a FASTPASS – When the single-rider line isn’t an option (like on Space Mountain), get a FASTPASS and return at your assigned time printed on your paper ticket. Disneyland tries to keep the wait to under 15 minutes for FASTPASS holders, so you’ll save a ton of time and get on the ride quickly.
September for me is all about getting back into a good routine.
I think after spending so many years in school, my brain is programmed to always think of the fall as the start of a ‘new year’. Our friends at Philips Sonicare want to make sure that great oral health habits are part of your new routine. They are giving one lucky winner the chance to win the Philips Sonicare Series 2 Plaque Controltoothbrush!
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So I thought I would devote my post today on separation anxiety in dogs and how we came through it on the other side. BINGO was our foster dog that we adopted just three months ago. One of the biggest things we had to go through as new fur parents was dealing with BINGO’s issues as a rescue. Separation anxiety in dogs is quite common and it can take on many different forms.
For us, BINGO would bark obsessively for hours when we would leave – and it didn’t stop. We would recordhim to see what he did while we were away and he would bark non-stop. For anyone who has dealt with separation anxiety in dogs, you know how incredibly stressful it is when your pet is in distress.
BINGO didn’t get destructive but he had a real fear of being abandoned and he was scared to be left alone. Crating him made it even worst. For the first two months we didn’t have much of a social life. Paul and I had to take turns going out because BINGO was clearly traumatized from the month he spent living at the shelter and the time he spent on the street as a stray. He didn’t know how to play with toys or take to dog treats, so I wonder if he was crated and ignored for much of his early days.
We’re no pet experts, so I definitely recommend talking to your vet or dog trainer for professional advice, but here’s what we tried and what eventually worked:
1) Pheromone Spray for Dogs
We bought this Sentry Calming Spray for Dogs which can help for separation anxiety in dogs by using pheromones that mimic what the mother dog would emit to calm your pup. First off, it was expensive. $17 for a 1 oz aerosol spray. The lavender and chamomile fragrance also irritated my allergies – so if you’re spraying a pet bed, do it outside if you can. I wish this worked for us, but I think BINGO was too high strung for this product.
The Thundershirt for dealing with separation anxiety in dogs
2) The Thundershirt
The Thundershirt for dogs wraps around your pet and makes them feel confident by applying gentle pressure by the way it wraps around him or her. It looks like a T-shirt and makes your dog feel like they are in a constant hug.
The Thundershirt calmed BINGO down, but it didn’t solve his separation anxiety or stop him from barking non-stop. I could feel his heart rapidly beating and when we put it on, he would chill out after 5-10 minutes. The only thing is that the shirt is $40 and I don’t love putting it on him when it’s hot outside. I think I would only use this on long car trips or during fireworks when BINGO is on edge.