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It was the final week of the Claude Monet Secret Garden exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I had no idea why it took me so long to finally check it out, but I made it! CC and I planned a fancy girls’ day out.

Claude Monet Secret Garden at Vancouver Art Gallery

Claude Monet at Vancouver Art Gallery

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, witnessing the evolution of Monet’s work. In addition to the Water Lilies, my favourite pieces were Taking a Walk Near Argenteuill, Wisteria, and Weeping Willow.

Claude Monet Secret Garden at Vancouver Art Gallery

Claude Monet Secret Garden at Vancouver Art Gallery

Claude Monet Secret Garden at Vancouver Art GalleryClaude Monet Secret Garden at Vancouver Art Gallery

A pleasant surprise was Stephen Shore‘s photo exhibit in conversation with the Monet’s exhibit. (more…)

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Last weekend I went for a girls’ dinner with CC and LW. It’s Taste of Yaletown time, which means we were able to order a prix fixe menu for an affordable $25, $35 or $45. We initially wanted to try Brix because it had a more appealing menu; unfortunately they were closed for a private event so we were offered a table at the sister operation, George Ultra Lounge.

Food

Turns out both Brix and George offer the same menu, which is a combination of what was posted on the Taste of Yaletown website. They kept the best part of both menus, i.e. lots of appealing meat options, so we could order a few different things to try. And they operate out of the same kitchen, so it didn’t make a difference whether we dined at Brix or George in this case.

Bread

For appetizers, I ordered the Lamb Bacon Salad. I don’t think I’ve ever had lamb bacon before so that was quite intriguing. It was similar to pork belly; it had equal distribution of meat and fat, fried to a crispy yet meaty texture. It wasn’t overly fatty or greasy either. It had a bit of gamey taste but that’s partly why I enjoy eating lamb. The salad was well balanced with soft and crunchy elements, and hint of bitterness from the endives and radish; they used a pungent, blue-cheese like cheese, which I wasn’t a fan of.

Lamb Bacon Salad

CC and LW both ordered the AAA Beef Carpaccio. (more…)

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Earlier this week, I went to the launch party of Grain Tasting Bar at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. This contemporary yet rustic lounge has been open for several months but they only just held an official party to celebrate its launch.

The decor of Grain is very sophisticated but the use of wood adds the down-to-earth feel to it. It uses retractable window panes to let fresh air/summer breeze come in, while enhancing the unique downtown street view that it offers.

Similar to Mosaic Bar & Grille, Grain’s menu, while being much simpler, features local and seasonal products. Oyama Sausage, R&B, Long Table Distillery, and Gelderman Farms are some of the local suppliers that Grain sources their ingredients from.

At the event, I sampled a couple of its cocktails. The Bangkok Mule is a whisky-based cocktail with ginger puree, yuzu juice and simple syrup. It’s simple, but it packs a punch thanks to the ginger puree. There’s a spicy after-taste that, surprisingly, is quite refreshing. I also tried one of its newest addition, a tangerine cocktail (I’m going to get the name soon!). Citrus is one of my favourite flavours when it comes to cocktail (lychee would be the other one), so I was glad that Michael, Hyatt’s Director of Food & Beverage, recommended this drink. It’s loaded with tangerine flavours, though more on the sweet side. Both cocktails were so yummy I could have a few more of those before realizing that I probably had just a few too many!

In terms of bites, they kept it simple at the party (more…)

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With a deal coupon, Mr. and I enjoyed a nice afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Honestly, if not for the coupon, I would never consider trekking all the way to the airport just to eat.

Afternoon Tea at Globe @ YVR

Afternoon Tea at Globe @ YVR

Food

Our deal included two glasses of sparkling wine, which was a decent, dry bubbly. Of course, the focus is still on our pots of tea. What’s different from the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, is that this is a more modern take of afternoon tea. Check out the fancy tea press below. This tea pot also seems to hold more tea than the traditional pot. We ordered the Berry Berry and Cascade Peppermint, and between the two I would recommend Cascade Peppermint. It was very fragrant and of course, minty; it’s quite light and refreshing so it would go well with the pastries and sandwiches that you’re about to indulge in.

Modern Tea Pot & Sparkling Wine

Modern Tea Pot & Sparkling Wine

Our three-tier tower included the following. Now keep in mind that this was during the festive season and because they’re keeping things seasonal, what you get will be different depending on the time of year. (more…)

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A few weeks ago we were invited to check out O5 Tea Bar in Kitsilano. Before this I didn’t know that there’s a tea-tasting bar in Vancouver. To be honest, being Chinese I don’t know much about tea, so I was quite excited about this visit.

Tasting at O5 Tea Bar

Tasting at O5 Tea Bar

Pedro, one of the managing partners, hosted us that evening. A bit different from regular tasting event, Pedro didn’t have a set menu/agenda in mind. He had a few teas that he wanted us to try, but ultimately it all depended on how much we wanted to drink, and how much caffeine we could handle.

Overall, the experience was pretty neat. It was interesting to watch the process of making fresh matcha, from grinding the tea leaves, to brewing to serving. (more…)

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Thanks to the team at VANEATS, we were onto another food adventure. This time a 3-item salivEight dining pass at eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge.

VANEATS package at eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge

VANEATS package at eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge

Food

Now, keep in mind that our dining pass was complimentary, courtesy of VANEATS. You will receive the same three items for $15.

To start, we had a Flight of Beer. Originally we were supposed to get two each of two types of Stanley Park Brewery beers, but they sold out one of them, so instead, we got R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter and Stanley Park’s Winter Ale (Brun). I usually prefer lighter beer, and the East Side Bitter has a nice citrusy note, but in this case I actually liked the Stanley Park Brun more. It has just the right amount of hoppy taste in it.

Flight of Beer

Flight of Beer – 2x R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter (left) and 2x Stanley Park Brewery Winter Ale

You have a choice of three starters, and we chose the Baked Brie. I love brie; like it cold when eating with some crackers and genoa salami, and love it warm when the gooey cheese oozes out of the rind. (more…)

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