Friday, December 31, 2021

New Year's Eve Dinner at Home

Growing up, one of the practices or superstitions we always hear is having round fruits at the table to welcome the New Year. I remember we will always have grapes, oranges, apples, among others, at our table alongside the usual Media Noche (New Year's Eve Dinner).

Hubby said we should continue the tradition by having round or circular things at our table. It doesn't have to be fruits that we might not eat and might just throw by the end of the week.

Christmas Eve dinner is my family's "big" celebration, so I always struggle to prepare to welcome the New Year. Below is a quick summary of what we did since getting married:
  • To greet 2018, we just ordered Domino's Pizza and Timbits
  • To ring in 2019, we stayed in Pan Pacific Hotel in Downtown Vancouver and watched the fireworks.
  • To start 2020, we did nothing.
  • To welcome 2021, we ordered savoury pies, donuts, and Filipino round snacks.
Hubby and I searched for circular or round food the last couple of days and decided to do "breakfast for dinner." So we went to the grocery yesterday and got pancake mix, frozen waffles, bagels, bananas, among other round things that we can find, including chicken balls.

Our menu for tonight includes:
  • Blueberry Bagel
  • Chicken balls and Waffles
  • Pancake with sliced bananas and Nutella
Breakfast for New Year's Eve Dinner

I love the Chicken Balls. Good job, President's Choice.

Happy New Year! May 2022 be a kinder and more blessed year for all of us. Cheers to more food adventures and hopefully travel. Stay kind, healthy, and safe.

Where to get the Best Filipino Food in Metro Vancouver?

I am a Filipina based in Vancouver and I love to eat. In this year-end blog post, I will make a list of famous Filipino dishes and food and where I recommend you get it.

Send me a message in Facebook or Instagram if you have a recommended restaurant that I should try or a specific dish you're looking for.

Best Pandesal: Aling Mary's

πŸ“Aling Mary's Filipino Store & Bakery at 2656 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E7

Half-dozen Pandesal from Aling Mary's

Best Taho: O! Taho


Taho from O! Taho

Best Siopao: Bao Bakery


Half dozen of Chicken Deluxe (Bola-Bola) Steamed Buns

Best Filipino-style Spaghetti: Shameless Buns


Filipino Spaghetti from Shameless Buns

Best Ensaimada: Ensaimada Moments


Two Boxes of Assorted Ensaimada from Ensaimada Moment

Best Mamon: KayeBakes.ca

πŸ“± KayeBakes on Facebook and Instagram

Assorted Mamon Box from KayeBakes.ca

Best Ginataang Bilo-Bilo: Ilocos Fride


Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
Ilocos Fride Description: A dessert or snack made with glutinous rice balls, plantain bananas, sweet potatoes, and tapioca pearls cooked in coconut milk.

Best Lumpiang Shanghai: Little Ongpin


Two orders of lumpiang shanhai (Filipino-style spring rolls)
Lumpiang Shanghai

Best Filipino-style Pork BBQ: Klasik Inasal and Noodle Express


Filipino-style Pork BBQ Skewer from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express
Pork BBQ

Send me a message in Facebook or Instagram if you have a recommended restaurant that I should try or a specific dish you're looking for.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Lunch from Lin Chinese Cuisine

We were deciding where to order food for today. We need meals that can last us until the end of the week. I thought of having pizza, but I am just not feeling it. So we end up ordering Chinese food from our favourite Chinese restaurant: Lin Chinese Cuisine.


Lunch from Lin Chinese Cuisine

Pan-Fried Pork Buns

Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Juicy Pork Dumplings)

Hunan-Style Braised Pork

The Hunan-Style Braised Pork reminds me of the Filipino dish Humba because of the fattiness and general consistency of the sauce. It was unexpectedly delicious and I usually stay away from anything fatty.

Spicy Ma-Po Tofu

I wish the Spicy Ma-Po Tofu has more flavour.

The end of 2021 is almost here, and the whole year felt like a blur.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Dinner from Ramen Gojiro

Happy Sunday! We didn't do any Boxing Day shopping today, which is a first. Instead, we had errands to run, went to Trees for cheesecake, did window shopping at nearby Indigo, and went straight home.

I told hubby I wanted ramen for dinner because it's below freezing outside. So I ordered from one of my favourite restaurants Ramen Gojiro.

I ordered two Original Karaage because it's my absolute favourite and dipping it in the Spicy Ramen broth is fantastic.

Dinner delivery from Ramen Gojiro

Ramen Spicy Chashu

Yuzu Shio Ramen

The Yuzu Shio Ramen is hubby's order, and it's a clear, smooth broth. It's pretty enjoyable.

Because I was feeling greedy, I ordered Pork Katsu Curry Don.

