March 10th, 2013. Relate Bake Sale! 

 

relate macarons

relate macarons

 

 

Our church was holding a bake sale and there were homemade macarons!  I definitely had to get some 😀

As you can see they are perfectly risen, super delicate and airy and let me tell you….delicious!

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November 11th, 2012. Girls’ Day @ Mink! 

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

It’s not every day I’m in White Rock/South Surrey.  Despite being a nice little city with some great hidden gems for eating, it’s just so out of the way! Of course a good reason to go is to see Tracy!  A more beautiful, strong and faithful soul I have yet to meet amongst my peers.

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

JooHee and I took the opportunity to hang out with Tracy and her 2 daughters at her little condo, but then she suggested we go down to Mink!  Yes, yes yes 😀

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

After a little bit of browsing we decided to share the S’mores Chocolate Fondue option!  If you haven’t figured it out yet: I love fondue. I LOVE s’mores!  Perfect choice!

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

The platter consisted of graham crackers, marshmallows, and a pot of melted chocolate with a little hibachi for us to roast the marshmallows on!  The silver tray it came on was such a nice, elegant touch 🙂

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

While we did have to go to the counter to ask them to re-light the candle burning under the chocolate a couple times we still had a fun and sticky time!

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 😀

May 20th, 2012. Sunday Lunch at Red Robins

red robins (guildford)

red robins (guildford)

 

 

 

I went to Relate for Sunday service and bumped into a couple friends, Sylvia and Mario…and we all thought we’d grab some lunch at Reb Robins and catch up 🙂

red robins (guildford)

red robins (guildford)

 

 

 

 

I went for the Popcorn Shrimp with Fries.  Pleasant surprise!  Really nice and light breaded coating, the shrimp had good flavor and was juicy accompanied by a really nice tartar sauce.  And the fries were great too!  Again, a light crispy exterior hot potato interior.  With a little shake shake shake of their secial seasoning: yum!

red robins (guildford)

red robins (guildford)

 

 

 

 

Mario got the Poutine.  Rich gravy over their great fries and melty cheesy curd.  No complaints from him!

 

 

 

Really, there’s not much to complain about when it comes to Red Robins.  They deliver great burgers, great thick cut fries (bottomless) and for the most part their food is pretty good.  Happy happy happy 😉

April 6th, 2012. Lifegroup Girls’ Easter Luncheon

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

Us girls in Lifegroup wanted to take the opportunity of a long weekend to get together and bond over tea, lunch-stuff, cupcakes, etc.. Hello, Easter Long Weekend!

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

 

Fortuitously we were blessed with an amazingly sunny day! After another long and gloomy winter season it was just so nice to see such brilliant sunshine. Definitely made the drive down to White Rock pleasant.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

We’d originally wanted to do a high-tea sort of thing, but seeing as how the good ones are so far out in Vancouver and the ones in the neighborhood seemed a bit steep in price we came to the compromise of a luncheon!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed like a better way to go so that not everyone had to be subject to a group fixed price and we could be more flexible.  Tracycakes was the unanimous vote.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

The shop is nicely situated on the waterfront strip in White Rock and is full of the most precious knick knacks and things for the home.  A mix of modern-rustic-country-nautica the shutter bugs among us just couldn’t get enough!

 

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Pair that with the cute tea ware and adorable baked goods in the pastry display case..yeah…really….it took all my will-power to stay in my seat.  Haha! 😉

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to have the Chicken Pot Pie as my meal.  I’m kind of a sucker for them..!  Chicken, diced potatoes, peas, carrots and onions in a gravy topped off with a hat of crisp, flaky pastry.  Not exactly a pie, the gravy was runny, but it was okay.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

The salad was Tracy’s Signature Salad with strings of beets and carrots toasted pecans, feta cheese and their signature raspberry poppyseed dressing.  Funny enough I thought the greens were a bit…tough…..but other than that I loved the touch of cream from the feta, the natural slightly sweet from the carrots and beets and even the pecans were nice.  Nice dressing, too!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

I couldn’t come here and NOT have a sweet treat. After MUCH contemplation I finally settled on 2 babycakes: the Lovely Lavender – a vanilla cupcake with Bavarian filling topped with lovely purple butter cream icing, and the ‘Smores – chocolate cupcake with marshmallow filling topped with chocolate butter icing and graham cracker dust.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

Both were incredibly moist and delicious and beautiful! I think they hit all the notes well. Pretty to look at, great scent, and delicious in my mouth! Sure they could be sweet for some, but I think that’s why the babycakes area good way to go. Bite-sized things are great!  How amazing is this cupcake??!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Yaisa also had the Lovely Lavender as well as the Ra~Ra~Raspberry, a rich chocolate cake filled with whip cream and topped with raspberry icing.  Both so lovely!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Can’t remember exactly what it was that Camille got, but it was sweet, it was super rich and definitey measured up to her chocolate-tooth expectations 😉  What a wonderful afternoon!

