April 27th, 2013. Bubble World on Robson!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

So, walking back up Robson of course we had to follow up with our regular ritual of bubble tea!  Street Fighter+Bubble Tea = The best!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

 

This particular location is tiny and doesn’t offer food (no salty peppery chicken nuggets? sad!), but it has a game station that evokes all kinds of childhood nostalgia!

bubble world (robson)

bubble world (robson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure, more than 10 years later I still suck, but the boys think I’m cute for trying so hard 😉

The Diamond (Gastown)

November 11, 2012

March 8th, 2012. The Diamond

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

A cool, but mild spring evening.  Robert and I jaunted down to Gastown to unwind and just revel in the atmosphere.

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a bit of trouble finding The Diamond initially, but after a bit of wandering and plenty of backtracking I finally spotted the sign!  Turns out it’s on the upper floor of once of the buildings across the square from Blood Alley.

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got to sit right by a window and we were both so happy with the view that we had to take some photos!

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to have a glass of the Domaine de Censy, a 2009 French Muscadet.  Robert ordered a cocktail, but I just can’t remember what it was….!

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

We shared the Fresh Hummus to start.  Sprinkled with  fresh parsley, smoked paprika powder and a drizzle of olive oil and a dollop of cream and served with grilled bread it was packed with flavor and was quite nice.

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

 

Mains!!  I had the Duck Rillette, which came with crostini, fruit preserves and pickled mustard seed.  The rillette was super rich!  smooth, meaty and gamey duck flavor and actually quite perfect with either the sweet preserves and the tart mustard.  Delicious!

the diamond

the diamond

 

 

 

Robert had the Damn Good Grilled Cheese which had smoked cheddar, gouda, and an apple slaw.  Awesome bread as a vehicle is always great.  The ooey, gooey cheese was just the right amount of richness and the apple slaw was a nice touch.  Gourmet grilled cheese 😉

 

A delicious evening and a relaxing way to unwind from a day of work.  Loved the intimate setting, the cozy space and the great view.  My only complaint is that it’s so dark inside!

Yerba Buena (LES)

October 9, 2011

January 10th, 2011.  Yerba Buena on Avenue A

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

I’m becoming a regular here!  This little Latin bar/restaurant is in the Lower East Side bordering SOHO.  It’s always banging out Latin music you can dance to, which gives it this great energy despite the small space.  I go and always get smiles and chit chat from the staff. My first night there I brought my Bible for some reading to go with my late night dinner…and got to know Gio, the manager and Pablo, the server.  Pablo even ended up giving me a book by Deepak Chopra called “Buddah” as a gift! Yes, the guy is clever 😉

–>A wonderful ginger cocktail to ward off the extreme cold outside…thanks, Aaron 😀  You’re my favorite bartender!!

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

January 12th, 2011.  Yerba Buena

Time to try some food!  Everything on the menu looks interesting.  Not being overly familiar with Latin American food I was prepared to come here often and try as much as possible!

I got a little corner of a booth right between the bar and the front window.  Made myself a little nook and prepared to eat the night away~!

(Mmmm~~ Mojito~~!!)

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

  Ceviche: hamachi + red onion + rocoto + cilantro + maiz cancha.  Perfect zing and acidity.  The hamachi was well marinated and the grapefruit on top lent a nice sweetness that cut into the sour.  I loved the sauce….Mmmmmm…sauce….!

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

 

  Papas a la Provenzal: shoestring fries + chimichurri.  Who doesn’t love chimichurri sauce?  This was a lot more fries than I expected, which is not bad..except because the fries were so thin it started to get soggy towards the bottom of the basket.

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise complimentary snack on the house!  Empanadas: chicken tinga + sirloin picadillo with chimichurri.  It’s easy to make empanadas dry…these ones were pretty well done, despite the fact that they were smaller.  The manchego cheese flecked in the filling gave extra flavor, too.  Yummy bites!