Foodie Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

With the weather being very cold, windy and rainy lately on the west coast, Douglas and I have been getting our steps in on weekends by exploring shops and stores under cozy roof-tops. And in between our stops, we have been wandering around seeing more advent calendar ideas, especially with snacks and other foodie goodness. Here are some advent calendar gift ideas for foodies on … Continue reading Foodie Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for the Dill Pickle-lover

Different nations celebrate their love for pickles in many ways and on different days with pickle-adorned decor and munching on a variety of pickles. On November 14th, it’s National Pickle Day in the US. Here are quirky decor gift ideas for the dill pickle-lover on your list. Christmas Pickle Glass Ornament When my sister-in-law received one as a gift from one of her students, it … Continue reading Gift Ideas for the Dill Pickle-lover

Boxes of Pocky

#PockyDay Gift Ideas

Growing up in Canada, I have always worn a poppy and shared a moment of silence at 11am on November 11th for Remembrance Day. I learned recently that in Japan, November 11th is known as Pocky Day, a day to celebrate Japan’s favourite stick snack. Glico, the makers of Pocky, chose November 11th as Pocky sticks look like the number one, hence 11-11. For the … Continue reading #PockyDay Gift Ideas

Holiday Beauty Advent Calendars Gift Ideas

With my multicultural family, we actually don’t have many traditions for celebrating the various holidays. Sometimes I wonder why we don’t include certain traditions like other families, but we like to keep the holidays as simple and stress-free as much as possible. Thankfully growing up on the West Coast, I have had the privilege to spend various holidays with different families and learn about their … Continue reading Holiday Beauty Advent Calendars Gift Ideas

Spanish Gin and Tonic at Cabriota Tapas

Gifts Ideas for the Gin Lover for National Gin Day

It was International Gin and Tonic Day every October 19th. And continuing to stay on the gin train, it’s National Gin day on December 7th. For those gin-lovers on your list, here are unique entertaining and gift ideas: Gin bottles up-cycled to glassware The Joy of Gin Luxury Gift Box From gorgeous gooey elderflower and gin marshmallows to the gin and tonic bath bomb this … Continue reading Gifts Ideas for the Gin Lover for National Gin Day

Gifts Ideas for the Vodka-Lover

On weekends, Douglas and I like to drive out to a neighbourhood to walk around to explore new shops and restaurants. Last weekend we decided to check out two areas in southwestern Vancouver as it was cold and wet outside. We first checked out Marine Gateway, which surrounds the Marine Drive Skytrain Station, then flocked over to Oakridge Mall by Cambie and 41st. As Douglas … Continue reading Gifts Ideas for the Vodka-Lover

Gift Ideas for World Pasta Day

When I think of pasta, I chuckle from remembering one of Russell Peter’s jokes about racial integration. Folks, you know if the world’s gonna mix we should start mixing people now that would never normally mix, you know. Like hook up a Jamaican with an Italian. They could have little “Pastafarians”, you know. Celebrate World Pasta Day on October 25th by surprising a pasta-lover with … Continue reading Gift Ideas for World Pasta Day

Inspiring Cocktails for International Gin & Tonic Day

Gin and Tonic cocktails remind me of when I used to listen to albums after albums of the Barenaked Ladies when Steven Page was still part of the group. The first time I learned about g&t’s was when I listened to their song, “Alcohol” from their album Stunt. Forget the cafe latte Screw the raspberry iced tea A Malibu and Coke for you, a G&T … Continue reading Inspiring Cocktails for International Gin & Tonic Day

#MentalHealth Awareness through #WorldMentalHealthDay and @SquishCandy Brainstorm in October

Squish Candies, based in Montreal, is known for their gummies crafted from the highest quality ingredients possible. When Douglas and I are in downtown together commuting from Granville Station, we like to pop by Squish Candies inside Top Shop to sample one of their 100 flavours of awesomely delicious gourmet gummies. Every month, Squish chooses to support a different cause and organization with their candy … Continue reading #MentalHealth Awareness through #WorldMentalHealthDay and @SquishCandy Brainstorm in October

Hello Kitty x Sugarfina at Nordstrom in Vancouver

Hello Kitty and Sanrio fans flocked to Sugarfina at Nordstrom’s in Downtown Vancouver to the special party in early October. Guests were invited to sample and check out the latest offerings of Sugarfina Candy with the cutest Sanrio Characters. The special treats included: Hello Kitty’s Bow Gummies Hello Kitty’s Mama’s Apple Pie Gummies Gudetama Lazy Gummy Eggs Keroppi “Donut Pond” Jelly Beans Chococat Chocolate Caramels … Continue reading Hello Kitty x Sugarfina at Nordstrom in Vancouver