Five Guys Burgers

January 24, 2013

April 2nd, 2012. Five Guys (White Rock)

five guys (white rock)

five guys (white rock)

 

 

Well, my boss wanted to know about Five Guys.  Apparantly he had heard about “tht burger place that President Obama likes”.  I told him there’s one in White Rock.  He said, “Let’s go!!!”.  Ummm…what about work?  But he was already turning the car around..so….burgers it is.

five guys (white rock)

five guys (white rock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The space itself is pretty sparse.  Really just a “grab your burer and go” type of deal.  The peanuts are a nice character trait and it’s cool that you essentially get to build your own burger and watch them make it right before your eyes.

five guys (white rock)

five guys (white rock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a bit of hemming and hawing I was ready to place my order.  I didn’t want to over-complicate things, so I tried to be as simple as possible.  Lettuce, jalapeno peppers carmelized onions, bacon and cheese.  Really a very classic combination.

 

five guys (white rock)

five guys (white rock)

 

 

 

 

 

The darn after-work taffic didn’t help the long-ish drive back home.  I had to pop the burger and the fries in the oven for a bit when I finally got home.

five guys (white rock)

five guys (white rock)

 

 

 

 

I made my own curried aioli for fries-dipping.  Honestly, the fries were bland, not crispy and dry.  The burger also wasn’t super-wow.  Hefty?  Yes.  Dripping with goodness?  Not so much.  Maybe it’s better to eat it right on the spot?  Still…..I don’t think I’d go out of my way to go back.

March 9th, 2012. Mink Chocolates

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

Wow, my Trinity Western ladies all back together in Vancouver…what a dream! Alina Unni and Tina just moved back to Vancouver after many years in Korea. Haemi Unni from Yaletown, Christine from Mission, Tracy Unni from White Rock, Alina Unni from Langley and Tina and I from Port Moody all got together in South Surrey for a reunion!

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

 

After dinner at Kami Sushi in the new Morgan Crossing neighborhood Tracy suggested we go to her favorite spot Mink Chocolates for coffee. I’ve always wanted to try it since I’d heard such good reviews…so I was very easily persuaded 😉

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

 

The place has these beautiful hand crafted artists chocolates as well as regular squares of chocolate.  They offer some baked goods as well as a variety of waffles and even a fondue option.

mink chocolates

mink chocolates

 

 

 

We ordered a variety of drinks.  While they are on the expensive side I heard enthusiastic comments about how the Americano is the best they’ve ever had.  I had the Hot Chocolate (Milk) and thought it was quite nice.  I would have liked the chocolate flavor to come through a bit more and be a little richer, but hey, at least they use real chocolate instead of powder!

November 12th, 2011. Late Night Snack at Big Ridge

big ridge brewing company

big ridge brewing company

 

 

 

I was a bit hungry after Saturday night service at Relate Church, so I popped in to Big Ridge in Surrey to check out their eats and grab a snack.  I was really surprised that they had such a great looking menu!

big ridge brewing company

big ridge brewing company

 

 

 

 

I ended up ordering the Pulled Pork Sliders.  I have to admit, the idea of using pretzel buns with delicious, tender bbq-y pulled pork was a no-brainer.  It was absolutely delicious!!  The buns were not quite as tough as one would imagine, the large salts gave the neccessary saltiness and the pulled pork was delish!  I approve 😉

Kami Sushi – White Rock

February 1, 2012

August 25th, 2011.  Work Lunch in White Rock

kami sushi

kami sushi

 

 

 

  So another day of driving around visiting clients and meeting people with Boss.  Today it’s White Rock!  We needed to stop for some lunch, so we went to Kami Sushi at Morgan Crossing.

kami sushi

kami sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

  It’s a pretty large space for a sushi place and clean.  It’s run by Koreans, so the menu is pretty standard for your typical Korean sushi place. 

kami sushi

kami sushi

  

 

 

 

  I went for Lunch Combo A, which was 3 pieces of Tempura, 5 pieces of Nigiri, 3 pieces of the Reno Roll and 4 pieces of the Caterpillar Roll.  The sushi was good, the tempura was acceptably crunchy and the rolls were actually quite good. 

kami sushi

kami sushi

 

 

 

 

 

  It’s not extraordinary….but I appreciate that they try to make the combos interesting and with a good mix of variety; the food is clean and it’s a nice environment.

Bubble World – Guildford

December 31, 2011

July 26th, 2011.  Bubble World 

bubble world

bubble world

 

 

 

  One of the best value dishes at Bubble World is the Salty Peppery Chicken.  A large portion of salty, peppery, deep fried goodness in a bowl for only $5.25.  For $7.00 you can get all that with a big bowl of noodle soup!!  Salty Peppery Chicken with Noodle in Soup.