Homemade Strawberry Pie-Cake!

December 24, 2013

March 5th, 2013. Lifegroup~ 

 

homemade strawberry pie-cake

homemade strawberry pie-cake

 

 

 

  It doesn’t feel like a complete week without our weekly lifegroup evenings 🙂  

  Carmi is so sweet and always makes a point of having some sort of goodies when she and Evangel host.  Tonight she made this awesome Strawberry Pie-Cake!  Looks like a pie, but it’s cake inside~ 😀

 

homemade strawberry pie-cake

homemade strawberry pie-cake

 

 

 

 

 

  Indulgent but light, delicious and fresh, hot out of the oven goodness!  I don’t know how she has time to do this after a full day of work, but she’s a super-woman!  Thank you~ 

homemade strawberry pie-cake

homemade strawberry pie-cake

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing life, shooting the breeze, praying together and eating delicious snacks?  All good things, in my book ;D

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Thierry Macarons~ ♥

October 19, 2013

November 6th, 2012. Thank You, Yuni~ 

study time macarons

study time macarons

 

 

 

 

 

 

My lovely sister picked me up some lovely Thierry Macarons as a gift to cheer on my tea-studying!

study time macarons

study time macarons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect accompaniment for a sunny autumnal afternoon sipping some coffee, listening to Christmas music and studying for my new job. Best sister ever 

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 🙂

1AM 7-Eleven Run~

March 22, 2013

June 13th, 2012. 1AM 7-Eleven Run~

1am 7-eleven run

1am 7-eleven run

 

 

There’s no helping it..when you get that sudden self destructive cravin of donuts, chili cheese dogs, pop and chips….you just gotta go and get it!  Lucky for us when one person wants to go the others are almost relieved that they aren’t the only one with midnight cravings 😉

1am 7-eleven run

1am 7-eleven run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello 7-Eleven~~!! 

That’s right, we never skimp on toppings 😉

 

1am 7-eleven run

1am 7-eleven run

 

 

 

 

 

Uh, excuse me…Maple Bacon Bar???!!  That’s a no-brainer!!!  Perfectly soft and airy donut with an ooey-gooey maple glaze topped wuth a generous amount of real bacon bits…this is criminal!  Foodgasm!  Satisfied both my sweet and savory teeth!

November 27th, 2011. Sunday with Mom & Dad

 

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

  죽향 차문화원 (Jook Hyang Traditional Tea Culture Centre) is a little oasis in the condensed city area of Jinju.

 

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  It’s a multiple story building with one floor being a gallery and another floor designated as a cozy tea room where a resident tea master presides over tea ceremonies and educates patrons on the ways of tea and tea ware.

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

After looking through Mom’s friend’s photo exhibit we were treated to an elegant, cozy tea time in the tea room. Ever since working at Franchia I’ve had an even higher appreciation and love for tea and the art of tea.

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tea master brewed for us a pot of tea special to the centre called 죽향미인 (Jook Hyang Beauty).

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tea leaves are from nearby Mount Jiri and it’s a delicate tea.  Honestly, I can’t really describe distinct nuances of the tea…but it’s supposed to be good for you 😉

 

There were so many gorgeous tea pots & tea ware.

There were so many gorgeous tea pots & tea ware.

  

 

 

 

 

 

  We were also served some delicious treats that were so natural, pure, and just delicious. Each of the snacks were delicately made and while fragrant still subtle in flavor so as not to compete with the tea.

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started off with some Sweet Red Bean Porridge.  Not too thick, not too thin, with the natural sweetness of the red bean shining through.

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had some Pan Fried Rice Cakes.  I love how the exterior gets this great thin crust and then when you bite in it’s super soft and chewy!  Dip them in the beautiful pot of honey that came with it and it’s divine!

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

The Candied Ginger was also such a wonderful treat.  Without being too acrid with still a slight and pleasant tang playing with the delicious sweetness.  Yummy!  Not to mention so incredibly beautiful!

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also were served this Bean Paste Jelly.  Subtle in taste, but great texture.  Simply beautiful!

 

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many gorgeous tea pots & teaware.

