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An Urbanspoon Observation
3 spoons out of 5
Vic and I went to Boom Beer with some friends for dinner tonight based on Urbanspoon reviews. I feel I would have liked this more if I hadn't read the reviews first, because the reviews left me with such high expectations that I felt a little disappointed when we actually started eating. Don't get me wrong; the food itself was pretty good, but it wasn't mind-blowingly awesome.
We first ordered the corn cheese (yes, you read that right - corn, butter and cheese on a hot plate) - was an interesting flavour and at $6.95, didn't really feel like I got an authentic experience. It felt like I was eating corn niblets with shredded Kraft cheese on top. Don't mind eating like this at home when I have nothing else on hand, but I don't think that I would order this again.
This one was interesting too - it's called a cheese booldak, which basically meant spicy chicken pieces over some cheese and some gnocchi-type noodle on a hot plate. It was not bad - interesting flavour combination but I felt like there was something a little off about it. Would I order it again? Probably not. Would I nibble on it if someone else ordered it? Probably.
So the spicy/sweet chicken was just not my thing, but it's a personal preference as I'm not much for marinaded chicken. BUT, the fried chicken was really, really good! The batter was the right kind of crispy, it was flavourful and the chicken was still tender. The marinaded chicken was ok - tasted a lot like the booldak (see above) but was pretty heavy on the marinade so I ended up scraping a lot of it off.
Overall, the fried chicken was really good and had convinced me enough to at least give this place a try again. Would I order the same things? I would order the fried chicken again and would try some of the other things, but I wouldn't order the other ones.
3 spoons out of 5
Kelly May Da Roza made her entrance a day early! May was born 12:13AM on August 24th, 2013 weighing a healthy 7.7lbs. Mama, Papa and baby are doing wonderfully and set to leave the hospital tomorrow. Congratulations Michelle and Chris - she is beautiful and we can't wait to meet her!
Thought I would share this - the sentiments are wonderful and spot on. Happy reading! Taken from the blog of James Russell Lingerfelt.
My advice after a divorce following 16 years of marriage, by Gerald Rogers.
Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had
1. Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and to fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure you will ever be entrusted with. SHE CHOSE YOU. Never forget that, and NEVER GET LAZY in your love.
2. Protect your own heart. Just as you committed to being the protector of her heart, you must guard your own with the same vigilance. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in your heart where no one must enter except for your wife. Keep that space always ready to receive her and invite her in, and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.
3. Fall in love over and over again. You will constantly change. You’re not the same people you were when you got married, and in five years you will not be the same person you are today. Change will come, and in that you have to re-choose each other everyday. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY WITH YOU, and if you don’t take care of her heart, she may give that heart to someone else or seal you out completely, and you may never be able to get it back. Always fight to win her love just as you did when you were courting her.
4. Always see the best in her. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be have this woman as your wife.
5. It’s not your job to change or fix her… your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. And if she changes, love what she becomes, whether it’s what you wanted or not.
6. Take full accountability for your own emotions: It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship and your love.
7. Never blame your wife if you get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed. You were attracted to this woman because she was the person best suited to trigger all of your childhood wounds in the most painful way so that you could heal them… when you heal yourself, you will no longer be triggered by her, and you will wonder why you ever were.
8. Allow your woman to just be. When she’s sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to HOLD HER and let her know it’s ok. Let her know that you hear her, and that she’s important and that you are that pillar on which she can always lean. The feminine spirit is about change and emotion and like a storm her emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging she will trust you and open her soul to you… DON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN SHE’S UPSET. Stand present and strong and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what she is really saying behind the words and emotion.
9. Be silly… don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.
10. Fill her soul everyday… learn her love languages and the specific ways that she feels important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask her to create a list of 10 THINGS that make her feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make her feel like a queen.
11. Be present. Give her not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are with her you are fully WITH HER. Treat her as you would your most valuable client. She is.
12. Be willing to take her sexually, to carry her away in the power of your masculine presence, to consume her and devour her with your strength, and to penetrate her to the deepest levels of her soul. Let her melt into her feminine softness as she knows she can trust you fully.
13. Don’t be an idiot…. And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will she. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.
14. Give her space… The woman is so good at giving and giving, and sometimes she will need to be reminded to take time to nurture herself. Sometimes she will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds her soul, and if you give her that space she will come back with new songs to sing…. (okay, getting a little too poetic here, but you get the point. Tell her to take time for herself, ESPECIALLY after you have kids. She needs that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find herself after she gets lost in serving you, the kids and the world.)
15. Be vulnerable… you don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.
16. Be fully transparent. If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING… Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let her in when you don’t know i she will like what she finds… Part of that courage is allowing her to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK… If you feel like you need to wear a mask around her, and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.
17. Never stop growing together… The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.
18. Don’t worry about money. Money is a game, find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strength to win.
19. Forgive immediately and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.
20. Always choose love. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices is governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of your marriage. Love will always endure.
