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Movie Review: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

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Summary

The blood pact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was made many years ago when they were inseparable as young men. Now, times changed and their goals were different. Grindelwald was determined to rule over the Wizarding World. Dumbledore couldn’t let that happen as it would also destroy the (human) Muggle’s world.

As the blood pact prevented either of them from attacking each other, they had to get help. Dumbledore enlisted the help of Newt Scamander to round up his help, while Grindelwald had Credence.

How would they be able to confront each other? How would they stop each other?

Conclusion

There were quite a few secrets that were revealed in this movie. I enjoyed seeing new creatures that Newt would meet. I did miss seeing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, but I thought Mads Mikkelsen did a decent job.

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Movie Review: The Matrix Resurrection

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Summary

The Matrix Trilogy was a video game designed by Thomas Anderson. He was a nervous game designer who was a suicide survivor. Mr. Anderson tried to jump off a building. He was depressed and couldn’t differentiate between what was real or part of the game. He put so much of himself into the game for too long. He was done. Then suddenly, his boss wanted him to design another updated version. He began to have a mental breakdown. Luckily, his analyst was there to support him.

On the other side, Captain Bugs of the ship, Mnemosyne, was searching for Neo. She believed he was alive…..

Conclusion

I was a fan of the original Matrix series. I still loved watching them. This new addition to the story was set 60 years after the Trilogy. I enjoyed the flashbacks, but I wished that they didn’t recast Morpheus.

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Book Review: 31 Overlook Hotel

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Summary

The Night Manager of the Hotel was a gracious and courteous hostess to the variety of monsters and night crawlers, who were invited by the Hotel. Some were more angelic, but others were horrific creatures in their true form.

Why were they invited? Why were there humans in this fantastic and horrifying hotel?

Conclusion

This novel was written by many authors. At first, it was very intriguing and interesting. Near the end, I was a bit confused about why everyone was invited to resolve the issue. I would like to know more about the history of the hotel though.

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Movie Review: House Of Gucci

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Summary

At a party, Maurizio Gucci of the Gucci Fashion House met Patrizia Reggiani, the daughter of a truck company owner. Patrizia was ambitious. She was thirsty for power and money. After she married Maurizio, she became increasingly involved in the business. She became so involved that it slowly became an issue in the family….

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the performances of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. The clothes were so beautiful!

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Vendor Feature: Grit & Grace Co.

Headbands are super handy when I am using face masks and just lounging around. Thank you Grit and Grace Co. for this gift.

Who is Grit and Grace Co.?

A few years ago Jess was on the hunt for a cute headband to go with daily workouts and couldn’t find one that checked all the boxes for her. She was looking for a headband that was stylish, comfortable, versatile and didn’t give you a headache. That led her to creating her own and starting an Etsy shop back I 2016. Since then Grit + Grace has expanded into two studios ran by Jess and her sister Jaxx.

Our headbands come in 3 fun styles, a twist that can be when 2 ways, the knot style and the loop style.

Check them out!

https://gritandgraceco.shop/

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Book Review: Ghost Stories

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Summary

This book contained eight stories, each with its own twisted ending. Some told of how the living accidentally wandered into the land of the dead. Others told of the living purposely searched out to find ways to benefit from the dead.

Conclusion

These short stories were a great read and easy to follow. Most were very straightforward and entertaining.

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Book Review: Berkeley Street

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Summary

Shane came back from being a Marine and back in his childhood home. The same home where his parents disappeared one day when he was still training. The same house that his aunt and uncle had tried to take possession of through a long court battle, but failed. Little did they know that this old house had a mind and beings of its own. They all only wanted Shane to be the owner. This house was filled with secret pathways and rooms that appeared erratically.

One particular enjoyed causing pain, suffering and death….

Conclusion

This deaths in the story reminded me of the Haunting of Bly House Manor. I wanted to find out how each person died and how they became acquainted with Shane.

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Book Review: Nightmare Abbey

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Summary

The Malpas Abbey had a long and bloody history that intrigued the occult seekers of the past and the ghost hunters of the present. They all joked about how the stories were unbelievable. That was until they had the face the reality of the Abbey. What lurked in the dark spaces of the place would shock them all to their core….

Conclusion

I had to keep reading as I was intrigued about the creatures that lurked in the Abbey. The past and the present intertwined. This story reminded me a bit like The Stranger Things…..

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Vendor Feature: E. A. R. Wax Candles

I love to support young entrepreneurs! Check out this brand new line of candles by E. A. R. Wax Candles

Who is E. A. R. Wax Candles?

