Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Pangea Pod Hotel | A Night In Whistler


This is Part Two of my 24 hours in Whistler. Part Two is going to focus on accommodations: The Pangea Pod Hotel

The Pangea Pod Hotel is in the heart of Whistler Village. It had made quite the buzz last summer when it first opened its doors. It is no secret that hotel prices in Whistler are astronomical. During peak ski and snowboarding season, some hotel rooms can go for as much as $1000 per night! That is MADNESS! No wonder I keep my visits to Whistler to day trips. 

Unlike traditional hotels, husband and wife duo Russell and Jelena Kling, set out to create a boutique-hotel-like experience at an affordable price. (Weekdays range $85/1 person, $160/2 people; Weekends $170 /1 person, $280 /2 people). Honestly, the only time I am in my hotel room is when I am showering, getting ready and sleeping. It is a rarity for me to utilize hotel amenities like pools or gyms or whatever else they might offer because I want to spend my time exploring the city. 

THE PODS

When I heard we would be staying at a pod hotel, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Japanese Capsule Hotels. I hate small spaces and when it is enclosed - NOPE. The capsules in Japan are exactly that. Fortunately, Pangea Pod Hotel is the polar opposite and are surprisingly roomy. Purely a guestimation from me, but I would say the length is 8 feet, width 4 feet and a height of 3.5 feet?! I am 5 Feet 1 Inch tall, so use your own judgement from the pictures. But I definitely had ample room to sit up straight without knocking my head against the ceiling. 

Each pod is equipped with a double memory-foam mattress, mirror, USB outlets, lights, small lockable cupboard, fan and storage space. For facilities like bathrooms and showers, Pangea's 88 pods are divided among 8 suites which each have two bathrooms, two showers, four sinks and two changing rooms. The suites, facilities and hotel was immaculate and very well maintained. Coming from someone who is very particular about cleanliness, I was quite impressed by Pangea's attention to detail. 


RFID ROOM PASS

Pangea Pod Hotel is the first hotel that I have stayed at that does not use a traditional room key card. During check-in, each Pangea Pod Guest is issued a fancy RFID Wristband. I found it be brilliant because not only can you add money to the RFID to spend at the hotel's restaurant and rooftop bar, but you will never lose your room key again! A few nights later, I was at a hotel in Victoria BC that used the standard room pass and yours truly lost hers within the hour. So RFID wristband room passes need to become the norm!!!


FOOD & DRINKS

On the main floor, Pangea Pod Hotel has a cafe and full-service bar called "The Living Room." On the second floor, they have an outdoor rooftop bar called "The Rooftop." The Living Room is a stunning mishmash of design featuring hexagonal mirrors on the ceiling, copper pipe detailing and the most beautiful coral pink, baby blue and grey Ola Volo mural. The Living Room also boasts an impressive collection of board games which gets two thumbs up from me because what better way to meet new people than over a fun board game. 

The night that I arrived at Pangea Pod, I sampled a number of their drinks from the Rooftop Patio Bar. The night began with their signature cocktail, the Dalmation. A splendid sweet and tangy combination of vodka, peppercorn syrup, grapefruit and lemon juice and a sprig of fresh rosemary. I am a cocktail girl and the Dalmation ticked all the boxes for me. The Espresso Martini is a bold concoction of vodka, coffee liqueur and Pangea espresso. This Espresso Martini is a serious beverage that is a double tap of alcohol and caffeine. As I am a lightweight, I ended the night with a virgin Rooftop Iced Tea which is a delicious hibiscus black tea that I can totally see myself sipping on a hot summers day. I think my Starbucks Black Tea Lemonade might just have some competition from the Rooftop Iced Tea. 


I tried a number of their Flatbread Pizzas and all of them were fabulous. Pangea Pod is about excitement and the pizza menu echos it. I had two favourites from the night, the first being their Caramelized Pear and Brie Cheese pizza which is paired with mozzarella, parmesan, blue cheese, chopped walnuts on a base of tomato sauce. The second was the Butternut Squash & Goat's Cheese which is finished with house-made green pesto and a sweet syrupy balsamic reduction. 

