April 14th, 2013. Baby Aiden & Destin’s 1st Birthday~!

vancouver golf club

vancouver golf club





Flown in from Singapore, Yoonchan Oppa and Yong Eun Unni had brought their little family to Vancouver so that they could celebrate their twins’ 1st birthday with all the family and friends here in Vancouver!

vancouver golf club

vancouver golf club






The Vancouver Golf Club was a really nice venue for them to hold the party and with the help of their friends they even had the whole place decorated with the babies’ photos, party favors, and pots of ballots for the traditional “what occupation will the babies choose” game ūüôā

vancouver golf club

vancouver golf club

The food was buffet style and what a nice spread! Rivaling any nice wedding, the selection was wide and sumptuous and quite tasty as well! ¬†Eunice and I definitely approved of all the delicousness ūüėČ

It was our first time meeting our new twin nephews but with all the activity going on and with so many people there wanting to meet them it was difficult for us to get personal time. ¬†I can say that they are quite the adorable pair and look nothing like Yoon Jai Oppa’s kids!
vancouver golf club

vancouver golf club






All in all we had a really fun time. ¬†Any time getting together with family is a good time ūüėČ

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Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet

June 2, 2014

April 9th, 2013.  Pizza Buffet Pig Out!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet

When was the last time you’ve done all you can eat pizza? ¬†That’s right, probably not in a long time ūüėČ ¬†We’d seen this sign come up recently and being the Pizza Hut die-hards that we are it didn’t take any arm twisting on my part to convince Eunice to come with me ūüėČ ¬†Besides, $7.00 for all you can eat? ¬†Best deal in town!

 

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet






Pizza of our childhood, deliciously crispy soft crust, super hot ooey-gooey satisfaction.  And yeah, even the salad bar, plain as it is, holds a sentimental place in our hearts and our stomaches!
pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Howard came along for the ride, but obviously he is not as consummate as me and my sister. ¬†I mean, come on, you are talking to some pizza fanatics ūüėČ

We even ordered a pitcher of Coke.  Because even though neither of us are huge pop drinkers when it comes to Pizza Hut we know that nothing tastes better than  a tall icy cup of Coke ;D
pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet













The obligatory salad.

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet











We attacked that pizza buffet like nobody’s business! ¬†We actually managed to power through quite a good amount of pizza and by the time we threw in the towel we were extremely happily stuffed and ready to pass the heck out!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Sure, artisinal pizzas, thin crust this and fresh herbs that are all the rage. ¬†But Pizza Hut is in a league of it’s own. ¬†Unapologetically rich and hearty and the cheese is piled on, it’s just sooooooo good~~~!!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Don’t try to get in the way of us Choi’s and pizza. ¬†It won’t be pretty and we won’t be nice ;D
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Let’s Give Thanks!

September 26, 2013

October 7th, 2012.  Thanksgiving Sunday 

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

It’s already Thanksgiving again? ¬†It kinda snuck up on us this year and without any real plans it would have been easy to just pass it by…but at the very last minute Eunice decided that we should celebrate with our own homemade dinner. ¬†Despite all the hard stuff that has been going on we DO have a lot of things to be thankful for and it just felt right that we take the time to do celebrate that!

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

Since the decision was so last minute Eunice and I literally hit up 3 different supermarkets the night before desperately trying to find any sort of turkey! ¬†What we discovered as a stroke of genius were packages of turkey legs and thighs! ¬†Genius!! ¬†Only the best parts of the turkey all in one package? ¬†HELLO! Jackpot ūüėČ ¬†Along with chicken we also picked up the one pack of turkey dark meat that we found.

