Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018-3 – TOUR OF AMERICA IN A WEEK (Part 1)

This week started with a delayed flight from Toronto to Detroit, so that we barely had time for dinner. I didn’t get to try Detroit style square pizza!

On a brighter note, we did find this awesome little coffee shop, in Ohio:


Maddie and Bella opened up in Perrysburg a few months ago, and their beans were still roasted out of some dude’s garage, when I asked them about it last week. I think they mentioned that they had purchased a warehouse somewhere closeby to do all the roasting, but not sure if that’s happened yet. We had the avocado on toast and the Elvis (banana, hazelnut butter, and… I think chocolate? on toast). Cappuccino to balance the sweetness of the Elvis toast.

The rest of the trip was not bad, despite sleeping only 3 hours in Detroit (baby crying next door, pipes, heater/air conditioner rumbling all night), and a 2nd delay from Detroit to Philadelphia. We spent about 8 hours in Philadelphia, with 6 hours of sleep and the rest travelling from airport to hotel to next city… The Hyatt at The Bellevue was amazing to stay at, and I really wish we had a bit more time to explore this really clean looking city.


I think I learned a lot on this trip, especially about how much sleep I really need while on the go. Delays, cancellations, shit happens, but something special might be waiting at the end of all the chaos.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018-2 - IN THE DARK

Everybody gets worried sometimes, and for me, it’s been more than usual lately. I’m pretty sure the season plays a strong part in it. Working in an office from 9 to 5 will do that to you. Getting to the office in the dark, leaving the office in the dark… Depressing. Drains all my energy to deal with the worries and anxieties.

That’s why on the weekends, I try to get outside as much as possible. Coffee helps.

Here’s us at Dalina:

I had the turmeric latte, because I thought it would be a healthy alternative to the usual coffee that I guzzle every 2 hours to keep me awake. Might be the placebo effect, but I instantly feel my skin clear up, my breathing becomes smoother, vision clears up... Maybe I'm exaggerating here, but turmeric is quite good for your health.

It turns out that ordering this drink that morning was a horrible mistake though, because I had forgotten that I didn’t have coffee the day before, and thus, was super cranky and withdrawn. Otherwise, Dalina’s turmeric latte was a beautiful drink to have at a beautiful little grocery shop. Self serve sparkling water, regular water, and even milk and soy milk along the walls for your coffee. Might have to come back to try their actual coffees, but right now… I’m headed to the East coast for a week to see what I can find.

Dalina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Back to this next weekend:

I’m pretty sure I’m still very normal and healthy, but as a millenial, I just have to write about my problems on the internet, so I can feel like I’m being heard. It’s society’s fault.

Last thing this week... Tourism Squamish posted my photo on their blog post about snowshoe trails in the Squamish area! Read about it here:

Thursday, January 11, 2018


It’s been a bit crazy at work, ever since 2018 rolled around. Opportunities EVERYWHERE, but no way to really make the very most of it. But. Whatever. Whatever. Can only do what I can to find some fulfillment in life.

And I can eat. So. 

Sometimes, as a regular blogger, I get these invitations to visit certain restaurants or try new food around Vancouver. This time, I was notified of a great event, called the #GiveWarmth fundraiser, by Tangoo, a marketing service for the food industry. They are currently hosting a #ChewingForCharity series at Eight ½ Restaurant Lounge (Mount Pleasant), Robba Da Matti (Yaletown), and La Mezcaleria (BOTH Gastown & Commercial Drive locations), where every time somebody tries out their limited time specialty dish, part of the proceeds from the dish will go to helping A Better life Van. This series runs until January 19th, so go try out those limited edition dishes!

After work today, I rushed over to Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge, to try out their mussels:

eight 1/2 restaurant - limited edition curry bisque mussels

Fresh Salt Spring Island mussels, which came in a good size, and drenched in a delicious curry bisque sauce. Came with side of house made naan that paired very well with it.

eight 1/2 restaurant - limited edition curry bisque mussels

eight 1/2 restaurant - limited edition curry bisque mussels

We ordered a couple of other things to try out, since it was our first time here. The Marketplace pizza had lots of cheese and basil and beets. I’m putting beets on my pizza at home from now on. The Wild Mushroom Risotto was a mash of mushroom with truffle oil, parmesan reggiano… How could this go wrong? Actually, it was slightly overcooked but I still ate over half of it by myself because I cannot resist cheese and truffle:

eight 1/2 restaurant - wild mushroom risotto, marketplace pizza
The pizza and risotto were alright. The PG13 mason jar cocktail was not very flavourful. Prices are very on par with market though, and I wouldn’t mind coming back to drink, hang out, grab a quick bite. Cozy little spot tucked away from the busy Main Street.

Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

eight 1/2 restaurant

Oh yeah, tag #ChewingForCharity to enter their Contest:

Snap a photo of your favorite dish and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #GiveWarmth (and tagging @tangooyvr + @[Restaurantname] for a chance to win 2 tickets to the exclusive Greasy Spoon Diner supper series, featuring some of the best chefs in the world!

