Surprisingly, my all time favourite holiday drink is peppermint white hot chocolate. Specifically, the one from Tim Hortons which they call “Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate”. This drink is the complete opposite of what I usually reach for when craving for a hot beverage – plain green or oolong tea (no fancy flavours here).
I am baffled as to why I actually like this beverage because it is nothing like having a cup of plain tea. I generally don’t drink anything that is rich and overly sweet but that is exactly what this drink is. It taste like sweet milk with subtle hints of coconut with a slight peppermint taste. As odd as my description sounds, I genuinely enjoy having a small cup of this sweet concoction. It gives me Christmas vibes and makes me feel warm and cheery. It must be the peppermint that is making me feel this way because I associate it with Christmas.
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Today is officially the start of my holidays. I am lucky to have a week off during the busiest time of the year, Christmas. To kick it off, I made a To-Do list. My life has been hectically busy ever since I moved out and making a list really keeps me on track and in check. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and ensures that I get things done in a good timely manner.
Now that Christmas is just around the corner, this list is very ever so important to me. I moved out in the beginning of December and have been busy unpacking and getting things together in the house. So, I have kind of swept Christmas preperations under the rug. I haven’t really done much for the season, heck I do not even have a Christmas tree. So I am investing my time this weekend to get prepared for this wonderful holiday and in order to do so, I have compiled a list of things to do.
Here is a glimpse of my ‘Let’s get prepared for Christmas’ list:
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Big Chicken Town is one of the many Korean restaurants in Metro Vancouver. They specialize in boneless fried chicken which comes in many different flavours. They also serve other items such as, spicy rice cakes, odeng (fish cake), fries, cheese corn and A LOT more other things.
My all time favourite dish in Big Chicken Town is the Cheese Soonsal which contains deep fried boneless chicken and udon that is covered with with cheese and a sauce that is spicy, tangy and sweet and is served on a hot plate. The portion is HUGE good enough for three people (two if you are both REALLY hungry). Cheese Soonsal is very saucy so I usually order a small bowl of rice to share to mellow out the flavours.
Each meal comes with a complementary side of raw shredded cabbage that is served with a pinkish coloured sauce ( I am assuming it is made out of a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise). The first time I saw this side dish I was quite reluctant to try it since I do not usually eat raw cabbage. BUT, I am glad I did because it is soo good and somewhat acts as a palate cleanser from all the greasy food.
If you are in town, make sure to check this place out. The chicken dishes are delicious and there are many different options. My ultimate goal is to try every single style and flavour they offer – stay tuned.
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Other than bubble tea, I also like to cool myself down on warm sunny days by eating some ice cream. Today’s weather was perfect – not too hot but warm enough to enjoy a nice scoop of ice cream. As I said on my previous post, on really hot days I like to cool off by having fruity bubble teas because it is much more refreshing than having ice cold dairy products.
I enjoy my ice cream in a cup or a waffle cone sprinkled with nuts – especially from Purdy’s. If you are not allergic to nuts and haven’t tried Purdy’s nut toppings, you are definitely missing out. When it comes to ice cream, I do not have a favourite brand but I do have favourite flavours.
Here are my top 5 favourite ice cream flavours:
- Vanilla Bean
- Salted Caramel
- Ube (purple yam)
- Chocolate Mint Chip
What are your favourite ice cream flavours? Do you eat it in a cup or a cone?
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The weather is finally getting a lot warmer which is perfect for drinking a nice ice cold beverage. On these hot summer days I find myself reaching for bubble tea. I think the drink is refreshing and satisfying.
Bubble tea comes in many different forms: tea, milk tea and slush/smoothie. The drink is usually served with black tapioca pearls or other toppings such as coconut jelly, pudding, and grass jelly.
Here is a list of my top 5 favourite bubble tea flavours:
- Grass Jelly Milk Tea
- Wintermelon Milk Tea
- Passion Fruit Green Tea (pictured above)
- Strawberry Black Tea
- Taro Milk Tea
Milk teas are my usual go to order. But, when the weather is really hot like today, I order the fruity drinks. It is a lot lighter and more refreshing than the milk teas. I also order my drink with 25-50% sugar because the regular amount is just too sweet for my liking.
What are your favourite bubble tea flavours?
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Welcome to another “Food Sunday”. I hope all of you are having/had a wonderful weekend.
There are two things my family and I do every Sunday:
1.) Go to church
2.) Buy freshly baked pandesal
Baby M definitely knows what is coming right after mass because the first thing she talks about when we get out of church is pandesal (makes me kind of wonder if that is all what she thinks about during mass – yikes!)
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Welcome back to another “Food Sunday”. To all my Canadian followers, Happy Canada Day! Instead of going out and joining the rest of Canada on their festivities, I decided to stay in and spend some quality time with my little one, which I very much needed after the long week I had. We did a little celebrating of our own by indulging on maple crème cookies and listening to some tunes from one of our favourite Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes.
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Welcome to another “Food Sunday” and today I would like to share my all time favourite fruits. Summer has finally arrived and I could have not found a better time to share this with all of you. The following fruits are USUALLY only available during Canada’s summer months – blueberries are available all year round (possible by outsourcing) but the local summer crop is always the best!
- Golden Kiwis
What are some of your favourite fruits?
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and welcome to another “Food Sunday”.
For those of you who are not familiar with the term hot pot, it is essentially a way of cooking and eating. A boiling pot of broth (beef, chicken, mushroom, etc.) is placed in the middle of the table and surrounded by thinly sliced meats, seafood and vegetables. Everyone on the table gets to choose whatever they want to eat and cook the item in the boiling broth. A sauce is usually served on the side to dip the cooked items in.
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Hello everyone and welcome to another round of “Food Sunday”. I posted this last year before my blog revamp so you will be seeing my old trademark heyitsdaniellek.com on the photos.
For those of you that are not familiar with almond tofu, it is essentially a jelly made from almond milk, sugar and agar-agar. But since it is not made with gelatin, the texture is much more firm. Traditionally, almond tofu would be made with fresh almond milk, but since I do not have time to do that, I have taken the shortcut by buying packaged almond agar (just like a jello mix). For this particular brand, the jelly is slightly sweet and the almond flavor is very settle.
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