Friday, October 17, 2014

Jordan 12 (personal collection) complete

I don't buy every colourway for a model that I like. To me, not every colourway pops off for me. For example, I love the Jordan 4 model but I will never get the DB 4s because I don't see myself wearing them. My days of hoarding shoes are over; I only buy knowing that I will wear them. I always like the Jordan 12 model, and I regret not buying the Flu Game and Rising Sun when they sat in stores for weeks. I was lucky enough to find the Rising Sun (with the banned insoles), Flu Game and Cherry for a steal. I couldn't let this deal slip through my fingers. My Jordan 12 set is complete.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nike SB x Jordan 1 Lance Mountain Complete

When the first set of pictures emerged for the second collaboration between Nike SB and Jordan, I thought it was genius. This concept would focus people to wear their sneakers. The more the sneakers were worn, the more define they become by giving it personality and character. I knew I had to get both pairs. On release date, both pairs sold out instantly, and only a limited stock were available locally which involved a raffle. I was out of luck on both ends. This was a difficult shoe to source, especially for a decent price, but patience was the key. I ended up copping up both pairs for a good price ( in my opinion ) and it was way lower than what people were asking for at Sole Exchange. Remember there is a difference in asking price and buying price. You can make any amount as your asking price, but the true value of the shoe will show in the buying price. Don't believe in the hype, buy and wear what you like.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Jordan 3 Flip Complete

I originally had the Jordan 3 Black Flips and never knew that a white version existed. It wasn't until shortly after the purchase of the Black Flips that I found out. Ever since then, I was on a hunt for White Flips, but I wasn't in a rush. I had other shoes to think about. Then the right pair came along with a price that I couldn't walk away from. My Jordan 3 Flip series is complete =)

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lunch at Tea Wok (Thumbs DOWN!!!)

There is one thing in this world that I hate the most, and that is paying for food that tastes horrible. The initial plan was to go to Goyza Bar + Ramen, but they were too packed and the wait for a table of five would've taken too long. We wandered around for a bit and stumbled upon Tea Wok. I had a bad vibe about this place and quickly did a search on Urbanspoon to confirm my suspicions. We went in regardless of what I thought. This restaurant looked like any other typical bubble tea house or Taiwanese restaurant. The restaurant was quickly filling up, and we were able to put in our order before the rush. Even though, we thought we had the advantage, our food still came a bit late. I ordered the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and Deep Fried Chicken Nugget. The noodle itself was good. The soup was unimpressive, even though it is their staple dish (Their famous three spice chicken was a failure as well). I was expecting a much bolder and richer flavor. I could hardly taste the depth of the soup. It tasted like beef stock but watered down. Maybe they did prepare the meal correctly and watered it down or messed up the stock from the start. I should also add that the MSG was heavy on all their dishes. The beef used in this dish is, usually, more of a brisket or close to the belly. What I think I got was near the butt / roast. It was soft, but there were cartilage and fat wrapped within the beef. It was fatty and displeasing. The fried chicken was not fried to a crisp. It had no crunch to it. The chicken was a bit dried out. The seasoning was not heavy enough, so it tasted bland, but at least, it wasn't soggy. Just a reminder, we had a table for five and when we asked for the bill they told us that they couldn't split the bill five ways, which was weird. Four was the maximum times they can split the bill. I have never heard anyone say that. If so, why didn't they just bill us separately from the beginning. That's a huge flaw in their service / POS system. We tried to split the bill into cash and debit cards, but even that was a hassle. I will not be coming here again; the food is unattractive, and the billing system made no sense.

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* Tea Wok *
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* Deep Fried Chicken Nugget *
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* Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup *
Tea Wok on Urbanspoon

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In-N-Out Burger at Langley Good Times Cruise In

It's that time again, In-N-Out Burger at Langley Good Times Cruise In. My once a year pilgrimage to the burger gods. I left my house earlier than usual to beat the rush; It still wasn't enough to beat the crowd. Apparently there were people waiting since 6 or 8 in the morning. The hype was real. When Maria and I got there, I saw a short line and thought this wouldn't take long. Unfortunately, the line was to buy tickets for the burgers. I have never seen a line up for buying tickets; This was a first. I lined up for the tickets while Maria was lined up for the burgers. It had taken forty-five minutes before I got my tickets and another three and half hours before we got our burgers. We were in line for fours hours just for In-N-Out Burger. In the previous years, I have never waited more than two hours. Maria will not be doing this again next year. I don't think I will neither unless someone is willing to go with me. We order six meals in total. I ate four of the burgers throughout the day while Maria had two. I ate nothing but burgers all day. I felt so sick. Did it taste like victory after waiting in line? .... No, =( It was not worth the four hours under the blistering sun. Weekend well spent? I rather make the travel out to San Francisco and spend a ten minute wait instead. That day will come.

