Have you ever had Vietnamese and Mexican fusion food in Vancouver?
I didn’t know such cuisine existed until I stumbled upon VietMex in downtown Vancouver.
VietMex–formerly Saigon Venture restaurant–is located on Burrard Street between Drake and Pacific Street, just before you get onto the Burrad Street Bridge. I read on Yelp that the former owner sold the restaurant, but she still works in the kitchen.
From their website, they write “Vietmex Cuisine is your destination for Vietnamese and Mexican Cuisine. Located in downtown Vancouver, we offer a delicious fusion of Vietnamese meets Mexican dishes“.
They serve standard Vietnamese restaurant offerings including pho, banh mi, rice and vermicelli dishes. They have a combo that comes with a soup, 2 tacos and a pop for $12.50.
Their Mexican offerings are limited to just tacos. They have five kinds: pollo, carnitas, lemongrass chicken, beans and cheese, and beef.
They have a good selection of noodle soup including the vegetarian and seafood options.
They also renovated their interior. It is much brighter and cleaner looking than before.
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 andsausage 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.
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.
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
Continue reading to see what else I did in Kamloops!
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:
From left going clockwise:
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!
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.
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.
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!
Read more to find out which cafes I visited and what else I did in March!
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.
Cafe De L’orangerie is a friendly cafe nestled in Vancouver’s Marpole area that serves Japanese-style French food. Their menu is made up of popular Japanese dishes such as chicken karaage, spicy tuna sashimi and Japanese curry in addition to Japanese fusion dishes such as Hayashi rice and Doria. They also serve classic coffee, espresso and tea based drinks you would find in a cafe and delicious looking desserts. Cafe De L’orangerie’s menu reminds me Marulilu Cafe’s menu and I really enjoy this style of Japanese fusion cuisine.
This place has been on my list of places to try out for a while, so I already knew what I wanted before I even got to the restaurant. Find out what we ordered below!
I love waffles; they’re one of my top foods but I don’t eat them as often anymore because I’ve been trying to eat healthier. The struggle is real when you love food but you also want to be healthier.
I came across the Kodiak Power Cakes at Costco and I was drawn to the high protein and whole grain ingredients in the product. I checked the ingredient list and it looked promising with ingredients such as whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, protein powder and dried honey as the sweetener. A chance to easily have high protein and low sugar waffles– I was sold!
There are 3 recipe options with varying levels of protein. You can use the mix to make waffles, pancakes, and muffins. Alternatively, the website says that you can be used as a healthy alternative in baking by substituting 1 cup flour with 1 cup Kodiak Cakes Mix and omit salt and baking powder.
Continuing reading to see how which option I used and how they turned out!
My classmates and I came to Dinesty Dumpling House (Richmond No.3 Rd location) on a Friday night to satisfy our soup dumpling craving. The restaurant was packed but luckily for us, we made a reservation so we were seated immediately. I’d recommend making a reservation on weekends as the restaurant gets quite busy.