Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Welcome to another “Food Sunday”.  Today’s topic is Vietnamese Noodle Soup.  Call me ignorant, but, I had no idea that there were so many different types of noodle soups other than phở .  For those of you who are not familiar with pho, it is a bowl of noodles in a beef broth that have been simmered with spices for hours and is served with different cuts of meats and side toppings such as, bean sprouts, chiles, lime and different types of herbs which are all optional.

I was introduced to Vietnamese cuisine at a very young age and at that time the restaurants only offered phở and a few different rice dishes.  I remember that my parents would take my siblings and I to eat phở on those cold fall and winter months and it would be the best thing ever!  Since then, my love for Vietnamese cuisine was born.

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La Casa Gelato

Welcome to another Food Sunday post.  Before I get started, I would like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope all of you had a wonderful day filled with joy, laughter and lots of food.   Today we said goodbye to cloudy and muggy days and welcomed the warm bright sunshine – there was not a cloud in the sky.  It was a perfect day to share a frozen treat or two with your mommy.

I did not get to share a frozen treat with my mom OR little one today.  BUT, I did take my little one out for gelato the other week (she can’t be having too many treats).  My husband suggested to go to La Casa Gelato and so we did.  I am always down for a good scoop of ice cream or gelato – anything sweet, really.  I have never been to this place so I did not know what to expect.  I was quite overwhelmed when I entered the shop because there were SO MANY flavours to choose from.  They had your typical vanilla, strawberry and chocolate to something very unfamiliar like basil and sumac which you can have in either a waffle cone, wafer cone, dipped cone or a cup.  Fortunately, I was able to try well… almost everything before finally settling down for amaretto and cherry.

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So many flavours to choose from.
La Casa Gelato
Cone or Cup?

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Wild Thyme Lebanese Restaurant

Lebanese food has easily become one of my favourites. Their food is refreshing and is packed with bold flavours – there is never a boring bite. I was introduced to Lebanese cuisine by my boss and I’ve been hooked ever since then.

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Food Sunday

Happy Sunday!   I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend.  As of today, I will be writing about my favourite foods, restaurants, cafes and maybe even share a recipe here and there every Sunday.

Food is such a big part of my family and culture.  If you ever get a chance to visit the Philippines then you will definitely see what I mean (there is a restaurant, cafe and canteen on every block).  Whether you are in the city or the country side there is always A LOT of food involved in any gathering.  Food is something that brings my family together; we share our stories with each other over food.

I LOVE food and I am excited to share with all of you my favourites and recipes.  I would also love to hear any suggestions and reccommendations on where to go and what to eat.

Happy Browsing!

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The Grotto

Happy Sunday friends! What a perfect day to finish off my mini series on Oregon. The Grotto, which is formally known as The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother is located in Portland, Oregon. It is a place where thousands of people come to during easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Voodoo Doughnut

Some may say that Voodoo Doughnut is overrated and I somewhat agree. I came here not because I was dying to try the doughnuts, but because of curiosity. I have seen them on the Food Network a few years back and was quite intrigued with all the cool, fancy and overwhelming looking doughnuts they had. I wanted to know if the doughnuts where as good as shown on T.V.

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Oceanside Beach

Oceanside Beach is one of the many beaches in Oregon. It is located west of Portland which is approximately a two hour drive away. If you are visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory , then I highly recommend that you make a pit stop to this location because the scenery is beautiful. In addition, it is only a half an hour drive from the factory, so, why not?

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Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook is probably one of my favourite locations in Oregon.  It has almost everything I could ask for – picturesque pastures, downtown, oceanside and a cheese factory (I LOOOVE cheese).  Tillamook is located west of Portland which is about an hour and a half drive.  Before you even get to the cheese factory you are visually treated with beautiful farm and mountain views.  The route google made us take was through Tillamook National Forest, which has never ending pine trees ( I have never seen that many pine trees all at once in my life).

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is one of the numerous water falls in Oregon. It is located just about an half an hour drive from Portland. Unfortunately, because of poor planning and research (which is RARE since I do most of that stuff in advance. This location was chosen by one of my family members so he had to do homework on it and NOT me – I really wish I did. Lesson learned DO NOT RELY ON OTHERS) we were not able to make it down the main visitor centre of the waterfalls. There, you can take a closer look at Multnomah Falls cascading down the mountain.

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