Sunday, September 8, 2013

Picture Perfect

Meet some of my favourite people.

After all these years your smile never fails to make me laugh.

Picture Perfect - See you all next time.

Munchin' around Vancouver

Acme Cafe
51 Hastings Street West, Vancouver BC
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A had the Meat Loaf Sandwich - Meat loaf, BBQ sauce, grainy Dijon mayo, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and arugula on a pretzel bun. I obviously had the Shrimp Melt - Shrimp, roasted peppers, and onions topped with Jack cheese open-faced sandwich on a half-Ciabatta.

I have been craving for a good sandwich and Acme Cafe satisfied my cravings. The Shrimp Melt was delicious, and the Cole-slaw, pickles and chips added such a wonderful touch to the whole meal. I love the vibe of Acme Cafe and their open kitchen and the display of pastries. Now I want to go back for some good ol' Mac & Cheese and a slice of pie - there will be a next time folks! (gotta take T here when he's in town again)

Continental Coffee
4295 Main Street Vancouver BC
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I adore Main Street. A bunch of us hung out at the Continental for a couple of hours before going to dinner at the Grub. It's a great place to read and grab a cup of tea, just to hang out and people-watch. You'd be surprised with all the interesting characters that stroll along Main Street - see you when I see you.

Grub on Main
4328 Main Street Vancouver BC
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Quaint little restaurant - had a little birthday party at Grub, quite an enjoyable evening. Lovely company and good food, what more can I ask for - probably more Sangria and dessert ha! Hope you had a good night A and thanks for organizing your own birthday - sorry this is such a late post!

Enjoy, because I sure did.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

PAX PRIME - Seattle

 Penny Arcade Expo

I spent my long weekend at PAX, which by the way was awesome! E and I definitely have to come back again next year and join in on the cosplay! There were a lot of amazing cosplays and I just wished I took more pictures but I was too busy gaming and collecting my freebies. Oh and I got my first official PAX PIN yay!

Thanks V for the special guest pass!
Oh and for those of you who don't know what PAX is... (shame on you!) well here's a blurb:
In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows… so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.

Since then, the show hasn't looked back. Doubling in size each year until venue capacities were reached, in 2010 the show expanded into Boston for PAX East, drawing tens of thousands of attendees in the inaugural year. The shows in Seattle and Boston represent the two largest gaming events in North America!

My collection of buttons - Got my first official PAX Pin.

See you next year!

Gokudo Shabu Shabu

Hi everyone this is another article written by munchzilla for Gokudo Shabu Shabu. I have previously blogged about them here and now I get a chance to write an official article featuring Gokudo for Klip Magazine. How exciting! I love hotpot, especially a place like Gokudo where they serve you your own hotpot!

Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot PotCome on in to test out your culinary skills!

Richmond is a very unique city with a culturally diverse community centrally located in Metro Vancouver. The City of Richmond was a host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and it’s also the location of Metro Vancouver’s International Airport. Another major attraction with the City of Richmond is the abundance of Asian restaurants – Chinese, Taiwanese, Shanghainese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai cuisine just to name a few.

Located in one of the central plazas in Richmond is the hotpot restaurant called Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot. Gokudo first opened its doors on July 2nd 2010 and has since attracted a crowd of diners who enjoy their unique concept of individual hotpot. Richmond is full of hotpot restaurants and many of those restaurants serve all-you-can-eat hotpot family style. Gokudo is one of the few hotpot restaurants that serve individual hotpot to each person at the table. This makes Gokudo quite unique amongst other hotpot restaurants in Richmond, which there are many.

For those of you who are not familiar with hotpot - the concept behind it is that you cook raw pieces of meats and vegetables in a boiling pot of soup and then dip the cooked food in different types of sauces. Eating hotpot truly demonstrates one’s own culinary skills and creativity. What’s great about having your own pot at Gokudo Shabu Shabu is that you, yourself is in control of how your food turns out – you can also cook and eat at your own pace. If you had to share a communal hotpot then that’s a different story altogether. Sharing a hotpot means that you might need to do all the cooking if your friends don’t know how to cook and run the risk of losing track of your food because everyone is sticking their chopsticks in the pot and cooking all at once.

Gokudo’s menu has a variety of fresh vegetables and meats for diners to choose from. They also have tasty hotpot combo selections for people who want a bit of everything. The hotpot combos include a meat dish, for example if you chose the Rib eye hotpot combo you will get a plate of thinly sliced rib eye. The combo also includes the House Special Soup base, rice, udon or bean thread noodles, a plate of fresh vegetables, a daily house special drink and the dessert of the day. Gokudo’s menu also includes other side dishes for diners to order.

They have a variety of different cuts of meat to choose from, some of their popular cuts of meat are the Sirloin, Prime Rib, Lamb and Pork Neck. If you are a seafood lover Gokudo’s menu also offers a Seafood Combo and side order dishes such as mussels, oysters, shrimp and fresh scallops just to name a few. All the meats and vegetables are all hand-picked by Gokudo’s management team to ensure the freshness of the food and the quality of the meats. They support the local produce markets in Richmond and instead of store bought sauces and soups - the Gokudo Team actually make their own dipping sauces and brew their own soups. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to cook with a different soup base, some of the more popular soup bases are the Pumpkin Soup Base and the Tomato Soup Base!

The next time you’re in Richmond and want to test out your culinary skills, grab a friend and stop by Gokudo Shabu Shabu for dinner! Doesn’t matter if you’re a meat lover, a seafood lover, or a veggie lover, Gokudo Shabu Shabu has something for everyone!

See you there.

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