Coast Happy Hour – Downtown Vancouver

Wow! It’s been a long break… I’m back foodie fam! Trying to catch up on my posts to give you guys the inside scoop on where to go or where not to go… or at least what to expect and you can decide if you still want to go there… 🙂

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – For appetizers, you could get calamari, dips, salads, oysters, prawn cocktail, tacos, ahi tuna poke, beef carpaccio, fish and cip cones, tuna & avocado toast and miso glazed sablefish… Keep in mind, this is a SEAFOOD restaurant and that’s their specialty (hence the happy hour choices – all seafood basically). They also have buck-a-shuck here for $1.00 feature oysters!!

Service- 8.5/10 – Everyone’s friendly and quick. Our server was really nice. Although it was really busy, she tried to be as fast as she could. If someone else (who wasn’t our server) noticed we were trying to look for our server, they would come to our table and ask us if we need anything.

Taste – 9/10 – I liked majority of the things we ordered. Wasn’t a fan of the “sushi chef’s feature” which is their daily creation. That day was supposed to be some sort of spicy salmon roll but it wasn’t spicy at all! It also had a weird topping that we were not a fan of.

Atmosphere- 9/10 – Everyone’s smiley here, maybe because it was hot and sunny and it was patio season… Everyone’s super friendly and the staff is helpful if you look lost (when you’re obviously trying to find your way to the bathroom).

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – For happy hour, it was reasonably priced (for 90% of it)! If I was here for a normal occasion, it would probably be a little pricey for my pockets. The quality that you get is definitely worth it during happy hour..

Overall, I would come here again … in the summer … for happy hour 🙂

yours truly,

tb ❤

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Boiling Point – Surrey

The first time I went to Boiling Point was in Burnaby on Kingsway. It was quite packed and very popular. I wasn’t really sure why until I tried it out with some friends. When I found out they’re opening one in Surrey, I was ecstatic!!!! It’s like your own mini hotpot except you can ask for rice or noodles and sometimes, there’s already vermicelli noodles inside your bowl.

“V-STAR” Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 : There’s about 12 options of hot pots and you can always pay extra to have different add-ons. There’s Rice and Noodles as options. There are these ice cubes for dessert.

Service – 9.5/10 : The first time I came here, it was super packed, so service wasn’t on top but completely understandable when it was super packed. When I recently went here for lunch, the service was amazing! They’re super friendly, fast, and they give you water when they notice you drank all the pre-packaged tea and refill without you asking.

Taste – 8/10 : My korean kimchi soup was good, everything tasted good to me !!

Atmosphere – 8/10 : It’s whatever. The only negative thing I would say is that the ventilation kind of sucks so it always smells like that stinky tofu stuff … yuck.. But that’s a personal preference.. considering some people loveeeeeeeeee to eat that stinky tofu ..

Reasonably Priced -8.5/10 :  During lunch time, for like 10-11$ you get your hot pot, rice or noodles, and a drink!!! pretty cheap and it’s very very filling if you ask me

I would definitely recommend coming here for lunch! Worth the penny.

Boiling Point Restaurant
15138 100 Ave · (604) 588-1292
yours truly,
tb ❤

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Taqueria Playa Tropical – New West

Saw one of my Snapchat friends go to this place for Ceviche so I just had to check it out. I love me some ceviche. Unfortunately there was no shrimp ceviche – only fish ceviche. It was still good regardless!
“V-STAR” Rating:

Variety – 8/10: Tacos, Quesadillas, Ceviche, Enchiladas and many more Mexican dishes…

Service – 6/10: It takes awhile to be seated. It takes a while for someone to come and take your order. It takes a long time for someone to get the bill. I’ve made eye-contact and waved them over but they don’t come.

Taste –  8/10: My Ceviche & Soft Shell Taco was really good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. My boyfriend said his quesadilla was really good …

Atmosphere – 7.5/10: It was 3:15PM – not necessarily lunch or dinner but it was so packed! Pretty popular place which gave good signs/expectations even though the outside seemed very sketchy.. It looked small from the outside, but when you walk in, there are two sides so it was more spacious than it looked.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10: Prices are not so bad for the portions. $2.50  for an overflowing softshell taco. You get complimentary semi-stale chips to start.
I would only come here just to eat the ceviche and thats it – and only if I’m in the area …
Taqueria Playa Tropical Mexican Restaurant 
Address: 334 Sixth St, New Westminster, BC V3L 3A8
yours truly,
tb ❤

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Midam Cafe – Burnaby

You wouldn’t see this place if you actually knew about it. When I came here a few years ago, it was the worst place. We came here as an after party for a networking event with all the planners and what not. We were all asked to pitch in $20 and all I got was a piece of chicken……… Ridiculously overpriced and whoever was planning/ordering off the menu, did not do a very good job.