In the morning when I checked out, I had breakfast from The Living Room. I wanted something simple and fresh and to my delight, their menu is exactly that! The spinach eggs Benedict has a luscious hollandaise that is buttery and in the word's Julia Child: "whipped to submission." The real winner for me was the Pangea Power Smoothie which I am still dreaming about and wishing I could have every single morning. if I lived in Whistler, I probably would go and get a smoothie every day! 

OLA VOLO ART

I have always been drawn to large mural pieces and Ola Volo's work happens to be one of my favourites. I have talked about her work in the past, but for those of you who are not as familiar with her, Ola Volo is a Vancouver-based artist. She works with bold lines and simple shapes that are filled in with intricate little details. Her murals generally have a very limited colour palette which only amplifies the use of bold black lines. 

At Pangea Pod Hotel, Ola Volo was commissioned for two large wall murals. The first one greets you at the entrance of the hotel. For this piece, Ola Volo uses a metallic gold which is contrasted by a deep black. The image is of a hipster dude in a flat rimmed hat just lounging on his back with a sultry woman who has flowing curly hair floating above him. Between and around the two subjects are little details relating to road trips and the tree-topped mountains that surround whistler. 

The second piece is as I previously stated inside Pangea Pod's Cafe. The coral pink and baby blue is my favourite of the two and perhaps even my favourite Ola Volo Mural to date. A boho-chic woman daintily holds a martini with four olives while giving the most killer side-eye. A hip dude with a standard-issued hipster beanie is holding what I thought at first glance an espresso, but after closer inspection, he too is gingerly grasping a martini glass between two fingers. 


GEAR STORAGE

When in Whistler, you have to hit the slopes whether it is boarding in the winter or biking in the summer. Either way, you probably have some expensive gear with you that you want to store in a safe place. Pangea's "Toy Box" features specially designed storage for skis, snowboards, boots and bikes. They are all lockable so you can rest assured that they are safe. 



Pangea Pod is an affordable hotel option that Whistler desperately needed. I am glad Russell and Jelena have created this phenomenal space for anyone that wants a comfortable safe place to sleep that is not going to break the bank. The Pods are spacious and the food is delicious. The best part, Pangea Pod is smack dab in the middle of Whistler Village so you are in the thick of all the Whistler action. 

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Disclaimer: Complimentary Media trip courtesy of Serena PRTourism WhistlerDestination BC and Pangea Pod Hotel. All opinions and content are original and my own. Certain pictures provided by the talented Christina Kaspercyk of Lumin Pictures Inc


Pangea Pod Hotel
A: 4333 Sunrise Alley, Whistler, BC  V8E 1M7
T: 1-844-726-4329




Saturday, 8 June 2019

Pastry Chef Extrodinare: Julien at Au Comptoir

Au Comptoir: The Pistachio Mille Feuille with fresh Raspberries
Most people pick restaurants based on what they want for their entree, but me on the otherhand, I make my decision solely based on the restaurant's dessert menu! Dessert is life and life is too short to not indulge yourself. Vancouver's dessert scene is phenomenal, but one restaurant has always caught my attention: Au Comptoir. 

Au Comptoir's Executive Pastry Chef, Julien, also noticed my infatuation of everything sweet. Before I knew it, I was seated across from the man himself with a sampling of his creations on the table between us. 

Chef Julien is a classically trained pastry chef from Paris, France and after working 2 years in Singapore, Chef Julien made his way across the Atlantic Ocean to Vancouver, BC, Canada! Despite only calling Vancouver home fo 2 years, Chef Julien has acclimated well and is barely indistinguishable from the local hipsters. He sports a classic dad hat, circular wire-framed glasses and an eclectic collection of tattoos that any hipster would be envious of. The only thing that gives Chef Julien away is his to die for French accent - in my opinion, the French accent only makes him more hip. 

Being the resident pastry chef at Au Comptoir, Chef Julien focuses on perfecting traditional French desserts. Truth be told, I have always gravitated towards desserts made by pastry chefs trained in France. 