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

 

Eunice not only lovingly massaged the poultry with butter, herbs and garlic, she also went the extra mile of adding the concoction under the skin to make it even more rich and flavorful! ¬†This sister of mine spares no detail when it comes to our favorite meal in the world ūüėÄ

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

She then popped the poultry in the oven in a pan with some basic veggies (baby red potatoes, carrots, onion and celery) and chicken stock. ¬†We watched with a gleam in our eyes as the skin on the chicken and turkey began to crisp and turn a beautiful golden brown ūüėČ

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

 

Ohhhhh, baby! ¬†Look at this gorgeousness! ¬†It is pretty obvious we have an obsession for Thanksgiving meals and for Turkey…!

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

 

Eunice did a very basic but wonderfully flavored Vegetable Mix of potatoes, celery, carrots and onion in a bit of broth. ¬†Light but well seasoned and cooked absolutely perfectly so that it wasn’t soggy or mushy. ¬†Veg magic ūüėÄ

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

We love mashed potatoes, but this year Eunice wanted to add a little twist, so we went for Sweet Potato Mash with Toasted Marshmallow and Pecan Topping with a sprinkle of cinnamon! ¬†Eunice knows I am not a big fan of nuts, so she even did me the favor of only putting the pecans on half of the mash ūüėČ

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

There was also a packaged Three Peppercorn Gravy that Eunice incorporated the turkey drippings into. Mmmmm~!!!  She could have made gravy from scratch, but keep in mind that this was all very last minute.

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

Same goes for the Stuffing. ¬†But really, I don’t have a ton of complaints about stuffing from a box. ¬†You get all the flavors and when done just right you have it being fluffy with a bit of crispiness. ¬†I don’t care what frou frou foodies say, I like this!

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

I have a thing for Cranberry Sauce. It’s no secret. ¬†I even taken my own container of cranberry sauce to church holiday dinners knowing that there would be a big chance they wouldn’t be serving it at the buffet line. ¬†That sweet, cool, berry jelly just cuts through the richness and brings a brightness and sparkle to a perfect holiday meal!

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

 

Mmmmmmm~~ The spreeaaaad~!!! ¬†There’s really nothing like a sumptuous home-cooked holiday meal ūüėÄ

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

You know, what I’m really thankful for is the extremely loving support system I’ve had in my sister and her friends through this very trying past month. ¬†With all the heartache and trauma I’d been going through with work, quitting my career, and losing my grandmother, it had been a very tumultuous couple months. ¬†Without my sister’s strength and wisdom and fiery love and defence for me I don’t know how I would have started making a breakthrough.

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

 

Holidays are a time to be with the ones you love and those who love you and it’s especially wonderful when you all have the common love of food and eating!

thanksgiving 2012

thanksgiving 2012

 

 

 

Of course no holiday meal is complete without a pants busting dessert! ¬†Bring on the oven warmed Pumpkin and Apple Pie! ¬†Vanilla ice cream courtesy of Howard and I even hand whipped some whipped cream with real Mexican vanilla! Mmmmmmmmm…. soooooooooo yuuuuuuuuuuuuum!

 

Another fantastic meal for the books and a HUGE standing ovation for my sister, Eunice, who put together such an epic holiday meal in 24 hours!  You are my hero in so many ways ♥

 

 

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Monica’s Bridal Shower – Catering by John Sunwoo Ryu

September 22, 2013

October 6th, 2012.¬†Monica’s Bridal Shower~

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower




¬† As Monica’s bridesmaids Meliza, Rina and I had a fun time meeting up at McDonalds for coffee and planning the bridal shower, among other things. ¬†We decided we’d have it at Rina’s home and John Ryu even offered to cater for the event! ¬†Yay!

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower






We spent the night before putting up most of the decorations, but we did still have a lot to do on the day of. ¬†It’s all in the details and we definitely wanted it to be a perfect day for Monica! ¬†Thank goodness it was a gorgeously sunny day!

