Wednesday, May 28, 2014

get ready for a thing post...

Hello blog world! Just a few random things for you today...

I just signed up to donate blood on June 4th. I am really bad at going back as soon as I am eligible again... I think I was eligible in March. Can someone remind me in 56 days from June 4th to go again?

My dad sent me & my sister this article today and said he could vouch for it: "Dads who do housework have more ambitious daughters." It's an interesting article about gender equality written by a UBC grad student.

Oh Vancouver housing...

My friends Kim & Kanye got married this weekend. I guess my invite got lost in the mail?

Following my recent Gastropost blog post below, check out these amazing Vancity foodie instagrammers if you are in need of more food pix.

This is SO important to know about: secondary drowning. As a former lifeguard (I think I'm actually still certified for another year officially!), I am quite familiar with it and understand the risks of a near drowning situation, but not everyone is. Learn about it please!

Zucchini noodles. Does anyone own a julienne peeler I can borrow to do this?!

I have lots of fun things on my agenda for this weekend: 

Thursday: eat nachos after work with my girls.
Friday: make guacamole with my love.
Saturday: watch my fantastic cousin Gina get married.
Sunday morning: possibly attend this great event that I've signed up for; possibly sleep in. (just signing up is sufficient to help the cause, right?!)
Sunday afternoon: a baby shower for the momma of the soon-to-be favorite twins in my life
Sunday evening: this event at the Richmond Cultural Center!! I could not be more excited. This is SO up my alley.

What are you up to this week/weekend?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

a gastropost

I really, really enjoy food. I love to cook, I love to grocery shop, I love to eat out, I love reading recipes, I love cookbooks; I love when other people cook for me. I don't know if it is a fad to take pictures of food, but either way, it makes me happy!

So, here is your warning: this is a post with only pictures of food.

Oh, and I love food/recipe blogs. Here are some faves if you feel like food-reading:

Check out what is on the menu for tonight! I've never made it before...

Spaghetti & green salad. Classic dinner in my opinion. This was my plate; Edwin's came with meatballs. (comprised of a recipe from my head - ground beef, onions, cheese, basil...the usual ingredients!)

This pasta was based loosely off of this recipe. It was filled with gruyere and gouda cheese, and probably had a million calories, but it was pretty darn yummy. A good cheese can make anything taste amazing!  My variations included using red peppers instead of mushrooms (what we had in the house), and a few other things I can't quite remember.

Edwin & I went for all you can eat Indian food last weekend. Oh. My. Gosh. So much food. It was actually a Groupon that we had bought and it was totally worth it. (providing you don't eat so much that your belly hurts for the rest of the night...) This restaurant is in Kits and has a killer view of downtown. I'd recommend to go on a summer night when it's warm and sit on the patio. (the green dish pictured above - saag - is my absolute favorite Indian dish)

De Dutch Pannekoek House! I have not been there since we used to go with my Oma and Opa. This pannekoek was delicious. Edwin had a sweet one with strawberries & whipping cream; I had a savoury one with hashbrowns and hollandaise sauce. We are so different ;)

We went to Trader Joes and found frozen salmon burgers we thought we would try. They turned out to be pretty tasty! They are a bit on the small side, so you end up with quite a few bites of your burger sans salmon, but have a good flavor. Read a review of them here.

Edwin went to a Whitecaps game last week with some friends so naturally, I got sushi for dinner. I tried the place right across the street from us for the first time and really enjoyed it. It was very fresh! I know this sounds really sappy, but sushi makes me miss my sister so much! She was my primary sushi buddy as we both really enjoy it, and now I definitely don't eat it as much.

This is another Groupon trial: Sen Viet Restaurant in Langley for Pho. (side note: I think that Groupon's are really great, but only if they are for things that you would normally consume/purchase; otherwise it's a waste of money!)  This is my salad roll. They are my favorite thing about going to pho restaurants. They are served with peanut dipping sauce and I highly recommend them.

My dinner was a prawn vermicelli bowl. It was yummy, but this restaurnts portion sizes are different than those of a the usual pho restaurants portions. I think this is a bit of a "fancier" pho restaurant, if you will. (by fancy I just mean newer and in Langley!)

