Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Hershey’s S’mores Iced Capp from Tim Hortons | BEST ICED CAPP EVER

I love Tim Hortons Iced Capp! In 2018, I got addicted to the Salted Caramel Iced Capp and would have it almost every other week. I had to control myself to drink it less. I can’t believe that the Hershey’s S’mores Iced Capp this year is even better.

Hershey’s S’mores Iced Capp from Tim Hortons

Hershey’s S’mores Iced Capp while watching the Edmonton Oilers game

The Hershey’s S’mores Iced Capp features the brand’s signature coffee and cream blended with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, marshmallow-flavoured topping and graham crackers.

This is available for a limited time, so you bet I’ll be back and order this again.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Lunch at Suika and Tiramisu Cheesecake at Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

Walking is part of our routine. We walk to do errands; we walk just for the sake of it, so walking 5 kilometres is usually no big deal. However, I did a 5-kilometre brisk walking to a light jog for the first time ever, and it actually felt great yesterday. But my body didn't agree. My left shoulder felt painful most of Saturday until Sunday morning.

I went to get a full body massage to hopefully relieve the pain, and it did help, but now my hips felt sore. I know I just needed rest, so I took a nap as soon as we got home.

After the massage and before my Sunday afternoon nap, we had lunch at my absolute favourite restaurant Suika. Their Beef Curry with Tonkatsu is my ultimate comfort meal, and I know I needed it today even if I get paranoid that I might gain weight.

Signature Beef Curry topped with Tonkatsu.
Suika original stewed beef tendon curry topped with Pork Loin Cutlet

Miso-Cream Katsu Don
Deep-fried pork cutlet on the rice, covered with miso cream scrambled egg sauce.

I enjoyed my curry while hubby tried a dish from their "Today's Chef's Special" menu. It was delicious too. I am so glad that my husband is always trying new items because it allows me to eat them.

After our lunch, we walked to nearby Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee for dessert. We had a slice of their Tiramisu Cheesecake. I am uncertain what makes it "Tiramisu," but the cheesecake was a perfect consistency.

Tiramisu Cheesecake

My shoulders are feeling better than yesterday, so hopefully, with a good night's sleep, my hips recuperate too.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Movie Snacks from Outtakes in Cineplex Marine Gateway and VIP

For our movie night, we watched Bob's Burger Movie. Before the movie, we decided to enjoy some snacks from Outtakes in Cineplex Marine Gateway and VIP.

Food from Outtakes in Cineplex Marine Gateway and VIP

Classic Poutine
French fries, cheese curds, and gravy

Chicken Tenders

Boneless Chicken Bites with BBQ Sauce

Mac and Cheese Wedges

I still prefer the Pulled Pork Poutine but will have to try the other poutine. The Chicken Tenders were good but skip on the Boneless Chicken Bites.

Burger for dinner at A&W before Bob's Burger Movie

Happy Friday! My husband is a romantic and would insist that we watch a movie every Friday night. So we usually would watch movies on Netflix or DisneyPlus. But for tonight, we went to the Cineplex at Marine Gateway to watch the Bob's Burger Movie. We absolutely love the series (especially the Thanksgiving and Boyz 4 Now episodes).

Anyway, before the movie, we decided to enjoy burgers from A&W.

Teen Burger
A perfectly seasoned grass-fed beef patty topped with real cheddar cheese, mouth-watering bacon from pork raised without antibiotics, crisp lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles and Teen® sauce, served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun.

Baby Burger
A perfectly seasoned 1.6 oz grass-fed beef patty topped with ketchup and served on a freshly toasted bun.

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries, served with spicy chipotle mayo.

My husband enjoyed the Teen Burger, which has bacon (his main requirement for a burger). Meanwhile, I had the lowest-calorie burger, which is the Baby Burger. You can really taste the beef with that one. Finally, we shared the Sweet Potato Fries and enjoyed the chipotle mayo.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Yaguchiya Ramen is moving from Burnaby to Vancouver

Yaguchiya Ramen announced in its Instagram account that it will be closing the restaurant in Burnaby. Their current location will be demolished to give way for a new building.

