Setting Our Watches Back to Island Time

If you missed last month's update, find it here: "Reintroduced into Canadian Society"

We started off our month with a trip to Victoria, BC. We adore this city. We lived there for two years, before we moved to Birmingham, UK. It was in Victoria that we met our friends from England who we decided to move in with in Birmingham. (For more on that story see: Why England? Why not?! )

We had a wonderful weekend in Victoria. More on that adventure to come.

When we got back to Nanaimo we went for a lovely evening hike. We went on search for an old coal mining shaft, but it was over flooded and we couldn't go in.

We had a lovely dinner at our friends house. She loves to cook and we love to eat. We have a perfect friendship. She made a Barley salad, Mac and Cheeze pasta bake, roasted potatoes and a blueberry crumble with ice cream for dessert. We brought along a chickpea and potato salad. Everything was amazing and we were stuffed to the max.

We spent the rest of the first week catching up on some blogging stuff, and planning trips! Whooo, who doesn't like to plan trips.

We also started C25k again. Wish us luck. We gained some weight eating all the delicious junk food in the UK and wish to dispose of some of it by summer.

In Wanderlust Vegans kitchen this week we did a little throw back to our holiday in Switzerland. It was quite expensive to eat there, so we did a lot of grocery shopping. We put together a video of the food we made on our trip and some ideas to help you eat in your hotel room. 

On the weekend, Pa had a carving show in Parksville BC. We went out and showed our support. We made a short clip of all of the cool carvings we saw at the show.
After the carving show we went to Lefty's for some dinner. A few years ago they had a couple vegan dishes so we figured they still would. They have a Thai salad, Thai curry and a veggie burger that can all be made vegan upon request.

This month our vegan guide is for Barcelona. With the sun starting to shine, we thought a lovely trip to Spain was in order for some. (Remember we share a new Vegan Guide the second Sunday of every month). Next month is Glasgow.

One of our most favourite place for Indian cuisine, is Curry Point in Nanaimo. Delicious. We finally made our way there and shared some awesome curry. Make sure you tell them you are vegan and they will show you which curry's are vegan. The Naan is not, so they will either give you more curry or a pop.

We had a strange turn of events. We were booked to house/pet sit for a friend. She then cancelled. The next morning we were asked to house/pet sit by another friend.. If the first one didn't get cancelled we wouldn't have been able to do both. Crazy how things work. So we are still going as planned, just heading to a different place to house sit now.

We had lovely Easter dinners where we brought our famous chickpea salad. You can find the recipe here: Wanderlust Chickpea Salad Sandwiches We had a great time catching up with our families.

For our travel tips this month we shared our secrets. 'Best Places [Veganised] to Visit in United Kingdom'  (Remember to check back the third Sunday of every month for more travel tips from us.) Next month on May 21st, we will give you 3 big tips on how to move abroad.

We also helped my mom start to minimise her house. We went out for lunch on one of the days of minimising and found ourselves at Tomo Sushi. We ordered the vegetable sushi combo each. We also shared a vegetable roll and edamame beans.

As the month continued to pass by, we stayed committed to our running schedule. (I know we have attempted to complete C25K before. We have completed the program once in 2012, so we know it works. We just didn't continue running after we completed it as we went to Cuba and fell off track) This time, we have changed the running schedule a little bit. On C25K you are supposed to run 3x/wk. Having two days off in a row is what makes us fall off track. We have decided that running every other day works better for us. Also, if we feel like it, we are running a couple days in a row. We have also added another run on to each week. So instead of week one having 3 runs, we run the same run 4 times.

The end of April is full of birthdays of people we know here. We attended a couple birthday parties, and even made Bosh's recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cuppies. We also went to Gina's Mexican Restaurant for burritos. Yum. (Make sure when you go to get them to add guacamole to the burrito when you remove the cheese and sour cream! It's only fair right?)


We are loving the response from our Spotlight Series for Birmingham. We published our third post. 'Spotlight' is our newest series that we post the fourth Sunday of every month. We pick a theme and highlight what we love about it. This month, we are talking about the 'BANDS OF BIRMINGHAM' And as it seems, nobody cares about the bands of Birmingham according to our stats. We will not be making that mistake again! Check back May 28th for more INTERESTING things on Birmingham.

For the last week of April we headed to Victoria BC to do some house sitting. Friends of ours that we met in Vegans of Victoria were going out of town and needed someone to watch their cat. We volunteered as we thought it would be a good way to see people in Victoria we haven't seen in two years.

