During the winter season, I’m always craving for noodle soup. I came upon this restaurant as I was driving to the supermarket.
The menu is very straightforward, you pick a soup base and the type of protein you want. There are also many side dishes to choose from. When you order your food it comes with 10 small dishes and your main protein in the middle. When they deliver the soup, it is extremely hot. You are suppose to put in the meat first to ensure that it will be completely cooked as well as your order ingredients.
You get a bowl a rice noodle that you put it last as it is already cooked and very hot it doesn’t need additional cooking time. *NOTE* you can get unlimited refills on the rice noodles. We also ordered the cold cut chicken with chili sauce which I think you can pass. The sauce was definitely not marinated enough and it seems to be lacking in the flavouring. I would still recommend you to go as the rice noodle soup is good and it’s not too expensive. You can also tell from the soup base that it tastes more natural and it advertises that there’s no MSG.
During Remembrance Day long weekend, I visited a small town in California. I was craving pasta and we stumbled upon this Italian restaurant. Their pasta meals comes with garlic bread (picture below, top left) and a soup or a salad. If you know me, you would know that I’m not a salad girl. The soup was surprisingly good. I was expecting soup similar to Olive Garden which tends to be salty but the soup was surprisingly good with little noodle pieces and it was not salty.
We ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo which was better than what we expected. The noodles were thinner than the usual fettuccine we had (thinner as in flatter). The sauce was creamy but not too thick so it wasn’t too filling. We also ordered the lasagna, which we were a bit disappointed with. The sauce was a bit on the sour side and the cheese on the top was just one big layer of cheese which made it hard to cut through. The layers was a bit lacking.
We also ordered the four cheese pizza. Their pizzas are thin crust which I like because when you have less dough you can eat a lot more (at least that’s my way of thinking). It was a cheese pizza so I didn’t expect anything to go wrong and it didn’t. I would definitely go again to try out some other items on their menu.
PASTA CUCINA RUSTICA
ADDRESS: 2086 Foothill Blvd #D, La Verne, CA 91750, USA
PHONE: +1 909-593-8800
It’s winter and ’tis the season for hotpot! Honestly, to me, hotpot is all seasons, yes even in the summer~ (please remember there is air conditioners). The other day my sister and I went to a newly opened hotpot place in Richmond called: DolarShop. I believe is a chain store from China.
*Please note: there is a huge line wait and it is not AYCE (all you can eat) hotpot*
The benefit of this hotpot place is that you order your own soup base so it eliminates the difficulty of everyone sharing one pot (such as food allergies or people not eating certain things). They have many soup bases and I order the tomato one. *Also to note* that there is an additional $2.99 for condiments and fresh fruit which would be the sauce section, little appetizers like kimchi and peanuts, and they were serving watermelon at the time. It is unlimited.
Overall, the food was delicious (I don’t know how hotpot can go wrong unless their food was not fresh). Service was good but be prepared to be spoken in Chinese as long as you look Asian/Chinese. The down side was definitely the wait time. I would suggest going in earlier to put your name down as they take your phone number down. When it is almost your time to be seated they will give you a call. The design of DolarShop is very clean, modern, and bright which makes me feel more comfortable eating there because I can see what I’m eating.
How ya’ feeling today, champ? Doing alright? Feelin’ tough?
Well, if you’re feeling like you want to prove your toughness to the world then today’s recipe is perfect for you: Burn-Your-Face-Off-Spicy Soft Cauliflower Wings. After eating these bad boys, you’ll be able to walk into the Salty Spittoon no questions asked. Hell, you’ll get into the VIP section!
The reason these wings are so spicy is because this recipe calls for both tumeric and chili powder. Chili powder, as we all know, is quite the spicy customer, and its effects are increased with tumeric, the ingredient which gives curry its distinctive flavour. If you are able to handle the heat, tumeric has many health benefits, including being an antioxidant booster and having anti-inflammatory qualities.
This recipe requires a lot of bake time, so make sure you have an afternoon to yourself which you can make these during. Having said that, let’s get into the recipe!
