Where to go in Vancouver.. Seasons in the park
I feel it’s been a while since my last “where to go” post, as I haven’t been out lately, BUT as you know, it was Mothers day a couple of days ago so we decided to get wild and hit the streets lol! I’m so excited to write this post because I finally found the one! I finally found my favourite restaurant in Vancouver! The one that makes me feel like home! Everything about this restaurant screams my name! The view is spectacular, the food is delicious, the service is awesome and the prices are reasonable. I don’t know but it has this feeling, like it remind me home. It made me feel like if I were in Guadalajara. We ordered some mushrooms with cream cheese ( this was my favourite appy) cauliflower, Wild Salmon pizza, Teriyaki and some Pasta. You may think that doesn’t seem like something special, but the taste of those dishes were amazing and very particular. Being seating there, with the fireplace, in the middle of the Queen Elizabeth park, the Mountains view, with my family, the whole experience was something that I was looking foward months ago! Can’t wait to come back with Francisco for a date lunch or with a bunch of friends. This is a MUST visit place!!! If you haven’t been there, Call and make a reservation right now! Other thing that I love about this place? The space! This restaurant is super big with lots of space, kids friendly and the best part? If you have a difficult toddler you can easily take him for a walk around the park and come back! Happy Tuesday my loves!
Where to go for Microblading..
If you have been reading my blog, you would know that back in October we went to Mexico to visit our family. I had to stay a couple of more days as I had to work in Guadalajara, which I didn’t mind as I consider it as my third home. We stayed at my mom’s place and I remember her coming back home with her eyebrows looking super weird. I didn’t like at all what they did to her and I didn’t know anything about this new thing call “microblading” and suddendly when I came back from my trip, everyone seems to be doing it. My favourite instagramers, my friends, my favourite bloggers, but I wasn’t sure about it until last Saturday. As you may know my mom is here in Vancouver helping me with the house duties and baby sitting while we adapt with the new baby, so before Matias born, I went to have a haircut at chatters salon at the grandview corners and while I was getting my haircut, my mom came super excited because she saw that one of the girls that works there had an amazing job done in her eyebrows. She got the contact of the microblading master, we called her and made an appoitment with her. I left my mom there and left as the procedure takes 4 hours, and when I came back to pick her up, maaan I want those eyebrows!!!! First, she is super nice! My mom described her as super professional and patience. My mom who had the first procedure done in Mexico said that her work is waaaay better than anything she have seen and the procedure was painless. She has an excellent customer service and the best part? She is a mom who works from home #supportlocal ! You can take a quick view on her Instagram #symmetrybrowart to see the amazing results! Can’t wait to have my eyebrows done!
Where to go in Vancouver.. La Taqueria
I discovered la Taqueria almost 6 years ago, walking on Hastings st. I remember I saw this little place that caught all my attention with the quote “Pinche taco shop” and knew this would be one of my favourite places. I stop by, tried all their variety of tacos, meet the owner I believe from Guadalajara, Mexico and I love everything about this place. It was super small tho, not a place to go and seat with friends, but the perfect place to go and satisfied your mexican cravings. Later on I saw they open a bigger location on Cambie and Broadway, and the food was as good as the other location, and then a couple years later I started to see my friends from Victoria posting pictures about La Taqueria. The flavour of each taco is amazing! I’m very picky with Mexican food, and as a Mexican I can garanty you, that this is how Mexican tacos taste like and their horchataa mmmm.. Next time you are around stop by for some tacos! Pst: I heard now they are making awesome burritos as well!!
