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I LOVE CHICKPEAS RESTAURANT VANCOUVER | MAIN STREET

I LOVE CHICKPEAS RESTAURANT VANCOUVER | MAIN STREET

I Love Chickpea Restaurant opened on Main Street and 27th street. Their menu focus is vegan dishing out mainly items made with – you guessed it – chickpeas. This is their second venture from their food truck. The restaurant is cutely themed with children’s books […]

ANCORA VANCOUVER | BRUNCH MENU

ANCORA VANCOUVER | BRUNCH MENU

Last time I was at Ancora was during last year’s Dine Out Vancouver. I was still pregnant and now baby is almost 3 months old. To celebrate Motherhood and my friend’s pregnancy we decided to head over to Ancora for brunch! I love the bright […]

BASIC INVITE HOLIDAY PARTY INVITATIONS MADE EASY

BASIC INVITE HOLIDAY PARTY INVITATIONS MADE EASY

BASIC INVITE PARTY INVITATIONS NOMSS LIFESTYLE BLOG

I can’t believe Christmas is 2 months away! I already saw both Halloween and Christmas decorations at Costco. With our new addition to our little family, I’m thinking about our first family holiday greeting card to send to our friends and family. I came across Basic Invite while researching for the best online holiday cards and invitations. Basic Invite offers almost unlimited colours, custom samples, address capturing services, foil, etc.

 

BASIC INVITE PARTY INVITATIONS NOMSS LIFESTYLE BLOG

Creating your personalized holiday photo cards is simple. Customize and preview your invitation instantly in over 160 colour options.

How to Create Your Personalized Greeting Cards:

  • Just pick a colour and script font (with all the swirls and swashes you love)
  • Pocket Invitations (up to five stacked cards for each design)
  • Matching Suite Items (Save the Dates, Programs, Thank You Cards)
  • Foil (add gold, silver or rose gold flat or raised foil for a luxe effect)
  • Wood Invitations (option to get it printed on real wood with white ink for a rustic vibe)
  • Peel and Seal Envelopes (no licking required = no paper cuts! ewww)
  • Envelope Colours (add an extra pop of colour to your greeting cards)

 

In addition to their instant preview, I love that you can order a Truly Custom sample to touch and feel how the cards look in real life! I’m a visual person so I love it when I can see my cards with our names, photos and colours!

BASIC INVITE PARTY INVITATIONS NOMSS LIFESTYLE BLOG

One neat feature that Basic Invite offers compared to other online greeting card companies is that they offer Address Capturing Service. No more typing everyone’s address one at a time – OMG can you imagine?

 

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. This is such a great feature for wedding and holiday company party invitations isn’t it?

 

BASIC INVITE PARTY INVITATIONS NOMSS LIFESTYLE BLOG

There is over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs. Cards start as low as $0.82 each. You can choose to print just one card, ten cards, 500 cards or your own quantity!

Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30

 

BASIC INVITE PARTY INVITATIONS NOMSS LIFESTYLE BLOG

Now the only question is which family photo to use!

For more information visit ww.basicinvite.com

 

 

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Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Basic Invite. 

BELLS AND WHISTLES OFFICIALLY OPEN IN EAST VANCOUVER

BELLS AND WHISTLES OFFICIALLY OPEN IN EAST VANCOUVER

GOOSENECK HOSPITALITY’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘BELLS AND WHISTLES’ OFFICIALLY OPEN IN EAST VANCOUVER New Beer Hall Offers Extensive Craft Beer Selection, Ballpark-inspired Fare, Interactive Games Room and Big-League Sports Action Vancouver’s burgeoning Fraserhood/Cedar Cottage district welcomes a brand new beer hall and casual dining concept with […]

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT MIELE BLIZZARD CX1 BAGLESS VACUUM

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT MIELE BLIZZARD CX1 BAGLESS VACUUM

Having hard wood floors means there’s a lot of dust that is visible. Now that our baby girl is doing more tummy time it is so important to keep things super clean! Miele recently just released the Blizzard CX1 – it is their first bagless vacuum […]

