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Best Meal of the Year- Hapa Izakaya

I know what you are thinking, it’s only mid January, so “best meal of the year” thus far doesn’t mean that much. But, honestly this meal was the best meal I’ve had in MONTHS, exceptional, food fit for Gods, the entire dining experience was beyond heavenly. In fact, there are no words to properly describe just how freaking good the food really was, only GO THERE, TRY THIS, AND THIS, AND THAT (I’ll elaborate on the specific dishes don’t you worry). Three days later I’m still daydreaming of the bold flavours, the decadence, the silky, smooth, creamy with a little crunch here and BING*** of flavour there. Explosions in  the mouth, fireworks of the tastebuds.

Multiple-mouthgasms.

On Sunday night my girlfriend treated me to dinner at Hapa Izakaya, which is truly one of the best restaurants in Vancouver.

It all started out with a couple of fish tacos and a “Harajuku Girl”

For $7.99 -the appetizer “Halibat Taco” only comes with one taco, but we knew this before we ordered it. We had one the last time we dined at Hapa and fell madly in love with it, so this time, we knew going in that it’s much too delicious to share without a fight. YOUR BITE WAS BIGGER THAN MINE! Seriously, it’s worth every penny just to get two.

My memory cannot even obtain its greatness.

Biting into juicy flakes of white tempura Halibat with bacon and tiny strips of fried potato, leafy greens, and home-made roast jalepeno tartar sauce is like losing yourself, and finding yourself in a palace made of spice. It’s that nice! It’s light, and moist, and crisp. It’s like swimming naked in the ocean under the moonlight or dancing with your lover on a rooftop at sunset: so delightful, so magical, soo… something everyone should try at least once!

The ‘Harijuku Girl’ is one of their many fabulous cocktails. The combination of Absolute vodka, butter ripple, Sourpuss, raspberry, Calpis and soda makes for a sweet, light pink, bubbly delight, the grown up version of cream soda = pure genius!

Next, we tried the ‘Ebi Mayo’ for $8.99: Crisp Tempura Prawn tossed in a rich and spicy mayo-based sauce sprinkled with green onion and/or possibly chives. These were by far the juiciest, tastiest prawns I’ve ever had, the sauce: the fountain at the palace of spice, just right for quenching desire. And it comes with 6 prawns, perfect for sharing… 🙂

Our main course: Chipotle Beef Curry Ishi-Yuki $9.99 Rice, slow-braised AAA beef, chipotle curry, and egg served in a hot stone bowl. This one really blew my mind. The description enticed my curiosity, but I had no idea what to expect with such diverse ingredients. The result: truly magnificent, layers upon layers of flavour and spice, not too hot, not nose-dripping spice, just tongue tingling, moan-inducing, full-bodied flavour. Rich, well-seasoned, and scrumptious, every bite…

We didn’t really have room for desert per say but the wonderfully sweet and sincere waitress sold us on the chocolate parfait, describing all it’s chocolately components: chocolate mousse with squares of chocolate cake, and a scoop of decedent chocolate ice-cream with a sliver of chocolate torte topped with whipped cream and a Maraschino cherry, sprinkled with cornflakes~~~ AHH! omg I just died, and woke up in heaven, and I’m not even religious!

If I didn’t eat anything before this, it still would have been the best meal of the year, and I would have ordered another one. If you are a chocoholic, you have to try this. If you like chocolate even just a little bit, occasionally, YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS. And, if you don’t like chocolate at all but know someone that does you should take them to Hapa Izakaya just so that they can try THIS and they will love you forever. And while they are eating it, you should try just one bite (if they let you) and you will no longer be able to say that you aren’t a desert person or you don’t like chocolate because after this desert you’ll feel differently, you’ll be a changed person.

For just $5.99 you can have the best desert of your life, it is, indeed, the epitome of the phrase ‘sex in my mouth’.

Hell, this meal I had three days ago, was the best meal I have had in years, maybe even in my life (and that is saying A LOT, because my favourite food is actually italian and Hapa Izakaya is ‘modern Japanese cuisine’ but the combination of everything, the appys and drinks and spice, the desert and the service was like ‘shit son’) THEY NAILED IT!

It will take A LOT to top this meal, but since DINE OUT VANCOUVER is happening in less than a week. Bring it on!

I am ready with my stretchy pants!! 😉

With love from a fellow foodie,

Heidi J. Loos

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New Years Resolutions

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I am NOT a hater of resolutions or written goals. Obviously they can’t be too too ambitious or you’re just setting yourself up for failure, like, don’t bother writing down ‘learn ten languages, travel the world, and cure cancer’  but it never hurt anybody to make a list! And hey, you COULD learn another language this year, and travel somewhere new, and run for the cure, or paint for the cure, or donate or whatever…

It’s a new year, a clean slate, all those things you want to do, you can start now, just WRITE THEM DOWN, pin the list to your wall preferably on your bedroom wall by the light switch or on the back of the bathroom door. And don’t take it down for 365 days, unless you move, and in that case bring it with you wherever you go.

