No assistantship required today, so I’m going to Reader to Reader! 🙂

Today is also the birth of the BucketListCrew. How well will we fare?

Breakfast:

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Blended frozen pineapples, blueberries & mango chunks topped w/cracked black pepper

Lunch at Reader to Reader:

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Salad w/various cheeses, avocado, bell peppers & chili pepper

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Pistachio & white chocolate butter cookies, from Dennis

These were so good! Why have I never seen them at Trader Joe’s?! (Actually, probably a good thing I’ve never seen them at TJ’s.)

Dinner at Banh Mi Saigon, Northhampton, MA:

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Vegan egg rolls

Not terrible, but my mom makes better veggie egg rolls.

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Vegan pho (soybean meatroll, tofu, beancurd strips, vegan beef soy protein, julienne carrots, baby bok choy)

I’m impressed by the flavourful broth and well-imitated meats. Definitely not just a veggie noodle soup, which is why I’m always hesitant when I get a pho craving. It’s good and I would eat it again, but the banh mi look so goddamn delicious that I wanted to order one the entire time. Too bad I couldn’t have both the pho and banh mi.

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First consumptions by the BucketList Crew!

Jeannette is still raving about the banh mi. I know what my next order will be.

Samples at Cookie.Works — Thornes Marketplace, Northhampton, MA:

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Double brownie fudge (2) — salted pretzel cookies (2)

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Lemon poppy cookies (3)

So many samples from such a delicious (and apparently healthy) bakery. I’m obsessed. Tomorrow is their grand opening and I’m definitely checking it out. The owners/bakers are so nice as well and they ship their cookies out! Guess who just became a devoted customer? 😉

My favourite has to be the brownie; I felt so sinful eating these fudgy morsels and yet I couldn’t stop. The lemon poppy were also delectable and would have gone so well with a cup of tea. I wasn’t a big fan of the salted pretzel because of the texture; the pretzels should have been chopped up, but the flavour was great! If you haven’t caught on yet, TRY THIS PLACE.

Dessert at Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, Northhampton, MA:

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Sylvia & Jeannette’s chocolate pb ice cream (had a few spoonfuls)

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Kahula ice cream (gave some to the group)

A lot icier than I remember! The flavours were spot-on though.

Late Night Talks at Dobrá Tea, Northhampton, MA:

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Ginger pu-erh tea

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Ginger pu-erh, two white teas and a yerba mate to ring in the night.

The cutest place! I had such a great time with Christina, Jeannette and Sylvia; we ended up staying here for two and a half hours. When I have my own house, I want a little nook with cushions like this so I can enjoy some tea in utter serenity. The potency of the ginger pu-erh also added to the calm ambiance thanks to the heat kick after every sip. Can’t believe I have not been in here before!