The Airport

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A meeting place where hundreds of souls drift in and out, welcoming tired feet and weary body from long distances. Where warm hugs are given and received, and stories of colourful journeys flow

A farewell place where the promise of a safe return is met with tears and hopefulness. Goodbyes are temporary until the journey takes them home again.

The dizzying merry-go-round of interesting looking parcels calling for their owners. Tall and slender figures impeccably dressed in uniform hurries along. Each one dragging their big lunch boxes on wheels, one wonders where these elegant beings are headed next.

To pass time, a walk towards the shops is both satisfying and dangerous. The commercial pull of goods without tax is enough to make a person spend all their hard earned cash. Beautifully packaged items line the shelves, boasting of good deals to be had – enticing all the senses. Take caution, such excess costs more than a pretty penny.

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Amidst the organized chaos, giant metal birds with little glass pinholes and tails, uniquely adorned with bright, eye-catching symbols. Transporting itty bitty lives packed inside rows and rows of semi comfortable reclining seats. Sprinting down colourful runways, these giants allow humans to defy what was once impossible.

Among the crowd, there she stood. An excited observer, taking it all in, mesmerized by the continuous cycle that this place holds. Overhead, a crackly voice breaks her spell, “passengers for flight AF351 Toronto to Paris, please get your boarding passes ready”. The girl quickly grabs her passport and her lover; hand in hand they walk towards the direction of their next adventure.

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Snap Happy Bunny Eats: Under the High Wheel

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Now that I’ve baited you in with that delicious looking plate as the cover pic, do keep reading on^^ you might just find your next favorite spot.

I have a hunch that after this article is published on the blog, some people might get mad at me for divulging this gem of a place. Sorry introverts and foodies, your secret is now out. I’ve stumbled on this cozy café/bistro on my hunt for new places to explore in YEG. Let’s face it, livin in this city for a while, you need to branch out of the usual eating spots to add colour in your life amiright? I don’t know about you but I get excited scrolling through the #yegfoodie, #yegfood or even #gastropostyeg pages on IG just so I can get my fill on new places popping up around YEG. I’m kind of slow on the loop here so I’m not really sure how long this place has been operating but my guess is not that long. I’m talking about Under the High Wheel, yep, even the name sounds a bit weird. Don’t worry, it’s nothing like that inside. In fact, the interior of the place is very warm and inviting with wood accents and earth tones throughout. The decorations aren’t outlandish.. except for maybe that huge old-fashioned bicycle hanging on the wall, hence the name I suppose, nonetheless; I was sold!

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This noshery and catering establishment shares a space with D’Capo cafe and gelato. Just a quick tip, the entrance is shared with Da Capo Caffe so don’t be confused like I did and circle all around the building trying to find the door that says Under the High wheel! I was there to meet J before the lunch rush and the place was practically empty.

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This is us harassing the waitress to snap our picture.

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Since it wasn’t busy we placed our orders right away and was served in no time. I ordered the chai latte to drink …this is one of the best chai I have consumed thus far. I love the balance of the creamy and spicy flavours in the drink, just a touch sweet but I love my drinks on the diabeetus side.

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J ordered a latte I believe, but a taste of my drink had her asking the waitress if she could do a switch…no luck though 😦 she just had to unfortunately ogle mine as I happily sipped all that goodness 🙂 (next time J, you know what to get!)

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The menu was not as extensive for the breakfast portion, but there was lots of choices for lunch and even a good selection of dinner eats. I saw the words crepés on the menu and the hardest choice was picking sweet over the savoury kind. I went for the crepés beautifully dressed in chocolate and coffee sauce and loaded with a mélange of fruits… Yeap, me, and my diabeetus choices. My logic told me to go for the buckwheat crepés rather than the plain white one for some added health benefits….

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The dish was not overwhelmingly sweet as I thought initially and was quite good. The fruits, mainly different berries, were refreshing. Even though most fruits right now aren’t in season, these babies didn’t really have that tart or sour taste. The part that I had a bit of an issue was the firmer texture of the buckwheat crepés. I was hoping fluffy and soft but it took a couple times with my fork trying to cut a piece of the crepés. J ordered savoury crepés and she said the dish was delicious as well. 10/10 for us, yay! I’d definitely go back for a second round…. I needed to try that Belgian waffle on the menu after all^^ thanks Under the High Wheel, you did not disappoint \(^_^)/

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Overall, the experience was great and I can’t wait to bring the other girls here for brunch on Saturday 🙂 We wrapped up our girl talk and stuffed the last bites of our crepés happily and headed to our appointments. As I was still early for my appointment, I decided to walk around Whyte to waste some time. I was amazed at how different it looks in the day time as in the evening when the party crowds mingle the streets. I realized I needed to do this more often as I saw some quaint little stores to explore. So come join me next time then! Ciao!

