Canada Day : A Celebration

1st of July is Canada Day, a day when the country celebrates its nationhood and their citizens do show it proudly! In fact even supermarkets get into celebration mood by giving out flags, cakes and balloons. I think its remarkable that countries get to celebrate a day like this! It was a great day today for us as well, with home cooked meals and great desserts! We had decided to prepare a meal at home today, and we started by making Avocado Spring Salad with croutons, corn, avocado, mixed greens, smoked salmon and topped with vidalla onion dressing! A very healthy and wholesome meal, if I must say.

Avocado Spring Salad for Lunch
Avocado Spring Salad for Lunch

With extra avocados from the preparation, I made my favourite dessert – coffee ice cream on top of sliced avocados covered in chocolate fudge! This was what I had always loved when I was a kid, and partly the reason why I love Mocha/Coffee flavoured ice cream. Somehow coffee and avocado are just a great match for each other!

Avocado Coffee Fudge Sundae for Dessert
Avocado Coffee Fudge Sundae for Dessert

And for dinner, I created something that I could cook relatively well – Bacon Aglio Olio. It was a dish which I have prepared numerous times while staying alone in Singapore, especially when I can’t think of what to have for dinner outside… or just when I crave for a home cooked meal.

Bacon Aglio Olio for Dinner
Bacon Aglio Olio for Dinner

Since it was a summer evening, the sun doesn’t set so early, which is why you still see sunlight from the window of our apartment! Anyway my day wasn’t all just spent at home for I had great fun taking photos out at Granville Island during sunset before I went to prepare tonight’s dinner. With the weather being great and today as a public holiday, the crowds were there in Granville Island Public Market. There was people performing, youngsters canoeing, couples dating, tourists cruising, families enjoying the day out and photographers like me happily taking shots.

Canoeing by Burrard Bridge
Canoeing by Burrard Bridge

Besides the scenery available, there was also shots of birds especially seagulls one could take in Granville Island. And the best part is how these animals seem so keen to have their photos taken.

Seagull at Granville Island
Seagull at Granville Island

Granville Island isn’t exactly an island detached from Vancouver as it is joined and is located right below Granville Bridge. The place is one of Vancouver’s tourist destination, but also a nice place to have a stroll for locals as it offers plenty of waterfront dining options and a place to get some fresh meats and vegetables, as there is really a public market at this place. The great vantage point to view downtown Vancouver and 2 of the city’s most prolific bridge just come as a bonus!

Granville Bridge linking Vancouver and Downtown
Granville Bridge linking Vancouver and Downtown
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