I started my business in June because my aunt got me a candle making kit and I have always been a very experimental child and really loved candles!

I am in grade seven.

I have been doing hip hop for 6 years and jazz for less than a year. I love to teach play and babysit kids!

Something interesting is that all of my scents are unique to my brand such as “fruit loops” and “grape soda”!

The name E. A. R. Wax Candles came mostly from my name Emy Ann Rosen. Also, my aunt who has the same initials started a business with a similar name, so I got to keep the brand alive!

Check her out!

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Book Review: The Haunting Of Windwood Farm

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Summary

Taryn had a special talent as an artist, who painted old buildings and structures. Her paintings would actually look like how the collapsing building were in their former glory. This time, she was commissioned to paint a rundown farm house.

This house was rumoured to be haunted because murder happened inside. Gossips and rumours ran through the town. This didn’t scare Taryn. She loved old buildings. She was able to see past the rotten interiors and to discover the past life of the house.

So, as she stepped inside the old farm house, she was ready to open to the house. Interestingly, her camera was also ready…

Conclusion

This wasn’t a scary bedtime story. It was more of a historically mystery and very intriguing!

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Book Review: The Body Thieves

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Summary

Desperate to get his medical license back, Major Dom Tavano agreed to go undercover on a dangerous mission with Chantal Turcotte, a Canadian nurse with military background. They were to find the connections between the Mexican cartels and American private hospitals in regards to illegal trafficking of human organs.

Conclusion

This was an exciting and fast-paced novel. I felt like I was part of the mission team. Hard to put down! There were a lot of detail about the cartels and it’s operations.

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Book Review: The Haunting Of Sunshine House

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Summary

Sunshine House used to be a famous Hollywood hotel, but in the present day, transformed into an assisted care home. When more of the healthy seniors passed away suddenly, Barney (one of the residents) suspected murder. No one on the staff listened to his complaints against an invisible murderer….

Lou and her father with dementia, Dads, stayed at Sunshine House, as she was working there as a nurse. Her constant anxiety and dizziness came and went, making her job more difficult. But she needed this job desperately….

The building that they were living in was famous for being extremely haunted. Did a ghost cause the spike in deaths?

Conclusion

This story had chapters about the Holocaust and how it affected the survivors. Only near the end did I finally figured why things happened…..

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Mid-autumn Festival Doodles

The four doodles I did were the Jade Rabbit, Moon Goddess (Chang E), the moon and a mooncake with tea. These images were well ingrained into the traditions of Midautumn Festival.

Mid-autumn Myths And Traditions

1) The Jade Rabbit, also called the Moon Rabbit, is a rabbit that lives on the moon. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the moon goddess Chang’e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her. However, in Japanese and Korean versions of the story, it is just pounding mochi or tteok.—- Wikibooks

2) The Moon Goddess’s myth revolved around her drinking an immortal elixir and floating up to live on the moon.

3) “A mooncake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival is about lunar appreciation and Moon watching, and mooncakes are regarded as a delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival.”—Wikipedia

4) The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan (Tsukimi), Korea (Chuseok), Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu), and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.—Wikipedia

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My Meowbox

My Meowbox arrived!

I opened my Meowbox and everything was so cute! There were a pair of toy booties, “Burpurry” scarf by Petmate, a “Catfe” Latte toy by Kitty Catnip Toys, a football catnip toy by Roxy & Oliver, and a bag of Catit treats!

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Washi : 和紙 Japanese Paper Art Exhibit

Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese paper. The term is used to describe paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry(kōzo) bush.As a Japanese craft, it is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.—- Wikipedia

At the Nikkei National Museum, this exhibit showcased the works of the artists, Naoko Matsubara and Alexa Hatanaka. Both used washi paper in their own way to show its versatility and durability.

Which piece looks the most interesting?

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Vendor Feature: Pizza Garden

Do you like pizza?

I was excited to be invited to the grand opening of this new pizza joint, Pizza Garden!

Who is Pizza Garden?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

We firstly initiated our business with the brand ‘Megabite Pizza’, and the idea of creating a Sicilian-Neapolitan style of pizza led us to the creation of Pizza Garden.
The company had been operating for around 15 years now, with 10 operating stores.

2) Next, what was your background?

