Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dinner at Sushivan

It's raining and cold. Solution? Spicy Korean-style ramen.

Korean Style Ramen (chicken)

Spicy and warm ramen is perfect in this rainy Vancouver weather. For sharing, we decided on the Karage. It was delicious, and I like it better than the spicy chicken Karage. However, the Filipino in me thinks I'll enjoy it more with rice.

Soy Garlic Chicken Karage (this is the small-size)
Deep-fried chicken coated in sweet soy sauce

Hubby ordered the bento box!

Chicken Teriyaki & Sashimi Box
Chicken teriyaki appy sashimi, appy tempura, salad, 4pcs. California roll, and rice

Bento Box is served with miso soup

Afternoon at Starbucks

There are three Starbucks within five blocks of our house. We have a favourite branch. It has a lot of seats, huge windows, and two Pokestop can be reached from inside the coffee shop.

Breakfast Sandwich and Latte

Friday, December 27, 2019

DInner Date at West Restaurant

It's Friday night and we spent the whole day at our house doing nothing - best vacation day ever. At around 5 in the afternoon, we walked to RBC to get some laundry coins. We walked around South Granville before heading to West at 5:30 PM.

I know what I want, so looking at the menu didn't take that long. Service was great, just like last time.

The meal started with complimentary bread, sourdough and sesame buns. The sesame one is so delicious!

Complimentary Bread

We ordered cocktails. Hubby had the "Godfather of Vancouver" while I pick "Velvet Sunrise". Instead of appetizers, we had two servings of West Fries because that truffle aioli it came with is so amazing. Before the fries arrived, they gave us a complimentary Amuse-bouche.

Amuse-bouche

Godfather of Vancouver (Ardbeg 10yr, Glenmorangie 10yr sons of Vancouver Amaretto, lemon twist) and
Velvet Sunrise (Bombay gin, Aperol, housemade rhubarb syrup Angostura bitters, sparkling wine)

West Fries with the best homemade aioli in Vancouver and homemade ketchup.

For the main course, I had the BC Salmon while hubby had the Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast. I like the BC Salmon, but that duck breast is so much better.

BC Salmon 
(olive oil pomme puree, leek, broccolini, chorizo sofrito)

Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast
(swiss chard, smoked squash, preserved cherries, pistachio)

To finish an already wonderful dining experience, I ordered the souffle (i.e the reason I came back) and it was truly heavenly. Though, I thought, the varying texture of the chocolate mousse which hubby ordered is better.

Milk Chocolate Mousse
(candied pecans, cacao nib tuile, maple ice cream)

Guanaja Chocolate Souffle (vanilla creme anglais)

Thank you for the awesome dinner date experience, West!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Boxing Day Lunch at Bubble Waffle Cafe

After hours of shopping, we end up at Richmond Center for lunch. Of course, the Dining Terraces (aka what they call the food court) is full, we're glad to find a seat.

I'm so happy that there's now a Bubble Waffle here. We ordered from there. It was chaotic because of the line. Otherwise, the food was great!

Curry Beef Brisket with Rice

Chicken Nuggets with fried rice

I can't wait to order more of their chicken nuggets (it's more like chicken popcorn). Yay for great food after a day of shopping.


Boxing Day Breakfast at A&W

We're up early for some shopping. We only shop for clothes once a year, and that's on Boxing Day. We're starting the day with breakfast meals from A&W near the SkyTrain as we head to the factory outlet mall in Richmond.

Bacon & Egger with Hashbrowns and Apple Juice

Sausage & Egger

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Noche Buena in Canada

My sister cooked a wonderful Christmas evening dinner for our family. I was assigned to buy and bring a cake which I did. It was all delicious. She did a fantastic job preparing the meal while mom set the table to make it picture worthy and more importantly, we had a great time gathered around the table.

Ratatouille, Classic French Gratin Dauphinois, Bouillabaisse, and Chicken Cordon Bleu

Hazelnut Yule Log Cake

Youngest sister prepared hot chocolates from scratch - it's perfect for dipping croissants!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas dinner with your family.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Cakes from Blue Hat Bakery

For our family's potluck Christmas dinner, I'm tasked to bring cake. Of course, I go to my fave bakery, Blue Hat Bakery by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA).

Hazelnut Yule Log

Cakes from the bakery



We arrived home with the center of our amazing cake melted.

Lunch at Burger King

We arrived in Richmond and was in search of an air mattress. We end up grabbing one from Walmart in Richmond and decided to have late lunch at Burger King.

Spicy Chicken Parmesan Sandwich was delicious! I can't believe how great this sandwich was. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dinner Date at Tony's Fish and Oyster Cafe

It's been almost a year since I have been to Tony's! Yes, the last time I was here was last year on December 24. I'm so glad the waitress (she's a delight!) still remembers me to give a 10% VIP discount.