You probably already know this about me but I LOVE LISTS, I am not ashamed to say I am a list pusher, to-do lists, to-make lists, to achieve lists… I have weekly resolutions and monthly goal quotas so why not a new years one too?! It just makes sense!

Last year one of my goals was to create a blog (this blog) and post every single week for an entire year, I think I did pretty well! I only missed a couple weeks here and there and doubled up on other weeks- so yay! Success! Here’s to another year of blogging! and YOU reading it, and us together, dreaming, and achieving…

2014

Here’s what I hope to achieve in 2014!!

* Continue to contribute regularly to Vancouver Weekly

* Do some free lance stuff for other papers/magazines

* Write at LEAST one short story and/or short script PER MONTH for the entire year

* Write some new songs

* Record some songs

* Complete ‘She’s Not Me’ Music Video

* Mess around with Final Cut Pro, and make some fun youtube videos

* Practice Violin regularly (and yes post some videos… finally)

*Start taking lessons again! WOOHOO ♫♪♫♪

*Jam with some new peeps

* Submit nonfiction piece to a bunch of contests

* Get a wicked awesome artsy job… or just ANYTHING outside the hospitality industry…

* READ MORE!!!!

* WRITE MORE!!!

* SING MORE!!! even if it is mostly in the shower 😉

* Keep exercising regularly and weight lifting… a.k.a obtain dream of bulgy biceps

* Submit pitch for crazy8’s 2015

* Continue the exciting adventure that is Chalk With Me, and chalk new messages in new places all year!

* Oh, and, last but not least, TRAVEL, somewhere hot.

What are your goals for 2014?!!? Do Share!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! and thank-you for reading!

Also a big thank-you to all of my WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube followers who read, liked, and kept coming back for more this year, your support means the world to me.

XOX

Heidi J. Loos

JQ Clothing = my NEW favourite store

Okay, so here’s the thing, when I was seventeen I moved to Vancouver and it was the big bad scary city… I was just a small town Northern Canadian girl from the Yukon about to attend a university with a student body bigger than the population of my home town, probably my whole dang territory, ha ha. Needless to say I was pretty freaked out, excited, but freaked out.

One of the first things that I had to do was find a job to support the hella expensive big city living. Even from the get go I was living off campus, on 33rd and Victoria with my big sis, so everyday I woke up and applied to stores and restaurants galore along Commercial drive, but no body wanted to hire a little dreadlocked hooligan from the great white North… no one except the queen of jeans herself (and fishnets and corsets). My first job in Vancouver was at the Jean Queen on Commercial Drive. It was also my first retail position, ever. The owner, Corina took me under her wing and became like a second mother to me. Thanks to that magical store and the lovely girls who I worked with there Vancouver quickly became a lot less big and a lot less scary to little seventeen year old me.

Now,six years later, with a university degree under my belt, and some travel time too, I can honestly say that store and the people in it really shaped who I am today, and of course, what’s in my closet. 🙂

Which is why I was so honoured and thrilled to be a part of the grand opening of the new Jean Queen on Saturday, CONGRATULATIONS JQ CLOTHING! You are my new favourite store!!!

JQ    *** 2120 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

Corina asked me about two weeks ago if I would come to fiddle at the opening party, of course I had to say yes, but I was nervous as hell! My sweet Natalie has been locked up in her case collecting dust for months, probably since I returned to Canada from Australia in May… but I thought I would seize the opportunity for a new beginning of my own. Since the day Corina asked me, I’ve been practicing again, learning a whole bunch of new traditional canadian fiddle tunes, and it feels good, so I won’t stop now!

As for the party, it was wonderful, a neighbourhood soiree with musicians and burlesque dancers and beautiful people who radiated rainbows and positive vibes. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to get back into the swing of things.

JQ clothing is a store with funk, class, and all around RAD clothing for all sizes and body types! You’ll walk in feeling like a regular working class citizen and leave feeling like a QUEEN, the fairest in the land, a rainbow fairy princess, or a sexy down-to-business professional, or just one hot-ass grrrrl who knows just what to wear.

