Friday, August 26, 2016

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" That's the scary thing
about opening up your heart
to someone again.
Because, after a couple of heartbreaks,
you learn eventually,
everyone leaves in your life.
It's just a matter of how
much time you have with them "

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dine Out Part 3: Vis-a-Vis

Here is the last, but definitely not the least, of my Dine Around adventures in Victoria. We visited Vis a Vis, which was located in Oak Bay as well. The decor of the place was nice - inside and out!





I believe that this time around, we opted for the $40 menu!



They gave us a sample soup from the kitchen - on the house! That was nice - it was a little bit curry-ish... Now, what did I say about not being a food blogger? LOL! 



I got the lobster bisque for starters, while Mich and Connie got Chicken Liver Parfait, and Pork Terrine. I can't really remember which is which in the pictures though... Hahahaha oops!



I got some oysters to start as well. I hadn't had oysters in a while, so I was craving them... And my oh my, they were good!!! I love me some good oysters! Teehee



Our mains! The Lobster Carbonara and Beef Burgundy, which was what I got! 



My dessert - very chocolatey but yummy!!! I think I was going through a chocolate phase... I usually don't eat that much chocolate! Hahhahaha



Per usual, ending the day with some selfies!!!! Love you guys!

XX, Cand

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dine Out Part 2: 10 Acres


Our next Dine Around visit brought us to 10 Acres! It was more American style as compared to the previous place, Confit, which was French. 10 Acres was located downtown and the restaurant was very bright because of the large windows!! I love! People enjoy sitting on the patio too but I think it was still too cold to do so.




Selfies before we got too messy and bloated. LOL









This time around, we chose to go for the $30 menu!







We got some fancy ass drinks! I think I got a pomegranate Sangria of some sort... Cheers!!!



This time around, Michelle got the soup for starters and Connie got the Hen Leg! I can't remember which I got... I think the soup as well? I have short term memory loss... Anyway, we also ordered a plate of truffle fries to share! And my goodness, it was great!!!!! I remember telling the waiter that they were really good. He seemed a little bit snobbish. Perhaps he was upset that I didn't compliment the rest of the food? IDK...





LAMB SHANK. It was good!!! The meat was very tender. Hehe



Mich's main... I can't remember what it was called. But it was small.......... Hahahahah!


Our desserts!!! I got a sticky toffee pudding - which I had been craving pretty badly for... It was good, but I think I have had better elsewhere! I can't remember what Mich and Connie got... I think a cheesecake and something else. Hahahaha! The first time we all got different desserts. Hehe! 

Overall, dining at 10 Acres was a completely different experience compared to Confit as well as Vis-a-Vis! Maybe if I (ever) go back in summer, I would like to visit again but this time sit in the patio!

XX, Cand

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dine Out Part 1: Confit

After a few months, I finally have caught up on all my travel posts for 2015. And I have decided to post my Dine Around Victoria experiences on my blog! My roommates (Connie & Michelle) and I love Dine Out season because it means we get good food at way more affordable prices!!! For Dine Out, there are usually a few menus to choose from - the $30, $40, and $50 menu. They all include a three course meal - starters, mains, and dessert. Usually we choose whichever menu we think is the most worth it for the price!

We got to visit 3 places this year - Confit, 10 Acres, and Vis-a-Vis. And as the title suggests, this post is on Confit! Confit features French cuisine and is tucked away in the very lovely Oak Bay.

Disclaimer: I am no food blogger ok. Please don't take me too seriously... LOLOL!

We all decided to go for the $50 menu at Confit! Such a splurge, but well, at Confit you gotta go for the "Duck duo of Confit Leg & Medium Rare Breast"! Hahahaha I chose mussels as my appetiser to go along with the main course and a chocolate cake of some sort for dessert.

The dining experience was really pleasant - the waiter was very sweet! Do make reservations especially during Dine Around season because these places get PACKED... And quite quickly!






I thought that the mussels were okay - not outstanding, but the main dish was REALLY good! The chocolate cake thing would be great for chocolate lovers out there!!! Connie went with the vanilla bean creme brulee and it was really good as well. We all went home full and happy. Hehe




Quite the ritual - selfie time an outing/a dinner!

Compared to my travel posts, this one is pretty short. Hopefully there will be more shorter posts as well so this space won't be filled with too many words and pictures!

Till the next post!!!


