Coquille Restaurant

Coquille Restaurant, a sister restaurant of L’Abattoir, took over the corner of the Secret Location Restaurant and opened its door in 2018. Located at the heart of Gastown, Coquille focuses on quintessential seafood and shellfish dishes. This year, it joins the Dine Out Vancouver and offers an extensive menu for locals and visitors to try. And recently, I won a giveaway of $100 gift card for Coquille from Tourism Vancouver. Therefore, we decided to visit this restaurant to enjoy our first ever dine out of the year.

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Fighting Eczema is Tough, but we can do it!

For the past two years, I have tried many products to prevent my eczema from flaring up. I knew many friends that also have eczema, and I understand how tough this path is to fight eczema. After two years of trying and failing, I wanted to share some of my experience, tips, and recommendations to you all.

Please note that this is purely based on personal experience, so it is best to go see a dermatologist for professional opinion. 

It is important to stay hydrated and moisturized at all times. So choosing suitable skin care products are important. I prefer using products with natural ingredients, especially alcohol-free. Chemical and alcohol in the products may dehydrate and further flare up the skin. I have a combination skin type, and here is a simple daily routine that can keep my skin moisturized.

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Quantum Coffee

It has been awhile since my last visit. I remembered coming here a year ago, when it first opened. Today, I revisited this cafe, because I won a $25 gift card at a giveaway from Quantum Coffee. However, this would not change my honest review about this cafe. When I first came here one year ago, I loved the vibe and how spacious and bright this place it. More importantly, it had a lot of space for customers to work and study. Unfortunately, this recent visit was disappointing. Everything changed.

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SalaThai

Recently, I was invited as a guest speaker for a Yelp Elite event to talk about food photography. I was flattered to be part of this event, because I would not considered myself as a professional photographer at this point. Luckily, the Yelpers looked engaged when Tina and I were providing some tips for food photography. After, SalaThai was very generous to treat us a delicious and unreal meal.

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[REVISIT] Hon’s Wonton House (Olympic Village)

Do you remember when was your last time eating at Hon’s Wonton House? My last dining experience with them was when I first came to Vancouver 10 years ago. I still remembered they used to have a huge menu, with almost everything you can possibly name. Recently, I had a chance to revisit Hon’s Wonton House after 10 years, but everything has now changed. The new restaurant, located in Olympic Village, became more modern, with a simpler menu. But one thing remains –  handmade wontons.

I believe this is my first time to revisit my blog post and change my comments on the food quality and restaurant. I revisited the restaurant last night, and I ordered Popstickers and Beef Brisket & Wonton Noodle Soup. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on the food quality this time!
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[RECIPE] Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon, and my family would buy snow skin mooncakes from local Asian grocery stores. But this year, I decided to make some homemade and healthier ones. Good things about homemade products is that sugar level can always be adjusted, and I can choose natural ingredients to eliminate any preservatives. Using purple yam in desserts and pastries is now a new food trend, as it has a beautiful purple color for pictures, and it has high nutrition, with low calories. Making Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes seems difficult, but it is actually easy and fun, especially when assembling them.

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