Kubilay Demirel is a true pizza expert. Having started Megabite Pizza over 18 years ago, he has come to know a thing or two about great pizza. His desire to create Vancouver’s most authentic Neapolitan pizza led him to open his first Pizza Garden store on Vancouver’s eclectic Commercial Drive. Kubilay’s passion for great taste and authentic crusts has resulted in nothing but the best Italian pizza in the Lower Mainland!
Pizza Garden is not your typical pizzeria. We operate as a franchise, but what we offer is unique compared to other pizza chains, we make authentic Neapolitan pizza.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Our pizzas are made with fresh, raw dough that we make from scratch each and everyday. We source our ingredients from carefully selected suppliers and never compromise on the quality. Some ingredients like flour, tomato sauce, among others come from Italy, while others, like some of our meat, come from local suppliers.
We believe that the finest ingredients make the finest pizzas.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)

We believe in our product to be different and unique. All our processes and operations come from the strong and high quality of our product, and this passionate idea, whereas everything else comes from there.
Pizza Garden’s main focus today is to expand the business around BC, and Canada eventually.

Check them out!

https://www.pizzagarden.ca/

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Vendor Feature: R-MEDY Aesthetics Centre

This was the first time trying a Glass Therapy Facial! This facial used small molecular polysaccharides to help increase the moisture of the skin. Then, ending the treatment with a round of LED light treatment to help with pigmentation. Thank you for this treat!

Who Is R-MEDY Aesthetics?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

For over 25 years the Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre has been pushing boundaries and setting a standard of excellence in non-surgical aesthetic services. 

As a sister company to Vancouver Laser & Skin care Centre, we strive to continuously provide cosmetic solutions to the Burnaby community. With a focus on harmony, balance, and symmetry, R·MEDYᴹᴰ Aesthetics offers patients a wide range of services for body contouring, facial revitalization, vitamin therapy, and hair removal and rejuvenation.

Since its inception in 2021, R·MEDYᴹᴰ group has upheld a strong commitment to helping patient find innovative and cutting-edge resources for maintaining and supporting inside health and outside beauty. 

Other than R·MEDYᴹᴰ Aesthetics Centre, we have R·MEDYᴹᴰ Functional (our preventative medicine centre), and R·MEDYᴹᴰ Executive Health (our physician clinic), focus on providing our patients with highly personalized treatment plans for sustainable results. 

– Lydia, General Manager | R·MEDYᴹᴰ Aesthetics Centre

2) What was your background?

I graduated from All Body Laser Training Institute and received my diploma in Advanced Clinical Skin Care & Cosmetic Laser Technologies and started my career here at Vancouver Laser & Rmedy. 🙂 

– Mikela, Laser Technician | R·MEDYᴹᴰ Aesthetics Centre

3) Interesting facts about your product?

We offer medical grade and high performance skin care products. 

Healthy skin starts at home. Imagine going to the gym everyday and then eating fast food; you will never be able to attain the same results as you would if you were providing your body with nutrient rich foods. This is the same when it comes to our skin. Using high quality skincare products will assist in attaining and maintaining your skin’s best health while drugstores and cosmetic counters offer products that compromise your skin’s health. 

– Aeron, Product Development Specialist | R·MEDYᴹᴰ and Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Center

Check them out!

https://rmedyaesthetics.com/treatments/face-treatments/glass-therapy/

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Book Review: Starboard Secrets

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Summary

Millie was ready for a new adventure. After the divorce at 60 years old, she was ready to leave it all behind and applied to be a assistant cruise director on the Siren of The Seas.

Then, on the day of boarding, a gift shop staff dropped dead. This caused a ripple effect of mystery that stimulated Millie’s investigative mind….

Conclusion

I loved how Millie was able to get the courage to start another life on a cruise line! There were so many suspects that kept me intrigued.

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Planner Ideas: Doodles By Gweenan Rees

My Version!

Sometimes a planner is perfect for just doodling! It’s nice to just relax and doodle away. I really like the items in Gweenan Rees bullet journal ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

Check her out!

https://www.gwennanrees.com

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Book Review: The Secluded Scared Duke

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Summary

Sarah was the daughter of a farmer. Her mother had the best pies in the village and she needed more blueberries. As she walked in the forest, Sarah recalled the stories of the injured Duke. He owned these lands, but hid inside his home. Edmund was not happy about being the Duke. His father and brother died in an accident and he was left with the estate and the responsibilities of his new identity. In order to produce an heir, he needed a suitable lady to be his wife. No one would be able to be with a scarred man like him….

Then he found Sarah in the forest with an injured foot…..

Conclusion

This story reminded me a little bit like Beauty and the Beast, with Sarah being the Beauty and Edmund the Beast. It was a heartwarming story.

