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!

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

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 Skarsgård 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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mango Yummy - Delicious Dessert!

Mango Yummy recently opened on No. 3 Rd in Richmond in a small strip mall, right across from Richmond Centre. Originally a stand at the night market, I guess they did well enough to open a shop. Mango Yummy specializes in Asian desserts, featuring, you guessed it - mango.

It is quite small inside so you might not get to sit and enjoy your dessert, but they do offer take-out containers. They offer a wide range of desserts, including specialty drinks, shaved ice desserts, bubble tea, crepes and mochi.  Their menu prices include taxes, which I really like since it's all round numbers! Note that like most Asian places in Richmond, they take cash only.

Mango tapioca drink with added ice cream.
Signature mango sago & grapefruit drink.
Shaved ice with red bean, mochi and green tea ice cream.
Signature mango shaved ice.
Thai mango glutinous rice with coconut milk.
Mango pancake - filled with whipped creme and fresh mango.
I ended up going twice in a week because I love mangos and dessert! The first time I went, the mango was really sour but luckily I had added ice cream (for an extra $1) to my drink so that sweetened everything up. I guess it's hard for a place that deals mainly with mango when it's not in season. The second time I went, the mango was much better. I can't wait to go back in the summer when it's truely mango season.

Everything was delicious - a lot of mango, ice, evaporated milk, coconut milk and mango syrup is used for a majority of their desserts. They also offer durian pancakes and durian mochis that I'm planning to try next time I go!

Mango Yummy on Urbanspoon

G-Men @ Nan Chuu - Ramen Izakaya

My coworkers and I had a craving for ramen last week so we all headed down to Richmond to G-Men Ramen, a little restaurant on Alexandra Rd. The place was quite busy for a weeknight so be prepared to wait a while to be seated. They were able to seat our party of 9 without having to wait too long (I think they save the larger table in the back for big groups).

We all ordered a bowl of ramen and some sides, including AAA beef yukke, pan-fried ebi gyoza and chicken karaage. Unfortunately our group was so hungry they dug in before I could get pictures of everything!

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen with Ajitama
Tan Tan Men (Spicy sesame and peanut flavour pork brone broth)
The ramen broth was very thick and fatty and delicious. I added the ajitama (marinated egg) for $1.50 more to my miso ramen. There were plenty of noodles to fill you up but if you're extra hungry or want to have leftovers for another day, extra noodles only cost $1.50 more. There is crushed raw garlic on the table which you can add into your noodle bowl as well - yum! Overall, the food was excellent and one of the better ramen I've had. 

G-men @ Nan Chuu 南廚 Ramen Izakaya on Urbanspoon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Play Day at Toys R Us (April 25)

Toys R Us is having another Play Day on Saturday, April 25th. There will be free Shopkins and The Trash Pack giveaways as well as a LEGO Make-and-take. This week's theme is from LEGO's newest line, Elves, and your child will get to build a tree-house. There are plenty of other things going on including demos. The event starts at 11am and giveaways is only while supplies last. Bring your kids for a Saturday morning of fun!