October 22nd, 2012. Seattle Trip~!! 

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a casual dinner with Henry’s roommates at the Korean chicken and beer place downstairs from their apartment Henry suggested that we go to Molly Moon’s for dessert!

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

Molly Moon’s?  Artisanal homemade ice cream?  Uh…yes please!  I’m pretty sure the one we went to was the Wallingford location close to the University of Washington, since it was just a short drive from University Ave.  Side note: How can you not love the fact that their address is 1622 and a 1/2?  Too cute!!

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

It’s a small little shop that has soft but bright lighting and seems so inviting.  The sweet tantalizing aroma of fresh dairy and homemade waffle cones beckon you inside…but there’s also a cramped line up so you’re kinda rubber-necking it from the door to see the menu and bouncing on your toes wanting to get in 😉

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many interesting flavors to choose from and I really was very very torn…. In the end I opted for the Salted Caramel.  Smoooooth, creamy, decadent and delicious without being overly sweet or salty, this was a true ice cream made with care 🙂

molly moon's - wallingford

molly moon’s – wallingford

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Moon’s, you done good.  I’m not a cold foods kinda gal, but I would come back here to try more flavors and just soak in the sweetness and goodness of the atmosphere!  All thumbs up!

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August 19th, 2012. Tea Shop 168 – Willowdale (North York, ON) 

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

Finally able to take a little time to ourselves, Yire and I ventured out of our nice hotel room at Novotel and took a walk down Yonge Street.  We saw Tea Shop 168 and looked at each other…Bubble tea??  Yes, please!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps it was because it was our first time left to our own faculties at a place where we didn’t have to make a mass group order….but it took us a lot of time to figure out what we wanted to order!  It was as if we’d never ordered food in real civilization before!  Hahaha!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yire ordered the Matcha Slush and I got the Red Bean Smoothie.  Holy moly, huge cups!  Probably the sole reason we took may too many photos of the drinks was the sheer surprise of how big the cups were!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet, refreshing, and filling…these were a generous accompaniment to what was to come….the waffle!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named the Stravaganza, there was no way we couldn’t order this!  A waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, strawberries, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a sprinkle of white chocolate chips….man oh man, this was a real waffle delight!

 

 

 We spent this nice slice of afternoon relatively worry-free and eating some delicious sweets for lunch 🙂

A&W Somewhere in P.E.I.

August 4, 2013

August 12th, 2012. AllTV Korean Culture Caravan – Somewhere in P.E.I.

a&w coke float

a&w coke float

 

 

 

Thought we’d go try to do some grocery shopping for the next day….but apparantly in P.E.I. nobody stays open once dinner time hits.  Oh boo….

Instead we stopped at the A&W across the street where I was introduced to a Coke Float!!  The most amazing thing EVER!!  Cold, creamy, sweet….omg, how have I never had this before?

It was so delicious that I have to now reconsider my prejudice against A&W… 😉

November 19th, 2011. On The Way to Vietnam
korean air prestige class (dinner)

korean air prestige class (dinner)

 



After a short stop-over in Korea we’re back on the plane again. Headed to our first destination: Ho Chih Min City, Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon!!

  Dinner time again~!!
korean air prestige class (dinner)

korean air prestige class (dinner)











This time we started off with an appetizer of Roasted Eggplant with Chicken.  It was slightly bland, but the sauce helped.

korean air prestige class (dinner)

korean air prestige class (dinner)

 




The salad was Parma Ham with Melon and Baby Salad and Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing.  For my bread I opted for a Bao.  The salad was quite lovely.  The parma ham was nice and salty, which was a great contrast to the sweet melon and I just dipped the tender salad greens in the dressing for a light splatter of flavor.

korean air prestige class (dinner)

korean air prestige class (dinner)

 





Since I ordered a western entree I also was given an extra appetizer, the Pumpkin Cream Soup.  Now I love pumpkin and I love soup, so this was a treat!  Creamy, sweet, savory goodness.

korean air prestige class (dinner)

korean air prestige class (dinner)

 

 



My main was the Seared Prawn and Scallop with Chinese Black Pepper Sauce served with Egg Fried Rice and Vegetables.  Um…the prawns were definitely over-cooked, although the sauce was good, and the scallops?  Oh….i thought they were mushroom stems…..those were scallops????

 

korean air prestige class (dinner)

 

 




We got to choose between ice cream and fresh fruit for dessert.  Haggen Dazs ice cream?  Uh, no brainer!!  I absolutely love these individual-sized cups.  Perfect!

Korean Shaved Ice (팥빙수)

December 28, 2011

July 19th, 2011.  We Love 팥빙수~ 

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

 

 

  Summer+Lifegroup+Dan’s House=Gotta make some Korean Shaved Ice!!  Everyone brought an ingredient and then after Bible study we proceeded to grab some ice, shave some ice, and create our own delicious bowls of shaved ice~!!

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

 

 

 

  Shaved ice, homemade red bean paste, mochi, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, strawberry syrup, lychee, vanilla ice cream, pineapple and condensed milk.  Basically, as long as you have the ice, mochi, red bean paste and condensed milk everything else is a go!

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

korean shaved ice (팥빙수)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  A big bowl of YUM!!

Bella Gelateria

August 20, 2010

July 1st, 2010. Canada Day, 2010: Vancouver 

bella gelateria

bella gelateria

  After our dim sum lunch we burned it off by walking around downtown.  We figured we may as well walk over to the Olympic Flame.  Downtown was packed!  It was nearly as full as it was during the Olympics and at the waterfront where the flame was it was pretty crazy with all the radio station and tv broadcast tents, live music, food carts and street performers.  The aroma of corndogs, smokies & mini donuts filled the air while we heard all sorts of sounds coming from every direction!  It was like a contest to see what could grab a person’s attention best.  A huge stage at the end of the bay with a local artist and band, in the plaza several radio and broadcast tents with weather girl turned local celebrity Tamara Taggart in one of them and projeted onto a jumbo screen.  Where to look and what to see!

bella gelateria

bella gelateria

  We wandered over to the Olympic torch, which was having a revival since the fervor of the actual Olympic Games had ended.  There was also what looked like a huge lego orca whale standing on it’s tail to the side, which many people were taking a picture in front of.  We then wandered into the Vancouver Convention Centre for a respite from all the ruckus outside.

 

bella gelateria

bella gelateria

  As we left the convention centre we happened to bump righ into Bella Gelateria, the new big name in town for gelato!  I wouldn’t have even paid much attention to it, just thinking it was another gelato place, if not for having just read Sherman’s review of it on his blog!  Apparantly this stuff is premium..so of course Rachel and I had to try it out! 

bella gelateria

bella gelateria

  It is definitely quite classy inside.  We can even see the equipment they use and have a glimpse of the back kitchen where the magic happens!  And you know what?  James Coleridge himself, the proprietor and gelateer (yes, i made up a word) was at the shop behind the counter.  Cool!  I’m not for certain, but who else could it be?  He definitely wasn’t just one of the staff who scoops gelato into cups!  I went to the website prior to writing this post.  The story of Bella Gelateria is quite romantic and sweet.

bella gelateria

bella gelateria

  After some consideration we chose a cup of the Pineapple and the Nougat/Torrone.  Yummy & pillowy!  The pineapple was especially refreshing and as you can see from the picture the fibrous pineapple can actually be seen!  It was very fruity.  The Torrone was lightly nutty and the nougats were deightful!  We enjoyed our little side trip 🙂