A DAY AT CHI, THE SPA SHANGRI-LA VANCOUVER HOTEL

A DAY AT CHI, THE SPA SHANGRI-LA VANCOUVER HOTEL

SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG

SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG

It’s been two months postpartum. My first 30 days with baby was the hardest! The learning curve was so steep – I was not mentally nor physically ready! To celebrate I took a well deserved day at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. First I enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Market by Jean George. While I headed up to spend some serious “me time” at the spa , my husband babysat and took Emily around town for a nice father/daughter date.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
Chi Spa is located on the fifth floor where a wide range of holistic treatments, body massages and facial services featuring products from the prestige skincare brand Caudalie – natural products that harness the power of grape extracts from from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy, France.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
Since giving birth, it is very important to be aware of body changes – back pains from the epidural, weak knees from carrying an infant, water retention, etc. That is why I optioned for the Aroma Vitality Massage ($185 to $270) which is part of the CHI Signature menu – designed to take full advantage of all-inclusive treatment suites, which embody the spa’s philosophy.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
Each treatment begins with a footbath and tea service, followed by an aromatic steam.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
The massage brings together elements of Swedish, Shiatsu, and lymphatic drainage, combined with the therapeutic qualities of aromatic essential oils. The treatment is designed to strengthen the body’s vital energy.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
After the massage, I relaxed in the waiting area over a hot cup of honey ginger tea to slowly let my body wake up and hydrate.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
To fully utilize this spa day, I soaked in their heated outdoor pool and hot tub along with a nice steam before showering. Guests are able to access the Health Club facilities (fitness centre, pool/jacuzzi) before and/or after their treatment.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
My day was blissful. I enjoyed the slow pace of reading a newspaper without responsibilities (even for a couple of hours). I highly recommend treatments at Chi Spa at the Shangrila-La hotel. The environment is clean, welcoming and very zen. Plus, I love the privacy of the in-suite experience where there is a private steam room, rainfall shower and your personal washroom – no need to lock your belongings in a communal bathroom.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG
Now that Autumn is upon us, the CHI Spa also introduced a new facial series using Caudalie’s VineActiv line. VineActiv Facial and its patented Anti-Cell Burnout Complex helps fortify skin’s natural defence system with powerful ingredients such as Stabilized Grape-Seed Polyphenols (help preserve collagen and natural hyaluronic acid), Spruce Extract (stimulates and protects against oxidative stress), Vitamin C (boosts collagen production), and Vitamin E (maintaining skin radiance and suppleness).
The VineActiv Facial is 75 minutes in duration, and starts at C$175 per person. The treatment includes an aromatic steam to start and a detoxifying green juice to finish. It will be available at CHI, The Spa for a limited time only, starting now until 15 November 2017.
SHANGRILA VANCOUVER HOTEL CHI SPA NOMSS BEAUTY BLOG

I was invited by Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. Opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

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CHI, The Spa @ Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver
URL: http://www.shangri-la.com

 

Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 

1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8
(604) 695-2447

 

 

 

 

 

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Soirette’s 2017 Mooncake Collection | Mid-Autumn Festival

Soirette’s 2017 Mooncake Collection | Mid-Autumn Festival

Soirette’s new 2017 Mooncake Collection recently just released and is perfect for sharing and gifting during the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4th, 2017. The unique collection of Snow Mooncakes, featuries a wonderful selection of fresh fruit, refreshing teas and French couverture chocolate. Made entirely from scratch […]

TWG Tea Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake Collection

TWG Tea Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake Collection

A new blossom inspires the starry night sky, marking the arrival of a luscious harvest. This year, TWG Tea narrates the story of the constellation with the Lotus Jade Tea Mooncake Collection, a rich and enduring assortment of patisseries set to inspire and intrigue any […]

Miku Vancouver | Aburi Kaiseki Dinner

Miku Vancouver | Aburi Kaiseki Dinner

Miku at Coal Harbour waterfront is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located next to Canada Place and has wonderful views – you can watch the sunset over the North Shores. To celebrate our third wedding anniversary, Dave and I wanted to indulge in their omakase menu – Aburi Kaiseki Dinner.

 

Kaiseki menu is only available during dinner service. There are three choices of  Shokai (zensai, entree, signature sushi and dessert) $68 per person, Kaisen (six course chef’s tasting menu) $88 per person and Aburi (unique multi-course experience with premium and seasonal ingredients) $135 per person. Traditional Kaiseki Ryori incorporates region’s food culture and is presented in unique Arita plateware from Kyushu, Japan.

 

To start the evening we savoured a glass of Riesling while watching the thunderstorm – after all it is September in Vancouver.

Amuse Bouche: croquette

Aburi Sashimi: trio selection of flame seared salmon, scallop and tuna with signature sauces.

 

Appetizer: Presented in a beautiful bento box from Arita plateware that is so Instagram worthy. Seven seasonal bite size appetizers that consists of fresh oysters (or substitution for clams), Salt Spring mussels with mignonette and tiger prawn cocktail. The bottom layer includes octopus ceviche, pan seared Hakkaido scallop, beef carpaccio, and ahi tuna.

 

Lobster Tail: The third course consists of half lobster table grilled with tomato chili sauce served with seasonal vegetables.

 

Wagyu Beef: tender and cooked perfectly medium rare with a dash of pink Himalayan salt. Served with seasonal greens.

 

Miku’s Signature Sushi: The fifth course includes an assortment of Aburi nigiri, rolls (Miku roll and Red Wave Roll) and oshi sushi (salmon, ebi). Before ending the evening with dessert, you have the option to add more food a la carte. For us, it was the perfect amount. Besides we wanted to get ice cream afterwards…

 

Black Forest Tiramisu with Vanilla Bean ice cream. This dessert was airy, light and not too sweet. Just the way I like it.