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Book Review: Dark Desires

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Summary

It was a miracle that Darcie made it into the desolate city of London. It was 1828 and the world was not kind to women. But she was desperate and must find her sister for help. As she walked up the steps to the infamous ladies of the night, house of Mrs. Feather, she was not sure what she would see. She hadn’t seen her sister for a long time. Originally, she was going to be a maid in the house. Unfortunately, a male client of the house made an inappropriate comment towards Darcie. So Abigail (Mrs. Feather), told her to find Dr. Damien Cole and work for him instead.

She warned Darcie to be aware of the doctor and to stay away from his businesses. Be very careful….

Murders were happening throughout the city and Darcie was in the middle of it all….

Conclusion

This was a murder mystery and romance combined into one. There were some steamy scenes, but most of the storyline focused on the historical side of the medical world back then. Great story!

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Art Inspiration: Midautumn Bunny

Working on a midautumn festival piece…..

Do you know the story of the bunny in the moon?

The Moon rabbit or Moon hare is a mythical figure in East Asian and indigenous American folklore, based on pareidolia interpretations that identify the dark markings on the near side of the Moon as a rabbit or hare. Wikipedia

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Vendor Feature: Arirang Hotdog

It was very exciting to see the original Korean hotdog to open a new location! Thank you for the treat!

Who Is Arirang Hotdog?

1) Why did you start your business?

We started because we wanted Canadians to try the “real” corndog from Korea. Before Korean corndogs started its boom in Asia and Americas, Arirang was first ever invented K-corndog from Korea from way back 2014 and made its way to a big franchise company.

2) What is special about your products?

We like to create and bring something Canada that never existed before! Just like Churro and Oreo!!

3) What else would you like to share?

We got so excited when people came to love new items. Ultimately, something very delicious and exclusive will be coming to our menu, so stay tuned!!!

Check them out!

http://www.ariranghotdog.info

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Book Review: The Poison In All Of Us

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Summary

The Great War was over and Emmie reluctantly had to spend her summer with Dessa, the prim and proper family friend. Emmie was looking forward to riding her newly fixed up motorcycle and to get involved in the suffragette movement.

Suddenly, Miss Letty, the lady who was leading the movement was found dead by Dessa in her home. That was the first corpse that the girls encountered…. They suspected murder, but by who?

Conclusion

I enjoyed historical novels like this. It talked about how much resistance that women faced in order to get to vote!

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Vendor Feature: OiSO Kimchi Cafe

At first, the name could be misleading, but believe me, the menu had more than kimchi! Thank you, OiSO Kimchi Cafe for the invite!

Who is OiSO Kimchi Cafe?

1) What was your background?

I started restaurant called ‘Damso’ 12 yrs ago. Damso expanded to 3 different locations throughout years.

2) Why and when did you start your business?

Last year, I decided to sell it all because, I wanted start something new, simple and easy. That led to Oiso.

3) What is special about your place?

Oiso is technically all the core essential of what Damso meant to be. I am taking minimalist and simplistic approach with Oiso as far as branding and culinary direction goes. However, that doesn’t mean we cheap out our ingredients and product. We only use freshest and best ingredients available with best cooking technique to our culunary knowledge and arsenal with reasonabley priced menu and portion. Thus easier approach for people with different budget and standard.

4) What else do you want to share?


As for me, I have been cooking for last 20 yrs already! I worked for many different high end local hotels and fine dining restaurants to Michelin star restaurants before I opened Damso.

Check them out!

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Book Review: Murder Afloat

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Summary

This trip was supposed to be their honeymoon voyage on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Sadly, Lottie had to fulfill her dying husband’s wish and travel alone to the United States. As an avid reader of crime novels and the daughter of a Scotland Yard inspector, Lottie knew there was trouble as she began to board the great Titanic. She just couldn’t imagine how bad things would turn out….

Conclusion

Knowing some of the history of the Titanic, allowed me to really imagine and picture the scenes. I enjoyed the independence and how strong willed Lottie was as a lady of that decade. Great cozy!

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Movie Review: Day Shift

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Summary

Bud was working hard to support his family. His wife and daughter didn’t get to see him very much and this was ruining his relationship. But it wasn’t his pool cleaning job that was paying the bills. In reality, he was a vampire-hunter. Yes, vampires lived among the living by applying illegal sunscreen to protect from the sun!

Killing and handing in their fangs to the bureau, Bud would get paid in cash. However, the bureau didn’t like his way of hunting, so they sent the union head to monitor Bud’s ways. All was well till things got out of hand….

