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Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter In The Shops

Is Easter turning into a commercialized occasion like Christmas or have I never noticed it that bad?

I guess retailers are searching for any reason to drive traffic to their stores and why not make a bigger deal out of Easter? It is a great filler between Valentine and Mother's Day.

A sampler of what's going on out there this Easter starts with Whole Foods - that egg is the size of a 7 year old. Wonder if it is made of chocolate.

Add to this a selection of sweets and endless felt rabbits running around and you sure get into the spirit of Easter.


London Drugs is the more practical Easter goodies retailer.

Endless selection of chocolates, eggs decorations and other Easter goodies at the best price in the city (most under a toonie).

And while Welk's is not selling chocolates or Easter sweets, their planter selection was very Easter inspired.

(and the seedlings will grow happy with all those colours surrounding them).

But no one can beat the elegance of Chocolate Art's Easter.

Now let's imagine the world if all this money on Easter goodies went to the poor and hungry? Ponder that while I enjoy my chocolates.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wacky Blog Post

I tried Chongqing restaurant's downtown location few years ago (Read A New Downtown Lunch Discovery). 

So when I was invited for lunch to their Burnaby location, I was very excited about having their food again.

We put in a lovely order and waited watching the fancy lighting above us.

We were waiting for three dishes when the hot and sour soup arrived looking so exotic. That's when I decided to do my pictures differently and  focus on what's on the plate as opposed to a plate shot.

The picture of the hot and sour soup below gives you the idea. 

At that moment, iPhone battery died. As an unreliable blogger, I did not have my camera with me. 

So my readers, I blame it on being Wacky Thursday. Enjoy the picture and the non story blog post. Sorry


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Using My Gifts

I am not talking about gifts I was born with, but the gift of having friends who gift me beautiful surprises. You know who you are and I am very thankful for your beautiful gifts.


All the way from France, a  thoughtful jar.

It adds flavour without strong salty taste.

I tried it on green beans and it just brought a unique taste out of the vegetables that was extremely refined.

Another thoughtful gift from closer to home is JB's Saskatchewan Steak seasoning.

Rumour has it that people come from all over the world to buy this spice mix. Having tried it, I can see why - it is unique.

It is not spicy, hot, lemony, but a unique mixture of salts and peppers' tastes to bring out the most of your meat.

With lent ending soon, I restrained from trying it with meat, but sprinkled it on fish before grilling. Nice, but too strong for fish.
 

I hear it is best with lamb. Soon....

 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Plane-Road Trip - The Views Beat The Food

Lunch was not the most impressive, but teaches me to order fish and chips in the middle of the mountains surrounded by cattle.

The views, on the other hand, were breathtaking.




Monday, 14 April 2014

A Plane-Road Trip - The Kicking Ass Coffee

After trying Kicking Horse Coffee two months ago (Read Snowy Monday), I wrote "Just imagine how exceptional this experience is if I drank a professionally prepared cup at their Invermere Café. Hmmm, an adventure in the making....". 


And here I am, standing right in front of the Kicking Horse Café in Invermere, excited about trying this amazing coffee made properly right next to where the coffee is roasted and packed - the ultimate freshness.

A unique offer at the café was a Canadiano. 

A no brainer, that is what I am going to try.

Perfect brew, dark, flavourful and strong as our ancestors populating the Rockies.

But as a coffee rookie, the Canadiano took me on a trip of excitement, happiness and mind-sharpness that lasted almost the full day.

It was all worth it. And I am so glad I can now buy Kicking Horse Coffee in almost all Lower Mainland stores (it is cheapest at No Frills and goes on sale regularly at London Drugs).

And the options are endless where you can choose your blend by what's in it, or how appealing the blend name is to you (I am a Half Ass kind of guy, but Kick Ass will impress any hard core coffee drinker anywhere).


At the end of the day I am not sure which was the highlight of the trip, the Kicking Horse Coffee or the scenery - both are exceptional experiences.


Kicking Horse Café
491 Arrow Road
Invermere, BC

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Plane-Road Trip - The Dinner

Wow, you land and you forget all your tensions with such views. 


And those views follow you for an hour and a half drive to Invermere, a town in the Rockies with less than 4000 inhabitants but lots to see.

Hanging out at Elements, an exceptional bottle of 2008 Nichol Syrah and views all around sure gets your appetite going.

A house salad of greens was a perfect start of the meal.

Fresh, tasty, perfect dressing and a portion three times the size of starter salads in Vancouver was thoroughly enjoyed.


As  for dinner, and highly recommended by previous guests and our lovely waitress, was the steak platter. Yes, it is lent, but I am almost in Alberta with not many lent-friendly menu items. This was a good plate and a good dinner. Good night.


Elements Grill
760 Cooper Road
Inveremere, BC

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

My Dear Lovely Neighbour Strikes Again


A beautiful simple lent-appropriate spread you served my dear lovely neighbour.

A flavourful dahl.

Freshly made Indian rotis.

Add to that grilled sweet peppers and cucumbers and a delicious, simple, healthy, and fun dinner is served.


Thank you my always creative, generous dear lovely neighbour!