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PICA: Adventures in Culinary School part 3

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We'ved moved on to actual food now :)

It's been quite a difference from the first to second week. Things in the kitchen move so much faster, and I've had a couple episodes on feeling really frazzled and overwhelmed. I dropped a phyllo basket on the floor and had to remake it ;__;

I bought some replacement insoles that I think are squishier and a bit more comfortable for my shoes. It helps that there is the added support, I think. My poor feet still get a bit achey but it's a lot better than the sneakers!


[Canapé plate, right to left and top to bottom: caviar with egg; smoked salmon with cream cheese; prosciutto with melon and endive; smoked oyster with tomato concassé; prawn and fruit salsa; chicken and half quail egg]

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PICA: Adventures in Culinary School part 2

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Today was hungry hippo day where I survived on energy bars. Then Chef Scott had to show up with a plate from the advanced class showing us duck two ways: duck breast, and confit, with nectarine jam. Accompaniments on the plate are a berry? reduction, freshly foraged berries (by Chef Scott himself!), and duck crackling bits. Chef Patrice took a bite and then told the rest of the class to try some so we could get an idea of what was to come :) It was super tasty. We also got another plate later with quail eggs and stuff but I only had a bit of mushroom, but it was really tasty mushroom!


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PICA: Adventures in Culinary School part 1

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*My meandering and rambling journal entry*

So it's been two days of culinary school so far, and I really have to get used to this regimen I've put ahead of myself. It's been great weather, thankfully, so while it's lovely and sunny, it's HOT and sunny and biking to school gets me all tomato red. Standing around in sneakers instead of cooking clogs is also hurting my poor feet. But each and every day I'll be a little stronger, more in shape, and more equipped to last those long hours in a professional kitchen.

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Table: Cho Sun

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Anata and I were cruising along down Kingsway and were thinking of places for dinner when we passed Cho Sun. I've always wondered how the food is and wanted to try, so it was a good opportunity. The parking lot is kind of cramped, so we opted for street parking instead which was easier.

The restaurant is infused with eau de cooked meat, and when you're sitting there in line with a hungry stomach it certainly does things to one's appetite. Anata and I had a really frustrating time when we first walked in as the restaurant is so busy that the staff are limited to going from table to kitchen and back, with no one available to greet or talk to you. I guess I was just standing there through sheer patience and goodwill as I was trying to catch a server's eye to tell them the number of people and see if I could put my name down. Unfortunately for me, no server seemed interested in meeting my eyes, or if they did, I was ignored. I wasn't aware that there was a sign up form where you put your name and number of people in the party down, as the sheet was located on the countertop in what I felt was a very non obvious position, with no signs or anything telling you that that was the expected behaviour for this restaurant. In fact, it wasn't until a Korean woman came in, and hailed the waitress and talked to her in Korean and then put her name down before I realised that there was a sign up sheet.



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Table: Tiger Ramen

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Hello, Anata here once again with another overdue post:

While out in Kamloops last year for work, the team and I came across Tiger Ramen. Wait a sec. A ramen shop?! In Kamloops?! I'll be honest, having been spoiled by a number of fantastic ramen spots in Vancouver, we were quite hesitant. That said, we definitely had to try it out. And what a pleasant surprise it was.

With two trips to Kamloops this year, it appears we've made a mini-tradition of going to Tiger Ramen:



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Hello! Anata here with a quick guest post. I have a number of guest posts to make but have fallen behind. Reb isn't pleased. That said, here's the first guest post on her blog!

If there's one food truck that I never get tired of going to (but try my best to avoid at the same time - what a love hate relationship), it would be Mom's Grilled Cheese. Their Thursday special, The Jackson 3, is way too good to pass up and I've always told my buddy at work, Matt, that we're overdue. So, after multiple rain checks - either one of us are out of town or at a client site...



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Eat! Vancouver Festival 2014

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The Eat!Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is an event at BC Place for the weekend. I saw advertisements for the event going up so I told Anata I wanted to go. Buying the tickets online saves you $2 per ticket, so I recommend doing that rather than buying at the door! :)

This blog post has lots of photos (and not even enough to cover the whole festival!) so a warning~


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Table: Capstone Tea & Fondue

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It's been forever since my last review post! I'm so busy now that I wish I had time to sit down with friends and while the afternoon away. That reminds me of the last time I went to high tea with friends. Anata, another friend, and myself went out to Capstone for their afternoon tea special. Since we used a groupon, they gave us servings for four even though we only had three people at the table.

The requirement is that you have to make reservations in advance, so it's not quite for a on the spur moment thing. But taking time to schedule in afternoon tea is nice and relaxing - I can't wait until I'm less busy!



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PICA announcement and update

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Well, it kind of feels like forever since I've updated, but I've been super busy lately with moving.

But... I got accepted into the Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts (PICA)!

I'll be starting June 30, and will probably be blogging about my adventures in culinary school from there. I'll try to take lots of photos! Hehe.

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Table: Pho Ten

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Anata and I wanted to get a quick bite before hitting up the movie theatre. Since we were going to Riverport, we thought we'd try Pho Ten since it's close by and it always seemed like an interesting place for a pho joint. The restaurant has apparently garnered some good reviews for Richmond, and I think I saw a poster that said they were rated top third. The staff inside are nice enough but a little slow with two staff on the floor and the restaurant being mildly busy.



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