Where to go in Vancouver.. Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont
Take me back!! Some of you know that I was born on San valentines day. Usually Francisco is traveling somewhere for work around that time, I think in 7 years he is being only in 2 of my birthdays ( suuuucks ) anyways, this year he was in a Business trip so I invite my girlfriends to come to my house and have some girls time. My friend Paulina happends to work at the Fairmont and she mentioned that I should go to their Spa and do one of those pregnancy massages. At the beginning I wasn’t “in” with the idea, because I had a massage when I was pregnant with Mia and it was a terrible experience. Anyways, Francisco I’m not sure how he got the idea but he contacted our friend and he bought me this as a birthday/san valentines gift. I re-booked this appoitment like 5 times no kidding! Every single weekend something was happening and I ended up going 2 weeks ago lol! So I guess this is going to count as Easter gift as well? Anyhow, it was the best gift ever! Seriously! Just to have almost the whooole day for myself, seating, doing nothing, relaxing, eating healthy snacks, drinking tea, taking those 20 relaxing showers, enjoying the beautiful view of Vancouver including my favourite place ( I looove canada place, I know is silly but I like to go there as for some reason has an special meaning for me ) no babies, no drama, only me, myself and I. I was seating there thinking, how can rich people not be the happiest in the world? Lol! If I can only do this once a month, maybe my energy and mood would change lol!!! I know if you are a mom you can understand how BIG deal is to have an hour for yourself. The service was excellent and the massage .. Oh GAD! I feel that they took out years from my shoulders! I think this is the perfect gift for a friend/mom/momtobe if you are looking to surprise! I’ll definitly come back when this baby is born that’s for sure!! Happy Wednesday all!
Carpet Cleaning ..
As I’ve been mentioning, I’m crazy about cleaning right now. Just an hour ago I was re-cleaning the house just in case lol! Last week I hired this amazing team who came to the rescue and did a deep clean on my carpets. I hate carpet! When we were looking to buy a home it was so difficult because most of the ones under our budget had carpet everywhere! They said that your first home would probably not be your dream home, but that you have to select something that you can live with, without having to change anything right away, so ones of the reasons why I said yes to this house was because the main floor didn’t have carpet, the carpet was only on the rooms and stairs. Carpet in the rooms it’s not a biggie for me, but the stairs whole molly! It’s another story. The carpet was in a good shape when we buy the home, no stains and it was looking very clean, but with a 2 year old and a mega busy schedule the things have change lol! These guys came and remove ALL the stains and left my carpet look like new for a suuper reasonable price. Francisco was surprise because it was half of what we were estimating. They said that you have to deep clean your carpet twice a year, but I think I want to do it every change of a season ( in Vancouver we are looking to have all the seasons ) while we save some money to change our stairs. If you are planning to do a carper cleaning give them a call: Ultrasheen Carpet cleaning 604-574-7040 Happy Tuesday all!
Where to go in Vancouver.. Glory Juice co
Last weekend, I did my last trip to Vancouver to pamper myself at the Fairmont ( post later ), anyways, when we in our way there I suddendly remember that I haven’t have lunch, and if you know me, you know that whenever I feel hungry, I have to eat right away, so multiple that times 10 now 8 months pregnant lol! I wanted something quickly and as nutritious as possible, so I remember that I saw this place in someone Instagram and I was very curious to try it, so I asked francisco to take me there for a quick stop. What is better than smoothie for a meal to go? So I ordered the Chocolate Nutter, and it was the bomb! It was soo yummi that I decided to try as well their Hummus toast.. Yummm!! Happy tummy, happy baby lol! They have a great space with lots of lights, perfect for a girl lunch! They have so many healthy products as well, I brought home some to try as I like to have healthy snacks/meals around. Happy Friday all!
Where to go in White rock.. Ulis restaurant
Last weekened we were looking for a place to brunch around the area, we didn’t want to drive far or wait long lines as it was already 10:30 am and we were starving! To find a restaurant on Sunday morning with not waiting time it’s hella of difficult around here, but I got a recommendation for one of the moms around the area about this restaurant by the water. We arrived and there was no line ups or waiting time, the menu looks simple, it was a very big space with a beautiful view and excellent service, and a big plus? They are kids friendly with a changing table. If you have babies you know we are always looking for places that can make our life easier lol! We ordered the eggs bennys BUt the big recommendation they gave me was to order the crab cake ones, they said they are delicious but I wasn’t feeling like eating seefood in the morning. Here is the menu in case you want to check it out. Happy Monday all!
Support Local! My favourite Hair care Brand..
