She Don’t Cook Mashed Potatoes

Happy Blogmas day 21 everyone!  I apologize for missing the last few days but with the holidays approaching, and a bit of an ice storm where I live, there were many more important things to tend to rather than this blog (as much as I love it)

I was planning on skipping Day 20 regardless…I was to talk of a difficult time during my life and since it is the holidays I didn’t want to dwell on the sad stuff…so moving on!

Day 21 – My ten favourite foods!

This is most likely the hardest thing for me to narrow down only because I absolutely love food. LOVE IT!  More on this on Day 23!  Because this is difficult I am going to try to focus on the top 10 things I have loved at restaurants…mostly from when I was in Australia…

1.  My five course dinner I had at Stefano’s in Mildura, VIC.  Everything was delicious but one of the courses stood out to me…there was a lamb dish done three ways that was out of this world…I wasn’t a huge eater of lamb before I went to Australia but now it’s one of my favourites! http://www.stefano.com.au

2.  Move from Mildura to Melbourne…where I have eaten some of the best food (and definitely the best coffee) of my life…I had this amazing cauliflower dish at a restaurant called Cumulus…it consisted of creamy roasted cauliflowers in some sort of truffle cream.  OH MY GOD it was so good!!  http://cumulusinc.com.au

3.  Still in Melbourne and one of the first restaurants I ate at called Coda.  Super cool joint with this amazing mozzarella and pea salad…so delish.  One of the best salads I have ever had. http://www.codarestaurant.com.au

4.  Back to North America…NYC…ate at Momofuko Ssam Bar and had the most delicious pork buns.  I had never had anything like it before and they were amazing.  I could have eaten 100 of them.  http://momofuku.com/new-york/ssam-bar/

5.  Moama, NSW…just around the corner from where I lived for 6 months was a lovely winery where I had my first ever “bubbles and squeak”…it was a pork chop dish with bubbles and squeak and it was amazing.  I would have licked my plate if I could have!

6. Chicago, IL….Table 52…Fried Green Tomatoes.  All I can say is I was in heaven.  HEAVEN!!!!!  http://www.tablefifty-two.com

7.  Momofuko again…this time dessert…I am not a fan of chocolate per se so when we asked our server what dessert to get and he mentioned this chocolate dish I was very meh about it…I ate my indifference that’s for sure! Best dessert I have ever had. Some chocolate mousse with plum jelly candies or something…it was sweet and sour and amazing.

8.  Alcohol counts as food??  It does when it’s made with avocado!  La Jolla, CA at an amazing restaurant called Whisknladle I had the best cocktail I have ever had…London’s Burning…gin, avocado juice, lime and jalapeños…sounds disgusting…try it!  http://www.whisknladle.com

9.  Back to Cumulus in Melbourne…I think this was my favourite stop on my food journey while there…just like lamb, duck was never high on my list of things to order.  I now know better…much better!  Duck on a bed of whole grain/seed mix…doesn’t sound great but trust me…it was!

10. Last but definitely not least…Mexican…It is my favourite “genre” of food…does food have genres?!  I ate at a cool place in Melbourne called Mamasita…delish.  We did have tacos and tostaditas but it was definitely not taco bell!  http://www.mamasita.com.au

I know Canada has some amazing restaurants as well but I just haven’t had the opportunity (or have been with someone) who loves exploring food as much as I do…sorry it wasn’t a true “these are my favourite foods” list…but it is so much more interesting this way I think…when I eat amazing food I love to share!

What are some of your favourite places to eat?  Where have you had the best meal of your life?!!

Hugs and Love!

Can You Show Me What I Still Can’t See

Bolgmas Day 18!!!!!!!!!!!!

The meaning behind your Blog name.

I am currently in love.

Not with a person but with a place.

Australia.  It’s a love affair I’ve had for as long as I can remember and has only gotten stronger over the years.

I had the opportunity to live in Australia less than two years ago.  Not as a young holiday worker but as a mature, out of work, leave of absence adventurer…and my love grew deeper.

Saying goodbye to my life here, I took a chance over there for six months.  In order to be able to keep those who were interested in my adventures in the loop I decided to (try to) keep a blog.  The biggest mistake was that I didn’t bring my laptop and was stuck updating on a mobile device…which, while doable, was not very practical…so I was rubbish at it.  But when deciding on a domain/web page name Upsidedowncanuck seemed appropriate…I was a Canadian in the land “down under”… (for those not in the know…Canadians are often referred to as Canucks)

And now I embark on a bigger/longer journey…with my laptop, a new camera and some burgeoning video editing skills which will help make my new adventures much more exciting!

Hugs and Love

 

 

Take All of Your Wasted Honor

Blogmas Day 16!!!!!!!

What is at the top of your bucket list?!

I made it to my previous top in the Summer of 2011 when I landed in Sydney, Australia…I NEVER thought I’d get there, to Australia I mean.  It was that one over-reaching accomplishment I wanted so much but never thought I’d actually get to do…I actually shed a few tears on the plane as soon as I saw Australia come in to view on my first trip out…(now just look at me…)

In the time that has passed, though, my bucket list has changed…yes I still want to travel, London and Ireland are huge on my travel bucket list…but in terms of priorities on my list I’d have to say starting my own family is pretty much at the top.  I feel like I am pretty content with where I am in life (in general) and the only thing that could make it better, to top it off if you will, is to have an attempt at my own little family.

One day 😉

What’s on your bucket list?

Hugs and love

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I have the best friends in the world.  Fact.

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In just under three months I will be on a plane, moving half way across the world to live, and work, for an entire year in Australia.  (For those not in the know, I applied for a teaching exchange and completely lucked out and was placed back in the area I was located almost two years ago.)  When I was applying, I was thinking only of myself.  I missed the country so much and ached for the weather and the views I had fallen in love with so deeply.  I wasn’t putting much thought into anything other than how much I wanted to go back.  I knew I’d be leaving family and friends for a year but it seemed like no big deal…what an idiot I am…

I was reminded today that my adventure is not all about me.  I am leaving behind so many amazing people and so much love.  My life is incredibly blessed with wonderful individuals who I have the honour to call my friends.

I’ve been feeling poorly for quite some time…the longest I can ever remember.  I was out running some errands and when I got home there was a sweet little care package waiting on my doorstep from one of my closest friends and her two little ones.  It was full of everything one would need when sick…soup, magazines and of course a tasty yummy treat…but more importantly it was full of love.

I’m just realizing now how hard being away from my friends will be.  I might not get to see every one of them as much as I wish I could (different careers, living in different cities…etc) but they are always close by.  Not having a girls night in or a Sunday brunch with my favourite people for an entire year is fully setting in.  The last time I went over to Oz I was gone for only six months and my Frister and I couldn’t stop crying when we were reunited….I realize now that my friends will miss me just as much as I will miss them and I feel badly for putting them in that position….but I know that regardless of the miles, and hours, between us they will be held close in my heart and only a Skype call away!

Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported, and tolerated, my craziness for as long as you have known me.  I couldn’t be as adventurous as I am without the safety net of love and support I get from all of you.

Love and huge, HUGE, hugs.

xox

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