Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Breaking Up with Fast Fashion


Shopping for clothing used to be done a couple times a year. Generally, it was for replacing essentials and perhaps picking up a new piece or two. But with the emergence of fast fashion retailers, fashion became more accessible. New trends used to emerge a couple times a year, but these days it feels things change every month. 

Fast fashion brands mass produce runway looks and sell them for cheap. Essentially fast fashion floods the market with cheaply produced clothing that is financially accessible to consumers. Unfortunately, this results in a huge amount of waste because the garments soon find their way to the landfill. Also, cheap fabrics, often plastic-based, shed microplastic fibres with each wash; therefore, polluting our waterways and oceans. 

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Disney Pixar's Luca Review

Pixar Animation Studios/ Walt Disney Pictures

Disney Pixar movies make some of the best animated movies that are enjoyed by adults and children alike. Pixar first stole our hearts with Toy Store, in 1995 and have since released countless feature length animated films ranging from adventures to superheros and magical wonders. Some of my favourites include Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc., Up, Coco and Wall-E. You would be hardpressed to find someone who does not love a single Pixar movie. 

Luca is Disney-Pixar's newest release and is a coming of age movie of two sea-creature boys in a seaside town of Italy. 

SPOILERS AHEAD:

In most instances, Pixar blows my mind, but Luca was awful. The beginning of the movie felt oddly similar to the little mermaid. Whenever the sea monsters are out of water, they transform into a human form. Luca has to learn how to walk and is fascinated by human objects - ahem Ariel? Luca's parents are anti-land and deem it a dangerous scary place for sea monsters. 

Monday, 28 June 2021

Beating the Heat with the Best Ice Cream in Vancouver

Vancouver has been hit with a heatwave like no other. Temperatures reached 38ºC which is practically unheard of in BC. I think the most we ever hit during the summer months is 34ºC. Tomorrow and Monday is going to be even hotter, surpassing 40ºC. That is scorchingly hot and honestly terrifying. I feel like I am on the beaches of Hawaii, not the Northern Pacific West Coast! 

Needless to say, me and everyone else in Vancouver are just trying to stay cool in this sweltering heatwave. Ice Cream, iced drinks, loose linen clothing, fans, ice cubes and whatever else it takes. So I thought I would make a list of the best ice cream spots in and around Vancouver because not everyone lives in Vancouver City! 

I wanted to get this list up quickly, so I have not had the chance to insert pictures. 

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Turkish Coffee with JamJar Canteen Commercial Drive

Years ago I saw a video of Turkish Coffee being made in the Middle East. I had seen nothing like it before. A little coffee pot was placed in hot sand and within moments, a frothy coffee begins to boil up. I have never seen any sort of food or beverage prepared in hot sand before! Needless to say, it was really cool and looked like magic! 

When I heard JamJar Canteen serves Turkish Coffee, you bet I had to go check it out. JamJar Canteen is a  Lebanese restaurant that specializes in Mezze - Middle Eastern Tapas. The space is stunning, with emerald green walls, ornate penny tiled flooring and lovely old-growth wooden beams, but there was no sand in sight. For logistical reasons, hot sand is not feasible, thus JamJar uses a gas burner. 

Sunday, 20 June 2021

I BOUGHT A TOWNHOUSE!



I bought a house!

I am giddy, in shock, excited and simultaneously in disbelief because being a homeowner has been one of my biggest goals in life. It was important to me that I purchase a place in Metro Vancouver because I grew up in Vancouver and want to continue living here. All of the paperwork has been completed, the payments have been made and the keys dropped off. So as of May 2021, I legally own a two-bedroom townhouse! 

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Granville Island Brewing Peach Sample Shop

Granville Island Brewing Company is hosting a 10 day peach themed pop-up in celebration of the release of their newest hoppy creation, the Peach Sour! In partnership with the Vancouver Food Bank and Lee's Donuts, the Sample Shop is open from 12pm - 5pm from May 14 to 24, 2021 at 45 Water Street Vancouver. If you are strolling through Gastown, this immersive peach themed sample shop is tough to miss. Now I LOVE Peaches, so I could not miss this. 

