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Kerrisdale Play Palace

The Kerrisdale Play Palace is located at the Kerrisdale Ice Rink.   It’s seasonal from May-September when the ice rink is not in use.

Little Patch was invited to a birthday party there on a weekend where it’s open to the public as well but it didn’t pose as a problem since the play area is huge.   But you have to watch your stuff and shoes as it’s a busy public place and the adults are busy watching their little ones, thefts do occur.

Kerrisdale play Palace - Corner of East Boulevard and 41st, behind McDonalds

Free parking is plenty by the rink and on the street.  Read the rest of this entry

Quick Recipe – Dutch Chocolate Pudding

Instant Chocolate Pudding - $1.99

There are days where I just don’t have time to make something good.  But not all good things require a lot of time like this Chocolate Pudding from Trader Joes.  Since we don’t have a TJ in Vancouver, it’s not like you can skip out of the house and pick this up.  It’s something that you may want to get while you head south for some shopping.  The closest TJ to Vancouver is in Bellingham (check website for address and directions). Read the rest of this entry

Oahu’s Triple D – Waiola Shaved Ice – Worth a Trip to Hawaii

This is partially why I keep returning to Honolulu... seriously.

To end my Oahu’s Triple D segment is a trip to Waiola’s Shave Ice.  No, this is not the Waiola Shave Ice that’s constantly advertised on Hawaii Five-0 and not the one with the bakery.

On my previous trip to Honolulu, a local friend introduced me and my hubby to shaved ice.  At first I wasn’t too interested because I imagined it to be like PNE’s snow cone.  Coarse, grainy, rough ice doused in food colouring.

When I arrived, it was part of a corner store.  But there was a line for the shaved ice which is the first good sign. Read the rest of this entry

Oahu’s Triple D – Uncle’s Fish Market and Grill

I’ve been slacking on the posts recently so I’m hoping to finish up the Triple D segment before the start of the weekend.  We visited the Pier on Sunday and was hoping to have a late lunch at Nico’s.  However, Nico’s was closed and Uncle’s was open.  A local that came to eat with us told us that Uncle’s is where most of the fishermen go eat.

Colourful menu boards with lots of specials to choose from.

That day it wasn’t busy but there were still about 5 tables being served.  Mostly just one or two ppl per table, no other families.  Probably customers that had to work on a Sunday at the docks.

The right page of the menu where it explains the fish and texture was really helpful.

The menu had a good selection of entrees. Many of the items are kid friendly. Big portions as well.

There is also live entertainment on weekends and certain nights.  Their website has a calendar of events.  The only entertainment we had that day was sports on their TVs.  Read the rest of this entry

Oahu’s Triple D – Valerio’s Tropical Bake Shop

Valerio's Tropical Bake Shop in Honolulu. Parking in front and at the back.

I have returned to Valerio’s Tropical Bakery for one thing, its Pineapple Cream Cheese Bun.  The pineapple cream cheese bun is a very simple bun with flavoured filling. The bun itself is very soft and slightly sweet.   Read the rest of this entry

Oahu’s Triple D – Bubbies – Would you like an Aural Massage with your Mochi?

Bubbies from the University district.

This is purely review on Bubbies’ ice cream mochis.  But if the rest of the menu is as delicious as their mochis, then go for the whole menu!

A mochi is a type of japanese pastry that has a light thin skin that is made from glutinous rice, or flour of sweet rice wrapped around a filling or moulded into a shape.  In this case, mochis are a common dessert where the skin is wrapped around ice cream.  It is quite common in Asia and there are many different variations and types of mochis.  Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver Eats – Kulinarya Filipino Eatery

Located in a strip mall with plenty of parking.

Tonight was the first time I’ve had Filipino food in a restaurant.  Which is surprising because I’m a godparent to my Filipino friend’s kid.  But I’ve had homemade food before (pig’s blood stew, yums) so I guess it never crossed my mind to have it at a restaurant.  Besides, my Filipino friends would usually suggest Chinese or Shanghainese food.

We went to Kulinarya Filipino Eatery which was minutes away from my friends’ place in Coquitlam.  It was their regular take-out restaurant. Read the rest of this entry

Valentine’s Dinner Part 4 (Final) – Duck on Duck Action

Duck breasts were Patch’s money dish of the night along with a foie gras sidedish.   It was really good but so so fattening.  But then when you’re on a roll with crab brains and foie gras, why stop and think about your health?

I am aware of how ducks are raised and force fed to get them and their liver plumped but I am sorry, I just don’t think about it… and if I do, I end up craving instead.

Duck Breasts with port and Cherry Sauce
Foie Gras Side Dish

Duck Breast Ingredients: Fresh duck breasts (skins on), 1 chopped shallot, handful of pitted cherries, half a can of chicken stock, and port.

Foie Gras Ingredients: foie gras, pitted prunes, port. Read the rest of this entry

Valentine’s Dinner Part 3 – Shellfish Party Like It’s 1999

Bah. Whatever that means.  So this was the dish that I made.  Patch doesn’t eat shellfish so he picked up some shellfish and the rest was my responsibility.

Shellfish Cooked in Wine

This is an extremely simple dish.  The secret is to get fresh ingredients.  One of my favourite places to get seafood is from The Lobster Man in Granville Island.  It is not too expensive, what you would expect a proper fish store would charge (T&T, Superstore, etc are not fish shops!).

My 2.5lb crab was $25, and mussels and manila clams were $5 per pound.  I got a pound each of mussels and clams.  Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver Eats – Long’s Noodle House

My parents and I went to Long’s Noodle House to celebrate Chinese New Year.  When we go out and eat, we normally each pick a dish or two.  Patch and I usually pick the regular dishes and my mom likes to try new things.  Lots of food tonight!

Hot & Sour Soup ($6.95)

To start, we had the hot & sour soup.  Surprisingly, we’ve never had the soup here before so we ordered it tonight.  It was just okay.  It was peppery, more towards the white pepper taste and not very spicy.  I know a good hot & sour soup when I have it.  My favourite hot & sour soup is from the original Mui Loong Chun’s on Kingsway (by the now-gone Dragon’s Inn Smorgasboard and across from the now-gone Wally’s burgers) but Ningtu is not bad too. Read the rest of this entry