Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cho Sun Korean BBQ

Pork Bone Soup for 2
Korean BBQ is best eaten on a cold and stormy night, which is why there are so many tasty Korean restaurants in the greater Vancouver region (because Vancouver is well-known for being a rainy city) We decided to go to Cho Sun, one of our favourite Korean restaurants. Right when we arrived the aroma inside the restaurant was delicious and overwhelming. Good thing E and I were planning to do our laundry right after dinner.

We ordered their Pork Bone Soup for 2 and one of their meat platters (for 2 as well) and a plate of Bulgogi sliced beef. The meat platter consisted of beef short ribs, marinated beef slices and marinated chicken. We also got a bunch of Korean side dishes and rice to go with our meal. The only thing I would mention is make sure all the meats are cooked and try not to burn anything. E and I had a great time watching our mom and dad fight over the grill, and whats even better is that all we had to do was sit back and eat (both our parents just kept on serving us food, didn't have to do any cooking at all!)

Just beware, you will be leaving the restaurant smelling like barbecued meat, well this might not necessarily be a bad thing for some people.

Happy eating everyone!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Watercress & Spinach Poached Egg Soup

Thanks T, for such a delicious Birthday soup  

This was where he got the inspiration from, it is a very yummy and earthy soup!

Enjoy, because I sure did.

Happy February 25th ♥

Another year has come and gone for me.

Breakfast in bed, thanks for the berry tart K!

Some sister time on this special day.
Thanks everyone 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tokyo Thyme in Kerrisdale

I had a very big sushi craving today, so when T called and asked if I had made any dinner plans tonight, I said no and quickly added "but I am craving sushi." We decided to give Tokyo Thyme a try since its close to home and on trusty ol' urbanspoon.com it got a 92% Like by diners. When we arrived, the restaurant was already full of diners, and we were seated quickly. It's always nice to see a busy restaurant because it gives me hope that the food will be good.  

Since it was only the two of us eating and T has a thing about wasting food, we decided to just have a light dinner (I have a tendency to over order). We ordered a Negitoro Roll, one of their specialty rolls called the Bloody Winter Roll (I swear that was the name of the roll, but I could be wrong, please correct me if I am!) and their Daily Special Bento Box because it was drawn so nicely on a chalk board right above our table.

Lets start with the Bloody Winter Roll, I absolutely adore the presentation of this roll and I love masago and tuna. The rice was nicely packed together and the pieces were just the right size for me to put the whole thing in my mouth. The only thing I would say is that I thought there would be more masago incorporated into the roll instead of using it as a garnish. No matter where I go for sushi I always order a negitoro roll and I think Tokyo Thyme made a pretty good negitoro roll (I don't think I've ever had an awful negitoro roll at any sushi restaurant). The Bento Box had a really good chicken, it was tender and juicy, there were a couple pieces of salmon and tuna sashimi, a garden salad with sesame dressing and egg plant with bacon cooked in a sweet soy.

Surprisingly the egg plant was really well done, I normally don't eat anything purple but T said the egg plant was really, really good, so I tried it and enjoyed it, I mean who doesn't love bacon? Anyways, I had a very good experience at Tokyo Thyme and the servers were great, I loved how one of them asked T if it was our first time dining with them. Its always nice to be asked if we had a good time. I will definitely be back to try the rest of their menu and it's just so close to home!

Tokyo Thyme on Urbanspoon

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oxtail & Veggie Soup

What's for Lunch?

  • I found a recipe on the tastyplanner.com for a Vegetable and Oxtail soup. I didn't follow the exact recipe, kind of modified it to suit what I had in my fridge.

  • I used oxtails, onions, carrots, potatoes, hairy gourd, tomatoes, Italian parsley, and season with salt & pepper to taste.

For the complete recipe and instructions please visit the tastyplanner.com 

Enjoy, because we sure did 

Vancouver Foodster - Tasting Plates

So a bunch of us attended the 2nd Annual Downtown Edition of Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates. It was a cold night, but good thing it didn't rain! The whole day I was anticipating for the start of this tasty event and by 5pm I was starving and super excited to visit all the participating restaurants and just start eating!

We started our night off at Zachary's on Robson with C
ajun dusted Potato Balls infused with maple smoked bacon, red onion, cheddar cheese & fresh dill. Citrus tinged Mighty Meatballs and a Scallops Poutine. It was definitely a good start, kind of warmed us up for the brisk walk to the other restaurants!

Our second stop was at the Red Card Sports Bar & Eatery they served up a Poutine Italiano, Margherita Flatbread and an Italian Sausage Flatbread. Next we hit up the Soho Road Food truck where I had a very tasty Butter Chicken Naan Kebab.

Stopped by the Vancouver Fanclub to grab some quick Mac & Cheese and some Wings.

With all that walking in the cold, we warmed up at Betty on Burrard where they served Banana Bread, Gluten free Oreos and a variety of spiked coffees!