Scroll down to see me show off my peach 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

What I Miss from Before COVID-19 Restrictions


I live in Canada which is currently in the midst of its third COVID-19 wave. The interesting part is knowing there are countries in the world that have resumed normal life, but unfortunately, the province I live in, British Columbia, is still in a state of emergency. March 18, 2020, was when the original state of emergency went into effect and has since been extended and is still in effect over a year later. Needless to say, I never imagined COVID-19 having such a profound effect on the world, on my life, and everyone's life. The most frustrating part is being restricted in terms of activities and overall my "usual" way of life. 

So this is my list of activities, tasks, random things that I took for granted pre-covid and seriously miss. 

Monday, 3 May 2021

Imagine Van Gogh Vancouver is a Must Visit


Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive art experience that is currently open for viewing in Vancouver. When I first purchased my tickets - over a month ago! - I thought this would be a typical Art Gallery show in which original Van Gogh paintings would be on display. Definitely not a stereotypical art experience. They really take the immersive aspect to a whole new level. 

In his career, Van Gogh painted an staggering 900 pieces of work which is even more impressive considering he passed at the age of 37. Unfortunately many artists including Van Gogh did not gain fame until after their passing. His work is now valued millions of dollars. What I did not know was Van Gogh struggled with mental illness and spent a large part of his life in and out of hospitals. The exhibit starts with panels of information from which I learned so much about Van Gogh. 

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Maxine's Cafe & Bar is Vancouver's newest brunch obsession

Vancouver was in desperate need of a Europeanesque bistro and Maxine's Cafe & Bar has finally filled that void. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the space with natural light that bounces off the marble counters, deep walnut-toned wood, and metallic brass accents. What particularly caught my eye is the stunning art-deco arched shelving above the bar that is lined with premium liquor. As soon as I saw the pictures and press releases for Maxine's, I knew I had to visit them. 

Since I am obsessed with brunch, it only made sense that I swung by on a Sunday morning. We were seated out front on Maxine's makeshift patio, as the actual patio undergoes completion. I love the white & red woven bistro chairs because in my head I picture these chairs being used for seating in cute Parisienne cafes! 

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

I Made a Fruit Sculpture for the Nakano Knives Contest


I love working with my hands, being creative, and making beautiful creations. Nakano Knives reached out to me to be an ambassador for the Fruit Sculpting Contest. 


I thought it would be easy since I have seen it done many times on the Food Network. IAarón and Chris can do it on Chefs vs. City with no training, then I should be able to carve a piece of fruit into a wicked sculpture too! 

Chefs vs. City was probably one of my favourite Food Network Channel shows! It ran for two seasons airing from 2009 to 2010. Chefs Aarón Sánchez and Chris Cosentino travel go head to head with two chefs from the city they are competing in. Sort of like the Amazing Race that you go to the city, compete in games for clues, racing around the city to the finish line. Each episode has several challenges that are centered around the local food culture in the city! I do not remember the exact episode, but maybe you can find it!

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Indoor dining in BC temporarily banned March 29th to April 19th, 2021


The announcement of all indoor dining being suspended effective midnight Monday March 29th came as no surprise because the Covid-19 cases in BC have surged. Unfortunately, the ban on indoor dining, group fitness classes and Whistler Backcomb ski resort negatively impacts a huge number of small businesses in BC. The current emergency closure is in place until April 19, 2021, and there is very good possibility that it will get extended. 

In my opinion, the "circuit breaker" as put by BC health was not well implemented. Restauranteurs and employees hardly had any time to plan or make alternative arrangements. Literally they had less than 12 hours notice! The restaurants with patio and outdoor seating are lucky because the health order specifically prohibits indoor seating, not outdoor or patio dining. However, since BC is a temperate rainforest, we get several months of dreary rainy weather, so it is understandable why many restaurants only have indoor seating. 

