June on Planet Byn {2018}

by byn on June 30, 2018

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Summer arrived in full effect this month, and I really tried to make the most of it! Here’s what I was up to on the foodie front:

  • My friend Nicole and I met up for lunch at Mary Be Kitchen. This is a super cute, healthy, fast casual style restaurant opened up by my old blog crush Sarah, from Kiwi & Bean! How it works is that you pick from a list of proteins and sides (warm and cool options) to fashion your ideal plate. I went with chicken with salsa verde, plus warm roasted sweet potatoes and a cool cabbage caesar. I also had a hibiscus iced tea to drink and a double chocolate tahini cookie that was calling my name. Everything was fresh and tasty, and if I worked in that neighbourhood, I would be there all the time!
  • I tagged along with Heather and Ashley to the Elora Brewing Company, where I fell in love with this beer called Lodestar, which is a sour ale with pink guava and a cute octopus on the label! I brought a few home and am saving them for hot afternoons on my balcony.
  • My hairstylist requested a Unicorn Cake for her own birthday and I happily made another one. Loved the way this one turned out with some yellow in the mix, and I felt like the eyes were even better on this one:

Unicorn 2.0

  • I made these Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies for my friend at work for her birthday and they did NOT look as cute as the picture with the crackle-y tops. I apologized to her because they were so homely looking (especially since her birthday treat last year was this Sprinkle Loaf!) but made up for it with the pro-tip to use the cookies (which were so fudgey and chewy) to make ice cream sandwiches. She loved that idea and has been reporting back with all the ice cream flavours she’s tried – her fave so far is pistachio!
  • My old co-worker Shane is moving back to Calgary, and had all of us over for a pre-Canada Day BBQ. This was the party I made the Margarita Cupcakes for last year, so this year I switched it up and made Mojito Cupcakes. They had fresh mint, rum and lime juice in the cupcake and they got rave reviews, but weren’t as good as the Marg Cupcakes in my opinion.
  • Jenny had us all over for a BBQ and pool party and we finished the night with her epic S’mores Bar! This is one of my favourite summer traditions! (Pictured up top)
  • I actually made a couple things from the ol’ Planet Byn archives this month: Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Crisp, Spring Quinoa Salad, and Crispy Goat Cheese Salad.

Other non-foodie things I was obsessed with this month:

  • This month I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is the book that the movie Love, Simon is based on. It was so cute and I loved it so much I read the sequel, Leah on the Offbeat.
  • Is this the most boring season of The Bachelorette ever? I guess that’s up for debate, but obviously I’m still watching and Wills is my favourite!
  • I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I have to be honest and say I was underwhelmed by Ocean’s Eight. I think I just overhyped it up in my mind, but there was not enough Mindy for me, Sandra Bullock seemed weirdly bored through the whole thing, and Anne Hathaway annoyed me as usual.


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