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2014 in review

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Because we are all about finding out how we have progressed from year to year. Here is my first ever summary for this first ever blog. Have to admit, it’s been a while since my last blog, but the reasons for that you’ll have to read on the next one coming shortly.

*drumroll please*

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Gets Easier Everyday

I guess I should post an update regarding my deactivation of Facebook. It’s been about….. Drumroll……

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Yes, THAT long! Hurrah!
This to me means I’ve reached another level. If you seem confused, refer back to my post back in Feb. and you’ll know why I’m this excited about it. Just like progress pics, I feel proud of being able to let go of this one addiction of mine, and feel happy that I can overcome such a feat. Trust, if you constantly log onto fb, you’ll know how hard it is to give up. It’s difficult for me to have discipline I’ll tell you now, but I just thought I’d try it for the months I’m in school and since it’s my last year in Uni, I needed to be even more focused. Yes, I can tell you how disconnected you’ll feel without knowing what’s going on with people most of the time, but you can reach out in other ways and it will give you more chances to schedule a coffee date rather than catch up thru fb. Yes, I can tell you how difficult it was trying to stop yourself from habitually reaching for your phone to look at your newsfeed, but you will find that it’s just as easy to find news online and have extra time in between spent doing things with value rather than mindlessly scrolling which I tend to do. Overall, it gets easier once you get through the first week hmmm maybe the second week… eventually it does and then you’ll thank yourself ❤

Ps.

Join me in my excitement as I countdown for our Asia Trip! For sure you'll see more post about travel rather than food all the time hehe

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Pps.

If you’ve given up Facebook (even temporarily like me) and can relate to this, I’d like to hear your thoughts about it.
Otherwise…
What’s one thing that you had to give up that was difficult for you? How did you manage that? Any tips you’d like to share?

SnapHappyBunny Cooks: Egg Tarts

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I know what you’re thinking, she must love her eggs! With back to back posting of a recipe with eggs, you’re either a fan of eggs or you’ve just discovered its usefulness. Actually, I’ve baked this a while ago and has just caught a little bit time to post the ingredients. I don’t make this often just because… Well you’ll see why as you scroll down to the ingredients^^ not exactly the clean or healthy eats because of all the yolk you have to use… (but it has to be said, it’s uber tasty and creamy, you’ll crave for them once in a while!)

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Makes 60 little tarts

Ingredients:
•2 package of sweetened tart shells (if you can bake tart shells from scratch, go for it!
•1 dozen egg yolk (that’s right, you only need your yolks so hang on to those whites for a future merengue or macaron project)
•1 can of evaporated milk
•1 can of condensed milk
•1/2 cup of regular 2% or whatever cold milk you have in the fridge
•1/4 sugar

How To:

•In a large bowl, crack eggs and separate the yolks (yolk separating skills will come handy here)

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•add your can of evap

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•add your can of condensed milk

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•Add your milk
•Add your sugar

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•stir your ingredients, getting it as smooth as you can (makes for a less lumpy tarts) – if you have a mixer or a whisk, you can certainly use it

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•Pre-heat oven to 375F and keep it at that temp

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•while that’s pre-heating, scoop up your mixture into the tart shells, being careful not to overflow the shells

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•pop that goodness into the oven, set it and forget it.. Just kidding, you leave it for about 20-25 mins depending on your oven’s heat setting (best way to know is when the edges of your shells have turned golden brown and if you do the tried and true – stick-a-toothpick-see-if-it-comes-out-clean-method)

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…voilá it’s all ready to be devoured! …and shared of course! You don’t want all that good stuff to yourself^^

Ps.

Don’t blame me if you get addicted to this simple but delish recipe! Let me know your thoughts if you’d like to try this too or have a more healthier version of it I can try too ^_*

SnapHappyBunny Cooks: Eggs Baked in Avocado

Being such a versatile fruit, another way to eat your Avocados is by combining it with eggs and baking it! Yes, it does not sound very matchy but trust, it’s super delish (and is a good quick breakfast or even a pre workout meal). Recipe is super simple and before I forget, I was inspired by Fitsugar.com for the recipe.