Conclusion

There was a ton of action. The fight scenes were well choreographed and smooth. The storyline was very typical. This was a fun movie with lots of heavy machinery and bloodshed.

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Vendor Feature: Time Escape

Escape rooms have definitely taken a hold of my imagination and creativity as I try to solve the problems. It’s nice that they actually give some clues… But, still I rarely am successful. This is such a great way to train for teamwork!

Who is Time Escape?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started this business in 2013. When I first played an escape room, I was hooked and loved the challenge with solving puzzles.


2) What was your background?

I majored in economics, but with a work background in event management.


3) What is special about your business?

I’ve always been hands on and wanted to elevate each escape room production to the next level. Ultimately, we are still trying to do each time.


4) Finally, what would you like to share?

In the near future, all Time Escape themes will eliminate all padlocks. Therefore, they will be fully electrical and mechanical.

Check them out!

https://timeescape.com

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Vendor Feature: thé vert Jewellery

Thank you, thé vert Jewellery, for sending me these pretty earrings!

Who is thé vert Jewellery?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Growing up I often made jewelry for my friends. I just loved fashion and accessories. The first time I sold my jewellery was at the Powell Street Festival more than 15 years ago. Gradually I learned new techniques and refined my skills and finally opened up my Etsy store in 2016. My goal was to create simple and versatile jewellery with a Japanese twist while keeping the prices accessible.

2) What was your background?


I was born in Japan, but Canada is my home. I’ve had a wide and varied career spanning from Tourism, Interpreting, Arts and Entertainment, and Human Resources.

3) Some interesting facts about your products?


I love modern, clean, simple designs. I’m inspired by nature, interior design, fashion shows and my Japanese heritage. (The Asa earrings that is in the photo is one that I feel encompasses many of these aspects.)

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


I’d love to offer 15% off any item in my Etsy shop with code CHOCOVIV15 to your followers! Valid until Dec. 31, 2022.

Check out her shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thevertjewellery/

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Vendor Feature: Wasuta Pasta

What an interesting concept of a Japanese-Italian cuisine! Thank you, Wasuta Pasta for the invite!

Who is Wasuta Pasta?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


We started this restaurant about one years ago. (May 12 2021)

The owner is Japanese and he used to work at Italian restaurant for long time, and he has knowledge about Italian cuisine as well as Japanese.
Therefore he ended up collaborating both cuisine and made the Italian Japanese style pasta.

2) What was your background?

Japanese who immigrate to Canada
Working Italian restaurants for long time.
As well as Japanese restaurants.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Most of our food is homemade, and we make from scratch.
We baked focaccia bread every single day.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)
We had our first anniversary on May 12.

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https://instagram.com/wasutapasta

https://www.wasutapasta.com/

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Art Inspiration: Cute Slime Birthday Card

Just for fun, I drew this for my friend’s child’s birthday! I remembered how my own little ones used to love slime too!

Did you ever like slime?

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Book Review: Death Mask

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Summary

Mia and her son, Raphael travelled to Colorado mountains for a trip and stayed at an Airbnb that was owned by an avid art collector. Mia was thoroughly educated in art history, so she was pleased and impressed at his collection.

One day, she and her son left to purchase some daily needs. When they came back, the house was on fire and they were suspects to the murder of the owner!

What happened???

Conclusion

This was an exciting read that I had a hard time putting down! I just had to find out who killed the owner.

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Disney+ Series: Ms. Marvel

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Summary

Kamala Khan was the daughter of Muslim immigrant parents who wanted their daughter to do well in school. However, Kampala’s goal was to be a super hero like Captain Marvel!

Through certain incidents, she gained superpowers and learned to use them to change things around in the world!

Conclusion

Overall, I was excited to see the Muslim community represented in the series. The story was engaging. However, I discovered (after reading a bit more into the original storyline of Ms. Marvel), that this series did not follow how she got her powers…. My tween loved it! Great to watch with young ones.

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Movie Review: Uncharted

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Summary

Sam and Nate was living in an orphanage when older brother Sam got kicked out for stealing again. This time was an antique map of the ship, Magellan. This ship was rumoured to carry a huge amount of gold when it disappeared. After Sam left, he never came back for Nate. He only sent him the occasional postcards.

After 15 years, Nate bumped into Sully, who was watching him at his bartending job. He told Nate that he had a big job that needed Nate’s quick fingers.

Why did Sully know about Nate’s preferences and habits?

