WTF? and Whine Wednesday

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Today's WTF? and Whine Wednesday will be posted on Define Magazine's Blog. Read it and comment! I love your comments!

And while you're there, be sure to check out some of our other posts!

Build Me Up Buttercup

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
One of my more recent purchases was Butter London's Yummy Mummy polish.

It was my first Butter London purchase and I was quite pleased. I really liked the colour and consistency of the polish. The brush, adequate. But unfortunately, the cap on my polish was broken. Not a huge deal, but a bit of a disappointment. But no complaints about the product itself.

The Seven

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Last week Shopbop added new items to their sale section.
Here are the Top 7 items I want from there:

Be + D Kan Kan Platform with Ruffle - $178.50

I love the elegant shape of the shoe, but I especially love the ruffle and peep toe. Peep toes aren't something I usually wear, but I'd definitely make an exception for these lovelies.

Loeffler Randall Rhianna Bootie - $208.50

I love ankle boots. I love buckles. I especially love the cutouts. These booties actually look comfortable.

Alexander Wang Geometric Sweatpants - $118.50

Absolutely love the cut of these pants. And the pattern. Oy. An added bonus is that they look oh-so-comfy.

Elizabeth + James Masquerade Sheath Dress - $103.50

At this price, I should buy it. But I definitely need to try thing on, especially dresses, in person. Love the colour of the dress. Would look especially great with tanned skin. Hello wedding season!

Calvin Klein Collection Reggie Short Trench - $538.50

Classic trench. Enough said.

Sergio Rossi Maxime II Platform - $225

Love the height. But especially love the colour. I need a pair of shoes in this colour. Like, now!

Ella Moss Boa Ruffle Dress - $59.50

Simple yet edgy. Reminds me of McQueen (RIP)

Olympics 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010
They're here.

Enjoy them. Love them. Feel the magic.


Go Canada!

WTF? and Whine Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
February 10th. 2 days. Only 2 days until the Olympics. I can't believe it. I remember the day the announcement was made.

7 years later...this is it. It's here.

It's disappointing to see so many people that are against the Olympics. I would be interested to know the statistics of how many other previous host cities had huge anti-Olympic groups. It's not something they often show...but then again, Vancouverites love a good protest. Sure, free speech and all that jazz, but really? Is our love of protesting something to be proud of? Is that what we want to be known for?

Things have a time and place. The Olympics are upon us. Is now really the time to be protesting them? Is "having your voice heard" really going to stop things from happening at this stage? No. So sit back and enjoy the show.

I see protesters, in situations like this, as being selfish. They want their voices heard and they do asinine things to get their points across. They forfeit any bit of respect they have for others, acting out as immature teenagers. If the roles were reversed, I'd bet money that the protesters would be the first to complain. Ok, so maybe protesters are miserable people who just want to have something to complain about. Let's make that assumption.

Well, I have news for you, protesters. The Olympics aren't about you! They're about sport. They're about the athletes. In fact, Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the IOC) believed that,

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

(The athlete's all know that it's about winning. Haha.)

But seriously. Think about it. The Olympics are for the athletes. Their sport is their job, it's the only thing they know. They do it because it's their passion, because in Canada, unless you have heaps of sponsors, it's definitely not about the money. These are the people who are probably the most patriotic of all. they make countless sacrifices day in and day out for their sport but also for their country.

Canada House - Rio 2007

Imagine if you will the feeling, the pride, of being able to compete against the world's best athletes, to hear your anthem played while the world is watching. It is these moments that make every sacrifice you have ever made, worth it.

So please, don't be shocked that I'm pro-Olympics. It's not about you, it's about the athletes.

Let's celebrate them.

Bao Bei

Friday, February 5, 2010
Last night I went to Bao Bei with my family for my Dad's birthday. After the disappointments that were ReFuel* (my birthday) and Campagnolo* (Mom's birthday), I was beginning to be a bit reluctant about the Vancouver food scene. Maybe it's a good thing that I had low expectations so that they were easy to exceed, or maybe the food was THAT good at Bao Bei. I think I'm gonna go with the latter.

The restaurant is gorgeous. Not in an impressive way like Goldfish or Society, but in more of a minimalistic way. The decor definitely fits the neighbourhood - it would be so awkward if they had gone for opulence. I didn't get any pictures of the inside, but I was in love with the bar - felt like a saloon. The banquet seating was pretty uncomfortable, but it was soon forgotten about.

