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Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes

I continue my support of Filipino businesses and entrepreneurs by ordering Ube (purple yam) cake from Kaye Bakes. Kaye Bakes for Celebration Today we're celebrating three things: my mom's birthday, my youngest sister's high school graduation, and father's day. It only fits to order some cake, and I thought a cake we can't buy from Costco would be fitting. How I ordered from Kaye Bakes? I reached out on their Facebook page Tuesday to ask if they can do a Saturday delivery or if it's too late. I also asked for prices and if they can deliver. They were able to deliver on a Saturday at Richmond. I paid via Interac-E Transfer. Ube Cake Purple yam is famous in the Philippines. The colour is unique, and it's delicious! We love Ube cake in the Philippines, and I didn't think we would be able to enjoy some here in Canada. Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes You should hear the glee from my younger sister. She loves Ube cake the most among all of us


Hello! I grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada right before my 26th birthday. I love food, and I love Vancouver, where I'm currently living with my husband. My parents and siblings are living in Richmond (a close enough city with its own culinary offerings).

What I love about Vancouver (and Canada)?

Diversity. In my wildest dreams (when I was in the Philippines), I never thought I'll be able to try African or Lebanese cuisine from people who grew up in those places and brought their culture and food to this part of the world.

Seasons. I thought of going back to the Philippines, but then I saw the beautiful autumn leaves, saw the flowers during spring, and experienced snow for the first time. It was too fantastic to leave all these things behind.

Home. Vancouver is my home now. Although I terribly miss my friends and the food in the Philippines, Canada is my home now. My family is here. My husband is here. We have started a blessed life here. It's not perfect, but it's home.

Why create this blog?

I have so many images of food, and I am not a fan of posting them on Facebook for my friends to see. I don't really want to create another social media account (e.g. Instagram) to upload it, so I thought of making a blog instead. Thus, Smooch Food is born. Smooch is a verb meaning to kiss or cuddle. I love food, I eat it, and I enjoy taking photos of it to remember.

This blog has become my "happy place" when things become too difficult.

Side bonus: It makes me happy to promote local businesses as well.

COVID-19 Update

How I get my food?

As someone who enjoys eating out, it's important that I support local restaurants as often as I could. To do this safely, I order takeout from neighbourhood joints and through delivery apps like SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.

Inside my bubble.

We grab groceries once a week from a local grocery and nearby Shoppers. The only people inside my bubble are my husband who I live with, my parents and three siblings who we visit once or twice a month in Richmond. We use Uber to go there to limit our contact with people.

Here's to staying safe and kind in these uncertain times.

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Where to get Buko Pie in Vancouver?

I am craving for Filipino buko pie, but I don't know where's the best place to get one that will deliver to our home. I asked the Facebook group I belong to and below are their suggestions: Vancouver Restaurants with Buko Pie Kumare Restaurant and Bakery - They have a branch in Richmond, Delta, and Vancouver. Hapag Ihaw Ihaw Filipino Grill - Two people, recommended the buko pie from Hapag. They're located in Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Aling Mary's - They're located in Main Street, Vancouver, and I have ordered a buko pie from them in the past, but I know they don't deliver. Home-Based Online Vendor with Buko Pie Pinay Bakes - Facebook page - Two people recommended their buko pie. Ruby Lyn Dacanay - She's the first one to send me a private message and pictures of the buko pie, and it looks great. Do you know of other places in Vancouver that serve buko pie? Leave a comment

Dinner delivery from KFC

We enjoyed our fried chicken feast from KFC tonight while watching the Vancouver Whitecaps FC game. I haven't had KFC in a long time, and I am shocked at how tasty the food we received. I love the gravy; it kinda reminded me of gravy from KFC Philippines. I'll order the spicy chicken again - the fries and chicken popcorn I'll skip. For the chicken strips, I am still undecided whether I find it too salty or just right. KFC Feast Chicken Combo (4 pcs) Boneless Bucket: Chicken Strips Boneless Bucket: Large Popcorn Chicken Large French Fries

Dinner at Masa Japanese Restaurant

After a fun Sunday of playing Pokemon Go, then attending Mass, we decided to have a delicious meal at Masa Japanese Restaurant. Assorted Katsu Curry Ramen Chicken Karaage

Lunch from MASA Japanese Restaurant

Happy Saturday! ハッピーサタデー It is a clear, sunny day in Vancouver. Hubby decided to take a jog around the Seawall while I run errands, and once I am done, we met up near Granville Island. For lunch today, we have decided to order from MASA Japanese Restaurant. It's a small local business near South Granville (along West Broadway at Hemlock Street). It's on the second floor of the building, on top of the Circle K convenience store. They offer an extensive Japanese food menu ranging from sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, Japanese curry, udon, and even ramen. I've tried different MASA dishes in the past (it's one of our go-to places for Japanese comfort food), and for today we have ordered mostly new things. Our order from MASA Japanese Restaurant for today If you know me by now, I almost always order the same dish from restaurants. Why take the chance of ordering a bad dish when I am sure that I'll enjoy the one I want? 😁 However, I am willing to try appetizers and desserts at

My Birthday Celebration: Cake from Arts to Bakes

It's my birthday weekend. We went to my parent's place in Richmond, BC, to celebrate. Don't worry, we didn't invite people to the celebration - it's just seven people and two households. The first household is me, and my husband and the second household is my parents and three siblings. Mocha Cake from Arts to Bakes KayeBakes CA is my go-to cake source, but Kaye is busy, so I asked the Filipino food group if they would please recommend a place or person who bakes delicious mocha cake since I really want it for my birthday. The first comment recommended Arts to Bakes. I sent their page a message and asked about the price, delivery, etc. Mocha Cake from Arts to Bakes in Vancouver, BC. It's too pretty to eat. I am delighted with the mocha cake. It's beautiful, and more importantly, it's delicious. The cake is moist, and initially, I thought the coffee flavour is too strong, but with each bite, including the buttercream, it's perfect. The sweet chocolate

Lunch from Suika

Finally! I haven't had my favourite Japanese curry from Suika since December of last year. I can't believe I survived the first quarter of 2021 without having a taste of that delicious dish. We went to Suika today to order our usual dishes to-go since dine-in services are closed. Signature Beef Curry with Tonkatsu I can't believe how much I missed this dish. It's as good as I remember. I also ordered extra curry sauce on the side. Double Tonkatsu Set (2 pieces of fried pork loin cutlet served with ground roasted sesame tonkatsu sauce, white rice, cabbage salad, and miso soup) The Double Tonkatsu has become hubby's standard order, and he enjoyed that the tonkatsu sauce came mixed already. Yum! Crispy Chicken Karaage (Deep fried chicken thigh served with Japanese salt and pepper) Our usual side is their chicken. We didn't order desserts today and decided to grab a cake from Meinhardt during our weekly grocery run. If you can, please support your local restaurants

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