Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gotta Stack 'Em All! Pick Up Your Tsumtsum & Pokemon Mashup Tshirt!

Yes, you heard right! My sister and I created adorable Disney Tsumtsum and Pokemon mashup designs and are selling shirts on Threadless! There is the main design and also individual Poketsums to choose from. There are tons of colours and styles to choose from and are available in men, women and children sizes. We would love it if you would support our designs and pick up an shirt or two! Get your shirt here.



Friday, September 02, 2016

VCC The Chef's Table Pop-Up Restaurant is Back! #VCCchefstable

The VCC Chef's Table is back with this pop-up restaurant happening at the VCC Broadway campus. VCC's International Culinary Arts students will be preparing a delicious five-course set menu which changes every two weeks. The meal is only $30 or $45 with local wine pairings.

Tuna cannelloni with side stripe prawns, cucumber, avocado, truffle soy sauce.
Grilled octopus with chorizo, navy bean, olive, bell pepper, salsa romesco.
Foie gras and duck confit with dehydrated beets.
Venison with oxtail jam, pomme dauphine, carrot, cipollini onions.
White chocolate mousse, compressed strawberries, lemon ice cream and coconut crisp.
Each dish was a work of art and so delicious! Reservations can be made at thechefstable@vcc.ca.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Funko Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Subscription Box - Jabba's Palace [July 2016 Unboxing]

The July 2016 Funko Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Box is here! I received it quite late because I cancelled my subscription and on the very last day, when I saw the countdown clock, I changed my mind and re-subscribed! The theme this month was Jabba's Palace; Funko advertised this as the largest box they have released for Smuggler's Bounty. I probably should have heeded the warnings from subscribers of the Marvel Collector Corps - bigger isn't necessarily better (I'm looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy Box).

Anyway, here's a look at what we received this month. Jabba the Hutt is featured on the front of the box.


A patch and a pin are guaranteed in each box. For the patch, we get Boussh, who is actually Leia in disguise when she goes to Jabba's Palace to rescue Han from his carbonite prison.


The pin features a Gamorrean guard - he's the one that gets eaten by the Rancor!


We get another Funko Pop! Home item - a Jabba mug! I'm not a big fan of the Funko mugs due to the odd shapes of them; it makes them really hard to drink from or to store in the cupboard. I definitely don't want to be using a Jabba mug, but my friend said I can use it to hold snacks and use it as a reminder to myself not to eat too much in case I turn into Jabba the Hutt!


Funko introduced a new line in this box - Pop Tops. They are snapback caps and unfortunately I don't look good in them! This one has C3PO on it - Programmed for Etiquette.



Another new line they debuted in this month's box are Funko Plush. Very similar to their Mopeez line, it's just a plush toy with a bean bag bottom so they can sit upright. We get Boba Fett this month, though I think it would have fit last month's box better (Bounty Hunter theme).


We get one Funko Pop - R2-D2 when he has to serve drinks on Jabba's Skiff. It has a similar mold as other R2-D2 pops with an addition of a drink tray on top. I think a lot of fans were expecting Han Solo in carbonite and not a re-make of R2-D2.


I wasn't that big of fan of the items in this box and I wish I didn't re-subscribe! I blame it on a surprise addiction. :P


The Smuggler's Bounty box is available in Canada and the US only and ships out every other month. The cost of the box is $25 usd + $14 shipping to Canada ($7 shipping in the US), with a guaranteed value of $50. The September theme is Death Star.

Check out the Funko Smuggler's Bounty if you want to subscribe to your own box! You have until September 15, 2016 to get your order in for the next one!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

1Up Box Subscription Box - Survival [June 2016 Unboxing]

1Up Box released a $5 off coupon in the last week of June, so I decided to go ahead and order! I can never resist a good discount! The theme for June 2016 was Survival and they promised a Funko Pop vinyl figure.

I thought the contents were a bit sparse this time, and probably because they had to spend more money to include a Funko Pop. There were four Pops available from the video game Bioshock Infinite. I don't play the game so I'm unfamiliar with the characters; I was glad I didn't receive something creepy like a zombie from The Walking Dead though! I got Booker DeWitt - unfortunately, my sister who is a fan, already purchased this one!


The remaining contents were all filler items: a Jurassic Park sticker, a 1Up Box exclusive Daryl Dixon vest key cover, a Vault Boy keychain and the June 2016 Survival button.


The t-shirt was a black Gildan shirt with a mashup between Jurassic Park and The Walking Dead.


The July theme is Squad and will contain a Funko Pop again! There definitely will be items from Suicide Squad. Sign up for the 1Up Box here.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Funko Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Subscription Box - Bounty Hunter [May 2016 Unboxing]

I forgot to cancel my subscription to Funko's Smuggler's Bounty so here is the May 2016 box! The theme was Bounty Hunter and once I received the box, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed! The box comes with Boba Fett on the front.


Once you open up the box, you see the patch and pin. There is a Bounty Hunters Boba Fett iron-on patch. I love this! We also receive a Bossk pin. 



Unfortunately we don't get a cute Funko Pop shirt this month again. Instead I got a navy blue tshirt that features a bunch of bounty hunters. It's pretty neat!


We got two Funko Pops again! One is a new mold of Boba Fett blasting off with his jetpack.


Here is a closer look. The details are pretty amazing.


The other is bounty hunter IG-88. I actually really like the look of this!


He holds two blasters.


I thought this box was a little sparse on items; usually there is one more filler item such as a lanyard or pen.


The Smuggler's Bounty box is available in Canada and the US only and ships out every other month. The cost of the box is $25 usd + $14 shipping to Canada ($7 shipping in the US), with a guaranteed value of $50. The July theme is Jabba's Palace.

Check out the Funko Smuggler's Bounty if you want to subscribe to your own box! You have until July 15, 2016 to get your order in for the next one!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Lobby at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

J and I headed down to North Vancouver over the weekend; we are rarely in the area, and with so many new restaurants to try, we decided to have dinner at The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier. We were sticking to a a seafood theme for the day.

Signature crab cakes with frisée, orange segments, bell peppers, and edamame salad with mango citrus vinaigrette. These were absolutely delicious and made with lots of crab!


Ahi tuna tataki with togarashi spice, cucumber, edamame, beet curls, carrot, arugula, spinach and cilantro with ginger orange soy reduction. The dressing on the salad was so good.


Prawn and scallops on a bed of fresh herb risotto, daily vegetables and citrus butter sauce. Though there were only 2 scallops on the dish, they were huge and so sweet. The risotto was very rich, the citrus butter was great and parsnips were included as the seasonal vegetable; it was the first time I tried parsnips and I think I'm hooked.


Of course we had to order some surf and turf - filet and Atlantic lobster with sautéed fingerling potatoes, daily vegetables and citrus butter and Cabernet demi-glace.


The food was absolutely delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection and I will definitely be back if I'm in the area again. I plan on visiting the sister restaurant, Pier 7, next week!

Monday, May 16, 2016

3rd Annual Halibut Festival at The Fresh St. Market

The 3rd annual Halibut Festival happened yesterday at The Fresh St. Market in West Vancouver. Over 10,000 pounds of halibut was brought in from the boat and sold in stores. Outside, a BBQ station was set up with staff flipping halibut burgers. For only $5, you got a delicious halibut burger and a drink, with proceeds going to the JGL Foundation for cerebral palsy.






Follow Fresh St. Market to find out when their next event is!