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Email of the Day or Going Phishing

Posted by Stacey on April 16, 2014 in Life Musings |

I sometimes get emails that provide me with an easy way to get super rich. Of course they sometimes seem a little phishy … Have a look at this email. I particularly like the senders name and the fact that his work email address is an aol email. Quite funny.

Dear Friend.
I hope my e-mail meets you well, I am in need of your assistance My Name is William Bill of the engineering Unit here in Baghdad in Iraq; we have about $20 Million US dollars that we want to move out of the country in two digital boxes. My partners and I need a good partner out there, someone we can trust to receive the funds on our behalf.

It is oil money and legal we have made arrangements with a United Nation Courier service that will move the funds out of Iraq as a Family Treasures, The most important thing is; Can We Trust you once the funds get to you?, simply take out 30% as your share and keep the remaining 70% for us.Your own part of this deal is to find a safe place where the funds can be sent to, ours is sending it to you safely also you can view the Link [email link deleted just so that you are not tempted to get my riches].

If you are interested I will furnish you with more details upon receipt of your response and contact details But I can assure you the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times.

I look forward to your reply and co-operation.

Below is my company email:

*$%&@aol.com

Regards,
Mr.William Bill

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The Forgotten Things

Posted by Stacey on April 14, 2014 in Life Musings |

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night thinking about something that you promised someone you would do with the realization that you totally forgot to do what you said you would do?

Things like promising to connect a colleague with a resource at a post-secondary institution or your promise to visit a sick relative on the weekend or remembering that you have borrowed a book from a friend and not only have you not returned it to them but you have also not even read it?

What about that cheque you need to write and you have not written it because, well, who has cheques anymore!

Does this ever happen to you? Yeah, me neither. But what about you? This must have happened to you. What strategies do you use to deal with these situations?

 

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Community to Participate in Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Planning

Posted by Stacey on April 10, 2014 in Community Events |

From the City of Coquitlam -

The City of Coquitlam is inviting residents, local businesses and property owners, as well as community organizations to join a Public Advisory Group that will help develop a combined Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) to shape new growth and development in that area over the next 20 to 25 years.

The Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Planning Public Advisory Group (BLNP PAG) will play a key role in the planning process by representing community interests and adding their perspective to the BLNP update. Those interested in being a member are invited to submit an application to the City no later than noon on Monday, April 28.

As a result of the planned opening of the Evergreen Line in 2016, Coquitlam is experiencing tremendous growth and opportunity. Fortunately, the City laid important groundwork for rapid transit over 11 years ago when it adopted the original Lougheed Neighbourhood and Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plans. These Plans anticipated apartments, shops, offices and public space around planned SkyTrain stations to create walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhoods. The City also developed the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TDS) in 2012 to respond to a changing housing market, guide new development and support future Neighbourhood Plan updates.

The City is now taking a closer look at the Lougheed and Burquitlam Plans to ensure these neighbourhoods continue to evolve in a way that reflects community needs and leverages the opportunities presented by the Evergreen Line.

The BLNP PAG is a key component of the public consultation process and represents a broad range of community interests. BLNP PAG representatives will provide feedback into the development of the BLNP at each stage of the process by:

  • providing a local perspective on opportunities for the neighbourhood;
  • reviewing, commenting and advising on plan inputs and project deliverables at key milestones of the planning process;
  • reporting back on plan progress and any input provided, where applicable;
  • attending public engagement events such as Public Open Houses, when  possible; and
  • promoting involvement in public engagement activities to community  members.

The planning process is expected to last approximately 20 months and will take place between spring 2014 and fall 2015. Coquitlam City Council will formally appoint the BLNP PAG members for a term to coincide with the BLNP update. During that time the BLNP PAG is expected to meet three to four times with meeting dates and times to be determined with input from the BLNP PAG members.

Please visit the website at www.coquitlam.ca/BLNP for more information about the BLNP process and to obtain a copy of the PAG application form. The deadline to apply for the BLNP PAG is noon Monday, April 28, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the selection outcome.

The City of Coquitlam encourages all community members to learn more and get engaged in the neighbourhood planning process by attending the Public Open Houses, which will be held throughout the update process and will be widely advertised in local papers, on the City website and via social media channels.

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Longtail Kitchen at Rivermarket Impresses

Posted by Stacey on April 7, 2014 in Food and Drink |

After writing a blog post about my foodie crawl though New West the comments came fast and furiously through Twitter, Facebook and even in the comments on the blog post itself; they all said a foodie crawl through New Westminster is not complete without a stop at Longtail Kitchen.

Longtail Kitchen

Longtail Kitchen

Today I stopped at Longtail Kitchen to see what all the fuss was about and I will now agree that a foodie tour of New Westminster is not complete without a stop at Longtail Kitchen!