Cauliflower (1 head)
Almond Milk (1/2 cup)
Water (1/2 cup)
Flour (3/4 cups)
Granulated garlic (2 tsp)
Tumeric (1 tsp)
Chili powder (1 tsp)
Ground pepper (1/4 tsp)
Salt (1/4 tsp)
Cut up your cauliflower into bite-sized florets
Usually, the best method for this is to first separate the head from the stalk, and then cut the florets from there into smaller pieces
2. Mix your other ingredients (Almond milk, water, flour and spices) into a mixing bowl or equivalent dish.
The texture of the ‘batter’ you’ve crated should be thick enough so that you can coat your cauliflower without worry of it dripping too much. Obviously, it’s hard to get perfect, but as long as you can get somewhere close, don’t fret!
Once you’ve done this, set up a baking sheet big enough to fit all of your florets on it with room to spare.
3. With your batter prepped, begin coating your florets
Try to wipe off as much excess batter as you can as you go, as extra batter means the ‘wings’ will be doughier
All of your initial prep is done! Set aside you trays for a second a pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. This recipe requires 3 baking periods, in my experience, to reach the best level of crispiness.
During the first round of baking, your ‘wings’ will bake for 25 minutes at 450
During the second round of baking, they’ll bake for 20 minutes at 450
Finally, for the third round of baking, you’ll bake your ‘wings’ for 20 minutes at 350
Between every round, flip your wings. Pictured is my batch after the first round in the oven
I made the awful mistake of drizzling sriracha sauce into my wings in between rounds (that’s why you’ll see the red stripes below)– do not do this, for the love of God. The wings will be incredibly spicy sans extra sauce, so don’t add anything else spicy unless you’re absolutely sure you want even more kick.
In my first attempt at this recipe, I only had my wings in for two rounds, and they came out far too soft, in my opinion, so I tried throwing them in one more time and that seemed to do much better texture-wise, and is why I have included three baking periods in this recipe instead of only two, like most recipes suggest.
When your wings are ready to eat, they should be slightly crisp, but not necessarily crunchy, and provide tons of natural spice from the chili powder and turmeric combined. A dipping sauce I’d recommend would be tzatziki, as it’ll provide lots of contrasting cool flavour in its ingredients.
Congratulations! You have now successfully made your very own cauliflower wings! Feel free to share this recipe around, and invite others to burn their faces off with you.
Summer 2017, back in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of spending my belated birthday dinner with my friends at Botanist. The restaurant took over the location where ORU used to be, at Fairmont Pacific Rim. When you first enter the restaurant it’s very nature-like. The colour scheme used is very soft, gentle, and natural. The cocktail drinks were delicious and most importantly free bread with whipped butter. The bread was delicious and they refilled it!
For appetizers, we ordered the scallops and the octopus. The scallops were delicious, cooked perfectly and the sauce matched nicely. However, the charred octopus was a little disappointing, a little difficult to chew and the sauce did not work for us.
The mains were excellent, we ordered different items and we all loved it. I ordered the roasted rib-eye, medium rare, it was cooked beautifully and so tender. This restaurant is a little on the pricey end but the food is definitely worth it. A good treat… once in a while.
Ah, grocery shopping. The task we always leave until the last second, once we open the pantry and realize the only food we’ve got is a single apple and curry powder.
In this post, I’m going to give you 5 of my best tips and tricks for when you grocery shop, with the goal in mind of eating well and saving mucho dinero.
1. Buy your main source of protein in bulk and freeze ‘er
This tip applies to everyone irregardless of dietary preferences. Make sure that if you see a good deal on any source of protein that can be easily frozen, be it a box of chicken breasts (my weapon of choice), big slabs of tofu, or even veggie burgers, you stock up.
If you have a proper freezer (that can store anything below 0°C ), you can store bulk protein-rich foods for a remarkable amount of time: ground beef, for example, can be stored for up to 3-4 months, and chicken for up to 9(!). If you aren’t a meat eater, don’t worry: tofu can be stored for up to 5 months when frozen, even after being opened.
2. Make time, be a scavenger
This one may seem obvious, but it’s definitely still worth mentioning. If you’re able to get your main source of protein and one side (for example, frozen veggies or quinoa) in bulk, then you’re free to be more selective in your ‘one off’ meal buys at grocery stores.
For example, I usually take 20 minutes out of my week to troll the aisles of the Safeway near my house to look for deals. Safeway is definitely not the cheapest grocery store out there, but when you can afford to be picky knowing that you have fall-back meal at home if you don’t find anything, you’d be surprised at the good deals you’ll find!