Came back here recently and it was x100 better than the last visit. They renovated so now it has a lot of basketball gear / jerseys, shoes, etc. They even have a basketball hoop as decor. Whoever is the new owner did a very good job. They got a cool dessert selection. The soup is pretty good.

“V-STAR” Rating:
Variety – 7/10: all I remember is a few korean dishes and dessert..
Service – 7/10: a little slow to come to you.
Taste –  9/10: everything i’ve had there tasted delicious
Atmosphere – 9/10: good music good food – can’t go wrong.
Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10: a little pricey for some things but i think it is worth it .. sometimes  

Midam Cafe

4501 North Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N 4R7
Phone: (604) 568-5357

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

 

 


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Top 5 Highlights of Mexico 2016

Mexico – Riviera Maya was the first trip I’ve ever been on with friends – make that 14 friends + myself = 15 amigos in the land of tequila, salsa, tacos, and high UV sunshine.

The staff was super friendly. At anytime of the day – morning, afternoon, evening, night, they are all very cheery which is a good thing because happy vibes are contagious. We tried to plan the week so it’s never a dull moment, but eventually everyone was just too tired to do anything the last night.

 

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  1. Ek Balam + a nearby Cenote
    1. After our 10am meeting with AirTransat, we decided to go to the Ek Balam ruins instead of the other two (Chichen itza and Tulum) because of distance and because we were allowed to ‘climb’ these ruins. It was the most nauseating car ride I have ever been in. I am almost certain everyone was car sick going from the ruins to the cenoté. I felt so sick, I thought I was going to vomit. The fresh air and the blessing ceremony made me feel a little bit better.
    2. The rappelling activity to go into the cenoté was pretty cool. (Un)Fortunately it started to rain like crazy.. It was nice because it was so humid, but it was lame because even though we were about to get wet, it wasn’t pleasant to rappel down with rain droplets hitting you hard in the face. It was a little dim in the cave but it was bearable. There was a short zip-line area and you just fall into the water wherever you’d like before the safety end line. It was quite an exhilarating feeling..
  2. Playa del Carmen
    1. Because most of us are students and we are poor, we decided to opt for the FREE shopping tour option. The catch is, you have to spend some time at this Tequila Factory / Jewelry place. However, we were unaware that you had to spend an HOUR at the jewelry place and AN HOUR at the tequila factory… It wasn’t even a tequila factory in my opinion.. This whole “free shopping tour” ruined everyone’s mood and eventually we cabbed to the Playa del Carmen shopping area. It’s better to pay in PESOS for cab rides!!!!!!!!! It is better to pay in pesos for a lot of things! Be aware! Some of these vendors/drivers will jip you via “exchange rate”
    2. Don’t go into the first souvenir shop you see!!! There are a lot more shops. It’s either less selection of gifts + semi-cheaper or a big selection of gifts but a bit more expensive
    3. Mcds plays bumping music
    4. When you eat at restaurants on the strip (at least the one we ate at anyways), they try to up-sell you. Example, no water – do you want pop, juice, other beverages. Another example: *makes you guys wear somberos and takes a picture for their facebook page* – comes back with a small bottle of tequila with your guys’ photo on it at a price.. LOL @_@
    5. The more you linger, the better deals that come out. There are deals for the fish feet massage but you just have to browse!! You can also bargin at the souvenir shops! Just walk away after they reject your offer…
  3. Under the bridge + Disco Teca
    1. We had about 5 pool/beach days where we would just collect a bunch of drinks at the bar and then make our way to our claimed spot – under the bridge. There was shade under there which kept us from heat exhaustion but I’m pretty sure I still had heat exhaustion
    2. Disco Teca definitely needs more people .. Maybe because it’s more of a family oriented resort, it was practically empty every time unless we are there…
  4. Walk in, eat, walk out
    1. The best feeling is having food ready when you walk through the doors and just getting up and leaving without having to do the dishes … mucho bueno!
  5. Relaxation with friends
    1. Became closer to some, got to know more sides of others… It was nice to create some memories in a foreign country with the amigos.

I was too lazy to make my own Mexico Video Log/Collage so here’s a few links to some videos my amigos made!

2m 45s: https://youtu.be/S7tFvOUZA3I (Johnson’s video)

5m 52s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjZ03OQM8TQ (Avary’s video)

8m 20s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9wEFFOI3KU (Dustin’s video)

Until next time!

yours truly,

tb ❤