3 Things

{Lemongrass beef & spring rolls from Saigon Venture}

{Homemade kimchi fried brown rice with bacon}

{New glasses for school — I love them!}

Life lately has been uneventful. The only exciting thing for me lately was attaining new glasses and getting my eye brows threaded. Other than that, I’ve been just focusing on school. I don’t have much else to say, so that’s it for this post. Thanks for reading!

Top 13 Moments of 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to an end already. For myself, 2013 was a year of mixed emotions- there were many high points but also many low points.

In the beginning of the year, I entered my last semester of college as I was preparing to transfer to a university. As spring approached, I was planning my move to Kelowna for school. During the summer, I got news that I would be able to stay in Vancouver for school and also got my first car. Fall was spent at a new university and winter marked the first time my group of high school friends all got together since graduating.

There were some changes in my life and also many “firsts”, but the most important thing I realized in 2013 was the hardship of being an adult.

Here are my top 13 moments of 2013:

13. Eating desserts at Soreitte with an old friend before she left Vancouver

{Rose panacotta & Tiramisu}

12. Participating in the Gastown walking food tour

11. Discovering my new favourite restaurant for okonomiyaki

{Kishimoto’s okonomiyaki}

10. Baking with my cousins before the start of school

{Phyllo tarts with rosewater pastry cream and berry compote}

9. Going to Whistler, my first trip without parents, where I ziplined for the first time

8. Celebrating my 20th birthday with family

{My birthday cakes: Earl Grey & Green Tea Chiffon cake}

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Quest For The Perfect Sandwich

I’m not a big sandwich person, but from time to time I get a craving for one. For myself, my ideal sandwich has to have some sort of meat and good bread. Since school has started, I have been making sandwiches more often for it’s convenience and ease of transport. Last week I decided to make a sandwich with some leftover ingredients from the fridge:

Ingredients used:

  • Light rye bread
  • smoke chorizo sausage
  • over easy egg
  • caramelized onion
  • shredded cheese (mozzarella & provolone)

It turned out to be too salty, partly due to the chorizo and partly due to my over- salted caramelized onions. If i were to make this again, I would add some something to balance the saltiness, perhaps some sort of pickled vegetable. You can read my other post where I make a katsu sandwich here

So what is your favourite sandwich? My favourite sandwich is the Vietnamese banh mi, I just love the combination of flavours and the airy baguette.

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Home Cooking

Due to my laziness, I haven’t been blogging much lately and I apologize about that. Now I am back with more content to blog about! I’ve been trying to put more effort into cooking at home so I don’t eat out as much. My goal is to attempt to recreate the dishes I enjoy eating at restaurant so I can enjoy it at home. My problem is that I am a lazy person and I much rather have someone else cook and do the dishes for me than to have to prep my food and then cook it. Here are some dishes I cooked:

{My first attempt at making omurice. It turned out alright despite the over browned egg.}

{Rib eye steak with roasted potatoes, sauteed onions and mushrooms and a crescent roll}

{There was some leftover rice in the fridge so I made this Thai-style basil fried rice with a Vietnamese pork patty}

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My Week in Photos: Eat Vancouver & Nightmarket

Another week, another set of photos. I haven’t been feeling well this past weekend, so I’ve been bumming around at home.

{SAW, Es S and I went to Eat! Vancouver on Friday and had a great time there. Blog post will be up soon}

{Saw these cute cat flats in the sale section of Urban Outfitters. Perfect for a cat loving person}

{Also went to the nightmarket on the same Friday. I only took a picture of my chicken karaage but I also ate other things}

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My Week In Photos

The weather in Vancouver has been bipolar lately. Last week the weather was like summer but this week, it returned to typical rainy Vancouver. On rainy days, I like to stay home and do nothing… I wish I could do that everyday but my life would be boring and meaningless. Anyways, I bought a photo editing app on my phone and since I don’t usually buy apps, I justified my purchase by using it excessively. Here is my week in photos:

{Baked Portuguese chicken on rice from Mui Garden. The food came out incredibly slow and service was bad but this dish was not bad}

{Checked out the Target in Coquitlam and bought 2 shirts}

On Friday, SAW and I watched The Great Gatsby. I read the book last summer for an English course and I loved it, but I thought the movie was average. I did however enjoy the music in the movie, especially the Lana Del Rey song!