Conclusion

I love treasure hunting movies. The story line was a bit predictable. The movie was based on a video game. I really enjoyed watching Tom Holland’s action scenes.

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Book Review: Fire & Ice

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Summary

Sara Donovan landed a job at the Carlton museum organizing previous documents and journals. One day, the precious gems exhibit, Fire & Ice, arrived at the Carlton as their original location was not available. With the high level of security, everything was safe. Then the lights went out and came back on after a few minutes. The security checked and all appeared well.

But, why was Sara’s dog yelping at the safe?

Then, Sara noticed that a few journals were missing from the inventory….

Conclusion

Being at the wrong place at the wrong time was all I could think about whenever Sara got into trouble. The ending was very logical and I liked treasure stories.

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Vendor Feature: Whisk Matcha

I love matcha!

It’s matcha that led me to Whisk Matcha!

Who is Whisk Matcha?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started Whisk as a side hustle and a passion project when I was on maternity leave with my son, in 2015. I always loved everything matcha.

2) What was your background?

I studied hospitality management in University, so I’m totally in the field. Prior to Whisk, I worked in luxury hotels from room services to catering sales to event management.

3) What is special about your products?

I personally know and have met all the tea farmers that produced our matcha in Japan! I’m so grateful that I’ve got to build meaningful relationship with them (prior to the pandemic!).

4) Another else that you would like to share?

All the menu items at our cafe (from matcha ceremonial to Vietnamese coffee to avocado toasts) are all my personal favourites that I used to enjoy everyday. It feels incredible to share these with everyone. Plus, everything is vegan at our store (but you wouldn’t tell any differences :)).

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https://whiskmatcha.ca

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Vendor Feature: Allo Nutrition

Do you like coffee? I love coffee and I am excited to try this protein powder for hot coffee by Allo! Thank you!

Who Is Allo?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Allo Nutritition started in the dead of covid, in 2020. In a time that gyms were closed and everyones nutrition and well being was put at risk. Allo’s journey began. A journey to create a product that solves problems, helps those looking for convenience, provides protein in an easy and manageable way. Allo launched in March os 2022 – National Nutrition Month. And the rest was history.

2) What is your background?

Allo’s background is quite diverse. With a background in product development, nutrition and food science, business and of course a motivated mindset to make something revolutionary.

3) What else is special about your products?

We strongly believe in transparency. Allo is proud to share our clean nutritional deck, with ingredients that are of the highest integrity. All flavouring is natural. Allo is zero sugar, gluten-free, peanut-free and most well-known for being clump-free.

4) What else would you like to choose?

We absolutely love what we do, from product development to showcasing in gyms and fitness events. Our Allo family is grown in Canada and in the USA and we truly appreciate everyone’s support in making this dream come true.

Check them out!

https://liveallo.com/

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Book Review: Infestation (Book One)

Summary

Marie knew that something was happening in the small town. She was a famous author of the latest book that dabbled in the supernatural. Not everyone was a fan of her book, especially her mother and her sisters.

More and more deaths began to appear in this small town. Marie knew she had to do something….

Conclusion

This was only part one of the story “Infestation” so I had many questions that needed an answer. Not sure why it was split into two books?

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Book Review: The Blood Lottery

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Summary

The sun elves won and enslaved the human race. The Blood Lottery invited all humans who turned eighteen years old to enter. If they were chosen, they would become the mistress or even a wife of a sun elf. That would mean that they could leave a life of desolation and poverty. This was how the sun elves tried to outbred the human race.

Ava was working on the Wall to support her mother and sister. As a child, she was stared at for her silver hair. How odd it was for a human…. She was going to turn eighteen, but she was determined not to enter the Blood Lottery. She would rather work hard on building the Wall.

Then, she fell off of the Wall and met the most mesmerizing eyes of the Prince….

Conclusion

This was a fantasy story that involved elves, wyverns (dragon) and magic. By the end of the story, I really wanted to find out what happened to the protagonist.

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Book Review: The School Mistress of Emerson Pass

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Summary

Quinn left her mother and sister for a school teacher post in the wilderness of Emerson Pass in the mountains. Actually, the previous gold mining town was burnt down and a generous Lord from England rebuilt it.

She was accustomed to being poor and living in shame. Being in the presence of luxury beyond her dreams was a blessing. Quinn was moved by the Lord’s five children. And he was so handsome….

Conclusion

I enjoyed historical novels. This one spoke of the prejudices of races in the gold mining days. I became quite emotional as I was reading this novel.