Monday, 5 April 2021

Douce Diner scoops out Banana Splits in a retro 50's aesthetic space

My craving for the 1950's diner experience is real! The era was all about the bright hued interiors, penny tiles, cushioned booths, neon signs, and Roc'n Roll. Douce Diner has brought the classic Americana vibe north of the border to the North Shore and needless to say, they nailed the 50's era vibe! 

Douce Diner checks off so many boxes for me with their Pink, Mint and Yellow colour palette, to the intricate penny tiled flooring and the neon pink "Hello Sunshine" sign that overlooks the space. Douce Diner have struck the perfect balance between contemporary and retro. 

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Pink Dance Bubbles In and Around Downtown Vancouver

An outdoor art exhibition of pink illuminating bubbles have been popping up all around Downtown Vancouver. Called #LoveVancouver Dance Bubbles, the urban art pieces by local dance production company Small Stage. The piece has been putting a smile on the face of Vancouverites for the month of March and they have been such a success that Tourism Vancouver is planning to extend the duration of the exhibit into April.

Me being me, I could not resist a pink carpet and glowing pink bubbles! I visited on a day that the installation was in the Vancouver Art Gallery Courtyard. There were 6 bubbles each with their own theming, but all bright pink in tone. The art piece was designed to have dancers perform live within the bubbles, but for that night, they did things a little different and set up two of the biggest outdoor screens ever that showed live streamed the dancers. 

I hope Vancouver continues with bringing unique interactive urban artwork like this to the community. It really brings a lot of charm and quirk to Vancouver and that is what I love about living here. Plus, it keeps things interesting! 

I should have taken pictures of the bubbles after the sun had set because they look stunning in the dark! The bright pink light really makes the bubbles just glow and pop! 

#LoveVancouver Dance Bubbles are set up at various locations throughout Downtown Vancouver. An updated schedule on dates, times and locations is available on Tourism Vancouver's website. 

BYES




Friday, 19 March 2021

Happy 6th Birthday Pink Tea Latte

Happy 6th Birthday Pink Tea Latte!

Since blogpost number one on March 16, 2015, I have published 391 posts. That is 391 creative original pieces written by me with photographs that I took first using my iPad Mini generation 2, then my parent's Nikon D 3200. I purchased my very first camera the Nikon D 5500 and upgraded to my current baby, Nikon D 750. A full frame beast that takes stunning pictures and probably remain my companion for years to come. At this point, the Nikon D750 is essentially my co-contributor for Pink Tea latte because without pictures, my writing does not feel complete. 

Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography only at The Polygon Gallery

I love food because it is for much more than just the fuel for our bodies. Food brings us together as a society, a common uniter over which we share stories and create new memories. We mark celebrations and milestones like birthdays with food - PTL just turned 6 years old and you bet I treated myself to cake! Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography combines my two loves, food and photography and is available for public viewing at the Polygon Gallery until May 30, 2021. Admission is by donation. 

The exhibition is divided into three themes. "Still Life" is the classic display of food. Acclaimed artists the likes of Matisse and Van Gogh come to mind. "Around the Table" looks at how we as humans interact with food whether it be social gatherings or sharing of food. The final portion of the exhibit was my favourite of the three, "Playing with Food." Going beyond just capturing food as food, but turning it into pieces of art, humour and irony.  

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Hunnybee Bruncheonette for Delicious Morning Lattes & Ricotta Pancakes

Brunch is delicious and amazing and when it is combined with sun drenched space, makes for the perfect Sunday morning. Hunnybee Bruncheonette is a magical offshoot of the beloved Gastown cafe, The Birds & The Beets, which happens to be one of my favourite places to hangout. Honestly, I could lose hours of my life just sipping a latte and basking in the warmth of the sunshine at either of these locations. 

Hunnybee is at the corner of Gore and Union Street in Chinatown. Wrapping the exterior of the cafe is outdoor seating and tables under a green and white striped awning. Floor to ceiling windows make you feel like you are basically sitting outdoors. Probably adding to that feeling are all the green plants inside and the dried foliage that hangs from the ceilings. 

