Gradinner at HK BBQ Master, British Columbi

“Where would you like to eat?” That was Matt’s blank check for his grad dinner; he didn’t want to “flex” in a “bougie” place that would be “so extra.” Instead, he chose this restaurant whose main entrance is via a parking lot. Manila paper with brown tape lined the walls behind our plastic table with…

Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord For young mothers, may You bless them with wisdom, patience, and energy in raising their children. . . For our own mothers and mother figures who have raised, mentored, encouraged, and cared for us; may You reward them with great joy, blessings, and reassurance even as they navigate their sunset years. . For…

Sakaimachi-dori Street and Otaru Canal

Otaru is a charming little harbor city less than a half hour by train from Sapporo; in light of this, it has become a “bedroom community” or commuter town wherein people live here while working in the now more-crowded ( and more pricey) urban center of Sapporo.  Preserved historical buildings throughout this city has given…

Pizza Is Love

Because now everyday is Valentine’s Day, a pizza date at the corner sans traffic gives me joy. In my blinder years I might have minded but I am starting to learn to be grateful for what’s there and not grumble about what’s not, be content in every situation, not insist on my own way and…

Best Fruit-filled Mochi in Osaka

At Hankyu Department Store’s Food Hall, there’s a fresh-fruit filled mochi called ISHINDO MOCHI. It features only in-season fruits as filling. It is so fresh with no preservatives that it is recommended to be eaten on the same day. If you will buy it for takeaway, they will provide you with mini ice packets to…

Gluten Free Desserts at Usagi Sweets, Vancouver

Usagi Sweets on Oak Street is run by Moeno and her Japanese mother who used to have another commercial kitchen at another location previously. The treats at the bottom shelf are gluten-free.  The round cupcake-shaped desserts have a chewy texture and they are not too sweet. My favorite dessert among the selection I tried is the…

Elysian Coffee and Ernest Ice Cream, Vancouver

There’s some good coffee across St. Paul Hospital’s Lights of Hope, downtown Vancouver. It’s Elysian Coffee on Burrard and Helmcken They also have Vancouver’s famous Ernest Ice Cream but be warned, it comes in a recyclable one pint size only.  For a green effort to encourage recycling, if you bring the jar back, you get $1 off…

Guo Pei: New Level of Chinese Couture, Vancouver Art Gallery

After Rihanna wore a showstopping 55-lb. yellow fur-trimmed, gold-spun gown with a 16-foot train to the 2015 Met Gala, the creator of the majestic dress, Chinese couturier, Guo Pei (kwo pay) rose to international fame. Guo Pei’s designs are distinctly intricate hand-stitched masterpieces showcasing Chinese artisanal embroidery, beading, and overall craftsmanship using silks, crystals, gems, pearls,…

More Raisu

A simple meal together with people you love is a sweet grace. Sharing is caring not just with food but with hearts and lives. The Truffle Corn and Brussels sprouts Karate, Snow Crab and Uni Cream Udon, AAA Canadian Tenderloin Roast Beef with Uni and Ikura, Grilled Fish, Hamburg were all delicious.  I ordered another…

Raisu, Vancouver

You might miss the entrance if you weren’t looking for the address because the frontage Noren (Japanese curtain) is understated. (It’s beside the Apple Farm Market across Safeway). From the same food group that gives you Suika, Raisu (Japanese word for “rice”) serves delicious Japanese food in the reliable authentic flavors but in tapas style…

Bacio Rosso

Bacio Rosso is dubbed as “Canada’s first Gourmet Cabaret Cirque.”   I loved the way an overall theme strung the different acts which seamlessly flowed from one to another. For example, before dinner was served, servers were joined by kitchen staff in setting up and managing logistics or stage props among the audience. There are…

Las Casas Quezon City

One-of-a-kind Filipino setting for Christmas dinner catching up with lovely friends. Loved my new favourites— prawn-stuffed egg, beef tenderloin with rosemary, baked halibut, mackerel pasta, fresh grape juice, and churros con chocolate [perfectly crisp outside and soft inside] at Las Casas by Chef @margaritafores. Exquisite artistic details in the natural wood marquetry, inlaid tile mosaics…

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

VanDusen Garden is a sight to behold!  Named after Canadian lumberman and philanropist, Whitford Julian VanDusen, it is one of five parks in the posh Shaughnessy neighbourhood, occupying a parcel of the old Shaughnessy Golf Course. The man who designed the garden, R. Roy Forster, was given the second highest honor for merit, the Order…

Amasake Chaya, Hakone’s Last Edo Period Teahouse

Tradition. History. Culture. Food. Drink. Nature. Tale of the Faithful 47 Ronin: Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check! They come together in this 400 year-old thatch-roofed countryside teahouse set amidst the lush mountains of Hakone. To facilitate travel, the town of Hakone— famous for its year-round stunning natural scenery, hot springs, and expansive options…