May 24th, 2012. Deep Cove

honey - doughnuts & goodies

honey – doughnuts & goodies

 

 

 

A gorgeously sunny day and an impromptu stop at Deep Cove in North Van.  Got to sit down and try these “famous” honey doughnuts along with coffee!  Rich fried doughnuts, got one maple glazed and one original.  Honestly, I’m not sure what the hype is about.

honey - doughnuts & goodies

honey – doughnuts & goodies

 

 

 

Dense and strangely dry to the mouth.  I just wasn’t wowed by it….I expected light, pillowy soft treat with a distinct honey flavor….either we are being spoiled by all the new donuteries and pastry shops around here or I’m just not getting these guys’ point…

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April 14th, 2012. Vegas Business Trip Day 1

starbucks - mgm grand

starbucks – mgm grand

 

 

So while we were waiting for the bosses at the MGM Grand Ms. Vivian and I figured it was DEFINITELY time for a coffee break.  You’d be surprised that coffee is not really al that prevalent here in Vegas…you actually have to go hunt it down!

 

I got a Cool Lime Refresher, which I really like and do find super refreshing, and I also got this super cute little Lemon-Chocolate Cake Pop (can’t find it in Vancouver)!  Mmmmmm~ the cake pop was super moist and sweet just like all their other ones!

Starbucks Treats!

January 23, 2013

April 2nd, 2012.  Starbucks Work Break

starbucks

starbucks

 

 

 

 

My boss likes to take a lot of breaks.  Starbucks is our general go-to place.  This one was out in Burnaby.

I had a salty caramel brownie bite, too.  Sweet, salty, pretzel & brownie.  How can I not love???

Thierry Macarons and Latte

January 21, 2013

March 30th, 2012.  Thierry~~

thierry

thierry

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to kick off the weekend than with some great eats!

thierry

thierry

 

thierry

thierry

 

 

 

 

 

A few of us in marketing in the Vancouver area were introduced and got to know each other over dinner at Gyu-Kaku and then headed over to Thierry for dessert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonding over delicious macarons and lattes is definitely the way to go 😉

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!

March 9th, 2012. Gallagher’s Coffee Bar & Cafe

gallagher's coffee bar & cafe

gallagher’s coffee bar & cafe

 

 

 

 

Lattes and Lemon Squares at Gallaghers on a rainy day is a great break from work!

gallagher's coffee bar & cafe

gallagher’s coffee bar & cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really liked how bright the lemon squares tasted.  Lovely all-round.

Starbucks Treat!

October 8, 2012

January 6th, 2012. Starbucks with Daniel~!

starbucks treats

starbucks treats

 

 

 

It’s been a while and I’ve been so busy…but I was able to meet up with Dan for a quick coffee date in Langley to catch up 🙂

starbucks treats

starbucks treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always nice catching up with a friend who understands, relates, and is grown up 🙂  Conversation over Extra Hot Caramel Macchiato and a Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop always makes it better 😀

January 1st, 2012. Breaking New Year’s Dawn Ritual at Denny’s

 

denny's

denny’s

 

 

Despite a brief Denny’s boycott we’d had due to being kicked out for no good reason years ago we’ve inched back in. Because really, in a place like Langley, which is literally a suburb of a suburb, there’s nowhere else to go late at night except Denny’s!

 

denny's

denny’s

 

And of course, we MUST have our traditional New Year’s breakfast at Denny’s after New Years Eve midnight service. Yes, we complain that the food is not healthy and the service is hit and miss…not to mention we are such a large party, which can be hard to seat….but I know deep down inside we love it

denny's

denny’s

 

 

 

 

Sure it’s 3am in the morning, but eat we must!  And when you’re with such great friends how can you feel guilty about what’s going into my tummy 😉

November 19th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)



Our group finally arrived in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon; several times zones, 2 different flights, and a couple continents later.  We were grateful that our tour guide and bus were waiting for us out front. And though it was humid, I was personally very happy that the night was so warm and balmy. Bring on the warm weather!!

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)






For the most part Vietnam seems to be up and coming and newly developing in terms of a destination spot. This hotel seemed quite fancy just by the looks of the lobby.  Wow!

 windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)











Voila~~ le room!! Comfy, cozy, and even came with a complimentary basket of exotic fruits! Can’t wait to take a shower and jump in to bed!!

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)












The men were keen on going out and getting some massages….but I preferred a shower and cozy-ing up with a cup of complimentary Vietnamese Milk Coffee and getting ready for tomorrow’s fun day of tourist activities.

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)
















Thank goodness for being able to have my own room~!

November 18th, 2011. Leaving For Vietnam~!!!
korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)



How awesome is flying prestige business class? Complimentary slippers, blanket, pillow and travel kit containing everything from face cream to eye gel and even a brush! Oh, and they were offering guava juice…I became a guava juice junkie on this trip. LOL!

 

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

The other thing about prestige class on Korean Air is that they keep the food coming   No starving on this flight!  Lunch was a 6 course event.  Literally.  They bring out a tray with a cloth napkin, real silverware, a nice menu…they take your entree order and then you just cool your heels and wait for them to bring on the first course!

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 



Pre-Drink Service: Herb Cream Cheese rolled with Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant.  I would have liked it to be a bit warmer, but it sufficed.  I love cream cheese…how can this go wrong?

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 



Appetizer: Seared Tuna with Soy Sesame Dressing.  Wow.  Extravagance.  Literally, I was wondering how I was going to finish this and then eat the rest of the food to come…haha!  It was well cooked, the dressing was yummy, and I was quite happy.

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 


Soup: Tomato Cream Soup with a Breadstick.  Oh, my….I loved this soup!  I am not always the biggest fan of tomato soup, but I think that’s why I enjoyed this one.  It was more savory and earthy than a straight up tomato soup.  With a pinch of salt & pepper is was quite nice

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Thyme Red Wine Sauce served with Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomato & Patty Pan Squash.  I was impressed that they actually got my steak cooked to medium rare..just like I asked!  As for the veggies…well, there’s only so much airline food can aspire to be…but it really wasn’t that bad 🙂

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)




So, to start off the winding down portion of the meal I got some Camembert & Danish Blue Cheese accompanied by some Cream Crackers and Green and Purple Grapes.  How’d they know I love cheese??

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whew!  Thank goodness for some Coffee 🙂

korean air prestige class (lunch)

korean air prestige class (lunch)

 

 

 

 




For dessert I opted for the Raspberry Mousse Cake.  What a nice way to end off a perfectly nice airline meal 🙂

 

 

 


Ahh~~ filling my tummy up as we start a long flight….not a bad way to begin the trip!