"I think every desseert and cake has a beauty of their own, but for mine, I try to put all the love I can into them. But of course, its the details - Details is what makes the difference"

In France, the internships, for lack of another word, are ROUGH. It is long gruelling hours of endless work and nothing short of perfection is accepted. An example from Chef Julien's training is when he asked his mentor to teach him how to do chocolate lettering using a parchment paper cone: A Paper Cornet. His mentor agreed, but to no surprise, it would have to be on Chef Julien's own time. So every single day, Chef Julien would stay an extra 15 minutes to practice folding paper cornets and piping chocolate lettering. Chef Julien would even practice at home using toothpaste! Practice really does make for perfection! 

Now I could not leave Au Comptoir without actually trying some of Chef Julien's offerings and he did not disappoint bringing out his favourite four desserts. 

The Chocolate Fondant is a warm chocolate cake that is popped into the oven to order. 9 minutes later, the Chocolate Fondant arrives at your table with a molten centre of 70% dark bitter Tropillia Valrhona Chocolate. The gooey chocolatey goodness pairs perfectly with the big scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and bitter caramel sauce. An excellent dessert for all the chocolate lovers at the table! 

Au Comptoir Executive Pastry Chef Julien
The Tartelette Façon Tatin is filled with house-made crème fraîche and caramelized apples. Of the four desserts, this was my least favourite. I usually love caramelized spiced apple desserts, but this one was a little underwhelming in flavour when compared to the other desserts. The crème fraîche layer in it though was divine!

Of course, every French restaurant must have a Lemon Meringue tarttelette on their menu. Au Comptoir's version did not disappoint and dare I say perhaps even my favourite Lemon Meringue tart to date. Most places are unable to balance the tartness of lemon against the sugar, but Chef Julien really achieved the perfect play of sweet and sour. 

I saved my favourite dessert for last: The Pistachio Mille Feuille with fresh Raspberries. A decadent rich pistachio pastry cream is sandwiched between house made puff pastry and is finished with fresh raspberries and a coulis. I appreciated the fresh lightness of this dessert and it was on the less sweet end of the spectrum which I prefer. 

Despite being restrained to classic French desserts, Chef Julien has still managed to bring his own flair in terms of both flavour and presentation. The mille-feuille is served on its side, so the pastry cream faces upwards and he has opted for fresh fruit in place of the usual fondant glaze. The meringue on the lemon tartelette is expertly piped in a mesmerizing spiral before being hit with a blowtorch. The smallest change of presentation brings new excitement to classic French desserts we have all come to love and enjoy. 

Chef Julien is only just getting his start in Vancouver. He recently helped Au Comptoir secure silver in 2019 Van Magazine's best dessert category. 

Before I finished up my afternoon of desserts with Chef Julien, I wanted to know what flavour he really hopes to work with in the future. Perhaps we are meant to be best pals because he belted out:

" Matcha! I love matcha!" 

Thank you for having me over for a lazy afternoon of conversations over desserts. I am certain I will be seeing more of you in the future Chef Julien! 

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Au Comptoir Desserts: Tartelette Façon Tatin on the left and the Lemon Meringue Tartelette on the right
Au Comptoir: Chocolate Fondant
Au Comptoir: Lemon Meringue Tartlette 
Au Comptoir: The Pistachio Mille Feuille with fresh Raspberries

Friday, 7 June 2019

Pods, Pines and Pools: 24-Hours in Whistler


Every now and then, we just need to escape our chaotic big city lives. Whistler might be best known for its Snowboarding and Ski Scene, but it also happens to be a spectacular spring and summer getaway. In my case, Whistler was perfect for my Girls Trip! The Ski and Snowboarding slopes are just 120 KMs North of Vancouver in the Sea-To-Ski Corridor. This trip up to the mountains came at the perfect time because I really needed to disconnect from my busy work life. Despite being a short 24-hour mini trip to Whistler, we were able to pack in several amazing activities. 

PINES - Get Outdoors

The first activity on our itinerary was a Forest Bathing Walk with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. Forest Bathing Therapy has been proven to be a powerful healing tool which can help alleviate stress, and boost happiness, energy and your immune system. In Japan, it is a revered form of preventative medicine on which several research studies have been conducted. 