When I walked in I simply asked, “what is your signature dish, or the one dish that best represents Longtail Kitchen.”

Without hesitation the guy behind the counter piped up with “our Pad Thai. That’s the one.” And then he added in that their curries are also very popular and that they actually make all of their curries right there in the New West Rivermarket location.

In the nature of disclosure I have to admit I am not a fan of Thai food, especially Pad Thai. However, I make a point of going with the first response and seeing as it came so quickly to him, Pad Thai it was. And I was really pleased that I did. The Pad Thai was excellent!

Longtail Kitchen Pad Thai

Longtail Kitchen Pad Thai

I typically do not like Pad Thai because all too often you end up with a plate or bowl full of noodles that have welded themselves together and you end up with a big bowl full of glop. Not here.

The noodles were cooked perfectly – just soft enough but still resistant to the teeth. Perhaps more importantly though, I could pull two or three noodles out of the bowl at a time. A simple perfection.

The sprouts and slices of green onions were as fresh as could be. Crisp and sweet sprouts with almost a quarter of a lime for me to squeeze the juice out of.

I chose to go with the tofu rather than the shrimp. The numerous chunks of tofu, chunks the size of my small finger tasted like they had been pan-fried in a super-heated wok the way only Asian eateries can. A nice addition to the dish.

So yes, Longtail Kitchen is a must visit on any foodie tour through the Royal City. I will definitely be returning to Longtail Kitchen to try out more of their menu items, especially their curries.

Disclosure; I did not disclose to the staff at the restaurant that I was a blogger until after I had purchased my meal and they had brought my food choices to my table. I paid full price for my meal. 
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New Westminster Foodie Crawl Follow-up

Posted by Stacey on April 2, 2014 in Life Musings |

Just a quick follow up comment to my New Westminster foodie crawl blog post – the five places I wrote about are just five of the many amazing places there are to eat in New West.
Long tail, Wild Rice, the Paddlewheeler, Ki Sushi, Okonomi Sushi, the Hideout Cafe and more. Maybe even Anny’s Ice Cream place, the Donair place on 12th, and more. Yes, there are many more places to dine in New West. And I will do my best to eat and write about as many of them as I possibly can.

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My New Westminster Foodie Crawl

Posted by Stacey on March 26, 2014 in Food and Drink |

After my very successful foodie adventure in downtown Vancouver, I decided it would be fun to do a round-up of the places I like to eat while in New Westminster so I arranged all my client meetings from last week to be held in New Westminster eateries.

Let me begin by saying that there are many great places to eat while in New West and the places that I describe here are simply the places that I like to pop into now and then for a variety of lessons. I will also add that I paid for my meal at each place and the eateries did not know that I would be writing about the meal that I had at their joint.

Spud Shack Poutine

Spud Shack Poutine

 

All that being said, let’s begin with my “Gold Standards” for New West eateries.

For the best frites (or french fries) in New West (or Metro Vancouver in my opinion) I return to the Spud Shack. Located in the New West Skytrain station beside the movie theatre, these are the fries that all other fries strive to equal. Admittedly, the bowl in the picture is their poutine, but even their regular frites are amazing. Perfectly crisped on the outside. Perfection.

 

The Big Star Sandwich Co

The Big Star Sandwich Co

 

 

The next place I will go if I am in a bit of a hurry and only have time for a sandwich is the Big Star Sandwich Company on 12th Street just up from Fat City Tattoo.

The guys from Big Star told me they have an ancient dude under contract to make them the best corned beef this side of Montreal and I tend to agree.

Simply delicious. The meat is just salty enough to be delicious. And just as importantly, each bite is perfectly tender so that you can enjoy a mouthful without worrying about the entire slice of meat coming out of the sandwich in one piece. To balance out the salt in the corned beef there is a schmeer of mustard on the top slice of bread and a healthy spread of mayonnaise on the bottom.

While eating the sandwich I like to take a big bite a chunk out of the dill pickle. This is my Gold Standard to which all other sandwiches are compared.

And then we head down the hill to an unlikely place for a foodie to wander into, The Terminal Pub. Although you may not realize it from the location or the surrounding buildings, the interior of The Terminal has been renovated so that it is a very stylish room.

El Conquistador

El Conquistador

Earlier this week I held a client meeting in The Terminal and my clients were very impressed with the decor and with the food. Of special note, there are many menu options for people who require gluten free items. And I’m not just talking about salads.

If you want your burger served on a gluten free bun, they can make it happen.

I had the burger they call the El Conquistador. When it first arrives at the table it is simply stunning looking but then I realized that it was just two monster-sized onion rings inside the burger that made it so tall. Once they are removed it is just a huge burger.

