Saturday, March 22, 2014

Brunch at Catch 122

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro
Hanging out with some new friends

Oh I totally adore brunch  it's probably my favourite meal of the day. A bunch of us went to Catch 122 to try out their brunch menu, and I totally loved it. 

I also really liked the interior of Catch 122, it felt so cozy with all the wood and brick and the warm lighting.

Catch 122's menu is a good size and not overwhelming and they have a good selection on coffees, teas and cold beverages. I was really excited for my food because I love smoke salmon and poached eggs, and the croissant they have was so delicious and fluffy! (this dish was called The Catch 122)

We all pretty much ordered the same thing, except for the two A's, One of them had the Duck Prosciutto Eggs Benedict and the other one had the Braised Short Ribs Eggs Benedict. I was very tempted to order the Benedict's because I love hollandaise sauce - I should of had a side order of the hollandaise sauce for my poached eggs - Oh well next time!

We also shared a basket of baked goods - my favourite was the banana bread and the croissant! Thanks H for ordering it ♥ 

Anyways I would love to come back to Catch 122 for dinner next time ♥ because A said their dinner was pretty amazing. 

Hmms maybe I should take T here once he's back from Hong Kong, I am sure he will appreciate some poached eggs and hollandaise sauce!

Bye for now.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Fairytails Book Review

Fairytails - Book review

Unbreakable by Christy Heather Roberts

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Banff Restaurant Scene

Checking out the local eats in Banff

Saltlik Steak House - they definitely have one of the best Caesars. I loved the entire meal <3

Cute little place for brunch - totally forgot the name of this little eatery, but again Banff Village isn't very big so I am sure you guys will stumble upon it.

My first fondue experience at The Grizzly House - and oh my was it enjoyable! Cheese and bread and exotic meats! What a treat. Oh and the reason why the pictures are in black and white is because the restaurant was super dark and none of the pictures turned out great. 

So I decided to be artistic and changed all the pictures to black and white. Enjoy!

Bye folks.

Its been awhile folks!

Recap of my food adventures - and Youtube channeling 

I have been busy exploring the world of Youtube. I have quite a few favourite Youtube channels that I follow and absolutely adore, especially cooking ones! 

So I thought I would give it a try and have a channel on book reviews because I love to read ♥  It has been a very positive journey so far and I do want to thank everyone that was so super supportive! I also see a difference in having a Youtube channel versus a Blog, I find that the blogging community is generally friendlier then the Youtube community - just my observations from reading comments on Youtube channels and on Blogs. 

Anywho... everyone's a critic - can't let them stop you! Just keep on swimming folks ♥ 

This is a recipe from Gordon Ramsay's cookbook A Healthy Appetite. I hope everyone enjoys watching it because I had a lot of fun filming and directing it (even though I didn't do any of the cooking - but believe me framing the shots and coordinating with the "chef" was quite difficult but fun!) 

We didn't follow the exact recipe because we were limited to what we could buy in terms of the ingredients, but it definitely turned out delicious and looked pretty close to the book cover!

This is the EXACT recipe from Gordon Ramsay's cookbook A Healthy Appetite. 

Serves 6
  • 2 2/3lb (1.2kg) Prime beef filet in one piece
  • sea salt and black pepper
  •  2 tbsp olive oil
  • few handfuls of wild arugula leaves
Tomato tarragon dressing
  • about 6 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp ketchup - Gordon Ramsay has his own home made ketchup that he used
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • few dashes of tabasco sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots peeled and minced
  • large handful each of tarragon and Italian parsley chopped
To make the dressing
  • cut each tomato in half and squeeze out the seeds
  • mince the flesh and place in large bowl add the rest of the ingredients except the herbs and mix well
  • season with salt and pepper to taste cover and let it chill for 20 minutes or until ready to serve
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F ( 200 degrees C) and preheat the roasting pan
  • Salt and pepper all over the beef filet
  • heat a nonstick skillet with olive oil and when its hot add the beef and sear for 1 to 2minutes on each side until evenly browned all over
  • lightly oil the hot roasting pan and transfer the beef to the pan
  • roast for 25 minutes - 30 minutes for medium rare beef
When ready to serve, mix the chopped herbs into the dressing serve it on the side with the arugula.

Food Galore 

My absolute favourite place for lunch in downtown @ Kita no Donburi

Old school Hong Kong Style Cafe in Chinatown

Photastic - somewhere on Seymour Street Vancouver

Korean BBQ at Robson & Jervis - - - Kimchi Hotpot at Bubble World in Richmond BC

Bye for now.

Yeah it's a Selfie

Heading to Banff.

Books I love - discovering new Authors

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness (Goodreads Author)

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

A mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. To learn more, click here.

A Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)


Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into  Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night.  

The mission is to locate a witch tutor and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into heart of the 1,500 year old vampire’s shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew Clairmont, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana’s search for the key to understanding her legacy. 

To learn more about the book, click here

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads Author)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

To learn more about the book, click here.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. To learn more about the book, click here.