3. Live by the flyer, die by the flyer
If you’re one of those people whose newspaper flyers follow a straight patch from mailbox to recycling bin, you’re missing out on a great way to find skookum deals every week. Big grocery stores usually put out a weekly flyer (if you don’t get it in-person, you’ll always be able to find it online) which has all of their best deals of the week. It’s basically all of the benefit of trolling the aises of these stores, without having to move fro your couch!
4. Don’t be afraid to look for food in unusual places
No, this doesn’t imply that you should be looking for scraps under your couch, it means that you can get surprisingly good prices on food at non-traditional food stores if you’re diligent enough. For example, Shoppers Drug Mart has a frozen food section which often features sales that blow other grocery stores’ out of the water. The reason for this is simply that they have to offer a wide selection to be seen as a legitimate place to buy groceries, but not that many people grocery shop there. As a result, things nearing expiry go on sale all the time for ridiculously cheap prices– last week I found $4.50 guacamole for $0.50 at my local Shoppers!
5. Avoid buying produce from big stores
Oftentimes, big box grocery stores like Safeway will sell very-well-presented produce for prices which look like highway robbery compared to smaller chains. The key is to know which smaller stores have particularly good deals on specific items. If you’re able to figure this out and have the time to shop around, there’s lots of savings to be had. I my case, I know a small market which has Gala apples on sale for $0.69/pound, which is a great deal. I’ll stock up on apples there, and when I happen to be in the vicinity of anther place like Triple A which has good prices on, say, oranges, I’ll stock up on those. It’s not entirely realistic to buy one type of fruit at a different establishment every time you need it, but by shopping around you’ll at least know where the real value is.
I’ve never been big on waffles but after trying Off the Grid Waffles in East Vancouver….oh boy has that changed! Decidant…moist… & oh so chocolaty *mmm mmm mmm* They offer an array of options: from a savory pizza waffle ($8) to a sweet Strawberry Nutella waffle ($7) (which you can also get in waffle cups! $6) […]
Couple days ago, it was my 21st birthday and I wanted to share with you guys the birthday dinner I had!
This was my first time at the Yew seafood + bar restaurant and I was very excited to go! For any special occasions, I often go find a new seafood restaurant in Vancouver because seafood is my ultimate favourite. You can never go wrong! Yew seafood is located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, that is also connected to the Pacific Centre. Because it’s a restaurant in a high class hotel, I had high hopes for it and I can definitely say that it met up to my expectations! At first, I was very surprised with the interior and the aesthetic of the restaurant. It had a very high ceiling, extremely interesting interior inside but very luxurious. I also loved that it was an open kitchen, so you could see the chefs cooking the food and the kitchen’s environment as well. The service was also outstanding as my waiter was very kind and helpful to decide on our menus.
Here are some pictures of the inside of the restaurant:
We decided to order Tuna tartar as an appetizer to start with. I’m usually not a huge tuna person but I wanted to give it a shot and it was well worth a shot! The tuna was amazing with the sauce they had as it melted right as I put it in my mouth.
I ordered the Seafood pasta because you can never go wrong with seafood or pasta! I was pleasantly surprised with how well they cooked the seafood. It wasn’t over cooked or under cooked at all. It was simply great! The sauce was a lobster based bisque sauce, which was very rich and creamy.
My boyfriend ordered the Seafood Platter. The seafood platter included prawns, scallops, salmon and something. Not to mention, their plating was phenomenal. Very eye catching and well presented.
After all, I was very happy with the food at the Yew’s and I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a meal to treat yourself! The restaurant, the food and the service is great and it’s definitely one of the most luxurious places I’ve been. Especially for any special occasions, it would be a great place to go!
Nic and I love food and recently I started watching food videos on Youtube with him before we go to bed. He introduced me to Munchies which is the food segment of Vice and here, we stumbled upon a glorious Canadian man by the name of Matty Matheson.
Toronto Life wrote a cool piece on Matty which you can view here! Born in New Brunswick and runs three restaurants in Toronto, Matty is the epitome of a fucking cool man. He gives no shit, lives life to the fullest and has a potty mouth that is incredible entertaining. With all of that, watching his Munchies videos on Youtube has given me life and appreciation for Canada as a whole like no other. Once a wild party man, Matty suffered a heart attack at the age of 29 and I believe that was an eye opener for him to get his life and cooking career in order.
