Friday, September 30, 2022

Dinner at Suika

It's Friday! I'm feeling off today. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I didn't have any motivation to cook or eat. So after work, I just lay in bed staring blankly into space.

To find zest for life again, we decided to have dinner at Suika. It's our first time here this quarter. So I had my usual while hubby tried the Rich Crab Bibimbap.

Rich Crab Bibimbap

Signature Beef Curry with tonkatsu (pork loin cutlet)
Suika original stewed beef tendon curry.

Chicken Dashi Karaage
Juicy deep-fried chicken thigh, crispy on the outside and filled with rich dashi shoyu flavour

Strawberry Calpico Panna Cotta
Smooth calpico panna cotta with fresh chunks of strawberries. Topped with house-made strawberry jam.


Suika is my happy place! 

Orange Sprinkle Donut from Tim Hortons

It's Friday, and it's Truth and Reconciliation Day. So we decided to buy the Orange Sprinkle Donut from Tim Hortons 100% of proceeds from every Orange Sprinkle Donut support Indigenous charities.

The sprinkle provided sweetness to the surprisingly moist donut. Overall, a delicious donut.

Orange Sprinkle Donut from Tim Hortons 

Two Orange Sprinkle Donuts from Tim Hortons 

More information on organization Tims support is available here.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Dinner at Rogers Arena | Seattle Kraken VS Vancouver Canucks Preseason Game

It's our first time watching the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena! We're so excited to be inside Rogers Arena for the first time. However, it's unfortunate that they lose the preseason game 4-3 in overtime.

Of course, the real reason we decided to watch today is I want to check the food offering inside Rogers Arena.

Deluxe Nachos from Guacho

First, there is a "Members Only" section inside Rogers Arena, meaning we can't walk the circumference of Level 100 to check all the menus.

Hubby suggested we order the Deluxe Nachos from Guacho, which were surprisingly delicious. Now, I hope BC Place adds this to its menu.

$13.00 Deluxe Nachos from Guacho inside Rogers Arena

Grilled Cheese and Bacon from Melt

This is where I can compare the food at BC Place and Rogers Arena. Rogers offers more affordable food, but the tickets are more expensive than BC Place.

The Grilled Cheese and Bacon are good. The bread is perfectly toasted and incredibly buttery.

$9.50 Grilled Cheese and Bacon from Melt
Compare it with the BC Place Signature Grilled Cheese


French Fries and Waffle Fries from Crisp

To end our food day in Rogers Arena, we ordered French Fries and Waffle Fries from Crisp. Although BC Place does not have waffle fries, the quality of their French Fries is better.

$8.00 Waffle Fries from Crisp

$7.00 French Fries from Crisp

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There are so many food options inside Rogers Arena, and I want to try it all but can't afford Canucks tickets.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Ice Cream from Marble Slab Creamery

After lunch at Ma Dang Goul, we walked along Denman to enjoy Car Free Day West End. Before reaching English Bay beach, we stopped by Marble Slab Creamery. 

Ice Cream - Something with Peanut Butter

Ice Cream - Something with Chocolate

The line was long, and I can't remember which combination we had. All I know is that Marble Slab Creamery is the closest ice cream shop to English Bay Beach along Denman Street, and it's the perfect way to end summer.

I love Vancouver!


Lunch at Ma Dang Goul | Car Free Day West End

After Sunday Mass, my husband and I walked almost six kilometres to Denman Street to join Car Free Day West End. I always love walking across Burrard Bridge, feeling the sun's warmth and the sea's breeze, and hearing sports cars exceed the speed limit.

After checking out different vendors that are part of Car Free Day, we decided to have lunch at Ma Dang Goul because I crave Korean BBQ.

Banchan

Bulgogi
Thinly sliced beef and vegetables in sweet soy sauce. Served with side dishes and rice.

The bulgogi satisfied my craving for Korean BBQ. Although, I still want to grill meat.

Beef Japchae
Stir-fried glass noodles with beef and vegetables.

The Beef Japchae is alright. The kimchi made it better. However, I haven't found a favourite japchae that's cut above from the rest.

Haemul Pajeon
Seafood pancake with green onions.

I enjoyed the seafood pancake. It has the most generous seafood I have seen compared to Korean restaurants in Vancouver.

8 pieces Ganmandu
Deep-fried pork dumplings

Mandu! I love Korean dumplings, but Ganmandu from Dai Jang Kum in Richmond, BC, is still the best.

Breakfast at Tim Hortons

Happy Sunday! Before Mass, we decided to grab breakfast from Tim Hortons. So I am going down the menu of breakfast sandwiches we haven't tried, and this blog is really just a ruse to keep track of everything.

