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Maple Beach, Point Roberts

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

I love, love our little trips to Point Roberts in the summer!

I’ve written about Point Roberts a few times before – an oddity of a community that belongs to the US but only accessible by land through Canada.

I think I’ve also mentioned how we go to Point Roberts every two months or so, we use a parcel receiving service there for retailers who don’t ship to Canada or charge ridiculous international shipping fees – which is ironic because these parcels pass through Canada first.

It’s usually just another mundane errand, even if it involves border-crossings and declarations.

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

The actual drive from downtown Vancouver is less than 40 minutes, but the line-ups at the border can sometimes make it seem like a tedious journey; one rainy Saturday back in April we waited for over an hour

So lately, we’ve taken to parking in Tsawwassen (the Canadian side) and crossing on foot – which I always find fascinating since one of the many peculiar things I wanted to do as a kid when I grew up, was walk to another country, I guess I can cross that one off my bucket list now.

Our other option in the summer has been to pack a snack or lunch, wait patiently to cross and then idle the time away on one of the wonderful beaches in Point Roberts.

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

I love that we get to make a beach day out of what is typically a mundane trip to pick up parcels.

We discovered Maple Beach last year, a lovely beach with such spectacular low tides you can walk the ocean floor or get a tiny island to yourself.

It feels like a little paradise, with its sweeping view of the ocean and Mount Baker; scenic, serene and relaxing.

It’s a wonderful spot to picnic in the summer, or to sit and take in a quiet moment.

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

Maple Beach, Point Roberts Maple Beach, Point Roberts

I love picnicking out here; we usually don’t bring much, sometimes jars of fruits; peaches and strawberries and cherries from the farmers’ market, drinks and a few other snacks – we nibble, read, nap and linger the time away.

We go for walks too…the neighbourhood is charming, almost as if you’ve stepped back a few decades in time; eclectic cottages and cabins, colourful with interesting nautical decorations.

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

Maple Beach, Point Roberts

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Maple Beach, Point Roberts
I’m certainly looking forward to our next trip to Maple Beach, Point Roberts.

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Strawberry Icebox Pie

The summer we started making icebox cakes, we made them throughout the season; it was as if we couldn’t stop, they were so good, and easy and fun.

We ate a ton of strawberries that summer, and perfected the art of beating coconut milk into perfect fluffy whipped cream. We’d alternate between graham crackers and digestive biscuits because we couldn’t decide which we liked best.

It was the summer of the Stanley Cup Riots, and the weekend before we made icebox cake for the very first time and the city was going to the Stanley Cup finals – it felt enormously celebratory.

Strawberry Icebox Pie

We continued making icebox cakes with strawberries (mostly) until the season passed.

We haven’t made that many icebox cakes in subsequent years; I’m not sure why, it’s not like we fell out of love with it.

I thought about them when this season’s strawberries starting appearing at the market, it must have been the heatwave but I suddenly wanted to make icebox cakes with fervour again

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Strawberry Icebox Pie Strawberry Icebox Pie

The icebox pie is similar to the cake, it’s basically the same ingredients just in pie form with the graham crackers crushed to form the crust, which is filled with coconut milk whipped light and airy and then topped with fresh strawberries.

It’s just how I like my desserts, simple, fresh and decadent with a bit of crunch.

We’re back to making icebox cakes and pies again, this time with a less urgency – although July is almost over and we’ve only made one, and it feels like we’ve lost a month already.

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Citrus and Berries Salad


I got a little wistful this weekend at the farmers’ market because in a few weeks it’ll all be over – our local market runs only in the summer.
I felt a little sad picking through the season’s final strawberries, blueberries and cherry tomatoes to make this salad.
I always get this feeling towards the end of summer; it’s bad, so bad that I’ll normally try different things to prolong the inevitable – I take a vacation, have drinks on the patio every evening and even wear white after Labour Day in protest.

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Yet nothing beats a summer afternoon, it’s perfect and magical.
Henry James called it ‘the two most beautiful words in the English language’.

This citrus and berries salad is kind of like a summer’s afternoon, languidly wholesome.
This has been my lunch for most weekend afternoons these last few months, it started out as an easy way to use up all those summer berries we’ve been getting, and soon I couldn’t get enough of it.

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A salad like this shouldn’t be this good, but it is delightfully complex and refreshing.
It’s savoury and juicy, with a bit of sweetness from the berries and oranges, the vinaigrette adds a sweetened tangy and tart component and there’s the wonderful crunch and nuttiness from the pecans.

I’ve tried raspberries and blackberries, with peppery arugula and champagne vinaigrette.
I gave this recipe to my friend N., who makes it as a side topped with blue cheese to go with grilled steaks and potatoes for dinner – I guess what I’m trying to get at here, is that it’s a versatile salad.

This salad, and summer afternoons… I’m hoping for a bit more of both.

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Heirloom Tomatoes & Plum Salad


@adjoa and I made this dreamy heirloom tomatoes and plum salad last September when summer was just winding down. I didn’t get a chance to share it here before winter got its gloomy hands on us.
But after the few glorious days we’ve had, and seeing that we’re mere weeks from summer’s unofficial start, it seems proper to feature this salad now.
Hopefully it’ll inspire someone to try it this summer, since that’s what I intend to do… a lot, as soon as BC plums start hitting the markets.

I wouldn’t have thought to put plums and tomatoes together, and yet they make a perfect harmonious pair in this creation.


This salad is so simple yet packs a flavourful punch, I plan on trying other fruit combinations – peaches, nectarines, pears, etc and even grapes; lately I’ve been experimenting with grapes in savoury dishes.
The vinaigrette is tangy and sweet, a little like the tomatoes and plums.
It’s light, tart and fresh, perfect for hot summer days.

The recipe comes from Heather over at L.A. In Bloom; a lovely blog that I adore.

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