In the end marriage isn’t about happily ever after. It’s about work. And a commitment to grow together and a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure eternity. Through that work, the happiness will come. Marriage is life, and it will bring ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and learning to learn from and love each experience will bring the strength and perspective to keep building, one brick at a time.
These are lessons I learned the hard way. These are lessons I learned too late. But these are lessons I am learning and committed in carrying forward. Truth is, I loved being married, and in time, I will get married again, and when I do, I will build it with a foundation that will endure any storm and any amount of time.
If you are reading this and find wisdom in my pain, share it those those young husbands whose hearts are still full of hope, and with those couples you may know who may have forgotten how to love. One of those men may be like I was, and in these hard earned lessons perhaps something will awaken in him and he will learn to be the man his lady has been waiting for.
MEN- THIS IS YOUR CHARGE: Commit to being an EPIC LOVER. There is no greater challenge, and no greater prize. Your woman deserves that from. Be the type of husband your wife can’t help but brag about.
The last week and a bit has been pretty hectic!
Our church holds an annual outreach event called Party on the Hill (POTH) and I had been told that it was a "big deal". Being that this was our first full year cycle with this church, Vic and I didn't really know what to expect. POTH has tons of stuff for the whole family: fun boothway games for the youth, VBS, food and live music, all for FREE :)
The party kicked off on Thursday the 15th, which happened to fall on our anniversary. Vic and I had committed to volunteering for the event and so we, along with our houseguest, Chevin, trekked along to POTH to see what we could help with. It was almost already in full swing when we arrived at 5; the boothways were up, people were madly prepping and cooking up a storm and kids were everywhere. The first night was busy. Our musical guest for the evening was Laurell; I had met Laurell through a LinXus event and I thought she was really great so I told the staff I would see if she could perform. She hit it out of the ball park - she was awesome! (I may be a little biased but I thought she was the best performer out of the three nights). :)
The second night was the busiest. We must have had over 400 people come by and for good reason - Wally Buono was our featured speaker and he definitely draws a crowd. I hadn't realized that Wally was a Christian so it was really nice to be able to hear his perspective on living out God's love in a professional sports environment. Our musical guest for the evening was My Dearest Friends and they played a lot of alterna-bluegrass. I kind of felt bad for them - a lot of people came for Wally and left after that, so there weren't as many people who stayed to listen to the music but there was still a solid group of people who seemed to enjoy themselves afterwards.
The third night was a little bit of a gong show - it was Saturday and a lot of the people had been doing this now for 3 straight nights. I was getting tired from pulling 16-18 hour days and I could tell that other people were feeling it too. We had a big crowd come out - it was dunk tank night and Mac's had sent out their Frosters team so kids were hyped up on sugar. Our last speaker was Kip Morris, who is a chaplain and did a sermon, which was good in itself but he lost a lot of the crowd so it was hard for the musical guest to get the atmosphere back up again. In all honesty, she was good but maybe she was nervous because she was off key a lot of the time. Don't get me wrong, I sing and I know how hard it is, but I also know when I'm sucking. I hate being critical but as a professional, paid singer, I think there should be certain standards. So it was kind of a bummer to end like that I have a feeling that most people didn't care and had a good time anyway.
Sunday was our outdoor service; we had a string of lucky weather (rain in the morning but clear skies in the afternoon) and we definitely got the downpour in the morning. There was about 70 people still braving the rain though and sat through the service outside. We had a full band out (8 people!) but I really felt like Satan was really trying to get me down - I couldn't get into the music like I usually do (usually, I'm super stoked to be playing with so many awesome people) and I had read a few critical emails right before that just seemed to deflate my spirit. I felt so sad that I allowed myself to feel that way afterwards
But we went and had a great day after that - had brunch with Grandma, Deb and Doug (a full meal, plus dessert!) and got to catch up a little bit, then had dinner with Faye and Angus (a crab each, yum!). So overall, we were pretty exhausted from the past week.
Did the Grouse Grind with some co-workers last night and was able to bump into an old friend and her new baby, who just turned 2 months old!
After the Grind, a number of us decided to have dinner at Altitudes Bistro and let me tell you that I was NOT impressed.
It was fairly busy in the afternoon as it was a nice day out, a little windy but the sun was still out in full force when we got a seat. I was told that the wait to get seats was anywhere from 30-45 minutes, so it was a nice surprise to get a seat on the patio within about 20 minutes.
The hostesses were lovely and were very accommodating. Our server(s), on the other hand, were very disappointing for a high-end restaurant.
There were 6 of us who ordered - 5 with food, 5 with drinks. We sat down at around 8PM and didn't actually get our food until 9PM. I would understand if there was a big crowd there, or if we were a large party with complicated orders, but we ordered really simple items and we had to ask the server twice when our order would come out.
We also had multiple servers, all with a lackluster attitude. No one came to check on us and only one server asked us if we wanted a new round of drinks. We had asked to see if there were any extra blankets, to which our server didn't even check when she said no. About five minutes later, another server who was serving a different bank of tables had thoughtfully went to her tables with a huge stack of blankets, giving them out.
