Saturday, 17 November 2012

Oh say can you see...our first trip across the border!

So everyone is well aware of my love for America! So you will all understand that I have been desperate to go Stateside ever since we arrived! There was one night we drove out to a Wal Mart Superstore in the neighbouring city of Surrey, and a road sign was taunting me that the US border was just 8km away but the hire car we were driving at the time could not be taken outside of Canada, so I was ridunculously excited when we signed up to a new car rental system that did let us go to the States - thanks zipcar! 

I got very excited in preparation for our visit...I mapped out on google maps where Target, Wal Mart and Costco were and I looked up local cupcakeries.  I made an Americana playlist on my ipod and we woke up crazy early, I may or may not have thrown on a patriotic tee and we were good to go! 

I was slightly apprehensive approaching the border.  Even though we're obviously legit, I still get nervous with all those border officials around looking so gruff! So I restrained myself from playing the pre planned playlist before we got to the border, just in case...and I kept my levels of excitement pretty restrained but all it took was a 15 minute wait inside the customs building where we filled out one of those landing cards, they scanned our fingerprints, stamped our passports and we were off! 

I squealed with delight as we left the building, shouting at Byron 'We're going to America'!!! I skipped to the car, and blasted out my playlist and dreamed all the way to Bellingham about the goodies that lay ahead! 

So of course our first stop had to be at Target! I got some disapproving looks from By as I took this picture, so the rest of the pics are just ones I took on my phone! 

Although Canada does have a lot of cool stuff we don't get in England, I was certainly expecting it to have way more of the same items as America does.  So the first time I went to a supermarket in Vancouver and raced to the Oreo aisle and found this...

I was pretty disappointed! Regular Oreos...and Golden Oreos! Really?

I knew Target wouldn't let me down on the Oreo it was the first place I headed when we got inside...

and of course I found Cool Mint (my fave), Triple Double Chocolate (which I hadn't even tried before!), Mint Fudge Cremes, Birthday Oreos, Double Stuff and all the flavours dreams are made of! It was awesome! 

After that I headed to their bakeware section where I was met with so many fun baking pans and spatulas.  Let me also tell you that not only does America have tons more variety but everything is SO much cheaper.  I'm not even sure why, but needless to say we weren't the only ones with B.C licence plates shopping around in Bellingham that day! The place was crawling with Canadians, because who wouldn't choose to drive an hour south of the border to cut the price of their shopping in half!


I also admired their Christmas gift wrap and gift bags, and started to get excited that Christmas is on the way!! 

After browsing around the mall and getting some crazy cheap deals on clothes and more baking stuff, we headed to Costco! I got 4 packs of unsalted butter at the American Costco for the same price as one pack of butter bought in Vancouver - is that crazy or is that crazy! The residents of Bellingham have made their disapproval of Canadian shoppers rather public and even created a Facebook group asking for 'American only' shopping times! So we slyly walked away from our BC car so as not to create a scene! 

We ate at this restaurant called Billy McHale's.  It was pretty late in the day by this point, as we had got so carried away shopping there hadn't been time to think about food...and being hungry makes me grumpy so I was at the point where I was being a bit picky about where we were going to eat.  I knew we had to make it good, and I definitely wanted to eat somewhere that we couldn't find in Vancouver.  Billy McHale's didn't look like much from the outside but upon inspecting the menu and seeing they did coconut milkshakes it was a done deal! Milkshakes so thick that you can barely get them through the straw are my fave! and Billy knew how to make them just the way I like them.  By was pretty impressed with his Reese's peanut butter shake too! 

and then I ordered a pulled pork burger with sweet potato fries and felt like my day couldn't really get any better! but it did because we landed up here...

because ever since my first visit as a 17 year old, I have been in love with Walmart! I made By pose with his brown sack of groceries because I just love how American it is! There was lots of eye rolling before I took this pic! 

This is what I've been waiting for! seasonal candy! Hershey's kisses in every flavour, so of course I had to grab the candy cane variety and the mint truffle ones! 

and then we walked past the gun section! It's not every day you can say you do that whilst at the supermarket! 

and the icing on the cake, literally, was finding this cute little Cupcakery as we drove away from Walmart! 

I was still so full from our massive meal that I could only manage a mini, but it was super tasty and I'm sure I will be back! We also stumbled upon a sports shop after we left here, and picked up some 'runners' as they call them here for $20! which is pretty much unheard of - we'd been searching for some in Vancouver and couldn't find any for less than $100!

It was most definitely a successful day of bargain hunting!

I was pretty excited to get out my stash when I got home - here's all the awesome baking stuff I got! 

Baking pans, pancake flippers, silicone cookie mats and a KitchenAid handheld mixer!

Check out the giant sized bag of choc chips I got in Costco! and peanut butter and choc chips, graham crackers, choc mint marshmallows and some basics like flour and sugar.

and last but definitely not least, my prized candy and baking supplies! Check out that giant bag of coconut m&m's - how lucky am I! 

I'm rationing it well and making it last...but I can definitely foresee another trip to the States coming up soon because it's too exciting not to! 

1 comment:

  1. GOOODNESS ME!! What amazing things!!! The candycane hersheys and different oreo flavours are things I NEED in my life! xxx