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower








Assortment of glass flower vases borrowed from our church so we could add some bright yellow flowers for some color accent ūüôā ¬†Mix and match is in, right? ūüėČ


monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower








Meliza even baked cupcakes for the occassion. ¬†Now that’s a dedicated and loving maid of honor right there ūüėČ ¬†Delicious and so pretty to look at!



monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower







Since the shower was held mid-afternoon we wanted to do kind of a standing afternoon snack situation.






monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower


One simple truth in life: It’s always good to have at least a couple of chef friends ūüėČ ¬†John is kind of our go-to guy for when we need extremely delicious food that looks amazing, is made with care, and fits the budget! ¬†Comedian and chef all in one, John in the kitchen is funny as well as completely capable of putting together great food ūüėÄ

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower




We figured Mexican themed food would be a good way to go for fresh flavors and impact. ¬†Fresh Guacamole anyone? ¬†Perfectly chunky, creamy, with a nice level of heat. Mmmmmmm…. Guacamole!!

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower









The Pico de Gallo was super refreshing as well.  The saltiness of the chips with the bright acidity of the salsa: so yummy!!




monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower


The definite highlight of the afternoon, though, was definitely the Ahi Tuna Tostadas.  Black and white sesame seed encrusted ahi tuna lightly seared atop a light wasabi cream cabbage slaw and slice of creamy acocado on a deep fried crisp.  The spring onion on top added a little extra spice and pop of color.  Pretty, super delicious and had me going back for more!

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower




Monica loves a good spinach dip! ¬†For our warm dish we had this Homemade Spinach Dip served with soft baguette slices. ¬†Was a crowd pleaser for sure ūüôā ¬†Thanks, John, for all the tasty food ūüėÄ

monica's bridal shower

monica’s bridal shower








Good food, fun games, sunshine and a great girlfriend celebrating with friends for getting married! ¬†What a wonderful afternoon ūüėÄ
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Eliza & Ace Tie The Knot ‚ô• (Vancouver Law Courts Reception)

March 13, 2013

May 26th, 2012. Eliza & Ace’s Wedding

vancouver law courts

vancouver law courts

 

 

 

My sweet Eliza finally getting married to her 1st love! Despite their many ups and downs in the end they found their way back to each other and are finally tying the knot! Happiest bride ever and luckiest groom ever!

vancouver law courts

vancouver law courts

 

 

I never knew that you could have a reception at the Vancouver Law Courts..and I didn’t know they had such a lovely space! A smallish indoor space but with plenty of natural lighting and an extraordinary view of the city from the rooftop patio. Simple and clean decor was a great way to go in the small space so as not to give the feeling of clutter and I loved that they had an open mic concept cuz we all know…Filipinos make great music!

vancouver law courts

vancouver law courts

 

 

 

Dinner was served buffet style and came with all the great things that buffets are made of: multiple salads, roast beef, roast chicken, halibut in a cream sauce, mashed potato, rice, anti-pasto, etc….great spread and pretty tasty, too!

vancouver law courts

vancouver law courts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dessert Bar!! Cheesecake, fruit tarts, chocolate cake, fresh fruit! Yuuuuuum~~!! Just diiiive in!

vancouver law courts

vancouver law courts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what’s more fun at a wedding reception than a photobooth! This was a HUGE hit. The lineups were never ending and they had a good variety of props. Good fun!

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Novotel Dinner Buffet – Ha Long Bay

July 6, 2012

November 22nd, 2011. Ha Long Bay, Night 2~

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

It’s our final evening in Ha Long Bay and we wanted to do it up by hitting the dinner buffet ;D

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a nice cheese and cracker/bread spread that I just couldn’t pass up ūüôā

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Cuts

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~ deep fried stuuuuuuuff~~~~

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And loads and loads of delicious desserts!

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was probably one of my most favorite stations this night.  I mean look at all the variety!

novotel ha long bay

novotel ha long bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuffed myself so full…!!