XX, Cand

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cand goes to USA - Disneyland (LA): Part 2 (Day 4-5)

It is finally time for the long-awaited Disneyland post!!! As mentioned in the previous post, we decided to visit Disneyland during its ultra peak seasons - Christmas as well as Diamond (60th) anniversary! The decorations throughout the park was freaking amazing... I loved it so much! You just soak in the atmosphere and it was truly magical.



"Enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy." OK DISNEY, LET'S GO. 






We tried so hard, and for so long to get the perfect picture before the castle with as little people behind us as possible. It was really impossible. We stood there for way too long - longer than I'd like to admit actually. Anyhow, I looked super short next to my 170cm friend in her slightly heeled boots.

Great job Cand! And thanks for letting me borrow your Mickey ears, Mich!!! 




Since the standing portraits of us in front of the castle was not really up to expectations, selfies will have to do! Wearing my, then, new sunglasses! (In present day, they are broken!!!! I really liked them... Sigh!)




Somewhere in Toon Town!






The famous "It's a small world" ride. I got the song stuck in my head just walking past this place. Why? I was reliving the last time I came here and the song just popped into my head. So we didn't take the ride until later that night, but for the whole day the song was my freaking jam. Probably wasn't feeling that positive about the song when we were walking around and all I could sing was "It's a small world after all" X9345834693.

After taking a couple of rides here and there, we got to catch the parade!






Disney princesses!!!




Goofy! 



Pooh and Tigger! 



And Eeyore looking depressed as hell because he has to pull his sleigh... It does match his character though! LOL



Quite sure Elsa and Anna were the stars of the show! Everyone loves Frozen!!! Including me hehe!


Just some cute ole round snowmen.



Okay, I was wrong... SANTA WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW!!! DUH!!!!!!!!



Alice in Wonderland Teacup ride! I loved the colours!



In one of the tea cups!



Tiki drink outside the Tiki room. Sorry, I have no idea what the drink is called. I just made up Tiki Drink. LOL!



I think it was cold, so there were not many people at the splash mountain ride... So it was just the two of us on this log LOL! Wearing our winter jackets! LOLOL!



Waiting for our turn at Blue Bayou. Mich made a reservation at the famous Blue Bayou restaurant. It was a restaurant that was located right next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. So we could basically see the ride while eating dinner. LOL!








I went all out and had this - the surf and turf! (Steak and a lobster tail) It was pretty good!!!



Mich had this - and I can't remember what it was... I do remember it was pretty good but not good for Michelle because it was spicy. And Mich cannot eat spicy. AHHAHAHA!



Teacup ride at night! Still very pretty!

The following pictures are from the It's a small world ride. 





Outside the ride!



Seriously though, the lights display in Disneyland was no joke! Everywhere you turned to look was just lovely!




Fireworks display. LOL I caught a very lame picture of it. But I promise it was very nice.




Our last ride of the night was Space Mountain. It was fun, but we did wish we took the other Star Wars ride, and maybe the Buzz light year ride before we took this one! The ride was probably only 2 minutes or less, but we waited for about 30-40 minutes to get in... By the time we got out it was almost midnight! 




Us happy girls saying good night to Disneyland! 



After shopping at Downtown Disney, we went to the Cheesecake Factory! P.s. Mich got lots of pretty stuff!!!! I wish I had pictures of them (Christmas deco, etc)! LOL!

And that concluded our long day in Disneyland! Although I did wish we did wake up a little earlier to go in earlier! I think we were pretty exhausted so we didn't get up as early as planned. OOPS. Nevertheless, we spent a good amount of time in Disneyland, so all was good. I had a fabulous time!

The next day, we had to leave Anaheim and catch our flight back to Canada. It was a sad day. AHAHAHAH! 



Not leaving before we got Bubba Gump tho!!! Seriously love this place!


And that was it! I had a really great time with Michelle. Didn't think this trip would actually happen because it took a while before we booked anything. Even after we did all the bookings and stuff, I had exams to focus on, and Michelle did all the planning. I have to thank her for all that!!!!! THANKS MICH, I LOVE YOU (I think you know that already hehe!). Now I've moved back to Singapore for good, and it just feels so weird... Ok, this is starting to become weird. LOL!

Anyway, I'm gonna be posting about some of our food outings next! I'm no food blogger so please lower your expectations - if you have any. LOL! Ok, BRB!!!!!

XX, Cand