On Munchies, he has two playlists which are his How-To and Keep It Canada segments. They’re absolutely hilarious, entertaining and well paced. Matty has an insane dose of energy and that energy reflects in each video and of course, the food he makes. What makes me respect and love this man even more is that he made a couple of Lord of The Rings references in a few Keep It Canada videos!!
Here are some of my favourites from both playlists,
It’s March and I’m still writing about my Dine Out experience, that right there, tells you how slow I am at updating my posts
Anyways, the next place I had tried out for my dine out 2017 experience was Forage. I’ve always wanted try this place, since it was hyped on Instagram and I was glad I was able to make a reservation into my schedule. Surprisingly, I had forgotten to take pictures of the place inside, so I don’t have that many pictures of the structure, layout and ambiance of the restaurant.
Forage is located at 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver and right beside another restaurant called Timber. To get there, you could take the #5 bus or either walk down from Robson street. There is the option of driving to Forage as well, but, hey, remember, this is Downtown Vancouver and most people would probably suggest that wouldn’t be a the greatest idea ੧| ‾́︶ ‾́ |੭
The place itself, is not too big. There are a couple of big tables, to fit bigger parties, but the majority of tables were small. Our waiter had greeted us and told us that Forage takes pride in having all of their furniture, decoration and structures completely made from recycled and sustainable goods.
It was clearly evident as the smallest of detail, such as the lamp that was on our table, had showcased what Forage embodies. Our waiter had also informed us that the food we were eating were grown locally.
Forage’s $30 set menu had more options for their appetizers and entrees, than their desserts, which was a bit disappointing, seeing how I have a sweet tooth. I was also surprised to hear that each guest only had a 2 hour limit to dine in, as the other dine out places I’ve tried, did not have one (๑′°︿°๑).
Appetizer – Westcoast Prawn and Seafood Chowder
From the website, “Served with chicharron, soft poached quail’s egg.” I like chowder, I’ve always have, so, I knew I wanted to get this appetizer when I read the menu online. There wasn’t anything bad about this dish, but at the same time, there wasn’t anything that popped out.
Entree – Roasted Keta Salmon
From the website, “Served with crispy cauliflower, cauliflower fondue and nettle gnocchi.” Surprise! This time I did not get the salmon, my bf did, instead However, I will say this, I regret not ordering this salmon dish as my entree, because it tasted so good (๑╹ڡ╹)╭ ～ ♡ The skin of the salmon was crispy, savory and the meat of the salmon basically melts in your mouth.
Entree – Gelderman Farms Crackling Pork Belly
From the website, “Served with celeriac pomme puree, spiced rutabaga, Okanagan apple, and birch syrup chutney.” Basically, for the first couple of dine outs, my choice of entrees always ended up being a dish involving with salmon. This time, I chose differently, as I’m a huge fan of pork belly and didn’t want to miss out!
That being said, I did not like this dish at all . The pork, which was the thing I was most looking forward too, was salty, and the apple frites made my lips itch and tingle. I was really disappointed with my entree. Granted, it made me full, but the taste was not good.
Dessert – Chocolate Hazelnut Bar
From the website, “Served with raspberry textures and white chocolate kefir cream.” After not being too pleased with my entree, I was hoping my dessert would be a lot better. Thankfully, it was ( ᐛ )و Everything blended well together, I would say, that I enjoyed the raspberry sauce with my hazelnut bar more than the white chocolate kefir cream.
Dessert – Golden Ears Neufchatel Cheese Puff
I didn’t taste this dessert, only because I was full and couldn’t eat anymore. But, from what I was told, the dish was good and it wasn’t too much on the sweet side.
For me, Forage has it’s good points, but it also has some bad points as well. I would say YES & NO for dining out at Forage. Yes, because the Salmon entree and the desserts were great! Though, I would say No, because the entree I got, was salty and not good at all, which ruined a part of my dining experience. Plus, I didn’t like the fact we had a time limit to eat.
However, it is up to you, whether you want to try Forage or not. If it’s a place that interests you, go ahead! But if it’s a place that you would rather pass up, that’s fine as well!