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* The line up for tickets *
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* Tickets acquired *
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* The three hour mark, so close to the burger truck *
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* Almost there *
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* Loot loot loot *

Friday, September 26, 2014

International Summer Night Market (aka. The old Richmond night market)

The International Summer Night Market ended on September 14, 2014. I was surprised that I didn't attend at all this year. I kept on going to the Richmond Night Market by River Rock because we had a zoom pass. Maria and I had to check out the International Summer Night Market before it ended. I was shocked that they started to charge an entrance fee but at least parking was free (even though that was never an issue for me). It's not as busy as it used to be. This night market has passed their prime. Luckily, majority of the food vendors stall were rented but the merchandise stalls were another story. It was depressing to see any foot traffic in the merchandise area, but that's okay because I'm mainly here for the food. I must admit that I love free space to move around in the food area, and the food quality (IMO) is much better, especially the hurricane potato. This is a highlight of what Maria and I ordered at the International Summer Night Market.

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* Baoger*
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* Stewed Pork Bun *

I found the Stewed Pork Bun highly addictive. I wanted another. There was a lot of flavor, and the pork was soft, moist and a good balance with the bun and fixing. I would definitely come back for more.

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* Mango Yummy *

Maria didn't want to leave the night market without ordering one of these.

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* Mango Tofu Pudding Shaved Ice *
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* The original hurricane potato *
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* Choose up to two flavors per potato *** Mind BLOWN!!! *** *

Nothing beats the original and best hurricane potato. Often imitated never duplicated.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dinner at Dark Table

Would you feel safe eating in the dark? How would you feel if I told you that your server was blind? Well, Maria and I experience our first (literally) blind date at Dark Table. I was interested in dining at this restaurant since they opened, but I easily forgot about it. I stumbled upon a coupon for this restaurant and thought why not, now or never. Upon arriving, you are greeted at the door and asked to take a seat at the patio. They show you the menu and ask for your order before stepping into the restaurant. I should also note that they have a set dinner time; you can't arrive at your leisure. You remain in the patio until the blind server comes and calls for you. You enter the first door and arrive in a room. The server waits until the door shuts behind you, making the room completely dark. The server then opens another set of doors that leads to the actual restaurant. Everything is pitch black, and we relied on the server to guide us to our table. We placed our hands on the server’s shoulders and took tiny steps while the server took huge strides. It felt like we were in a haunted house, and I was waiting for someone to jump out to scare me. Before going to the table, I asked to go to the washroom. Without thinking, I thought I would be peeing in the dark. Thankfully there was a dim light. Depending on where you sat in the restaurant, you may see the light from the washroom. After a while, my eyes were strained. My eyes were trying to focus on something in the room, and eventually I had to close my eyes for the remainder of the duration. The server started us off with bread and butter. I had a difficult time spreading butter on the bread and got butter on my hand instead. All three dishes that I choose were mysteries. The first dish was an appetizer, and I think it was a caesar salad with watermelon. I thought it was a good start into the night. It was refreshing and light on the palate. The second was an entree, and I think my dish was parmesan chicken. I was bit disappointed at this dish because I always eat chicken, and if I knew that the mystery dish was chicken, I would have chosen something else. Also, when I usually eat parmesan chicken I have pasta along with it. It felt very naked without the pasta or an extra side. At least they didn't hand us hot soup. Maria got the tenderloin, and she was worried about cutting the steak in the dark. The tenderloin was cut into strips beforehand, but the strips were still too big for her liking. She tried her best in the dark to cut the steak into smaller pieces with a butter knife. I was very excited for dessert. I really wanted to test my taste buds. Maria tasted raspberry mousse, but I later corrected her. It was raspberry cheesecake; I was not amused. I was disappointed. I wish it were a different dessert. Also, it tasted store bought and not in house made. The food was okay; it wasn't bad but wasn't great. At times it was difficult to know if I ate all the food, I constantly use my finger to touch my plate to see if I missed anything. I was content but not satisfied. The experience was unique but very niche. I would not come back here for a long time. I would recommend this place for dates and adventurous eaters.

