I am a complete girly girl and one of my absolute favourite pasttimes is afternoon tea. And since my childhood friend, Carrie, just convocated from McGill, what better way to celebrate than with afternoon tea? We went to The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver which was a little awkward since, well, I quit just over a month ago and people still recognized me. Awkward. But all in all, it jazzed up our Monday. Caught up with things and then the sun came out — perfect Monday.
Congrats to Carrie on completing her undergrad! So proud of you, babygirl!
In case you haven’t heard the buzz already, Dolce Delights, my cupcake biz, is now being sold at Bonchaz Bakery Cafe (426 W Hastings)! As far my schedule goes, they will only be available throughout the week (Monday to Friday). So if you haven’t tried them already, now is a good chance — no more excuses!
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Bake for the Quake this evening. The event was a huge success and collectively, we were able to raise well over $5000 for Japan relief. And it honestly couldn’t have been done without your help! Our table was sold out 2 hours into the event — thank you!!! We really hope you guys enjoy the goodies. Thank you for helping Japan!
Chinatown Icecream Factory on Canal St in NYC. Kick ass icecream. I miss it!
One thing I hate about frozen food is how tiny the portion sizes are. Not only do the majority of them taste like shit, we also need to consume like four of them just to feel satiated. But hey, as a starving student during crunch time, I’ll take it.
Continuing my frozen food escapades, I tried Michelina’s Noodles Stroganoff. Gee, I always thought stroganoff had noodles. And what is this mystery meat? I’m going to assume it’s beef… because, well, I haven’t heard of any other stroganoffs. So, just as I had expected, this was a win. Taste was there, meat was there, convenience was there. The only disappointment was the lack of mushrooms as displayed in the picture. Motherfuckers. Always giving me false hope.
Next was Harmony Honey Barbeque Chicken. Harmony is Michelina’s’ “healthier” frozen food option, boasting that it only has “2.5g of fat and 290 calories”. This meal was a rice-based dish. See, I’m always weary about rice-based frozen meals. Or any variation of minute rice, Uncle Ben’s, or any jazzed up version of White rice. This was just wrong. It was like 60% rice, 34% sauce, 5% chicken, and 1% vegetables. I counted five pieces of chewy chicken and ONE piece of celery. Not like I’m a fan of bell peppers, but where were they? Damn deceiving pictures! This was actually so gross.
Before you make any weird assumptions, I actually cook. For realz.
So my mom has bought a plethora of frozen food lately, pretty much enough to feed an army, and since there wasn’t much frozen food in my household while growing up and the fact that I am way too busy to cook nowadays, I have decided to sample each and every frozen item in my freezer. Why? Why not? There are millions of food blogs in Vancouver… BUT THERE AREN’T ANY FROZEN FOOD ONES (yet)! I know, I’m amazing. So begins the frozen food journey.
First up: Michelina’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce. This was actually pretty decent. See the resemblance to the boxed picture? No? And it comes with cheese. REAL cheese, that is. And meat! Score. I’m not going to lie — this is one of the “better” brands of frozen food out there. Approve.
Next? Banquet Mexican Style Chicken Enchillada Meal. The words “Mexican style” and “enchillada” should have been my first warning. Second, I hate frozen meals that require a lot more work than just popping it in the microwave. They’re supposed to be convenient, right?! Nope. This one was “Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, then stir rice and spoon sauce over enchillada. Microwave for another 2 minutes. Let sit for another 2 minutes”. So you’re telling me, that this “meal” will be done in 6 1/2 minutes!??! Proposterous. I’ll have my Michelina’s. Anyways, anything made “Mexican” is a guaranteed disaster. Rice tasted predominantly of red pepper. Um… red pepper in Mexican rice? Never heard of that. And the enchillada? Let’s not even go there. Chewy tortilla wrapper, jelly-like sauce, and a mysterious unknown meat and/or bean mixture encaved inside. A fail on so many accounts. Yuck.
Gotta say… I am looking forward to this frozen adventure and tar-like poo!
I’ve been eating out way too much lately and working out? Ha. Food, 1. Me, 0. New eats this week (sorry, no pictures since I never bring my camera with me anywhere):
Commune Cafe. Been wanting to try this place out for a while. I really do enjoy the idea of having communal tables because, well, Vancouver is straight up bitchy. Having communal tables forces Vancouverites to sit together, get to know their neighbour, and hey, if you’re lucky, get to try your neighbours’ food. I was totally diggin’ the Braised Turkey Bacon Stuffing sandwich. Complete with a small salad, this is quite the filler. So damn good. The Spinach Dip? Not so much. It was liquidy and had way too much sour cream in it. I would like it not to be all blended together. Yuck. Complete miss. Overall, a good experience.
The Keg’s new dessert menu. So The Keg finally got rid of their disgusting Sweet Temptations (metallic-tasting mini desserts in a shot glass) and replaced it with, well, small desserts… on plates. I got the Passionfruit Creme Brulee (in a dreaded shot glass), Strawberry Shortcake, and their S’mores. Also got their new Warm Chocolate Cake. The cake was a go, except the top chocolate layer of the guy was rather rubber-y and the mini desserts? Fail yet again. Shortcake was probably the most decent out of the three. S’mores… I could probably make better at home. Or better yet, go to Earl’s when they have it again. And the passionfruit creme brulee? Yuck. Just stick with the original.
Glowbal. I know. I work at glowbal and yesterday’s visit was my fourth visit in four weeks (I KNOW). Pretty much need to try the ENTIRE menu. Wagyu Carpaccio? Ultimate bliss. 8 oz. AAA beef tenderloin with turnip puree and some unknown sauce that was completely orgasmic? Ah-mazing. King mushrooms? Consistent. Seasonal Berries Sabayon? Best ending to a great evening. Love glowbal. Every single time.
Creme de la Crumb. Finally got to use my coupon again!!! I’ve tried the Vanilla Bean and Pear scone last time and, hm… I don’t really see what the hype is all about. Maybe it’s because I don’t like scones. Or maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with the scones at the Fairmont Hotels. I don’t know. I mean, they’re good, but not “OMG ORGASMIC” good. Anyways, decided to pass up on the scones this time. Went with their Salami, Mortadella, and Prosciutto sandwich. Omg. So good. The peppery arugula and the pairing with the provolone and foccacia bread was to die for. So getting it again. Finished off with a Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy. In heaven.
What’s next? McD’s Apple Crisp. Will try tomorrow.