I’ve been wanted to write a review this brand for sooo long, everytime I take a shower I remember and then forget again. I started to use AG hair products a couple months ago and I love it! I have a very oily hair, like I used to wash my hair in the morning and have it oily at night, since I started to use these products I’m washing it every other day. Why do I love AG? First of all Sulfate and Parabens free ( parabens are preservaties found in lots of cosmetics products like shampoos, make up, etc. And they have been related with cancer and lots of health issues ), Dea free ( another chemical related to cancer), Gluten free, Vegan, no animal testing and another big plus? Is made LOCAL! ( Richmond BC yall ) one of the key things that I learned when I got my certification as Wellness coach was to learn about every ingredient that I put in and on my body. I’ve to admit that I haven’t being as caring as I was a year ago, I think I stopped paying attention to all of this when I came back as a full time worker after my maternity leave with Mia end, and I feel guilty about this because before I used to spend hours in the supermarket reading every level but now I go in a hurry so Mia doesn’t give me a hard time and finally now I can understand all the moms lol!! But one of the things that is still stock on my brain is to choose Sulfate free Shampoo! For conditioner I use another favoruite brand that I will speak about in a different post as I use my face cream from that brand as well. Anyways you can find AG hair products in lots of salons around Vancouver, mine I bought them at Chatters. If you try them let me know what you think. Happy Wednesday all!
Where to go in Vancouver.. East is East
If you know me, you know that i’m a huuuge fan of Indian food. I just found it so nutricious and delicious. It took me forever to adapt to all the spices and flavour but I can say that after Mexican food this can be my second fav! A couple days ago I went to a whole day trip to Vancouver ( Hey I live in the South surrey/ white rock area, if I have to drive more than 40 min I’ll call it a trip! ) and I told one of my friends that I was craving Mediterranean food, Indian food, something like that, and she brought me to this restaurant. Maaan my favourite Indian dish is Paneer with spinach and they my friends, have the best soo far! It taste soo creamy and light that I didn’t want the meal to end lol! That mango drink was Mia’s favourite and the place is so big and spacious and the service was very good. I only write about restaurant that I like and that I’ll come back, if you are a Indian food lover like me, and you live around Kits this is a good place to go. This is their website in case you want to check out their menu http://www.eastiseast.ca/menu-chai-feast-page2.html Happy Sunday all!
Where to go in Vancouver.. Nuba Cafe
Just on writting this post my mouth is melting, my crave for that roasted cauliflower is out of this planet! Last week I had a day off ( no Mia around ) so I decided to go and pay a visit to my best friend Shirley, there was no doubt where are we going to eat because this our place! When I used to live in downtown, shirls and I were having our dates at the one in gastown, this time she mentioned there was a new location in yaletown so we went to seat there. As always the food and the service was amazing! We ordered an extra plate of hummus because one is never enough. The drinks there are delicious as well, sadly for me I had to keep it with water. This is my happy place, seriously I can eat tons of food without feeling guilty because everything is so full of veggies and nutrition that you don’t feel bad of living the restaurant with a full tummy. If you like mediterranean food and you are planning a girls lunch, this is the place!!! Happy Thursday all!
The best Tamales in Town!
I’ve been in bed all day watching Homeland and I don’t regret any minute of it! It feels good having that time for me, netflix and chill lol! Much needed resting time, not cleaning or cooking or doing anything.. Gratefully I had some tamales in my fridge that I ordered for a local girl in Langley and man.. They taste good!! My friend Adriana gave me the contact a couple months ago, and now everytime I have a party or reunion I used her! If you love tamales as much as I do, give her call! She has delivery services as well! Paty Fernandez 604-790-1304. Cheers!
Blonde hair don’t care ..
As I always say.. With every change comes more changes. Everytime I start a new chapter I like to do something with my hair. I don’t know why but it makes me feel like it’s a new me ready to start! I knew I wanted to go blonde for the summer, however I was a little bit hesitating because I not always look good as blonde. I was looking at my pinterest over and over trying to find the perfect colour, I wanted to do some ombre style to keep my roots dark in case I didn’t like it, and another issue was that I’m on a saving mode as I stopped working last Friday. I checked the prices in all the salon’s around the area, nothing under my budget so I post a comment on one of my facebook groups and someone recommended me this girl. I sent her a message and decided to give her a try.. So damn glad I did! She was super nice, listened to me and made an amazing job with my hair! Instead of the ombre style she told me to do a balayage, I’m not very familiar with hair styles lately but when I was looking for new colour on the internet I saw this is so “in”right now, so I decided to take my chances. I’m so in love with my new hair and so ready to start this new chapter as a stay home mom, if you live around the white rock/ South Surrey area I recommend you to give her a try! Check on her instagram as: allilaxtonxoxo or find her on facebook: Alli laxton. Tell her Athenas sent you! ( With Nira’s virgin radio voice lol ).
