Sunday, April 24, 2016

Food for the Week: Burger

I have come to realize that I do my best to post something new once a week. Since I didn't try any exciting restaurants this week or visit any cool place, I will highlight one food that people seems to love so much: Burgers!

From fast food joints to high-end restaurants burger is a menu item that seems to always be there. Below are some of the burgers I have tried over the last six months in Lower Mainland BC.

Bacon Cheeseburger
Five Guys at 635 Robson Street Downtown Vancouver

The Legendary
White Spot at Bridgeport, Richmond

Old Style Bacon Cheddar
Fatburger at 111 Dunsmuir Street Downtown Vancouver

Saturday, April 16, 2016

4 Reasons Why I Love Foursquare

Happy Foursquare Day! It's 4.16.16 and my first check-in was 5 years ago so Happy 5th Anniversary Foursquare! :)

I went to an interview for an IT company few years back and they asked me which social media I use on a daily basis, my answer was Facebook, Foursquare, and Google+. They asked, you don't use Twitter? I have a Twitter account but I rarely use it. The manager told me, "you're weird" because I use Foursquare but not Twitter.

In this blogpost, I will list down 4 reasons why I love and use Foursquare and Swarm.

1. Personal Travel History
Every time I check-in, I create a history of where I have been. This blog is a longer version of that history but Foursquare and Swarm is the detailed version. I could easily check what I did on August 4, 2011 or any other date after April 16, 2011.

2. Privacy
I came to a point when I thought sharing on Facebook about where I am or my food and travel photo is too much. I mean, I don't want to flood my friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and other people who follows me with unnecessary things. That's when Swarm comes in. I only have 13 friends in Foursquare compared to the more than 800 in Facebook and I usually remove Foursquare friends who don't use it anymore. So all my activities are shared there like food photos, 140-character story, and friends I am with.

1,326 Photos and 13 Friends

Hunt for Churros

My sisters have been craving for churros for awhile now. In the Philippines, Taco Bell offers Churros with chocolate dip that they love. Thus, my hunt for Churros in Metro Vancouver begins.

I was in Downtown Vancouver yesterday and decided I could spend the afternoon searching for Churros. According to Foursquare (my trusted and fave application), I could go to Tacofino Cantina, a food truck along Howe Street since it's the closest to my location yesterday. I walked 10 minutes and asked if they have Churros available. It was out of stock! The guy suggested I go to their main restaurant at Gastown but I am too lazy to walk all the way there.

Last week, I also went to Cambie Village to search for churros. The only restaurant there that offers churros is Las Tortas and it's also out of stock.

Going back to yesterday, I remember Therese saying that Cineplex sells churros so I searched for the nearest Cineplex and the Scotiabank Theatre is a 6-minute walk. I also did a quick Google search for the food stalls to make sure that they actually sell churros.

I searched the menu of OutTakes Backstage Bistro and yes, they sell churros! I started my walk going to the Theatre in high spirit, excited that at last I will be able to bring churros to my sisters. Alas, upon arriving at the Theatre, I won't be able to buy snacks because you have to have a movie ticket to access the snacks area. Ugh.

Screenshot of the Mini Churros from the OutTakes menu online

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Food Trip in Vancouver (Mount Pleasant): Sweetery Cafe

As part of my goal to network in Vancouver and learn something new, I attended a meetup, "Donuts and Coffee and Pics, oh my!". The meetup is basically on how to be better at taking food photos. I took hundred of food photos over the years and I thought that I could learn more about angles and lighting.

Sweetery Cafe offers great pastries and coffee. Of all the sweets and bread we've had, my personal fave is the chicken strips and waffles. Amazing! Below are some of the pictures, I took applying what I have learned today.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stanley Park: Sisters and Event

The Sakura Illumination is a free event organized by Stuart Ward & Ben Z Cooper from Hfour (http://hfour.ca/). The goal is to have an unobstructed views of illuminated sakura ideal for photography and picnicking in the spring evening under the cherry blossoms.

Therese and I arrived there at 5:00 PM and ate the sandwiches she prepared as we settled in the blanket she have. It was our first time to picnic so it was a fun sister bonding.

First photo of Stanley Park

Japanese-Canadian War Memorial

Here's our little picnic with the best view of the tree with lanterns.

Sakura and Lanterns