April 27th, 2013. Spring Break In The City!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Vancouver! It’s spring break!  It’s a typically rainy day, but that’s not going to stop us from making the most of it!

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 




Another reason why I love The Burrard Hotel is that it has this incredibly sweet café attached to the lobby that has Blenz coffee and tea, very delicious looking baked goods and treats and is licensed for wine! The white and wood interior and teal and yellow accents make it that much more chic 😀

the betty (the burrard hotel)

the betty (the burrard hotel)

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the rest of the hotel even the café offers cheeky little sayings and touches 😉  What’s not to love!  Makes starting the morning even more fun!

 

 

 

*Update (Jan. 22nd, 2015): The Betty has been re-vamped and is now The Container.

November 20th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

  I wake up to my first morning in Vietnam and look out the window.  Well….it’s definitely not Vancouver!  A little bit smoggy, no doubt from the thousands of motorcycles that swarm the streets every day and night.  That’s probably one of the craziest things I’ve seen.  A country where motorcycles are the norm and there are almost no traffic lights.  Literally it’s every man for himself out on the streets!
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

 


I headed down to the main floor where a breakfast buffet awaited me.  Wow!!!  So much variety, so much space and so many good smells….where to even begin?!  I’m not normally a breakfast person, but I couldn’t wait to dig in
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)








There was everything from congee to dim sum, to waffles, not to mention a little pho-cart!  Basically you go to the cart and indicate what you’d like them to put in your bowl.  Finally my first real Vietnamese pho!!

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

   


I opted to go simple with just noodles, some meat, scallions, deep fried shallots and of course, chili slices.  The most noticeable difference is the broth.  It’s very clear and translucent.  Also, the noodles are not gummy and seem less rubbery.  And guess what?  No cilantro??!!!?  As for taste, I would say it was a decent bowl of Pho.  Clean flavors.  Oh, but the chilis?  Don’t leave them in for too long, and don’t get too many.  They are FIRE!!  Just 5 minutes in the bowl and already there’s an intense heat!

  Hoping I’ll get to sample some more pho on this trip~!

November 2nd, 2010. Morning at the Office

cranberry bliss bar

cranberry bliss bar

 

 

  Mmmmmmm…mornings are always hard……but with my favorite Cranberry Bliss Bar and a morning latte I can somehow get through the day…..

  I wish they had the Cranberry Bliss Bar all year long…soft gingergread goodness with that sweet sweet icing and sweetly tart cranberries…so GOOD!