Jenny and I shared the nachos; it didn't have a lot of cheese, the grilled chicken tasted like sawdust and the chips were slightly stale.
And this part wasn't their fault, but it was pretty buggy out - but they had no measure of bug control (bug zapper, citronella, etc.). It definitely didn't add to the atmosphere to be swatting away flies and mosquitoes in between bites of food.
The restaurant had an amazing view. It was too bad the service didn't live up to the view.
Definitely not wasting any more of my hard-earned money on crappy service and food like that.
Vic and I thought that we would take Ewan to Splashdown Park even though it started out as a pretty cloudy day. It actually was perfect; because it was cloudy, there weren't many people in the park and so the lineups were much shorter. Ewan was such a trooper - he went on all the slides; he started with the little slides with Uncle Vic and ended up on the big boy slides going tandem with either me or Vic. He was pretty cold so we didn't stay too long; left just as the sun started to come out. By that time, we had been in the park 3 hours so we ended up heading out shortly after that for lunch at White Spot, where Ewan proceeded to finish off my milkshake and half of his lunch :)
Since we sugared him up, we thought we'd do his parents the courtesy of at least easing off some of the sugar load so we headed to King George Park on Cambie - he wasn't too interested and I think he was pretty pooped at that point so we headed back and dropped him off at his parents house so he could play his drums.
Happy anniversary to my favourite couple across the pond. Can't believe it's been 6 years already... time sure flies along!
I’m back! I had taken half of Friday off to start off our camping trip but unfortunately, everyone else was working a full day so we had to start out a little late. I had only hardheartedly packed beforehand so it gave me a chance to double check that I had what I needed, clean the house to get ready for our houseguest and start loading up our stuff in the car.
Vic got home at around 5:30 and we left at around 6:15PM; Cultus Lake Provincial Park is only an hour’s drive from my house so we got there at around 7:30PM and started to set up camp. I had picked up a small kitchen tent so we made sure to set up our tent and the kitchen tent before we started losing light. I had also picked up a new lantern (yay!) and got a chance to use it – it was awesome! I have an LED one and used to borrow my parents’ old Coleman lantern but I found a great deal at Canadian Tire so I picked up one of those Instastart lanterns when I got the chance.
It was just Vic and I for the first night – Johann and Michelle drove up the next day and met us at camp since she had an exam to do that day and Johann was doing a couple of work-related things. It was the first time that Vic and I camped together on our own and I’m glad to say that I survived. We had a rain-free July and so unfortunately, the campsite had a fire ban. It sucks not having a fire while camping – half the fun is listening to the fire crackle and making s’mores. I think I lucked out though – I guess the campsite was prepared and they had some propane campfires for rent; I managed to sneak out Saturday morning and rent the last one for Vic. :) It’s still not the same, but at least it was something.
It was a pretty chill day on Saturday and so we decided to venture out to the lake on Sunday. We rented a 4 person paddleboat and took Chloe on a water adventure at the lake. The poor thing – I don’t think she was a big fan of the water in general but it was such a hot day that we thought it would be nice for her to cool off a little.
Even though we were only out for about 2 hours, we were all exhausted when we came back from camp. We had a little nap (Chloe’s nap was much longer) and had another easy night in. We were just finishing dinner when fireworks started going off – it was a little odd because although I’m glad to get a day off in August, BC Day isn’t exactly a fireworks-worthy holiday.
We managed to pack up and get everything ready to go by 10:30 the next day and made it back home by 12, which was right on schedule for me!
Honestly, I wouldn't go camping at Cultus again if given the chance. While the amenities were nice enough, we were right next to the washrooms and the showers had actual handles instead of those annoying push buttons for water, all the sites were too close to a main road and people there were generally LOUD! You'd think that people would know to lower their voice when it's midnight and most of the other campsites are dark because people are sleeping, but no. Too many rowdy kids getting drunk on a long weekend. Not that I have anything against that, that's just not how I like to camp. I guess we were lucky too because there weren't very many people there since it had just rained the day before and there was a fire ban in place. I had been looking forward to doing some trails too but it just was too far from our campsite to even start out. By the time we left, there was no more parking left in the trail lot! :(
I did manage to finish two books during the trip though: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (good, a little too much description for me) and Feed (Book 1 of the Newsflesh Trilogy – awesome!) and now I’m hooked onto the second book, Deadline.
Pretty stoked for this weekend - Vic, Johann, Michelle and I are headed to Cultus Lake this weekend for a little camping trip. I was a little bummed that we got Cultus since I like relaxing when I'm camping, not being around annoying, drunk 20 year olds. :)
This has been an interesting week at work - lots of changes going around. I'm working at the hospital for the 6 month project and I'm pretty stoked about it! It's a nice change of pace (I was started to become brain-dead for a little bit)... a lot of challenges ahead but it's nice to wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work again!
I wasn't too productive earlier on in the week and that's definitely caught up to me today. I'm only at work for a half a day and I've got some back to back meetings tomorrow....
Anyway, I'm boring myself so I'll log off now :)
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