June 2018: Embrace…Familiar not Forgotten..and Let It Be

Father’s Day and My hubby’s Birthday dinner at our home: Quality family time and Togetherness

Embrace ….

Whew!  As we officially entered summer solstice, 2018 has already passed the half-way mark!

On June 27 I will be on Ms. Deborah Moore’s show on Fairchild AM1470 1030am sharp to share some of the highlights this past month.

Some good news to share I have started a new job as of last week; I am pretty excited about this opportunity and hopefully in the new future I will have more time for updates and blog postings (OO).

 Eating Together Day (mine was Eating Together Weekend!)

Did you know June 22 was the 2nd annual Eat Together Day, an event which people are encouraged not to eat by themselves?  ( link: from President’s Choice )

Sharing a meal with family and friends does more than feeding our bodies; it is more satisfying, creates a stronger bond and connection between people; communication will definitely improve.

Time Together is Priceless…

Unknowingly on “Eat Together Day” , a few of us from the IG Community shared home-cooked dishes together at Oh Studio; thanks to our lovely hostess Grace Lee from Eikcam Ceramics for organizing this fabulous potluck, you couldn’t have picked a better day.

 

Thanks Eikcam Ceramics for hosting the Pot Luck with other Instagrammers on Eat Together Day

On the following afternoon, with zumba classmates at an outdoor potluck picnic, thanks to my fellow classmates and teacher Ms. P for organizing.

Eat Together Saturday Picnic with my Zumba Classmates in Richmond – dishes prepared with love shared on a beautiful sunny day

June 02nd Dietitians at Home Book Launch at Chef Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

Congratulations to Dietitians at home on your publication!

on your publication!  The talented team of registered dietitians Amy Yiu, Jo Jo Wang and Mengdi Xia, has put together a cookbook featuring 30 ingredients and recipes, filled with beautiful pictures and easy to understand cooking instructions and information on all featured ingredients. It was my privilege to have helped with the editing, thank you very much for your trust and the recognition in Acknowledgements, it was a truly fruitful learning experience.

Follow them on Instagram for more information on how to purchase the cookbook.

 

Congratulations Dietitians at home

 

Open “Sesame”  – Elmo Baking Co. (Facebook/Instagram bakery)

“Sunny Day….Sweepin’ the clouds away..on my way to where the air is sweet”…

It was a little while back when I first heard about Elmo Baking Co., which operates in Richmond and sells their scrumptious double baked croissants through Facebook and Instagram.  I finally got around to ordering (by Thursday night each week) and picked up at the Smokehouse Sandwich (5188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond BC – a small drive in mall located at the edge of a residential area).   This double baked black sesame charcoal is robust and flavorful; it is not the buttery flaky type of croissants but definitely live up to its reputation.  Next time I will try the Almond Croissant and the famous PBJ (which was sold out at the time when I placed my order): when a chef posted the pbj picture and hashtag it #bravo, it must be good…

The name brought me back to “Sesame Street”… and picking up the order led me back to the street (just down the road from the Sandwich shop) where I used to live when I first moved to Vancouver; sweet memories.

Follow “Elmo” on Instagram or Facebook; DM to place the order (by Thursday night), you will receive confirmation via messaging; pick up on Fridays and Saturdays only.

Open Sesame !

Local Veggies at Tama Organic Life:

Sea Asparagus in season now

I first heard about Tama’s Organic Life (2828 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC) through Workshop Vegetarian Cafe; they have actually been around for a long time! My friend M reminded me as they used to deliver goodies from North Vancouver to my old workplace… They offer fresh and frozen produce grown by local farmers, dried goods (beans, grains) and condiments; their kitchen serves up delicious Japanese vegan bentos (I had the stinging nettle miso soup and it has so much depth in flavor and not salty at all).  They are excellent with recommendations, you can place an advance grocery order for pick up or delivery, eat in at their shop or just shop for a different selection of beautiful in season local grown produce (daikon from Victoria) and hard to find  Japanese varieties (mizuna/komatsuna).  Parking is available at this strip mall; if you happen to be dropping by Fujiya (on Venables and Clark) for Japanese groceries, this shop is only another 10 minutes heading further east towards Burnaby (when there’s no traffic).  Information on website available in Japanese and English.

Thank you Tama Organic life always for your recommendations, truly grateful (OO)

For recipe using sea asparagus, check out my February 2014 Mushroom Soba Salad with Yuzu dressing Recipe

Komatsuna and Mizuna

Familiar Not Forgotten…….Brunching at MaknMing

Sunday Brunch (10am to 2pm only) at MaknMing (is back for the summer only!  I first talked about their brunch in July 2017 ; some familiar dishes (French Toast YAY) are back with weekly special features (my hubby enjoyed a pork cheek Eggs Benny); no reservations just walk in only.  Their cookery is spot on, flavors at once are Japanese yet Canadian; if you like to roll the way I like to roll, this one is for you a whole level better.

After enjoying a scrumptious lunch take a stroll down to Kits Beach which is only a couple blocks away.

YAY French Toast is BACK ! Celebrated my husband’s birthday (thanks MaknMing for the little candle)
Ming’s Soba Bowl (with stripe prawns) and beautifully cooked onsen egg
The specials which we enjoyed two weeks ago: Pork Cheek Benny for Him and Poke Bowl for Me

 

And Let It Be…

I was watching the Late Late Show and happened to catch the James Corden and Paul Mccartney’s Carpool Karaoke; Sir Mccartney’s story about the writing of this song and their rendition of this Beatle’s classic was very touching.

The beginning of this month I ended an old work chapter and embraced a new one just mid-month; I just went with my heart and truly grateful for all that has happened, as is, nothing more, nothing less.

The lyrics, particularly this line, echoes my sentiment:

“There will be an Answer…Let It Be”

 

 

 

 

 

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