 

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

jook hyang traditional tea centre (jinju)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I really enjoyed and appreciated the afternoon 🙂

 November 18th, 2011. Leaving For Vietnam~!!!
yvr plaza premium lounge

yvr plaza premium lounge

 

 

So I was chosen to go on a business trip to Vietnam as a media rep from our company with a group of Travel Agency owners and the director of Korean Air here in Vancouver. It’s a pretty tall order, but I’m excited about getting the opportunity to network while touring across an exotic country!

yvr plaza premium lounge

yvr plaza premium lounge

 

 

I was feeling pretty sick last night (even nauseous) with the stress of the pressure, but today I’m feeling good and ready to take on this trip!

You know what the best thing about traveling with the Vancouver Korean Air Director is? That we get to hang out in the VIP lounges at the airports and fly business class ;)   Ballin~~~!!

yvr plaza premium lounge

yvr plaza premium lounge

 

 

Well, I hadn’t had any breakfast or lunch, yet….Chicken Noodle Soup and a couple Cream Puffs in the YVR lounge.  Not premium at ALL  :P

Sunday Snackin’

February 11, 2012

October 16th, 2011.  Sunday Snackin’ 

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

 

 

 

  Peppercorn Pate, Olives, Aged White Cheddar, Cajun Seasoning, and Tortilla Chip Cups.  I wanted to make morsels of deliciousness!

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

 

 

 

 

 

  Carefully building the cups.  A little pate, some chopped olive, sprinkled with some grated cheese and some seasoning on top!  Pop it in the oven and let it toast for a moment

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

peppercorn pate & olive tortilla cups

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Salty, peppery, briney, cheesy, crispy goodness!  I have to say, this was a nice snack for a late Sunday afternoon.

Qoola

December 31, 2011

July 23rd, 2011.  Window Shopping & Frozen Yogurt~!

qoola - metrotown

qoola - metrotown

 

 

 

  Ever since I discovered my love for Pinkberry I’d been  experiencing severe cravings.  I thought I’d try to satiate that craving by having some froyo at Qoola at Metrotown.

qoola - metrotown

qoola - metrotown

 

 

 

 

 

  I added cinnamon toast crunch cereal, mochi and madarine oranges as toppings to the original flavored froyo base. 

  It was okay, but I found that the foryo itself was quite melty in consistency.

Baohaus – LES

October 24, 2011

February 24th, 2011. I  Baohaus

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

Baohaus Baohaus Baohaus!!!
I’d heard about this place via  “food in mouth”, a smart, sarcastic, hilarious and incredibly delicious food blog by an NYCer. Let me say this off the bat: I Love Bao. What can you not love about a pillowy soft bite-sized bun that’s filled with delicious meat, sauce and fresh green aromatics? it’s just a recipe for love… ♥

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

It’s quite tiny inside with pictures of the family’s history. The employees are not family members..but still dedicated to making my stomache happy with some well made baos! The best part are the gangster tunes rockin out from the little mini stereo…rocking out to “Gangsta’s Paradise” while eating my baos!!!

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

 

CHAIRMAN BAO: Braised slow and low using all natural Berkshire Pork Belly.  Served with: Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar.  The fatty pork belly was just rich enough to give that really delicious flavor without being super oily and all the ingredients together was like a symphony.

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

HAUS BAO TM: Signature all natural Hanger Steak Bao as seen on
Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown (March 2010).  Served with: Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar.  Ugh!!  So delicious!  Tender fall apart steak, sauce was perfection and with the crushed peanuts, fresh chopped cilantro and tangy relish it was perfection 😀

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

 

 

 

 

Because I loved it so much one more gratuitous photo of the 2 baos with the common Taiwanese staple beverage, Apple Sidra 🙂

Hello, NYC <3

September 22, 2011

January 6th, 2011.  Ready to Take on the Big Apple!

  I had called my NYC Choi Uncles at the beginning of the year to wish them a happy new year and they were all, “I thought you said you were coming back to New York…where are you??”.  As I was trying to explain that I just hadn’t been able to justify uprooting my whole life to venture on an unknown journey they exclaimed, “It doesn’t matter!  You belong here!  We’ll worry about together when you get here.”  Well…what else to do?  On a euphoric high I immediately scoured the internet for a cheap one-way flight out.

  After my purchase I realized that I only had about a week to get things ready for my who-knows-how-long-I-may-never-come-back trip.  This meant I had some major packing to do.  And strings to tie.  And last minute things to arrange….but before I even knew it I was on a plane and ready for a huge life-adventure!

bloody mary & snack mix

bloody mary & snack mix

Airplane snacks~!!  I swear..they don’t give enough

I tried a virgin Bloody Mary..just to see if maybe I like these now……..nope~~~!  Still can’t stand tomato juice