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* 3 Course menu *

Dark Table on Urbanspoon

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday Fun Day August 10, 2014

LOL! Another late post *sigh*.

Another action packed weekend but at least I have something to blog about. We spent a Sunday with Paul and Angie, and our first stop was at the Food Cart Festival in Vancouver. I was excited to grab food from Le Tigre, Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck, Street Meet, and Yolk's Breakfast. Even though I have tried them before, it has been awhile since I had it. I was very disappointed when I entered the Food Cart Festival; All the food vendors that I wanted to try wasn't there except for Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck. I guess it was time for me to explore and try other food carts.

Our first stop was at Mangal Kiss Mid East BBQ. They ran out of food, but we got a Honey Dew Cucumber drink, which was perfect for this scorching day. It was light and refreshing. It kept us cool, but I wish I had some food to go along with it. Next was Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck. Maria stood in line while I went next door to The Reef. We were both in line for roughly twenty minutes, which I thought was forever. By the time I was in the front for The Reef, they had sold out of everything that I wanted to order *FUCK*. I didn't want to leave empty handed, so I got a Jamaican patty. It was not worth the wait. I was feeling unsatisfied and decided to go over to Feastro the Rolling Bistro to fill my void. I ordered the fish taco, and I was unimpressed. Also, it expensive in my opinion. I thought the fish was grilled, but it was fried. The batter on the fish was mushy and not crispy. It fell apart as I ate it, which, I thought pulled away from the taste of the fish. The topping was good but wasn't enough to carry the weight of being a home run. To end off the event, we went and grabbed dessert at Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream. We got the Tropical Thunder and Strawberry Blonde. It was amazing even though it was hard to take a bite. Everything was hand made in small batches, and you could taste it. It may look small, but it was very dense. I was very satisfied. I think this was the highlight of the Food Cart Festival.

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* Honey Dew Cucumber *
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* Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck - Ham and Grilled Cheese *
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* Fish Taco *
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* It may look small but its heavy and dense *
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* Strawberry Blonde *
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* Tropical Thunder *

Feastro the Rolling Bistro on Urbanspoon

Next, we visited the Evolution of Gaming at Centre For Digital Media. I thought the exhibit was a lot larger, but it was only one room. It took about less than thirty minutes to explore the exhibit. It would have been less if we didn't stop to play any games. They featured a lot of oldies and it was cool, but I pictured this event to be a lot different in my head. I think the newest console they had on display was the NES. We spent a lot of time waiting for the main attraction. The opportunity to play an interactive game with an oculus rift. The wait was roughly an hour, but the experience was worth it, especially that I don't think I will ever own an oculus rift. It only lasted two minutes.

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* Missile Command *
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* Playing with the Oculus Rift*

Since the event was so short, we took a break at the beach before dinner.

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* Where are you taking me? *
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* Beautiful Sunday *
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* Forever I will... *
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* I need a selfie stick*

For dinner, Paul and Angie took us to La Quercia for an eleven-course blind meal. We could have chosen the seven-course meal, but the eleven was such a better deal. The restaurant was quite small, but I think they had an expansion next door. All the food came out slowly, and the portion size varied. Everything tasted 100% in house made (down to the sauce) and authentic. The meal took nearly two and a half hours; longer than your average movie. Out of the eleven dishes, I think I didn't like three. I can't recall all the dish I had or how they tasted, but I'll let the pictures do the talking. I should also add that the dishes changes daily and you don't have to opt in the for seven or eleven-course meals. They have a menu written up on the chalkboard that also changes daily. I would recommend this place for people who are in an adventurous mood and looking for authentic Italian food.

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* Bread to start *
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* Beet Salad, one of my favorite dishes *
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* Souffle, my first time having it and it was phenomenal. I want more of it. *
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* Deep Fried Pork Belly, another home run *
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* I think this had anchovies. I did not like. *
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* Beans, smoked salmon?? I did not like. *
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* Risotto *
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* ??? *
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* Pork Belly Spaghetti ??? *
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* Braised Beef Tenderloin ???*
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* Cheese!! *
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* Dessert *
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* Dessert *

La Quercia on Urbanspoon