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Hangover Helper – poached egg, back bacon, hollandaise, green onion

Abba – avocado, bacon, brie, apple, balsamic reduction

Scott and I went out for breakfast on the weekend. We ordered these two waffles and then traded halves. The waffles were really nice, crunchy and chewy, delicious. The toppings were good but had a few flaws, the poached eggs were poached hard, which is unfortunate in my opinion, and the Abba waffle needed three times as much brie and some kind of sauce to stop it from being a little dry. However, the hollandaise was nice and tangy and the bacon was plentiful.

I would like to go back and try some of their sweet waffles some time.

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OMG It’s Already Mid-August

Time for a picture dump since I’ve been a lousy blogger and haven’t been keeping up with this great summer we’ve been having.

A pretty sunset. It was like this every night for a good two weeks during the heatwave. I used to think I liked 30ºC weather, but I guess I’ve become a real Vancouverite because that is way too hot!! Now I’m happy when I see the weather report say 22ºC, heh.

We spent Canada Day on Kits beach this year with Ryan and Ryan and others. It was hot. The tide was wayyyy out so I didn’t swim. Random raindrops fell from the sky which weirded people out enough to pack up their beach stuff and leave.

Pre-fireworks sunset with Lauren. Always envious of the people watching from a boat. I need to make friends with someone with a boat. The fireworks were good. It was funny hearing the music coming from the speakers and  people’s radios and phone apps all out of sync.

Scott accidentally broke off a whole branch of his tomato plant. Whoops!! By the way the tally so far is Scott: 17, Katrina 41. WOO!! Our plants still have quite a few flowers and green tomatoes but they are not developing nearly as fast so I think the contest is nearly over.

Free slurpee on 7-11. Perfect timing, it was SUPER hot that day.

I went to the Sunshine Coast with Lesley a few weeks ago. It was Sea Cavalcade and there was a parade and fireworks and other stuff going on. We watched the fireworks from a tugboat. I always have a nice relaxing time while visiting her house, like a cottage getaway.

Rosemarie came over and we played Agricola. We finally tried out the expansion! I liked it, even though Scott won both games as usual. Rosemarie still says it is her least favourite game. Sigh.

The second game took so long the sun went down and it was too dark to see the pieces any more. We reached a new level of nerdiness when we brought out my old desk lamp to light up the games table. How lovely it is to be out on the patio all the time this summer though?! Our patio rules.

Many games of Settlers this summer. We’ve gotten quite a lot of use from the 5-6 player expansion!! Thanks MEP and Paul!

Well that’s all I’ve got.

We have one more week of work and then we’re off to Osoyoos for a week. Both of us are really looking forward to this vacation because we’ve been working hard!! Scott has been doing a ton of overtime and I’ve been working every day too. Can’t wait for white wine and swimming all day in the lake.

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Cultus Lake Waterpark

How not to apply sunscreen.

My traditional waterpark picture.

Scott, Rosemarie, Lauren and I went to Cultus Lake Waterpark on the August long weekend. We got there before it opened because we knew it was going to get bonkers. I’m glad we did, because we got to go on back-to-back slides for a good few hours. We had fun but we also had a lot of injuries!!

First slide of the day: one of those big half pipe type slides. VALLEY OF FEAR. Lifeguard tells us to put our chins to our chest right before pushing us down. Rosemarie didn’t take this seriously enough and pretty much got whiplash. Awesome start to the day, haha.

Second slide of the day: this weird lazy river/slide hybrid. Scott and I flip off our tube after the first drop. Lifeguards scream at us to walk ourselves further down the slide and then get back in. We go down the rest of the slide backwards and in constant fear that we are going to flip again. My elbow is throbbing from hitting it super hard on the slide in the crash. It continues to hurt for two weeks (it still hurts).

I also got a lot of sunscreen and chlorine in my eyes and the sun was so bright ahhhh it burneddddd. We tried to rinse my eyes out with ice water but I think it made them even drier. Squint squint.

BUT, it was still a pretty fun day. The family slide was scary and fun. I always love those twisty slides that you don’t need tubes a lot too. The straight down slide was extreme! The slightly less straight down one was fun too, it gave you a gradual wedgie as opposed to all at once.

It got verrrrrrry busy after lunch (btw they also let you bring your own food in, which is awesome). Like at least 30 minute wait for slides. But luckily by that point we had already pretty much gotten our fill of waterpark.

We decided that we should go jump in Cultus Lake and swim for a bit but we stupidly gave up our waterpark parking spot thinking we would just park at the lake. But the lake was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo busy. There was a line of cars on the highway going towards the lake for literally 10 km when we were leaving. We should have just left the car where it was and walked across the street. DUMB.

We got really delicious ice cream cones in Yarrow and blueberries to console ourselves and then drove back to Vancouver and had a delicious BBQ and played games. FUN TIMES!

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Sushi Oyama

Lauren came to visit a little while ago. My Lauren, not Rosemarie’s Lauren, haha. So confusing. She stayed with us a few days. Scott and I were working every day but it was fun hanging out in the evenings. We went to the fireworks one night, and she took us out for a nice dinner too. We picked Sushi Oyama because I’ve always heard good things about it but hadn’t been yet. It did not disappoint!

Tataki Roll (deep fried prawn, cucumber, avocado, tuna tataki, house special dressing).

This roll was really nice, it was light and refreshing. It didn’t taste like any sushi roll I have tried before. The dressing/sauce was yum. What a pretty roll too.

Green Dragon (eel, cucumber, avocado, three types of tobiko, bonito, mayo).

This roll was also awesome. I love the presentation. I’ve never had different types of tobiko before, although I couldn’t really taste the difference between them. Creamy avocado and bbq eel is always great.

Yam Tempura Roll & Vegetable Roll.

The yam one was decent but the vegetable roll was pretty boring to be honest. Definitely overshadowed by all the special rolls.

Las Vegas Roll (5 kinds of sauce, cream cheese, spicy salmon, crab, cucumber, tobiko, bonito).

Now this one was ridiculous. And I pretty much had to eat the whole thing because SOME PEOPLE don’t like mayo, hehe. The whole thing was deep fried and slathered in sauces. I enjoyed it.

I loved Sushi Oyama and would definitely go back. I think it’s so cool that the restaurant is in a big house too, so many different sections! I’ve heard it can get really busy but we had no problem at dinner time on a weekday.

Thanks for the great dinner Lauren!!

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Scott and I celebrated our 4 year (!!) anniversary at Minami this year. It was excellent. We sat at the sushi bar so we could watch the chefs prepare food. Very cool.

We started with tuna tartare with lotus root chips, and chicken and foie gras gyozas. The tartare looked and tasted beautiful and the consommé with the gyozas was superb.

The sushi roll was the Minami Roll, which comes wrapped in short rib. Definitely no soy sauce necessary, this roll had bags of flavour (heh, I think I have been watching too much Masterchef AUS).

We also split an aburi platter of a whole bunch of beautiful nigiri. Each one comes with a different sauce or garnish that compliments the fish very well. My favourite was the tuna nigiri because it melted in my mouth like avocado. Scott liked the mackerel one and the scallop one a lot as well.

And then because you don’t stop eating when you’re full (you stop when you hate yourself), we also got some of their special flame-seared aburi oshi sushi. We had half salmon and half mackerel which our chef torched right before our eyes. Super tasty. I loved the flavour of the mackerel.

Overall we were very pleased with our meal. We had been to Miku before, but I enjoyed myself more at Minami, I guess because the atmosphere is slightly more casual and because we got to sit at the sushi bar. A big thanks to Jessie for a helpful voucher and thanks to Scott for deciding to share it with me. :)

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