Showing posts with label Dine In. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dine In. Show all posts

Friday, December 2, 2022

Bacon Deluxe McCrispy from McDonald's Canada

Our second burger for dinner from McDonald's tonight is the Bacon Deluxe McCrispy.


McCrispy Bacon Deluxe from McDonald's Canada
Bacon and a slice of fresh tomato take the McCrispy to the next level. Made with crispy, tender and juicy 100% Canadian-raised seasoned chicken, then topped with shredded lettuce, creamy mayo-style sauce and served on a soft potato bun for a taste that’s so McDonald’s.

McCrispy Bacon Deluxe from McDonald's Canada

Unfortunately, there's not enough sauce in it and it was dry. The good thing is there's a generous amount of bacon.

Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada

Today, I love the Carolina BBQ sauce in the Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada.


Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder
100% Canadian quarter pound beef patty topped with sweet and tangy golden Carolina BBQ sauce, hickory smoked bacon strips, crispy onions, pickles, and two slices of processed cheddar cheese served on a toasted sesame bun.

It was sweet and perfect, with a salty slice of processed cheddar cheese, on top of a juicy beef patty and crispy fried onions. Overall, something I'll happily eat again.


Carolina BBQ Quarter Pounder from McDonald's Canada

I wonder if they can do a Carolina BBQ dipping sauce for Chicken McNuggets. Yum!

Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's Canada

I'm not a fan of candy canes in general because I don't like anything peppermint. It reminds me of toothpaste; that's why I don't like peppermint drinks.


Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's Canada
Take our smooth, and creamy vanilla soft serve swirled with peppermint candy pieces and top it off with our decadent hot fudge.

For this reason, I didn't enjoy the Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry from McDonald's. So I took a couple spoonfuls, and that's it.


Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry

According to the description, there should be a decadent hot fudge on top of the Candy Cane Fudge McFlurry, but what we received did not have that.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Bulgogi Jeongol from Masa Japanese Restaurant

Happy Saturday dinner! I stayed home all day, but we went to Anticipated Sunday Mass at our local parish. Afterwards, we grabbed groceries, then dinner at Masa Japanese Restaurant.

We ordered the Bulgogi Jeongol. It is a Korean hot pot dish with beef and vegetables. I tried the soup base, and it's obviously beef broth. The banchan is a nice touch as a palate cleanser.


Bulgogi Jeongol
Korean hot pot dish consisting of deliciously marinated bulgogi, soup stock, and various vegetables.

We also ordered the Sake Bomb Roll because we are going through the Special Sushi list. It's spicy. Although, I realized I am not a fan of seared salmon on my roll.


Sake Bomb Roll
Spicy salmon roll with seared salmon and special spicy sauce.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Classic Hot Fudge Sundae at Earnest Ice Cream Quebec Street

After a fun and salty dinner at Brewhall, we crossed the street to enjoy ice cream from Earnest Ice Cream. I am surprised to see it full of life and busy on a Friday evening when it's 6°C outside.

I had Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate Topping from Costco last Saturday, and when I spotted the Classic Hot Fudge Sundae on the Earnest menu board, I just had to try it.


Classic Hot Fudge Sundae from Earnest Ice Cream on Quebec Street

The vanilla ice cream is good, but I wish the chocolate syrup was warm. I feel like that's essential for a sundae. However, I am willing to forgive that because they have crushed nuts, and I love the crunchy element of my creamy dessert.

I happily enjoyed my ice cream and can't wait to bring my husband here.

Chickpea Veg Burger for dinner at Brewhall

I am a dieting foodie. As someone who has been overweight all my life, losing weight is always a challenge. I used to be Obese Level II, but now I am down to Obese Level I, and of course, my goal is to be close to a healthy weight for my height and age.

With that all said, I love to eat. Good food makes me happy, and eating out is fun. I have learned to prepare delicious meals at home, so most of the week, I cook low-calorie meals for my hubby and me to help with my diet.

However, sometimes (on weekends), we eat out and end up pigging out. Like this evening, I am meeting with former colleagues turned friends for dinner at Brewhall. I have been looking at their menu all week, trying to decide what to get.


Chickpea Veg Burger

I ordered the Chickpea Veg Burger with a side of fries. The first bite was salty, but as I ate more of the burger, it became less salty, especially in the middle where most of the sauce is, then the last couple of bites was salty again. It's a good vegetarian burger, mainly because when every other restaurant would instead serve fake meat.


Chickpea Veg Burger
House-made veg patty, chipotle mayo, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

Shareables and Cocktails

Because I needed something unhealthy, we ordered Nachos for the table from the Shareable section of the Brewhall menu. It's worth whatever calories it has. Yum! I also ordered the Electric Blue Long Island from the Cocktails menu of Brewhall.


