Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I have been to Faubourg a couple of times now. First time was a meet up with my girl friends. Some of us had high tea, some just had brunch. The second time I got to try my own set of afternoon tea :) Faubourg is located in Kerrisdale where in the same area there's at least other two high tea places close by.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bombay Beat

Bombay Beat is another restaurant that I have wanted to try for a while but because of it's location I didn't go sooner. My Indo-Canadian coworkers have told me to give it a try saying it's one of the more authentic Indian restaurants here. When I finally decided to go and looked it up online, it seemed like it has recently changed ownership and the name of the restaurant has changed from Bombay Bhel to Bombay Beat. The reviews seem to be still good aside from some negative ones about its new service, but regardless, I thought I should still try it out.

I forgot to take a pic from outside again...


Friday, November 18, 2011

De Dutch

I have always wanted to try at De Dutch Pancake House. It's a breakfast and brunch chain restaurant in Dutch style. I have heard from friends about how they like it a lot but I just didn't have a chance to go for the longest time. Finally I got to visit one of its locations in North Van to meet up with a friend for brunch.

Outside - parking lot

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gorilla Food

Gorilla food is an organic, vegan, raw food place. I came here a long while ago when I was looking for veggie restaurants in downtown and trying them out.

Gorilla Food


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon out with my girl friend carpet shopping at Winners. It was an early afternoon, not exactly meal time but neither of us had food yet so we thought we should find a place to eat around 8th Ave and Cambie area. We didn't walk too far to stop in front of Rasoee to look at their big menu outside, we actually didn't know that it was an Indian restaurant at first.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Smart Mouth Cafe

Smart mouth is another one of the sandwich places we go a lot for lunch. It's a cute little place in Gastown. Quite a few seats inside but pretty busy usually. However you should be able find a seat if you go a little late after the regular lunch hour.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cafe Medina

A few days before my last day at work, someone that really cares about me at work said I could be treated to Cafe Medina for lunch! Yay for me! :P I actually really wanted to try out their famous home made Belgian waffle but since Medina is right beside my work, I always feel like I could just do it next time and then it never happened. We actualy go for coffee here all the time. But since I don't drink coffee, I would always get their matcha latte. It has a strong matcha flavour but it's not sweet like other places which I like a lot.

Outside of Cafe Medina

Friday, September 23, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 6

Our sixth and last day in NYC. The flight was at 10:30pm that night but we had to check out by 11:00am in the morning, so after checking out we left our luggage with the hotel for 2 dollars a piece. Breakfast was quite easy this time, my friends had requested to have another value meal at Bistro Marketplace. I didn't take any pictures this time.

It was a pretty relaxing day. There was really only one place to visit on today's schedule - American Museum of Natural History. It's funny even though that was the case, we still ended up not having as much time as we would like to see the museum.

Inside AMNH

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 5

Day 5 was pretty cultured day.

Breakfast started out at Cipriani, right across from Grand Central. I used to pass by it too, but never tried it. I was quite excited to have a chance this time.

Cipriani Le Specialità

Monday, September 12, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 4

We have walked by this place one of the days before, my friends said they would like to eat it for breakfast since it's so close by.

Bistro Marketplace - 125 Park Ave (between 41st St & 42nd St)

Friday, September 9, 2011


A very short post in between my trip posts. I have a lot food pictures from before that I should probably get to before they get way too old...

One of my lunch lunch adventures from a while back, Italian Kitchen 2GO, it's right next to the main restaurant, Italian Kitchen.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 3

This morning began with some yummy rice balls at Oms/b. It was one of my favourite grab and go places when I lived here. Very close to Grand Central, less than ten minutes walk.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 2

Our 2nd day in NYC started with riding the subway down to Flatiron building.

Flatiron Building

Saturday, August 27, 2011

NYC 2011 - Day 1

Six days, six of us, a fun trip to the big apple in mid August. Although I didn't really have time to do my own stuff, it was great to just be back there again, see my new york friends, and also share some of my favourite spots with my Vancouver friends :)

I have planned the schedule out for all six days way in advance(I'm kinda crazy like that). Except switching 2 days around and cutting a few places off the schedule because we ran out of time, everything went pretty smoothly according to plan.