Pork Katsu Curry Don

We ate some of it, but most became leftovers with Chicken Karaage. Perfect for breakfast tomorrow!


Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake from Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

This year, I have tried more than a handful of the seasonal cheesecake from Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee.
My previous favourite was the Matcha Cheesecake. It's so good, but the Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake and all the nuts inside is just to die for.

Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

The Best 2020 Seasonal Cheesecake from Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

We didn't do any Boxing Day shopping today, but we went to Trees to enjoy the seasonal cheesecake and have our annual planning meeting.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve Dinner from H-Mart at Home

Every year my sister picks a place on what we'll have for Christmas Eve dinner. This year we had Korean cuisine, specifically Korean BBQ, at home. We purchased a grill, marinated meat, and side dishes.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Below is a list of our past "cuisines":
  • 2020 - Chinese Food
  • 2019 - French Food
  • 2018 - Spanish Food
  • 2017 - Japanese Food
  • 2016 and 2015 - "Italian" Food (really it's Pizza and my mom's Spaghetti)
After dinner, we played some games then did Karaoke while waiting for midnight. Finally, at midnight, we had our annual tradition of exchanging gifts. It's so much fun to be with everybody. Merry Christmas, everyone!


Lunch from Japadog Drive-Through

Happy Friday and almost Christmas! πŸŽ„ Today my parents picked us up from our place. We're going to celebrate Christmas at their place. Before heading there, we went grocery shopping at H-Mart in Richmond. Our theme for Christmas dinner is Korean cuisine.

After grocery shopping, we dropped by Lansdowne because my sister had to buy a tripod, and since my mom was already starving, we grabbed lunch from the Japadog.

My mom thought we should eat at the food court inside Lansdowne, but I am still paranoid about COVID, so buying a food truck and bringing it home seems the best idea.

Left: Kurobuta Terimayo and Kurobuta Okonomi
Right: Karaage and Wagyu Beef Terimayo

The Kurobuta Terimayo and Kuronuta Okonomi are for my parents, while hubby and I ordered Karaage and Wagyu Beef Terimayo. Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy the Karaage, and I think that's the first Japadog I didn't order.

We also ordered four different Shaked Fries flavours: Butter & Shoyu, Shichimi & Garlic, Aonori, and Black Pepper. I think the Butter & Shoyu is still the best. However, if you want something spicy, the Shichimi & Garlic is a delicious option.

For future me, here's a list of Japadog based on the menu in the McArthurGlen location with a link to which ones you've tried.
  1. Kurobuta Terimayo
  2. Kurobuta Okonomi
  3. Kurobuta Oroshi
  4. Kurobuta Love Meat
  5. Spicy Cheese Terimayo
  6. Yakisoba
  7. Ebi Tempura
  8. Tonkatsu
  9. Hot Spicy
  10. Yakiniku Rice
  11. Croquiette
  12. Karaage (today)
  13. Wagyu Beef Terimayo (today)
  14. Avocado
  15. Cilantro

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Black Forest Filled Ring Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

Happy Thursday! I had to pick up a package at the nearby FedEx location and decided to order any new dream donut at Tim Hortons.

Black Forest Filled Ring Dream Donut

I am glad that the donut itself is not dry. The inside is filled with what I presume to be cherry, and the other half is chocolate-filled. Is it something I'll order again? Not really.

Dinner from Tim Hortons

We also ordered dinner of large chilli with whole wheat homestyle bun, grilled cheese melt, and Old Fashioned Plain Donut. The Old Fashioned Donut from Lee's Donuts is so much better, but they don't sell it anymore.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Dinner from RedBeef Noodle Kitchen

To say that Redbeef Noodle Kitchen is our second favourite restaurant in Vancouver is an understatement. It's the only restaurant we ordered more than three times this year, and we absolutely love their food. It hits a different spot.

Dinner feast from Redbeef Noodle Kitchen

Curry Chicken Cutlet Rice and Curry Beef Rice

I like the Curry Chicken Cutlet Rice, and it's so nice that the curry sauce is in a separate container. It's like enjoying Chicken Cutlet Rice and having the option to dip it in curry sauce. The Curry Beef Rice is for hubby, and it's so good. I recommend the Curry Beef Rice over the Chicken if you want curry.

Salt & Pepper Popcorn Chicken

My absolute favourite (and must-try item) from Redbeef is the Salt & Pepper Popcorn Chicken. It's still so good.

Steamed Creamy Custard Buns

I was hoping the Creamy Custard Buns would be sweet, but it tasted like salted egg yolks. It's delicious, but not something for dessert.

Malay Sponge Cake

This is another favourite from Redbeef. It's so soft, and in general, I love sponge cakes and chiffon cakes. Hmmm, so good.