OK, back to real work… It might be a long night.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


After Aubade, C and I were hungry, so we fueled up at the Ramen Butcher. The owner of Aubade had mentioned this place in our conversation, and that it was opened by one of the locals from around the neighborhood (the daughter of somebody… my memory fails me, and I haven’t fact checked this). This really inspired the ramen cravings…
 The Ramen Butcher

On the right, we have the Butcher Shoyu Ramen. On the left, is mine, the Black Garlic Ramen. Here’s a close up of mine, with a beautiful marinated egg and fatty pork:

The Ramen Butcher

Life is short, choose the fatty pork and fatty broth, because they are worth the extra calories. YUM. Maybe I was just extra hungry from my bike ride to get to Chinatown, but I think this would be one of the best ramen I’ve had the luck to try out in Vancouver. The restaurant was pretty busy for lunch, and I’m hoping it survives for the next few years, because I can’t wait to come back.

The Ramen Butcher Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This year is starting off to be quite a doozy. Work is busy, life is busy. Trying to remind myself that there are things that I can’t control, but I can control my own reactions. Time to start making travel plans! California in February for the long weekend, anybody?

Monday, January 1, 2018


The last weekend of 2017!

We visited Backcountry Brewing post snowshoeing in the Callaghan Valley, in search of fries, but found something even better. PIZZA!!!!

Backcountry Brewing

There were a few brews on tap, including a really milky looking IPA (2nd from right in the paddle, perhaps called the Secret Handshake).

Backcountry Brewing

I didn’t like one of their stouts (I think it was the She’s a Lady that I liked), because it was too watery for my taste. Other than that, I really can’t wait to come back to try all their other beers, and have another bite of their latest pizza flavour, the Wake n Bacon (truffle, brussel sprouts, pork belly, and an egg). The Prosciutto was also fabulous, with a great tomato sauce base. This is really next level pizza. A must-go for a pit stop on the way back from Whistler.

Backcountry Brewing Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Callaghan Valley - Alexander Falls

Goodbye 2017! I suppose this would be a good time to look back, and think about the things that have happened this year. Travel and explore, eat, take photos… What will I do in 2018? 

Callaghan Valley

My guess is I'll look for new highs and dig myself out of deeper lows. 

Friday, December 29, 2017


Sometimes, it feels like the world is ending, and things are closing in… Maybe it’s just my world, but if Stephen Hawking (one of the smartest guys on Earth) says the same, then really, we should perhaps try to take this more seriously. Technology is literally taking huge leaps (look at Atlas!), and I’m still just sitting here at home on Christmas vacation. I’m trying to find something productive to do, but really, all I want to do is drink lots of coffee and find somewhere nice to fly my drone.


Here we were at Aubade, a super minimalistic coffee shop. The coffee barista was actually the owner, and he was super friendly and easy to chat with. The milk for the espressos were made with nut milk (and some other organic healthy stuff), just a warning that they don’t have other types of milk. Other than espressos, there were all the other types of coffees that you could possibly imagine, all done in a corner of a thrift shop! It was all very cozy, and I would go back again, next time I have time.

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

Seriously though, check this place out, and while you’re in the hood, go check out the shops along Union St for some inspiration to live while we still can – Hunter & Hare, Charlie & Lee. I am motivated to work towards acquiring this convertible Vere Verto Macta bag/backpack for just under $700CAD:


Sunday, December 24, 2017

103/104 // COFFEE with aerosmith x alan walker

Don't want to close my eyes
I don't want to fall asleep…

Maybe it’s all the coffee, but I haven’t been sleeping enough and I can feel the brain fog coming on. Made it through the rest of the work week, and now it’s time to stop thinking about it!
If only it were that easy to flip off the work switch.
My solution is to go to coffee shops, like the new Spade Coffee along Commercial Drive:  

Spade Coffee Vancouver
Disclaimer – not my hands, not my ring, not my Apple products.

This used to be the old Waves location, which I used to love visiting. The new coffee shop has a few newer tables, counters, and fresh paint with their logo on the outside. We didn’t get any food, so I might go back for some next time. Coffee here is good though. I had a latte, and as R would say, “it comes in a cool glass”. We were here on a Sunday, and all the families were out, which could become distracting (ie, bored children ready to go home for a nap).

One more week till 2018!

What's the trick? I wish I knew
I'm so done with thinking through all the things I could've been
And I know you want me, too
All it takes is that one look at you and I run right back to you
You cross that line and it's time to say F you

What's the point in saying that when you know how I'll react?
You think you can just take it back, but shit just don't work like that
You're the drug that I'm addicted to, and I want you so bad
Guess I'm stuck with you, and that's that

'Cause when it all falls down, then whatever
When it don't work out for the better
If it just ain't right, and it's time to say goodbye
When it all falls down, when it all falls down
I'll be fine
I'll be fine
You're the drug that I'm addicted to
And I want you so bad, but I'll be fine

Why we fight? I don't know
We say what hurts the most
Oh, I tried staying cold, but you take it personal
All these firing shots and making ground
It's way too hard to cope, but I still can't let you go

'Cause when it all falls down, then whatever
When it don't work out for the better
If it just ain't right, and it's time to say goodbye
When it all falls down, when it all falls down
I'll be fine
I'll be fine
You're the drug that I'm addicted to and I want you so bad
But I'll be fine

I'll be fine, fine, fine
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine
I'll be fine, fine, fine
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine
I'll be fine, fine, fine
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine
I'll be fine, fine, fine
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine

'Cause when it all falls down, then whatever (Then whatever, babe)
When it don't work out for the better (For the better)
If it just ain't right, and it's time to say goodbye
When it all falls down (When it all, when it all)
When it all falls down (When it all falls down)
I'll be fine
(Fine, fine, fine) I'll be fine (I'll be fine)
You're the drug that I'm addicted to and I want you so bad
But I'll be fine (I'll be fine), and that's that