Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl

At last! A breakfast post where I describe what I actually ate for BREAKFAST (rather than dinner). This smoothie bowl was inspired by my semi-recent trip to Australia where you could buy acai bowls at almost every other corner. Making them seemed pretty straightforward so I couldn’t justify paying $10 for one. As such, here’s my attempt that definitely costs less than $10 and it comes together in 3 easy steps:
Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl

INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1, blend up your favourite smoothie ingredients (I like a frozen banana, mango, pineapple, and spinach blend with a scoop of protein powder), hold back on the liquid so that it errs on the thicker side. Step 2, pour it into a bowl. Step 3, top it with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, or seeds. Above, I used banana, goji berries, frozen blueberries, granola, sunflower seeds, and some apple slices. If you need a little more direction on assembling a smoothie bowl, this is a great post over at Oh My Veggies.

I have a smoothie for breakfast (almost) every single day, so dumping it into a bowl with some extra toppings was a nice way to switch things up. It’s SO filling and SO nutritious, it certainly beats a bowl of yogurt and granola any day! Plus, it feels like you’re eating ice cream for breakfast so what’s not to love? Confession, I also eat this for dinner sometimes… old habits die hard.

XO, MC

Music Monday: Sam Smith “Lay Me Down” (Live on SNL)

It’s been a while since my last Music Monday post… I almost forgot that I did these. It also isn’t lost on me that today is WEDNESDAY, but it’s my blog and I’ll do whatever I want!!

Sam Smith’s acoustic performance of “Lay Me Down” is EVERYTHING right now. The arrangement is divine and doesn’t distract from the insane quality of his voice. FLAWLESS.

He’s a diva, but in the best way possible.

XO, MC

Easy Watermelon Salad

Stampede Week is almost over and I’ve been trying my hardest to stick to regularly scheduled programming! With all the beverages and BBQ’s and TONS OF FOOD in general (ummm deep-fried everything…), it’s so easy to get derailed from clean eating and exercise. As such, I was craving something light and refreshing to balance my gluttony from the weekend.

This watermelon salad is so refreshing and super easy to make; serve it as a side dish at your next BBQ :)

Ingredients (serves 1)
– 2ish cups of watermelon, cubed
– 1.5 tbsps of balsamic vinegar (I used blackberry ginger because I’m fancy)
– A squeeze of lime juice
– Chiffonade 5 (more or less) leaves of mint.. or basil!
– A sprinkle of feta, however much you like

Instructions: Mix everything in a bowl, save some extra feta & mint for garnish. I later sprinkled on some pumpkin and sunflower seeds for texture (…and honestly because I don’t want to risk being iron deficient)

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This was also my first time picking out a watermelon and it turned out okay! Not the best watermelon ever, but not terrible either! My parents would be so proud, haha.

XO, MC

Blue Mountains & the 3 Sisters

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, I went to Australia a few months ago but definitely procrastinated having to upload the pictures onto my computer. I’m finally getting around to writing about it now because… better late than never! (I’ll share pictures from my Belize trip one day… hahaha)

To be very honest with you, Australia was never really on my radar of “places to go”. In fact, I was originally supposed to go Buenos Aires/Argentina but when those plans fell through and the Australia opportunity presented itself (i.e. I needed to use up my vacation days before the end of May) I figured, “aaaah MIGHT AS WELL! Because if not now, then WHEN?” and booked my plane ticket to land of Koala bears (there’s also something very thrilling about booking a last minute trip to a far away place). PLOT TWIST: Australia far exceeded my expectations – what a STUNNING country!!!! If it’s not on your priority list of places to see in your lifetime, you need to add it. Flights to Oz will never be really “cheap” so you need to make peace with that now and trust me when I say it’s worth every penny.

We flew into Sydney and then backpacked up the coast to Noosa/Fraser Island, Airlie Beach, and Cairns. I’ll (hopefully) share those pictures too but for now here are some snaps of our little jaunt to the Blue Mountains.

While in Sydney, we met up with some friends from Alberta who were gallivanting through Australia as well, so we hopped in their adventure mobile, Sam, and drove up to Katoomba for the day.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters
Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

The clouds cleared for a BRIEF minute and I quickly snapped a few pictures of the 3 sisters!

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Despite missing the memo re: Zombie Apocalypse, this day was one of my favourite parts of the trip! Our heads were literally in the CLOUDS!

XO, MC

The Face Shop

Korean cosmetic retailer, The Face Shop, opened at Market Mall last month, you guys!
The Face ShopI’ve never heard of The Face Shop until it opened, but my asian-skincare-enthusiast friends were VERY familiar with the brand and were quick to convince me that their products are LOVELY. So I did what any proper beauty junkie would do & stocked up on some skincare goodies, which are all made from natural ingredients. Koreans are known for their 1000-step skincare regimes, so I’m pretty sure they know a thing or two about the pursuit of immaculate skin.

XO, MC

Shiki Menya

Shiki Menya, Calgary

FINALLY got around to trying Shiki Menya in Bridgeland a few weekends ago :) I’m not a ramen connoisseur but I do nay settle for mediocrity when it comes to ramen, and not all ramen is made equal! Thankfully, Shiki Menya is pretty comparable to the ramen I’ve had in Vancouver. I tried the kara miso garlic (negi, soft tamago, menma, char siu, corn, garlic “ra-yu” chili oil) with a refreshing glass of cold ocha. Cloudy broth? Check. Hand made noodles? Check.

With the ubiquity of pho restaurants, a new ramen place is a welcome addition to the noodle soup game in Calgary. I’ve read reviews and some people have commented that the broth is salty, but they’re all in regards to the tonkotsu classic so maybe avoid that if you’re not into salty soup? I’ve had salty bowls of ramen before and it’s never fun (I’m looking at you, Nomiya). Should you decide to check it out, I’d recommend getting there early (we waited outside before they opened!) as they only make 100something bowls per day else you’ll be waiting in hangry purgatory.

XO, MC