April 27th, 2013. Spring Break In The City!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Vancouver! It’s spring break!  It’s a typically rainy day, but that’s not going to stop us from making the most of it!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 




Another reason why I love The Burrard Hotel is that it has this incredibly sweet café attached to the lobby that has Blenz coffee and tea, very delicious looking baked goods and treats and is licensed for wine! The white and wood interior and teal and yellow accents make it that much more chic 😀

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the rest of the hotel even the café offers cheeky little sayings and touches 😉  What’s not to love!  Makes starting the morning even more fun!

 

 

 

*Update (Jan. 22nd, 2015): The Betty has been re-vamped and is now The Container.

April 24th, 2013. Girls’ Night!

milestones langley

milestones langley

A much needed night out with my girls!

A light dinner at Milestones included the Baked Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic plate. Wow!! When you go to Milestones you are really just there for the atmosphere and the company because for the most part you’re going to be let down by the food…..but this was a huge hit with all of us!

milestones langley

milestones langley




The roasted garlic was so sweet and flavorful, the baked brie was creamy and pungent with the black sesame giving a pleasant nuttiness to it and the spiced cranberry relish and fig jam both added a beautiful sweet note to counter the cheese and the garlic.  Super yum!
milestones langley

milestones langley




We also had the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which was pleasant but not special. I mean, Cactus Club Café does this much better. The Roma tomato sauce felt clunky and almost canned, the pesto was just kinda mild, and the pasta seemed slightly thick.



All in all though, we had a fun time catching up and the food was really just a thing for our hands and mouths to be doing as we bonded and just shared life 🙂

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 😉  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 😉  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 😉

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

April 1st, 2013. Sunny Day at Rocky Point 

rocky point park

rocky point park



When the sun is out the day is warm it’s hard to resist heading out to Rocky Point to soak in some Vitamin D!

The remnants of a McDonalds Blueberry Muffin and an Iced Berry Good Pu’erh from DAVIDsTEA!  I’m feeling berry today 😀

March 16th, 2013. Fancy Time at Yew @ The Four Seasons 

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

After brunch with Joyce I rendezvoused with Tracy downtown.  It’s been a while since Tracy was downtown with a gal-pal!  We strolled through Holt Renfrew trying on high-end shoes, and browsing the gorgeous and (some not so cute) haute couture bags 😉

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

 

Tracy was just so happy to be out of the house and having some much deserved me-time that we also stopped in at Yew at the Four Season’s for a snack!

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

Tracy was intent on getting a cocktail to make the most of the experience, but since I’d be driving us back I opted for a delicious little Cappuccino.  It joyfully came served with an in-house made Biscotti 🙂  Gotta love the extra little touch and detail that I’ve come to expect from Yew ♥

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

For my nibbles I ordered the Organic Local Apple Tart.  Of course this wasn’t just your average apple tart.  No, this was an apple tart made of Cox’s Pippin and Liberty French apples,aged cheddar ice cream and hazelnuts.  Thin shavings of the cheddar and a caramely glaze garnished the slate that the dessert was served on.

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

Rich, buttery pastry encompassed the sweet and tart apples which were not soggy and still retained a hint of that great apple crunch.  I’m not a huge fan of nuts, so the hazelnuts were just nuts to me, but I loved nibbling on the cheese shavings held between my fingers and that ice cream was super creamy and smooth with just a breath of that rich cheesy flavor.

 As always, a very satisfying experience and service, as always, was prompt, pleasant and helpful.  Yew gets a thumbs up every time 😀

March 16th, 2013. Miura Waffle Milk Bar

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

Reunion brunch with Joyce! Since leaving Sylvan I haven’t seen Joyce, but we’ve been able to keep in touch through Facebook and judging by each others’ posts we both love food! What better way to reconnect than over Vancouver’s newest fad….Waffle sandwiches!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

Miura Waffle Milk Bar is a Japanese waffle joint that’s small but clean. Already gaining acclaim by being featured on hit foodie show “You Gotta Eat Here” it’s one of those places considered a hidden gem.

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t just choose between savory or sweet so we went for 1 of each and split them: First the Hoisin Sando! Sweet and savory hoisin ground pork sausage sandwiched in with bright and aromatic cilantro, refreshing and clear cucumber and a mildly tangy carrot and radish pickle. Reminiscent of a bahn mi but slightly milder. I found that the waffle was appropriately crispy and soft at the same time although bordering on that very thin line of being slightly more dense than I prefer. Delicious? Yes!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, And I also got a Maple Yoggy Milk. Because….I love maple and I what goes better with waffles than milkshake! Not overly sweet with a hint of maple. I would have liked a stronger maple flavor, but it was certainly refreshing and creamy!

miura waffle + milk bar

miura waffle + milk bar

 

 

 

Next we had the Fruits and Cream Sando! Served between the same waffle with the season’s fresh fruit and cream, today’s fruit was strawberries! Okay, what’s more fitting than tart, sweet, juicy strawberries with a rich and creamy whipped cream against delicious waffle! The hoisin sando had filled us, but the fruits and cream sando put us over the edge 😉

Busy stuffing our mouths I’m surprised we got so much talking done in between! It was wonderful to reconnect and to see how much had happened in our lives since we worked together 🙂 Thanks for suggesting such a fun place, Joyce!

The Fish Shack

October 30, 2013

December 27th, 2012. The Fish Shack 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

  A little holiday indulgence?  We definitely felt that it was well deserved on all our parts to do at least one dinner out downtown 🙂  Henry, Eunice and I all have birthdays in January, so this was kind of our pre-birthday siblings dinner out!