Canadian Wilderness Adventures took us on a walk through Whistler's old growth forest in which trees have been estimated to be as old as 1,000 years old! Our guides, Mike and Allan, took us on the Medicine Trail, a spiritual part of the forest which has been blessed by the local indigenous elders. Forest Bathing Walks are not necessarily for everyone as it can be a little "hippie." 

We were encouraged to clear our heads and focus on our five senses: Touch, Smell, Hearing, Taste and Sight. To feel our lungs fill with fresh untainted air, hear the symphony of the rushing water and watch the subtle fluttering of the leaves in the air. It can be difficult to slow down and accept this invitation to be in the present. Thank you, Allan and Mike, for sharing the Medicine Trail and the untouched beauty of the old growth forest with me. 

If you desire adventures with more thrill, Canadian Wilderness has activities that will satisfy your wild side.  They offer ATVs, Electric Mountain Bikes, Canoeing, Axe Throwing and offroading in a Porsche Cayenne! I am very much interested in getting behind the wheel of a slick German-engineered Porsche Cayenne and taking it through the outback woods of Whistler - Next time!


POOLS - The Spa

The Scandinave Spa in Whistler is ICONIC; yet yours truly had never been before! Nestled within a spruce and cedar forest, the Nordic-inspired spa offers 20,000 square feet of outdoor pools, saunas, solariums, steam rooms and hammocks. Patrons are encouraged to follow the cycle of HOT/COLD/RELAX to fully experience the benefits of hydrotherapy. 

We were given soft plush white bathrobes which made me feel super bougie. The locker room and showers are spacious, but more importantly to me, very clean! There were signs all around the spa outlining the hydrotherapy cycle. 

For HOT, the recommended time was 10 to 15 minutes. After letting your muscles relax, blood vessels dilate and increased blood flow to your skin, muscles and organs, the next step was to take a 15-second plunge in chilling cold water. The cold is TOUGH. My entire body instantly contracted and caused my breathing to become shallow, but once I stepped out of the cold pool, a calmness swept through my entire body. I felt more relaxed than when I was in the HOT water. Good thing the RELAX stage comes after the COLD. I padded my way up the steps to Hammock Heaven where I hypothetically should have spent 10 to 15 minutes blissfully asleep. I say Hypothetically because unfortunately, being the antsy anxious individual that I am, sitting still and doing nothing is very difficult for me. I noticed other spa-goers had brought along books to pass time during the RELAX stage. Next time, I am definitely bringing a book with me too. 

A few things to take into consideration when visiting The Scandinave Spa:

• Sunglasses: it is outdoors and if you are sensitive to the sun like me, sunglasses are a must!
• SILENCE: talking is frowned upon. All patrons agree to maintain the silent environment and if you think you can whisper, it is only a matter of time before the "shush police" catches you!
• Time: give yourself ample time to really enjoy the hydrotherapy experience. You will want to go through the cycle a few times and perhaps then lounge up in Hammock Heaven for a little longer. 
• NO Electronics: Electronics are NOT permitted inside the spa. Scandinave Spa strives to make all guests feel comfortable and at ease, so please be respectful and leave your phones in your locker. 
• Spa Buddy or Book: Probably more for individuals like me that are constantly antsy and have a hard time being still for long periods of time. I will probably enjoy the spa more if I have something to do or a friend who will at least keep me some company. 
• Slippers: 2/3 of the spa is outdoors, so protect your feetsies from the scorching hot pavement by bringing some slippers with you! If you forget, the spa does have some for purchase. 

Food

On this trip, my tastebuds were spoiled with mouthwatering dishes. We dined a total of three times at three distinctly different dining establishments. 


Thunderbird Cafe
Located in the basement of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the Thunderbird Cafe. Indigenous-inspired dishes using local ingredients are served at the Thunderbird Cafe. I recommend the Veal Chilli with fresh Bannock - a traditional indigenous bread that is soft and doughy, a perfect accompaniment to the rich nourishing chilli. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to explore the indigenous art that is showcased at the SLCC. 


