Pizza is Always Right

July 9, 2015

May 3rd, 2013. Pizza is Always Right!

panago pizza

panago pizza

 
 
 
 

In the end I couldn’t help myself….my tummy is a happy place for pizza to be!

Hope my car smells like pizza in the morning….lol!

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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 😀

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

February 19th, 2013.  Luncheon @ La Spaghetteria (New West)

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

  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.

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

 

  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.

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 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.  

 

la spaghetteria

la spaghetteria

 

 

 

 

I hope that with all the renos they also update the food!

(Mocha Latte)

Lasagna Casserole

March 20, 2013

June 10th, 2012. Post-Whistler Meal

lasagna casserole

lasagna casserole

 

Threw together a Lasagna Casserole with spicy Italian sausage, lots of spinach, tomato sauce and cheese topped with more cheese and some italian bread crumbs.  Yum!

I call it a casserole because I didn’t really layer the lasagna sheets.  I just broke them down and tossed it with all the other ingredients.

Campagnolo on Main

March 12, 2013

May 24th, 2012. Campagnolo Group Dinner

campagnolo on main

campagnolo on main

Nearly impromptu meet-up with some friends for an early-ish dinner at Campagnolo. Since my first experience last year I’ve loved this small, casual, high-in-demand, delicious place tucked away on the outskirts under the eaves of Main Street. With a handful of foodies mixed into the group we made a flurry of selections and waited for the food to arrive.  First up on our side of the table were the Tonarelli alle Vongole, sawmll bay clams in a chili, garlic and parsley broth.  Juicy clams, flavorful broth, warm and savory.  Good way to start a meal!

campagnolo on main

campagnolo on main

It’s a good thing food & drink connoisseur Anita (la Petite Foodie) was at dinner because as soon as the server mentioned they had fresh Burrata on hand she literally JUMPED on it saying that it was a no-brainer-must-order 😉  Thinly pulled mozzarella wrapped around butter (or cream) this ball of delight came with a drizzle of olive oil, cracked pepper, bresh basil leaves and crostini.  Can I just say….. foodgasm????!!!  Creamy, light and subtle, perfect to just bite into little by little and savor and it’s also completely spreadable.  This….this was a real eye-opener.  LOVE IT!! 

campagnolo on main

campagnolo on main

Another appetizer we ordered was the Eggplant.  I don’t quite remmeber, but I believe it was sheets of roasted and marinated eggplants under an herb-y tomato sauce with crispy shards of crostini and celery slices on top with a healthy drizzle of olive oil.  Another favorite of all of us for being just the perfect balance of savory-sweet vegetables, fragrant and punchy and a good dose of richness.  Yum!

campagnolo on main

campagnolo on main

The special main dish of the day was the Spot Prawn Spaghetti!  There was NO WAY we weren’t ordering this!  Especially since Spot Prawn season was just coming to a close…can’t miss out on fresh sweet spot prawns!  I know I’ve written about my love for spot prawns and this dish was no exeption….BOMB ASS SPAGHETTI!  Super rich, very fresh and prawns aplenty!  It was glorious 😀

campagnolo on main

campagnolo on main

 

Of course we can’t come to Campagnolo and not have Pizza.  I can’t quite remember this one but the bread was thin and perfectly soft and crispy at the same time, it was a white pizza with salty notes from the olives and spicy savory from the thin cut pepperoni and we definitly added a good amount of parmigiano reggiano all over 😉  Soooooooo yum!!!

Stomaches full, smiles all around: anoter successful group dinner for the books 😀

Pizza Cravings~!!

March 2, 2013

May 18th, 2012. Pizza Craving!! 

pizza craving (panago pizza)

pizza craving (panago pizza)

 

 

 

 

 

When I get cravings…I get massive cravings.  After a whole trip of Korean food I NEEDED some hot, hearty, cheesy pizza! 

 

pizza craving (panago_

pizza craving (panago_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panago is my usual go-to for pizza.  Ahhhhh….the aroma of pizza filling up my car, permeating throughout the elevator…and finally getting through my door and just scarfing it down!  Yum~!

 

 

Nothing like hot pizza to make your night 😉

Earls (Downtown Vancouver)

February 19, 2013

May 6th, 2012. Steak for Lunch at Earls Downtown

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

Despite being a gloriously sunny day the one downer was that my new friend Robert was flying back home to California today 😥  His contract work here done it was time to pack up and go.  Since I volunteered to drive him to the airport he offered to buy me lunch!

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time was kind of of the essence, so we just walked down from his downtown apartment on Nelson to the nearby Earls to catch a bite.  I wasn’t sure what to order…but Robert insisted we go for steaks…so, what the heck, let’s do it!!  He had some house red to pair while I settled for water with a slice of lime.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

I went for my usual staple, the Steak Frites.  It’s a great measure of a restaurant’s standards to go for something as simple as a chunk of beef and plain fries.  This one was a great one!  Super tender beef seasoned very well, cooked great and with just the right amount of resting time to allow for the right amount of juice to come out of the steak.  The fries were also clean, not greasy and seasoned well.  Lots of times it’s the simple dishes that really shine.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

Robert went a bolder route and had the Bourbon Mushroom 7 oz Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (crimini and button mushrooms, bourbon demi glace, Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables).  The plate was vibrant with color!  The sauce was bold and rich, the mushroom added a lot of flavor and the steak was cooked well.  Everything looked great and he cleaned the plate good 😉

April 18th, 2012. Vegas Business Trip Day 5

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

Our final dinner in Vegas?  The Buffet at The Aria.  Can I just say this?  AWESOME BUFFET!!  Not only is it beautiful inside but the quality of food is pretty great and the variety…the variety!!  Full BBQ/grill bar, amazing seafood bar, Indian food, Asian food and a HUGE selection of desserts!

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went straight for the crab legs 😉  Big, meaty, fresh and so good!  The shrimp cocktail was good too!

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I mention the vast selection of desserts?  Oh, they put a smile on my face 😀

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything from comfort foods like pies, crumbles, whoopie pies and big chcolate chip cookies to more refined things like tiramisu and creme brulee.

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

They really make dessert fun by adding little twists like deconstructed s’mores, mint chocolate meringue and precious little cakes with gold! 

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sweet tooth was well satisfied ;D

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would DEFINITELY recommend The Buffet at Aria and would TOTALLY come back for more if I came back to Vegas!

February 9th, 2012. Roasted Chicken Creamy Lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve cooked and I was craving some pasta…so I picked up a few things at the store to go with what I already had at home.

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy Cream, Marinated Artichokes, Spinach, Smoked Gouda and Lemons to go with Chicken Breasts, Lasagna, Onions and Bacon.

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

First I roasted the chicken with strips of bacon and slices of lemon. Of course I made sure to douse the chicken with fresh squeezed lemon juice as well

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also cooked the lasagna strips for layering and made some smokey-gouda-y-cheesy cream!

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the ingredients were prepped I started layering it all down. Oh~~ yeah….smells and looks good already!

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made sure I had plenty of grated cheese on the side to sprinkle in between the layers and on top.

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In to the oven it goes~~

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I pull it out and it looks simply delicious!  Piping hot, golden brown and ooey gooey~!

 

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

roasted chicken creamy lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now for the big reveal…..YUMMINESS!!!  Rich, savory and very filling 🙂  Dang this is good!!