Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PRADO CAFE PT. 2 - PERFECT TIMING


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Our schedules worked out just so that D and I had time to meet up for coffee in between our travels. We were originally going to hang out at Continental Coffee, but it was packed, and Prado had a small table that was perfect for us. I had the cappuccino, and D had the mocha. We shared the cookie, and if I remember correctly, it was bomb. Peanut butter and cookie match made in heaven.

Prado Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

There are actually 5 other Prado's in Vancouver, including one in Surrey. Expect a couple more Prado posts after visits to these other locations. Sometimes, things just fall into place, and the timing is perfect. You meet who you’re meant to meet, and experience what’s supposed to be. I might not make it to Surrey.

Here's my experience at the Prado in Gastown.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

72/104 NO DAY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT COFFEE


JJ Bean Main Street

For the Victoria Day long weekend, I didn’t do very much, unlike most other weekends. Sunday was probably the most exciting, because we went hiking at Tunnel Bluffs. I had only 1 shot of Nespresso that morning, after waking up at 6AM, and thus, the coffee cravings were really kicking in. The caffeine craving and dehydration called for a cold beverage of some sort, and so M suggested JJ Bean’s Shiver. I can’t believe I have never tried this before, I am a true fan. The JJ Bean at Main Street looked like a nice place to hangout too, with all the pretty plants.

JJ Bean Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Views and good coffee make a perfect day.
Tunnel Bluffs

Tunnel Bluffs

More info on this hike:

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/tunnel-bluffs/
https://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/tunnel-bluffs-hike-lions-bay/
http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Tunnel-Bluff-near-Lions-Bay-BC-11320

Monday, May 22, 2017

69/104 // GCM DAY FOUR

Finally it was VinJu’s special day. It all turned out beautiful, as it usually does at weddings, despite forgetting things and losing track of time. Everything is ultimately perfect.

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Let's backtrack. Started the day off with a nice coffee and croissant combo at Kaibo Espresso:
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I was up at 6AM pretty much every day of this trip, and we arrived at Kaibo before the rush at around 7AM. Thank goodness, because the lineup really accumulated by around 830AM. Good coffee, not roasted (Miami) or grown on the island (Columbia). Not much space for any type of industry other than tourism on the island… Then, P, V, Ju, H and I went to the grocery to pick up some last minute things, as well as Sam’s one more time. The other dudes were just waking up when we got back, at around 1130AM. Ju had to start getting ready around 1230PM, so we got back in time for her to have lunch. The other dudes went to see the starfish, but luckily got back in time to sneak in a nap before getting ready. So much easier to be a guy, just throw on a shirt and go. I was busy enjoying the wedding and all the vegetables at the buffet, which we were deprived of during the Jerk Chicken Tour, so that's it. We went home the next day.

Back to the beginning of the GCM trip: GCM DAY ONE // JERK CHICKEN TOUR – Chicken!Chicken!

Back to GCM Day 2: GCM DAY 2 // IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTERALL

Back to GCM Day3: GCM DAY 3 // STINGRAYS ARE TIRING

GCM DAY 3 // JERK CHICKEN TOURS PART THREE – Di Kit-Chin Jerk


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We also went to see the Blow Holes (teehee):

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Magnificent. Powerful. We were impressed for about a minute, took pictures and left so that we could continue the Jerk Chicken Tours.

We ended up going to Di Kit-Chin, where we had the fried snapper fish and of course, jerk chicken. The fish looked really dead. P really enjoyed it, because she loves eating all the fish with bones. As a lazy person, I did not care too much for all the little bones in the fish, but it was not unpalatable. The chicken was great, but I would have to say that it isn’t quite as good or fresh as Sam’s. Not sure if it’s because it was a Sunday and they weren’t expecting much traffic (so thankful they were open on Sunday!).

Interesting conversation there too:

Man we met at Di Kit-Chin (DKC): Where you guys from?
Me: Canada! Have you been?
DKC: No, I haven’t. Have you been to Jamaica?
Me: No, should I?
DKC: Yes! Good weed there, you can walk around with it!

