Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Niagara Falls in Winter

I left the blog again for a few days, because I was working the whole weekend, so I didn't have time to write ;)

This is one of the post that I owed you, Niagara Falls in winter!!! So far I've been there in winter, spring and summer. Without autumn I can say that summer is the most special because you can ride the Maid of the Mist, and winter is the most amazing because you can see this!!!

But be carefull and use a LOT of warm layers because it gets 3 times colder near the falls!! :)

Thursday, 19 March 2009

World Baseball Classic 2009

Another thing we were really fortunate to witness was the World Baseball Classic 2009 that was held in different parts of the world. It was divided in 4 groups that played in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Our amazing group C was Italy, USA, Canada and Venezuela and they played here in Toronto!! 6 great games we had the opportunity to see in person!! :D

The first day was saturday with 2 games, Canada vs USA at 2pm and Italy vs Venezuela at 8pm. You can see here that the Canada vs USA game was FULL!!

But then Venezuela vs Italy didn't have many people, same as the rest of the games the rest of the week. The next game was on Sunday at 8pm, and then we had the rest of the games monday, tuesday and wednesday after work :$ So we would be running from work, to the baseball game, to take the bus home and sleep to repeat again the next day xD at the end I was just a liiiitle bit tired... umm... I was awfully tired and couldn't keep my eyes open hahaha

We won the first place in group C and now the next games are played in USA. But not only the satisfaction of winning but also the energy of the games was the amazing part. Sharing with other venezuelans at the stadium, singing and chanting, and feeling a very nice part of your country next to you, that was priceless.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Discovering the art of cooking

When I was living in Venezuela, we were 6 people in my house, my mum and dad, Igor and my sisters. All of them cooked, all of them knew how and would storm in the kitchen if you were doing something and start saying what you were doing wrong :p

So I didn't cook, I didn't want to go through all that, so I just did at home coffee, arepas, pasta and rice, that was my whole repertoir when we were talking about food, and when I was alone and had to cook for myself it was pretty much a mess ^-^

So I moved to Canada and had Igor cook all the time, I didn't want to try something and hear him say that it wasn't good or just not eat it. The thing is that I wanted things that he didn't want to do, and that's how I decided to try a few things ;)

I don't have pictures of everything but I first started with a tuna, spinach and mozarella dish that I learned from my parents, and altough Igor doesn't like tuna or spinach, he liked it so much that I can do it at least once a month and he'll eat happily :D

Then I did some potatos similar to french fries but in the oven and with oregano, that I saw on tv, it turned out to be pretty good! Igor loved them!! Next I tried some stuffed mushrooms and it was a nice surprise that it turned out to be so good that now Igor asks for them from time to time :D

As you can see, he is my yummy measure, he is really picky, so if he likes something, it is good!... My next one was thanks to a friend that told me his Risotto recipe while having lunch, and just from hearing it, I could reproduce it and I think is one of my best ones so far :)

A few weeks later I had a potluck lunch at work and had to take something from my country, and we decided that a quesillo would be good! So I went to a friend's house and she taught me how to do it, the result: Amazing!!

And the last one of my tries so far, has to do with me wanting sugar. I'm insulin resistant so I can't eat too much sugar and as you know that is not impossible but you have to be carefull. I wanted carrot muffins but the ones you buy or the ones that the mix is ready, they all come with sugar; so I looked for the recipe in Internet, changed a few things and did them with Splenda, and they turned out yuuuuuummmmyyyy :D

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Ice Festival 2009

I've been away from the blogger world for a long time, no reading, no writing, no commenting, but hopefully I'll be coming back in the next few days, I know a lot of you miss me :)

Too many things have happened in the last few weeks, but I should tell you from now that what kept me away from my blog was my job reviews. I know, is not the biggest thing, but I never said it was something too important or huge; the truth is that the reviews had me completely away, I could only think of them, I knew it was going to be good, but my salary raise would be discussed there too, that was what had me worried. The result? I can't tell you yet ^^ Although I had my review, I don't know how many people at my work read my blog ;)

One of the best things we've done this weeks, was on February 21st, since Igor and I were celebrating 7 years together :) (as boyfriends + married) and went to the Ice Festival 2009 :D

You could see a lot of people working on their sculptures from the very beginning, as an giant ice cube, or you could see them with a shape already.

And if you stayed long enough, you could see the result :)

Beside the contestants, there were some pretty amazing ice sculptures that were already done and have no idea who did them!! ^^

And although the cold was a little harsh, it was pretty much a very beautiful experience ;)