Food: homemade CEVICHE

Nothing says summer quite like a good homemade ceviche with an ice cold beer.             But since I don’t have a recipe for beer how about sangria instead?

 Ceviche hails from Equador and Peru and is very popular in Mexico.  It basically consists of pristine raw fish mixed with lime and finished with chillies, onions, tomato, avocado and other fruit.

Ceviche Recipe:

Halibut with jalapeño, tomatoes, cilantro & lime juice. Served with sliced avocados, olives, capers & red onion on the side.

Pour 1 ½ cups of fresh lime juice (from 10 limes) and ½ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange) into an 8-inch square baking dish.  Arrange 1 ¼ pounds of firm white fish such as halibut, scallops, rock fish or red snapper fillet, (I used Halibut) skin removed, and cut into ¼ inch slices in a single layer in dish.  Fish should be completely covered in juice.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until fish is opaque throughout, about four hours.  Drain fish well, discard marinade.

Divide fish among four plates.  In a large bowl combine 1 Cup grape tomatoes (halved), ¼  cup thinly sliced red onion, 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped, roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil.  Season to taste with coarse salt and ground pepper.  Serve fish topped with salad,  sliced avocado and lime wedges alongside.  Serves 4

For a nice touch you can serve the ceviche in scallop bowls.

Have salsa, guacamole & cut up limes for garnish.  Serve with tortilla chips of your liking.



The following recipe is from Toronto’s L’Eat Catering – the ultimate Sangria!

fresh & fun fruit garnishes

This is the “best” Sangria recipe I’ve come across. Mixing most of the ingredients and letting them macerate overnight allows the flavors of the fruit and spices to emerge beautifully.  Any dry, full-bodied red wine can be used.

1 bottle full-bodied red wine

Half a stick of cinnamon

3 cloves

1 medium orange, thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

1 lime, thinly sliced

5-6 medium sized strawberries, thinly sliced

2 oz. brandy

2 oz. peach schnapps

2 oz. Grand Marnier (or triple sec)

lemon-flavored pop

In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients except the pop and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, fill a glass or wine goblet ¾ full and top with pop.  Serves 10

Scene in the City – and what a scene it was!

ZOMBIE WALK – downtown Vancouver

I’ve only heard about it before this.  Sometimes I feel like a zombie but Saturday was my very first Zombie experience as an observer only.

It began at the Vancouver Art Gallery and continued all the way down Robson Street towards Denman & then along Beach Ave.  What a nightmare!

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What are you looking at?
Can you zip me up?

A zombie walk by definition is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie (monster like) costumes.  And it’s not even Halloween.

Zombie walks have become relatively common in large cities, especially in North America, often becoming annual traditions.   Usually taking place in an urban center, the participants make their way around the city streets and through shopping malls to a public space (or a series of taverns in the case of a zombie pub crawl) in a somewhat orderly fashion.

These guys were weaving through traffic (which slowed down for the event) and scaring tourists on open tour buses.  What an unexpected surprise???

Somebody get me a bloody Mary!

Zombie Survival Handbook

You don’t scare me Darth Vader!
What’s he doing here anyway?


Somebody get me a Bloody Mary!

AWay with Words – colorful quotes and words of wisdom

Canine Cutes:

In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.

To err is human: To forgive, canine.  ~ Anonymous

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why ~Author Unknown

 If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them ~Phil Pastoret

 If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either.”  – Unknown

A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of  life.              -Bob Barker

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.        Ann Landers

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  ~Author Unknown

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”   ― Mark Twain

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  ~Roger Caras

B Well – little healthful tidbits that go a long way

Have you heard?

A simple banana could help control the effect of sodium on your body?  Apparently it’s true!

By now we’re all aware that bananas are rich in potassium – the mineral that helps regulate sodium.  But what are the benefits?

A banana a day may help lower blood pressure, prevent your arteries from clogging, reduce your risk of stroke and help keep your heart healthy and strong.  That’s a lot of boasting for one piece of fruit.

So remember: A banana a day helps keep the salt away!

One more thing……..there’s something you should know about Alka-Seltzer, sodium, and your blood pressure.  The ad says “plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it isBUT

….Alka-Seltzer Effervescent Tablets have a high sodium content and can increase your blood pressure.  Maybe you can try peppermint oil if you have tummy trouble instead.  It’s a natural product and is said to improve symptoms in three out of four people.  At least it’s something to consider.

my pick for keeping up with the latest health protocols:

Transforming Health with Brad King live every Wednesday at noon (pacific time) and 3:00 p.m. (EST) on “Voice America” the #1 internet radio station in North America.  You’ll be listening to some of the most interesting & helpful interviews with leading health professionals.  Link: Healthy Living Channel

My personal pinboard…. picture this!

 Please HELP me VOTE for :

I can really act.  Here i’m pretending to be a cow.