Alta Bistro
Dinner was at Alta Bistro which is situated in Whistler Village. Do you know what the word "Bistro" means? A bistro typically has a menu that changes to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients and a stellar wine list that showcases lesser-known local wines that are affordable. Speaking of wine, Alta is the first restaurant in Whistler to feature the premium Enomatic wine-serving system, which in layman's terms means the fancy machine preserves the integrity of the wine till the last drop in the bottle. I prefer simple food, so Alta's fancy cuisine was a little too out there for me. Also, I no longer enjoy meat as much as I used to and the vegetarian options at Alta were limited. It just was not for me. I do recommend Alta Bistro for wine lovers because they really do have a spectacular selection of wine by the glass. 


The Living Room
The next morning we had breakfast at Pangea Pod Hotel's cutely named "Living Room" restaurant and cafe. Their breakfast game is one point! Healthy, simple and exploding with flavour. For me, having a nutritious start to my day is important, so if it is not obvious already, I fell in love with Pangea Pod Hotel's food! 

I had the Eggs Benedict, but I wanted it with raw spinach which they happily accommodated. The hollandaise was luscious and buttery. I rounded out my breakfast with the Pangea Power Smoothie. A delicious blended concoction of mixed berries, banana, greek yogurt, honey, almond milk and toasted almonds. I really loved the Pangea Power smoothie - gurly approved!

PODS - Accommodations


We stayed in the heart of Whistler Village at the Pangea Pod Hotel. I only have praises for Whistler's first and only pod hotel. This blog post has gotten a bit long, so I am going to cover my Pangea Pod Hotel experience in my next post!


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Disclaimer: Complimentary Media trip courtesy of Serena PR, Tourism Whistler, Destination BC and Pangea Pod Hotel. All opinions and content are original and my own. 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Last Minute Mother's Day Brunch & Treats in Vancouver


Mother's Day completely snuck up on me and perhaps you too are in the same situation as me! There are a lot of special Mother's Day Brunches and set menu dinners, but they often are really crowded. Also, I have never been a fan of buffets. The food quality is never as good as a la carte since the kitchen staff is overwhelmed with pumping out large quantities of food, so the quality suffers. 

This is a quick list of my own personal recommendations of where to take your Mum for a memorable Mother's Day 2019! The list is partial to brunch and sweets because hello Sunday Brunch is a classic and what woman does not love a sweet pastry. 


This is the restaurant I have settled on to take my own Mum to for a Mother's Day brunch. I love the space. The Settlement building is spacious with high ceilings and a wall of oak barrels dividing the restaurant from the winery. The food is scrumptious and their menu is diverse, so there are many options for vegetarians and sweet tooths alike! 


Despite only being in Vancouver for a few short years, this beloved island breakfast joint has stolen our hearts. I am certain there is going to be a massive lineup of 45 + minutes, but it is another excuse to spend time with your mum and build memories. Plus the mouthwatering oversized breakfast foods is totally worth the ridiculous wait times. My recommendation: The Loney Piggy and Red Velvet Pancakes! 


In the heart of downtown Vancouver is my absolute favourite French patisserie and chocolate boutique. Everything at Theirry is made from scratch throughout the day right up until closing time! I am obsessed with their macarons, madeleines and desserts. If they have the Mango Tart, get it!


Personally, I have never been to Temper Pastry, but I have only heard nothing but good things about them. They are situated out in West Vancouver which is the primary reason I have not been, but if you are on the North Shore, I think they are worth checking out. They have a decadent Fresh Raspberry Chocolate Tart on their menu for Spring which looks absolutely divine! 


For any special occasion or basically any excuse really, I go to Savio Volpe. I have been to Savio Volpe on a few separate occasions and each time, the food has been exquisite. The menu changes daily, but the only downside is that Savio Volpe only does dinner. Reservations are highly recommended and they are probably full for mother's day, but it is still worth a try! 


Denny's might seem a bit boring, but I have so many amazing memories with my mum and family there. We have shared so many laughs over Grand Slams and late-night pancakes. Sometimes fancy is overrated and the simple things are best! Perhaps there is a restaurant that holds similar meaning to you and your mum! 

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful Mum's! 