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Book Review: The Groundskeeper (Book 8)

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Summary

Mathew was happy to become the Church’s groundskeeper. He enjoyed keeping the gravestones clean of weeds and to pay respects to the deceased. One day, graves were disturbed and bodies were missing!

As the police’s investigation became more and more odd, the name of the town’s doctor and mystic popped up. They decided to ask for her help.

More and more disturbing situations appeared and blood spilled….

Conclusion

I was pulled into the story as I wanted to know the truth behind the incidents. This was book 8 of the Cornelius Saga.

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Book Review: Against My Better Judgment

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Summary

Sara was college freshman studying Egyptology. She was working in the Egyptian museum’s gift shop one day when she accidentally spilled some nail polish remover on a souvenir funeral mask. She tried to wipe it off and saw something gold underneath the cheap plastic paint…. Gold??

Against her better judgment, she began following people around the campus as she suspected that they were involved in some criminal scheme. Her best friend and family warned her that she got into trouble many times because of her overactive imagination.

However, she was determined to find out what was going on!

Conclusion

This was a lovely and fun read! I like the idea of adding Egyptian elements to this cozy.

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Vendor Feature: Nishiki Sushi

It’s great to try new and upcoming restaurants. However, I love to find ones that had been quietly doing their own thing and producing great dishes! Nishiki Sushi is one such place! Thanks for the invite!

Who is Nishiki Sushi?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I love Sushi so much then I want my own sushi restaurant in Vancouver.

2) What’s your background?

15 year experience in a sushi restaurant

3) What is special about your products?

We are the first restaurant to put special roll in a tray. We are also the first restaurant to have only hot snacks in a tray in sushi restaurant.

4) What else do you want to share?

“Keep it tastier and keep it fresher!”

Check them out!

https://www.nishikisushivancouver.com/

https://instagram.com/nishikisushivancouver

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Book Review: Flavour With Benefits

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Summary

Imagine travelling through France and enjoying some delicious cuisine with the family. This book will bring you around all the places that the author lived and dined in during her stay in France.

After each region, the chapter ends with some lovely photos and delicious recipes that are inspired by the region. The author also gives us a quick history lesson of the region.

Conclusion

I loved my visit to France a few years ago. I felt like I visited the different regions as I read this book.

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Vendor Feature: Stacey Rosen Art

I love art. That is why I am very excited about wearable art! More people can see and enjoy these types of pieces. Thank you, Stacey Rosen Art for my necklace!

Who is Stacey Rosen Art?

Hello! My name is Stacey Rosen of Stacey
Rosen Art. I am a Registered Nurse by trade, a mom, runner, lover of nature and an artist.

I have recently gotten back into art, and committed in February of 2019 to making art more of a priority in my life after a ten year hiatus focusing on my career and family.
Art has always been apart of who I am and how I observe and process the world.
I am ecstatic to be at a place in my life now where I can explore this more tangibly with a variety of mediums. For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved to observe, study, sketch and draw with whatever I could get my hands on,
A few years after having my children, I was blessed to have been able to Get back into art learning Acrylic painting from the incredibly talented Serge Dube, in his studio in Langley B. C.

Most of my larger work is in acrylic, but more recently, also involves experimenting, loving and learning with a variety of media including watercolor, charcoal and sumi e ink which is teaching me to paint more expressively and intuitively. Along the way I’ve also picked oils back up and am enjoying the journey thoroughly.
Most of my work is an expression of, and a deep appreciation for the beauty I see and feel around me, particularly in nature, which consistently instills a sense of awe, stillness, wonder, connectedness as well as a profound sense of spirituality, peace and gratitude.


Being in nature is my cathedral.
Another inspiration of mine is the strength, lines, beauty and expression of dancers, which I’ve been exploring a bit more recently.

My hope is that a deep appreciation for nature, stillness and a sense of peace, gratitude and connectedness comes across in my work as well as an appreciation of elegance, grace and transcendence, and that others can share even a bit of this experience through my art.

Newest addition to my art journey has been meeting fellow creative @fabeldes the wonderful Bobbie…. and collaborating together to create wearable Art. Together, we come up with the ideas for design, I then hand paint our thoughts in ink and watercolor and Bobbie of fabledyr sources the vintage and drop pendants and puts it all together for a variety of looks from florals to abstract landscapes to illustrative designs. If you have an idea we’d love to make a design with the colours and look that your looking for.

Check out Bobby’s independent designs and our collaboration on her website:
https://www.fabeldyrdesigns.com/shop

If you’re on Instagram check out staceyrosenart and follow the hashtag #fearlessfabricators for monthly art challenges, inspiration and for a supportive art community.