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Ingredients:

•Avocado
•Eggs
•Chives/green onions
•Pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper spice
•A little bit of sundried tomato pesto (optional)

•Turn on oven to 400-425F (preheat)
•slice avos in half, removing the pit, scoop out about a third of the flesh at the top to make room for the egg
•crack eggs into the hole you’ve made (you can only fit an egg per half of avocado and it might even overflow if you didn’t scoop deep enough or if you’re using those jumbo eggs)
•put them in a baking dish/pan and bake it in for about 20 min (depending on your oven’s heat) – you’ll know it’s done when the egg whites lose it’s translucent color and have turned white!
•don’t remove them just yet, sprinkle your chives and spices on top (I’ve seen others add cheese on this so you can definitely make it your own). Bake for another 5 min and remove to cool a bit.
•I ate mine with a tiny spoon of pesto and it just gave a fantastic flavour to it, I’ll for sure try other things to garnish this with but keep in mind, if you wanted a healthy alternative, you can definitely stick to the basic and not add so much. One avocado filled me up pretty good, good enough to tide me over till din time ^^

Ps.
Comment below on how it turned our for you or if you’ve tried this recipe with your twist on it ^_*

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Disconnected from the World

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I know, it sounds pretty serious and maybe even an exaggeration from me but, that is exactly how I felt today. Seven years of constant Facebook use does that to you. I had to do the unthinkable and deactivate my page..temporarily, so that I can focus on this last theory semester of my degree. I didn’t exactly cut off all forms of social media as I kept my IG and of course I’m still running this blog, but I felt I had to cut off an important piece of my life in order to get back MY life. Today is the first of many days to come bearing withdrawal feels. I didn’t realize I constantly access FB as much and had become a staple of my everyday routine: wake up in the am- Facebook before getting out of bed, get ready and dressed-quick scroll on fb to see what’s happening, warm up the car before leaving for school-open fb again to post a status… now imagine this routine doubles as the day unfolds and multiply that by 365 days of each year I’ve been a member, and if FB charged a user a fee per access, I would go broke trying to fund this insane addiction. These unconscious habits were a huge part of my life and I feel sad to admit, I painfully miss the feel of scrolling that news feed and knowing what’s going on with the people I know and love. Today, I caught myself reaching for my phone multiple times unconsciously and was about to open the app (which I deleted by the way) and as soon as I realized, I immediately placed my phone back in my bag and refocused (you know you’re addicted when…lol). It sounds ridiculous but I did feel cut off, I thought I wasn’t going to last a full day without it (especially since I have used it everyday for 7years), but I was surprised at myself to have lasted a day without giving in and re-downloading the app. I know, it’s too early to talk, but I am confident that when I slowly fill my day with all the things I have to do for school and distract myself with the tangible and fun things around me, I will slowly get over that habit which had unconsciously taken over my life. One thing I realized right away as soon as I deactivated my page though… I had all this time, so much time, for myself and everything else I needed to do today and I was able to do them all.

Parting Thoughts:

Have you or do you know someone who is as obsessed with Facebook like I was? And did they try to kick this habit and succeed or not? Let me know in the comments below^^

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SnapHappyBunny Eats: Nomiya

So it might seem that all I ever blog about is food but I will post some travel related blog from our trip to Europe last spring soon, promise..^^

The sudden drop in temperature called for slurping some nice, hot ramen. If you live in YEG, you know you don’t have a lot of choices regarding places to eat ramen so a quick google came up with a few results for locations and we picked Nomiya Tapas Sushi Ramen based on positive reviews. Hubby and I are both ramen virgins so we came with no expectations about the taste except only with the little knowledge we know about this Japanese soup dish and what we have seen in anime shows or television. I guess we won’t be able to give a proper comparison but we figured we better expand our palate and hype ourselves for the ramens we will be eating in Japan in a few months T_T

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Nomiya is a small restaurant located by Calgary Trail, in a strip mall area and right next to Wild wings. As we entered the resto we were pleasantly greeted by the server who sat us immediately in a small booth along the wall. This place isn’t too big really, the sushi bar takes up most of the space and the whole restaurant offers a few booths and table seating or the sushi bar area. At lunch time, the place wasn’t overly crowded so I was happy that our orders shouldn’t take long. We were given the lunch menus with the ramen menu separated and since I was coming for the ramen, I disregarded the other menu as I didn’t want to distract myself with too many options to decide with (especially since the rolls and appies looked really good). My husband and I chose the Tan Tan and the Tonkotsu
ramen. While waiting for our order I got a chance to take a look around the place and what caught my eye was the way their booths was separated and designed with minature torii gates that I had to snap a picture. I thought that was something new I hadn’t really seen in the Japanese restaurants I’ve eaten at around YEG (but correct me if I’m mistaken as I’m sure I haven’t tried all of them).

