August has been a heady, sweaty, lazy month. This steamy Vancouver weather calls for beer cans covered in beads of condensation, spicy homemade salsas, and a good balance of both soaking up sunshine and dozing by a fan. I’ve missed recapping the last few months, as I’ve hastened to keep up with school and work, and feted for my beautiful pals’ beautiful wedding. Days simply slipped past in a blur, and suddenly it’s August. I’m looking forward to baking and reading on cozy, rainy days come autumn; for now though, let’s just enjoy the little moments that have made this summer special with an August recap.
Visual | Vancouver Mural Festival. Duh! This was a beautiful event, and I am gobsmacked by the wealth of talent in this city. In an art form that is often quite anonymous, it’s also been wonderful to become familiar with the artists behind the murals. Search #ArtTakesOver on Instagram to see some gorgeous snaps, or get outside to see the murals yourself!
Audible | The Derevolutions. I stumbled upon this band on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist, and they are amazing. Their 2015 self-titled album is 100 percent my jam, with catchy hooks and beats, a lil’ whistling and a lil’ rapping, and expertly layered genre mixing. This has been my go-to soundtrack when biking, working, reading — basically, whatever the activity, this is the playlist.
Edible | Homemade chocolate. OK, this stuff is dangerous. The recipe, via Thug Kitchen, is dead-easy and too dang tasty. Simply melt chocolate (microwave or double-boiler style), toss in a spoonful of coconut oil, throw in some nuts, mix thoroughly, plop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool, and sprinkle with a little sea salt. You can cool this chocolate in the freezer and fridge, like I did, if you are too eager to sample these delicious creations. These were absolutely delectable with the nuts I had laying around (almonds, pistachios, and walnuts). I am also excited to try out different chocolate mixes: sea salt and grated lime peel; popcorn; fruits both dried and fresh. Give me your sweet, salty, savoury, spicy, or any combination therein. Why not host a chocolate-making party, or DIY your gifts for Christmas and Valentine’s Day?