But don’t worry, the staff at JQ will help you out and tell you straight up if that dress suits you or if they have something even better in the back, with your name on it 😉

Just go see for yourself, JQ Clothing is all kinds of epic!

xx

HJL

The Rotten Olive

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With eyes turned inwards in contemplation

You write the words on the inside of your skull

You rehearse every line until its damn near perfect

So when it finally comes out it sounds like a recording

Not even your voice

Played back on their answering machine

With no response

No call back…

But this is real life, face to face,

you have no technology to hide behind

You say what you wanted,

what you needed to say, but it comes out sounding different than you imagined

A little more fucked up than you intended

Not like the conversations you practiced in your head

Filling the empty spaces with hypothetical responses

Words that were so sweet and understanding

They smelled like freshly washed laundry

Tasted like brie cheese with pear on salted crackers

And it all went down smoothly, and the guilt was fleeting

in your mind, like,

“So what if you indulged a little too freely and it shows in your Brunswick Street dress” 

But her silence is worse than the rotten olive stuck in your oesophagus 

you choke, reword, retell, try again

apologize.

No spoonfuls of steamy dialogue to drip down your chin

She tells you to strip that damn grin off your face

You strip off layers of fabric instead. 

And you laugh and smile harder because you’re nervous

about having another one of these hard conversations you don’t want to have

But know you have to

She asks you if you are just with her because it’s easy

“And you say seriously? This, easy?”

It’s not always easy, to be honest.

 

 

 

Drunken Pumpkins

Dear Blogosphere,

Today I woke up to a disaster, it was as if the pumpkin-zombie-apocalypse happened in my living room. Orange stringy guts EVERYWHERE: on the floor, on the couch, on the coffee table, on the tv stand, on the flatscreen, on the walls, and a great big pile in the middle of the room mixed with soggy newspaper.

The house was saturated in juicy innards, and smelled of rotten pumpkin and stale vodka.

See, in my drunken state last night, after two hockey games, six doubles and three beers, I decided it was a perfect time for my girlfriend and I to get festive, buy some pumpkins, and carve them up real nice.

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Luckily, nobody lost a finger or poked an eye out- well, except for these poor little guys-

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We cut open their skulls, sliced out their eyeballs and ripped out their brains!

But when the lights went out and two little lesbians when to bed, these pumpkin zombies came right back to life and got their revenge…

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How else could the place get sooo freaking dirty!?!

And those Damn Drunken Pumpkins drank our good vodka!

😉

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

HJL

P.S. Think b4 you dress up: what does your costume say?!

3 Days in Portland!

Have you ever been to the city of Roses?

That’s what they call it, apparently, because the climate is ideal for rose growing, and also possibly for doughnut making???

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For, Portland, Oregon, is known by many, as the city of killer doughnuts!

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… And it is also famous for being the American city with the most strip clubs per capita, it even beats Vegas, crazy hey?!

However, I had no idea of these many ‘perks’ when I signed up for the trip.

I had never been, nor had I given the city much thought or even any at all. I’d never stumbled upon Portland in my readings of the world, so it was definitely not on my list of cities/places to visit before I die, but it should totally be on yours!!

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And not because of the roses, or the doughnuts, or the strippers, I mean those are totally legitimate attractions, but Portland has lots more to offer too! I don’t even like doughnuts! And since I went last week (in mid October), I missed all of the roses. The strippers (at least the girls at Sassy’s) were all tattooed, and VERY sexy, and totally ‘sassy’ in the best sense of the word, they actually seemed like they were having fun and were insanely talented both with their pole dancing skills and their entertaining and even comedic routines. 🙂

Across the street from Sassy’s there is a bowling alley, and from 9pm until 11:30 it is only 3 dollars per game!!!

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And just up the street (Morrison st. ) we discovered the funkiest little cocktail bar called Light Bar which is a little more pricey than most bars in Portland, but their drinks are some of the best I’ve ever had. Each spirit is infused with something: fruit, flowers, camomile, oak. The bartender sat down with us and explained each drink and concoction in elaborate detail, his passion for his trade shone as brightly as the lights… epic!

And then there was the discovery of my favourite bar of all time on Mississippi Street, seriously, if it existed in Vancouver, I’d be there every weekend at least. It has hammocks in the back,

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picnic tables in the front,

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an upstairs attic with FREE pool and darts,

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another separate games room with arcade games, and even a swinging table with real swings for seats.

If you are EVER in portland, seriously, go to BUNGALO BAR

The owner of Bungalo Bar is the sweetest, most accommodating man! Bungalo bar is not a gay bar by any means, but it is super queer friendly, and he made my girlfriend and I feel totally welcome, he even did his best to tell us about all the gay bars and gay attractions around the city, including a bar called Casey’s where they could make you rainbow shots!

Which of course, we had to go get.

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At Casey’s: Bartender Brandon really wow’d us with these ones. Nobody believes us now, but he actually shook them up and poured them out of one shaker right in front of us! And he did it in under a minute, not like the slowpoke youtube demos. And hey, they tasted damn good too!