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Ooops looks like I got photobombed by someone’s bald head lawl

As soon as the ramen came we both immediately dug in. I had the tan tan ramen and the savoury and peanuty broth brought warmth and satisfaction to my taste buds. This ramen has crushed peanuts and peanut based broth so for those allergic, stay away. I forgot to add that on the menu, you can add extra toppings to your ramen and I chose to add an egg, extra green onions (since I LOVE onions), and the naruto (a type of kamaboko which is made out of cured fish surimi) to complete my ramen experience. I have to add that the soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked as it had the runny consistency that I liked but not too runny.. If that even makes sense^^ Karlo’s ramen, the tonkotsu, was also a rich and creamy broth except the color of the broth was milky white. The taste was pretty good he reported, but his complaint was more of the serving of pork as he felt he didn’t get enough for the price that he was paying for in the bowl (of course he’s also a guy so he likes his meat haha). I ate mine quickly as it was such a delight to eat something warm on this cold day and I was surprised that I finished the whole thing as the bowl looked huge to me. Our order left us (or just me), no room for dessert so we gladly asked for our bill.

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Overall, I thought it was a decent first experience and just like any other firsts, it should be given another chance to redeem itself ^_* check them out and tell me whatcha think!

Address:
Nomiya Tapas Sushi Bar
3803 Calgary Trail NW

~A year in Wanderlust 2013~

2013 was a great year. We were blessed with the time and opportunity to travel. Making a flipagram vid about it is def hard, so much pictures to consider over more pictures, I feel like I can keep making videos and still have pics left over. The phrase “pic or it didn’t happen” is my motto. That’s how I like to travel, to capture as much memories as I can, because although the mind is good for remembering memories, we all know that pictures provide that lasting memory we would like to have as we get older and reminisce. Hoping that 2014 will bring us to more beautiful places, cheers!

Click on the link below to view my favorite moments during our travels in 2013!

A Year of Wanderlust

SnapHappyBunny Eats: Café Bicyclette

A nostalgic craving pour les moules de Léon de Bruxelles à Paris led us to visit the tiny French quarter in YEG. Located in the basement of la Cité francophone across the University Campus Saint-Jean, Café Bicyclette is a charming little French bistro worth visiting if you would like to feel as if you’ve stepped inside a chic parisian café.

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Serving petit déjeuner, déjeuner et le dîner, I’d love to come back and try the menu they offer during the day. Word of caution, you might wanna brush up on your french as the menus are en français although the servers are kind enough to offer translation if you need it. When we arrived, there wasn’t much people at the café but that changed in about ten mins. as we saw the small place fill up as dinner time rolled in. Sitting in one of the wrought iron chairs, the place transported me back to the cafés and brasserie we visited in Paris, the cozy and relaxed atmosphere filled with little snippets of french conversations mixed in with some parisian soundtrack in the background, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place instantaneously.

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The menu isn’t very complicated, the choices are limited to one or two choices per category of meat (ie. chicken/seafood/red meat) so don’t expect a comprehensive menu. The same goes for their wine list, they do have a good selection although it was also limited. I didn’t mind this at all, I feel that smaller establishments offer quality tasting dishes if they don’t have an overly complicated menu as they can focus on the main dishes they offer and make up for the taste. The price for most entreé falls in the $8-20 range which I found was reasonable for dining out, the most expensive item in the menu was the duck confit ($20).

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We both decided on the moules avec des frites and I also had the coq au vin while my husband had the steak. The dishes came out in no time, and we were ready to dig in. The first to come out was the mussels. I was excited and looked forward to this (it was what made me come here after all!). My verdict was that it was delicious but didn’t have much of the broth that I liked as I had to really scoop up the little broth in the bottom of the small pot. I was also expecting some French bread to eat with the soup but didn’t get any (probably because of the fries that was served with it?). The taste like I said, was delicious, a tad salty but it wasn’t overly so, the wine was definitely strong in the dish but I was okay with that. The main dish I had was just so so, I can really taste the wine in this dish but unlike the mussels, I felt this one had a little too much. My husband told me his steak was cooked how he liked it (med rare) but his only issue with it was that it was peppered a bit much. For dessert we both shared a cremé brûlée and we both agreed that it was delicious although I’m biased and will say my husband’s homemade version tasted better^^

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Overall we felt that it was a good dinner, not extraordinary but it was a hearty meal and the price was not too bad. We give ten points for the vibe of the place, it was definitely très chic. I decided I’d like to check out the place during day time to try their brunch menu and maybe spend a lazy afternoon and get cozy with a book and some freshly baked pain au chocolat (this would def have to wait though, like after this hectic semester of uni)^^

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Address:
~ Café Bicyclette – 8627-91st. ~

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