Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Richmond Go Karts

Richmond Go Karts

6631 Sidaway Road
Richmond BC V6W 1B7

Single-seat High Performance Karts (Sodi RT8)
My very first time go-carting, and I must say I have never taken a corner that fast before.
 I will be back.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Brewery and the Beast

Festival of Meat and Beer

The Brewery and the Beast was a delicious event and a great ending to my weekend. Thanks A for inviting me I will definitely be back next year (and I will remember to bring sunscreen). There were so many amazing restaurants this year! Some of my favourites were Forage, Homer Street Café, Catch122, Alta Bistro, Hawksworth, and Oughtred Coffee & Tea (because they were serving Vietnamese Ice Coffee) there's just too many to name!

I had to come up with a strategy, because there were a lot of meat to try and I only have one stomach.

"A" and I grabbed our beers first, then did a quick circuit of the place and chose the restaurants based on how long the line was. We tried to avoid eating any carbs, but sometimes a little bit of bread helps soak up all the delicious sauces from the meat.

One of a kind culinary experience. This is their second annual event in Vancouver and all the meat and produce are locally sourced, promoting the farms in BC. Their goal is to educate people on consuming local meats and produce, and where they can get it! The participating restaurants and chefs get's a chance to show off their culinary prowess and experiment with different flavours and local ingredients. I highly recommend this event, the barbecues were amazing and the energy of the crowd was electrifying!

Two Rivers Specialty Meats

The Pictures speak for themselves.

Until next time.
Peace out.

 Bumped into the @foodgays and Dennis Pang from @pangcouver
Brewery and the Beast

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cafe de l'Orangie

Café de l'Orangie
Funny thing - I was browsing through Urbanspoon and then on Yelp for a Japanese restaurant that's close to home. I was craving sushi, but I also wanted pasta too! Oh the dilemma!
So after ten minutes of browsing I came across Café de L'Orangie, which had really good reviews on both Urbanspoon and Yelp, and the plus-side - it was close to home. T and I checked it out and the place was cozy and quite busy for a Tuesday night, lots of families were there.
To satisfy my pasta craving I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti (Squid, mushroom, asparagus, roe, cream) This pasta was really well executed, I loved the masago, it gave the pasta a very nice texture and the cream sauce didn't feel too heavy and overwhelming.
T also wanted a pasta but he decided to try their Curry with Pork Cutlet. The Pork Cutlet was very crispy, yet still very juicy on the inside. What T and I really liked about this dish was their curry! It looked to me like a veggie curry, I loved how they had diced veggies in the curry sauce. The curry was thicker and had more of a bite to it because of the diced veggies. I could just eat this curry with rice and nothing else all day, it was that good!
And onto dessert! Café de L'Orangie had a very attractive dessert menu. They had an assortment of home-made cakes and pies that changes everyday, brules and Japanese Parfaits.

T and I shared a Zunda Dango Parfait (Rice balls, sweet green bean paste, red bean, ice cream and black sugar sauce). The dessert was a little disappointing, mostly due to the runny ice cream we had, other than that the pairing of flavours was really good. I will definitely be back again to try the rest of their dinner menu and dessert menu!
Until next time Café de l'Orangie

Cafe de l'Orangerie on Urbanspoon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack | Hook It & Cook It - Glowbal

Came here after work one day to try their Oysters. They usually have their oysters on special from a certain time of day. It was my first time here, I loved the décor of the place... and that was pretty much it.The service was alright, but I guess it was the server we had because I watched some of the other servers who looked like they were having a pretty good time with their customers. 

Our server wasn't very interactive with us, he basically just took our order and delivered the food. Very minimal interaction (I guess some people prefer that) I felt more welcomed by the Hostess then our server. We ordered 2 dozen of their royal Miyagi oysters and the calamari, fish cakes, 2 pounds of clams and mussels. Everything was alright... food was alright... service (our particular server) was alright...
I think I might just stick to my usual places to satisfy my oyster cravings. Would I come back? Maybe. It was my first time at the Fish Shack and I do believe in second chances.

