Pearl Hot Pot (Burnaby)

February 14, 2014

March 11th, 2013. Sister Date Day~

pearl hot pot

pearl hot pot

 

 

 

Eunice suggested a sister date of hot pot and a movie.  How could I resist?  What a wonderful idea!  She recommended a place she’s been to in Burnaby called Pearl Hot Pot.

pearl hot pot

pearl hot pot

 

 

 

Usually hot pot is a communal food activity, but in this case they bring out individual pots per person and you can choose your own hot pot type.  There are base “combos” dependant on the protein that include veggies and choice of noodles and each combo comes with a soft drink and dessert, too!

pearl hot pot

pearl hot pot

 

 

Dim sum meets hot pot; you choose off the menu which base hot pot you want and then you have the option of checking off on your menu sheet any additional items your’d like to add on such as vegetable, seafood, or meat items.

pearl hot pot

pearl hot pot

 

 

It is fun to eat as a group out of a big pot, but I felt that the individual is a nice way to go as well especially if you want different things or if you come by yourself.  Also, it comes with a raw egg, which I love!  I’m egg poacher 😉  I like to drop it in gently and swirl the egg whites but keep the yolk intact and give it a slow poach so it cooks through!

pearl hot pot

pearl hot pot

I think the ingredients are not bad (just not great), the fish balls can be kind of a miss as you can see from the gray-ish color it is in the photo….but the meat and seafood are fine, the veggies are firm, and the broth is decently flavored, so I would say that overall it’s okay 😀  As always, hot pot is just super fun to eat and hot soup and dipping things in it is always yummy and interactive!

 

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January 19th, 2013. Birthday BBQ 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

  Now that the weekend’s upon us time for a real birthday dinner!  I wasn’t feeling like a large get-together, so it was literally Eunice, Howard, Chris, Rachel and myself,  What did I want to eat?  BBQ!!  Vegetarian I am not… LOL!

 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

  Originally I wanted to do Re-Up BBQ at the New West Quay, but they close too early and also it’s more of a food-court style venue in the market there and parking is just a hassle, so I switched it to Burgers Etc BBQ House on Hastings on the border of Vancouver/Burnaby.  A small little BBQ house that I haven’t been to in a long time!  I had a good impression of it the last time so I was anticipating another casual yet yummy meal 🙂

I had to have the Coke Float as soon as I saw it on the menu and what a good thing I got it… sweet, icy cold and delish!! Perfect for a BBQ meal!

 

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

 

  I wanted to share the combo platter so that I could have a little bit of everything!  It’s the obvious way to go at a place like this, DUH!

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

  Our platter was piled high with Sausages, Chicken Wings, BBQ Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Beef Brisket, and Pulled Pork!!  With fries, and my choice of macaroni and baked beans!  Everything was sooooooo yum and so much more food than it  seemed!

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

Everything was sauced really well and seasoned well too.  But that doesn’t mean it didn’t call for a good dose of BBQ sauce!  Come on, we’re talkin’ BBQ here!  Tender pulled pork and wings, delicious char on the ribs, big meaty chicken and briskets and sausage for days!

 

burgers etc bbq house

burgers etc bbq house

 

 

 

 

 

Chris also ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich for good measure.  

 

 

 

Super food coma again!!!  Awesomely satisfying birthday dinner with great company! 

July 7th, 2012. Dinner at Yoon & Krista’s~

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

Yoon Keun oppa and Krista unni invited me over for dinner at their place.  It’s always nice going over to their home…so calm and serene 🙂  When I arrived oppa was finishing off the dinner, so I helped set the table.

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

Homegrown Korean Lettuce is noticably different from what you buy at the store.  So much more tender and almost buttery.  I was so impressed that they actually grew this!  Made dinner that much better 😉

 

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Rice, since both are trying to be more healthy.  They even sent me home with a little baggy of brown rice since they had too much 🙂

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

The main dish was a yummy Marinated Spicy Pork.  Mildly spicy, slightly sweet with a slight char around the edges: perfect wrapped up in the lettuce with the brown rice, some spicy bean paste and homegrown basil!

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus!  Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Grapes 🙂

dinner at yoon & krista's

dinner at yoon & krista’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Brownie and Chocolate Sauce with Farmer’s Market Cherries to finish off
the meal.  Scrumptious~!!

 

 

 

Thank you so much, cousins, for having me over and treating me to a homecooked meal…much needed family love 😀

Midam Cafe

January 24, 2013

April 5th, 2012. Midam Cafe

midam cafe

midam cafe

 

It had been a while since Yumi and I caught up, so we decided to do it over eats at Midam Cafe.  Nothing makes catching up better than eating while catching up~!

I ordered a full meal of what the menu called “떡갈비” roughly translated to Rice Cake Beef Ribs.  Galbi refers to beef short ribs, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  Hmmmm….well, what came out was veeeeeery interesting…..!  Ground beef wrapped in a sheet of rice cake?  Hmmm…..  Can anybody tell me if this is what it’s supposed to be?  Honestly, I blind-ordered, so I don’t know what it’s actually supposed to look like.

midam cafe

midam cafe

 

 

 

I thought it was a bit odd…and the rice cake was not super pliable or soft while the beef was a bit bland and dry…but I loved that my meal came with one of my side dishes, steamed egg!!  YUM!