Cutest little stamp on the menu

Bao Bei is basically Chinese tapas; small and medium sized plates that are best for sharing. This ended up being detrimental because I was starving, which leads to having to order more and more food, thus raising your total cost. But I digress.

Crispy fishies with peanuts & chili - $4

As much as I love food, I just can't take seafood. No matter how hard I try. I do, however, enjoy oysters, go figure. I do eat salmon occasionally and arctic char when available, but definitely no shellfish. My brother wanted to order the crispy fishies and I didn't eat them. Him and my Dad enjoyed them, said they had a bit of a bite from the chilis. They pair well well with beer (according to our server), likening them to peanuts/bar nuts.

Crispy Daikon Cake - $4

My personal favourite. Loved the crispy texture and the flavour. We had to order 2 plates.

King Pea Tips - $6

Probably my least favourite dish (that I ate - haha). It reminded me of gai lan, which I can have any day.

Squid: stirfried with pork belly & baby bok choi - $12

I didn't eat this. I've tried squid on a number of occasions, but I can never get over the rubbery texture. My family all gave it rave reviews, my Mom said that it wasn't too rubbery and almost melted in your mouth.
Pork Potstickers - $6

I love potstickers. I especially love potstickers from Hon's. These potstickers were good, plump and juicy, and had a definite anise taste. But, truth be told, I still prefer Hon's. Is that sacrilege?

Steamed Prawn & Chive Dumplings - $7.50

They have prawn therefore I didn't eat them. But they look good.....

Mantou - $9

Another favourite. While I did feel that I was eating pita bread, I enjoyed the flavour of the short ribs and hoisin. The menu says that there's supposed to be peanuts, but I don't remember tasting any.

Ellie's Belly - $9

My brother, the chef, l-o-v-e-s pork belly. He eats it every chance he gets because my mom doesn't make it (or eat it, for that matter).

Pork Noodle Soup - $14

Spicy broth...well, not spicy for me, but my spicy tolerance is significantly above average, bordering on insane. The BBQ pork was lean (just the way I like it) and the noodles...were, well, just that. I felt that the soup was just slightly too oily (due to the chili oil), but aide from that, a tasty dish.

Shao Bing - $8

Definitely in the least favourite category. I really liked the sesame flat bread, but I'm kind of confused on it's Asian-ness. There was some good flavour, but like my brother said, "It needs more pickled onion and greens." The chef said.

Bao Bei has a short dessert menu. What I like about it is that it's not your typical Vancouver dessert menu, meaning that there's no creme brulee, or chocolate explosion cake.

Mango Pudding - $6

The pudding was a basic tapioca with chunks of mango. It was covered by a weird, sweet bread crust. The crust was tasty and mixed with the flavour of the pudding. My brother and I really liked it, my parents, not so much. My mom likened the crust to the "white square bread from T&T" - you know you know the one.

Fried Bananas - $6

I love friend bananas. I especially love them because you can't get them at many places, so it's always an excitement when they're on the menu. These were battered in coconut, and accompanied by coconut and lime ice cream. The ice cream was amazing, as were the bananas.

I really enjoyed the pace of the restaurant. Dishes were generally served one by one (since we were sharing), allowing us to enjoy the flavours of each dish. The food was also piping hot (I really, really hate it when food comes out warm, like it's been sitting on the line for awhile. This is especially the case with SOUP), which was a huge deal for me.

I didn't enjoy that we had to keep ordering food as the meal progressed. However, because of the structure of the menu, it's not a huge deal. Meaning, that you don't have to wait for a long period of time if you add something on to your tab.

Overall, it's definitely a place I'd go back to. I'm not sure that I would go there relying on dinner, but for drinks and a couple plates before going somewhere else, or after work, or whatever, it's great.

I would definitely give it a 4/5

Bao Bei is located at 163 Keefer Street

*I give these places a 3/5 - meaning that I didn't hate it there, but I'm not rushing back. I would only return if someone else wanted to go there or for an event.


Thursday, February 4, 2010
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the media event for LYNNsteven. As I'm sure you've heard, the store is beautiful. The clothing that Nicole brings in is amazing - I wanted to buy everything! It's a definite must-visit on your boutique-ing in Gastown.

The infamous 'book wall'. So impressive in person.

View from the changeroom.

Just a glimpse of the amazing merchandise.

The great swagbag!

LYNNsteven is located at 225 Carrall

Super Awesome Vintage Sale!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
How Super? How Awesome?

How does $3-10 sound? Exactly.

While you're out picking up "The Girlfriend's Guide to Football" (it's Superbowl Sunday!), stop by DemiCouture's vintage sale.