So on to more food! Our next stop was at Lolita's Cantina with a tasting plate consisting of Slow roasted beer braised Beef Taquitos, Pulled achiote Chicken and Spinach Flautists wrapped in blue corn tortillas, and Crispy Quinoa and Corn Fritters with charred cherry tomato and zucchini mojo. This stop was definitely delicious!

So much walking, but so worth it once we arrived at Le Tigre Food Truck ran by Clement Chan who competed on Top Chef Canada Season 3, I can't wait to watch it now! This was probably one of my favourite stops because the Seafood Miso Chowder he served sure warmed me up.

The Pink Elephant Thai was our last stop before dessert and by then we were all pretty stuffed. Their tasting menu consisted of a Alberni mango wrap, Shrimp ball, Green curry chicken with noodles and Larb pork with crispy wontons.

Finally! Onto dessert. Our last stop for the night was at Soirette Macaron & Tea and we had Coconut and Braised Pear Mousse Macaron a  Pink Grapefruit & Jasmine Tea Pâte de Fruit and Thyme Sablé. Ahh what a delicious night. I will definitely be back to get macarons for S, her birthday is coming up!

Bye for now.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Passion by Gerard Dubois

Passion by Gerard Dubois

74-80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Fraser Suites Shop 1

I know this is kind of late, but I swear I took like a gazillion pictures during my stay in Hong Kong, but this is something I must post up because I think Passion did an excellent job with these yummy cupcakes. I can't wait to visit Hong Kong again, just so I can get my hands on some more pastries by Gerard Dubois.

I think this is what I miss about Hong Kong. E and I had lunch at Passion a couple of times during our last week in Hong Kong. I wish I found out about this place sooner so I could try all of their pastries and their freshly baked artisan breads! K, if you are reading this please send me back some cupcakes, please find a way... I promise I will stop comparing you to underwear models if you do!

Enjoy, because we sure did 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dinner @ Home

Cooking dinner at home 

What's cookin' good lookin'? Noodles and congee and fried salted donuts. Yum!
I know it's odd, but sometimes we eat on top of newspapers instead of place mats because its easier to recycle the newspapers instead of wiping the place mats. Smirk.

Bye for now.

Great friends @ GBS Water Co.

Pictures by Le (shes got an eye for these kind of snapshots) Hanging at Steveston and Stanley Park

Picture by Le - Somewhere in Richmond - Gorgeous isn't it?

Le and two weridos - I can't capture scenery but I sure can capture happy moments 
It was so nice catching up with you guys!

Bye for now.

2nd Annual Tasting Plates Vancouver 
- Downtown Edition-
Feb 20, 2013 5:30 PM PST
1050 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Special Musical Guest: Gio Levy will perform live, acoustic at the Vancouver Fanclub starting at 5:30pm.
Registration: Vancouver Fanclub -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.
Participating restaurants:
I will be attending this tasty event, see you all there!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hotpot @ K's

awesome sauce
I love having hotpot at K's place. It was so nice to see everyone again, and some new faces too! 
I miss working with everyone 

Hotpot is such a great way to have dinner when you have such a big group eating. Just buy a bunch of raw veggies and meat, grab a couple of portable cooking stoves and just let everyone cook for themselves. Oh and don't forget to make an awesome dipping sauce to dunk all the cooked goodies in.

Smile and Enjoy!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy February the Fourteenth 

Hope everyone got a chance to eat something sweet today, because we sure did.

Bye for now 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Baked Avocado

Good Morning.

Here is something that I don't mind waking up to. It's simple and delicious!

  • 1 avocado - cut in half, pitted
  • 2 eggs 
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cilantro - chopped, optional
  • Small baking pan covered with tinfoil 
  • Pre-heat oven at 400 Celsius 
Scoop out some of the avocado so it would fit one egg, save the left over avocado to eat on the side. Crack one egg each and put it inside each half of the avocado, season it with salt and pepper, sprinkle some cilantro. Pop it into the oven and bake for about 5 minutes depending on how runny you like it. 

Serve it with toast and enjoy!

Timothy's Frozen Yogurt

Timothy's Frozen Yogurt @ Steveston Village
3800 Bayview St  Richmond, BC V7E 5W3
(604) 275-7547
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
The best time to enjoy ice cream is in the winter! Timothy's Frozen Yogurt is a great 
palette cleanser after a heavy meal. 


Timothy's Frozen Yogurt on Urbanspoon

Le's backyard

By Le.
Some beautiful shots of Le's backyard, this is what she wakes up to every morning. So gorgeous!
Before I headed off to Hong Kong I went up to Fort Fraser to visit Le and the gang (Tomcat & Calicat) they have the most amazing backyard with a beautiful view of the lake and magnificent evergreen trees.

By Le.
A true winter wonderland in Fort Fraser. I am looking forward to my next trip up to Fort Fraser.

By Le.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tea Time.

Tea Time
  • Your favourite tea - ours is the Lipton Black Tea
  • 5-6 dried rose buds for aroma
  • Brown Sugar & Milk - totally optional
  • Favourite pastries - totally optional
Grab your favourite book, E's reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garci & Margaret Stohl and I am reading Blood Gospel by James Rollins.

Curl up and enjoy!