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Novotel Hotel – Breakfast Buffet

June 24, 2012

November 22nd, 2011. Good Morning, Ha Long Bay~

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 




  The breakfast buffet spread at Novotel Hotel? Fantastic!!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 













  Cereal and Fruit Cocktails~!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Waffle bar~

 

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Salad bar

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 

 

 










  A full Pho spread

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet














And best of all, a Congee bar!!!  So, so delicious~!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 











¬† Here’s a picture of the obligatory morning pho ūüėČ

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Windsor Plaza Hotel – Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

May 23, 2012

November 20th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

¬† I wake up to my first morning in Vietnam and look out the window. ¬†Well….it’s definitely not Vancouver! ¬†A little bit smoggy, no doubt from the thousands of motorcycles that swarm the streets every day and night. ¬†That’s probably one of the craziest things I’ve seen. ¬†A country where motorcycles are the norm and there are almost no traffic lights. ¬†Literally it’s every man for himself out on the streets!
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

 


I headed down to the main floor where a breakfast buffet awaited me. ¬†Wow!!! ¬†So much variety, so much space and so many good smells….where to even begin?! ¬†I’m not normally a breakfast person, but I couldn’t wait to dig in
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)








There was everything from congee to dim sum, to waffles, not to mention a little pho-cart! ¬†Basically you go to the cart and indicate what you’d like them to put in your bowl. ¬†Finally my first real Vietnamese pho!!

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

   


I opted to go simple with just noodles, some meat, scallions, deep fried shallots and of course, chili slices. ¬†The most¬†noticeable¬†difference is the broth. ¬†It’s very clear and translucent. ¬†Also, the noodles are not gummy and seem less rubbery. ¬†And guess what? ¬†No cilantro??!!!? ¬†As for taste, I would say it was a decent bowl of Pho. ¬†Clean flavors. ¬†Oh, but the chilis? ¬†Don’t leave them in for too long, and don’t get too many. ¬†They are FIRE!! ¬†Just 5 minutes in the bowl and already there’s an intense heat!

¬† Hoping I’ll get to sample some more pho on this trip~!
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Richmond Night Market

December 19, 2011

June 12th, 2011.  Richmond Night Market!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

¬†¬†¬† Of the highlights of summer in Vancouver are the various night markets.¬† Of those the Richmond Night Market is probably the most popular.¬† With tons of stalls with cheap “made in China” merchandise on one half and a vast plethora of Asian eats on the other half, RNM is totally worth the drive!

  Eunice, Henry & I wanted to make as many memories as siblings together before he went off to school in Seattle, so we made an effort to go spend an evening together.  Exciting!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

¬† Giant Turkey Drumsticks on the grill!!¬† My sister and I are huge fans of turkey.¬† Turkey just brings up these nostalgic, festive feelings that we both love to go back to any time of the year.¬† Sadly, we didn’t get to try these this time around, but we were pretty happy just seeing something that warms our hearts so much!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

¬† We love Dim Sum &¬†Bubble Tea!!!¬† There are many dim sum stalls, so it’s really about who’s got the better deal or the better looking items.¬† I love the Sui¬†Mai and Har Gow and my bubble tea was so nice and refreshing!!¬† I got the Peach Green Tea.

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

¬† I was recommended to try the Giant Sweet Corn.¬† I got one slathered with butter and a Cajun seasoning and left it with Henry while I got in line for the Hurricane Potatoes.¬† You know how delicious it is?¬† So delicious that by the time Eunice and I got back to our patch of the table it was all gone…!!¬† ¬†Henry sheepishly said “I couldn’t help it..it was really good…!”¬† Luckily I had one bite in the beginning.¬† Sweet, juicy goodness!!!¬† Yum!!!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Thai Satays.  I got 1 pork, 1 beef and 1 chicken.  I got pretty lucky because these were not over-cooked.  I only wished the satay sauce on it could have been stronger.  Still pretty good, so I went back for more! 