Hubby and I had our usual order: a bowl of clam chowder, 2-pcs salmon fish and chips (yam fries) for me and 2-pc halibut and chips (onion rings) for hubby.

2-pc Salmon with Yam Fries and coleslaw

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder with crackers for the crunch factor

2-pc Halibut with onion rings and coleslaw

It was delicious! Tony is the best fish and chips place in the Granville Island area during the winter; you can stay indoors, warm, and have alcohol (if that's your fancy).

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Lunch at Peaceful Restaurant

As you can see from my posts, I'm a creature of habit and delicious food. We ate at Peaceful Restaurant less than two weeks ago and I had a craving for the Dan Dan noodles. After shopping and finding amazing deals at Canadian Tire, we had lunch at Peaceful and ordered the same things.

Dan Dan Noodle

Dan Dan Noodle after mixing up the ingredients

Xiao Long Bao (because you can rarely go wrong with getting these)

Beef Roll is a must-try at Peaceful Restaurant

Cheers to more food!

Chocolate Swiss Roll from Tim Hortons

Every month it seems like Tim Hortons has a new or limited donut, pastry, or whatever. From the glass display, the Chocolate Swiss Roll looked delicious, so I thought of grabbing one today with our usual Sunday breakfast.

Tim Hortons Chocolate Swiss Roll

Chocolate Swiss Roll from Tim Hortons

Verdict: The outside is dry from sitting in the glass case for who knows how long. The inner part is a bit moister. However, in general, it was just a very dense too sweet of a "cake."

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Domino's Pizza Delivery

Before I got married and moved out of my parent's place, my youngest sister and I used to have Domino's pizza delivered every Friday. We call it pizza Friday to celebrate thriving through the week and to kick off the weekend. We usually eat while watching a movie or Food Network (i.e a marathon of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).


I moved out and I can't remember the last time I had Domino's at home. It could be the new year of 2018. Anyway, last December 16, I received an email from them about getting enough points to redeem for a free pizza. Yay for free pizza. We used it tonight for dinner.

And because I missed Domino's food so much, I got the free pizza, Chicken Carbonara, 8-pc Boneless Chicken with Ranch Sauce, and 8-pc Domino's Pizza Cheesy Bread with Marinara Sauce.

Free Pizza

Chicken Carbonara ( Alfredo Sauce, Bacon, Chicken, Mushrooms, Onions)

Boneless Chicken and Pizza Cheesy Bread

I can't wait for my next pizza from Domino's!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dinner at Hot Star

We did Christmas shopping and decided to eat at Hor Star again. Yes, this is how much we loved the food here. Or we could just be missing Asia terribly.

Tonight we had Hot Cheese Fried Chicken and Korean Large Fried Chicken. They are both insanely delicious. We also got fries, vegetarian spring rolls, and green apple yogurt.

Hot Cheese Fried Chicken - yum!

Hot Cheese Fried Chicken waiting to be opened

Ready take my nth bite of the Hot CHeese Fried Chicken

Korean Large Fried Chicken is essentially sesame sauce

Spring Rolls - you don't need to get it. LOL

I can't wait for our third visit to try the rest of the chicken.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Reunion Dinner at The Wicklow

It was a long day at work, but thank God we had planned a reunion with current and former colleagues. It's really great to see everybody again and catch up. Tonight, I had my favourite Yorkshire Pudding Bowl, two glasses of "Pick Me Up" (such a perfect drink for the kind of day I'm having), and Sesame Crusted Tuna Saku.

Sesame Crusted Tuna Saku

Yorkshire Pudding Bowl

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Big Fried Chicken from Hot Star

It's finally open in Downtown Vancouver! Last September, we had Taiwanese fried chicken from Big G, and today we had lunch at Hot Star.

Hubby got the Original Large Fried Chicken (salt & pepper), which was the best! The outside is crispy, and the inside was juicy. I kinda regret not getting this.

Original Large Fried Chicken (salt & pepper)

Inside the Original Large Fried Chicken (salt & pepper)

I had Crispy Large Fried Chicken (spicy medium). The chicken inside is delicious; however, the spicy flavour kinda ruined it for me. I should have picked original (no spice); apparently, it's an option.

Crispy Large Fried Chicken (medium spicy)

Juicy inside! How is this possible?

After a giant chicken, I'm still hungry, so I decided to buy Chicken Popcorn (original salt & pepper) with drink and fries. I love the Green Apple Yogurt drink!

Chicken Popcorn (original salt & pepper) with fries and Green Apple Yogurt

I love Hot Star. I wish there's a source of fried chicken close to home (like walking distance close).