Friday, February 24, 2017

GREASE

noun
ɡrēs/
  1. A movie that is amazing that was shot in the late 1970s and stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
  2. To pay off, usually with money
  3. Oily or fatty matter, in particular.
 
Post dodgeball fuel… For the others, I forgot my shoes. I still have to eat though, right? We went to YXY (aka Yu Xiang Yuan) at Fraser and 49th, a cute little Chinese family run place. As you walk in, you can see the chef making the noodles and dumplings on the other side of the room…  

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M and A’s tan tan noodles looked absolutely greasy and amazing.

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Must get dumplings, stuffed with meat and also grease. Dip in the vinegar.

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Finale, dragging noodles, fried with BBQ pork. Dragging through oil and grease. Don’t get me wrong though, just because it’s greasy, doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t feel too gross afterwards either, so maybe it wasn’t as greasy as other Chinese places.

Yu Xiang Yuan Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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But she said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WAFFLE WEDNESDAY


P and I wanted to catch up, and I wanted to save some money, so we went out for dessert, instead of dinner. We both wanted to go back to Off the Grid:

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It’s busier than the last time I was here. They might’ve switched the light bulbs to brighten up the place. Not too sure what else changed, maybe everybody wanted to come out because the weather cleared up. Instead of the waffles, we had their dessert drinks this time. I had the hot Nutella drink, and P had the mango milkshake. She was a bit upset that they couldn’t do it “half sweet”, but hey, sometimes, you just gotta learn to say no. I liked my drink. It was sweet, and the waffle was fresh. Nothing better for fueling girly gossip and plans.

Off The Grid Waffles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

H is almost at the end of his move, and things are starting to fall into place again. Time for the next big thing. What’s the next big thing…

Sunday, February 19, 2017

59/104 SCANDAL




Visited Tuc with the gals. Sorry M, for being an hour late and for making you guys wait in line for us… I had the lavender latte:

lavender latte

That’s it, what else do I need on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Lavender lattes are one of my favorite beverages (I used to sit outside Waves and read with one by my side), and this one did not disappoint. The others had the chicken and waffles, some egg thing with beans, and some other egg and potato thing. Apparently, it was good, but I was still full from breakfast and could really only handle a latte. Too bad the wait times are so horrendous (1 hour today).

Tuc Craft Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



OK, back to Scandal. More meaningful posts to come.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

58/104 - HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY or SINGLE AWARENESS DAY


LE MARCHE ST GEORGE

At Le Marché St. George, one of my favourite nooks in Vancouver, with a good friend, enjoying the sunshine this weekend before heading off to the Eastside Flea Market. I got a Rose Mocha and a French onion soup, and the croissant is C’s. I can’t wait to come back, every single time. They pay attention to all the details! The only thing we didn’t do was bike; it would’ve been a complete Vancouver-style weekend.

Le Marche St. George Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Looked back on some old photographs, which brought back some good and bad memories. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned since (love, work, family), and when the switch was flipped from “child” to “adult”. The past was fun, but I’m more excited to keep moving forward.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SFO – DAY 6 // CUTTING LOSSES


Union Square

Last day, rather early start, wandered into Mazarine Coffee for breakfast around 8AM:



I had found this place just by searching Google for coffee near me at the beginning of this trip, and I had wanted to go since the very first day, but circumstances brought me to Starbucks for efficiency’s sake. Eggs were done perfectly, just cooked, so softly poached with a light layer of sprouts and cracked pepper on top for flavours. I would come back in a heartbeat. Coffee was strong too. I think my barista was in training – the latte art got mushed up a bit. Not sure if that affected the flavour…

 https://mazarinecoffee.com/

Mazarine Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After breakfast, I had originally planned to finish watching Harry Potter, which was showing on the television, but after careful consideration and D’s reminder, I booked it to the airport to see if I could get on an earlier flight. Weather was being unpredictable in Vancouver…

Ended up spending about $150USD to switch my seat. There was even enough time to go to the Duty Free to pick up a bottle of Johnny Walker, a box of See’s candy, and this Laneige BB Cushion that has been out of stock EVERYWHERE for the past half year. I am just glad it’s back in my life. Still can’t find it on the Sephora website for Canada.

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Laneige medium shade, and Nespresso as I get ready today.

I’m glad I cut my day short in SF because I made it back safe and sound, no delays. Whether it’s business or personal, it is sometimes for the best to just cut your losses, take what you have gained, and make the most of the situation. How do you determine at that you’ve given it your best? At what point do you walk away from the deal or the relationship?

Busy days and tough decisions ahead.

Here are the links to all the days from this trip:
Day 1
Day 2.. and sort of 3
Day 4 - Part 1
Day 4 - Part 2
Day 5 


Saturday, February 11, 2017

SFO – DAY 5 // LIKE A REAL TOURIST

Woke up late to this view at the JW Marriott, 11th floor, room 1111:
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So, instead of walking over to the Viator tour office where I was supposed to pick up my vouchers, I took a cab… Felt like such a waste of money, but made it on time for the ferry to Alcatraz:

Alcatraz on the left
It was interesting how we could just casually stroll along the same paths that serial killers, kidnappers, psychopaths, etc. had taken just a few decades ago. The self guided audio tour was interesting and told stories of escapades. I would come back at night to experience the full spookiness of it, although there were no ghost stories.

Had an early lunch at the Fog Harbour, where we had also gone last year for one of the dinners pre-show. I remembered they had really good clam chowder, which I had a craving for after the cold damp ferry ride.

clam chowderrrrrclam chowder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deeeeelicious. So creamy.
boooooze
Wanted something boozy to warm me up more. This was something with rum.

yum.
And the grand finale, crab roll! It was a bit cold, to be honest, and I didn't quite like the clamminess.

Fog Harbor Fish House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Got a ride to Muir Woods from the tour office again, as part of the tour package:
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Mysterious… The “hike” was a 30 to 45 minute walk around a very well groomed dirt/wood path, with huge puddles from the recent rain in the area. Tour guide was pretty cool, he dropped us off at our hotels after and told us stories about his family.
I’m not sure if I would do this tour on my own again. It cost $150USD, and I only did the Alcatraz and Muir woods portion, completely skipping the Dungeon and the complimentary wine tour. It was exhausting to rush around like that, and my legs were shot from all the walking in the past 2 days. Even thinking about it now is making me feel sore.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SFO – Day 4 Part 2 // being alone doesn’t mean being lonely

Trekked across SFO to Twin Peaks! Originally wanted to visit the Sutro Nature Reserve, but it didn’t look like it would be as rewarding as climbing to the top of a hill to see the whole city from above. The clouds cleared up at the top, where I felt like I would literally be blown away if I didn’t try to make myself heavier.
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Came back down to the Castro, hungry and ready to chow down on whatever food I could find. It was already past 2PM by the time the food arrived, and it took me a lot of willpower to hold back, and take this picture first:

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This was one of the lunch special sets at Thai House, including red curry with chicken, and a shrimp spring roll thingy, which was awesomely crispy. The soup on the bottom right was sorta too salty though. Overall, pretty good food, nice place for a quiet late lunch. I’d want to try out the other restaurants to see what else the Castro district could offer though, so I wouldn’t come back again any time soon.

Thai House Express Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Then, I walked all the way back to the hotel, drank wine, and watched movies Netflix. Being alone is definitely an art.

Back to present times… Feeling physically bad because it’s been a while since I’ve had time to exercise. Heart’s been racing these days… Not in the I’m happy to see you way either.