Is this what people usually talk to Canadians about?

In conclusion of the tours, Sam’s really won. There might be other places. Recommendations welcome, in case I ever go back (fat chance).

CLICK HERE FOR JERK CHICKEN TOURS PART ONE.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

GCM DAY 3 // STINGRAYS ARE TIRING


Not sure why I’m so sleepy today, maybe it’s the cumulative stress of city life or the island life withdrawal. Or Mercury in retrograde. Here’s another delicious meal we had, post Stingray tours, at Over The Edge on the Grand Cayman Island:

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H and I shared some fried conch fritters and the shrimp (Calypso Grill still wins best shrimp).

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Pina coladas were refreshing.

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Their local fruit, ackee, fried up with cod, served with rice and beans, plantains, and vegetables. And an extra side of nice views:

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This was a very slow meal, following a long morning of boat riding, getting soaked in sudden rain storms, swimming in the Caribbean sea with the fish and stingrays. The service was slow, possibly because we had almost 20 people, and the food was just OK. Price was again overpriced. The other guys all wanted to go home and nap. If you know me though, you’ll already know that I don’t love the idea of napping, and I dragged H, P, and V to find more views…

Continue the Jerk Chicken Tour...

GCM DAY TWO // JERK CHICKEN TOUR PART 2 - Sam's Jerk and More!

According to Google, Sam’s Quality Jerk & More! is the place to get the very best jerk chicken on the island. H found this, and after our little foray around Cabana Bay, we were ready for food. Maybe we weren’t quite ready to be greeted by the piles of meat at the entrance of the shop:

sam's quality jerk and more

sam's quality jerk and more

sam's quality jerk and more

Piles of very fresh meat, and extremely spicy jerk sauce (be careful with this sauce). I was very excited for an affordable meal that would actually be filling. We also came back again on the morning of Day 4, simply because it was so irresistible. They open in the morning at 7AM for breakfast usually, except Sunday, when they’re closed all day on. Why, you might wonder? 

H asked one of the cooks, “Are you guys open tomorrow?” (GCM Day 2 for us was on a Saturday).

The man chopping the meat chuckled, “No man, CHURCH!”

Imagine a Jamaican accent.

CLICK HERE FOR JERK CHICKEN TOURS PART ONE.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

GCM DAY TWO // IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTERALL


calypso grill views

We started off the day at the Turtle Farm, spent all morning there snorkeling in the little pond with the turtles and fishes. I could tell that H was absolutely loving it, floating there with the turtles, because he ignored me when I asked him whether we should leave (I was getting hungry). We had plans for lunch at Calypso Grill to try their huge shrimp, and I was super excited. We took K and E with us. It turns out that K and E know JCC, who we play dodgeball with! It's strange how we meet these people and never make the time to really know them... 

Also turns out that they only have that specific shrimp dish during dinner, but they had the “small” shrimp for appetizers:
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It was super creamery and flavorful, maybe the freshest and most delicious shrimp I’ve ever had in my life.
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H had the Wahoo Fish Burger, which really did taste like chicken (sorry! it’s the best way to describe it!), mostly because of the texture:
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I had the alfredo with clams, al dente pasta and amaaaazing clams:
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Then, the four of us shared their famous sticky toffee pudding:
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This was irresistible. I was stuffed already, but I couldn’t say no to the perfect balance of melted toffee and cake and ice cream. There’s a very good reason that they’re famous for this.

We then visited the Observation Tower at Camana Bay, which really is not much of a tower, and offered this view:
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Camana Bay was very touristy, and I found a nicer version of the Pineapple Cup that I had wanted to get from Indigo a few weeks ago:
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Can you see how much this costs?

Island life is expensive.

Back to GCM Day One: GCM DAY ONE // JERK CHICKEN TOUR - Chicken! Chicken!

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