WIAW In Stratford, Canada

Happy Wednesday my fellow WIAW-ers! Thank you all for your wonderful comments and insight on last week’s WIAW question. You guys really made me think!

As I mentioned in my WIAW last week, this weekend I went with my Honor’s Learning Community to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Canada! 24 students along with 3 chaperones all loaded onto a charter bus at 6:15 Saturday morning to drive up and see two of Shakespeare’s plays!

Today’s WIAW will feature one new recipe and a whole lot of pictures from my trip to Canada.

Thanks to Jenn once again for her brilliant hosting skills and awesome themes:

Let’s get started!

Here is the Breakfast I ate before I left for Canada:

Banana Pumpkin Protein Bread (2 variations)

2 servings

High in protein, high in fiber, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free


  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein)
  • 2 tbsp quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (corn and sodium-free)
  • sweetener if desired (I omitted)
  • water if needed

This bread is WAY bigger than it looks in this picture.

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour into microwaveable container. Microwave for 5-8 minutes (depending on microwave power).

Much better.

See? Look how thick this is!

Why, what’s that on my hand?

Oh, just the result of a particularly “long” Business Administration class and a student with an exploding ink pen…

Hi. How you doing?.

I also made a single-serving version when I got back.

Single-serving version:


  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used plain brown rice protein)
  • 1 tbsp quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Water as needed


  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 packet stevia

Directions: Combine all ingredients and spread out into a large bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes (depends on microwave power). Remove from bowl and place on a plate. Then combine the topping ingredients and spread on the microwave bread.


When entering/leaving Canada we had to stop our charter bus at Border protection. Two officers came on and we had to hold up our passports to our faces. These people were SERIOUS about their jobs. Talk about scary!

When we arrived in Stratford, the first things we saw were a variety of old shops downtown.

Later, after checking into our hotel, we were left to explore…

Awesome bookstores:

With awesomely-huge racks and street corner sales.

Free carriage rides, although sadly we didn’t partake:

And quirky toy stores:

With walls full of teacher goodies (from pencils to plastic animals to GINORMOUS plastic dice!).

And all of the rockets a child could ever need want.

We also visited a cool Scottish shop, but I was too scared to take a picture inside. Just imagine walls covered in expensive kilts, and hundreds of coasters with Scottish family crests:

I just noticed the woman’s expression on her face. I think she’s saying… “Oh! Kilts. Need to get me one of THOSE!” :)

For lunch we visited a fancy Canadian burger place where I got a steak. It was just “eh.” Really pink on the inside, pretty chewy. Instead of a food picture though, you get an image of me in the bathroom.

Aren’t I just creepy lovely?

After lunch we started heading back to our hotel, walking through a beautiful park on the way there:

Along the edge of the pond’s water there were chest tables. I’ve always wanted to play at one of these things!

Around the pond there were also hundreds of ducks and geese:

Our final stop before going to our hotel was this random thing that my friends dubbed “The Bridge to Nowhere.” It literally went from grass to grass = NOWHERE!

That night we watched Henry V at the 8:00 pm showing. It was pretty interesting, but very very long. I may or may not have fell asleep part way through… The ending was awesome though. I just love royal weddings!

We watched Henry V here:


The next day we returned to the same playhouse as the night before for a special tour. Sadly we weren’t allowed to take any pictures.

Brunch on Sunday:

Then we went back to our hotel for the largest brunch I have ever seen! They had over twenty different salads to choose from, an omelet station, pastry bars, baskets of rolls, a hot bar of bacon, eggs and hash-browns, and build-your-own-waffle maker (<<<If I wasn’t allergic I would have totally hit this up!).

I settled for a plate of fresh produce and boiled shrimp (times this by two!):

We watched another play that day at the same playhouse as before called Much Ado About Nothing. This was a comedy and I thought it was hilarious! I liked it a lot more than Henry V. The actors were so talented.

And let’s not forget the most important picture of this entire trip… A photo-op with the big man himself!

Souvenirs in hand for my family!


Does anyone else think Shakespeare’s eyes kind of look like C3PO’s off of Star Wars?


Overall it was an awesome trip! There were a few rough patches (like me losing my tickets right before the show…) but everything worked out in the end.

When I got back to school I had to kick it into high gear because just today I had two papers due ANDΒ  mid-term. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, this is college after all.


Have you ever been to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford? Or have you ever seen a Shakespeare play performed live? Which is your favorite?Β I personally love Romeo and Juliet. I heard that they are performing it next year!

What is your favorite place out of the country? I have only ever been to Canada!

Have you ever lost tickets to an extremely important event? If so, how did you cope? Let’s just say that I did not cope well at all. A minor panic attack actually ensued…

Tomorrow is also my fall break, so in honor of this month’s WIAW theme of Healthy Snacks, here are my two favorite healthy food recipes that I’ve pinned recently:


73 Thoughts on “WIAW In Stratford, Canada

  1. That’s a lot of pictures! Lol! Love them though! πŸ˜€ I bet you had a great time. Ive never been to Canada. A close friend of mine lives there, but I haven’t had a change to visit yet. I would love to though! Happy WIAW! Love, Leanne (PS, sleep is not going so well πŸ˜‰ :o)

    • Thanks. I had a great time! I’d never been to Canada before this trip either, and I definitely would love to go back soon. Happy WIAW.

