Recently, I visited my older sister in Seattle, Washington where she works for Amazon. This was my first time in the Pacific North West, and second time on the West Coast (I went to San Diego, CA 6 years ago.) My sister and I went to a variety of places during my visit, one being the Suspension Bridge Park in British Columbia.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was made open to the public in the 1980s. To enter, you initially walk on a swinging, 250 foot bridge with a 450 foot drop over water. Then from here, its a tree top adventure! There are seven bridges suspended between the trees in a rain forest. There is also an option to go on a "Cliff Walk" where you essentially walk on a narrow path suspended from a narrow bridge wall. At the end of the walk we found a restaurant called the "Cliff House Restaurant." Visiting this restaurant, especially with the view is a must!
Dining at Cliff House Restaurant
Overlooking Capilano Canyon, the Cliffhouse Restaurant has it's own executive chef who sources local, fresh ingredients. As the menu is local, it changes seasonally- more the reason to keep coming back! I ended up sharing a sangria, fruit & cheese platter, bread & olive oil, fresh salad, and locally sourced salmon. They are proud members of the Ocean Wise Seafood Program- a Canadian program with over 700 partners that team up to make sustainable seafood purchases, ultimately ensuring long term health and stability of that species. Below are pictures from my visit.
sweet potato breakfast sandwich
After a long week interning in critical care, I decided to do something extra to celebrate the weekend. Something I always do after a long week is go to either Trader Joes or Wegmans (sometimes both) and purchase random items- and then brainstorm what I can do to make something out of it. This week- I bought sweet potatoes. I ended up making a sweet potato breakfast sandwich in a few simple steps. Instructions below:
- 1 medium, round sweet potato
- 2 eggs
- 2 alfresco's Chicken sausages ( I like this brand because it has a chicken sausage option and is lower in saturated fat, sodium, and is made without preservatives)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp olive oil
1) Slice the sweet potato into 1/2 -1 inch rounded pieces. Coat in olive oil and bake at 400F for 15 minutes.
2) Microwave or pan-fry chicken sausages. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
3) Prepare eggs on stove top, omelette style (this makes it easy to cut out for the sandwich, and you can add cheese or vegetables as you wish)
4) Slice avocado
5) Put together your sandwiches and enjoy!
Ava is a Registered Dietitian with a BS in Nutritional Science from Penn State University. She completed her postgraduate dietetic internship at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center where she had a critical care concentration. She started her RD career working at a level one trauma center providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients in the Greater New York City area. She now resides in South Florida as her hospital's full time outpatient dietitian, overseeing outpatient nutrition for cardiometabolic, bariatric, and hospital medical nutrition therapy.