Starbucks x 2

September 2, 2013

September 5th, 2012. Starbucks x 2 

starbucks

starbucks

 

Hello~~~ Pumpkin Spice Latte!  What would autumn be if there were no pumpkin flavored items?  The PSL has been one of my absolute favorite drinks since Starbucks first started doing them….so much so that my girlfriend Alisa and I text each other when we’ve had our first PSLs of the season 🙂

starbucks

starbucks

 

 

 

 

But this gorgeous indian summer weather is sticking around so I also powered through the day with yet another drink…an Iced Salted Caramel Mocha 🙂  Cuz you know, I’m on the whole salted caramel train ;D

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Fran’s Chocolates

March 14, 2013

May 27th, 2012. Fran’s Chocolates

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

I got this surprise gift of salted caramel chocolates from Nab upon his return from a bachelor’s weekend in Vegas.

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

He emphasised that these chocolates have the stamp of approval from both President Obama AND Oprah.  Wow, that impressive, huh?

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gray Salt with Dark Chocolate and Smoked Salt with Milk Chocolate. 

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

The caramel inside was chewy, stringy, soft and super delicious with a deep caramel flavor.  The chocolate coating was smooth and creamy and that delicious salt….really made the flavors pop!

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

I too, give my stamp of approval for these yummy sweets~!

Tim Horton’s

August 14, 2011

November 23rd, 2010.  Tim Horton’s, You Don’t Fool Me!

 

tim horton's chili combo

tim horton's chili combo

  After a movie and a DDR dance battle we all had to go nourish ourselves….alright, Tim Horton’s it is!!  I got the Chili Combo, which is the soup with a bun, coffee and a donut of choice.  The caramel apple turnover was calling out to me…so that’s what I got in substitute of the donut.

  The chili, as you all know, is not really chili.  I mean, it’s disguised as chili..but come on, Wendy’s chili is closer to chili than this!  It’s not spicy and you can’t even get spicy sauce.  Whatever.  The turnover was oh so sweet, sticky, flaky and yummy~!!

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!!