Electric Blue Long Island
A twist on a classic with blue curaçao

It was a fun evening with friends. It's our annual catchup to see how people's careers and work are doing. It's so fun to see everyone!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Wonton and Vegetable Soup for Dinner at Viet Flavour Restaurant

Viet Flavour Restaurant changed its menu! The dish names went from Vietnamese to English with Chinese translation. I don't if management since August 2021, but the food is still delicious.

Hubby ordered the House Special Combination Noodle Soup. It's a classic bowl of pho loaded with beef.


6. House Special Combination Beef

I went to the Special Noodle Soups section of the menu and got the Wonton and Vegetable Soup. It's perfect for this cold evening. It has a clean vegetable soup base loaded with wonton. I'm so happy. I added egg noodles, too, because that's what it usually comes with.


22. Wonton and Vegetable Soup

As with any Vietnamese restaurant, I always get the Vietnamese Spring Rolls.


1. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae from Costco Food Court

We started today with breakfast at Tim Hortons. Then, we grabbed groceries from Shoppers Drug Mart to get PC Optimum points. We went home to drop off our items and to rest for a bit. It allowed me to type all my Tims' blog posts. 😅

Then, we headed to Costco for lunch and groceries. We're shocked to see that all fried food is sold out! The french fries, poutine, and chicken strips with fries are all sold out. 🤯 Their fryer might be broken. That's the only logical explanation for running out of fries.

The good thing is the sundae is available. I know it's below 5°C outside, but that won't stop my hubby from getting his ice cream.


Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Topping

We chose the vanilla ice cream sundae with chocolate topping from Costco. It's the classic combination. I have tried sundaes from McDonald's and Jollibee, with the latter having the better one.


Sundae from Costco

However, the Costco food court chocolate topping is surprisingly delicious. It's creamy and thick, perfect with the vanilla soft-serve ice cream.

We'll try the caramel topping next time.

Filled Sugar Cookie from Tim Hortons

It said Filled Sugar Cookie, but I was still surprised to see it was filled nicely. The white filling is not concentrated on the middle or one side of the cookie but actually covers the whole thing.


Filled Sugar Cookie from Tim Hortons

Unfortunately, the filling did not add any flavour whatsoever to a buttery sugar cookie. The best addition is the white sugar on top because it provides sweetness and a bit of crunch.


Filled Sugar Cookie from Tim Hortons

I wish the filling had flavours that would elevate an already delicious cookie.

Chocolate Hazelnut Muffin from Tim Hortons

I secretly love Tim Hortons' muffins because they're moist and rarely stale (unlike the donuts).

We ordered the Chocolate Hazelnut Muffin, which is part of the Tim Hortons holiday menu.


Chocolate Hazelnut Muffin from Tim Hortons

A peek inside Chocolate Hazelnut Muffin from Tim Hortons.

The muffin was moist and good. I especially like the nuts on top because it provides a different texture. Unfortunately, the side I ate didn't have any filling. All the chocolate hazelnut goodness went to my hubby. He gave me another bite, and it tasted like chocolate hazelnut.

Overall, a delicious muffin that I'll be happy to order again.

Anytime Snackers Savoury Pastries from Tim Hortons | Review

When we went to Tim Hortons three days ago to try the dream donuts, the Anytime Snackers Savoury Pastries were unavailable. For breakfast today, we tried both flavours of the new Anytime Snackers savoury pastries.


Savoury Pastries from Tim Hortons

Spicy Jalapeno Savoury Pastry

It's hard to distinguish which flavour is which, so I picked one, and it turned out to be the Spicy Jalapeno Savoury Pastry. It's spicy, and surprisingly it worked well with the Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. According to the in-store menu, it's supposed to be flakey and buttery. But, unfortunately, it's not both.


Spicy Jalapeno Savoury Pastry from Tim Hortons

Herb & Garlic Savoury Pastry

Because I tried the spicy pastry first, the Herb & Garlic Savoury Pastry does not have any flavour. I don't know. It was more buttery than the spicy one, but I'm uncertain which herb should be there. There's also no garlic flavour.


Herb & Garlic Savoury Pastry from Tim Hortons

If you want to try one, go for the Spicy Jalapeno Savoury Pastry (unless you can't handle any level of heat).

Gingerbread Oat Latte and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate from Tim Hortons

Happy Saturday! We're running errands today, and before we start, we grabbed breakfast at Tim Hortons.


There's snowplace like Tims snowman cup.

First, the Tim Hortons cups are adorably designed. The Candy Cane Hot Chocolate was surprisingly delicious, and for someone who hates anything minty on my sweets this passed the test.


There's Snowplace like Tims snowglobe cup design.

