Thursday, October 27, 2011

surely goodness and mercy shall follow I

Saturday wrap up!

I cant remember the last saturday I woke up at 6am unless I was travelling somewhere.  Well this saturday, I woke up at 6am so Ignacio and I could go to enjoy the Starlight free movies at Cineplex metrotown.  The majority of them were kids movies, but Nachito decided we should check out the Green Lantern since it was free and neither one of us had seen it.  For those who havent seen it, it's alot of Ryan Reynolds abs.

After some 9am popcorn, london fogs and cafe mistos, we were searching for some halloween outfits.  For years I have wanted a zebra or giraffe onesie.  I dont know why they cant just make them for adults.  They only ever have them for toddlers.  Is it that hard to find a warm fuzzy zip up animal outfit for adults that isnt slutty?

I also couldnt help but notice the aisles of unique soda at Winners...

.. and even a bollywood cookbook.

After fun times with Nacho, I met up with Ariele & crew for Antons and the Fright Night ghost train at Stanley Park.

Holy lineup for Antons.  We literally waited over an hour to get a table.  I dont even wait in lines at clubs, so I was thinking this better be worth it for me to wait in line for food.

Talk about massive food.  I couldn't even eat 1/3rd of my dish.

I ordered the Fusilli New Orleans for $16.50 - scallops, prawns, chicken, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms in a spicy cajun sauce.  This dish could seriously feed 3 people.  Now I can see why people wait in line.  The pasta isn't as good as places like Q4, but for the portion, Antons probably has the most massive in the city.

Ariele went with the Penne Alla Greca $15.50 - artichokes, sun dried tomatoes & feta in a garlic white wine sauce.  The feta in this dish was soo good!

Rich went with the Penne Bombay $16.50 - prawns & shrimp in a light curry & cilantro sauce.  I tried this and it tasted more creamy then I thought it would.

Afterwards, we headed off to Stanley Park to meet up with a few others for the ghost train and other spooky activities!  I had never been on it before, & luckilly we caught the last 1030 train.  As cheesy as I thought this would be, I have to admit that I actually screamed.  One of the characters, "Bird Man", sneaked up on us and almost everyone in our party freaked out.  There were lots of halloween-esque characters.  I'm really looking forward to the Christmas train now!

Here I Come - Dennis Brown

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Roll me in designer sheets, I'll never get enough

Tequila kills the cold

I have had the most brutal cold since monday.  Well thankfully I feel like it's almost gone now!  As much as I'd like to thank buckleys and Meric for curing my cold, I'll stick with the tequila from Las Margaritas :)

I had a dinner date with my mom and we started off with a pitcher of some strawberry peach margaritas with sauza silver.

Had some complimentary chips and salsa

And we shared our gluten free entrees, which we couldn't even finish.

We had the vegetarian fajitas for $14.25 and the Enchilada Verde for $14.50.  Both dishes were amazing as always.  I think I'm hooked on their green tomatillo sauce now!

Blondie - Call Me

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'll be there when you need me

Weekly wrap up post!

Hope everyone had an amazing week!  It was sunny the majority of the week, so I made the most out of it.  I wore my amazing new suede boots as often as I could, since I know rain is on its way.  I also did my weekly seawall stroll, and saw 4 otters!  The last time I saw an otter on the seawall, was when Sadik and I had our first date.  They even crawled out of the ocean, climbed up the side of the seawall and went into a drainage hole.

I got invited to the media event at LIFT for the ipad launch party, and brought my girlfriend Hannah.  I had an amazing time.  Martin & Steve were amazing hosts, and provided an informative presentation on the ipad.  LIFT is the first restaurant in Vancouver to switch from paper menus to the ipad.  I think it's amazing because now all the dishes have images, nutritional information, allergy indications, and suggested wine pairings.

Some pictures of the complimentary appetizers I tried.  They also had some lamb & lobster, and crabcake tapas.

Martin, the VP of Operations and myself.

I also had a girls night with Smokey, my favorite bartender.  Good times, jamming to all our favorite high school r&b jams.

She couldn't open our first bottle of wine, but she got the second one open :)

I wrapped up my weekend at my favorite brunch spot, Monk McQueens.  I was so excited that they now have a brunch buffet, and at a super cheap price of only $15!!  They had a great selection, and there was way too much food for me to try.  I loved the cheese & fruit selection, couscous salad, and their famous banana bread french toast!!  Times like this I wish I was one of those people with massive appetites as there were so many things I didn't try.  Just means I have to go back for the next brunch buffet!

Tyrese - Sweet Lady

Saturday, October 8, 2011

i can't be there with you, but i can dream

My bro's last dinner in Vancouver

Who would of thought you would take someone who hates seafood to the Salmon House.  Well since they don't just have seafood, I knew Bryan would like it.  One of my brothers friends since childhood, John, joined us for dinner too.

Mom - "Bryan, lets take a nice picture".  Bryan "One with faces!"

Bryan and John were not expecting the bread to come with pureed white bean spread, which was not really in their simple palate, which meant more for me.  Normally I don't really eat complimentary bread, but I had skipped lunch and was starving.

The Salmon House has a 3 course deal going on for the month of October for $29 that everyone except for John ordered from.

My mom and I each started with the manhattan seafood chowder.  I was craving something like soup or chowder all day, so it didn't really matter to me what else was offered on the menu for an appy, as long as they had a soup like dish that didn't have meat.

My bro went with the caseser salad, which was a given since the other 2 dishes had seafood, and he's obsessed with caeser salads.

John ordered off their regular menu and got the Smoked Sockeye Salmon Wrapped Scallops - Asparagus Salad, Wonton Crisp, Orange Coffee Vinaigrette $15.00.  Those looked really good!

For my main I went with the alderwood grilled seafood risotto with wild salmon, halibut and prawns, baby vegetable saute and honey lemon sauce.  I loved this dish, and even though you can't see it, there was a pretty large portion of risotto barried underneath my seafood.

My mom went with the gluten free version of the rib eye steak with bacon mashed potatoes, sweet corn and black bean salsa and peppercorn jus.

My bro got the same dish but with the onion rings.

John ordered their Steamed Dungeness Crab - Saute of Haricot Vert & Cashews, Chilies & Shallot, Roasted Garlic Butter Sauce $50.

For dessert everyone except my mom got the pumpkin new york cheesecake with apple and rhubarb compote and white chocolate sauce.  The compote was more bitter than sweet, which balanced out the dish from the sweetness of the white chocolate.

It was good to have one last family dinner at an amazing restaurant with a fantastic view.

See you in 5 months Bry!!

Frank Ocean - There Will Be Tears