Although the overall burger was very tasty, the burger patty was a tad too dense for my liking. I suppose I prefer the more homemade style patty like you would have at your mom and dad’s backyard barbecue. Let’s be clear though, it was an excellent burger package with the cheese and thick slices of bacon inside the bun.

And the fries were also very enjoyable. Not as perfect as the frites from Spud Shack but The Terminal’s were large fries, crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.

After The Terminal Pub I ventured over to what we used to call the New West Quay. That site has been rebranded into what we now call the River Market and it is a foodie’s haven. There are many food and restaurant options available in the River Market. I started at the classic burger joint, Wally’s Burgers.

Wally's Burger

Wally’s Burger

I’ve had their Chuckwagon Platter before (and enjoyed it) but did not feel like having a beef burger on this particular visit. Instead I went for the Chicken Cordon Bleu burger with a side of fries.

Wally’s Burgers serves up these fabulous burgers on what looks like an entirely inadequate white bread bun that you think will never hold together. Somehow they always do hold together though and you end up licking the little bits of burger goo off your fingers afterwards.

Swiss cheese and two awesome slices of back bacon really added to the deelish factor of the burger. However, I chose the $1 option to add a jalapeno poppers to my burger but I did not really notice any significant heat in the burger.

The kind of skimpy bag of fries were good. Not great, not bad, just passable-good.

Right around the corner from Wally’s is Re-Up BBQ. Southern style barbecue done up right.

I had another client meeting in New West and we decided to meet up at Re-Up BBQ. This suited my purposes quite nicely. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with two sides – an amazing buttermilk biscuit and a little Mason jar of black bean and corn chili.

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

My pulled pork was excellent. Tender and tasty with none of that too-tough meaty mouth feel. Perfectly seasoned with their light sauce – be aware, there is none of that Texas-style super thick barbecue sauce stuff here – this is Carolina style with the vinegar sauce squirted all through it. My personal favourite barbecue style.

The handful of cabbage coleslaw on top of the pulled pork adds just the right counterpunch to the meaty flavours of the pulled pork. Once again the bun is heroic in holding the sandwich together while I munched away at it.

My lunch date had the beef brisket sandwich and he reported full satisfaction with his sandwich. The beef was tender enough that he did not have the pull-the-whole-load-out at one time problem.

Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

 

As a side dish he had potato salad made from Russian blue potatoes. The one piece of potato I tried was just a tad undercooked. My lunch date devoured the salad and had no complaints about it though.

So these are just a few of the awesome places to eat in New Westminster. Other places I have enjoyed eating at in New West include the Sixth Street Grill, the Hide Out Cafe, Cockney King’s Fish and Chips, Burger Heaven and the River’s Reach Pub.

I have also just been informed by a nacho expert that the Paddlewheeler Pub at the Rivermarket has what she is calling the best nachos she has had in Metro Vancouver. All in all, it looks like I will be have to do a part two New West foodie adventure! Until then, enjoy your lunch!!

 

 

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A Weekend Walk Around Granville Island

Posted by Stacey on March 24, 2014 in Food and Drink |
Massive Grapes

Massive Grapes

Fruit Variety

Fruit Variety

 

Berries

Berries

Olives

Olives

Delights

Delights

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Cheeses

Cheeses

Raspberries

Raspberries

Apples and Bananas

Apples and Bananas

Carrots

Carrots

Asparagus

Asparagus

Pasta

Pasta

Meat

Meat

Sausages

Sausages

Olives Again

Olives Again

Salmon

Salmon

And Flowers

And Flowers

 

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Subscribe to this Blog Option

Posted by Stacey on March 21, 2014 in Life Musings |

In case you did not notice, to the right of this post and just below the “sponsored links” box is a header saying “Subscribe to this blog”. Below that is a place for you to type in your email address.

So why would you want to do this? Well, the easy answer is, so that you will not miss any post that is added to this blog. Each morning the email address you enter will receive an email with an excerpt of the latest blog post. That’s it.

And, in case you get sick of the exciting news and events I write about here, there is a simple “unsubscribe” option in each email that you receive. And that is it. Really.

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Foodie Adventures in New Westminster

Posted by Stacey on March 20, 2014 in Food and Drink |

If I were to do a foodie crawl through New Westminster, which cheap eats, food joints would you like to see me include?

Right off the bat I am thinking of:

  • The Big Star Sandwich Co,
  • The Spud Shack,
  • The Terminal,
  • River’s Reach
  • Wally’s (yes or no? seeing as they are not unique to New West?),
  • Re-Up BBQ,
  • The Hideout Cafe,
  • Burger Heaven
  • Ki Sushi or Okonomi Sushi?
  • Coming Home Cafe

Which places am I missing? Which should I cross off this list?