I never actually finished writing my other trip posts... so I will try to finish this one first and get back to the old ones later :P

We took a red eye out of Vancouver to New York. The plane delayed a little bit, but flew fast for only a little over four hours, so we arrived in JFK around 7:30am. Between the options of booking Super Shuttle or taking yellow cabs into Manhattan, the numbers came out about the same, so we took two cabs to Grand Central, 3 people each car, turned out to be $45 flat rate + 5 something dollars toll fee + tip, per car.

The reason I picked Grand Hyatt was of course of its location. I used to walk by it everyday, so it is nice to actually live in it this time. It's still under renovation though, I think it will be done very soon in the next few months.

Lobby looked very temporary for the moment.

The usual check in time is 4pm but we arrived around 9am in the morning. I did call in advance asking if we could check in early so we could have somewhere to put our luggage and fresh up before we head out for the day. The front desk was very nice but they told me the best they could do was to put in a request for me since the hotel was fully booked that day. We were lucky enough to get a room first and other two on the same floor but not until later that day. By the way, the hotel does offer luggage holding service. I'm not positive but I think it might be free if u're checking in, and if you have checked out already, they will hold your stuff for 2 dollars a piece.

So after a quick fresh up at my friend's room, we began our day. Since we're right next too Grand Central Terminal, we started our tour there.

I'm stealing a pic of grand central from my friend's photos. (thank you~)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Charm Modern Thai

This is a very delayed post on Charm Modern Thai :P I have been here numerous times, it is one of our regular lunch spots. Somehow I thought I have written about it already but it turned out I haven't yet. Charm Modern Thai offers a lot of vegetarian choices :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Giovane Cafe

This is again from a while back. That morning I saw a friend's Facebook post with a picture of a couple nyc taxis parked on the streets of downtown Vancouver, it looked pretty interesting, so at lunch I wanted to go check it out and see what was going on. I thought maybe they might have been filming Fringe.

Very cool to see a nyc subway entrance in Vancouver :)

We asked a nice girl staff and she told us it wasn't a movie or anything special, just something for Nickelodeon.

Since there was nothing else to see, we kept on walking towards the water and see what was good to eat around the area. Then we walked passed by Giovane Cafe.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Estea Beverage Club

This is from a few weeks back when one of our badminton sessions went a little longer than usual and we had to find a place to eat that opens late somewhere in Burnaby. My friend picked Estea.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHAU Veggie Express

We have been recently told by a friend that there is a new Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant called Chau VeggiExpress opened up in Vancouver.I was very excited to hear about it and wanted to try it out asap. It's just pretty much impossible for vegetarians to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant in my opinion. I've tried going with my coworkers before and always order this one veggie item on the menu and later I found out the sauce on the side is fish sauce... So I just stopped going :( There is actually another vegetarian Vietnamese place I know of, which is located in Burnaby/New Wesminster area, that has been around for a long time, Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House. The thing is it's so far away for me and it seems like every time I'm in the area and wants to eat there, it's always closed for vacation. If you would like to try it out, make sure to check on their website to see if they're open.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Grounds For Appeal

Had been going to the same old places for a while, so we started looking up new ones again. A friend suggested a bunch, one of them was Grounds For Appeal. It looked like a nice day for a walk, so we went :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spero Spera

On one of those great sunny days in June, enjoying the sun and following it through random streets, we somehow ended up in yaletown. I can't remember what was the other place we were trying to pick between with anymore, but I'm sure glad we decided to stay and try out Sepro Sepra.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bob Likes Thai

This is from a Friday night a while back. We were craving for some Thai food and my friend that lives on Main Street, just a few blocks away from then still a relatively new restaurant, kept mentioning to me about how she's been having it like five days a week. It made me wanted Thai food even more. So a few of us met up there one friday night after work.


