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!

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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!

Clancy’s Tea Cosy

December 17, 2011

June 10th, 2011.  Tea Date with Rina

clancy's tea cosy

clancy’s tea cosy

 

 

 

Ahhh~ finally, some one-on-one time with my girlfriend, Rina!!  In New York she was definitely a friend I missed.  We made efforts to keep in touch and when I had that loneliness I always knew I could message her for comfort and assurance.

clancy's tea cosy

clancy’s tea cosy

 

 

I had been wanting to do a tea time, and she suggested Clancy’s Tea Cosy in White Rock.  Who doesn’t love bite-sized finger-food, warm aromatic beverages and good china?  The whole place is filled with floral deco, from the artificial flowers as centerpieces to the beautiful floral china ware.  It’s like stepping into a postcard!

clancy's tea cosy

clancy’s tea cosy

 

 

 

 

I love how the tea came in these cute little pots!  The hot tea warmed us up inside and out on this cloudy, slightly chilly afternoon.

clancy's tea cosy

clancy’s tea cosy

 

 

 

 

 

 

We shared an Afternoon Tea for One.  Crustless sandwiches, buttermilk scones served with clotted cream and preserves, 2 Cupcakes and a couple Lemon Tarts topped with strawberries.  All the treats were scrumptious, clean, fresh and  wonderful for a liesurely chat with a girlfriend over

clancy's tea cosy

clancy’s tea cosy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a really wonderful time catching up, having a heart-to-heart and just enjoying being 2 girlfriends having tea.  I am so blessed to have such an amazing friend!

 

November 17th, 2010. Sticky Rice Thai & Asian Cuisine  

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

  Ever since hearing that Liz was working at a Thai restaurant and that she wears a traditional Thai dress for it we knew we had to go visit!!  I guess where it’s situated you could say it’s White Rock..anyways, it’s a Thai place in Surrey!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

  The space is really lovely and well decorated.  Traditional items and colors everywhere, but not an overload like some places.  I mean, come on, we don’t want to eat in a cluttered space!  The waitresses wearing the Thai dresses were a nice special touch.  Funny enough all the waitresses that evening were white..haha!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

   

 

 

 

 

  The tea comes out in these gorgeous pots with matching cups….eek, so beautiful!!

 

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Side salad that came with one of the meals.  Came with a mango dressing.

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Som Tum Thai: Papaya, tomato, garlic, chili, palm sugar, lime juice, tamarind sauce, fish sauce and roasted crushed peanuts.  This salad was a great opener!  Tons of flavor, fiery kick and crisp ingredients!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

  Pad Thai: Sweet and sour fried rice noodles with bean curds, eggs, bean sprouts and as you can see…a generous amount of lemon and peanuts on the side!!  Another total hit!!  Loved the texture of the noodles, the sauce was light but full of flavor and a great balance between sour and sweet.  Mmmmmmm~~!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shrimp Nuggets with Sweet Sauce.  I didn’t get to try this one..but I bet it was good

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Now, we’re talking!! Grilled Beef Short Rib with Sticky Rice: Grilled beef short rib in ginger and Thai spices.  I love how the rice comes steamed in a woven bamboo container…so adorable!  Next time I totally want to try this one!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

  Many Thai places the rice comes out kinda hard and all stuck together like a puck.   As you can see, the sticky rice here looks nice and moist.  They used a good amount of coconut milk to give the rice that slightly creamy taste.  Plus 5 points!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Of course we couldn’t NOT have the Tamarind Candy after the meal…when in Rome, you know 😉 

 

 

 

 

  Overall, we all really enjoyed the meal.  Even though I didn’t get to try everyone’s, from what I did try I was impressed with the level of freshness of the ingredients.  I was also impressed that with all the different flavors residing in each dish there seemed to be a flawless balance achieved.  Next time I’m here I definitely want to try the curries and more grilled stuff!

September 30th, 2010. Post-Workout Dinner: Cactus Club Cafe

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

  It’s a known fact: a post-workout appetite is the WORST for ruining your self-resolve in terms of diet.  Now, I’m not on a diet, but after a workout I’m as hungry as if I were.  After a productive workout session with Nabil we headed over to the newish Cactus Club Cafe in White Rock.  Yes.  I know.  Cactus Club again.  To be fair I tried completely different things this day!! It was like a totally different experience…c’mon~~!

  I really like the decor of this location both inside and out.  It definitely blends in with the whole White Rock persona….pacific chic 🙂

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

  Rob’s Goat Cheese & Feta Flatbread: grape tomatoes, pesto, caramalized onion, arugula, balsamic glaze and maldon sea salt.  I was surprised that the flatbread was as good as it was!  Lots of flavors, good ingredients, and the flatbread was soft enough that it was easy to cut through, yet with the firmness to not flop around.  Good choice, Nabil!

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  Sezchuan Green Beans (with side of rice).  Call me a sucker..but i like sezchuan green beans.  I’m sure this dish is not the one most servers will push, lol!  The beans were cooked just right with good seasoning and the rice that came on the side was also cooked how I prefer, which is slightly dry.

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  My dinner:  Creole Steak + Prawns – 9oz. certified angus sirloin rubbed with cajun spices.  spicy creole butter, white wine sauteed creole jumbo prawns, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.  The mashed potato was nice and creamy, the steak was perfect, and the prawns were a good size.  And, really, who doesn’t love any kind of flavored butter?  The only thing I have beef with is the asparagus.  Seruously, who made you king of “seasonal vegetables”??  Never was fond of it as a kid and still not a fan today.  Makes your pee smell

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  He had the Short Rib Sandwich – caramelized onions, beef jus and emmental cheese on toasted sourdough.  It was a big sandwich!  The bread was nice and toasty with great sourdough flavor, the meat was tender, loved the cheese and of course he got the chipotle aioli for the fries

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

 

  Apple Galette – a classic combination of flavors; warmed granny smith apples, a hint of cinnamon on a flay puff pastry topped with vanilla ice cream and finished with caramel.  Oh my…what a wonderful dessert to wrap it all up with!  Loved the flakiness of the pastry, the rich, sticky, weight of of the caramel, the light vanilla ice cream and the fact that the apples still had a bit of bite to them.  YuM~!!

 

  I know, I know..another Cactus Club post..but it’ a diffeent location!  Besides..it’s the bane of living in the suburb of a suburb…there’s nothing really interesting or new..and then even in the suburbs the best thing to be had late in the evening is Cactus Club.  But the food is good, so whatevs!!