Lunch from Le Coq Frit

Hubby and I are in "lockdown" 🀣. I attended a dinner with more than 20 people in Burnaby, and the restaurant didn't check vaccination cards. So we will stay home for 14 days and see if we develop any COVID-19 symptoms. If we don't (I hope we don't), we will head to my parents for Christmas Eve dinner.

With that said, this weekend, instead of going out, we ordered in. I was browsing DoorDash, figuring out where and what to order. We don't have any specific cravings, but I found Le Coq Frit. It's a relatively new restaurant along West Broadway. We pass it by a few times when walking to and from church.

I ordered a lot of things which are to be expected.

Lunch from Le Coq Frit

Our delivery arrived in beautiful bags.

Our delivery arrived in reusable bags, which we kept.

Chicken & Croffles
Croissant waffles with Boneless Thigh Real Crispy Chicken, Jalapeno, and Spicy Mayo.

It's my first time trying croffles, and it's so awesome. It's essentially croissants shaped like waffles. It's flakey and buttery. The Real Crispy Chicken is delicious as well. I wish I had ordered more.

9 pieces Original Black Chicken Wings
Coated with Sweet, Savoury, and sticky Soy-Based Sauce

The "Original Black Chicken" tastes like Korean fried chicken. It's sweet and savoury. We loved it and will gladly order it again.

9 pieces Original Red Chicken Wings
Nashville Hot Chicken

The "Original Red Chicken" is spicy. Hubby said it's too hot and we will not order again. The only thing we didn't try from their menu is the Sweet & Spicy Chicken. I can't wait to visit the store soon.

Classic Signature Chicken Burger
Made with French Artisan Brioche Buns, Chicken Breast, Greens, Pickles, and House Sauce

Is it wrong that I will order the chicken burger as well? I can't wait to try it with another chicken flavour to see if it'll make it better or worse.

French Fries
Deep-fried until golden brown, then sprinkled with seasonings

This is not your typical french fries with just salt. It's actually good.

Yam Fries
A golden crispy, delicious side for burgers.

It's your standard yam fries.

Onion Rings

The onion rings are the only thing I can't recommend. Unfortunately, I didn't like it. Thankfully, everything else was delicious. Can't wait to order from Le Coq Frit again.


Thursday, December 16, 2021

Week 12 of HelloFresh

This week is the last week we're ordering from HelloFresh for the year.

Cantonese-Style Noodles with Beyond Meat
This tasty veggie knock-off has it all! Tender peppers, chewy chow mein noodles and green beans, all tossed in a glossy salty soy and hoisin sauce!

One-Pot Mexican-Style Quinoa and Black Beans with Lime Crema
This Mexican-style one-pot wonder is jam-packed with veggies and flavour, making this the perfect dinner for any night of the week.

Creamy Paprika Chicken with Sweet Peppers on Buttery Mash
This comforting dish builds slow-cooked flavour, that will have you dreaming of Oma's chicken paprikash, in a fraction of the time. Juicy chicken thighs and sweet bell peppers are a classic pairing for the rich tomatoey sauce.

Beef and Roasted Red Pepper Ragout with Spaghetti
The twist on the classic spaghetti bolognese is a winner! The ragout is packed with tender ground beef and tons of flavour. Topped with a fresh sprinkling of Parmesan, this dish will have everyone in your home going back for more.

This is my last HelloFresh post for the year. In 2021, I ordered fifty two (52) HelloFresh meals in a span of 12 weeks.

