April 9th, 2013.  Pizza Buffet Pig Out!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet

When was the last time you’ve done all you can eat pizza?  That’s right, probably not in a long time 😉  We’d seen this sign come up recently and being the Pizza Hut die-hards that we are it didn’t take any arm twisting on my part to convince Eunice to come with me 😉  Besides, $7.00 for all you can eat?  Best deal in town!

 

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet






Pizza of our childhood, deliciously crispy soft crust, super hot ooey-gooey satisfaction.  And yeah, even the salad bar, plain as it is, holds a sentimental place in our hearts and our stomaches!
pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Howard came along for the ride, but obviously he is not as consummate as me and my sister.  I mean, come on, you are talking to some pizza fanatics 😉

We even ordered a pitcher of Coke.  Because even though neither of us are huge pop drinkers when it comes to Pizza Hut we know that nothing tastes better than  a tall icy cup of Coke ;D
pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet













The obligatory salad.

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet











We attacked that pizza buffet like nobody’s business!  We actually managed to power through quite a good amount of pizza and by the time we threw in the towel we were extremely happily stuffed and ready to pass the heck out!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Sure, artisinal pizzas, thin crust this and fresh herbs that are all the rage.  But Pizza Hut is in a league of it’s own.  Unapologetically rich and hearty and the cheese is piled on, it’s just sooooooo good~~~!!

pizza hut lunch buffet

pizza hut lunch buffet









Don’t try to get in the way of us Choi’s and pizza.  It won’t be pretty and we won’t be nice ;D
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April 6th, 2012. Lifegroup Girls’ Easter Luncheon

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

Us girls in Lifegroup wanted to take the opportunity of a long weekend to get together and bond over tea, lunch-stuff, cupcakes, etc.. Hello, Easter Long Weekend!

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

 

Fortuitously we were blessed with an amazingly sunny day! After another long and gloomy winter season it was just so nice to see such brilliant sunshine. Definitely made the drive down to White Rock pleasant.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

We’d originally wanted to do a high-tea sort of thing, but seeing as how the good ones are so far out in Vancouver and the ones in the neighborhood seemed a bit steep in price we came to the compromise of a luncheon!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed like a better way to go so that not everyone had to be subject to a group fixed price and we could be more flexible.  Tracycakes was the unanimous vote.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

The shop is nicely situated on the waterfront strip in White Rock and is full of the most precious knick knacks and things for the home.  A mix of modern-rustic-country-nautica the shutter bugs among us just couldn’t get enough!

 

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Pair that with the cute tea ware and adorable baked goods in the pastry display case..yeah…really….it took all my will-power to stay in my seat.  Haha! 😉

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to have the Chicken Pot Pie as my meal.  I’m kind of a sucker for them..!  Chicken, diced potatoes, peas, carrots and onions in a gravy topped off with a hat of crisp, flaky pastry.  Not exactly a pie, the gravy was runny, but it was okay.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

The salad was Tracy’s Signature Salad with strings of beets and carrots toasted pecans, feta cheese and their signature raspberry poppyseed dressing.  Funny enough I thought the greens were a bit…tough…..but other than that I loved the touch of cream from the feta, the natural slightly sweet from the carrots and beets and even the pecans were nice.  Nice dressing, too!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

I couldn’t come here and NOT have a sweet treat. After MUCH contemplation I finally settled on 2 babycakes: the Lovely Lavender – a vanilla cupcake with Bavarian filling topped with lovely purple butter cream icing, and the ‘Smores – chocolate cupcake with marshmallow filling topped with chocolate butter icing and graham cracker dust.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

Both were incredibly moist and delicious and beautiful! I think they hit all the notes well. Pretty to look at, great scent, and delicious in my mouth! Sure they could be sweet for some, but I think that’s why the babycakes area good way to go. Bite-sized things are great!  How amazing is this cupcake??!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Yaisa also had the Lovely Lavender as well as the Ra~Ra~Raspberry, a rich chocolate cake filled with whip cream and topped with raspberry icing.  Both so lovely!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Can’t remember exactly what it was that Camille got, but it was sweet, it was super rich and definitey measured up to her chocolate-tooth expectations 😉  What a wonderful afternoon!

