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 🙂

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 😉

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 😉

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Casa Del Pane Italian Bakery (Port Moody)

June 4, 2014

April 12th, 2013. Chaiyoung’s Getting Married!

casa del pane bakery

casa del pane bakery




My dear friend Chaiyoung finally met the man of her dreams and is getting married!  She had kept everything very low-key so it came quick and sudden, but after seeing her photos with her fiance and hearing her talk, you can’t help but see how happy she is 🙂
casa del pane bakery

casa del pane bakery




Only the best for my Chaiyoung Bebe, I got a pretty Black Forest Cake from Case Del Pane, and Italian Bakery in Newport Village in Port Moody. Delicously decadent with big, rich white chocolate shavings and sumptuously juicy cherries in abundance this cake was just as gorgeous to eat as it was to look at 😀
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Tagine-Inspired Moroccan Chicken Dinner

June 3, 2014

April 11th, 2013.  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

tagine-inspired moroccan chicken

tagine-inspired moroccan chicken




So, I was looking through Epicurious and saw this delicious Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Mint recipe and thought to myself “I don’t have a tagine, but this looks delicious and somewhat do-able.  I’m going to make it!”
tagine-inspired moroccan chicken

tagine-inspired moroccan chicken








I got some chickpeas, a pack of chicken drumsticks, a bunch of mint, some chicken stock, ginger and grated lemongrass.
tagine-inspired moroccan chicken

tagine-inspired moroccan chicken









Sorry I don’t have a step-by-step this time around, but trust me when I say, this turned out REAL WELL!  I put mine over rice and it was delish!

For the Epicurious recipe go HERE 😀

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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 😉  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
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Perfect Korean Mini Meat Patties (동그랑땡)

April 18, 2014

March 20th, 2013. Eunice’s Perfect Korean Mini Meat Patties (동그랑땡)~

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

People wonder why I never cook Korean food. Why would I need to when I have a sister who cooks it so well and lets me eat it ;D

Tonight I came home and Eunice was just about to make some Korean Mini Meat Patties (동그랑땡) and said that I was going to help. Yes, sister! At your command 😀

 

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 A traditional Korean side dish, these mini meat patties are like a Korean bite-sized version cross between meatloaf & meatballs.  Made with a ground pork and tofu base mixed with your base aromatics such as garlic, carrots, and onions, it’s crucial to have a perfect mixture if you want the perfect moist and flavorful bite!

 

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

Not overworked and perfectly uniform patties just small enough to fit in the cup of your hand!

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

After a flour and egg coating the next important step is cooking it slow on medium heat in oil. Just like many grilling techniques flipping it over should be at a minimum.

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

Wait until the oil starts to bubble up and the bottom of the patties get that gorgeous yellow color from the egg wash, then gently turn them all over and do the same.

homemade 동그랑땡

homemade 동그랑땡

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too brown and it’s dry and tough, but that beautiful golden yellow with a slight brown hue makes this my personal favorite Korean side dish!

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Chili Cheese Hot Dogs!

November 29, 2013

February 26th, 2013. Chili Cheese Hot Dogs!!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

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!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

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!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

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.

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

 

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!

 

chili cheese hot dogs

chili cheese hot dogs

 

 

 

 

Stuck these babies into the oven and let the cheese melt down.  MmmmmmmMmm!!  Yes, hot and ready to devour.  Success!!!

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Genmai-Matcha Latte @ DAVIDsTEA

November 21, 2013

February 21st, 2013.  Matcha Latte @ DAVIDsTEA 

DAVIDsTEA

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 🙂

DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA

 

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 😉

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Hot Chocolate at The Coquitlam Grill

November 20, 2013

February 19th, 2013.  The Coquitlam Grill

the coquitlam grill

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!)

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Tea Latte Shots! @ DAVIDsTEA

November 11, 2013

February 6th, 2013.  shots shots shots shots~!!!
tea latte shots

tea latte shots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  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.

 
tea latte shots

tea latte shots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 😀

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Sunday Breakfast @ Ricky’s Restaurant

November 9, 2013

January 27th, 2013. Sunday Breakfast with Eunice 

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 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!

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

  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.

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

  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.

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

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!

 

ricky's restaurant

ricky’s restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

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!)

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