Hello 2019!

2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

First Date Night of 2019 at Cactus Club Cafe

Last January 1, Jomar offered to treat me to dinner. He asked me to look for an open place on New Year's Day. Fact: almost all places are close during Holiday in Vancouver. However, it must be my lucky night because Cactus Club Cafe a few blocks from our place happens to be open.

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club is one of those places you only go to on special occasion like The Keg, Joey Restaurant, and maybe to some extent Earls Kitchen + Bar. This is the 3rd time I've been here. The first time is for Therese's birthday 3 years ago, then to my parent's anniversary last year. However, out of the 3 Cactus Club I've been to, this is the most beautiful one I've been to. The Victorian era fireplace, the huge painting, and beautiful chandelier. It's unexpected.

The Food

We were there 30 minutes before 6:00 PM and their happy hour is just about to end but we were able to order some cocktails and appetizers at a discount.

PiƱa Colada (for me), The Bellini (for Jomar), and Truffle Fries (for sharing)

For our main course, I had the grilled salmon (because I always have salmon) while Jomar ordered the Peppercorn Steak.

Grilled Salmon (ocean wise™ lois lake steelhead, buttered mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus)

Peppercorn Steak (8oz certified angus beef® sirloin, chef rob feenie’s pernod peppercorn demi-glace, buttered mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus)

To end the meal, we had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar and a single Caramel Chocolate Mousse.

Caramel Chocolate Mousse (warm caramel foam, crunchy sponge toffee, velvety chocolate mousse) and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar (tahitian vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, crunchy chocolate pearls)


I would go to The Keg over Cactus Club for better tasting food but the beautiful decoration at this specific branch is really impressive plus it's close to home.


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