November 22nd, 2011. Good Morning, Ha Long Bay~

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 




  The breakfast buffet spread at Novotel Hotel? Fantastic!!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 













  Cereal and Fruit Cocktails~!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Waffle bar~

 

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Salad bar

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 

 

 










  A full Pho spread

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet














And best of all, a Congee bar!!!  So, so delicious~!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 











  Here’s a picture of the obligatory morning pho 😉

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!

Sanford’s Cobb Salad

November 29, 2011

April 30th, 2011.  Sanford’s in Astoria

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

  Another late night eating binge.  I picked up a Cobb Salad at Sanford’s and brought it home so I could eat it while reading a book on my bed. 

  I absolutely love cobb salads because it’s chock full of delicious meaty protiens!  This one has grilled chicken, smoked ham, bacon, rouqefort cheese, sliced egg, avocado and their signature balsamic vinaigrette.  Mmmmmm~~~!!  So delicious   The addition of avocado lends a delicious creaminess, the strength of the cheese doesn’t overpower the salad in general, the dressing ties everything together perfectly and everything is just so tasty!  Happy

November 17th, 2010. Sticky Rice Thai & Asian Cuisine  

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

  Ever since hearing that Liz was working at a Thai restaurant and that she wears a traditional Thai dress for it we knew we had to go visit!!  I guess where it’s situated you could say it’s White Rock..anyways, it’s a Thai place in Surrey!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

  The space is really lovely and well decorated.  Traditional items and colors everywhere, but not an overload like some places.  I mean, come on, we don’t want to eat in a cluttered space!  The waitresses wearing the Thai dresses were a nice special touch.  Funny enough all the waitresses that evening were white..haha!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

   

 

 

 

 

  The tea comes out in these gorgeous pots with matching cups….eek, so beautiful!!

 

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Side salad that came with one of the meals.  Came with a mango dressing.

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Som Tum Thai: Papaya, tomato, garlic, chili, palm sugar, lime juice, tamarind sauce, fish sauce and roasted crushed peanuts.  This salad was a great opener!  Tons of flavor, fiery kick and crisp ingredients!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

  Pad Thai: Sweet and sour fried rice noodles with bean curds, eggs, bean sprouts and as you can see…a generous amount of lemon and peanuts on the side!!  Another total hit!!  Loved the texture of the noodles, the sauce was light but full of flavor and a great balance between sour and sweet.  Mmmmmmm~~!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shrimp Nuggets with Sweet Sauce.  I didn’t get to try this one..but I bet it was good

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Now, we’re talking!! Grilled Beef Short Rib with Sticky Rice: Grilled beef short rib in ginger and Thai spices.  I love how the rice comes steamed in a woven bamboo container…so adorable!  Next time I totally want to try this one!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

  Many Thai places the rice comes out kinda hard and all stuck together like a puck.   As you can see, the sticky rice here looks nice and moist.  They used a good amount of coconut milk to give the rice that slightly creamy taste.  Plus 5 points!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Of course we couldn’t NOT have the Tamarind Candy after the meal…when in Rome, you know 😉 

 

 

 

 

  Overall, we all really enjoyed the meal.  Even though I didn’t get to try everyone’s, from what I did try I was impressed with the level of freshness of the ingredients.  I was also impressed that with all the different flavors residing in each dish there seemed to be a flawless balance achieved.  Next time I’m here I definitely want to try the curries and more grilled stuff!

July 29th, 2010. jenn makes a salad!

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

Spinach

Herbed Goat Cheese

Lime, Olive Oil, Cracked Pepper, Garlic Medium Rare Steak

Honey, Balsamic Viniagrette, Pinch of S&P and Olive Oil Dressing

(Just whatever’s kicking around at home! The steak is resting..taking a nap..whatever the terminology is..!)

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

 

 

  Grilled the steak on the stovetop in a pan because the thought of trying to figure out how to get the grill going outside scares me…..this is what Brother is for…but Brother is away at Kitsumkalum!!

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

   And just when you thought I was gonna be healthy I smother all the spinach with ALL the steak…!  Who are we kidding here….a herbivor I am not!  ‘Greens’ are generally not a part of my diet unless we’re talking about actual herbs like basil, oregano and rosemary.

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

 

 

  So this was my final meal before jetting off to NYC for the BC Day long weekend.  Happy salad, happy me~!