I had been wanting something for my family tattoo for a long time. A few months ago, I asked my mom if she would ever consider in getting a tattoo with me. She said yes, of course. So on to the Google we went. Searching and searching for the perfect scotch thistle, which is what we both decided to get. See, I was born and raised in the Maritimes, and that is where most of my family still is. So a lot of people close to my heart are very, very far away from where I currently am in the middle of the Alberta prairies. I wanted to get something that would incorporate my family motto, and remind me every day of where I came from.
Just a warning, there is a picture of the tattooing process that may gross some of you out. Mmm ooze.
|Prepping her tools|
|Yup, I'm a bleeder|
|Sarah hard at work|
|Flipped mirror pic :)|
|Oh this feels lovely... not.|
Her tattoo was the MacDonald family motto "Per mare, per terras" which translated means "By sea, by land" while mine is the Kennedy motto "Avise la fin" which means "Consider the end." Depressing, I know. We both chose the scotch thistle because they remind us of our roots, and because they also thrive in the harshest of conditions.
|Reppin' the tattoo parlor!|
It was a fun (albeit somewhat painful) experience, and the girl that did our tattoos did a great job. I can wait another 3 years for that feeling again, though. I will post pictures after they are both completely healed.
We had also planned to go out for lunch afterward at this cute little cafe/market called The Zucchini Blossom. Oh. Em. Gee. I will most definitely be going back!! The food there was wonderful, and they had so many interesting things for sale. A lot of organic stuff as well :) Of course I had to get pictures of everyone's food (except my brother's, they were late with that) Also, I just realized that I got pictures of everyone's food except my own, for some reason! So I stole a pic from my friend's Facebook.
|Chai Latte made with loose tea leaves|
|Orange cream Italian Soda|
|Lemon bar - Which my friend ate first :)|
|The 'El Gaucho' - Pork loin, mayo, cheese and chimmichurri|
|The Breakfast panini - Ham, provolone, egg and pesto|
|The El Gaucho panini & Green tomatillo corn chowder|
|The Special of the day - Veggie Chili with a side of focaccia bread|
|My boyfriend, myself and my Alberta bestie Shianne|
|The El Gaucho with a side of bean salad - So fresh and tasty!|
I could not have asked for a better post-tattoo meal. I also had a peach-pomegranate spritzer, and a homemade ginger-molasses cookie for dessert. Omnomnom. If you are from southern Alberta and need a new place to go for your coffee or tea, this is the place. Totally awesome! This means you tourists too ;)
- Do any of you have tattoos? What is their significance, if any?
- Do you love trying out new cafes and restaurants?