Meanwhile, hubby chose the Gingerbread Oat Latte from Tims, which does not have any hint of gingerbread taste. Such a shame because this cup deserves a delicious drink.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

St. Paul's Hospital Donor Celebration at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

My hubby and I have been donors to St. Paul's Hospital for the last four years, but we got invited to their Donor Celebration at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre for the first time. I guess because this is the first year, our support exceeded a specific amount.

After work (5:00 PM), we hurriedly took an Uber to Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre to ensure that we'll be on time for the program scheduled to arrive at 5:30 PM.

Since this is a food blog, I'll share the pictures I took of the refreshments they served.


Christmas Dinner in a Jar (sorry for the blurred picture)
Whipped potatoes, mushrooms and sage dressing, Brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, roasted turkey, and gravy.

Can we make this Christmas Dinner in a Jar a thing? It's a fun way to eat all the delicious things in a typical Thanksgiving meal - turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies (in this case, Brussels sprouts), gravy, and cranberry sauce. I love it!

We thought of just staying in one area but noticed that there seemed to be a path past the screen and podium. There was an alcohol bar and a snack bar further into the room. There are cookies (a lot of variety), tarts, mini cupcakes, cakes, coffee, tea, and even hot chocolate with little marshmallows. It's a little kid's dream or an adult with a sweet tooth. We stayed here for the rest of the event, but we're not shameless and only got one of each type to share.


Tarts, mini cupcakes, and cookies in dessert plate number 1.

Candy cane cream puff, colourful cookies, and red velvet mini cupcakes for dessert plate number 2.

Mini Cake Roll for dessert plate number 3.

After the event, we went downstairs to join the countdown for the lighting of Lights of Hope, which looked amazing.


Lights of Hope in Vancouver

My dream next year is to have our names in one of the stars. But, we gotta keep working hard so we can continue to share our blessings with St. Paul's and other non-profits in Vancouver.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

It officially feels like Christmas with the availability of Tim Hortons' dream donuts. As you know, I have been keeping an eye out for any new dream donuts. I opened my Tims app almost every day to see if there was anything new and nearly screamed when I saw two new dream donuts.

We walked to Tim's nearest location after work to ensure they were available. I have trauma about ordering a dream donut for delivery and getting a different donut.


Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Dream Donut

I am a sucker for any dessert with a crunchy element, and the crushed pretzels on top of a chocolate fudge donut is a win. However, I wished the donut itself was fudgier or not dry.


Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

There's no filling inside the Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Dream Donut from Tim Hortons.

This is the better dream donut from the holiday menu because of the contrast of texture (crunchy pretzel and soft donut) and flavour (sweet base and salty top).




List of Dream Donuts from Tim Hortons

I arranged it alphabetically instead of chronologically.

Gingerbread Chocolate Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

It officially feels like Christmas with the availability of Tim Hortons' dream donuts. As you know, I have been keeping an eye out for any new dream donuts. I opened my Tims app almost every day to see if there was anything new and nearly screamed when I saw two new dream donuts.

We walked to Tim's nearest location after work to ensure they were available. I have trauma about ordering a dream donut for delivery and getting a different donut.


Gingerbread Chocolate Dream Donut

How adorable is that little gingerbread cookie on top of the donut? It is the only thing with any hint of gingerbread flavour in that donut.


Gingerbread Chocolate Dream Donut from Tim Hortons

The fondant on top provides sweetness, and the filling inside is chocolate. A good donut but no gingerbread flavour and not something I'll order again.


A peek inside the Gingerbread Chocolate Dream Donut from Tim Hortons.




List of Dream Donuts from Tim Hortons

I arranged it alphabetically instead of chronologically.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Grilled Breakfast Wrap for breakfast at Tim Hortons

Happy Sunday! As part of our Sunday routine, we had breakfast at Tim Hortons before heading to Sunday Mass.

According to my Tim Hortons menu checklist, we haven't had their Grilled Breakfast Wrap, and the only explanation I could think of is that I always prefer the Farmers Breakfast Wrap.


Bacon Grilled Breakfast Wrap

My hubby had the Bacon Grilled Breakfast Wrap from Tim Hortons. It doesn't have a lot of bacon in it, but that is to be expected from a fast food.


Bacon Grilled Breakfast Wrap from Tim Hortons

Sausage Grilled Breakfast Wrap

I enjoyed my high-calorie Sausage Grilled Breakfast Wrap from Tims. I especially love the sauce they use. It's creamy with a subtle heat. I think it's chipotle, but don't quote me on that.


Sausage Grilled Breakfast Wrap from Tim Hortons

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Original Crispy Large Fried Chicken for dinner at Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

I love Hot Star Large Fried Chicken, and we enjoyed our dinner tonight.