Screenshot of Instagram announcement

Their last day at the current location (4679 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B3) is on June 20, 2022.

It's not all doom and gloom because they will move to 1521 West Broadway, Vancouver BC (which is the previous location of Bob Likes Thai Food) and be part of the vibrant South Granville food scene.

I am so excited to finally get a ramen shop so close. Right now, the closest ramen shop is in South Cambie (West Broadway and Cambie Street) on the east and Gyo-Para on the west which is all the way in Arbutus street. On northwest, there's Danbo Ramen on West 4th Avenue.

I can't wait to see Yaguchiya Ramen.

2023 September 12 Update:

Yaguchiya Ramen just posted on Instagram that they are moving with Kamei on Broadway at 601 West Broadway.

I can't wait to have their ramen again.

Screenshot of Instagram announcement

Monday, May 23, 2022

Croissant and Tiramisu at Foret Noire Patisserie

Joyeux Lundi! Happy Monday!

We're walking home from Commercial Drive and decided to stop by Foret Noire Patisserie. It's so clean and quite intimidating, but the viennoiserie they offer is familiar.

I ordered a Plain Croissant and Tiramisu while hubby picked the Chocolate Croissant. We also ordered to-go a box of their European Cookies.

Mouthwatering viennoiserie and cake from Foret Noire Patisserie

Plain Croissant
Flaky dough and freshly baked daily.

Plain Croissant

I am not a croissant expert by any means, but I have tried a few of them in Vancouver:
Out of all of them, the flakiest is definitely from Foret. Check the photo above. It's like we murdered the croissant because they're just flying everywhere.

Chocolate Croissant
Our chocolate croissant will leave you coming back for more! Warm and fresh pastries are baked daily for you. Pass by and grab them to-go or dining in.

Chocolate Croissant

The Chocolate Croissant is not as flaky as the Plain Croissant, and it's great. However, I kinda wished I had brought it home so I could reheat it and melt the chocolate in the middle.

Savoyard sponge, brandy coffee syrup, espresso, and mascarpone mousse.

A peek inside the Tiramisu.

It's definitely the best Tiramisu I had. The coffee flavour is mind-blowing.

I can't wait to open the European Cookie box and hopefully remember to update this post.

Perfect Gift: European Cookie Box

The European Cookie Box from Foret Noire is the perfect gift for special occasion or if you're unsure what gift to give, this is the right choice.

Beautiful Exterior Box

Professionally Packaged

Delicious Cookies and Almond Chocolates

My husband and I are already thinking that this will be good pasalubong (gifts) to friends in the Philippines whenever we go back for a vacation.

Lunch at Hon’s Wonton House

Happy Monday! It's a non-working holiday in British Columbia as we celebrate Victoria Day. 

We needed the exercise and decided to walk 5 kilometres to Commercial Drive from our home and another 5 kilometres going back. I made a list of restaurants, coffee shops, and dessert shops along West and East Broadway between Arbutus Street and Commercial Drive as part of our Boosting Broadway Businesses campaign.

At the end of our walk (when we reached Commercial Drive), we decided to grab late lunch at Hon's Wonton House.

Lunch at Hon's Wonton House

If we're not "dieting," I would have ordered 2-3 sides and/or dim sum, but a couple of noodle soups and one side are enough for now.

Popcorn Chicken

It's good Popcorn Chicken, but they have so many available Sides and Dim Sum that I will try something different next time we come to Hon's Wonton House.

Beef Brisket & Wonton Noodle Soup

BBQ Pork & Wonton Noodle Soup

I recommend getting just the Wonton Noodle Soup without the BBQ Pork and Beef Brisket. The wonton is delicious - the best one I've tried in Vancouver.

But if you have to choose between BBQ Pork and Beef Brisket, I recommend getting the BBQ Pork instead.