It was pretty full already when we got there. They had to put some smaller tables together for our group to sit.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Usually once a week we would go for a lunch at Yaletown and it would somehow always end up being Thai food :P This time, there were only three of us and we thought we should go for something different. Even though it wasn't the nicest day for a walk, we decided to venture our way up Davie Street to Miura Waffle Milk Bar for some waffle 'sandos', which is derived from the japanese word ンドイッチ sandoicchi, which means Sandwich. (from their website)

Inside of Miura Waffle Milk Bar. (I have been forgetting to take pictures of outside the restaurants I've been to >_<)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shizen Ya

I was looking through my food pictures and realized I've missed quite a bit of things from a while back :( Probably about time to have them posted up. A while ago, I think it was one of those rare winter sunny days, I took a nice walk and visited a cute little restaurant on Hornby Street.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe

Group deals are getting more and more popular lately. As a big online shopper, I've joined a few of the group coupon sites myself. A while ago I got a voucher from Living Social for Bonchaz Bakery Cafe. It is only a few blocks away from my work, so I thought it would be nice to try it out at lunch :)

Inside Bonchaz Bakery Cafe

Monday, March 14, 2011

Beautiful Island

Another badminton night, we weren't exactly sure where to go for dinner afterwards. We wanted to change from our usual spot but not too far away either. Beautiful Island ended up to be our pick. We have been there a few times before.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Where to buy vegetarian products Part II

So sorry this took me a while to get to, finally here this is, where to buy vegetarian products Part II. There are quite a few Chinese vegetarian product stores in the greater Vancouver area, most of the ones I know are in Richmond. Whole Vegetarian Food is probably the one I go most often. They have four different locations if you look at their website. I usually go to the one inside crystal mall in Burnaby, but that store is pretty small. If you want a bigger selection of things, I would recommend going to the one in Richmond on Cambie Road. Unfortunately I haven't been to the other two locations, so I can't comment on how they are.

It has been a while since I last visited the stores. The pictures I have taken are from a few months ago last year. They're from the Cambie Road Store.

It's located right across from Aberdeen Centre, next to President Plaza, and there's limited parking right in the store plaza.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ezogiku Noodle Cafe

It's March already, so why is it still friggin' cold?! I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one asking this question. But yeah, when it's cold, you would want something hot and noodle soup is always a good option. My co-workers have been going to one of the closest ramen places to our company, Ezogiku Noodle Cafe, by Vancouver downtown library.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part VI

I don't really remember what I did this day. I assume nothing particularly interesting happened that's why I can't recall. I do have pictures of what I ate that day though ;)

Lunch or Brunch -
I wanted to have noodles from a close by vegetarian restaurant.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part V

First day of 2011, it didn't particularly feel like new years day. It was just business as usual, all the stores were open and people were doing their regular everyday stuff.

Started the morning out at 85°C. They are known for their baked goodies at affordable prices. They also have this Sea Salt Coffee. It's quite interesting because you expect it to be salty, and well, it is, but when you order it, they ask you how sweet you would like it to be. So it is actually sweet with a bit of saltiness.

Yummy Cakes...

Seats outside.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part IV

December 31, last day of 2010, I was busy trying out some outfits all afternoon for a photo shoot in a couple days. My friend from Vancouver just happened to be in Taiwan for her Christmas break as well. This was the first time we met up in Taiwan, it was pretty cool. Before the nights ended, dinner was a must before she headed home that night. It was windy and cold outside that we didn't want to spend time picking places to eat, so we just went into a random restaurant close by. We looked through the menu and they had a couple vegetarian dishes on there and that was good enough for us.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part III continued

After a nice long break at Starbucks, it was time to get ready to visit the Pavilion of Dreams. To visit this exhibition, you have to first line up for tickets and then go at the given time shown on your ticket.

Inside - giant mechanical flower

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part III

Got up super early again this day, but not to exercise, but to catch the high speed rail heading north to Taipei. We were meeting up with relatives/friends who we haven't seen in a while that were also back in Taiwan visiting. We decided to meet up at the Taipei International Flora Expo.

High Speed Rail

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taiwan Trip - Part II

Second day in Taiwan, we got up bright and early. Since we knew we would be jet lagged and up early, we thought we should go run off some of the extra calories we took in yesterday. It turned out to be the first and only day we worked out.

I live close by the National Museum of Natural Science(NMNS). There is a large road leading to the museum with nice pedestrian walk space and trees along the way. Even though it's busy with lots of traffic on both sides of the islands, it's always filled with people exercising in the mornings and evenings. We decided to jog along it to the NMNS and back.

Pedestrian Walk

Park and Green House by NMNS

Path towards NMNS