As my birthday is fast approaching (this week!), instead of feeling impeding doom of turning yet another year older. I grateful that I am around to celebrate!!! I’ll be 31 and am excited about it. Why you may ask? Well, I honestly don’t think 31 is old. I won’t think 41, 51, 61, 71, 81 or 91 will be either (or any age I may be lucky enough to be graced with). And it may have something to do with the fact of how my parents treated birthdays as I was growing up. Like the most AWESOME freakin’ day EVER! My dad would always get up early and make me my favourite breakfast in the whole world (french toast – from scratch and he had a special recipe that was so good that you didn’t need to add maple syrup on – it was tasty all on it’s own!). My mom would also get up early to string up streamers and blow up balloons and layer confetti everywhere. We’d spend the day swimming in our pool, bbq’ing for lunch and going out to my favourite restaurant for dinner. And there were presents and cake & ice cream. How could you not love that?!
Although my tastes have changed since then (I really should try to make a vegan & gf french toast recipe though), I still think the day is fun to celebrate. And although my hubby is not the type of person to get as excited about things as I do (come to think of it, 99% of people don’t haha), he tries to make the day special for me. As my birthday falls in the middle of the week, we decided to celebrate it this past Saturday and he took me out to Danville, CA. It’s a super cute little town with little shops and is relaxed and a great place to take a day trip.
Very pretty with all of the green mountains in the background – it was beautiful. Kind of wishing we would have brought our bikes… we need a hitch on our car for our bikes.
I actually would love to live here. It’s just so cute, very small-townish. But it would be quite a commute for Terry to get to work. Ah well, nice for visiting.
Our first stop was the Farmer’s Market. This is probably one of my favourite things to do, I love seeing all of the fresh produce and checking out the different vendors.
And wouldn’t you know it, we found some vendors of interest other than produce:
We loved this juice vendor. They were super friendly & had great tasting juice. We tried the Caribbean Sun Dance and it was quite tasty!
I loved this sign they had outside of their stall:
Words to live by =)
The juice was good and really hit the spot on such a hot day, but I’ve been fortunate to come across fresh juice at most markets. What really impressed me was a vendor called Yogi’s Cooking:
Look at all of that deliciousness! Everything was vegan! And everything was gluten-free (aside from their samosas). We tried their peach basil chutney and it was amazing! It blew us away. It was light and refreshing. Sadly, we hadn’t thought to bring a cooler bag with us, so we weren’t able to take any home We had to settle for having some pakoras as a snack:
They had medium & mild, and they let us mix our order so we could have half & half as Terry likes spice and I’m not a fan. I was excited to learn they have a vendor in San Francisco though, so I will definitely have to check them out. I love how their food is healthful and free of scary-sounding ingredients and tasty too! Check this out from their website:
*We support local and organic farmers.
*Our food comes in reusable and recyclable containers.
*Our cuisine is Vegan primarily Gluten Free
I love this =) You can check them out here: Yogi’s Cooking for further information.
After our snack, we thought we’d take a stroll and noticed there was a trail right next to the market.
This gave me and Terry a little chuckle as there used to be a trail by the same name in our old hometown Kitchener, ON.
Then we grabbed lunch at Whole Foods and checked out the local art museum. There was one piece I particularly liked. The artist had taken pages from their journals over the years and created a life-size papier mâché person out of it. Very cool… their thoughts were pretty profound.
We walked around town for a bit and then decided to head home. But not before grabbing some dessert to go =D
I didn’t manage to snap a better picture – sorry! They were devoured pretty quickly. I was surprised to find a bakery that had some vegan & gluten-free cupcakes! Miglet’s is a devoted gluten-free bakery that happens to have some vegan baked goods as well. Terry tried the red velvet, which was pretty good, but that flavour isn’t really my favourite. I got a pina colada and it was INSANELY GOOD!!!! I will definitely be going back.
What a great way to celebrate! I have a pretty great husband =) This is Part I of my post, the rest will go up next Monday after I celebrate with my friends.
Oh, before I go though – check out the super cute birthday care packages I got:
My mom sent me a book (and apparently has a few more things but is saving them as she’d like to give them to me in person when she sees me next) and my sister sent me vegan nailpolish – how cool is that?
And my friend’s children sent me a home-made, hand-drawn card with this t-shirt. It is now known as my favourite t-shirt, otherwise known as THE BEST T-SHIRT. EVER.