For next time, I might try their rice meals. I was tempted to get the Curry Beef Brisket on Rice, but hubby pointed out that we should get wonton because it's on their name. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Lunch from Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant

Happy Sunday on a long weekend. We went to Mass, and afterwards, we had lunch at Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant.

Hubby and I started a Boosting Broadway Businesses project where we do our best to support restaurants and coffee shops along Broadway. This is why we chose to have lunch at Akbar's.

Lunch Feast from Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant

We ordered our usual orders at Indian restaurants. The serving is not huge, but enough.
  • Mixed Platter (Samosa, vegetable pakora, and chicken pakora)
  • Garlic & Basil Naan
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Palak Paneer
  • Chicken Vindaloo
  • Lamb Biryani
  • Kheer

Mixed Platter
Serves 2. Samosa, vegetable pakora, and chicken pakora

When we come back, I'll order the chicken pakora again. It's the best item from the Mixed Platter.

Garlic & Basil Naan
White unleavened bread baked in tandoor oven flavoured with garlic and basil.

I think this is the best Garlic Naan I've had so far.

Tandoori Chicken
Half chicken marinated with authentic Indian spices & grilled in tandoor to perfection.

The chicken was still juicy inside, and you could taste the char from the grilling. Overall, a great Tandoori Chicken.

Palak Paneer
Homemade cheese cooked with spinach, onions, and Indian spices.

I wished the Palak Paneer had more flavour. It's pretty disappointing.

Chicken Vindaloo
Boneless chicken & potatoes cooked in a zesty, tangy curry sauce.

I like vindaloo because its flavour profile is different from your usual curry or butter chicken. It's spicy, and there's some sourness to it. 

Lamb Biryani
Basmati rice cooked with lamb and Indian spices.

The biryani was flavourful, and the lamb was so tender.

Rice flour cooked in milk. Served cold, a delightful dessert of our old traditional days

My favourite is the Lamb Biryani and the dessert. ๐Ÿคค I can't believe this is the first time I'm trying Kheer. It's delicious.

Inside Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant

We were there at 12:02 PM, and when we ended our meal more than an hour later, there were no other customers. So if you're able to, please support your local businesses.

Breakfast from Tim Hortons

Happy Sunday! It's the second day in a row that we grab breakfast from Tim Hortons. This time we took advantage of the promo "2 Can Dine for $8.99 - All Week," which means 2 Coffee, 2 Classic Breakfast Sandwiches, and 2 Hashbrowns for $10.00 (including tax and cup charge).

I should have used the same promo yesterday and saved almost $5.00. Oh well.

Homestyle Biscuit Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

English Muffin Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

We ordered the sandwiches with the default buns, and they're both excellent. Surprisingly better than the Steak and Eggs Sandwich yesterday.

Breakfast Sandwiches and Wraps from Tim Hortons

For future me, here is the list of breakfast sandwiches and wraps that we've tried. This menu is from the Tim Hortons app based on the closest location to our home.

☑️ Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich
☑️ Homestyle Biscuit - May 2022
☑️ English Muffin - May 2022
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

☑️ Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
☑️ Homestyle Biscuit - May 2022
๐Ÿ”ฒ English Muffin
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

☑️ Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
☑️ English Muffin - May 2022
๐Ÿ”ฒ Homestyle Biscuit
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

๐Ÿ”ฒ Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
๐Ÿ”ฒ English Muffin
๐Ÿ”ฒ Homestyle Biscuit
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
๐Ÿ”ฒ Homestyle Biscuit
๐Ÿ”ฒ English Muffin
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

๐Ÿ”ฒ Farmer's Breakfast Sandwich
Sandwich Type:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Bacon & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Egg & Cheese
Breakfast Bread Options:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Homestyle Biscuit
๐Ÿ”ฒ English Muffin
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

๐Ÿ”ฒ Grilled Breakfast Wrap
Sandwich Type:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Bacon & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Egg & Cheese
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage, Bacon, & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Bacon & No Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage & No Egg

