Happy 2014

Happy new year, everyone :) All the best hopes for everyone in 2014.

I spent the day doing my traditional New Year’s clean-up today; I purged quite a few things that I’ve been meaning to for some time. The only thing left to do is drop a box of pots off at the thrift store and I’m done.

Back to work tomorrow.

Anyway that’s all the bring stuff. I’ve started using Instagram for pictures; you can see my stream at http://instagram.com/breeonne.

stairwell-vancouver
Stairwell in Vancouver (Broadway off Ash)

Taste of Yaletown 2012: Bistro Sakana

This Wednesday, we went to Bistro Sakana in Yaletown for their Taste of Yaletown menu. It was, as always at Bistro Sakana, amazing.

One of the nice things about Bistro Sakana is that it’s fairly reasonably priced for consistently amazing sushi. There’s a lot of attention put into the food and it’s always a fun night out.

Waiting for the food to arrive
Waiting for our food

Wild sockeye salmon miso chowder

Wild sockeye salmon miso chowder
Full of carrots and potato and delicious

and the Platter:

Sample Platter
We didn’t think that we’d have enough to eat – small portions and all, but the soup was filling and the food was a nice variety of flavours.

Wild sockeye jalapeno aburi (box sushi): Sockeye salmon topped with jalapeno slices

Toro red chili aburi (box sushi): albacore toro marinated in Junmai sake and miso, topped with red chili and key lime slivers

Box Sushi
Salmon in front

Teppan roll

Teppan Roll
fresh tomato, Hotate scallop sashimi, fresh bocconcini mozzarella and pesto, sauteed,  served with a drizzle of aged balsamic reduction and virgin olive oil

As an aside, we’ve decided we have to go back and just order Teppan roll in future.

Nasu Dengaku

Nasu Dengaku (Eggplant)
baked Japanese eggplant with aka miso sauce

Ginger citrus Hamachi

Ginger citrus Hamachi
Yellowtail sashimi, layered with pink grapefruit sections, soy-balsamic vinaigrette.

I’m not normally a fan of hamachi, but the citrus and ginger balanced the flavour of the fish.

Chocolate brownie with dark chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

See the entire set on Flickr

MOA trip

In the month of June, I had planned to blog more. I wanted to start today with a science news round-up, only apparently it’s the slowest science news day ever (it being Sunday and all).

So,instead, some pictures from a recent trip I took to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. I used Flickr’s new editing tool to apply filters; it made up slightly for the awkwardness of my camera’s light sensor.

From the permanent collection
Haida Crest Figure

Three Sisters

from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit
Buddha from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit

Buddha from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit

Bring back the Bee!

Bring back the Bee!

It saddens me that Translink has moved away from the Bee iconography on the 99 B-Line cross-town route. I think more of our transit routes should have an animal mascot.

Like the Condor Canada Line.

Or the Marmot Main Street bus.

Or the Sea Lion Skytrain.

Or even the Tortoise 84 (you had to know that was coming.)

What animal would you attach to each route?

eta:

Ha! on twitter, Translink pitched in with the 97 Eagle Line, which is an excellent idea. If we’re going to name cards things like Compass or Starfish, why not?