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Crazy for Crazy Rich Asians


2018 was one hell of a year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their big royal wedding, the Obama portraits were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery and my favourite Disney star and singer Miley Cyrus married her hunk of a beau Liam Hemsworth. Another huge pop-culture moment that defined 2018 was the theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians!

I had not read the book, so I wanted to read it prior to seeing the movie because I refuse to let the movie ruin a good book for me. Truth be told, it is rare for a movie to capture the spirit and charm of the book that is based upon. In this case, the movie did not do the book justice, but that is alright because it helped achieve other amazing milestones. The Crazy Rich Asians movie boasted an all-Asian cast, bringing much-needed diversity to Hollywood. Not to mention, this rom-com was an absolute international sensation! 

Singaporean author Kevin Kwan does a marvelous job at creating the lavish world of the rich secretive families of Singapore. The store revolves around Rachel Chu who is supposedly just the average typical Chinese American aka not a crazy rich Asian. She is an intelligent economist and is a professor at NYU. Nicholas Young her love also happens to teach at NYU too and they live together in a tiny apartment. It is pretty weird that they keep their spending modest and that he hides the fact that his family is absurdly wealthy. The book portrays his family to be stupidly rich, so it is so bizarre that he keeps this opulent insane family an absolute secret from Rachel. 

The author has taken a lot of time to develop intricate family trees and yes, you are literally provided the family trees at the very beginning of the book which I myself referred back to many times! The family dynamics are what really drew me into the story. You too will find yourself flipping back to them as it takes some time to become familiar with all the families and who is married to who and who their kids are etc. The lineages are also important because a lot of the story revolves around one particular family. 

One particular thing that I found myself growing tired of was the constant mentions of brand names. It goes without saying that the families are wealthy beyond imagines, so they obviously own a lot of luxury goods. But beyond the first couple of chapters, the use of luxury names as descriptors for what they are wearing, or buying, or owned really did not add to the story very much. Just became a constant reminder that items crafted by the likes of Gucci, Oscar de la Renta or Alexander McQueen will never be everyday names for me. Needless to say, it got annoying!

Aside from the constant luxury brand name dropping, the book was written extremely well, often using elevated diction. It was a great read and I found myself completely engrossed in it while bussing to school or during my breaks. The intricate family trees brought an added layer of complexity. The best part, I was never able to predict what would happen next! Which made the book all the more interesting and fun! 

As I had mentioned earlier, the movie did not entirely do the book justice. The book has a lot of interwoven storylines which did not translate well onto the big screen. Thankfully my favourite character, the "evil" mother, Eleanor Young was impeccably portrayed! YAY! 

I am currently making my way through the second installment of the trilogy and thus far, it is just as exciting and fun as the first. I will keep you posted on my thoughts when I finish China Rich Girlfriend. 

Hopefully, I did not give away too many spoilers to those who may have not read or seen the movie yet! I highly recommend the read.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Blossom at Metropolis Art Installation



The sun is shining, the clouds are parting and the early signs of cherry blossoms have begun to appear! I am happy to report that Vancouver has brushed off the winter cold and is welcoming the beautiful warmth of Spring. In fact, today was gorgeous out and I found myself turning off the heater and opening the sunroof in my car because believe it or not, I was hot in my car. 

Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver is one of my favourite times of the year and I look forward to it after our long cold rainy winters. I probably take an excess of 500 pictures of the blossoms every year because I find them so beautiful. Furthermore, Cherry Blossoms are delicate little flowers and are around Vancouver for barely a month. The soft fluffy pink flowers bring smiles to everyone's faces in Vancouver and did you know, Vancouver and Victoria are the only cities in all of Canada that have the iconic pink flowers! 


To welcome the Cherry Blossom season in Vancouver, Metrotown Vancouver with the help of HFour, a Vancouver-based interactive arts company, has transformed the Grand Court into a stunning display of cherry blossoms! Nearly a quarter million blossoms are hung from the ceiling and are framed by massive metallic orbs that from afar almost look like magnificent silver clouds floating on branches of pink blossoms. It is honestly the most striking and ambitious installation that I have witnessed to date at Metrotown. What makes this installation unique is that a huge part of the work is suspended from the ceiling; therefore, patrons are able to see it from the second and third-floor balcony too! 