Next on our list is the Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with English Muffin and Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich with Homestyle Biscuit.

Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich between English Muffin

The saddest sandwich from Tims is the Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich. It's really just an egg and a cheese slice between English muffins. I don't think I'll ever order it again, even if it's only 268 calories.

Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

The best breakfast sandwich is the Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich because it has both sausage and bacon between homestyle biscuits, which usually comes perfectly toasted.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Desserts from Breka Bakery & Cafe

After dinner from Boston Pizza, we decided to order desserts and this time, I searched for a cake place from DoorDash and found Breka Bakery & Cafe. So my siblings ordered a cake each while hubby and I picked four of the six available donut flavours.


Breka Bakery & Cafe box


Salted Pecan Maple Donut, Dulce de Leche Donut,
London Fog Donut and Chocolate Hazelnut Donut


Vancouver has a lot of donut stores, and I think Breka Bakery & Cafe became my favourite. That dough is soft, chewy, and moist. It's perfect. The flavours are also on point and not overly sweet. I absolutely love it!


Caramel Macchiato Praline Crunch, Tuxedo Truffle, and
New York Cheesecake

My three siblings are raving about their cakes, especially my brother, who has good things to say about the New York Cheesecake.

After eating desserts, we continued playing Smash Bros until we were too tired and decided to go home. It's a happy day with my siblings and we can't wait to visit them again next weekend!

Dinner from Boston Pizza

Happy Saturday! Our only brother resigned from his first full-time job and will start his new work on Monday. To celebrate his freedom from his old company, we decided to have beer, cocktails, pizza, and dessert at their home. We watched Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars then played Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch. We also worked together to clean up afterwards because there was no Mama to clean after us.


Dinner from Boston Pizza

Since we're craving pizza, we had it delivered from Boston Pizza alongside two of their appetizers and a pasta which I didn't take a picture of.

Classic Nachos

Bandera Pizza Bread

Pepperoni

The Meateor

I love my siblings and more so now that we're all adults. We ordered what seemed like insufficient food, but we even had leftovers! We also shared the bill equally, and my younger sister commented that I don't think we will have any money problems in the future since you guys pay your share quickly. She's right, and I pray that God continues to bless us physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially!

Drinks from Estea Express at Aberdeen Food Court

After enjoying our meal from J&G Fried Chicken and Hich Persian Cuisine, we decided to grab drinks from Estea Express. I had my favourite Green Apple while hubby enjoyed his Matcha Red Bean slush.

Matcha Red Bean Slush from Estea Express

Green Tea from Estea Express

It's such a happy food day. After lunch, we walked around Oomomo, then to Lansdowne Centre to buy beer and vodka for our celebration tonight.

Lunch from Hich Persian Cuisine at Aberdeen Food Court

Since I grew up eating rice, I needed it to fully enjoy my chicken from J&G Fried Chicken, so we ordered a Soltani Kabob with rice from Hich Persian Cuisine. I am so grateful that my husband noticed the Dolmades. I wrote and raved about this dish when we went to the Riley Park Summer Farmers Market. So I am pleased to see and eat it here!

Soltani Kabob
1 Skewer Barg (AAA filet mignon) and 1 skewer of ground beef kabob served with saffron rice

Dolmades
Grape leaves roll stuffed with rice and herbs.

The rice is good, and the skewers were excellent, but the real star is the dolmades. It's a great palate cleanser when you've had enough (or too much) meat. It's like a reset button on your taste buds so they can go back to enjoying all the flavours. It's so delicious!

Lunch from J&G Fried Chicken at Aberdeen Food Court

Happy Saturday! After running errands all morning, we find ourselves at Aberdeen Centre food court shortly before two in the afternoon for late lunch. I'm famished and ordered a lot!


Popcorn Chicken and Fired Chicken Cutlet from J&G Fried Chicken

As soon as you get off the escalator, the first stall you will see is J&G Fried Chicken.

Signature Popcorn Chicken

The Signature Popcorn Chicken reminds me of the one from Big G. There's a subtle sweet aftertaste.

Deep Fried Big Chicken Cutlet (Bone-in)

I wish the cutlet was served with rice and pickled vegetables on the side, and it would be the perfect meal.

I still prefer the popcorn chicken from Redbeef Noodle.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat and OREO Hot Cocoa Blizzard Treat from Dairy Queen

After dinner at Nikkyu Japanese Restaurant, we grabbed ice cream from Dairy Queen. The line has reached outside the fast food because it's hot outside.

I chose the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard® Treat because Fall is about to start.

Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat is September's Blizzard of the Month

I surprisingly loved it. I love what feels like pie crust, and the pumpkin flavour is good too.