 

If you are looking for an omakase dinner service with an amazing view. I highly recommend the Aburi Kaiseki dinner from Miku.

 

 

 

 

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Miku Restaurant
URL:  https://mikurestaurant.com
Cuisine: Japanese

 

 

Hours:

Mon 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

 

200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4
(604) 568-3900

 

 

 

Miku Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Taste of Yaletown 2017 Vancouver October 11 to 27th

Taste of Yaletown 2017 Vancouver October 11 to 27th

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) is proud to announce the 13th annual Taste of Yaletown (TOY), a popular community-based event that invites the public to try a variety of dishes from 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood. From October 11 to 27th, Vancouver’s top chefs […]

Fayuca Vancouver | Mexican Restaurant Yaletown

Fayuca Vancouver | Mexican Restaurant Yaletown

Fayuca is a newly opened Mexican restaurant in Yaletown, Vancouver. It is located on 1009 Hamilton Street (replacing the old Hamilton St. Grill). Opened by Ernesto Gomez and Mexican chef Jair Tellez (Laja), this cantina menu focus on modern North Pacific Mexican cuisine in a […]

Mosquito Desserts Vancouver | Afternoon High Tea Gastown

Mosquito Desserts Vancouver | Afternoon High Tea Gastown

Mosquito Desserts & Champagne is one of my favorite locations for desserts in Vancouver. It is located on 32 Water Street in Gastown. The restaurant is elegant and chic. It makes for the perfect location for the best date night. Now that they have also introduced Afternoon High Tea on Sundays between 1 to 4 pm – there is another reason to simply indulge!

The space is designed by Ste. Marie Art + Design – think Kissa TantoSavio VolpeBotanist.

Proudly serving Namasthe Tea. I love the Vanilla Rooibos for its rich creamy sweet mouthfeel with honey nectar rooibos with long lingering sweet finish. It is the perfect organic, caffeine free tea. We also ordered the Echinachai Tea. This tea is a robust, full bodied black tea with cacao and raisin notes balanced with the bold spices of the masala, rounded heady Tulsi and a sweet vanilla finish.

 

Mosquito Dessert Afternoon High Tea Menu

$50 pp

Panier de Mini Madeleines: Olive Oil & Orange Blossom (freshly baked and served warm)

Savouries
Onion Gruyère & Prosciutto Quiche
Smoked Sockeye Salmon & Crème Fraîche
Cucumber Mint & Cream Cheese
Tomato Mozzarella Macaron

 

Petits Gâteaux
Eclair à la Fraise: mascarpone rose crème légère, strawberry jam, micro thai basil
Miso Chocolate Tart: chocolate walnut ganache, miso butterscotch mousse, chocolate caviar
Citrus & Avocado: yuzu curd, avocado semifreddo, candied kumquat, honey yuzu foam
Haiti & Coffee: Haiti chocolate coffee mousse, mango mandarin jelly, cocoa sponge
Pistachio Raspberry Cake: raspberry crémeux, pistachio mousse, white chocolate feuilletine

 

The afternoon tea set is exquisite and beautifully presented. It is one of best high tea set available in Vancouver and I highly recommend you to visit. Or if you prefer having a larger slice of the cake, they are open Wednesday thru Sunday 5pm till late. Dessert, Charcuterie and Cheese plates, chocolates and macarons pairs wonderfully with their sweet wine, champagne, cocktails and beer menu.

 

 

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Mosquito Dessert & Champagne Lounge
URL: http://www.mosquitodessert.com
Cuisine: Dessert, Champagne Lounge

Hours:

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

32 Water St Vancouver, BC Canada, V6B 1A4
(604) 398-3188

 

 

 

 

Mosquito Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tacofino Oasis Vancouver | Now Open in Bentall One Building

Tacofino Oasis Vancouver | Now Open in Bentall One Building

‘TACOFINO OASIS’ now open in downtown Vancouver at Bentall One Buildling. Latest Addition to Family of Restaurants Offers Tacofino’s Signature Baja-inspired Fare, Express Burritos To Go, Local Craft and Import Beer and Cocktails. Tacofino welcomes the newest member to its growing family of restaurants today when […]

Grand River Seafood Restaurant Coquitlam | 濠江尚品海鮮酒家

Grand River Seafood Restaurant Coquitlam | 濠江尚品海鮮酒家

Grand River Seafood Restaurant 濠江尚品海鮮酒家 is a Chinese restaurant located in Coquitlam (next to Silvercity Cineplex Cinemas) on 100 Schoolhouse Street. This is another humble restaurant with minimal decor. This restaurant offers dim sum lunch service as well as seafood dinner (set menus and combos available). […]