If I had to describe it in under 10 words: Larger Than Life Cherry Blossoms on Silver Clouds. 

The installation is not just above our heads. If you head down to the Grand Court, the floor has been covered with faux grass on which several large metal orbs have been affixed to and cherry blossoms circle the base of each ball. Since the balls are metal and metallic, it acts like a mirror giving the illusion that the installation is infinite. The balls on the ground are huge and visitors are encouraged to take a seat on one of the pink benches and gaze into the balls - perhaps it will reveal your future?

These mirrored spheres are magnificently huge and the largest has an impressive diameter of 4 meters across and is part of the overhead installation. 

The installation is truly unique and is something you will want to catch a glimpse of in person. You should head to Metrotown soon because like with all great things, the installation will be wrapping up at the end of the month, March 31st being its final day at Metrotown. 

Blossom at Metropolis is also accompanied by several workshops that will be running throughout the month of March. A couple that I myself am really interested in attending are the brush lettering workshops as well as traditional paper cutting. However, knowing my schedule, I am probably going to be far too busy to attend one the which makes me sad. Hopefully, you are able to go for me! 


You are probably curious as to where I got a kimono from to wear in the pictures. I was lucky enough to attend Blossom at Metropolis' media launch party at which they had traditional Japanese dancers as well as snacks and cocktails. A few of us were lucky enough to be outfitted in a kimono! I instantly gravitated towards this kimono because I personally find peach, pink and gold to be an elegant trio of colours. I do not believe the particular kimono I wore was made from silk, but if it was, that kimono in those colours would have been breathtaking. Also, can we take a moment to talk about what it takes to wear a kimono! It took three women to tie my kimono and they used some considerable force when tying the knots. It was fascinating how precise each fold and knot they made was. After they were done, I felt like I had just been outfitted into a corset because they really pulled the obi (the sash in the middle) tight! 

My friend Maggie from C'est La Vie Maggi attended the event with me and she too got to wear a kimono. Maggie has written a post on Blossom at Metropolis too, but unlike me, she posted about it a week and a half ago! 

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Happy 4th Birthday BLOG!


Happy 4th Birthday to my Blog! After a rough third year filled with setbacks, constantly being sick and switching jobs, I never expected to make it to year four. I am glad that I hung in there. Even though I wish I was able to put out more content, I am glad I focused more on the quality, so the small number of posts I did, I was really happy with them!

Going into my fourth year as a part-time hobbyist blogger, it is my hope that I am able to increase the frequency of posts. My ideal goal would be to post twice a week, but it is going to be a challenge as I actually do have a full-time job and attend school part-time. 

I really wanted to throw a big birthday party for Pink Tea Latte's 4th Birthday, but alas, I have been run down with the most brutal viral imaginable. So party planning was out of the question. Perhaps I will do a little something in the summer when Vancouver is finally sunny and beautiful. Stay tuned for that! 

In the meantime, I still had to celebrate this big milestone somehow, so I decided to bake a giant cookie cake! I have been seeing these cookie creations all over Instagram and even considered getting one for my 25th birthday. They are so freaking cute! 

I went with a simple sugar cookie from which I cut the letters and giant four freehand. Aside from a couple of wonky letters, my freehand cutting was pretty darn good. The top of the cookie is frosted with a fresh whip cream that I lightly sweetened with icing sugar. I used a big round tip to do the big dollops and then went in with a star tip to add some more texture. I wanted to keep the decorations simple. Obviously fresh strawberries and raspberries because they are my favourite fruits to use in desserts. I also used chocolate crisp pearls which are madly addictive. The crisp pearls are cereal covered in chocolate. If you live in Vancouver, you can get them from The Lazy Gourmet which is basically the best cookware and artisanal ingredient store ever! Now a Pink Tea Latte cake would not be complete without a touch of pink which is where the sprinkles come into play! And since I love yellow gold, you know I could not resist adding a little bling with gold balls. 

Thank you for always supporting my little blog! 

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