Weeking Outings: The Farmer’s Market

One of my favourite weekend activities is to visit the farmers market with my cousin. Two weeks ago, I visited the Kitsilano farmer’s market, which is temporarily being held at the location where Nat Bailey’s farmer market is held. Since I was dog sitting that week, I decided to bring along Yuki. Continue reading to the end to see what I bought!

{My cousin and Yuki} {Yuki and I. My outfit that day included converse, a midi skirt, white tank, jean jacket and Kate Spade bag}

{French pastries from French Made Baking}

{Beautiful peonies}

{Yuki made some new doggy friends!}

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Weekend Outings: Summer Night Market

I’ll be starting a new series on the blog called “Weekend Outings” where I will be writing about some events or places I’ve visited on the weekend. The first of the series is on the Summer Night Market, or as some call it the original night market located in Richmond. I visited it last weekend during the Victoria day long weekend and to be honest, I was quite disappointed with the lack of stalls. The food area was bustling with people though, which always seems to be the case at the night market. The only food I bought was an okonmiyaki, while my dad bought some curry fish balls. Check out the photos below:

{The crowd at the food stall area}

{Dim Sum}

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Got Craft? Spring Edition

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to check out Got Craft? Spring Edition with my cousin and her friend. On the Saturday afternoon we visited, it was bustling with people and overall, I had a good experience. Here are some highlights from the market and read until the end of the post to find out what I bought!

{Cute stall selling crocheted things}{Coffee scrub made with natural ingredients that leaves your skin so smooth and moisturized} {Le Meadow’s Pantry had an assortment of jams, honey’s and syrup. My cousin’s favourite is their Rhubarb ginger jam}

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Got Craft? Spring Edition

Mother’s day is fast approaching and if you’re like myself, who has yet to get anything, then I’ve got the perfect place for you to get your mother a unique gift! There’s no better way to celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day than selecting a handmade present from Got Craft?. Just a few ideas include vintage-inspired, soy wax candles by Salt Spring Island Candle Co, minimal and geometric jewelry by HART + STONE, and sustainable wood and stone art by Reclaimed Print Co.

Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair celebrating their 17th show at the Maritime Labour Centre from May 2-3, 2015. The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goods from vendors and sponsors. Also, D.I.Y. lovers will have a great time making their own craft projects at the workshops on site.

Event info:

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2015 from 10am to 5pm

Venue: Maritime Labour Centre at 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 4C3

Tickets are $3 at the door and free for children 10 & under.

For more information, visit www.gotcraft.com

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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Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Show

Last weekend I attended the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show held at the Heritage hall. According to their website, the show takes place during the second week of December at the Heritage Hall. This year, the show celebrated it’s 10th year of supporting and promoting Canada’s brightest talent in art, fashion, craft & design, with an emphasis on Canadian-artist made products. If you are wondering about their name, it reflects the products they sell: objects of adornment (shiny), garments to wrap your home and body in (fuzzy) and clay molded to contemporary forms for the home (muddy).

On the Saturday afternoon I attended, the place was bustling with people. I didn’t have much time to browse, but here are pictures from the show:

You can click on the vendor’s name to go to their website.

{Elizabeth Burritt Design}

{Sarah Mulligan Glass}

{Him Creations}

{A Trace a Grey Design}

{LuPrints}

{Mikind}

{Jesse Turner Design}

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers! I hope you had a gluttony filled weekend spent with friends and family. Unfortunately, this year I didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner because of time conflict with studying. Even though I didn’t cook anything this year, I still celebrated it with family. Compared to other years, this was a low-key, non-traditional dinner.

Here are some pictures….

{The food included turkey, pizza and sushi}

{Closeup of the turkey}

{closeup of the sushi}

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PNE: BBQ and Fried Pickles

Hey everyone! I’m back from Oregon but since I only went for a few days, there’s nothing exciting to blog about. On Tuesday, M, Es S and I went to PNE because free admission was offered from a certain time. PNE is a yearly tradition for me even though it’s similar every year, but it just gives me a sense of nostalgia. Plus, PNE is the only time where I can eat some greasy fair food! We didn’t stay very long but here’s what we ate:

From Prairie BBQ we got the ribs, brisket and pulled pork combo. Even though they won consumers choice last year, the brisket was overly salty and a dry, and the ribs were also dry. The pulled pork wasn’t bad, but it needed BBQ sauce for added flavour. Overall, we were disappointed.

I tried the ribs from Gator BBQ later that evening but forgot to take a picture of it, but their ribs were much better. They were fall off the bone tender and didn’t need any extra BBQ sauce.

From Pickle Pete’s we got an order of deep fried pickles. These weren’t really what we expected. Although the fried pickles were clumpy and not very crispy, they didn’t taste too bad. The accompanying chipotle mayo also went well with the pickles.

I will definitely be back. I usually go after 9pm because it only cost $5 to get in, although many of the BBQ is sold out by then.  This time around I didn’t get any wiggle chips, which I get every year, so I will be back to get some of those and to try some other fair food!

International Summer Night Market

Last week I went to the Summer Night Market, aka “the old night market”. I needed a new phone case and an excuse to eat night market food, and the summer night market was the perfect destination. The Summer Night Market was selected over the Richmond Night Market because we had visited the Richmond Night Market a week prior and wanted to see what the Summer Night Market had to offer.

What we ate:

{Pork intestine soup– unfortunately, there were only a 2 pieces of pork intestine according to SAW, but good nonetheless, although not as flavourful as the ones in Hong Kong or Taiwan}

{From Bubble Waffle Cafe: cheesecake bubble waffle. I love Bubble Waffle Cafe’s bubble waffle. This had a salty aftertaste to it but I still enjoyed the crispy exterior and soft interior}

{Takoyaki– piping hot but a tad undercooked on the inside}

{1/2 order of Okonomiyaki– nice flavour and crunch from cabbage. I think this is deep fried}

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EAT! Vancouver: Food and Wine Festival 2013

Eat! Vancouver is one of my favourite festivals to attend. It’s a food lover’s dream! I’ve been going for many years now and this year did not disappoint. Es S, SAW and I attended the festival last Friday a little bit after it opened its doors at 2pm. I wished I was able to attend the festival on Saturday because Chuck Huges (one of my favourite chefs) was cooking on the celebrity chef stage. Despite not being able to see Chuck, I had a great time seeing new products, eating, drinking and sampling. Here are some of my high lights of the festival:

Membertime, a members-only website offering discounts at partnered restaurants around Vancouver, gave out free bags with a bottle of water to people who signed up. According to the information provided, they will be launched at the end of June. It sounded intriguing so we all signed up.

This stall also intrigued me. It is a monthly tea subscription where each month, you will be mailed a number of teas. I believe the cost is around $20 a month. Great concept for those who are avid tea drinkers searching for new teas to try.

I enjoyed the sample of Mash from the stall, so I bought two to take home. They are refreshing and a good alternative to pop.

These Good Drink teas are also great tasting but I didn’t buy any.

These CheeCha Puffs are so tasty and contain significantly lower amounts of calories than chips. They also have a few gluten free varieties.

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