Friday Faves xi

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s been a few weeks since my last little compilation of things I’ve been loving and I felt like another round-up was in order! Hope there are a couple things on the list that you’re as happy to have stumbled upon as I was.

1. Végépâté

My roommate let me try a bit of her Vegepate the other day and I am so indebted to her. I basically sprinted to the grocery store to get my own. I’m not usually big on imitation meats, mostly because they usually have ingredient lists the length of a Fruit Roll-Up (holy moly remember those?!) But this one I could make in my own kitchen and it sort of tastes like stuffing to me (AKA spreadable heaven). I’ve been loving it on toast and can’t wait to do more experimenting with it!


Ingredients: Sunflower Seeds, Unbleached White Flour, Onions, Canola Oil, Carrots,
Potatoes, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Soy Sauce, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Spices. 

2. Article about Justin Trudeau’s Wife

I can’t comment on the credibility of the info in this article, but assuming it’s all true, it was really interesting to learn a bit about our new ‘first lady’.

And also, a question to my lovely American readers: have you guys been hearing much about the recent Canadian election and the change of government that ensued? I’ve been really curious about that lately, and wondering how much of our biggest news gets sifted down to you.

3. Dates + Nut/Seed Butter + Chocolate Chips

This combo had totally fallen off my radar but made a come-back into my life this week. Such a satisfying little post-meal bite.


4. Obama’s “Wedding Crashing”

Alright so the title of this article is a bit misleading – from what I understand, the couple found out that Obama was golfing at their wedding venue and hunted him down. Sort of reverse wedding crashing?! ha. But they snagged a pretty sweet photo to flash around at dinner parties!

Obama Crashing

5. Google Docs

I feel like most people probably know about this but I have to mention it just in case you don’t! Google Docs is a feature that allows multiple people to work on the same document at the same time. So you can be collaborating with people – whether they’re sitting right next to you or across town from you – and see what they’re typing as they type it. It eliminates the headache of having to send each other a million updated copies of everything and just makes teamwork such an easier process. So thankful for its existence!

Google Docs

6. Getting Ready with the Morning News 

Since moving out I’ve felt a little bit out of touch with the news because I don’t have a commute in a vehicle that makes radio-listening an easy option, nor do I have my parents’ daily paper to scan as I pass it. But in the last couple weeks, I’ve figured out a routine that works really well for me and it’s streaming the morning news as I do my hair and make-up. It adds some divertissement to the getting-ready process and I leave for the day feeling a bit more in tune with what’s going on. Win-win.


7. This Nutrition Advice

And I’ll leave you with this little tidbit that really cracked me up.

Diet Advice

Ahhh another weekend upon us! My biggest fave this Friday is that my mom is making her way to town for another little weekend visit and I am so excited to bask in her company.

Hope you have lots to look forward to in the next couple days.

Is there anything you’ve been loving lately?! 

19 thoughts on “Friday Faves xi

  1. Haha that last one! I will be sharing that with my professor who always talks about America being the worst.
    I read a small blurb about the Canadian election- a liberal won out, right? Canada is viewed a giant peaceful country that never makes trouble according to Americans. :D
    Also, I love the idea of screening the news while getting ready! Way to multitask.
    Happy Weekend!


  2. Your last picture was really interesting and very thought-provoking. When I lived in France, I realized that Parisians DO eat more fat theoretically than North Americans – from cheese to steak to fries. But they eat it in smaller amounts and less frequently. Also, French food is prepared so freshly, and never contain preservatives. Shopping in a French grocery store was like being in Whole Foods or another Canadian natural food store. It was really interesting for me to walk around and see aisle after aisle of cookies and breads that were made of simply buckwheat flour, leaveners, butter, and herbs/spices or sugar. No stabilizers, artificial colours, or emulsifiers!
    So in my opinion, it definitely has to do with the quality of the food. Pure, chemical-free food is best for your body without a doubt.

    Plus genetics. Everything is because of genetics :) Maybe the American gene pool got unlucky?


    • That’s super interesting. I think North America could learn a lot from the French in that regard. More isn’t always better! And yeah genetics are certainly HUGE. It’s so hard to make definitive correlations between health and lifestyle since we all metabolize things so differently. What are you majoring in again, Cindy? I just realized that I don’t know!

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      • I’m in Kinesiology :) I chose Kin because much of it is based on anatomy, and I have courses in anatomy, neuroscience, and sociology + psychology. My biggest goal is to be a doctor and I actually want to go to med school at McGill! Or UBC :)
        Next year I will minor in nutrition, because the medical field is not going to be easy. My backup plan is to become a dietitian, which is still something I really want to do!
        I think I already told you that McGill’s nutrition program was my first choice! I just love the city and have heard excellent things about the program :)


  3. I have not heard anything about Canadian elections where I live in the U.S.

    I mentioned something about our elections to my Canadian friend that lives in Ottawa and she said she didn’t think Canadian elections were nearly as interesting as our U.S. elections….she felt Canadian elections were dull as compared to U.S. elections so she follows U.S. elections more closely because they are much more entertaining.

    I am sick with a terrible upper respiratory issue….it has been going around here recently.

    Have a great weekend Jacklyn, I am going to try to. :)


    • Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope you’re doing alright.
      I can definitely see why your friend would feel that way about the elections. Although I personally found this one quite intriguing because the result was pretty up in the air in the weeks leading up to the big day.
      Feel better, Randy – I’ll be thinking of you!


  4. I haven’t heard about the election in Canada, but as a disclaimer, I do have a toddler and tend to get a little behind on the news.
    Those dates + nut butter + chocolate chips looks like the perfect dessert! I will have to replicate that soon!
    I love that quote at the bottom! It sounds plausible to me!
    Have a great weekend!


  5. I have heard alot about the Canadian elections here in the US! It was on the nightly news, there was an article in the newspaper – and it was a headline. I’ve read several articles online too. So I guess the news is out there but it depends if you’re interested in current events.


  6. I’ve never seen Végépâté (and really enjoyed typing that because I got to use four ALT + numbers combinations to get the accents to show…word nerd lol!) but if it tastes anything like stuffing…I’m in! I wonder if it’s available in Manitoba…I’ll need to check that out. Thanks for a great Friday Faves (loved that last chuckle) and have a fabulous weekend :)


  7. I love that nutrition advice, I saw it on facebook this week haha! Just goes to show that a lot of what goes on in our body is sometimes determined by our genetics, and not just what we eat, we aren’t all exactly the same and we need to take that into account! I’ve never thought of eating dates like that, what an interesting combo!


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