Homemade Chicken Gyros

There have been a few times recently that I’ve had some major fails in the kitchen. Normally I’m a really good cook – but I have my moments when I mess things up. But tonight I felt like I redeemed myself with these homemade chicken gyros! It’s such a simple meal, almost fool-proof really. I’ve made these a few times and each time I love them more and more. Such a quick and easy meal to make after a long day at work.

Homemade Chicken Gyros

[serves 2]

1 chicken breast
2 slices of flatbread pita
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/2 cup diced tomatoes [I used tomatoes on the vine]
4 tbs tzatziki Sauce
Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and a little bit of olive oil. Brown both sides of the chicken in a hot skillet (approx. 5 minutes per side) & then let it finish cooking in the oven at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let the chicken rest for approx. 5 minutes before thinly slicing with a sharp knife. (This is my absolute favorite way to cook chicken; it turns out so juicy – never dry).
Spread tzatzkiki sauce down the middle of the flatbread pita, top with sliced chicken, diced cucumbers & diced tomatoes. 
Fold over and enjoy!

Canada Day 2

We woke up to the most gorgeous view of the city & then went out in search of breakfast. Unfortunately we didn’t choose a great place, but out of respect for that establishment I won’t give out their information 🙂 We spent some time just leisurely walking around and taking in a beautiful and crisp fall day.

We walked down to Sunset Beach in the West End & hopped on a little tugboat over to Granville Island. Once at Granville Island we spent a few hours walking around, taking in the sunshine & drooling over everything at the Granville Island Public Market. Seriously, it puts Pike Place Market to shame. At this point we were really regretting our Dutch breakfast because the food here looked 10 times better!

When our friends met up with us, we ventured over to the Granville Island Brewing’s tasting room & sipped on some delicious beers. It’s a bummer that they only allow each person 12.5 oz a day – we would’ve totally ordered pitchers!

Heather rolled into town & we met up with her on Robson Street for some tapas then relaxed in the hotel & ventured out for sushi at Sushi Mart later in the evening. A great sushi joint with great prices!

Canada Day 3 & 4 coming up on Monday…
– Photos © Holly Carman –

Canada Day 1

After a (very horrible) 5:00am wake-up call, Luke & I got ready & headed out the door towards downtown Portland to meet our friends & catch the 6:30am Bolt Bus towards Vancouver B.C.!!! (I also have to add that the Bolt Bus was a total of $75 for Luke and I both, round trip – cheaper than gas and way cheaper than the train!)

After countless hours on the bus (& a stop in Seattle, Bellingham & the border crossing…) we made it to the Vancouver train station between 2:30-3:00pm.  After a very quick ride on the SkyTrain, we lugged our bags through the streets of Vancouver to our hotel. We checked into our hotel in the West End & instantly got blown away by the impressive views of the city from our balcony. We got freshened up, re-grouped & then hit the streets in search of food!

We ventured over to Gastown & sipped on a few beers at Chill Winston while we all chatted about how fashionable everyone in Vancouver is. Seriously, everyone is so well put together in this town. We walked a few blocks down the road & enjoyed a group dinner at the Lamplighter. This was my favorite moment of the trip. We were all together & excited to be on vacation in such a great city 🙂

After dinner, we wandered around for a bit & found a few dive bars while we waited for our local friend, Richard to show up. The long day had finally caught up with me – so Katie & I took a cab back to the hotel to rest up for day two…

(Blanche, Dameian, Luke, Ashley & Katie)
Canada Day 2 coming up next…
– Photos © Holly Carman –

The Color Run

This past Saturday Luke and I participated in the Color Run. I was beyond excited to participate as I’ve followed the run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and have loved seeing everyone’s photos! I’m not much of a runner, but we always welcome new ways to stay in shape so we don’t get burned out on the gym. It ended up being so much fun! We heard that there were over 15,000 runners, too. My favorite part of the event was the dance party at the finish festival when everyone thew their colors in the air.