Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender

So, for the longest time, I had those huge kitchen blenders that just sat on the corner of the kitchen counter collecting dust. My co-worker had the Magic Bullet, and introduced me to how convenient the single-serving blenders were. I was really interested in getting myself one, so as usual, I started to research.

The Magic Bullet was way more than I was willing to spend. ($73 at Amazon.ca) and with a really small kitchen with no more space, I didn’t want to buy anything that came with all kinds of parts and features. I wanted simple. I found Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender. No extra parts, not fancy buttons. Just blends with one button. That’s it – just the way I like it.

What I like about it:

  • the lid is actually a travel lid, meaning there’s a small hole with a cover that you can slide so you can drink while on the run
  • because the container is (or can be) the cup that you drink out of, there aren’t leftovers, or excess blended food. But if there are leftovers, just put the lid on and put it in the fridge for later consumption
  • small and compact – takes very little space in your kitchen or office
  • easy to clean, stainless steel blades
  • makes smoothies, icy drinks, shakes, protein drinks! it’s the healthy way to go~
  • BPA free in food zones
  • quality backed by 5 years warranty
  • the price – only $17 !!

I simply love this device! No more hassle with big heavy blenders. I keep it at my workplace to have a fruit smoothie for breakfast or snack. It’s great!! I recommended to everyone! 😀 Get it @ Amazon here!

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Take 10 @ Take5 Cafe

Take5
Take Five Cafe on Urbanspoon

Monday to Saturday: 6:30am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

So I’ve blogged about Take5 before, but it was more focused on their coffee cup. (see previous blog post).

I’ve been to the downtown Vancouver one several times, but I and my coworker recently went to the new one in New Westminster at Brewery District area. It was new, with no customers…well it’s in a location that doesn’t have much traffic foot-wise…but it’s a newly renovated neighborhood with new condos in the near future, so it should prosper then.

The staff was really friendly and helpful. The drink was good. Can’t really think of anything bad about it. 🙂

Very clean, slick and modern designed cafe.

One of the table is from Restoration Hardware which my co-worker was really excited about. LOL

Comfy seats in a well organized and welcoming interior.

Yoga @ Unihealth

I started going to this small health centre early spring last year. It was close by, and it was really cheap.
It’s hard to rate this, as things have changed since back then.

Unihealth® Group provides the public with very affordable, alternative to deal with health issues without the use of surgery or drugs to healing. Their healing philosophy is derived from a mix of Eastern tradition and Western influence. So yoga isn’t their main focus. It’s just one of the many services they offer.

An year ago, the downtown Vancouver location (they have several locations throughout the Lower Mainland) hosted two or three yoga classes everyday (10-15 classes/week). Now, it has dwindled down to 5 classes in total over a week (7 days). I can not make to 2 of them since they are right after 5pm, and I can not there from work that quickly…which leaves me only 3 classes to choose from.

You must wonder why I still go to it then. That’s because this summer, DealFind had a really good deal: only $99 for a year membership. It meant unlimited yoga for one full year! (they are like $60-70 per month unlimited, or $15 for drop-in)

The yoga room is small, only room for about 10 people. 8 would be ideal. Because space is limited, either book your next class when you are there, or phone in early to book a spot. The instructors are really good, and very helpful. Again, the small class size means that the instructors are able to help individuals with their specific issues they may face during class.

I am hoping they will not completely cut all yoga classes. I’ve very much enjoyed their classes, much better than some of the other big places. I will not likely be renewing my membership, but I still have many months to go until then. Afterward, I’ll likely do drop-ins since I don’t have that much time anyways. Check online at their schedule for when classes are offered near you.

I’ve read on Yelp that a lot of others bought the same voucher, and were very unhappy…so not sure if I can recommend this place anymore. I do agree with the receptionist having an attitude at times.

Updated review: March 05, 2013
Well, I haven’t gone back much. Since buying the membership I mentioned, I’ve only gone to 4 classes. What a shame. The last time I tried booking, I called, and the main receptionist picked up. It was like 10 past 5pm on a weekday. I wanted to book for that evening’s 6:30pm class. She told me to call and leave a voice message and hung up. She said it in a such a rude way I was totally turned off. If she’s there, why can’t she just simply write me down on the schedule? Is it that hard? And her rudeness has been noted by others that I talked to. Now I am really reluctant to go there again…and my membership is expiring soon. What a shame…

 

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IKEA Karlstad Sofa

So when I was a student a few years back. My sofa in the living was composed of foam mattresses and blankets rolled up into sort of a ‘sofa’. Of course, since it was tied together with strings, it kept falling apart. Once I graduated, I bought a small compact SOLSTA sofa-bed from IKEA. $169 + tax and delivery. (see how I sold it for $80 on Craigslist in my other blog post)

My old Solsta sofa bed in living room

Karlstad sofa and chaise at IKEA showroom

However, although it was nice, it was time for an upgrade. So…we recently went to IKEA and got the ‘buy one sofa, get the second on 50%’ deal 🙂 Because my living is so small, I had to pick carefully.
Luckily, IKEA has a wide selection of different sizes, styles, colours and prices.

