November 29, 2013
February 26th, 2013. Chili Cheese Hot Dogs!!
I had the most ridiculous craving for chili cheese hot dogs. Like, you don’t even get it, I was salivating just at the thought of it. Sometimes with cravings I leave it alone to see if it’s a legitimate craving…let me tell you, after a week the craving was even more pronounced!
It was getting to the point where all I could think of was chili cheese hot dogs….. Hey, don’t judge! I finally went out to get some ingredients to make some at home. I had a plan and was ready to put it into action!
I actually do most of my grocery shopping at Superstore and I find the President’s Choice products are not only fairly priced, but very tasty! Chili? Let’s give it a go!
I made tin foil “boats” for the hot dogs so I could pop them in the oven and then take them out and eat them easily. Best idea ever, if I say so myself! No dish to wash later! I scored the smokies and pan fried them and then popped them into the buns.
I then added the shredded cheese into the sides in between the bun and smokies, then smothered with heated up chili. Sprinkle some more cheese on top!
Stuck these babies into the oven and let the cheese melt down. MmmmmmmMmm!! Yes, hot and ready to devour. Success!!!
Chef Paul Shufelt: Root Beer Braised Heritage Angus Beef Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie – BC Home & Garden Show 2013
November 28, 2013
February 23rd, 2013. BC Home & Garden Show!
Scored some free tickets to the BC Home & Garden Show via work, so made plans with Rachel and Shelly to check it out at BC Place Stadium on Saturday! This year the cooking was all about home comfort food. Score!!
Chef Paul Shufelt from Edmonton took the cooking stage to show us how to make the ultimate cold weather comfort food: Root Beer Braised Heritage Angus Beef Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie!
The most tender and flavorful short ribs shredded and topped with truffled cream corn, and parmesan mashed potatoes! Super rich and cozy and delicious! I wish I could have this every week!!
Thank you, Chef Paul, for the awesome demo (really, you made it seem so easy…although I’m sure it’s more complicated if I try to do it in my own tiny kitchen) and the yummy bite! This was super amazingly yummy and though I’m not a fan of root beer it made the beef soooooooooooooooo good!
November 21, 2013
February 21st, 2013. Matcha Latte @ DAVIDsTEA
I never really used to be one to add milk to my teas, but since working at DAVIDsTEA and realizing the true amazingness of the world of tea lattes I’ve been going latte crazy! Inspired by the Brown Rice Green Tea Latte at Bubble World, I thought I’d try to make something similar at work
This particular concoction is 2 perfect DAVIDsTEA spoons of Genmaicha and 1 shot of Matcha Matsu with frothed Soy Milk with a good dose of agave for sweetner.
The sweet toasted rice flavor of the Genmaicha with the brightness of the Matcha and the milk bringing balance to the cup….Ahhhh, perfection! Just call me the Latte Master
November 20, 2013
February 19th, 2013. The Coquitlam Grill
Been really loving on The Coquitlam Grill for the last little while. Great neighborhood spot with a huge menu (lots of options!), fantastic breakfasts, decent lunch specials and just that great down-home feel.
Solid food and reasonable service all add up to many repeat visits ;D
(Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream piled high!)
November 20, 2013
February 19th, 2013. Luncheon @ La Spaghetteria (New West)
I was meeting a couple former colleagues at Spaghetteria for lunch. It had been a while since I’d last seen them and Ms. V had coupons to this place located on New West’s foodie street aka 6th Street.
This is obviously an older establishment on this well loved street and when I arrived I was almost lost because the store front was going through some renovations. But find it I did.
The interior definitely could use an update what with the sun faded plastic table cloths, the dusty looking vases and fake flowers. Everything about the place reads out-dated…including the food. I wasn’t wowed by the obviously frozen seafood in the pasta, the bland sauces and the “meh” single-noted-ness of the dishes.
I hope that with all the renos they also update the food!
November 14, 2013
February 15th, 2013. Sunny Day, Yummy Day
Sweet and slightly tangy original Pinkberry with fresh watermelon & watermelon juicy pearls!
Sweet, refreshing, and vibrant! Love it
November 11, 2013
Who makes a great shot of tea latte? That would be me Today we have some Chocolate Orange shots with soy milk and a dab of agave and cocoa whipped into the milk with a sprinkle of cocoa on top.
The peaks on the foam, the inherent richness of the pu-erh, the velvety chocolate curls… delish! Shooting these back will make your afternoon more delightful
November 9, 2013
January 27th, 2013. Sunday Breakfast with Eunice
Breakfast food cravings are contagious!! Eunice woke up with a massive cravings for Ricky’s breakfast food and it didn’t take long at all for it to be transferred to me! Really no surprise though, since food is always on my mind and breakfast food is one of those sacred “I’m down for it anytime” kind of things.
Gone-ish are the days of Ricky’s being known as an eatery for seniors. They’ve spruced up the look and the menus even have a lot more interesting things! Stuff that you actually would want to eat!
The newly built Ricky’s on King Edward Street & Lougheed by the IKEA is shiny, modern, clean and BUSY! Eunice and I were seated right away but we could tell already that our server was a little swamped. We asked for coffees and dove into the menus.
Eunice was dead set on the Chorizo Brekkie Bowl - of course with extra hollandaise on the side I did get to try it and have to say.. I can see why she craves these! You really can’t go wrong with spicy salty chorizo, fluffy eggs and crisp & tender hash! The onions and peppers in the dish had a sweet almost caramelized quality to them.
I wanted the Famous Pancakes. 3 stack with eggs over medium and deliciously crispy bacon! Mmmmmm~~ the pancakes were super fluffy and the eggs were done to satisfaction. Simple, classic breakfast food. Can’t complain!
Sunday breakfast YUM!! Good call, sister, good call indeed
(Also, I figured it was a fancy scarf day because you can never be too fabulous first thing in the morning!)
November 8, 2013
January 19th, 2013. Birthday BBQ
Now that the weekend’s upon us time for a real birthday dinner! I wasn’t feeling like a large get-together, so it was literally Eunice, Howard, Chris, Rachel and myself, What did I want to eat? BBQ!! Vegetarian I am not… LOL!
Originally I wanted to do Re-Up BBQ at the New West Quay, but they close too early and also it’s more of a food-court style venue in the market there and parking is just a hassle, so I switched it to Burgers Etc BBQ House on Hastings on the border of Vancouver/Burnaby. A small little BBQ house that I haven’t been to in a long time! I had a good impression of it the last time so I was anticipating another casual yet yummy meal
I had to have the Coke Float as soon as I saw it on the menu and what a good thing I got it… sweet, icy cold and delish!! Perfect for a BBQ meal!
I wanted to share the combo platter so that I could have a little bit of everything! It’s the obvious way to go at a place like this, DUH!
Our platter was piled high with Sausages, Chicken Wings, BBQ Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Beef Brisket, and Pulled Pork!! With fries, and my choice of macaroni and baked beans! Everything was sooooooo yum and so much more food than it seemed!
Everything was sauced really well and seasoned well too. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t call for a good dose of BBQ sauce! Come on, we’re talkin’ BBQ here! Tender pulled pork and wings, delicious char on the ribs, big meaty chicken and briskets and sausage for days!
Chris also ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich for good measure.
Super food coma again!!! Awesomely satisfying birthday dinner with great company!