 

 

 

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

  I swear.  Every year the Hurricane Potato stand has the longest line and it takes FOREVER to get a hold of one!  Those darn Koreans sure know how to come up with a home-run product.  They stick a potato on a stick and somehow cut it so that it slices into a string of chips.  They then coat it with thin batter and deep fry it and then coat it with your choice of flavor and then drizzle ketchup.  Mmmmm~~ Mmmm good!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

¬† Say what you will, but I love the little savory puff balls with bits of octopus inside that is Takoyaki!!¬† I always can’t wait long enough and end up burning the inside of my mouth…but I still love it!!¬† With plenty of bonito flakes and¬†mayo & takoyaki¬†sauce on top this one is always a treat!¬†

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

¬†¬†¬†Japanese Yam Fries.¬† Nothing spectacular…but the mayo and nori topping really just makes it so delicious and yummy!¬† Plus it’s¬†easy to eat while walking around!

richmond night market

richmond night market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¬† Japanese Onion Rings with Wasabi Mayo….Delicious!!!!¬† Piping hot, crunchy exterior coating and super creamy mayo.¬† Soooooo~~~~ yum!!!

 

 

 

 

 

  We were sooooooo full by the end of the evening!!   We got some fun little souvenirs, had tons of fun and ate til we dropped!!

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Blue Fin (AYCE)

July 21, 2010

March 13th, 2010. Blue Fin All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!  

blue fin

blue fin

 

blue fin

blue fin

¬† Henry convinced me that Family Day is more important than Bible study.¬† God, I hope you remember that..LOL!¬† Well…that, and Mom tempted me with the promise of upscale seafood AYCE at Blue Fin…so, yeah…. how could I say no???!¬†
 
¬†We stopped by at Seattle Premium Outlet, ate at Blue Fin, Shopped at Alderwood Mall, had MacDonalds, and stopped by at Seattle Premium Outlet again: that’s right, we covered all our bases¬†

 

blue fin

blue fin

Anyways, the much awaited All-You-Can-Eat lunch at Blue Fin!¬† Of course, being me, I looked up the website and reviews and yes, it seemed quite promising!¬† And I wasn’t disappointed!¬† When we got there it was not super busy, but by the time we started eating and when we were done the place was packed!!¬†¬†Funny thing that you don’t see in Vancouver: hispanic guys rolling your sushi.¬† That’s right, most of the sushimen at Blue Fin were NOT asian.¬† Now normally this would be a red flag.¬† No, I’m not discriminatnig..but it’s the equivalent to an Asian guy making your food at a Mexican joint: how credible is that at first glance?

blue fin

blue fin

¬† It’s located on the outskirts (?) of Seattle at Northgate Mall and¬†is apparantly run by Koreans, so the salads and sides have a definite Korean spin.¬† The rolls are all made right before your eyes, food refills were timed well, and there was a hot food station as well as a small, but ample, dessert station!¬†

blue fin

blue fin

As you can see from the pictures, the rolls actually look pretty decent. there’s lots of variety (not just your standard filler california rolls!) and the raw fish looks fresh!¬† It was a huge bonus that the food actually was fresh and you could see it being made.¬† And they don’t just¬†serve the cheapest stuff on¬†a Japanese menu.¬† But yeah..the egg drop soup…pretty gross. Seriously, don’t eat it!¬† The tempura items were varied, if not a bit standard, and the Korean Galbi (short-ribs) were actually quite flavorful and tender.¬† Bonus!¬†

blue fin

blue fin

The real attraction though?¬† The fact that they have a little cotton candy maker.¬† If you know me….you know I can never pass up cotton candy!¬† Anyways, there’s a cotton candy attendant who stands and twirls out cotton candy for the diners.¬† Oh, and they have pumpkin pie in their selection of mini cakes and pies. SCORE!! I didn’t have room for any, but apparantly the vanilla soft serve was so amazing that my mom went for seconds even though she complained of being too full and ruining her diet!¬† Mom says it’s super soft and super yummy!

I have to say…we stuffed ourselves silly!¬† Happy Tummy~!!!

 

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