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a bit of “research” I suggested we do The Fish Shack on the Granville Entertainment District, a newer place where Sanafir used to be.  Eunice loves oysters, I craved crawfish, and Henry will eat just about anything… Perfect!  Howard and Chris were more than welcome to join us since the more the merrier is generally our philosophy 🙂

 

 

 

 

It’s not the largest space, but the high ceilings give it the illusion of being spacious.  I thought the crate detailing along the height of the walls was clever and compared to other Glowbal restaurants gave the place a more friendly and approachable atmosphere.

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

Even our waiter was much friendlier than the usual Global service we come to expect!  Right off the bat our waiter was inviting, warm and made us feel right at home as if he was our friend!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ermrrrrggggdddd!!  What to order??  Everything looks so good!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Howard start off with a glass of house white and red, which come in humble glass tumblers.  Again, just as if you’re at home ;D

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice goes a bit fancier with The Fish Shack’s Very Own Caesar Cocktail; Pinnacle Vodka and their very own ceasar mix of tomato and clamato juice, horseradish, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce, fresh lime juice, salt & pepper, dijon mustard, prawn and a pepperoni stick. (Photo is sans pepperoni as Eunice was already nibbling on it!)

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Eunice also couldn’t resist ordering some oysters on a half shell.  I tried one, and they were fresh and succulent!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard said he wasn’t very hungry and decided on thre New Englad Clam Chowder.  Joke was on him because this cream based chowder was very rich and filling!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

Chris opted for the Fish Taco, which consists of flour tortilla tacos with homemade guacamole and roasted corn and tomato salsa.  Al fresca at it’s finest!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Everyone else may not have been sure what to order, but I was there specifically for the Fisherman’s Catch!  At $20 per person for 2 people it was a net of dungeness crab, mussels, snow crab, prawns, calamari, crayfish, potatoes, corn and chorizo!  How can I not love that?

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Henry and I had pretty much decided to go in on this one together.  With a wooden slab as our “plate” and provided with all the instruments necessary for the meal to come this promised to be super awesome! 

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

The catch came in a net with a with the gorgeous broth just dripping into the bowl 🙂  Our waiter cut the net to release the beautiful seafood items, tossed them in the bowl and, VOILA, perfection!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Super well seasoned, moist and dripping with umami, I was transported into food heaven!  First of all, I LOVE crayfish and haven’t had any since my trip to New Orleans.  I LOVE crab and was NOT afraid of getting messy with it 😉  The chorizo added great savory notes, the potato was the perfect starch accompaniment and I must confess, I welcomed the numerous refills of the liquid butter for dipping.  I was happy, happy happy!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Chris also ordered the Creamy Horseradish Coleslaw to balance all the richness and seafood-ness.  We all agreed that we would have preferred more of that horseradish-signature spicy zing.

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmmm~ Crispy Smelt & Fries with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon!  Salty, crispy, yummy!  Excellent finger food 😀

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for good bread, and these buns that came on the wooden board were beyond!  light, slightly charred crusty outside that had a slight give and warm, webby dense inside: this bun was gorgeous for sopping up the delicious juices as well as just tearing into on it’s own. I attacked the bread so vigorously that the waiter had to bring us more!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Long after everyone else had thrown in the towel I was still going strong.  Chomping away, bread in one hand, crab cracker in the other hand.  I think Chris and Howard were pretty surprised to see me not even slowing down.  Even as the waiter was clearing off plates there I was guarding my food with one eye and and watching him suspiciously with the other!  Only the promise of dessert was enough to persuade me to pack up the rest!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Upon arriving at the restaurant I checked in via Yelp and lo and behold a coupon for a free dessert flashed before my very eyes!  Before we ordered dinner I showed our waiter the coupon and he said he’d be sure to bring one out to us.  Sticky Toffee Pudding with Chantilly Cream?  HECK YES!!!   Sticky. goopy, sweet and not shy on the sauce, it was all I wanted in a dessert that night!  Oooooooohhhhh, YEAH!!!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to us~~! (And food coma for me…..!!)

October 23rd, 2012. Seattle Trip~!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

I love Portage Bay Cafe in the University District, so I suggested we go there for brunch before we started our day of errands and shopping.

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like some down home organic grub to start the day! I mean…probably not something I’d be able to whip up at home…but you know…that’s what Portage Bay Cafe is for!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also noticed this time that they actually have a little chicken farm (?) right by the restaurant as well! I guess that’s where they source their delicious organic eggs and chicken 😀

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

What with the great selection and the constant new daily specials going on here it’s always hard to pick what I want to eat…but today the Rosemary Lamb Sloppy Joe Burger won out! Now, I’m not the biggest lamb fan…but something about sloppy joe on a brioche bun… bring it on!!

 

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

Anderson Ranch Lamb and Painted Hills Beef Mix, served Sloppy-Joe style with spicy Rosemary tomato sauce, and kale on a brioche bun served with some goat’s milk cheese and beet salad. Messy, sloppy, juicy, and full of flavor! This burger is a handful AND a mouthful of goodness! Go try it!!

portage bay cafe

portage bay cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry went for the Organic Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich served with Herbed Organic Potatoes. It disappeared pretty quickly so I can only surmise that he enjoyed it! It certainly looked yummy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ Portage Bay Cafe never disappoints and always delivers on flavor, freshness and creativity!  Breakfast of the organic conscious, westcoast champions!

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 🙂  Mix and match is in, right? 😉


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 😉  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 😉  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 😀

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 🙂  Thanks, John, for all the tasty food 😀

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 😀

Caffe Divano – Port Moody

September 2, 2013

August 28th, 2012.  Caffe Divano – Port Moody 

 

caffe divano - port moody

caffe divano – port moody

 

 

 

  My usual Spanish Latte at Caffe Divano~ a gorgeous cup of velvety espresso and condensed milk.  Probably my favorite drink here until they get the Maple Latte 😉