Edwins dinner: rice paper wraps. The actual rice paper wraps are not pictured here, but you basically take your ingredients (above) and wrap in rice paper, like a lettuce wrap. He thought they were good but didn't enjoy that he had to prepare his own dinner.

At Harj's wedding reception: appetizers. Chai tea and fish pakoras. The REAL chai tea is delicious and so much better than the Starbucks chai tea. I do like that too, but this is milky and great. And fish pakoras...need I say more? Tandoori-ish and delicious!!
Edwin & I went on a date on Tuesday night to see Hugh Laurie at the Orpheum. (amazing music and he is SO hilarious - totally recommend!) We didn't have a ton of time for dinner, and a colleague of mine said she had recently eaten at Chipotle downtown. I didn't know we had a Chipotle here, but we sure do!! I was really excited to try their tofu burrito filling called sofritas. It was really yummy and had a good flavor to it! I always get excited when there is vegetarian options other than just vegetables. The guacamole (which we ate with chips) was really, really good. You could tell it was literally avocados, cilantro, red onion, and maybe some garlic/salt. It was very fresh and good. I could have eaten 8 of those little containers. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

may long weekend

This weekend I attended a few wedding events for my friend Harj, including her wedding and reception, and my cousin's stagette! It was a party-packed weekend.

Harj and I met at Kwantlen, and we immediately hit if off as buddies in the homework and studying department. I really wasn't at school to make new friends, but she was the one person from school whom I knew I would be friends with for a long time. She is one of the nicest people in the whole world, and is now married to Sunny, who treats her like gold. They are truly great together! Plus, her family is awesome.

What did you get up to this weekend? Did anyone go to the rodeo? Last year for the May long weekend, I did PLUS I went camping in the snow. Crazy. Who camps in the snow?! (let alone CAMPS!)
 
  
Harj's ladies party before her wedding. My sari was a new one that I hadn't worn before - I really like it! It has little gold polka dots all over it.
Harj's whole family taking part in the mayain ceremony

My cousin Gina is getting married on May 31 - this was her stagette on Saturday night at Cactus Club in Yaletown! I think we look a lot alike in this photo actually - you can definitely tell we are related right?

Harj's wedding ceremony at the temple. I loved the peach color she was wearing.


Edwin & I at Harj's wedding reception last night in Bellingham. Her husband is from Bellingham and receptions are typically held where the groom is from; whereas weddings are held where the bride is from.

Harj & I - she looked so beautiful! Her dress was a light gold color, and she wore white flowers in her hair. (they were real flowers I might add!)  Oh how I love Indian jewelry and outfits!

Monday, May 12, 2014

best snack ever

I just wanted to tell you that these are a classic snack that I love. Kids or no kids, I will always be a goldfish supporter. There may or may not be half a bag less than when I started munching half an hour ago...


That is all. Happy Monday!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

recipes & things

To add to my ever-growing list of things to make...

1. Avocado cup salad
2. 9 takes on tuna sandwiches
3. Tricolor salad
4. How to make a perfect piece of toast
5. How to pair wine with Indian food
6. Spinach & mushroom mac n' cheese
7. Saffron risotto (have you ever made risotto? I haven't!) 

Last but not least, I just read about this A Cup of Jo - restaurant registry. Weird or not?!  I think it's a cool idea if you are doing a registry. I think that experiences are great - like when my mom got Edwin & I a Groupon to Dark Table!

Ok, one more thing: how to argue like a hostage negotiator. (Little sister - you should read this in the event you become a hostage negotiator!)

Goodnight world!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Summerland

My brother coaches a softball team and his team had a tournament in Summerland this past weekend. Edwin & I went up for some entertainment, thinking it was going to be lovely and warm. Nope! It was cold and rainy, and even snowed on the Coquihalla coming home yesterday. Oh well, we still had fun. We cheered on a few softball games (they came in 4th in the tournament), had some nachos at the local pub in town, and went to a winery where we bought some delicious wine!

The start of our road trip. It was about 4.5 hours there and 3.5 hours home.


I love BC! We live in a very beautiful province.

Have you seen a hotel with an ACTUAL key lately? Well, then you haven't stayed at the Summerland Motel!



Wine tasting

Road trip snacks. So yummy. (these don't particularly taste like pizza....)