Friday, March 8, 2024

Veggie Burrito Bowl and Veggie Nachos from Quesada

Happy Friday, everyone! Today was extra special, not just because it's the end of the week but also because it's International Women's Day! And to celebrate, I had the incredible opportunity to attend an event that resonated with me.

My sister invited me to "Breaking Barriers: Pinays in Tech - Navigating Tech Opportunities in YVR," held at the Consulate General of the Philippines. It was my first tech event in a long time, and let me tell you, it was electrifying! Back in the Philippines, I was heavily involved in organizing similar events, so coming full circle and attending one here in Canada was incredibly special.

The event itself was truly inspiring. The all-female speaker lineup consisted of accomplished Filipinas making waves in the Vancouver tech scene. Each woman shared their personal journeys, the challenges they faced, and the triumphs they achieved. These stories resonated deeply with me. We often talk about the importance of representation, but there's something compelling about hearing the experiences of others who share your background. It's a reminder that you're not alone and that anything is possible.

Large Veggie Bowl from Quesada

Feeling energized and empowered, my sister, hubby, and I decided to grab some celebratory dinner at Quesada nearby. Now, while the event was a home run, the food at Quesada wasn't quite a grand slam. Hubby opted for the large Veggie Bowl with brown rice. It was decent but nothing extraordinary – something you wouldn't necessarily write home about.

Nachos from Quesada
Crispy corn tortilla chips and your choice of toppings, baked with Monterey Jack Cheddar cheese, served with your choice of sauce and salsa.

Similarly, the veggie nachos fell short. As a self-proclaimed nacho aficionado, you can never go wrong with chips and cheese. However, in this case, the crispy corn tortilla chips and melted Monterey Jack Cheddar cheese weren't enough to elevate the other ingredients.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Quesada

Despite the slightly disappointing meal, the afternoon was a resounding success. We spent the next hour chatting about the event, dissecting the speakers' journeys, and sharing our experiences. I cherish these simple moments of connection with my sister the most. Here's to celebrating strong women, forging our paths in the tech world, and cherishing the power of sisterhood!

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