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Having a full-time job during the day and blogging in the evenings and on the weekends take up a lot of my time, but surprisingly I manage to find time to watch some TV as my stress relief. And to no surprise, most of the TV shows I watch are food related, including:

  • Master Chef (currently on, and Team Christine right here!)
  • Top Chef Canada (was rooting for Dale MacKay and Trevor Bird)
  • Top Chef (the amateur version, Top Chef Masters doesn’t really appeal to me)
  • The Next Iron Chef (the Super Chefs edition was awesome – Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was great!)
  • The Next Food Network Star (although the winner tends to start with a crappy spot like late morning/mid-afternoon on a weekday)
  • Chopped (didn’t like the Grill Masters edition)
  • You Gotta Eat Here and Eat St. (to see the BC coverage)
  • Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (love Guy Fieri!)
  • World’s Weirdest Restaurants (chances are I won’t eat at those places myself, so it’s fun to watch about them!)

In addition, Mr. has introduced me to Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. It used to be on the W Network, but now it’s on OWN Canada. I was actually surprised that not many people have heard of the show, because I thought it’s quite a unique idea: two amateur chefs (and they’re locally from BC!) testing cookbooks and kitchen products so we as audience know what to get/use for our own home cooking. I have watched numerous episodes from its past 3 seasons and was excited to learn that they are back for its 4th season.

Anna & Kristina

Anna & Kristina

And to make it even better, I was invited to the premiere screening of the 4th season of A&K’s Grocery Bag this past Tuesday. (more…)

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Since Lisa had to get all creative and do something different, I guess I’ll follow suit. They aren’t in any order, and some are just random thoughts off the top of my head.

  • Chinese black vinegar – I love this stuff. And I use it on a number of  inappropriate things, but mostly Asian style food.
  • Ketchup – This to me is the western version of the black vinegar. Once again it gets put on a number of things where ketchup doesn’t belong (for example, a hard boiled egg).
  • Warming up cookies – It’s not that I wouldn’t eat them cold, but it’s like having plain toast vs toast with butter. Nuking a chocolate chip cookie for a few seconds in the microwave just makes it so much softer and more delicious.
  • Microwave dinners – I bet this isn’t something you’d expect on my list. But for reasons I can’t even explain, this is a guilty pleasure for me. I suppose it’s similar to why some people like instant noodles.
  • The “perfect mouthful” – Anytime I take a mouthful of the food I’m eating, I like to get an even mix of the ingredients. For example, if I’m having stew, I can’t eat just a piece of meat without some potatoes in the same mouthful. And there would be times where I’m shoving more food into my mouth before I even chew what I just put in, to get an “even” mouthful. I know… I’m nuts.
  • Drinking with food – Yes I realize this is bad for digestion, but I NEED to do this, especially with dry foods. If I don’t get to drink something with… let’s say a PB&J sandwich, I might as well just not eat it.
  • Eating alone – When I’m at home, I love eating alone. I’d do the terrible thing of sitting in front of the TV or the computer and watch shows, and loving every second of that freedom. However I can’t imagine eating at a restaurant by myself, even if it’s fast food.
  • Eating in car – A lot of car guys are adamant about no food in their cars. I, on the other hand, really enjoy picnicking in a car, if the passenger doesn’t spill a cupful of lemonade on my carpet. Ask me what else I like to do in a car.
  • Late night eating – Late night snacking is for girls, real men have late night eating. I don’t just grab a couple pieces of chocolate or some chips; I’d make myself a meal some nights. On the other hand I don’t eat in the mornings.
  • Carbs and Vegetables – Strangely, the most important part of a meal for me is carbs. I could have a KFC Double Down and not be full after because it didn’t have any buns. I also really like my vegetables. I prefer to have a good veggie/fruit to meat ratio in every meal.
  • Breakfast – Breakfast is brilliant. I love breakfast. However it’s not the time of the meal that I enjoy, but the content. I don’t eat in the morning, but I love eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, waffles, fruits, and all other common ingredients in a western breakfast. And don’t get my started on a traditional Tianjinian breakfast with a Chinese donut crepe and tofu soup. I’d KILL for some. (more…)

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I thought I would switch it up a little bit, instead of doing yet another review. Maybe you guys can relate. In no particular order:

  1. When eating leafy vegetables, like gai lan (Chinese vegetable) or even lettuce, I always pick the leafy part or the most green part. It tastes better.
  2. For pizza, I eat the crust first. Then I spin my pizza slice around and start eating the tip.
  3. I don’t eat french fries unless there’s ketchup. And when I squirt ketchup on brunch food, I like to squirt smiley faces on them.
  4. When I’m walking and eating, especially matcha soft serve ice cream from Konbinya, 80-90% of the time I get stopped by a stranger and asked where I got my food item from because I look like I’m really enjoying it. No, it’s not just in Vancouver, I’ve been stopped while I was on vacation too.
  5. If there’s a bag of chips, I purposely scour the entire bag for folded chips and eat them first. It’s even better when they’re folded twice.
  6. There’s an order for how I eat my breakfast. Toast first, then eggs, then potatoes, and then meat (which are usually sausages, I don’t like bacon).
  7. I take a long time to eat, but the meal that takes the longest is usually breakfast/brunch, then lunch, then dinner. If you’re out eating brunch with me, it takes me anywhere from half an hour to hour and a half to finish.
  8. I only like the tops of asparagus, the bottom stalk part is boring.
  9. When I drink soup, I like it scalding hot. If it doesn’t burn my mouth, I probably am not enjoying it. And yes, I know that doesn’t really make sense. But neither does your face.
  10. If you go into a restaurant and order a well done steak, I will probably walk out.
  11. I am appalled by the fact that some people don’t like broccoli. How do you not like broccoli?! I can’t seem to understand it.
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Still Looking for Christmas Brunch Ideas?

I’ve always been a Christmas buffet brunch person, since you have a wide range of selection and more food items to choose from. If you’re like me, here is a list of restaurants, as far as I know, that are offering buffet brunch on Christmas Day. Reservations required, and some do get booked up really quickly so you may be out of luck, but hopefully this list will help give you some additional ideas:

Buffet @ Herons

Buffet @ Herons

Dine Out Vancouver 2012

It’s been confirmed that Dine Out Vancouver 2012 will run from Jan 20-Feb 5, 2012. This marks the 10th anniversary of Canada’s largest restaurant festival. (more…)

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