Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ESSENTIALS

While waiting to pick up my father the other day, I had a few minutes for a coffee break. Where to go in Richmond for coffee?! It’s always a dilemma. I ended up at Zenstone Coffee:

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I had their sesame latte, and a sesame waffle, and hung out with the ducks. Such an adorable little shop, with amazing latte art. The desserts are just sweet enough, but not too sugary. I’ll be back, I’ve seen some new pastries and drinks on their Instagram.

TWO MORE DAYS! I’ll be outta here, and into the storm. Apparently, it will be raining lots. What essentials should I pack? Glossier, probably.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

96/104 – BREATHE INTO THE PAIN


This was the last weekend before H and I went to Hong Kong/Taiwan, so we had to have a meal together with his folks. We went to a Northern style Chinese restaurant in Richmond, called Northern Style Chinese Restaurant ( lol ):

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The food is not bad, rather oily and full of MSG/salt, so don’t expect anything healthy. We had the leek scrable eggs, one of the fried noodles, a onion pan fried pancake, and another… Chinese fried dough thing. We also had dumplings with parsley: 

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The food was cheap, which is always a plus. Horribly slow service, and I suspect if you speak only English, they’ll ignore you forever. The thing to order next time would be the tomato scramble egg and perhaps more dumplings.

Northern Style Chinese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This year started with so much hope, and it’s been fun, but I’m pretty burnt out now, really looking forward to the end. I had to take the day off today from the headache. Even had to go to a doctor to get meds to dampen the pain.. I haven’t felt this 9 out of 10 type of pain that brings tears to my eyes in a while.

The pain will go away (has gone away) and things will change again, I'm sure.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

WINTER IS HERE


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Ice cream cravings are real. H and I went to Glenburn for dessert on what one might consider a “date night”. We had the Fall Spice, which consisted of 2 scoops of their pumpkin cheesecake ice cream, graham crackers crumbled into butterscotch, and cinnamon whipped cream. This is the perfect way to end the night. I wonder what will be on their menu for winter and Christmas.

Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Before that, we visited the thrift shop, where I got a $10 pair of 7 for All Mankind. Date nights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Another life update… I’ve been trying these products from Glossier:



Inspired by these ladies:



I don’t know why this brand is so fascinating to me. I could watch videos about these producs over and over… The cloud paints especially are irresistible. Pat pat pat, smudge smudge – blend that cream blush in a few seconds, and it looks perfectly natural. I’m excited to try out all the other colours, I’ve only purchased Dusk and Puff so far. Puff has more colour, Dusk blends in too much and I like it better as an eye shadow.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

FATTY


We visited Hakkaku Ramen for some authentic, affordable noodles in soup:

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I had regular Miso soup, with the fattier meat, and H had the rich Shio with the fatty pork. It was marvelous. One of the best bowls of ramen I’d had, the soup was full of flavour, even without ordering the rich version. Can’t go wrong with the pork belly! Reminder to add an egg next time because the Miso doesn’t come with one. I’ll try the leaner cut of meat next time too, just to see the difference.

 Hakkaku Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I’m really lucky to be able to live this way – eating ramen, going for dessert after dinner, driving from one destination to the next. It’s taken for granted by some people, the conveniences we have in this city (in this life). The other day, I finally gathered up all the plastic bags I had been hoarding and brought them to London Drugs to recycle. Doing things for the environment.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

95/104 PRIVILEGED


Weekends are fabulous, especially when your friends are down to eat and explore, even though it’s last minute. C and I left Vancouver at around 7:30 and got to Fergie’s Cafe in Squamish at around 9AM. A line up formed right after we ordered. Last time we tried to eat here, I was under a time crunch and we didn’t have time to wait, but the timing was impeccable on this trip.

Latte to start. Little jars of flowers were placed all around the bar and on the tables, probably to try making the food look better. Eyes eat first.

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I had the pullrf pstk hash, on the left, C had the Dubliner benedict:

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It is a bit expensive, but brunch foods typically are pricy, especially when the dishes are made with fresh ingredients. I really loved this atmosphere, just a cozy place to eat before heading out for adventures.

Fergie's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We went over to Alice Lake after to walk off the food. LIGHT, SHOW US THE WAY:

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Just kidding. We were just jumping around in the light, and didn’t even realize that this Toyota, stopped along the side of the road was actually taking photographs. The lady in the car was really nice though, didn’t honk us or anything. Maybe we were her models? Anyways, her car is my model in this shot. The rest of the lake was nice too, the trees were all golden.

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We’re so lucky to have this so close to home.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

94/104 – UP AND DOWN


This weekend was a blur of sleeping in to recover from Minnesota/Kansa, short hike at Rice Lake before dim sum, and then eating as much as I could... Weekends are too short.

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Got these little seawood, almond brittle snacks in the mail the other day, called Super Snaps. They’re pretty delicious, $4.99 at select stores, apparently. I keep forgetting to bring them into the office so people can try them out. Crispy, sweet and salty, pretty fair price for the resealable packaging.

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Speaking of the office, I think we need more nature in there. Mainly to bring some new life back in, since the office fish has passed away. Nature helps people destress as well, and with all the changes, the ups and the downs... "If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS IS THE EAST COAST – PT 5


The last meal of this trip was at the airport and full of vegetables. I had a Cobb Salad from Woody Creek Bakery:

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I was exhausted, extremely hungry and probably dehydrated, so choices were difficult for me. I think the lady who took my order was well aware of that, and she was very patient when I couldn’t choose the dressing. After ordering, I went over to the cashier, where there were pastries, beverages, etc. I was eyeing the cookies, which looked really amazing, but I knew I didn’t need more junk food on this trip. So, I paid, and waited for my food with my order number. The last step of this order process was for them to deliver the food to me, which came in a paper bag. I went oveer to my gate, opened the bag, and discovered a chocolate chip cookie that I hadn’t ordered!

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I forgot to take a photo of the full thing… Sorry. Too hungry. The salad was good too – they gave me extra avocado because they didn’t have eggs left. Thanks to whoever gave me an extra cookie!

Woody Creek Bakery and Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

That’s it. Go back through this trip using these links:

PT 1
PT 2
PT 3
PT 4