Because we had a mini-van and transported it ourselves this time, we didn’t have to pay for delivery. 🙂

Tadaaa~! The new Karlstad Sofa and Chaise!! in Lindo Beige. Originally $1199.99 + tax = $1343.99. But with the promo, it came out at $1041.00 with tax! Big savings! 😀 It took a few hours to put it together and put the covers on, but it was well worth it!! Yay!!

My new Karlstad sofa and chaise in my living room!

29th Avenue Cafe

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You might remember a few years ago, there was a Japanese restaurant called 洋食屋 (Yoshoku-ya) on Denman and near Robson.
It was a  bit tucked away, and when I went there (twice), it was close to being empty. However, the food was really good, and reminded me of the taste back in Japan. Unfortunately, they closed down.

They opened p again, this time in Burnaby…kind of in the middle of nowhere..at the corner where 29th Ave and Boundary intersect, hence the name of the restaurant. It’s very easy to miss, so keep your eyes open while driving around this area! There doesn’t seem to be any bus stops close by either…

It was on a Friday evening, and despite the inconvenient location, the restaurant was packed! Our friends had been their 30 minutes earlier, so that by the time I came, we were just being seated at a table around 7:20pm.

We sat down and looked at the menu. A simple two page menu with photos – easy to understand names and the price. Can’t get confused. 😛

We ordered the Chicken Saute with Mushroom Sauce for $12.95 + white rice $1.00 and fried shrimp for appetizers $6.50
We waited, but the server never came. Not even to greet us, or give us water. There was only one lady serving the entire restaurant of approximately 40 hungry customers! Crazy. And because of that, she wasn’t really that friendly either…

After some time, the water finally came…then…after more waiting, she came around, and we ordered. It was good that we had company we hadn’t met for a while, so we got to catch up on our lives. Finally at 8:50pm, the food arrived!! So hungry! But it was worth the wait. The portions were really big, and tasted delicious.

We waited for the bill, but the server was too busy, so we just walked up and got it. We tried splitting the bill, but somehow, the total wouldn’t match up. We soon found out that she had calculated wrong (the bill is hand-written). So we told her and got it fixed.

We were able to leave around 9.30pm. It was good food, but I’m not sure of returning. I’d like to know if other nights of the week are just as busy. Certainly, if you go, expect long waits! Bring friends, or a book to read!

Also, I’ve started a new ‘rabbit’ rating 🙂 – out of 5 carrots

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CHIMERA – Fashion Show JCI

So my good friend Melody Young, graduated yesterday along with the other students of Class 138 which hosted CHIMERA – a fashion show. It was not only an opportunity to celebrate the hard and long days at John Casablancas Institute – a fashion, make up and hair school, but also to showcase their talent, and give back to the community by donating all net proceeds from the event to Covenant House, an organization helping underprivileged youth in Vancouver.

It was on Thursday, November 22nd at Villa Amato (88 East 1st Ave). Models wore footwear and clothing from sponsors such as Bootlegger, Unique and Trendy, John Fluevog, Alex Folzi –  just to name a few.
I’m uploading pics, but sorry for the really poor quality…>_< my cellphone camera is sucks!! T_T
It was actually my first time going to a fashion show, and it was great! I must say, I’ve never seen so many skinny people! I don’t know how their body survives…lol…I know it’s weird coming from a thin person myself (170cm -42kg or 5’7″ – 93lbs)…but I guess it’s different when you see someone else skinny. I see myself everyday, and have gotten too used to it.
Anyways, it was a very inspiring evening! 🙂

Smart Canucks Website

I just found a cool website that I felt I needed to share with you. You already know that I love discount and bargains, so this site was a sweet find.

It’s Freestuff.SmartCanucks.ca The website is pretty extensive with forums, coupons, flyers, and a freebie section! There’s tons to choose from, so it’ great! I live the flyer section since I get to see the flyers I want to see in one section instead of going to each retail’s website to see their flyer. I also don’t have to fill my physical mailbox with real flyers. Let’s be eco-friendly!

The freebie section has free samples from various big name brands like Calvin Klein, Burt’s Bees, Herbal Essence, and so on!

I have only started to scratch the surface of the website…so go check it out yourself and save! 😀