Apart from the main star of the meal, I thought everything else was great as supporting actors.  I think Midam is a nice place to go to, although slighty over-priced, they do some things great, like desserts and porridges and side dishes.  AAnd for those, I’d come back 🙂

Joey’s Coquitlam

January 23, 2013

March 31st, 2012. Joey’s Coquitlam

 

joey's coquitlam

joey’s coquitlam

 

 

Another random dinner with Nab.  Since re-discovering Joey’s recently I’ve been wanting to come back for an actual meal to check out the more substantial food items.  From the looks of the drinks and food menus it seems like Joey’s has really stepped it up from the sub-par stuff they’d used to be doing.

joey's coquitlam

joey’s coquitlam

 

For my appetizer I had the Killer Ahi Tuna Tacos.  Seared tuna with toasted sesame, ginger coleslaw and wasabi aioli.  The tuna was a good size, nice and meaty.  The ginger coleslaw was super refreshing and the aioli lent a nice creamy spiciness.  I also liked that the taco shells were deep fried.  The extra crunch gave great texture.  Nice dish!

joey's coquitlam

joey’s coquitlam

 

 

 

Nab’s main dish was the Blackened Basa with tomato pickled ginger salsa, seasonal vegetables and aromatic rice.  Although I didn’t try it I did think the dish looked great!

joey's coquitlam

joey’s coquitlam

 

 

 

My Moroccan Chicken beat Nab’s Basa out of the park, though!  Tender juciest chicken with North African spices served with an apricot glaze, couscous, and apple mint salad.  The perfect perfect, and I mean perfect marriage of savory and sweet, crispy and juicy, moist but not lacking in texture.  Absolute home run!  The peas and dried fruit in the couscous were balanced so well and went great with the chicken, the pinenuts lent a wonderful toasted nuttiness, and everything just went so well together.  And that apple salad?  So. Damn. Good. I licked that plate clean 😉

joey's coquitlam

joey’s coquitlam

 

 

 

Nab insisted that we order dessert.  I chose the Sugar Covered Donut Holes with Espresso Creme Anglaise.  While the creme was quite nice because the donuts were a little over-fried it felt a  bit heavy.  Good idea, though.

 

 

 

All in all, a very tasty meal and I would totally come back again!

Pinkberry Love~ ♥

October 1, 2012

December 24th, 2011. Pinkberry~

 

pinkberry - metrotown

pinkberry – metrotown

 

 

 

 

  I had this craving….and had to stop by at Metrotown for a Pinkberry fix!  Original Froyo with Blackberries and Watermelon~ ♥

Midam Rice Cake House

December 31, 2011

July 27th, 2011.  Midam Date With Yumi 

midam rice cake house

midam rice cake house

 

 

  It was about time I caught up with Yumi for some one-on-one time to talk about life, love and faith.  Midam is a sweet little Korean rice cake and tea house that has a menu that ranges from savory meals to seasonal desserts and drinks.  Sounds good to me!

midam rice cake house

midam rice cake house

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I ordered the Ripe Persimmon Shake.  Not only do I love ripe persimmons, but the menu stated that this shake is full of vitamins A & C and great for skin.  I quite enjoyed it.  Sweet, delicious and refreshing!

midam rice cake house

midam rice cake house

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Yumi was looking for a snack so whe ordered the Pumpkin Porridge.  Little did we both know that it comes as a whole meal!  A large bowl of porridge with a side of white radish kimchi and Yakshik, a sweet mixture of rice, dates, pine nuts and chestnuts.  Nice!

Qoola

December 31, 2011

July 23rd, 2011.  Window Shopping & Frozen Yogurt~!

qoola - metrotown

qoola - metrotown

 

 

 

  Ever since I discovered my love for Pinkberry I’d been  experiencing severe cravings.  I thought I’d try to satiate that craving by having some froyo at Qoola at Metrotown.

qoola - metrotown

qoola - metrotown

 

 

 

 

 

  I added cinnamon toast crunch cereal, mochi and madarine oranges as toppings to the original flavored froyo base. 

  It was okay, but I found that the foryo itself was quite melty in consistency.

June 16th, 2011.  Birthday at The Office~!

sweet potato cake

sweet potato cake

 

 

 

  We celebrated our Marketing Director’s birthday with a Sweet Potato Cake from Good Morning Bakery down on North Road.  It’s a super cosy, warm bakery and I really do think it’s one of those Korean bakeries that really try to keep their products fresh and not really cheap out.  I like the place and I loved the cake!

Anton’s Pasta Bar

August 14, 2011

November 21st, 2010.  Johnny’s Anton’s Pasta Birthday

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

  Wow..is this the first year we’re not making Johnny a home-cooked birthday dinner?? Wow….!!  Well, it took us long enough to decide on where to go!  It got to the point where Johnny didn’t even care anymore, he just wanted to get going because he was starving!  We decided to troop over to Anton’s for some stomache busting pasta!

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

 

 

 

  I love the Conchiglie Zio Carmelo:  Sausage, chicken, pinenuts and spinach in a white wine sauce. 

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

 

 

 

  I think Robert ordered the Fettucini Creola: Italian sausage,chicken and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce. 

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Oooooohhhh the Spinach Tortellini Napoletana: Tortellini stuffed with ricotta cheese in a fresh basil tomato sauce.  Tortellini is deceptive here..it looks like you could finish it off..but no matter how many you eat there’s still so much on your plate!!

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

 

 

 

  Rina went for the ever favorite Conchiglie Frutti di Mare: Mixed seafood & mushrooms in a cream sauce.

anton's pasta bar

anton's pasta bar

 

 

 

 

 

  The damage…pasta wins again….arg!!!!!

  Say what you will about Anton’s, but for decent pasta at a decent price with leftovers that will carry on for at least a couple more meals at home..that’s a great deal and worth the drive!!