A visit to the Strasbourg Christmas Markets

We joke from time to time that my heritage can’t be Canadian, I’m always cold and today is no exception. The wind is howling and knocking over the patio chairs we haven’t brought in yet, the doors upstairs are clacking in their frames and I’m doing loads of laundry after a busy weekend and bundled…

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  • SueDecember 15, 2017 - 07:21

    We ate at La Corde a Linge on our first visit.  The menu was so interesting though I think I did order a heavier dinner than I’d wished I had.  Love to see the city in this season…..someday!ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 15, 2017 - 09:43

      I guess I can’t speak to eating Alsatian food in warmer months, to me, it seems like wintery food but then I’m sure there must be dishes more suited to summer I have yet to discover but I’ve only been in the cooler months.ReplyCancel

  • GrantDecember 30, 2017 - 15:51

    Check out the Christmas market in Aachen (Germany). It was magical, the city is magical and yes they have mulled wine everywhere to keep you warm…  Hope you had a great Christmas and all the very best adventures in 2018 !ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 31, 2017 - 11:10

      I’m up for that! Mulled wine is the winning ticket. A little conviviality over hot spiced wine and a festive atmosphere does the trick every time but I haven’t explored Germany yet aside from just outside of the Munich airport but I’m going to say that doesn’t count. Did you go with Nadia or on your own?ReplyCancel

Shape Shifting

When I originally left Canada back in 2012, I left my bathroom scale behind. When life had hit the wall the year before I dropped 30 pounds almost overnight, my friends were worried, but unfortunately, I could do nothing about it not even eating McFlurries from time to time. Sometimes that’s how life goes. Some…

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  • Rhonda BurdenDecember 10, 2017 - 07:14

    Congratulations, Christina! I had no idea you were expecting a baby and you look fabulous! Keep up the good work, slow and steady. Can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 11, 2017 - 13:11

      Thanks Rhonda! Yes we’re expecting a spring baby and we’re pretty excited about the entire adventure. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to come back to Canada as a family a little while after so he gets his first taste of his Canadian roots 🙂ReplyCancel

French Baby Registry

I shared online recently about a funny conversation between my husband and I. We were watching an anglophone series (a great way for him to learn conversational expressions etc) and the characters were talking about throwing a baby shower for the expectant mother. It went on long enough when he finally interjected,  “What do they…

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Holiday Wreath Making DIY

This year, more than ever, I have felt in the Christmas spirit and I couldn’t help but indulge myself. I always think it’s nice to have a project that doesn’t require having to run to the store to pick up supplies (unless you need floral wire) and so if you have a few minutes to…

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  • SueNovember 30, 2017 - 17:52

    Turned out beautiful!

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    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)November 30, 2017 - 18:05

      Thank you! I’ve got lots more branches, I thought I’d make something original and different with what’s left so I can put something in one of the inside windowsReplyCancel

Coconut Crème Brûlée

For years I pined after a blow torch. I was convinced it was the tool holding me back from making homemade delicious crème brûlée. Nevermind the fact that there’s a workaround for this (found at the end of the recipe) but I longed for the blow torch all the same. I remember my excitement finding…

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  • GrantDecember 2, 2017 - 04:54

    Looks delicious – i like my creme brulee warmish. I dont like when it is served cold. ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 2, 2017 - 09:46

      Yeah, I like it a little warm too, however, people are pretty divided on the topic.ReplyCancel

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