Aunt’s Birthday Dinner


It was my one of my aunt’s birthday dinner back in November. I finally took the time to transfer the photos onto my hard drive so I can post them.

For birthdays in my family, it’s either we go to a restaurant or stay at home and have a feast. For my aunt’s birthday, we stayed at home and ordered take-out. It’s always a mixture of different Asian dishes – mainly Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Enough jibber jabber, let’s get on to the food!

 

Fried wontons.

Fried wontons.

Spring rolls. (A staple order for every big occasion we have.)

Spring rolls. (A staple order for every big occasion we have.)

Asian biscuits. (I don't remember exactly what they are).

Asian biscuits. (I don’t remember exactly what they are and I can’t read Chinese).

Duck. (My favourite!)

Duck. (My favourite!)

Siu yuk aka roasted pig belly. (I never like to eat this. It always gives me a sore throat.)

Siu yuk aka roasted pig belly. (I never like to eat this. It always gives me a sore throat.)

Yi mein. (There's a plastic cover on it, if you're wondering what that clear thing is.)

Yi mein. (There’s a plastic cover on it, if you’re wondering what that clear thing is.)

Shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp cocktail.

Vietnamese rice paper rolls. (So good!)

Vietnamese rice paper rolls. (So good!)

Sushi platter!

Sushi platter!

Imitation crab meat sticks.

Imitation crab meat sticks.

Banh Bot Loc aka clear shrimp dumpling - a Vietnamese dish.

Banh Bot Loc aka clear shrimp and pork dumpling – a Vietnamese dish.

Rice. (What's an Asian feast without rice? Haha.)

Rice. (What’s an Asian feast without rice? Haha.)

I don't remember what this is but one of my aunt's made it.  I think it has red bean in it. I know it's sort of sticky.

I don’t remember what this is but one of my aunt’s made it. I think it has red bean in it and I know it’s sort of sticky.

 

Aunt's birthday cakes. The left is a mango mousse cake and the right is your typical Asian cake (normal soft cake with icing and fruit).

Aunt’s birthday cakes. The left is a mango mousse cake and the right is your typical Asian cake (normal soft cake with icing and fruit).

My plate of cake. I'm pretty sure I had seconds, or even thirds, as usual.

My plate of cake. I’m pretty sure I had seconds, or even thirds, as usual.

What kind of dishes do you and your family usually have at big family gatherings?

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It's not new but I recently tried @traderjoes' Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage. It's vegan, gluten-free, soy free, and lactose and dairy free.
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To be honest, the only pumpkin spice thing I've tried is the drink from Starbucks and I rarely go to Starbucks. This has a strong cinnamon punch. If anything, it should be called 'Cinnamon Almond Beverage' because that's all I taste.
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It's not too sweet. It's got a creamy feel and is slightly smooth. You can definitely see the spices in the drink. It's not the greatest but not the worst. It actually grows on you.

Would I repurchase it? Nah. I'll stick to the traditional almond drinks.
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Had the Chocolate Caramel Cake from @ikeacanada at the end of September. Very rich and definitely hits that sweet tooth! While I've been vegetarian for a bit over a month now, that doesn't mean I can't eat delicious foods. The stigma against vegetarian/vegan food is ridiculous. I've been vegan in the past and I've had just as good vegan/vegetarian food as meat-containing products. If you know how flavours work, then you know how to make something delicious.
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The days of smelling like grease or smoky barbeque after a meal ar-gan. (Swipe ⏩)
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Also- keeping it real with this selfie taken in the bathroom, where I'll be using this product ✌️
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Featured (Swipe ⏩): @gardein Veggie Burger and @gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger.
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Maybe because of the grease, it really gave off that fishy, seafood smell I've encountered with fish and chips here. But after a while, it subsided and I was able to enjoy it. The soy taste isn't as prominent in this as other Gardein products but you can still see that because of it, the texture isn't the same. However, it is a good alternative for new vegans/vegetarians that cut out fish.
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Ate more than a pizza this...I ate the whole thing! πŸ•
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This Roasted Mushroom & Garlic pizza from @preschoice is actually pretty good! It's thin, cheesy, tasty, and the perfect personal pizza size. I couldn't taste any garlic but after it came out of the oven, the cheese was gooey and the perfect melt. I did use a toaster oven (when it said it's not recommended for one πŸ™Š), so it didn't come out as crispy as I would have liked. It still was good though!
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