Where to go in White rock.. The wooden spoon
A couple weekends ago, we were craving something delicious for breakfast, and we were looking for something close to our place and kids friendly ( that’s a looot to ask lol! ), so obviously this was the perfect place to go! If you are looking for those huuuge non healthy, super greasy breakfast do not come to this place! One of the reasons why I love this place is because they serve the correct portion, the food is clean, you can have your benny eggs with a kale salad on the side, and the taste is amazing. It is the perfect place to have brunch with your girls, and if you decide to take your kids they have a kids area on the back where they can watch some TV of play some games. I really need to make some friends around my area! We moved almost a year ago, but being at work all the time I haven’t have time to socialize at all. That’s one of the things that makes me excited about being at home with Mia next year, that i’ll have to take her to activities and hopefully meet some moms around the area. I’m really looking foward for playdates and coffee lol! On another news, I’m finally back to work.. At least for a few hours as there is a big storm coming up in the afternoon! I really needed to get out of the house and have Mia playing with her friends so she doesn’t get sick about being at home all day, drive safe everyone!!
Where to go in Vancouver.. Heirloom Juice!
Do you remember a couple post ago that I talked about my favourite local cravings? Please add their Baja burrito to the list!! I had a doctor’s appoitment in Vancouver, but I had 1 hour left so I wanted to stop by to the pottery kids store to check some baby room stuff, and this little local caught my attention. I was very hungry and wanted to eat something healthy, so I choose their Baja burrito and it was the most delicious and nutritious burrito ever! Plus guilty free! I rapidly took a picture of the ingredients so I can try to make it at home ( hey I live in south surrey, is a big ride just for a burrito lol! ) but I guess I will have to cross the massy tunnel or alex fraser because it definitly doesn’t taste the same, I talked about that burrito the whole day lol! I also tried their Iron man juice and I love love the taste! If you are in a new year resolution, and a busy bee with no time to cook or seat on a restaurant this is the place! Next time I’ll buy some in a bulk so I can maybe put them in my freezer for the week? Happy Wednesday everyone!
Eat Local.. My pregnancy cravings
Ok.. I’m so excited about this post because as you can see i’m a big foodie. When I first arrived in Vancity I remember I told my roomie that the food here sucks, and I guess it was because I wasn’t use to all of this flavours, but my husband it’s been educating me about all of the different tastes around. In this post I want to share with you, my favourite local things to eat and what I’ve been craving in this pregnancy, so let’s start with my favourite roasted Cauliflower from Nuba cafe. Yess I know you may be thinking.. Seriously? Cauliflower? Man, you have no idea how delicious is this! It is so addicted that I cannot stop eating it! ( I stole this picture from their Instagram) when I was pregnant with Mia, I used to called my hudband asking him to stop by and bring some for me, otherwise he would not enter home lol! For breakfast i’m craving my favourite breakfast in the world: chilaquiles. As a Mexican i’m super picky with mexican restaurants and so far my favourite it’s el Patron, tacos y cantina on Robson st. They have the best chilaquiles in town! Then talking about Mexican food, have you try the fish tacos at Taco fino? Omg they remind me of my favourite tacos in Guadalajara! Soo yummi and fresh and another big craving for me.and talking about sea food, my favourite oysters in town are from Joe Fortes of course! Their Rockefeller oysters are to die for! Now of course i’ve to crave sushi! I don’t eat lots of sea food or sushi during my pregnancy but once in a while I allow myself to have some, of course nothing raw ( i’m craving the oysters so bad but I haven’t eat them yet ) and when I really want to eat sushi I go to Sushi castle in the grandview corner. My God, they have this special roll with shrimp, cream cheese and avocado that it’s my favourite from all the sushi places in van! And last but not least.. My favourite ice cream not only in town but in the world ( wow lol! ) Earnest of course! ( I stole this pic from Nuba cafe website ) what are your favourite places around?