      I also have been doing TERRIBLE on the sleep front. I’ll comment on your blog sometime today and we need to make new plan πŸ˜€

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Sorry about the burger though… how disappointing πŸ™ Have a great day xo

  3. I love the Stratford festival! I use to rent costumes from them when I was working in the costume department in theatre. I could spend HOURS going through their racks of costumes. They are all so beautiful and the actors are extraordinary!

    I’m sorry your burger wasn’t very good. When you come back, I will make sure you get a delicious meal!

    • I hope if I go next time we get to tour their costume department. It was an either/or for us and that place sounds amazing!

      I may just have to take you up on that offer some day. Haha. Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. The banana pumpkin protein bread looks delicious! Definitely going on my list of things to make soon.

  5. Wow what a great trip and great food! Yes, you are lovely! πŸ™‚

  6. oh my gosh I want to be in that candy store! my heaven indeed

  7. That protein bread looks rockin! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to give the recipe a whirl…

    Happy WIAW!

  8. Banana + Pumpkin = Awesome! Definitely trying that one out!

  9. Polish. Thank you very much:)! You last photos also looking very nice!

  10. Looks like such a great trip!
    Favorite place out of the US I’ve been? IRELAND!! (just got back last week!)

  11. I make a version of that microwave pumpkin bread – it’s SO good. πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to Canada, but I’d love to visit!

  12. What a fantastic trip, such beautiful sights in Canada πŸ™‚

  13. Looks like a really fun day! The breakfast protein bread sounds delicious, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  14. Sounds like a fun trip! I’ll have to try one of your banana bread creations- they look great!

    • It was super FUN πŸ™‚ You’ll definitely have to try one of my banana bread creations and tell me what you think! Disclaimer: If it doesn’t go so great the first time, try again with different dry:wet ratios. Everyone’s ingredients and microwave power are different!

  15. wow that pumpkin bread sounds RIGHT up my alley, not to mentio it is a quick microwave thing. GENIUS!!!!

  16. Oh that sounds like a lovely trip πŸ™‚ I love Shakespeare actually and that town looks so gorgeous. Much Ado About Nothing is definitely a good play too πŸ™‚ hope you’re having a lovely week! X

    • I love Shakespeare too. Unfortunately the three plays I read (Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and Hamlet) were not being performed. I would have died to see those on stage! Which Shakespeare play is your favorite?

  17. I LOVE visiting bookstores whenever I’m traveling. It’s one of my favorite things to see in a new town πŸ™‚

  18. Looks like such a fun day!! And pumpkin banana bread sounds amazing– my two favorite bread combos. I’m def going to have to try it!

  19. Sounds like you had a fun time!! Yummy looking bread!

  20. Looks like such a fun trip! I’ve only ever been to Mexico and Canada, and Canada wins hands down. My favorite Shakespearean play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  21. Yep, border patrol is no joke. I love Canada and go at least once a year. It looks like you had a great time, minus the whole lost ticket thing…

    • Haha. You caught that little comment, did you? πŸ˜€

      I looked for over an hour and couldn’t find it! In between the bus seats, in all of my bags, pockets, on the hotel floor. Zip. Nowhere. On the way back some kid called up to the teacher and said,”Hey Jay! Here’s that envelope that girl lost!” Yeesh. It ended up being between the WALL and chair.

      Better late then never…

  22. Looks great!!! LOVE the looks of that bread-gonna have to try that!

  23. Love all the pictures of your trip!! I would love to see Romeo & Juliet performed live. It’s alsoy favorite. πŸ™‚ I’ve only seen the ballet.

  24. That pumpkin bread looks sooo super amazing!

  25. Sable@SquatLikeALady on October 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm said:

    What a fun trip! I love “Much Ado About Nothing” – one of my fave plays!

  26. Ummm…that pumpkin bread looks beyond amazing. I NEED to try that soon!
    The Honors Program at my university does a trip to Stratford, too, I’ve just never signed up in time to take it! I love Shakespeare, though. My favorite play of his is probably “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. πŸ™‚

  27. Yummy! this bread sounds truly delicious, I love pumpkin! really need to try it! πŸ˜€

  28. Looks like you had an AMAZING TIME πŸ™‚
    Watching plays in Canada sounds as a field trips sounds like a pretty unique experience to me :D!

  29. Chelsea Eats Treats on October 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

    Wow that Banana Pumpkin Protein Bread looks awesome!! I love that you can make it in the microwave πŸ™‚

    • Eating 4 Balance on October 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm said:

      I never thought that I’d say this, but microwave baking beats out oven baking almost 100% of the time! Quick. Super easy. And the bread actually rises more than in the oven. So same calories-BIGGER PIECE. What’s not to love about that πŸ˜€

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  31. I live near Stratford, it’s one of the prettiest towns in Ontario. I love the arts and culture there and the beautiful river and gardens. Glad you had a nice time.

  32. So great to meet a fellow Canadian Blogger!

    I’ve been to Stratford many-a-times before so everything you’ve posted here today I’ve seen or been too πŸ™‚

    Shakespeare festival rocks πŸ™‚

    • Eating 4 Balance on October 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm said:

      Oh how I wish I was fellow Canadian Blogger πŸ™

      As you can see from my picture of Border Control I had to use a passport because I live in the United States.

      Canada rocks! I love everything about it, especially the Shakespeare festival. What plays have you seen performed there? Or (if that number is too many… lol) which were your favorites?

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