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So far 2020 has been a crazy year and it doesn’t appear to change anytime soon. As we continue to embrace the pandemic situation, we shouldn’t stop celebrating traditions and holidays. We just have to change the way we do things this year.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you cooking up a storm as usual? Or have you been stuck at home a lot more this year and are getting tired of your own cooking? If so, local restaurants are offering to-go options that you can still celebrate Thanksgiving safely at home, while enjoying restaurant quality dishes. Here is my round-up. I will continue to update this list as restaurants continue to promote their offering.

Make sure to check the order details for each one to not miss out!

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Mid Autumn Festival is happening on October 1 this year and mooncakes are a must at home. In the past we usually bought mooncakes from local bakeries (Maxim’s has been our favourite), but for the last few years Mama Lam has attempted to make some at home as well. I recently posted on Instagram some pictures of her creations this year, and some of my followers have asked for a recipe. The one recipe she has perfected is a baked mooncake with custard filling. I’m happy to share this one with you.

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Origin of Mooncake

Do you know where mooncake comes from? The version I’m most familiar with is that mooncake was created by revolutionaries in the Yuan Dynasty. They would hide secret messages inside these pastries and distributed them to plan a revolt to overthrow the Mongolian rulers, which eventually led to the fall of Yuan and the rise of Ming Dynasty. Can you picture this tasty treat being used as a political move?!

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I cannot believe Christmas is only a couple weeks away! I, for one, was shocked by how quickly the year flew by and was not prepared for Christmas at all. Luckily, many Christmas festivities have popped up across Lower Mainland to help getting into a festive mood.

Of course, the iconic Vancouver Christmas Market has returned for its 10th year. I still remember when it was back at Queen Elizabeth Plaza and how much it’s grown since. Same as the last few years, the Christmas Market can be found at the Jack Poole Plaza. I was invited to its media event and have returned a couple of times since. Here are some food and shopping suggestions for you.

Food

Obviously there are some must-haves at the Christmas Market but they have new vendors this year too. Here are some highlights.

Mulled Wine

You can’t go to the Christmas Market without a cup of mulled wine (Gluhwein) to warm your cockles.

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Halloween is just around the corner. Are you hosting a party, having friends over? Are you looking for cool yet easy entertaining ideas? How about a 2-ingredient cocktail?

Recently, I was sent some samples of Hounds Vodka. What’s special about Hounds is that the vodka is black in colour and naturally, I thought of using it for Halloween. What’s an easy cocktail recipe for this mysterious looking vodka? The classic Screwdriver came to mind.

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In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks Canada opened its biggest location yet here in Vancouver – a new Starbucks Reserve at CF Pacific Centre, at 700 West Pender Street. It’s the second one here in Vancouver, with the first one being on Main Street in Mount Pleasant.

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This new location holds a special place in my heart. Its predecessor being a man’s clothing store was the very place where Mr. rented his wedding suit. It was sad to see it closed but I was equally excited to see a Starbucks Reserve go in its place. Especially it’s very close to work.

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The store is beautiful. It’s long and spacious. (more…)

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