November 3rd, 2012. Macaron & Coffee Day~  

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

It’s been too long since Richard and I hung out and did something foodie related.  He mentioned that he’d never been Thierry as of yet…. so on this rainy, drab day we skytrained it downtown for some French indulgence!

I think Richard was a little overwhelmed by all the wonderful choices at the patisserie, so with a little help from me we got the Chestnut Cake (hazelnut sponge+chestnut mousse+chocolate galacage).

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

thierry chocolaterie patiserrie cafe

Along with that we got an assortment of Macarons (pumpkin, vanilla and lychee).

A latte for me, an Iced latte for Richard, and getting down to some nitty gritty real talk.  The best conversations happen around yummy food 🙂  Thanks, Richard for treating me to coffee and for being the few really open and transparent people I know.  Love that about you!

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September 4, 2013

September 8th, 2012. T&T Haul 

 

t&t supermarket

t&t supermarket

 

 

 

 

 

I also picked up a couple packs of mini sweet rice cakes that were on sale!  

 

t&t supermarket

t&t supermarket

 

 

 

 

Mini mocchi filled with red bean paste~ one was regular and the other was peanut dusted.  Perfectly soft as mocchi should be, with a subtly sweet red bean filling and so wonderfully bite sized!  Yum 😀

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 🙂

Fran’s Chocolates

March 14, 2013

May 27th, 2012. Fran’s Chocolates

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

I got this surprise gift of salted caramel chocolates from Nab upon his return from a bachelor’s weekend in Vegas.

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

He emphasised that these chocolates have the stamp of approval from both President Obama AND Oprah.  Wow, that impressive, huh?

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gray Salt with Dark Chocolate and Smoked Salt with Milk Chocolate. 

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

The caramel inside was chewy, stringy, soft and super delicious with a deep caramel flavor.  The chocolate coating was smooth and creamy and that delicious salt….really made the flavors pop!

 

fran's chocolates

fran’s chocolates

 

 

 

 

 

 

I too, give my stamp of approval for these yummy sweets~!

Sunday Starbucks

May 5, 2012

November 6th, 2011. Sunday Starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

 

Nothing like a good cup of coffee to keep the day going in between services.  Took a quick coffee break with Youn-Ho, my TA in IMPACT, Hebron’s English Youth Ministry.  He’s never had a Whoopie Pie before so we got one of those and I had a delicious White Chocolate Mocha.  Mmmmm~~~!

September 2nd, 2010. The Summer’s Final BBQ Blowout!!!

d.i.y. s'mores

d.i.y. s'mores

  Our final hurrah to what has been a really great summer!!  We got Daniel to host one last backyard bbq.  This time he pulled out all the stops!  We had 2 different types of Samgyeopsal, plus a spicy kind as well as some Bulgogi!  Everyone amped the bbq up with even more eats than last time, too, and we had a great turn out!  Bryan and I arrived earliest before anyone else, and upon seeing the little charcoal grill I instantly thought “man….this BBQ would be even better with some s’mores…!!!” so we all headed to the store to grab some more beverages and s’mores fixings!  So here’s how to do a s’mores

 

1. Skewer a jumbo marshmallow on a stick (preferably a clean one) and toast over a grill.  Rotate Marshmallow periodically so that all sides are evenly toasted and turn a bubbly, crisp brown (this is harder to do than you think!!)

d.i.y. s'mores

d.i.y. s'mores

 

2. Rip off a piece of aluminum foil and onto it place graham crackers with chocolate of choice on top (white chocolate rules!!).  Place foil on the grill and watch the chocolate develop a light sheen.

 

 

d.i.y. s'mores

d.i.y. s'mores

 

 

 

3. Remove foil from grill and tenderly squish the marshmallow in between the two chocolatey crackers!

 

4. Devour & be transported to heaven