Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that if you’ve been receiving older posts on your google reader it’s most likely because I went back on all of my posts and took out the names of my kids for privacy reasons. I know every protective mother will understand. For now they’re just going to be called A and B. I know, not very creative. I was going to name them Lois and Clark but that’s a bit extreme even for a superman freak like me haha. But if anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them 😀 Anyways, on with business.
I had the great pleasure of finally meeting Valerie from A Canadian Foodie this weekend. I first noticed her on the comment section of another blog so I decided to stalk check out her blog. Turns out we had quite a bit in common. We both live in Edmonton, blog about food, are moms, she’s a teacher at the junior high I went to, and I’m a former teacher. With that much in common I had to email her. We communicated through email a couple of times, followed each other’s blogs and one day she asked me to show her around China town. Being a former educator,of course I said yes. Nothing gives a teacher more pleasure than to be able pass on your knowledge and educate others. Although I don’t think I was much help cause a lot of the questions she asked me about the food products I couldn’t answer.
Our first stop was Pagolac restaurant. I’ve blogged about this restaurant before in another post. This is a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant that I go to almost every weekend with the kiddies and hubby so I wanted to take Valerie here to experience some Vietnamese food. We ordered some Vietnamese coffee. Valerie had a hot one and I had an iced one. That’s Beavie. If you’re familiar with Valerie’s blog you’ll know who he is. Beavie goes everywhere with Valerie on her foodie adventures. He was very well behaved on this one 😉 (I stole the following two pictures from Valerie.)
Valerie ordered the Beef Satay Noodle soup which comes with a side of bean sprouts, mint, and chili peppers.
And I ordered the Pagolac Vermicelli Combination 5A which comes with a bowl of fish sauce. (This is an older picture from a previous post.)
Our second stop was Lucky 97 Chinese Supermarket. Is this not the happiest face that you’ve seen of someone looking at dishes? Gosh I love her bright beautiful smile. This girl was like a kid in a candy store. Her love for learning about different cultures and their food is so inspiring. There was a perk of interest in everything she saw but unfortunately I wasn’t of much help to her as I could not answer a lot of her questions 😦
We went through each and every isle of the store. Sometimes I would explain to her what I used a specific item for and sometimes she would tell me what she used the item for. At one point as Valerie was explaining to me how she makes salad rolls, an Asian woman overheard her and came up to ask her how she used a specific ingredient. That was a proud moment for me…lol. Here’s Valerie at work:
About 2 hours and a big dent in Valeries wallet later, we moved on to a Chinese medicine/herbal store and then onto Garden Bakery to get some baked goods. Garden Bakery is my favorite bakery in China town. They really do have beautiful, delicious baked goods. And check out these cute wedding cake dolls.
Our last stop of the day was for some bubble tea. Valerie had never had bubble tea before so I took her for her first bubble tea. She ordered the classic bubble tea and I ordered a durian flavored bubble milk tea. I wasn’t impressed with mine as it was just very sweet with no hint of durian flavor at all. And Valerie was such a sweetie she paid for my bubble tea as well. Thank you Valerie!
Bubble tea virgin no more my friend! Woot Woot! What different writing styles we have huh Valerie? Lol. Oh and the poor girl had to bend down to my level while taking this picture cause I’m really short (5 ft) and she’s about 5 feet 10 I think.
What a great meet up this was. There never was a dull moment in our conversation, and if I remember correctly we met up at 11:30 am for lunch and finally called it a day at about 4:00. The time seemed to fly by so fast. This is definitely one of the perks of blogging, being able to meet great people like Valerie. Thank you for a wonderful day, despite the rainy weather Valerie! Your smile truly helped brighten my rainy day.
You can read a much, much better and way more detailed post of our China town adventure over at Valerie’s blog here. Please hop on over and say hi if you haven’t already done so. She has some amazing posts such as this one here. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. Until next time friends and family :-D.