Where to go in Fort Langley.. Watermelon tree
Last weekend, we went for a walk to one of our favorurite villages outside of Vancouver: Fort Langley. I just love the small community and their stores there. I wish we can move there, as it seems like an awesome place to raise a family, however we would have to either open a business or work for home as the commute to our works would be killer. Anyways, I noticed that they were lots of new stores this time, and stores that I never noticied before having kids, and I found this little kids store with all my favourite local brands. The first thing I saw when I entered was all the organic clothes from Vonbon and I knew it was a good store instandly. I bought the cutest leggins for my little boy, and I was really tempted to buy one of this bags that i’ve seen before: how cute are they? But Mia is going to stop the daycare in a month, and the other one hasn’t born, so I guess we will wait for next time. I’m becoming more and more fan of our local stores as they are doing a great job With the quality, and lately i’ve seen lots good sales. Next time you visit fort Langley do not forget to stop by and check out their amazing stock!
Krauseberry Farm ..
Last Sunday, we went to have breakfast at our favourite farm in Langley. I wrote before about Krauseberry farm, but I never wrote a review about their breakfasy because this is the first time we try it. They posted on Instagram that they will serve waffles for breakfast, and even tho I knew it was a bad idea for me to have that for breakfast, I insisted to go because It makes me feel that i’m in a farm having breakfast lol! It is soo cozy, the fireplace, kids, adults, nice and relaxing environment I just love it!
If you havent visit this place, it’s a must go on summer. They have different activities going on, pony rides, chu chu trains, lots and lots of kids activities and wine testing for adults. Sooo.. We tried their famous waffles and they were soo damn good. Even francisco who is not a waffle fan he love them! And Mia well..
Support Local: Parkside Custom Furniture ..
Hey guys! I just noticied that my previous 3 post are all about food.. Don’t judge me i’m pregnant lol! I wanted to share with you about this cool present that Mia received for Christmas, it is from a local family in Surrey and they do amazing jobs! I have no idea where my husband found them, but now we are very into house decor and this is one must have if you have little kids. The business is call Parkside Custom Furniture and you can find them on Instagram or Facebook ( they have more pics there) and take a look on their jobs. Their Customer service is amazing! First my husband purchased the same ruler but in wood colour, but I told him I wanted it to be white so it can match with the rest of the stuff we have on our kitchen, they changed it right away for us! Great quality and fast service, we hope this small business can get bigger so we can purchase more house decor in the future. Tomorrow it supposed to snow again, but this hopefully we are going to be able to have Mia’s birthday at last. I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I found for her party! Have a great Friyay everyone!
Support local: KEWE clothing..
When I announce that I was having a baby Boy, I had one of my friends telling me that when she gets pregnant she wants a girl because there are way more cute stuff for them than for boys. I have to say that I agree and disagree, lately i’ve find lots of cute baby boy stuff. I’ve been looking to buy local, as I find local stores, and some stay at home moms are doing an amazing job creating this beautiful pieces for baby boys. I really like them better than childrens place and those stores. That is true that if you go to those stores you are going to find thounds of cute options for girls but for boys I feel i’m more selective. I’m a huge reader of the local bloggers in vancity, and there is where I found all of these beautiful stores. So I did my first purchase on this local store call ” KEWE” in abbostford. I went to their website and love all their designs so I purchase this cute leggins from them and look foward to pay a visit and buy more! I know some people tell me they prefer to buy in the big stores because you can find cheaper stuff but look on this way, the maybe cheaper ( and not in everything ) but it is because they have a bigger demand. If we support our local businesses and help our local community to grow, we will start seeing good deals around. Another reason why to buy local? I’m preparing myself to open my own business next year, and it feels good when people around you supports you and your family, I want to do the same for others. If you have time here is their website for you to check their designs: https://www.keweclothing.com have a great winter wonderland weekend everyone!
Burnaby central Railway..
Last weekend we had Joshua’s birthday party, and they took us to the Burnaby Central railway. This was the first time I heard about it, and I’m glad that I get to go to this place because is one of the perfect spots for a birthday party! Specially if your kid loves the chuchu trains. This day wasn’t the best day, it was raining so hard, but even with the rain we had a blast! This train it was waaaay more fun than the stanley park one ( we usually go for easter or christmas train there ) but here is long trip and you are really seating in a train. The place is located in north burnaby ( my favourite neighboorhood in burnaby ) and is big and beautiful. If you have nothing to do this weekened and you want to take your baby/kid to a special place, this is the place! Not sure how to much are the trains ride because we got it for free but it is totally worth it. Plus there is a library so close if you want to kill more time! Have a great Friday everyone!