The Fish Shack on Urbanspoon

Until next time. Maybe.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Highlights by Aki

Aki at Misako Hair Studio
(Summer Hair Part 2)

I am in love with my new hair colour! I haven't dyed my hair in 10 years and decided that I wanted a change - a lighter hair colour for summer.

I first went to Mentor located in Richmond by the Canada Line. I got my whole head dyed brown and then added a lighter brown highlights. The Stylist at Mentor was very friendly, but unfortunately he only spoke Mandarin so I had a translator. Somewhere in the process there was a miss-communication and my highlights didn't turn out as light as I wanted. My co-worker was with me that day and told me to try Misako Hair Studio. After 2 weeks I booked an appointment with Aki at Misako, and she was fantastic!

I loved her bubbly personality and she was very patient with me when I tried to describe to her what I was looking for she also took into consideration that I absolutely didn't want any bleach in my hair at all. Overall my highlights turned out how I wanted it and Aki was just super accommodating. She also gave me a discount because I was referred to her by my coworker. Absolutely adore Aki <3

Here's the link to my Summer Hair Part 1

Bye for now.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Weddings

Yet another beautiful wedding.
Congratulations E & S

The beautiful bride.

Rockin' with the MC

Who doesn't love a photo booth.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day Six of Cabin Living

Gala Bay Springs Cabin

Breakfast on the go! Toast with butter and strawberry jam, my tea and a banana.
Off we go to deliver some water.

Lunch on the Road.

Running around town today. I mean driving.
My trusty Vitasoy to keep me hydrated and a healthy sandwich to keep me energized.

Dinner on the Go!

Something quick to keep me going. Lots of wood to chop tonight.
T made his "Chinese Soup" and grilled some hot dogs.
I ate two and he had one. *smiley face*

Tomorrow, we do it again.

Goodnight kitties.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day Five of Cabin Living

Monday Mornings... kinda.
(I woke up to a cup of tea and this massive bowl of deliciousness)

Fancy spancy instant noodles for Breakfast and Lunch.
Can't say no to that.

Fresh Water Trout
Our neighbours came to visit us today and brought us a very nice present - fresh water trout caught by their wonderful daughter! Of course T and I were super excited to cook this trout, I especially wanted to roast it over our fire pit, but instead we simply just barbecued the trout (the fire pit would of been a bit messy).
I seasoned the fish with sea salt and fresh scallions stuffed into the belly of the trout and once on the barbecue T just a few twist of fresh pepper onto it. I think we barbecued it for about 15-20 minutes and the trout turned out beautifully, it was still very moist and the meat was very tender!

Strawberries and Cream
nice and simple

Fraser Lake
my favourite part of the day - Please click on the picture for actual size, it's beautiful

Good night.

Day Four of Cabin Living

Sunday Brunch at the Cabin

This is the best way to use left-overs. Make a open-faced omelet with bacon and fresh green onions. Then dice up last night's baby potatoes to make hash browns. Ta da! Brunch is served with a cup of delicious hot tea.

Sunday Midday

Visited Vanderhoof and watched Maleficent, then stopped at one of the many fields for a stroll.

Sunday Dinner

I can't say no to barbecue. Tonight's dinner features marinated chicken wings and zucchini cooked over a hot barbecue. The wings were marinated with some sweet soy sauce, fresh pepper and basil.

Strawberry Shortcake

What better way to end a Sunday night with Le BF's Special Strawberry Shortcake.

Good night, 
until tomorrow.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day Three of Cabin Living

Breakfast is served.

Craving for something sweet at 8:00 am on a Saturday? Well, let see here, how about peanut butter on toast with a few slices of bananas and a dash of icing sugar? Sounds good to me. 
Good morning Saturday.

Did someone say lunch?

 Sandwiches in the making. Today's lunch features good old lettuce and tomatoes 
and sausages done over the barbecue.

Dinner my love.

Dinner was a simpler affair tonight. A beautiful steak grilled to perfection on the barbecue and golden potatoes roasted in the oven served with butter and fresh green onions.