☑️ Farmer's Breakfast Wrap
Sandwich Type:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Egg & Cheese
☑️ Sausage & Egg - June 2020
☑️ Bacon & Egg - June 2020

๐Ÿ”ฒ Bagel BELT
Sandwich Type:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sausage & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Bacon & Egg
๐Ÿ”ฒ Egg & Cheese
Breakfast Bread:
๐Ÿ”ฒ Everything Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Sesame Seed Bagel
๐Ÿ”ฒ Plain Croissant
๐Ÿ”ฒ Four Cheese Bagel

๐Ÿ”ฒ Simply Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
๐Ÿ”ฒ Homestyle Biscuit
๐Ÿ”ฒ English Muffin

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Lunch from LA Chicken | Birthday Game Night Celebration

Our youngest sister's birthday celebration is today, and she requested that we have a game night. 

We started the day by watching Spider-Man: No Way Home because my brother and husband have not seen it yet. I don't really have an affinity for superhero movies except for Spider-Man. Even then, the only ones I watched were the three movies with Tobey Maguire; apparently, I saw the first Andrew Garfield, which I didn't even remember.

After the movie, we had lunch. My mom cooked her Filipino-style spaghetti, and we ordered fried chicken and sides from LA Chicken. Lastly, we had a Costco chocolate cake.

My mom's spaghetti and fried chicken and sides from LA Chicken

We also watched The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin so that my younger sister's Canadian boyfriend could learn about Filipino humour. It's funny. Even our youngest sister's best friend had a laugh.

Then, we had game night. We played Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle all night (until 10:00 PM). Then, finally, we reached Book 5 and couldn't get past it. We almost defeated it during the last round, but Voldemort and his Death Eaters took over all our locations. I can't wait to play again!

Hershey’s S'mores Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

If you've been following my blog (which only my husband and mom does ๐Ÿ˜…), I try every new Dream Donut from Tim Hortons that I could.

Today, we had S'mores Dream Donut. It's delicious. There's chocolate inside and the graham on top provides some crunch. Overall, one of their best Dream Donut.

S'mores Dream Donut from Tim Hortons
This Dream Donut combines the classic and nostalgic tastes of S'mores in a way that's unique to Tims. The ring donut is packed with rich, delicious chocolate filling, dipped in marshmallow-flavoured fondant and topped with graham cracker crumble, and a drizzle of chocolate fondant.

S'mores Dream Donut

List of Dream Donuts from Tim Hortons

I arranged it alphabetically instead of chronologically.

Breakfast from Tim Hortons

Happy Saturday! We're starting our weekend with Steak and Eggs sandwiches from Tim Hortons. I had one sandwich with Homestyle Biscuit and the other with English Muffins.

Homestyle Biscuit Steak and Egg Sandwich

English Muffin Steak and Egg Sandwich

Small Hot Chocolate

Hubby and I agreed that the Homestyle Biscuit was the better option.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Dinner at Legendary Noodle

Happy Friday! I had a stressful afternoon which is never an excuse to stress eating, but here we are at Legendary Noodle along West Broadway for dinner.

Spicy Thin Noodle Special Beef Broth with Sliced Marinated Beef, Spinach, and Hard-Boiled Egg

Curry Beef Stir-Fried Cut Noodles
Finely sliced noodles from a flour dough, stir-fried greens, red pepper, celery, bean sprouts, and dark bean soy sauce

Both noodle dishes are excellent. This is the best beef noodle soup dish I've had in Vancouver. Although, to be fair, when I go to restaurants specializing in noodle soup, I usually get their rice dish, so maybe I'm not the best judge of this. 

Salt and Pepper Chicken

Xiao Long Bao
Steamed Juicy Pork Dumpling

The Salt and Pepper Chicken and Matcha Ice Cream are all as expected. Unfortunately, the Xiao Long Bao is subpar.

After dinner, we walked along West Broadway from Laurel Street to Maple Street and back to our home. We were discussing possible project names for our plan to support Broadway businesses (specifically restaurants and coffee shops) affected by the train line's construction.

Matcha Ice Cream

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