Where to go in Vancouver..
I heard that yesterday was a National Taco day! I can’t barely keep up with all of this new “days” with my full time work, baby and projects, but I really wanted to post this because this is my new favourite Taco place! Everything started last week when I was on my way to downtown, I had some meetings to attend but I was running early ( on purpose ) so I can stop by for some chilaquiles at El Patron. While I was at the bus I was on Instagram checking on pictures with the hashtag #yvreats and then I saw this picture. It was showing the most delicious taco that I’ve ever seen lol! I knew I have to get that taco no matter what, so I changed my plans and decided to go and try a new place, plus I heard lots of comments about this place before so I was extra curious. I am sooo Glad I did because it was so worth it! I went to their location in Yaletown ( There is another one in gastown ) and I had the most amazing shrimp tacos! They really taste like my favourite shrimp tacos in Guadalajara! Soo damn good! The service was excellent, the place is very nice and casual, they had lots of options so I took a pic from the menu for you to check it out. If you live in downtown van, go for a walk and have a Taco! Happy Wednesday all!
Where to go in Seattle..
Hello all! I’m back!! I’m soo sorry that I’ve abandoned the blog this days, i’ve been feeling super sick, work has been extra busy, and life has been crazy. Anyways I wanted to share with you where to find the best chowders in Seattle Town!! We were in Seattle over the weekend, walking around the pike market place, and suddendly we saw this huuuuge line up for this tiny tiny hidden not inside the market but kind of infront. When we saw the line up we started asking people and they were saying that the one hour line up is totally worth it so we decided to do it and they were right. The best chowder that I’ve ever had! We tried the smoke salmon one and of course the clam chowder and both of them were delicious! If you are in Seattle or you ever go you have to stop by! Also if you want a guilty free dessert the little market after that have the best peaches ever! Is finally friyay and this weekend I am planning to relax as much as possible. Have a great day everyone!!
Mommy’s accesories must have!
I am obsessed with all the accesories from Sugar Blossom! They are so colourful, fashion and chick! Every little details shows creativity and feminism. I wanted to treat myself with something special but under a budget, so Sugar Blossom was the perfect idea! I looove this Mama Bear bracelet, but it was kind of difficult to decide between this and “Camila”. They have beautiful bracelets for babies as well and matching mommy-baby bracelets! Go to http://shopsugarblossom.com/collections/shop-all to take a look on all of their beautiful designs! Today we are heading to the lake, is still so hot ouside! Happy Sunday!!
Morning loves! It’s been a busy morning cleaning and doing laundry. I bought this nelli’s laundry soap on the opening of natures fare market a couple months ago, one of my friends recommended to me because her husband knows lots about chemicals and stuff and after reviewing the ingredients he approved this product. As I mentioned before, I am very picky with all the chemicals around my home, so I really wanted to try this product and so far I love it! It leaves my clothes super clean and it doesn’t look as damage as when I use the regular soap. I use it specially for Mia’s clothes. We are heading to kits today, even tho the weather is not as hot and sunny as the past couple of days. Have a great saturyay all!
Where to go for Sushi..
Omg you guys! I’m soo obsessed with this place! Seriously it feels soo good that after 6 years living in a city where you can find crappy sushi in every corner, I finally found the one!! I’ve been in so many places trying to find good quality sushi and this is just around the corner from my house. Today I went to the Grandview plaza ( south surrey/white rock area ) and I knew I had to come back again. I found this place last weekend when my family and I were biking around the area, but with Mia being annoying I didn’t have the time to take a pic but this time I made sure I did. I don’t remember the name of this roll, I think is call “special roll” something like that, but it is the biggest and delicious roll ever. Last time we also tried the bento box, tofu, miso soup everything was amazing! The place is very small, so I wouldn’t go with a big group, but if you go with 2 or 3 friends and after that you can go for a walk and do some shopping. It is call “sushi castle”. Here is another pic, sorry that it is not the best quality but I was alone with Mia once again lol! Happy Saturday everyone!