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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

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

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

Dinner from Save-on-Foods

Not ordering from restaurants has been challenging because I want food cooked by someone else. LOL. Thankfully most groceries offer hot meals that you can microwave. Below are some dishes we got from Save-on-Foods. Red Dragon Roll from Bento Express Red Dragon Roll Chicken Alfredo Pasta Macaroni and Cheese I thought the Mac and Cheese were better than the Chicken Alfredo Pasta.

Celebrating Pi Day with Pies from the grocery

Pi Day this year is a little different for hubby and me. We decided to not order from restaurants for 40 days starting Ash Wednesday as part of our fasting. The only loophole will be eating with people outside our household, which essentially means with the family in Richmond. That said, we couldn't order pies. Thankfully, there are frozen pies in our local grocery, so we decided to buy three different savoury pies. Aussie Pie Guy We got two different flavours of pies from the Aussie Pie Guy brand. Aussie in its packaging Aussie baked in an air fryer because I don't have an oven. Salmon Pie Salmon Pie from Aussie Chef Fenrick Frozen Chicken Pot Pie from Chef Fenrick Baked Chicken Pot Pie from Chef Fenrick Of all the three pies, I enjoyed the Chicken Pot Pie the most. I kinda wished I grabbed more Chef Fenrick pies. There's always Pi Day next year!

Dream Donuts 2021 from Tim Hortons

Happy Thursday! It's also National Lego Day! I ordered a "4 Privet Drive" Harry Potter Lego Set and got two free items. Unfortunately, FedEx didn't ring our doorbell or gave us a call when it tried to deliver it to our place, so we had to pick it up at the closest FedEx pickup point. Since it's National Lego Day, we decided to pick it up today. We also decided to grab donuts from Tim Hortons before heading home. Hubby requested that I get any limited edition donuts that they have. Looking at the menu, they're promoting the "Dream Donuts," and I got both Chocolate Hazelnut Éclair Dream and Sea Salted Caramel Dream. Chocolate Hazelnut Éclair Dream I enjoyed both donuts. It's surprisingly not stale. It's soft, and the filling inside the Éclair is delicious. I am willing to get it again. Sea Salted Caramel Dream The Sea Salted Caramel Dream is good, but not as delicious as the eclair. At least, it wasn't stale like the Dream Donuts from last

New Year's Eve Donuts from Lee's Donuts

Our last day of 2020 started with house cleaning; we wanted to welcome the New Year with a clean house. Then, we did our errands outside. Thankfully, it wasn't raining, and halfway through being outside, it was only drizzling. We started our errands with a walk to a donation bin near the local fire station and dropped off donations. We don't do spring cleaning. We do our cleaning after Boxing Day. Afterwards, we went to Granville Island Public Market to order half a dozen donuts from Lee's Donuts. There's a long line, but it moved at a consistent phase, so we're good. People are also social distancing and wearing masks. I can't remember all the flavour I picked. LOL I do remember chocolate, maple, matcha, and peanut. They are all so delicious, especially after putting them in the microwave for 20 seconds. The doughnuts become warm and moist. Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve Dinner from The Pie Hole

Growing up, one of the practices or superstitions we always hear is how you should have round fruits at the table to welcome the New Year. I remember we will always have grapes, oranges, apples, among others, at our table alongside the usual media noche (New Year's Eve Dinner), which almost always includes Lechon . Hubby said we should continue the tradition by having round or circular things at our table. Last 2017, we ordered pizza and Timbits.   This year we decided on pie and Filipino snacks from SM Delights. NYE Dinner from The Pie Hole I ordered four different savoury pies from The Pie Hole. I made the mistake of ordering a frozen chicken pot pie (#facepalm). We don't have an oven. As if the heavens knew that I made a mistake, I ordered an air fryer night of the 29th, and it arrived the following day, which allowed us to cook the frozen pie. Left to right : Spinach and Feta Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Bourguignon Pie, and Gruyere, Leek & Potato Pie Chicken Pot Pie afte

Holiday Cookies and Yule Log Cake from PICA Chef

I thought of ordering from Arts to Bakes or Kaye Bakes for our Christmas Eve dinner desserts, but since it's just hubby and me and we have a small fridge - it won't fit a big cake. I checked PICA's website to see if I can pre-order any of their holiday cake like I did last year. Online shopping for cake led to me buying an Assorted Holiday Cookie Tin, which is more expensive than the cake. Classic Chocolate Espresso Yule Log Classic Chocolate Espresso Yule Log I love the espresso buttercream on the yule log cake. It's so delicious! The size is also perfect for two people, and we'll be able to finish it in a couple to three days. First "layer" of assorted cookies - Linzer, Sable, Crescent, Chocolate Dipped, and Christmas Tree Matcha Cookies All our assorted cookies - Linzer, Sable, Crescent, Chocolate Dipped, and Christmas Tree Matcha Cookies I surprisingly enjoyed all the cookies, even the Linzer! I was so sure I'll dislike the Linzer, but I liked it a