This year for For Christina’s 22nd birthday we hosted her an all exclusive vegan Tea party in the heart of Kitsilano. Christina has been a vegan for over 6 months now and tried multiple times to find a vegan-friendly High tea restaurant, however, did not find any. We took matters into our own hands and decided to make the food and tea ourselves. Sharlyn’s blog post showcases the preparation of the tea party. My blog post will focus on the outcome! We made croissant sandwiches, vegan muffins, cucumber sandwiches, vegan caesar salad sandwiches, and pastries. Anyway, I think I drank at least 8 cups of Darjeeling tea and ate the MOST delicious food. I am a vegetarian myself, hence I always appreciate vegans for their food!
Here are a few pictures from our fun filled day including our table set up:
Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite dessert place in Downtown Vancouver.
If you live in Vancouver, you probably already heard about Nero Belgian Waffle Bar. It’s famous for its delicious and classic waffles they serve. They have two locations: Robson and Seymour. Due to high volume and its popularity among the people in Vancouver, they opened up a new store, which is located on Seymour street. They are both in the heart of downtown Vancouver, so many tourists and visitors can make a visit as well!
I’ve tried their waffles many times and I can definitely say that it’s one of the few waffles that taste great! Although I’ve never visited Belgium, I feel like Nero did a great job of giving the Canadian people a taste of what Belgium waffles taste like. The restaurant is always packed with people and often, there’s a waiting list, especially during weekend nights. However, the atmosphere of the restaurant is very energetic and fun! Not to mention, their staff are very kind and nice as well.
Here are the menus for the restaurant (found on http://www.nerowafflebar.com/)
They have a variety of choices of their waffles to choose from. One thing that I haven’t tried are the Mini liege waffles. They are smaller version of the waffles and they sell them separately or I’ve seen, coated with chocolate. I also haven’t tried any savoury brussels waffles but I personally don’t like waffles in a combination with other food. I like waffles that are simply with ice cream and fruits, just like a simple dessert!
Here are the Nero Classics that I tried last time I made a visit:
Heaven and Bresilienne
The Heaven is with the strawberries and as you can imagine, the combination of strawberries, whipped cream and waffles are amazing! We don’t need any more description. I think the picture explains it all!
The Bresilienne was surprisingly very tasty as well. The roasted hazelnut and caramel was a great choice to pair with their classic waffles.
All and all, I definitely recommend this dessert place if you are stopping by in Downtown Vancouver. It’s a great dessert place to hop by if you’re a waffle-lover like me!
Please comment below what other dessert places I should visit and recommend me your favourite menu!
Last week, my friend and I went to a new cafe located in Gastown. We were interested in this cafe because it had a very unique product: Mocha served with shortbread and marshmallow. We both ordered this special mocha.
“Mocha” means “Chocolate” so in general most mocha would have chocolate sauce inside. The mocha from Nemesis Coffee was different because other than mixing chocolate sauce with espresso, it also had chocolate on the shortbread which would be perfect for chocolate lovers. Strangely, this mocha also had some alcoholic taste. It was unusual but I did like it. After all, who would say no to alcohol?
We went there after 4:00 pm. My friend was hungry. She would like to order some food but unfortunately, the barista told her that most of the food would only be served during lunch time. She finally ordered a scone. According to her, the scone was pretty good. We were sitting very close to their kitchen. While we were enjoying our mocha, I was also looking at their chefs who were preparing ingredients for the next day. It smelled really good so I have decided to come for their food next time.
Probably because this cafe was recently opened, everything looked nice and clean inside the store. They are also offering pour-over coffee with beans from different origins. I was quite confused by their washrooms at first because they did not have any signs indicating the sex on their doors. While I was standing in front of the washrooms and trying to figure out which one was for female, the barista beside me told me that I could use anyone since their washrooms were unisex. I think this detail was quite interesting and perhaps this would be more convenient for LGBTQ groups.
Their staff were really nice and friendly. Whenever I looked at them, they would always smile at me. Their prices were higher than most chain coffee shops such as Starbucks but considering that they had provided such a lovely environment, I would say that the prices were reasonable.
All in all, this cafe was a perfect spot for students to study, for friends to chat and for business people to relax or to work on laptops. It was not too far from SFU downtown campus so I would like to go there one more time to taste their food if I have time after school. I like their environment and their staff.