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My Foodie Adventures in Downtown Vancouver

Posted by Stacey on March 19, 2014 in Food and Drink |

Well I am back in the blogger office and finished with my short term special project. I do have a couple of blog posts backed up waiting to be finalized and published but, I thought it would be more fun to look back at the food I encountered over the last few days.

Noodles at Hon's

Noodles at Hon’s

I apologize in advance for the quality of some of the photos. They were all taken with my iPhone and while the iPhone can take quality pics, I don’t always seem to be able to do so.

Without further ado, here begins the highlights of my foodie adventure in downtown Vancouver.

My first meal came after a $6 cab ride away from the conference centre. I had a “meh” plate of noodles with a few green beans at Hon’s in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Not bad, not good.

 

Next meal captured on film was at The Winking Judge Pub just up Burrard Street. The Past Tense sandwich had shaved pastrami, swiss cheese and caramelized onion marmalade.

Being a fiend for fries, I chose a side of fries and added their gravy.

Pastrami Sandwich

Pastrami Sandwich

The pastrami was not shaved, it was sliced. And not sliced thin enough. When I bit into the sandwich the entire slice of meat slid out of the sandwich in one big slice and coating my bearded chin with molten cheese and hot pastrami.

Not as classy a look as I would like for a business lunch.

The fries were factory fries. Nothing noteworthy. Just passable. (After eating frites at The Spud Shack one is very spoiled in the fries world.)

The gravy was blech. No stand out flavours other than a salty mess. The caramelized onion marmalade was well done and added a nice element of flavour to the sandwich.

Next was a late night stop at one of my old favourite barbecue joints, Peckinpah in Gastown. It was too late to eat so I broke my personal rule of not drinking any alcoholic beverages while I am away on business and I actually had a drink.

Bourbon Caesar

Bourbon Caesar

 

The Bourbon Caesar was worth it. Poured in a beer mug with a long pickled green bean slid in the mug and a deep, smoky bourbon flavour made my taste buds sing.

Sitting on top of the drink was a beautiful slice of beef jerky. Tender enough to bite through without a battle and smoky enough to make me want some barbecue eats.

Instead I settled for a deep fried pickle.

Deep Fried Pickle

Deep Fried Pickle

The pickle, while a clever idea and tasty enough would have been presented better if it was cut into quarters rather than sliced so thinly.

The taste was very cool though. Just enough snap from the dill pickle to make you know you have a dill in your hand.

The jalapeno mayo was a perfect companion to the dill. The jalapeno gave it zap while the mayo tempered the zap to a reasonable level.

The next day I took another $6 cab ride and ended up on the east end of Gastown at Big Lou’s Butcher Shop.

Big Lou's Butcher Shop

Big Lou’s Butcher Shop

The joint looks like a blast from the past only with “too-cool-for-school” hipsters behind the counter.

As well as being a butcher shop serving all kinds of locally sourced meats, they also have a sandwich counter.

As I may have said before, I am a disciple of The Big Star Sandwich Co on 12th Street in New West.

However, these guys make a pastrami sandwich that comes close to equalling the Big Star’s pastrami sandwich.

I ordered Big Lou’s One Pound pastrami sandwich.

The One Pound Pastrami Sandwich

The One Pound Pastrami Sandwich

Although it may sound massive, a one pound sandwich is not massive. Granted, it is pretty freaking large but for a professionally trained foodie like myself, it was a manageable lunch.

An incredible dill pickle, saurkraut like my grandmother used to make back home in the old country, a smear of mustard and a pound of pastrami…heavenly.

Once again though, they would improve the sandwich by shaving the pastrami thinner.

However, this was the sandwich highlight of my days away.

I did eat a couple of breakfasts as well. The best one came from Phat’s Deli.

Smoked Meat Brekkie Platter

Smoked Meat Brekkie Platter

Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, thick cut multigrain toast and a HEAP of shaved pastrami! These guys know how to shave pastrami so that it pulls apart with little to no effort.

A plate of perfectly shaved pastrami. Deelish.

The eggs and hasbrown cubes were uninspired but the toast was excellent and the pastrami….beautiful.

One more late night snack and then we are done.

Spicy Tuna Sashimi

Spicy Tuna Sashimi

Spicy tuna sashimi at YakiNiKuYa just off Robson Street was a perfect way to end the longest day of my work away.

A lovely little plate with perfectly cut to mouth size chunks of tuna sashimi interspersed with crisp slices of quartered cucumber.

A lovely and refreshing way to end a very long and exhausting day.

Of course I ate at a number of other meals including a disappointing roast beef dinner at Save-on-Meats on Hastings Street and a a fabulous – FABULOUS chicken shawarma pita sandwich with taste sensations. However, that is enough for now. Enjoy!!

 

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