Happy Chinese New Year!

Hope everyone’s enjoying their family dinners (either tonight or tomorrow night) [呵呵]

[蛇年快樂] [大紅燈籠] [发紅包] [放鞭炮] [mtjj拜年] [din推撞]

Will you be getting lots of red pocket money ? [過年啦] :D

Alert! National Pancake Day at IHOP = Free Pancakes

In case you didn’t know already IHOP will be serving a free short stack of pancakes all day today in support of the Children’s Miracle Network! IHOP is hoping to raise $3 million this year. There is still time left to drop by and grab some! I love their red velvet pancakes but too bad those aren’t free! Unfortunately I won’t be able to go today. =(

What’s your favourite pancake joint? :)

IHOP pancakes

My Motto: WTF

How very appropriate. My Foodie Apprentice decided to make me a gif of my newly minted motto: WTF (Where’s the Food).

I live for decadent desserts and exotic food. That’s not too much to ask for, is it? ;)

Kyung Bok Palace

My friends and I were trying to organize a Christmas dinner and we somehow ended up choosing Kyung Bok Palace for all you can eat Korean BBQ. Not my number 1 location for dinner but I went along with it. The restaurant is quite big and we had a reservation for 14 people originally but we ended up having to have two tables. We were hoping to have one big round one instead but that didn’t seem to be an option. For all you can eat there are two options, either the Lite menu or the Deluxe menu. Since the Deluxe menu just included some sushi roll options, we went for the Lite menu which was also $4 cheaper. And we all know that the sushi would be substandard anyway. With all the amazing sushi options in Vancouver, it’s probably not worth it.

IMAG0257Side dishes. I think the pickled radishes could have been more… pickled. They didn’t really have much flavour. Same with the bean sprouts.

IMAG0258Spicy rice cakes. I don’t have much experience with these but the spicy sauce was sorta generic? I don’t know what I was expecting… The rice cakes themselves were quite chewy which I liked.

IMAG0260Pork bone soup. This actually tasted quite good, it was mildly spicy but salty enough. There was actually really soft meat falling off the bone. There was also japchae (glass noodles) but I forgot to take a picture.

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The meat! Our favourite was the marinated tender beef.  It was definitely very tender. The meat selection was limited to pork shoulder butt, fresh pork belly, marinated chicken, and pork sirloin. All for $17.95.

Ok so it was pretty typical for Korean BBQ aka we just ate a lot of meat.

~Chubbybunny077

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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow . . .

Well, it finally snowed pretty hard in Vancouver. As usual, Vancouverites freaked out – even UBC had to close! It is indeed a rare occurrence just because at the other school (the one on the mountain), it’s really nothing :P

The snow – although it has become slushy makes me want to make some yummy, decadent hot chocolate!

Because

 

Happy Holidays!

From,

Chubbybunny…’s friend

 

 

Study break: Shortbread Cookies

In between studying for exams, I got bored and decided to do some baking instead. I was interested in shortbread cookies recently and I found a super easy recipe on allrecipes.com! This is the EASIEST recipe ever. There are only 3 steps and 4 ingredients! It really doesn’t get easier than that. Ok I purposely picked the easiest recipe, it’s harder to go wrong with that right?

PS. I halved the recipe and still had nearly two dozen cookies so beware if you want to try this yourself! The proportions on the recipe aren’t correct.

What I Learned:

1. Make sure your butter is softened first so it creams better and then your dough will be less crumbly.

2. Try to make them all the same size! Ok that was pretty obvious but I still had trouble doing it when I was rolling out the dough multiple times the thickness varied…

3. Take them out of the oven a bit earlier! Mine started browning a bit on the bottom :( Nonetheless, still tasty and melted in your mouth!

IMAG0214Baking in the oven!

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IMAG0215The finished products! Ignore the ugly one in the middle, that was made with the leftover dough hehe

 

 

QOTD

“At some point you will realize that you have done too much for someone, that the only next possible step to do is to stop. Leave them alone. Walk away. It’s not like you’re giving up, and it’s not like you shouldn’t try. It’s just that you have to draw the line of determination from desperation. what is truly yours will eventually be yours, and what is not, no matter how hard you try, will never be.”

T-shirt Design Contest for the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project

Movember is the month for men to grow their moustaches in support of prostate cancer research. However there are also many other ways that we can raise awareness for prostate cancer support prostate cancer research.

Each year over 32,000 men die of prostate cancer and it is the most common cancer in men. The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP) is trying to encourage prevention by getting men to use Prostate Tracker, a free online service that lets you track your PSA test results. It is more focused on prevention and early detection as opposed to raising money for research.

“The PSA [prostate-specific antigen] test is a blood test that measures the amount of PSA in the blood.  PSA is produced by the prostate and is normally present in a man’s blood in small amounts.  An elevated PSA level may be an indication that cancer is present.  ” -Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ontario

Currently PCAP is trying to raise awareness through their t-shirt design contest. First prize is a $100 gift card to a business of your choice! Details can be found here on our Facebook event page.

As a social media and marketing intern for PCAP, I would like to take this opportunity to shamelessly promote our contest! So please tell all your friends and budding t-shirt designers about Prostate Tracker and our contest! Check out the PCAP website for more ways to get involved and like us on Facebook for more prostate cancer related news.

Thanks!

中秋節快樂!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Whether you enjoy eating mooncakes or not, there are quite a few fancy schmancy mooncakes for you to take a look at.

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and well, some unconventional ones too… which may be too explicit for this blog so feel free to click on the sources

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— Camélia