After another wild night of bar hopping, clubbing, and hitting up the many live music venues and shows in Portland, cure your morning hangover with the most delicious french brunch at la Petite Provence, like we did…

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We tried two different gluten-free benny’s, one made atop the most succulent asparagus and bacon risotto cakes, and one made on yummy polenta stacks!

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To drink, they give you a wide selection of specialty coffees including a White Russian Latte, which is really quite magical.

But if you’d rather something a little cheaper, and quicker, head down town for a scrumptious sandwich at Pork Belly’s, and one of their to-die-for $3 smoothies… My mouth is watering as I reminisce.

There are so many places to eat and drink and dance and watch live music all over this city. So make sure you pack your dancing shoes… and pants with a stretchy waist band 😉

And save your money by going going with McMenamins for accomodation! We stayed at the White Eagle, which was only 55 dollars per night!

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And they have live music every single night, and the most delicious, gooey, mac n’ cheese balls, perfect for late night, drunk munching, as well as a wide selection of traditional american food like burgers, fish n’ chips, etc.

I will warn you though, the White Eagle is haunted, like a lot of buildings in Portland, but the ghosts are Portlanders and Oregonians… VERY friendly.  Like the strangers on the street, no one  in Portland is shy to give you a wide smile and a enthusiastic hello, possibly even a hug if you let them get that close!

The city itself is beautiful to walk around, there are gorgeous old buildings, bridges, parks… I wish I had time to see more, but I was only there for THREE DAYS! a very epic three days, indeed.

I know I’ll be back sometime, so maybe I’ll see you there!

Xox

Heidi J. Loos

Autumn brings awesome things!

For all of you in the Northern Hemisphere, in case you are bummed about the weather turning colder, the days getting shorter, and your sunkissed skin fading into winter white, here are some things to look forward to this fall!

1. TURKEY DINNER

turkey-because even if you don’t celebrate thanksgiving, getting together with friends and family for a delicious HOT home-cooked meal is da BOMB. And you don’t have to have a the turkey, if you are vegetarian or vegan, some scrumptious veggie stuffing, tofurky and garlic mashed potatoes, maybe some yams too, that’ll definitely do. Oh and also…

2. PUMPKIN PIE ….

pumpkinpie& Pumpkin-spiced lattes and pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cheesecake and other pumpkin-y treats! Because HELLO, it’s pumpkin season! (and if any of you aussies are reading this, a PUMPKIN is not a butternut squash, come try some real north american pumpkin and you’ll see what I’m talkin’ about 😛 )

3. BAKING

baking– because it’s just so much more satisfying to do when the weather is colder. Warm up your house and make smell like hot apples and cinnamon or melting chocolate or freshly baked banana bread- and if you don’t want to eat it because you watching your waist line, give it away! Lot’s of people have birthdays in the fall 🙂

4. HALLOWEEN

halloween1– the BEST holiday of the year! And all that comes with it, pumpkin carving, costume parties, adorable children knocking at your door in superhero outfits, and more TREATS…come on! Bikini season is miles away, JK

5. INDOOR FITNESS

indoorfit– don’t think its all about eating, there are tons of ways to stay active in the fall, why not go for a swim, join an indoor sports league? Indoor soccer, hockey, basketball, badminton, squash! Personally, I love going to the gym and then hitting up the sauna or steamroom afterwards, and in case you haven’t tried it, singing in a steamroom is way better then singing in the shower, the sound in these steamy spaces makes you sound like a rockstar!

6. CRAFTY THINGS

4972925879_ba84ab6856_o– didn’t you know that fall is craft season? All those art projects you’ve thought about starting but been to busy to get to all summer long or just couldn’t bother being cooped up while the weather was nice. Well, NOW is the time for: Drawing, painting, calendar making, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, beading, braiding, jewellery making, get what you need and MAKE something awesome.

7. BOARD GAME NIGHTS

balderdash– no excuses – it’s time to get your game face on. (Here are my top 5 game recommendations: Pictionary, Balderdash, Bonanza, Apples to Apples and Wizard!)

8. MOVIES & TV SHOWS!

vampdiaries -time to catch up on your favourite shows, re-watch your childhood classics, have a movie marathon- guilt-free- on a rainy day!

9. FALL READING,

books-get some book suggestions, read an old favourite, or a classic you’ve never had a chance to read. Curl up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and some tea…

and last but not least…

10. SNUGGLING!

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TIS THE SEASON TO FIND SNUGGLERS – buddy up, throw a snuggle party, have a snuggle train,  during these crisp autumn nights you no longer need to rip the covers off you and push your partner to the other side of the bed, so say it with me:

“Snuggle closer, babe, be my little spoon.”

YAY FOR FALL!!!!

xoxo

HJL