  1. Bacon and Mushroom Linguine with Spinach and Thyme
  2. Beef and Roasted Red Pepper Ragout with Spaghetti
  3. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Toasted Pine Nuts and Baby Tomatoes
  4. Cal Smart Caper-Dill Dressed Salmon with Couscous, Tomatoes, and Spinach
  5. Cal Smart Chipotle Pork Chilli with Poblano Peppers and Cheddar Cheese
  6. Cal Smart Harvest Beef Soup with Cream and Potatoes
  7. Cal Smart Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey and Parmesan
  8. Cal Smart Turkey Chilli with Lime Crema
  9. Cal Smart Stewed Harissa Chicken with Peppers and Feta
  10. Cantonese-style Noodles with Beyond Meat x2
  11. Carb Smart Chipotle Beef Chilli with Poblano Peppers and Cheddar Cheese
  12. Carb Smart Moroccan-Style Shrimp Stew with Zucchini, Feta and Almonds
  13. Carb-Smart Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans and Peppers
  14. Carb Smart Tagliata Steak Salad with Basil Pesto and Arugula
  15. Chinese-Style Beef Bowl with Garlic-Ginger Rice and Green Veggies
  16. Chicken Tikka Masala with Peppers and Garlic Rice
  17. Chorizo Taco Bowls with Lentil Red Rice and Lime Crema
  18. Chow Mein-Style Chicken with Mixed Veggies
  19. Classic Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti and Parmesan
  20. Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini with Mushroom and Peas
  21. Creamy Gnocchi Alfredo with Spinach and Peppers
  22. Creamy Paprika Chicken with Sweet Peppers on Buttery Mash
  23. Gochujang Sugar-Glazed Shrimp with Seasoned Rice
  24. Golden Thai-Style Chicken Curry with Chow Mein
  25. Ground Turkey Navarin Stew with Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  26. Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas with Fresh Tomato Salsa and Crema
  27. Loaded Veggie Penne with Olives and Bocconcini
  28. Mediterranean Falafel Sandwich with Tzatziki and Side Salad
  29. Mediterranean Gnocchi with Bocconcini and Oregano
  30. Not Noona's Chicken Cacciatore with Cavatappi and Basil
  31. One Pot Italian Sausage Soup with Cream and Potatoes
  32. One-Pot Mexican-Style Quinoa and Black Beans with Lime Crema
  33. Rigatoni and Chorizo in Rose Sauce with Roasted Peppers and Spinach
  34. Sausage and Broccolini Pasta with Fresh Penne
  35. Shrimp Chow Mein with Bok Choy
  36. Shrimp Diavolo Linguine with DIY Chili Oil
  37. Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew with Kale, Peppers, and Spiced Croutons
  38. Spicy Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts and Ginger Rice
  39. Spicy Lamb Noodles with Honey Chili Drizzle
  40. Squash Ravioli and Roasted Red Peppers with Spinach Salad
  41. Summer Turkey Bolognese with Basil and Zucchini
  42. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bowls with Green Onion Rice
  43. Sweet 'n' Sour Chicken with Veggie Fried Rice
  44. Tomato Garlic Beef Spaghetti with Sweet Pepper and Zucchini
  45. Tomato Garlic Beef Spaghetti with Sweet Peppers
  46. Tuscan Sausage Linguine with Sweet Bell Pepper, Chili, and Parmesan
  47. Veggie Bulgogi Bowls with Meatless Farm and Gochujang Fried Rice
  48. Veggie Black Bean Curry with Lime-Coconut Quinoa
  49. Veggie Chilli with Tortilla Chips and Sour Cream
  50. Vietnamese-Inspired Basil Beef with Peppers and Garlic-Lime Rice
  51. Zucchini and Lemon Linguini with Basil Pesto and Goat Cheese

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Silvanas from The Khaykery | "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!"

Where to get Silvanas in Metro Vancouver?

Happy Wednesday! I opened our fridge today and realized we still have a box of assorted Silvanas from The Khaykery which we got from "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!".

Six Silvanas in a beautiful pink box.

Ta-da!

Taking my first bite. Yum!

10 minutes later - it's gone.

We surprisingly enjoyed the Silvanas. Yay!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Kwek-Kwek from Plato Filipino | "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!"

"Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" is an annual Christmas Market organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver. It's my first time going with my husband, mom, and younger sister this year.


Where to get Kwek-Kwek in Vancouver?

Plato Filipino is such a happy store. My mom, sister, and I ordered a lot of dishes. I had to stop myself at three while my mom just kept pointing at everything. 🀣

I ordered turon. It's my favourite Filipino dessert and I got lumpiang shanghai as well because why not and right before we leave their booth outside has kwek-kwek and barbecue. My sister was excitedly saying, "Ate, kwek-kwek! Kwek-kwek!" 🀣

Kwek-Kwek and Lumpiang Shanghai

Turon

I placed all items we purchased in the air fryer. It came out perfect as expected.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Dinner at Acqua Restaurant + Bar

I had a busy Saturday. We were running errands all morning, and at around noon, we were buying food from the "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!".

I had dinner with former colleagues organized by the previous company I worked for in the evening. It's pretty awkward to be in the same room with employees who resigned and are still working for the company, to say the least. However, it's nice to see colleagues who became friends.

I had two drinks: Pacific Breeze and She Sells Sea Shells.

Pacific Breeze
Coconut water, iced tea, muddled mint, and lime.

She Sells Sea Shells
Sparkling wine, sweet vermouth syrup, lemon, orange, and soda

For an appetizer, I ordered the Calamari. Meanwhile, for my entree, I selected the Seafood Garganelli Pasta.

Seafood Garganelli Pasta
Salmon, prawns, mussels, pesto, and white wine herb cream sauce (served with garlic bread)

Calamari
Peppers, jalapenos, tartar sauce, and chipotle aioli

To end the evening, I enjoyed a Lava Cake.

Lava Cake
Warm chocolate cake covered with summer berries and ice cream

The food was acceptable. It's nothing to go crazy about, but the portions are small that's why we had to order appetizers and entrees. The drinks were excellent though.