{My outfit for my outing with SAW}

{Before the movie, we ate Korean food for lunch. Pictured above is dduk bok gee}

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Life Lately: Food Diary

I hope everyone had a good weekend and Mother’s day! Both my mom’s side and dad’s side of the family had a Mother’s day celebration, so my weekend was filled with gluttony. I didn’t take any pictures from either of those celebrations, but here’s what I’ve been eating lately…

For S.A.W’s late birthday celebration, we went to Richmond Center’s Food Terrace to eat snow ice from Umi. Surprisingly, it was quite good. I’ll definitely be back for some more.

Snow ice from Umi

I went for the green tea snow ice with mango, mochi and pudding while S.A.W went for the strawberry snow ice. The green tea snow ice had a nice matcha flavour, but my only complaint would be that the mango’s were not ripe, therefore it was quite hard. This was very refreshing on the hot weather we were having that day.

After walking around a bit, both S.A.W and I were feeling thirsty from the heat, so we hit up Teavana to check out some teas. We were given a sample of this tea and ended up getting an ice version of it.

Pictures above is the youthberry wild orange blossom blend tea. It reminded me of Starbucks passion tea, but more refreshing and less sweet. This tea is great served iced on a hot summer day.

I had a craving for Vietnamese spring rolls, so Es S and I went to Bao Chau to satisfy this craving. Bau Chau is supposedly known for their spring rolls and calls themselves the “spring roll house” and I must admit, they did not disappoint.

I ordered #36, which is basically everything: vermicelli with minced pork patty, grilled pork, shredded pork and spring rolls. I love getting this at Bao Chau because I like the variety of meats it includes. This time around, the pork was not overcooked and everything was delicious. The last time I ordered this dish, the pork was way overcooked, so I was hoping it wouldn’t be the case this time around.

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This and That: 7 things

I’ve been slacking off from blogging lately, but now I’m back! Since my last post, I celebrated S.A.W’s birthday and been trying really hard to refrain myself from shopping. It seems like everyone is on vacation, and I’m stuck here in Vancouver. Since I don’t have anything else to say, here’s some pictures:

We celebrate S.A.W’s birthday with afternoon tea at Adonia

{Pictured above is one signature afternoon tea’s and 2 mini afternoon tea}

{Creme Brulee donut from Lucky’s Donuts}

{Went to Winner’s with my dad and he bought me these two items: [left] American Eagle lace bustier dress & [right] floral skull printed shirt}

I downloaded some editing apps on my phone, and like I mentioned in an earlier post, I like to edit my photos when I can’t sleep.. here are some of the results:

{Calamari dinner from The Slocan. Es S and I received bad service despite the place being empty. The dish wasn’t bad flavour wise but the squid was a bit chewy}

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Goodbye Exams

I finished my last exam yesterday and now I can finally relax. Since I haven’t done much this past week, this post will be sweet and short. Here are some pictures of my week:

{Lunch at home: Chicken, short ribs, potatoe wedges and salad}

{When I’m having troubles sleeping, I enjoy creating cheesy collages on my phone. Pictured above is lunch at Le Petit Saigon}

{Takeout from Sushi Nanaimo and a SIP lavender & lemon soda to get me through my last exam}

So that’s it for this post. Now that I have more time, I will be (hopefully) updating more frequently. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

For the Love of… Tea

I’ve always been a fan of tea, especially floral ones but not so much minty or fruity teas. Lately I’ve been really into tea and purchased a few goodies for my tea drinking pleasure:

{Breville The Milk Cafe; Jumpy Monkey tea from Davids Tea; coffee press}

Since I enjoy drinking tea latte’s so much, I convinced my dad to get me Breville’s The Milk Cafe, which creates frothy, warm milk. I also purchased a coffee press to steep loose tea leaves in and Jumpy Monkey, a mate tea infused with coffee beans, almonds, white chocolate and other roasted barks and roots, from David’s tea.

I decided to make a tea latte using my new machine and coffee press. My tea of choice was Earl Grey Cream Reserve with added rosebuds.

{Frothed milk & steeped tea}

{Homemade Earl Grey latte served in my favourite Union Jack mug}

Are you a tea drinker or do you prefer coffee? I personally enjoy both but I can’t pass up a nice cup of tea lattee, especially London Fog’s and Matcha latte’s.