35 Hours in Kamloops

A few weekends back my boyfriend and I went to Kamloops. My boyfriend was going there for a BC Speed Skating Association AGM and I decided to tag along because I’ll take any opportunity for a weekend getaway!

Originally we were going to go camping, but Kamloops was flooded from the heavy rains the week prior and the campsites were still wet and flooded.

Breakfast at Harold’s Famly Restaurant

We arrived in Kamloops on a Friday night, but we went straight to bed that night. The next morning, we went to Harold’s Family Resturant for breakfast because it was close to the motel we were staying in.

We got the double with sausage – Two farm fresh eggs, your way
With bacon, sausage or ham and sausage skillet – Two scrambled eggs with chopped bacon or chopped sausages on top of hash browns, sautéed with onions, bell peppers and tomatoes. Topped with hollandaise sauce and served with toast. 

It was some good, classic diner food.

Reservoir Coffee

After I dropped off my boyfriend at his AGM, I made my way to Reservoir Coffee because I had some time to kill before my appointment at the spa.

latte and waffle reservoir coffee

I had a latte and Stroop waffle , which were both great. They use Parallel 49 coffee at Reservoir and there were so many other menu items that I wanted to try but I was still really full from breakfast.

View from Thompson Rivers University

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March in Photos

I made a goal of writing a blog post a week but life got to me. I started a new role in my company and it’s been kind of hectic.

Frankly, March has been a rough month for me. In addition to losing a close co-worker, I’ve been suffering from a sudden onset of migraines and it’s been affecting all aspects of my life. If you’re a migraine sufferer, I’d love to hear some tips or advice!

I try to focus on the positives although it’s natural for humans to ruminate on the negatives. So here is what I got up to in March, despite suffering migraines:

What I Ate: Brunch

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I love brunch. Here are some brunch places I went to in March:

brunch

From left going clockwise:

  1. Lift Breakfast Bakery – I’ve passed by this place many times and finally had to chance to try it! We waited for 45 minutes but I thought the food was worth the wait!
  2. West Village Cafe – I had work in Surrey and took the opportunity to try this cute cafe. I love everything about it–from the decor to the food. I highly recommend West Village Cafe if you are in Surrey.
  3. Loco Ono x The Pawn Shop brunch – Loco Ono and the Pawn Shop team up every month to do a Hawaiin themed pop-up brunch. I tried it last month and really enjoyed the food.
  4. Chef’s Playground Eatery– I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while and finally had the chance to try their brunch. The food was good and at a good price!

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February in Photos

I can’t believe it is March already! For me, February was filled with celebrations and a lot of food. February was an eventful month and I’m looking forward to spring and spending more time outdoors in March.

I apologize in advanced for some of the iPhone quality photos, but here is my February in photos:

Dine Out Vancouver

This year for Dine Out Vancouver, I only managed to go to two restaurants: Notch 8 and Black and Blue. I enjoyed both restaurants but preferred Notch 8’s menu more. I’m hoping to try more restaurants next year!

Notch 8 Dine Out Vancouver 2018
Notch 8 Dine Out Vancouver 2018
Black and Blue Dine Out Vancouver
Black and Blue Dine Out Vancouver 2018

Hot Chocolate Festival

I was really excited for this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival because many of the participants were serving up white hot chocolate. I love anything white chocolate, especially white hot chocolate.

I didn’t realize that all the hot chocolates I tried this year were all white hot chocolate until the festival was over. I’ll have to have a variety of hot chocolates next year!

Hot Chocolate Festival 2018

From left to right, going clockwise:

  • Bel Cafe – “Pretty in Pink”: Valrhona Ivorie white chocolate with rose oil and vanilla.
    Paired with a raspberry macaron.
  • Butter Baked Goods – “Birthday Wises”: White chocolate Birthday Cake hot chocolate, topped with pink-tinted, vanilla whipped cream and a mini slice of birthday cake.
  • Bella Gelateria– “El Dorado”: white chocolate caramelized until golden, paired with a sweet and salty dulce de leche-flavoured shortbread.
  • Thomas Haas – “In the Land of the Rising Sun”: Matcha white hot chocolate,
    served with candied kumquat and matcha shortbread

My favourite hot chocolate this year was the matcha white hot chocolate from Thomas Haas.

Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day

Diva at the Met Valentine's day dinner

I’m not really big of Valentine’s day because I think that it’s too much of a commercial holiday and that everyday day should be Valentine’s day. I didn’t do anything with my boyfriend last year but we decided to do something this year.

We went to Diva at the Met and for Valentine’s day, they were serving a set 4-course menu. The menu included lobster bisque, seasame crusted tuna,crispy pork belly, beef tenderloin and chocolate praline bar. The food was really good, and the service and ambiance was great as well.

Galentine's 2018

Every year, my friends and I do something for Galentine’s day. This year we decided to have a brunch at my friend Nora’s house. It was a potluck brunch and I brought homemade Belgian waffles. We had a great time eating brunch, drinking mimosa’s and celebrating our friendship.

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La Forêt Bakery & Coffee

La Forêt Bakery and Coffee is located in Burnaby near Metrotown, serving up espresso drinks, pastries, waffles, brunch and more. The decor can be described as airy, industrial-chic and filled with plants.

Back in January I finally made my way to La Forêt after seeing so many Instagram posts on it.

The decor at La Forêt is simply amazing. The general layout of the place is inviting and I like how the plants and lighting fixtures give the place character. It’s a great space to study or to catch up with friends.

La Foret Bakery

La Foret Bakery

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Bobby Sox 50’s Diner: Retro Diner in Maple Ridge

 

Bobby Sox 50's Diner: Diner in Maple Ridge
Enjoying a milkshake from Bobby Sox 50’s Diner

Bobby Sox 50’s Diner is a retro-style diner in Maple Ridge. I love the retro decor at Bobby Sox’s; the leopard printed chairs, red upholstered booth seats, and diner memorabilia gives it an eclectic 50’s vibe.

Maple Ridge Diner: Bobby Sox 50's Diner

Bobby Sox 50's Diner in Maple Ridge
Bobby Sox 50’s Diner interior

I rarely go to Maple Ridge but I stumbled upon this place on my way to the Tulip Festival in Abbotsford. I have a soft spot for diners because my first job was waitressing at my uncle’s diner, so naturally I wanted to try Bobby Sox 50’s diner.

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