I also receive a monthly subscription of art supplies from @SketchBox and share my learning, growth, sketches, process and experimentations on my Instagram

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/staceyrosenart

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Book Review: Ocean Academy Book 5 (The Strength With)

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Summary

Coral an Octopod should be so pleased the ocean fell back into the hands of her clan of Oceanids. Back then, before her infamous aunt’s takeover, her people were at the bottom of the social order. Her Aunt Aquatica turned all the former upper-class Nymphs into half-crab monsters, Clackers. She used them to conquer and control the rest of the ocean.

Things were getting out of hand and Coral had to stop her! So she rounded up her friends and ventured off to find help…

Conclusion

This novel in the series was mostly about the adventure that the friends went to find a way to stop Aquatica. Lots of details and very epic.

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Vendor Feature: Origo Food

Have you ever tried freeze dried fruits as a snack? Thank you, Origo Food sending some over for me try! What a fun way to eat my fruits!

Who is Origo Foods?

“Our family is on a mission to make healthy snacking easy and delicious. We set out to create a nutritious snack our three young boys would actually want to eat, and Origo was born.


It all started as a way to help us stay ahead of our kids (it’s not easy when they outnumber you!). From there, it just kept catching on.

Origo is a freeze-dried fruit manufacturer based in British Columbia. We produce high-quality and healthy snacking by using 100% real fruits and no preservatives, and we are proud to present you the children-loved and parents approved freeze-dried fruit!” —- Origo Food

Check them out!

https://origofoods.com

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Vendor Feature: Vancouver European Deli

I missed Europe. So, when I was invited to try some delicious goodies from the Vancouver European Deli, I was excited!

Who is Vancouver European Deli?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Deli was open in the early 90s with the purpose to bring European products offering to the West End neighbourhood. As the neighbourhood grew so did the Euro Deli and new products from other parts of the World were introduced.
Today European Deli carries products from many different countries in Europe, South America, India, as well as North American countries focusing on Mexico, and local Canadian products.

2) Some interesting facts about your products?


Euro Deli specializes in traditional Balkan and Persian fresh meals offered daily. They are made in-house. For the last two decades, Euro Deli has been famous for its house-made hummus, which comes in different flavours, traditional, hummus with olive oil, roasted peppers, and spiced hummus. Falafels are another dish that is very popular and is a deli staple offering.

Other ready-made meals available at the store daily are cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers, lasagna, potato salad, fresh sandwiches, house-made dips (hummus and baba ghanoush), and charcuterie boards, and Balkan-style meats called Cevapi and Balkan-style pastries from a local bakery. They have daily specials, some dishes are only available that day.


Deli caters to every dietary preference. As a true local deli, they offer a variety of cured, smoked and deli meats, sausages, and cheeses, and they receive a fresh shipment every week. They have plant-based (vegan) products, focusing on local and Canadian-based meat and dairy alternatives.

Euro Deli is a neighbourhood grocer. They carry a variety of cooking oils, with an emphasis on olive oil. You can find different kinds of pasta, pasta sauces, condiments, and sauces specific to Europe, a great selection of olives (Greek and Italian), sauerkraut and pickled vegetables, meat spreads and canned seafood products. Deli has a great selection of dried legumes, seasoning and a variety of dried herbs, nuts, and dried fruits.

There is a variety of specialty teas and coffee, rare jam flavours from around Europe and honey. For sweet tooth lovers, the deli is like Charlie’s chocolate factory, they have popular European brands of candy, chocolate bars, cookies, wafers, chocolate spreads and delicious Persian desserts (Baklava anyone?!).

The deli stocks a variety of Indian products, fresh samosas, sauces, and seasoning, as well as delicious Mexican sauces, salsas, seasoning and more.
You can also find specialty sodas and juices at the store.

3) Is there anything else you would like to share?


Custom orders for any in-house dishes are available. If you have a party or a gathering, you can custom order any dish ahead of time and pick it up on the day of your event.
The “summer flavours” specials are available.

The Deli offers ready-made charcuterie boards that come in three sizes. Big (fit for four people), Small (fit for two people), Single (cup size fit for one), and of course a Custom order of any size.

Something new and delicious is coming to Deli – BBQ dishes made to order at the store. You can order a delicious hot BBQ dish, great for lunch, dinner, or a beach day in the West End neighbourhood! Stay tuned for more info!

Also Deli is open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun and stat holidays 10am-7pm

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/vaneurodeli

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