Jul 31, 2014

Food Adventures: CRAFT Beer Market

This summer I had to drop by CRAFT Beer Market again with a couple of friends to check out their patio. But when we visited, it was extremely busy, so we couldn't get a patio seating, so we were brought to the side instead. But I will try to visit again JUST to drink on the patio.

This time I ordered the Drink What Locals Drink for the Beer Sampler. Click on the name of the drinks to go to a link I have provided about the beer!! The following drinks were featured these two weeks:
(Shown from Left to Right on the picture above)
I loved them all, especially he Gypsy Tears, since it is such a hoppy beer and it is always the one I order when I go to bars. It is my stable for beer on a good night.

My friends ordered a FastFood Sushi, which is meat, meat and TONS of meat wrapped in bacon and served on top of BBQ sauce and some light horseradish mayo. I should have taken a bite, but at that moment in the night, I didn't want any.

I myself ordered the Halibut fish tacos for my entree of the night. I had to order 4 or I wouldn't be full by the end of the night. The tacos were light and very refreshing. There was a side sauce of housemade Siracha. They made it spicy to the point where it was perfect! I called it Asian medium spicy, which was surprising to me since I LOVE spicy foods.

I love the atmosphere of the place since it was HUGE, and it would take SO MANY people, and I love coming here all the time, especially since I have large group of friends for beer and a great time. Will come back again this summer with another group of close friends for a good time! Next time, I want to try their patio!!

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Jul 25, 2014

Food Adventures: Thai Away Home

This little restaurant located on Cambie is quite adorable and I think I would have been a regular if only their food quality matched their amazing service.

Me and my friends came in and was craving for some Thai food, so we all ordered a different dish, but we shared them all. I ordered a Pad Thai combo, which had the Hot and Sour soup, and Spring Roll added to my Pad Thai entree. The sizzle hot Pad Thai was perfectly steamy, and it looked SOOO delicious, but the only bad thing was that the sauce was extremely sweet, and it felt like I was eating ketchup. GAH! It was surprising me in every way, and it just caught me off guard. Wanted some spicy flavour in it, but instead got sweet sweet sweet through thick and thin.... I was happy they had some authentic chili sauce, not talking about Siracha, but that thick clump of chili stuff. I mixed it in, and it tasted a LOT better.

The price was cheap for what I got, and for so many choices as the entree dish, I don't mind it. But really, I was expecting a better quality of food though. It is catagorized as, tried once and will not go back until their cooking style changes. One thing I love is their decor and the little shoppe in the corner of the restaurant. Do approve of that, but anything else, will not go back.

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Jul 24, 2014

Geeky Adventures: Lucy

Thank you to CKNW AM 980 for inviting me to the Vancouver premier to the movie Lucy. I received 4 tickets, so I invited 3 of my other friends to the event, and we had a fantastic night. Directed and written by Luc Benson, we were expecting a full on action movie like in the Transporter franchise. But I think our group of friends went in with too high of the expectations for the movie. We wanted an amazing Science Fiction movie, that would give an ultra ride, but it gave us a sub-par story line with lackluster action scenes.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the "original" idea of being able to unlock the power of your mind and discover the whole world and human body, but the story lead us to a predictable ending where a lot of Anime fans would know where it references to.

One thing I did enjoy of the movie were the visuals. The amount of CG used in the movie gave the perfect image of how the viewers were curious of Lucy's powers. It enhanced the movie quite a bit, and some of the scenes were visually stunning. There could of bit more of those scenes instead of just describing some of them through regular narration, which bugged me a lot.

Scarlett Johansson performed beautifully in the first 30 minutes of the movie. Every single emotion was shown on the screen perfectly. But as the movie progressed, the amount of action scenes were just lacking. It could have been because they dimmed down the amount of action to reach the PG-13 rating from R. But dude, blood and maybe some more actions scenes was just needed in it all, done by the Black Widow herself, sorry I mean Lucy.

I do not recommend it for people to watch it unless you are wanting another UltraViolet experience. It isn't even worth the Tuesday night movie deal, just wait for it and watch it on Netflix. Ending this off with a good note, props to Luc Benson for getting the iconic Choi Min-sik, it is good to see him on the Hollywood screen!!

Movie Rating: 4/10

Jul 22, 2014

Food Adventures: Clubhouse Japanese Restaurant

I come here on an annual basis, and they have never changed for so many years. The first time I came here was in 2006, with a large group of friends for a party, in the private room on the second floor. And annually I would come here with a group of friends, and they always accommodate us every time.

I visited the establishment again, with another group of friends. They accommodated us as usual, and we had a great time too. We ordered drinks first, and I got a delicious Strawberry Slush, but too bad it was a virgin because I had to drive that night.

Too bad it was kinda small for my size of a drink, but it was delicious. Then we all each ordered food, and I ordered Scallop Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Cucumber Sunomono, and Yaki-Soba. There was so much food, I couldn't finish it all and brought some home to enjoy it for mid-night snack.

I loved the Scallop roll the most, because it was perfectly creamy, and I love the avocado the most as it added that perfect flavour for the roll. It was perfect part of the night as I was craving for some sushi. And I topped it all off with some Spicy Tuna roll.

This roll was very different, because I wasn't expecting the avocado to be in the roll, but it gave it a nice light and refreshing taste to the roll. I did enjoy it though, but I wanted more tuna. And I wanted to get something refreshing for the night. I ordered a cucumber sunomono. It was sliced cucumbers, and tons of vinegar cold noodles. It was perfect for such a hot day.

Next time I will order this again, even if it was on special. A perfect way to start off my night. Then I wanted something to really fill me up for the night and I ordered a Yaki-Soba for the night.

I always tell everyone around the table I would use flash before I took a picture of this. It is courtesy to tell everyone first, but I had to take colours of this dish!! Couldn't finish this dish and took the rest home, and all I did was put it in the oven for like 5 minutes and it came out delicious.

Will go back again to visit and put another picture on the wall, and draw on it!

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Jul 15, 2014

Geek Adventures: Magic The Gathering 2015 Pre-Release Event @ Magic Stronghold

Me and my friends had to go check out the Midnight Pre-release event at Magic Stronghold this past weekend! The new set of MTG2015 had fantastic re-prints rares, and new rare cards that we wanted to get our hands on.

As a huge Magic The Gathering player myself, I had to check out the event, and I haven't gone to a Pre-Release since Lorwyn block and back then, the pre-releases weren't as popular as now, but back then, MTG didn't really have much of a business plan to see how their products would expand.

This pre-release event was a Sealed event, and choosing 1 colour for 1 promo card. Each colour had different promo cards. This was the box they gave us for the starter deck. 5 booster packs, and 1 promo booster pack.

Yes, I chose White, and got Resolute Archangel. In the box we also got a special promo card that has special rules to play against Garruk, The Slayer promo card. 

It's a new way of playing your sealed deck against Garruk. Something special that Wizard of the Coast invented, and it's kinda fun when you have downtime during your matches. There was also a LARGE 8 feet standee in the store which had an axe. Knowing me, I had to take a picture with it, because it would be hilarious, and so I did.

I defeated Garruk with his axe and with my creatures! I am the better Planeswalker!! TAKE THAT!!
I had a fantastic time at the MTG 2015 Pre-release event, and I will be going to more in the coming future! I have a huge book to trade cards, so drop me a message on Twitter if you want to trade~!!