Spicy Popcorn Chicken

The Spicy Popcorn Chicken works well with rice, same with the Original Crispy Large Fried Chicken.
 
Original Crispy Large Fried Chicken

3 pieces Fried Buns Black Sesame

Black Sesame Fried Buns

The black sesame flavour is intense. However, the Creamy Custard is better. I can't wait to try the Taro next time.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Snacks and Drinks Menu and Review of Millenium Karaoke

After a planned Korean BBQ dinner and an unplanned soy-based cake for dessert, we arrived at Millenium Karaoke (MK)! When planning my birthday celebration, I told my siblings I wanted to enjoy Korean BBQ, which they were okay with. Then, they randomly requested if we could do karaoke afterwards.

I searched for a couple of days for a Korean BBQ spot near a karaoke place in Richmond, BC and found Gang Nam Korean BBQ and MK. They're 6 minutes from each other.

I made reservations for two hours for six people at 7:00 PM. We arrived on the dot as they were opening.

IMPORTANT: Everyone in your party must present two pieces of valid ID at the front desk before you can enter. My youngest sister forgot her ID, and we had to Uber her to go home and back to MK so she could grab her ID. Thankfully, it's nearby.

First, food and drinks are expensive. The cocktails are good, but the food is not something I recommend.


Sweet Japan and Tequila Sunrise
Each cocktail costs $13.99 plus 12% gratuity and applicable taxes.

The Appetizer Platter below costs $25.99 plus 12% gratuity and applicable taxes. I expected to get more food because I was paying $25.00 and couldn't believe how little food came. Moreover, the food was not spectacular. But, to be fair, you don't go here for the food but for the singing.


Appetizer Platter
Spring rolls, mini sausages, fish balls, and Taiwanese fish cake

TIP: Eat elsewhere before going to MK. You can maybe get one drink, but anything more than that is a bit much.


Millenium Karaoke Richmond BC Shots Menu and Drinks Menu

Millenium Karaoke Richmond BC Food Menu and Hot/Cold Drinks

I never knew I missed karaoke nights until today. I'm still very much Filipino by heart, even though I'm a Canadian Citizen already. The room was clean, and even the bathroom was clean. Although, my hubby pointed out that we're the first users of the room for the day, which is why it's still neat. There are six of us for two hours (45 per hour per room), and even with the12% gratuity, each person paid roughly $17.50. 

Taiwanese Soy Sponge Cake from Soy Talk

After a fun and food coma dinner at Gang Nam Korean BBQ, we had 30 minutes to spare before our karaoke dinner. We started looking for an ice cream place nearby. Don't judge us for wanting ice cream when it's below 10 degrees Celsius outside. 🤣

Our search led us to Soy Talk. Unfortunately, there's a sign on the cashier that ice cream is unavailable. It's not meant to be.

My younger sister bought Taiwanese Soy Sponge Cake for us to share. Thanks, Sister!


Taiwanese Soy Sponge Cake
Freshly handmade with pure natural ingredients, our sponge cake is sprinkled with healthy organic soybean floss. Fluffy in texture, our spongecake is sandwiched with a light milky soy sauce.

Taiwanese Soy Sponge Cake

The cake was fluffy and soft, while the soybean floss provided crunch and the cream in the middle added a subtle sweetness. It's such a nice dessert and would be lovely with coffee or tea.

Korean BBQ Dinner at Gang Nam Korean BBQ

Happy Friday! I'm finally able to celebrate my birthday with my siblings. So naturally, I want a Korean BBQ, and we end up at Gang Nam Korean BBQ in Richmond, BC.

I ordered a lot, but it's enough for our party of six.


BBQ Dinner Combo I and G

I ordered BBQ Dinner Combo I, which includes pork belly, pork jowl, and pork bulgogi and BBQ Dinner Combo G which has rib eye, pork belly, GN bulgogi, and pork bulgogi. Unfortunately, I only took a picture of our raw meat once and didn't have a photo of any of the marinated meat.

Each combo gets a choice of a stone bowl and either pajeon (seafood pancake) or japchae.


Free Banchan

Bulgogi Stone Bowl and Spicy Pork Stone Bowl as part of our BBQ Dinner Combo

Japchae as part of our BBQ Dinner Combo

This is my favourite japchae from all the Korean restaurants in Vancouver that I have tried.


Seafood Pancake as part of our BBQ Dinner Combo

Fried Gyoza

You can skip the gyoza and order the Fried Chicken instead. Unfortunately, I missed taking the photo of the Fried Chicken that we ordered. My youngest sister loved it.

Overall, the food is delicious, albeit expensive. The service was friendly and prompt, especially for a small, busy restaurant.

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