First Plus World – Vancouver

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Vegan Cupcakes

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Feeling Good About Feeling Good – Massage in Lima

At Masaje Miraflores you can feel good about feeling good. It’s a charity. The massage therapists are blind and this place was set up to give them training and a livelihood.suRHhfBOTyOJrjmxEahLGcZCyGeYLzrxRHadCtDZeRQ5PlwYERCpcw75EKIkSno4DgJ17BFwHA7jMZuqS4dUqjSZElAMcL2swemRkpRA9HxzZsdNuhP4KycrSK-m30CnxrasYPh8D2LASY8RgWev-6Rfb83qjoKxj5v5a9_8EaviHyVzzf05kv1sn5

Masaje Miraflores is located at Avenida 2 de Mayo, No. 611. Telephone is 241-0555. Or 967746874. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The massages cost about 40 soles for an hour (or about $12).

It’s not fancy, the rooms are tiny, the operation is bare bones. If you want candles, soothing velvet bed linens, orchids, and discussions about your “well being” then this is not the place for you. But, if you want to get your muscles kneaded, and feel like good about feeling good, then this is the place. KNXOeDyBocOE8upRZxAcAl-AD2lNh8cjd23VjpP6vRSNgw5rSCbyEDyz_YEnIYC8q-9Uuwf-YkL6sEDtVjUACoOtz-URW3Qu8qTMOqSQyQfOPaExmPUEzI_SF8JTp365iKWznygolnYZKpb05u7rtgKz9---qnpd5kOaPykC2Va679qA-NaB_H1M7Y

Ten Canadian Foods

When thinking of Canadian food, it’s hard to describe all the foods of the various first nations and immigrant groups that make up modern day Canada. Here are a few to try (some have similar counterparts “down south” in the USA).

Poutine: French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy.

The Caesar: that drink that I had fling with for a week.

Nanaimo bar: a fudge-like bar.

Bannock and Beaver tail: fried dough, a dish common in some first nations. When the dough is shaped like a beaver tail, then it’s called a beaver tail. (Timbits: donut holes from Tim Hortons, Canada’s mainstream coffee chain.)

Peameal bacon: Canadian bacon (which is ham, really. Well, the Canadians do have a history of preserving the loin by rolling in pea flour, hence the name).

Game and fish, smoked and dried: from salmon jerky to whale blubber.

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Montreal style bagel: a chewy, yeasty, smaller, free-form bagel.

lobsterNova Scotia lobster roll: like a New England “lobstah” roll.

Maple syrup: in candy, on pancakes, and on bacon…