Thursday, 25 February 2021

16 Vancouver Neighbourhoods team up for the Love Your City initiative

 Meandering around Vancouver neighbourhoods is my favourite way to spend an afternoon. All of the neighbourhoods are distinct with their own personality, community, vibe, aesthetic and food. Love Your City is a new initiative launched in collaboration with 16 Business Improvement Associations. 

16 Vancouver Neighbourhoods:

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Marché Mon Pitou the newest addition to South Granville

I absolutely adore French cafés for their laid back atmosphere, delicious pastries and cute aesthetics. South Granville's newest addition is no exception. Marché Mon Pitou will give you major "Emily In Paris" the surprise Netflix hit show. 

The cafe shines bright like a rich green emerald set in yellow gold, a bold colour scheme. My favourite design element is the use of Pitou, the owner's adorable English bulldog as the cafés official mascot. Marché Mon Pitou is more than just a café, it is a triple threat as a grocer and bistro too. The space inside is small boasting a massive central table that was overflowing with baskets of fresh produce leaving three tiny tables for indoor seating. 

Friday, 12 February 2021

Heart-Shaped Pizza and Italian Peroni Beer for the Ultimate Romantic Gesture Courtesy of Pizzeria Farina

Nothing says "I Love You" like pizza and beer! With just a few days to go until Valentine's day, Pizzeria Farina is stretching dough into the shape of a heart to share with your sweetheart and to complete your romantic night, every order comes with Italian Peroni Beer. 

The team behind Pizzeria Farina are juggernauts in Vancouver's Italian food scene. Sister restaurants include Ask for Luigi and Caffé Di Beppe, both of which I have dined at multiple times, so I can attest to their deliciousness! The original Pizzeria Farina is on the cusp of Chinatown and will be celebrating their 9th birthday on August 18th! The team at Farina take pride in their Italian pies and swear the secret to a stellar pizza is striking the delicate balance between the dough, sauce and toppings because if there are too many toppings, the flavour of the dough gets lost. Now of course, the foundation to all good food is high quality ingredients. Their Northern Italian-inspired pizzas start with a base of local Anita's organic flour which is mixed with rye and red fyfe. After a 24-hour fermentation period, the dough has deepened in flavour and is ready for toppings. Farina's tomato sauce is made with Italian San Marzano tomatoes and flavoured with salt, pepper, garlic and chilli flakes. 

Monday, 25 January 2021

M!LA Plant-Based Brunch Fun in Chinatown


I never thought I would say this, but I went to a vegan restaurant, aka an eatery that serves an all plant-based menu. M!LA is one of Vancouver's most recent additions to the vegetarian food scene and can be found along Keefer Street amongst other notable restaurants in Historic Chinatown. 

I popped by M!LA with my friend Its Josh Eats for Sunday morning brunch. I must admit, I was impressed by the long line that had formed outside of M!LA before they opened their doors at 10:30 AM. I really had no idea just how popular they were, but it should not come as a surprise considering there are not a lot of vegetarian friendly restaurants in Vancouver. My parents are vegetarian and it can be a struggle for them to eat out because their only options end up being salad, a cobbled together vegetarian pasta and a not so great veggie burger. 

Monday, 4 January 2021

2020 a Hell of a Year


2020 was one hell of a year. A year of fear. A year of weird. A year of loneliness. A year of yearning. A year of anxiety. A year of learning. A year of rediscovering priorities. A year of changing expectations. A year of opening my eyes to new possibilities. 

It has been a year of so much uncertainty; yet simultaneously educational. I lost my routines and my patience was seriously tested, but from it, I learned to adapt. I discovered that I could survive with much less. Now toilet paper will always be a vital necessity for me and something I CANNOT live without, but I can do without the daily overpriced caffeinated beverages. I am yearning for social gatherings and hanging out with my friends. I have been working hard to stay in contact with besties, but its just not the same. It is boring being holed up at home day after day! Despite it all, I am STRONG and CAPABLE of more than I think.