Meanwhile, hubby chose the OREO® Hot Cocoa Blizzard® Treat. There are crushed OREO® and cocoa fudge in this Blizzard Treat from Dairy Queen.

Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard Treat

This is the last weekend of summer because September 22 (Thursday) is the official first day of Fall.

Dinner at Nikkyu Japanese Restaurant | Car Free Day Main Street

After doing our Costco grocery run, we decided to walk going to Car Free Day on Main Street. It was such a fun day, with more people than Car Free Day in Commercial Drive last week.

Car Free Day Main Street

We walked from 10th Ave to 25th Avenue along Main Street to check out food options and the different vendors. I love the view of streets filled with people out for a good time with mountains in the background.

Since many restaurants were full, we ended up having an early dinner at Nikkyu Japanese Restaurant.

Beef Teriyaki

Hubby ordered beef teriyaki, which arrived first. It came with rice, a side salad, and miso soup.

Takoyaki

Special House Roll
Salmon, tuna, tamago, chopped scallop, imitation crab meat with avocado and tobiko on top

The Special House Roll is packed with things you want inside the roll. It requires two bites to enjoy the Special House Roll.

Katsu (Pork) Curry and Rice with potatoes, pumpkin, and tomato

I love Japanese curry, and this is the most unusual one I have had. The tomato was a surprise, and the pork was sweeter during the first couple of bites.

Overall, supporting local businesses during Car Free Day Main Street was good.

Lunch at Costco Food Court

Happy Sunday morning! We woke up later than usual and walked to Costco for a grocery run. For our first meal of the day, I opted for their hotdogs and french fries.

Costco Hotdog and French Fries

There weren't many people at Costco today, so I waited less than five minutes for our food.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

50% off Pizza for dinner at BC Place | Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC

We're in the final stretch of the season, and this is the penultimate home game of the Whitecaps FC. My checklist is almost complete, but I don't think I will be able to try everything BC Place has to offer.

The Whitecaps FC won against the Seattle Sounders FC to keep their playoff hopes alive. It's also Youth Appreciation Night, and from gates open until kickoff, pizza slices from Commercial Drive Pizza are 50% off.

Pizza Slices from Commercial Drive Pizza

I ordered the Ranchero Chicken Pizza and Ham & Pineapple Pizza. The latter is so dry and unbearable! No wonder it's 50% off. Thankfully, the former has more sauce and flavour to it.

Ham and Pineapple Pizza

Ranchero Chicken Pizza

I was worried that the Whitecaps would be dry and unbearable like the pizza, and I am glad they played like they cared.

Chana Masala Curry from Bombay South Asian Kitchen

Since I am working on a checklist, I ordered the only item I have not tried from Bombay South Asian Kitchen. It's a case of saving the best for last because the Chana Masala is the most flavourful of all the items sold here. The only downside is that the naan bread still feels like something from Costco with zero attempts at reheating.

Chana Masala Curry


October 1, 2022, will be the last home game of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. I hope they continue to play with intensity and desire to win.

New! COFFEE CRISP® Caramel Macchiato Blizzard® Treat at Dairy Queen

Happy Saturday! The Whitecaps FC has a game tonight, but before that, we walked across Granville Bridge and enjoyed a large Coffee Crisp Blizzard and Soft Pretzels with cheese dip at Dairy Queen.

New! COFFEE CRISP® Caramel Macchiato Blizzard® Treat

Soft Pretzels with Cheese Dip


After the ice cream, we walked to Holy Rosary Cathedral for Anticipated Sunday Mass. I thank God that He answered my prayers from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to win tonight.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Best Pudding in Vancouver from Early Bird Pudding

Pudding is not something we ate growing up, and I would only order it from Suika to end our meal. Recently, we tried Early Bird Pudding when it was sold by Ay! Mamacita food truck. Then, last Saturday, we saw their booth at Car Free Day in Commercial Drive and went crazy. We ordered one of the available flavours.

Yuzu Citrus
Yuzu has a distinct scent and taste. It has a hint of a sour and bitter taste. It's like a hybrid between a grapefruit and lemon. We highly recommend this flavour if you're looking for a more refreshing taste.

Matcha Tea
We're using high-grade ceremonial Matcha tea powder flown straight from Kyoto to make this pudding. So for Matcha lovers out there, this is for you!

Hojicha Tea
If you're looking for a full-flavoured roasted tea, Hojicha is the one for you. You'd be pleasantly surprised how well this flavour goes well with our pudding. The Hojicha that we're using was imported directly from Kyoto, Japan.

Classic Custard
A traditional Japanese custard pudding that's smooth, creamy and not overly sweet. It's made using locally produced free-range eggs.

Hubby asked if we'll order more pudding if we see them at future events. I said yes, as long as it's a new or different flavour than what we've tried.

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