 Fido Casting Call 2*

With your help, Jia Jia could appear in a Fido ad. Plus, Fido is donating $ 1 for every vote to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, up to $ 200,000. Check out this pooch’s Casting Sheet and vote every day at

To locate Jia Jia just scroll down to where it says “search for a dog” and “choose dog breed” – Shetland Sheepdog.  Click on Jia Jia to cast your vote.  Thanks for your support.

Confessions of a dogaholic – Part one

This sheltie is special because………….

He wears the socks I buy him even if he doesn’t want to
Sets new fashion trends by wearing a feather hair extension




Wears many hats
Likes to appear tough sometimes wearing a hoody



Chose this raincoat himself
He loves “Ophelia’s” in Sarasota, Florida.     They have the best yappy hour menu items   to choose from.



Ophelia’s has the best daily specials of any restaurant he’s been to.

*Fido is a Canadian cellular phone company.


INtrigue INsider – feature product of the week

I want to be in the “MILITARY”………JACKET!

Debbie – goes with just about anything.  Shown with Piper shirt.

Garbe Military Jacket – It’s all in the details.

Monique – The military is a true classic & here to stay.  Shown with basic legging.
Natalia – you can take it anywhere.  Shown with piper shirt & seam leggings.

Two way front zipper, hidden hood and raw seams are just a few of the details on this feminine impeccably tailored jacket.

We have yet to come across a more attractive looking military style jacket.

Available in two styles: Cotton Canvas/Organic Cotton Lining in classic Army Green as seen above.


European cotton blend in lightweight soft chintz fabric/cotton lining in Coal (see below).

cotton chintz adds some sheen in this lightweight fabric.  shown with biko shirt & VIV pants.

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One thing to another – transform this!

Handy home décor ideas from yard sales.

How do you turn a mirror into a frame?

Pretty easily.  We came across this large rattan frame which was actually a broken mirror at a yard sale.  You never know what you’re going to find! The original owners threw it away because the centre mirror got broken so they had no more use for it.  They told us just to take it.

Not that you will always come across objects like this but if you do then think about what else can be done with them.

It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for to frame my photograph of elephants taken at the Nairobi elephant orphanage – an extraordinary place.  We just had to take it to a framing shop to get matting and glass installed.  Now it has become a unique frame for a special photograph.




While we’re on the subject of yard sales people always get rid of old vases.  You can pick them up for next to nothing so take advantage of that.

Think about it – buy whatever you can and stock up on them.  For your next hostess gift you can bring flowers in a vase. It looks elegant and it’s more convenient for the hostess. She then doesn’t have to search around to find a vase, cut and arrange the flowers while busy doing other things.

Simple and Satisfying

Simply Salmon – a healthy, quick & very tasty salmon dish using pineapple butter.

Remember the herb butter from a few posts back?  Well I’ve been going crazy with processing different kinds.  For this recipe I used pineapple/coconut butter which was delicious on the salmon filet – like something you’d get in the Caribbean.

Tarragon butter on potatoes & steamed spinach

½ cup of unsalted butter, a few tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (first liquidated in the microwave for 30 seconds) and a few slices of ripe sweet pineapple.  Blend or put in food processor until smooth.  Refrigerate and freeze what you don’t use right away.

The salmon was cooked on the barbeque with just a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper until near done.  When ready top the salmon with a liberal amount of the butter or to taste and let it melt in on barbeque. You can then add some lime or hot sauce too.

For Omega 3’s – you can eat the crispy skin.

Barbeque tip – put filet on the barbeque skin side down.  The meat will naturally separate from the skin. When it’s done you remove the filet from the heat using a thin metal spatula.  Remove crispy skin remaining on barbeque with a fork.  Eat immediately – It’s delicious and full of vitamins.

Scene in the City

The Next Top Dog

Hopefuls lined up yesterday at a downtown dog park for a one chance shot to star in the next Fido Ad.  The open casting call did not discriminate against all breeds or ages and there were many promising specimens in sight but only ONE will be chosen.  Who has what it takes?  Which one of you lucky dogs will be the next Face of Fido?

I’m too nervous to look over at my competition.



Treats, bandanas & soft drinks were handed out while waiting in line.  May the best dog win.

Look i’m telling you, you can do this.
He’s so trying to distract me but i’m not going for it.
Have you seen anything cuter than me huh?
My owner talked me into it – I don’t know what he was thinking, look around man!
Me is pretty, me is smart, me is good.
They’ll just have to meet me then they’ll see.
Don’t bother coming it’s a zoo over here.
when they get to me it will be GAME OVER.
They always save the BEST for last!  I’m really not a dog though i’m a Sheltie.

AWay with Words

Mindful quotes:

Community:  If thoughts are water droplets, then the Mind is springwater, and Intellect is the flowing stream joining a mighty river of Awareness, which finally merges into the Ocean Of Consciousness.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
Luther Burbank

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
Doug Larson

Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to.  But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough.  Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.  ~Victoria Glendining

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.  ~Author Unknown

Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls:  all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.  ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers