Friday, May 22, 2015

Spot Prawn Festival 2015

It was the 9th annual Spot Prawn Festival at the Fisherman's Wharf at False Creek last Sunday and of course I had to go. Spot prawns are one of my favourite seafoods! As usual, there were lots of cooking demos and a few vendors in addition to the spot prawn lunch you have to buy tickets for. Guests could also buy fresh spot prawns from the boats!

I only caught one cooking demonstration, by Chef Sean Blancard from The Beach House Restaurant. He was preparing an aburi sushi tower. One of the layers was spot prawns, lightly torched. 

I went to grab my plate of food afterwards. Everyone got 3 spot prawns, with 5 sides.

Clockwise from top: 3 spot prawns, southwestern tomato & avocado salad, terra breads, pickled cucumbers, roasted vegetables & lentil salad, herb grits and remoulade in the centre.
The prawns were delicious. Three wasn't enough so J ended up buying 2 pounds the next day at T&T for the family to devour! Go get your spot prawns now, the season won't last very long!

Bellingham Brick and Toy Fair - LEGO galore!

I headed down south last weekend to check out the Brick and Toy Fair that was happening at Ferndale. I've never really been to a toy fair before (I'm fairly new to the scene!) so wasn't sure what to expect. The focus this year was LEGO, my personal favourite, so I forked up the $8USD admission to take a look.

The Ferndale Events Centre was a pretty small place but it was pretty busy with families and collectors all flocking there to get some toys for themselves.  There were Funko POP! toys, board games, lego and action figures. I was salivating over the wall of Funko toys, to be honest!

There were lots of minifigures on sale.
Some vintage toys.
$10 per Pop! Those Disney Funko Pops were calling my name...
 In another room, the LUG had many Lego creations on display. The pictures don't even do it justice - it is awe inspiring when you see it for yourself! It makes me want to take out all of my LEGO and start building.

The Hobbit Laketown scene. This model was a lot larger but I couldn't fit the rest in because I wanted to capture the tower where Bard shoots Smaug in the movie.
The Batcave. Even the frame was made out of LEGO. Some parts were motorized, so the Batmobile would turn, as well as Batman's wall of armour and weapons.
Huge castle! Must have taken a while to collect all those grey bricks.
A build based off of the comic Mouse Guard.
Train and city.
I had fun looking all the toys but didn't end up getting anything. It was a good place to go if you're looking for custom bricks and capes, as a lot of the custom LEGO printers were vendors there (They had a Jon Snow, Ygritte and Whitewalker custom printed minifigure that I wanted, but had no price tag).

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Tenors Performing at Chapters Robson (May 9)

The Tenors will be having a special live performance at Chapters Robson in downtown Vancouver On Saturday, May 9th to celebrate their new CD, Under One Sky. You can meet the musicians and get an autographed copy of the CD or new book. Perfect for a Mother's Day weekend! The performace will be at 2pm.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Located on Commercial Drive, Famoso is a pizza chain that serves Neapolitan pizzas. It was my first time here, but I loved the pizza! The pizzas are baked in an authentic bell oven for 900 F for only 90 seconds and has a super thin crust. I tried the classic Margherita pizza - basically just tomato sauce and cheese, and a salad. Delicious!

Margherita Pizza - Campania tomato sauce, fior-di-latte, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil.
Famoso Salad - romaine lettuce, prosciutto crisps, carrots, cherry tomatoes, soppressata, fire-roasted chicken, feta and dijon-balsamic vinaigrette.

So many gelato flavours to choose from!
There was also a gelato and sorbetto bar inside the restaurant, which was a surprise. You can go up and try the different flavours before making your choice. It was really difficult to choose!
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate gelato and Limone Sorbetto.
Limone Sorbetto and Blood Orange Creamsicle Gelato.
The Neopolitan pizza was reasonably priced and are a change from the fast-food pizza you get at places like Pizza Hut. If you're looking for something different, give Famoso a try!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marvel's Avengers - Age of Ultron

Marvel Studios is back with Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic sequel to one of the largest superhero movies made. The Avengers find themselves facing the experiment of HYDRA leader Baron von Strucker, twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Elisabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) during an assault of his castle. Wanda has the power to warp reality and takes down the entire team of Avengers. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is worried after getting a glimpse of a possible future and decides to use Loki's scepter to bring the A.I. to life that he and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) were creating: Ultron. Ultron (James Spader) was designed to protect Earth, but being an A.I., has a mind of it's own and decides humanity needs to evolve - by being exterminated so machines can inherit the Earth.

There is a lot going on in Avengers, and writer-director Joss Whedon does a good job of allowing each character to get their own moment, and what a cast of characters. Robert Downey Jr. returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan SkarsgÄrd as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

There is plenty of humour and action packed sequences. The Hulkbuster was definitely my favourite! Some of the stories feel too contrived (Natasha and Bruce?) but maybe that can't be helped with so many big characters. We do get to see some of the backstory of the characters through the visions they have when Wanda works her powers on them which was quite interesting, though Thor's vision was a bit confusing and made me think they just wanted to have material to spin-off for more standalone Thor movies. James Spader makes a delicious villain (but I only heard a more sinister Alan Shore from Boston Legal) and you can't help but cheer when he is finally defeated. I'm not familiar with the comic-verse, but you do find out who will be in the new Avengers film.  Avengers drags on a little bit near the end, especially with a two and half hour running time. Make sure to stay through the credits for an extra scene.

Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't capture the same excitement as seeing all the heroes together for the first time,  but nonetheless it was an entertaining movie worth seeing on the big screen.

May the 4th Be With You! LEGO Star Wars Celebrations (May 2 - 4)

LEGO is celebrating Star Wars Day with 3 days of exclusive Star Wars offers and activities! A LEGO store empolyee told me there will be people dressed up as characters from Star Wars. I remember last year, there was a Darth Vader!

The exclusive UCS TIE Fighter (75095) will be released on May 2 and you will receive a free Admiral Yularan minifigure with any LEGO Star Wars purchase of $75 or more! Hurry, as the minifigure polybag will  no doubt be sold out quickly.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015 - May 2!

It's that time of year again...the first Saturday of May - Free Comic Book Day!!!

Every year, participating retailers across Canada and the US order in specially printed comics to hand out FREE to anyone who visit their stores! There are a wide range of comics that are given out, from children's comics (Hello Kitty, Sesame St, Disney cartoons, My Little Pony, etc) to one for older comic loves like Marvel and DC superheroes. Free Comic Book Day is a celebration of comics and to introduce comics to anyone who might not have thought about reading comics before. Many stores host costume parties and have extra giveaways so check in with your local retailer! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vancity Member Day at Science World - Free Admission! (May 2)

The first 422 Vancity members will receive free admission to Science World on Saturday, May 2, in celebration of Earth Day (4/22). Bring your Vancity Member Car or Vancity Enviro Visa to guest services at Science world to get in for free! Additional members and their guests will receive 50% off admission. The Vancity community team will also be onsite with fun games and prizes. Sounds like a fun day out for the family!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival (May 1-3)

Get ready to eat - Vancouver's annual food and cooking festival is back with Eat! Vancouver from May 1 to 3! Happening at BC Place, the three days will be packed with cooking demonstrations, food vendors, workshops and of course, free food samples. Tickets start at $15 online. There are other galas happening starting April 26 which you can buy tickets for - check out what is offered here.