Until next time.
Bye for now.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Day Two of Cabin Living

Gala Bay Springs Cabin

(my documentation of home-cooked meals)

Today T, made breakfast again (he's definitely the early riser in this relationship) Breakfast consisted of French toast with a side of sliced bananas and pan-fried ham. Instead of regular syrup I used Vanderhoof Organic Honey for my French toast and it was delicious.

BLT Lunch

Lunch was a simpler affair today. We made a classic BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich. I usually like to add mustard and some salt and pepper on my sandwich and T likes to just add butter. We also quickly made some miso soup with diced tofu and fresh green onions.

The weather was fantastic this afternoon so we had lunch outside while the kitties hung out in the patio area. I am not sure if Sushi Kitty is enjoying the great out-doors, but she does seem to enjoy catching all the bugs.

After lunch T did some more grass cutting and yard work, so that we could roast our marshmallows more comfortably. 

Dinner Tonight

Tonight's dinner is pretty simple and yummy. I made a veggie (carrots and Chinese gourd) and pork bone soup. I slow cooked it for about an hour and a half so that the veggies become nice and soft and the meat on the pork bones are tender and seasoned with some salt to taste.

T, made his famous "shake 'n' bake" chicken drumsticks. It's a concoction of his secret mix of spices. He coats the chicken with the mixed spices and then bakes it for about 45 minutes. Simple and delicious home cooked dinner!

Enjoy, because 

we sure did.

Daisies and Sunshine

Hello Summer

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Munching at Gala Bay Springs

Gala Bay Springs Cabin

I am spending a few days away from the bustling city of Vancouver and heading up North to Fraser Lake. While I am being one with nature at the GBS Cabin my goal is to practice my "home cooking" skills. I will be documenting my meals everyday - either it's cooked by me or by T. We will be cooking up a storm and budgeting our grocery list because we (hopefully) bought enough food for our stay at the GBS Cabin.

Late Dinner on arrival.

We arrived last night - it was a long drive from Vancouver to Fraser Lake, we made it here in about 11ish hours. By the time we arrived at the GBS Cabin is was 9 pm and we were both starving. While T unloaded the car and got Sushi the Kitty all settled in, I quickly whipped up some dinner for both of us. So I opted for some instant noodles (the "non-soupy" kind) topped it off with some fresh green onions, a fried egg and a couple slices of Vietnamese ham. This was super easy to make and oh so satisfying after a long drive, and the clean up was minimal.

Breakfast by T.

T made us breakfast this morning, because I was too lazy to get up. I love breakfast food, but usually in the mornings I can't eat too much so it was great that T kept it nice and simple. He made scramble eggs and toast! I liked to butter my toast and add lemon jelly to it and I usually eat my eggs with a bit of salsa. Oh and can't forget that delicious cup of tea, which T knows exactly how I like it 

Dinner is served!

After a long day of running errands in Vanderhoof, and stopping at the A & W for a quick lunch I couldn't stop thinking about dinner. Right now it's the perfect weather for barbecuing and eating out doors. 

Once we got home I prepped the chicken drumsticks. I usually give it a good rinse and then dry it with some paper towels. T seasoned the drumsticks with some good old Salt and Pepper and I seasoned the tomatoes and zucchini with some dill and lemon salt.

Put everything on the grill - Go play with the cats for a bit and then dinner was ready!

Happy munching. 

Beautiful Starlight Kitty.

Tomorrow we do it again.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Hair Part 1

Summer Lovin' Part 1

This is Part 1 of my colour change

Hello lovlies! So in celebration for many things in life I decided to change my hair colour. I haven't dyed my hair in 10 years so I think it's about time that I change it up and go lighter for the summer. I chose to dye my whole head in a chocolate brown colour and then once I am back from vacation I will be adding blonde highlights (somewhat like the ombre effect but not that intense) My hair naturally is very dark, my stylist at Mentor did put in some lighter highlights for me so that you can see my layers and it adds a bit of a contrast to the low lights in my hair. I think that I could of been a little bit bolder and went lighter with my highlights (a bit of a loss in translation, on how light I wanted my highlights) - but this is why I will be visiting another stylist again to do Part 2 of my hair!

La di da da see the difference?

Bye for now.