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When last we spoke, we were headed to perm. home for the weekend and I was busy not-planning our vacation. The trip home was a good one; the weather was perfect, so we got weeds pulled, mulch put down, the porch cleaned, some of the porch furniture cleaned and put back out, ribs and brisket smoked, and strawberry focaccia made.

Strawberry FocacciaSmoked baby back ribs, smoked brisket, and French potato salad


We left for Montreal on 6/11. It took a while to get there due to delayed planes and getting lost in the rental car, but we made it. We enjoyed our time in Canada, even though we only had two days of good weather. We had some really amazing food in Montreal (delicious croissants from a patisserie near the hotel,) but our favorite place was in Quebec City. It is called iX pour Bistro. It is in a not great part of town in a rundown building, but it is some of the best food, I have ever had. They only have seven tables and two barstools and are run by the chef and a server. It is French food with a good wine by the bottle selection (heavy on the French.) We had a scallop first course that was orgasmic! We also ended up chatting with a younger couple to our left and an older (uber wealthy) couple to our right. We gave the last glass of our bottle of red to the young couple (he did not want wine and she did not want an entire bottle,) so he gave us each a bite of his fish (which we had not had.) Not to be outdone, the older gentleman on the right ordered the only dessert we did not have and shared it with us. It was odd, even for one of our trips, but the restaurant just sort of made you feel like you were in the chef's home, so inspired sharing. I would highly recommend calling or emailing them for reservations if you are in Quebec City.

Day 1 - Old Montreal at night


We returned on 6/17, again late due to planes and I have been trying to get back to normal life. I bought a 10 class punch card for yoga, so have added a second practice per week. I also am working on 30 days of handstands. My goal is to be able to move completely away from the wall for more than a second.

The veggie garden is doing really well. I have already harvested some jalapenos and picked my first tomato today. I did not do any new bread recipes, but did remake the English muffin bread and the walnut bread from last month. They were both pretty easy and turned out well, so...
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This week I had another DIY cooking first and sadly (not really,) I will be adding this to the list of things I will not buy again. Luckily, it is something we do not eat very much of: Bacon.

I have had a pork belly in my freezer for the last year, mainly because I did not have a grill at the temp home and did not have enough time at permanent home to do the whole process. We had a coupon for Home Depot and they had their new season of grills in, so we bought a smallish (21 inch diameter) kettle grill. This meant, I could smoke something, which meant: Bacon!

It cured in the fridge for 11 days and then I smoked it for about 90 minutes and voila...
Homemade BaconHomemade Bacon


It is the best bacon I have ever had! When it cooled I sliced off a piece and we tasted it. Even though, hubby is not a huge fan of bacon, he kept going back for more; yay!

In other news: 1. I had my third resting metabolic rate test on Wednesday and I think we finally figured out the issue. By sitting up, the mask fit me better, so we got a more accurate reading. It is still lower than it should be, but not low enough to indicate thyroid issues. I thought that was a win. 2. We bought a compost bin and started that in a corner of the back yard. I am excited about being able to do something with excess non-animal food waste that is useful. 3. We scheduled a trip to Montreal & Quebec City for our anniversary in June. If any flisters live there or have been, I would love rec's for hotels, things to do, and restaurants.

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