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.

Continue reading to see what else I celebrated in February!

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Cafe De L’orangerie : Japanese-Style French Food in Vancouver

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!

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Dinesty Dumpling House

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.

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