Mom brought us down and we spent the first couple days staying in a hotel and being a tourist. 

When mom left we stayed the night at the sisters, and we both got a text about a job with Elections BC. We headed to the office the next day and filled out our hiring papers. we went grocery shopping then we headed to our friends place to check up on the kitty. Our new roommate was very happy to see us and cuddle on the couch. She is such a little sweet heart. 

We met up with our cousins who we had been to Mexico and Seattle with and did some catching up at Brown's Social House.

We headed back to Elections BC for training, we got different days for working elections. So we went back to our place and  read our books, went for a walk around the neighbourhood and relaxed.

Since this month  has five Sundays, we thought that it would be cool to put together Ultimate guides to cities and places we spend longer periods of time in. These posts will be posted on the Fifth Sunday of all the months that have five. The next month with five Sundays is July. Keep your eyes peeled for our next Ultimate Vegan Guide.This month we posted our Ultimate Vegan Guide to London, England. If you are planning a trip to London, bring our helpful guide along with you.

One of us had to work the weekend election polls, and the other got us a sweet ride!
Now we are getting prepared for our trip across Canada! From the Rockies to the Prairies to the Boreal forest and the East Coast of Canada. We are turning this baby into our home for the next few months.

Stay tuned for next month.

Comments

  1. All the dishes look fabulous and I'm sure they tasted really good. Come to think of it, vegan and vegetarian cuisine has so much more variety in taste and flavour.

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    1. I do feel like vegans and vegetarians get more creative with their food. I know I did't eat a huge variety of food when I wasn't vegan.

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  2. That chickpea salad looks really tasty! We LOVE Victoria, BC and were just starting to plan a trip up there this summer with another family! And I'm curious about your Barcelona guide because we just got back from Barcelona and I'm glad to know there are food options that aren't ham!

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    1. I hope you checked out our guide! The chickpea salad is my most favourite dish. Also Victoria is amazing, I hope you guys have a wonderful trip.

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  3. Mmm.. all those foods look so delicious! I would love to be able to visit Victoria someday. I have seen so many colourful and beautiful pictures from there. Hopefully someday I will be there!

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    1. Victoria is great! I hope you get there one day. It has a lot going on and you could easily spend a week there. Don't forget to check out the neighbouring islands as well!

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  4. Best of luck with your C25k! I'm an online running coach and I've got a group nearing the end of their training to get to 5km. It's such a great journey and I love the way they go from disbelieving that they can achieve that to being confident in their abilities!

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    1. Thank you so much! We have run 15/31 days so far. So we are averaging every other day at the moment. We are thrilled with our progress so far. We also added a mini circuit at the end.

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  5. Mmmmm....looking at the food photos is making our mouth water. :) We especially love the sushi. The Chickpea salad sandwich looks very interesting. it just shows that vegetable dishes are as mouthwatering as their meaty counterparts.

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    1. Oh everything was pretty delicious. That sushi place is one of our favourite places to eat. I really love chickpeas in just about everything.

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  6. Looks like you had a very busy time but ate some wonderful food 💚

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    1. We sure did! We love being busy. Eating delicious food is our reward.

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  7. The vegetable sushi looks yummy! I dont care if it's vegetable or whatever's in it, i love sushi! And I will try the chickpea salad as well! I dont know why, but I like the texture of chickpeas. Thanks for sharing and goodluck to your trip!

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    1. I love the texture of chickpeas too!

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  8. We are vegetarians. Totally loved reading this post. So many varieties of vegan and vegetarian dishes! We often prepare the chickpeas salad. It tastes yum with a pinch of salt and lemon juice. The Chinatown pic is fab! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we make chickpea salad quite often. It's cheap to make, nutritious and delicious!

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  9. As always your food looks amazing! Particularly the chickpea and potato salad, what do vegans use in place of mayonnaise? I'm glad the house sitting worked out for you in the end. It sounds like you has another great trip.

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    1. A lot of stores carry a vegan mayo. A lot of the time they use pea protein to replace the egg that is normally found in mayo. We have a few different brands in Canada.

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  10. The picture of the cherry blossom looks amazing. The food looks delicious as well. Victoria seems to have treated you well.

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  11. The pictures of dishes look so tempting. But a cat is the top of the cuteness. Happy future travels. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. She was a little sweet heart. We loved spending time with her. Thank you, happy travels to you too!!

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