Leaving town


Tonight is my last night in Vancouver. That’s right, after three short months I’m packing up my bags and heading (slightly) east! I got a job offer recently in my field (not pastry school, unfortunately) which may explain my absence from this blog the past few weeks. Apparently when you get a real grown-up job, there is a lot of paperwork to do. Also when you switch provinces, there is even more paperwork to figure out. To my BC/Canadian friends, I’m still staying close to Vancouver, I’m just going to be a few hours away in the beautiful Okanagan region which I could not be more excited about!!!

I’m going to really miss being a pastry assistant and making pretty tarts like these.


And pretty cakes like these ones.


I’m going to miss my favourite yoga instructor who somehow made my body do this in class. (I haven’t been able to do it on my own since, although I haven’t made much of an effort to contort my body into this shape since)


Luckily it doesn’t matter where I am, my friends will can still look forward to receiving cool snapchats from me.


I’m going to miss being able to eat ALL THE CROISSANTS in the world. My record is 5 croissants in 15 minutes. I’m not proud of that.


Every time I felt guilty about my increased pastry consumption, I would tell myself I was carb-loading for my long runs.


This one time I was really sad and my friend started talking to me and asked how my life was and I almost burst into tears. He ran across the street and was back in an hour with a Starbucks gift card and a handwritten card. People sure are nice here!


Oh yea! There was that thing called Valentine’s Day. This day has never really meant much to me, I think because the 4 years straight I actually had a boyfriend he never did anything special or out of the ordinary, so it’s always just been a regular day for me. Although this year my roomie made cupcakes. Except that we don’t have a muffin tin in our house, so she just poured the batter into cupcake wrappers set on a baking sheet and baked them. They turned out wonky and lopsided, but I loved them.


This past week has been really sad! I worked my last shifts and realized how lucky I was to have met some incredibly amazing people in just 3 months. There were lots of hugs and promises to visit, and a few surprise gifts from my new friends.


My one friend appropriately picked out the journal above because sometimes I get really angry when people are rude and stupid and I find the need to vent about it to my friends. But now I can write down my feelings haha


Uh, so I didn’t know that Purdy’s existed until I came to Vancouver. Over the holidays a lot of the regulars brought in mass amounts of chocolate gift boxes for us at work, which is how I gained a few extra pounds and rediscovered my love for all things chocolate.

When I worked my last shift at the french patisserie, a tiny part of me was relieved because it meant no more cakes, croissants and pastries. But of course my fabulous boss couldn’t let me leave without taking a few cakes home!


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A. A. Milne

The next time I update you on my life, I’ll be in a new town. New places, new faces. Here’s to new adventures!

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  1. Oh my gosh how exciting!!! Congratulations on your new job and the move! I want to live vicariously through you so update us on everything okay?? 🙂

    Also, can you teach us how to make those beautiful cakes/tarts?!?!? Those are AMAZING. To work at your bakery, did you need any certifications or anything? I kind of want to do that, but I have no experience whatsoever in a professional kitchen…

  2. Whaaaaaaat?!?!?! Noooooooooooo!!! Dammit! I totally missed and squandered an incredible opportunity to meet you. I’m an idiot! I’ve been meaning to email you about arranging a meeting and now I read this post and I’m crushed. I AM happy for you to be moving onto a new experience. The Okanagan rocks! Especially in the summer. It’s hot and beautiful and the fruit is AH-MAY-ZING, especially the cherries and peaches. Let me know if you even come back down to Vancouver and we will meet, fo sho! I so wanted to hear all about your experience in the bakery. Shoot me a email when you have some time and let me know how you’re doing!


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