Surprised Steamed Buns from Bao Bakery

My parents, siblings, and I have a group chat. My sister just sent a menu of Chinese restaurants where they're going to order for their Christmas evening dinner. I responded with "Gusto ko ng siopao" (I want siopao). Siopao is what we Filipino calls a pork (or chicken) steamed buns. My mom called so early in the morning asking if we want it. They'll drive all the way to Joyce Street (East Side of Vancouver) from Richmond and bring us a box of siopao (we're West Side of Vancouver). I have been craving it for months now and I can't believe it's here! Bao Bakery have delicious, freshly made steamed buns.  Siopao, literally meaning "hot bun", is the Philippine cuisine indigenized version of the Cantonese steamed bun called cha siu bao. - Wikipedia When I was younger, I love and would only eat asado siopao, but now I only eat bola-bola and find the asado too sweet. I am growing old!  Half dozen of Chicken Deluxe (Bola-Bola) Steamed Buns Bao Bakery Yay

Lunch from Mean Poutine

We ran errands in Downtown today. For lunch, I asked hubby if there's anything he would like; he said that since we're celebrating his third year in Canada, we should eat Canadian food. The only dish that came to mind is poutine. There are a handful of poutine places in Downtown; Smoke's Poutinerie is our usual go-to, but they were closed, so we decided to try Mean Poutine. Mean Supreme Mean Supreme - Crispy fries, brown gravy, fresh cheese curds, certified Angus roast beef, double smoked bacon, grilled onions & peppers and mushrooms He picked Mean Supreme, while I had Philly Cheese Steak. The best part about both? The certified Angus roast beef. It's so good! The fries were crispy too; the gravy was a bit salty for my liking, though. However, the serving is huge! Philly Cheese Steak - Crispy fries, brown gravy, fresh cheese curds, certified Angus roast beef, mushrooms, sautéed onion & peppers  I am willing to give it another try - maybe order something else. Ho

Ice Cream from Seaside Scoop

After a complete meal at Olive Garden, we drove to White Rock and walked around the pier. Before heading home, we decided to eat ice cream from Seaside Scoop. I had my usual flavour, Cappuccino while hubby had pistachio. My 1-scoop of cappuccino ice cream in a cup with a waffle cone on top Hubby's 1-scoop pistachio ice cream in a cup with waffle cone on top Yay for Saturday!

Lunch from Win Win Chick-N

I love fried chicken and I'm trying to decide for myself which one is the best in Metro Vancouver. Today, I finally had a chance to try Win Win Chick-N from their branch in Steveston, Richmond BC. Juicy and Crispy Fried Chicken from Win Win Chick-N Look at all the black pepper in the chicken skin. 10-pc Fried Chicken from Win-Win Chick-N We took it home to enjoy for snacks and dinner. The chicken was perfectly spiced and crispy. The breading is not as thick as Church's Chicken or KFC. It's delicious. Win Win Chick-N Storefront My number one favourite chicken is still LA Chicken , then Hi-Five Chicken . I'm still debating whether I like Win Win more than Juke . Hmmm. What's your favourite source of fried chicken in Metro Vancouver?

Sweets from Outpost Mini Donut Company

Yay! A fantastic place to get mini donuts in Metro Vancouver is in Steveston, Richmond BC. It's freshly baked, soft, and delicious. Assorted Mini Donuts from Outpost Mini Donut Company Cute Donut Counter Where do you get your mini donuts to fix?

Lunch from Pajo's at Garry Point Park

It's a long weekend! We're sleeping over at my parents, and we decided to spend a couple hours eating in Steveston. We started our food trip to Steveston with fish and chips at the famous Pajo's. One of Each Fish (Pacific Wild Cod, Pacific Wild Salmon, and Alaskan Wild Halibut) & Fries $26 Pacific Wild Salmon Order Counter It's such a beautiful day to be here!

Dinner from Sushivan Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

Happy Saturday! For dinner tonight, we went to pick up food from Sushivan Japanese Restaurant along Granville Street (at West Broadway). Alien Deep-fried asparagus, cream cheese, smoked salmon, unagi, crab meat, and massago If you've been reading my post (or if you search for Sushivan in this blog), you will notice that I am going through their Special Roll. I have tried the Alaska special roll and Awesome special roll. Ika Karage Deep-fried squid Beef Teriyaki Box with Miso Soup Beef Teriyaki, 4 pieces California Roll, Appy Tempura, Salad, and Rice Korean Style Ramen with Chicken If you search my blog for " Sushivan ", I always order Korean Style Ramen. When I crave for spicy Korean noodles I go to Sushivan.