I have to introduce you to a new weightingfor50 mascot – meet KGB Pig.  I got him and another international “spy pig” in a thrift store a few weeks ago.  (you’ll meet the other spy soon! – and I should also warn you that I had a bit of time on my hands this afternoon, hence, the overload of collages created on Picassa.)

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Here is how Dennis and my conversation went when I pulled him out of the mascot box.

Roz:  “Look what I got at the thrift store a few weeks ago”

Dennis: “Oh my!  Um…Very cute”

Roz: “Me or the mascot???”

Dennis: “Both (good answer Dennis!) They’re really tacky, but actually I’ll agree with you, they’re pretty funny.”

Roz: “I know!  Seriously, who buys these things?”

Dennis: “Um….you do”

Roz: “oh right! But I prefer to think of it as “recycling”.  I didn’t buy them new…I’m keeping them out of a landfill, aren’t I green??”

Dennis: “funny…I’ll make us coffee”

Here is the coffee, and almond milk latte.  Thanks to Michelle and Gary for my new penguin mug (hey, it has a “built-in” mascot!)

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I then ventured out UBER early to beat the weekend shoppers and got a WHACK of fresh fruit and vegetables…

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….and noticed a picture on a wall of an old train, right beside the line where the present day trains go by.

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I also went to my favorite Mediterranean store Bosa foods.  Thanks Lindi and Jeff for the lovely gift certificate, which was put to good use this morning.  (I’ll show you some of the finds very soon) You know this place is a haven for transplanted, wine making Italian folks when they have a dedicated loading dock and tap for grape juice.

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And I still think Rapunzel should let her hair down from this tower.  :)

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My LAST stop was at our favorite Asian grocery store.  I was getting a little hungry by this time, and a warm bbq pork bun was my morning’s “breakfast of champions”.

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And THEN….I had the opportunity to check one food off of my food bucket list.  I have always wanted to try DURIAN.  I’ve read about it, and it was described on wikipedia like this:

“The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine, and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.”

Curiosity got the better of me, and I have always wanted to try it. Today, the store was selling deep-fried pieces of durian along side frozen durians themselves.  I asked for two pieces, but the lady behind the counter told me I’d LOVE it, and threw in two extra pieces.  I brought it home and Dennis and I tried it.

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OMG, it’s GROSS!   Its odd though, it smells horrific, but tastes like apple.  However, my sense of smell just couldn’t stomach it, and I didn’t eat more than a bite.  Dennis liked it more than I did, but he too didn’t get through a full piece.  That said, BIG YAY.  Check!  Only 99 weird foods left to try on my list!

When I got home, I had lunch that was a piece of toast with cheese and apple butter, and a bottle of kombucha.

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Then I got to work in my kitchen.  I made turkey broth with the carcass from my parent’s turkey (thanks Dad!  Photos of the soup itself will follow once its finished)…

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….and I made a loaf of banana bread using President’s Choice Blue Menu mix.  I’m not usually a big fan of mixes, but I was out of whole wheat flour and needed to use up bananas that were past their prime.  (this works out to 3 points per serving – according to the package and assuming that this loaf will slice into 16 pieces)

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I also spent more time playing Words with Friends, surfing through Pinterest and catching up on many blogs.  We had a glass of red wine at dinner….

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….and we had a healthy dinner of grilled pork chops with bbq sauce, cauliflower mash (whirled in the food processor with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow cheese) and green bean casserole (made with green beans, onion, mushrooms and garlic in a sauce made with veggie broth and cornstarch, and topped with panko and Parmesan).

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We finished dinner off with a leftover cheesecake pop (from the brunch we had with Holly and Katie a couple of weeks ago)

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Have any of you tried Durian?  If so, what did you think?  Are there any foods you have on your bucket list, to try before you die?   I’d love to hear….

 

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