Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Don't Try This at Home!

I was absolutely dismayed when I saw the pile of jewelry rubbish Bridget gave to Jesee for "repair".  What I saw were casualties of a jewelry cleaning mishap from using a harsh chemical cleaner specifically designed for silver...imagine that!

He did his best to restore the once shiny and lustrous jewelry (which incidentally was purchased just a short time ago), but sadly the results were not successful. The chemicals had eaten away and destroyed the silver.  Jesee would need to re-create the pieces.

There is no need for this type of cruelty, please love your sparkly treasures and handle with care.  Follow these quick, easy and safe instructions and your jewelry will stay shiny forever.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

With Glowing Hearts


In a mere seventeen days, Izzy and Buds Jewelry Designs will have our own "storefront" at the Qortezan Artisan Market, a showcase of handcrafted items from local vendors displayed specifically during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

The opportunity for local artisans to proudly present their craft to an international audience of this magnitude is crazy! Just imagine the exposure!

The market is ideally situated in the designated pedestrian corridor where we will be mingling with athletes and visitors from near and afar. Free entertainment for the whole family including nightly concerts will just be a stone's throw away at the David Lam Park. As each day passes, it's hard not to get swept up in the excitement and fun we are about to experience.

Go Canada Go!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Tale of Two Restaurants

One night during one of Vancouver's famous torrential downpours, we popped into La Taqueria for a quick bite to get out of the rain and warm up.

The countless online rave reviews prompted us to try this little hole in the wall.  It was a fantastic finger-licking experience, as we devoured authentic tacos of Cochinita Pibil (pork in achiote and orange sauce), De Lengua (braised pemberton meadows beef tongue) and Rajas Con Crema (roasted poblano peppers with creamed corn, sour cream and mexican cheese).

Service was friendly, attentive and efficient and yes indeed, they are the best tacos in Vancouver!

Another hidden gem we need to give a shout out to is Pepe and Gringo's up in Squamish. On our way down from Whistler after a great weekend of Christmas sales, we met up with friends who recommended this because it had something for everyone - always a good thing when you're too tired to give much thought to what you really feel like eating.

The day seemed to never end, as we cautiously drove in the foggy winter conditions on the winding, unfinished highway of the Sea-to-Sky. We arrived cold and consumed. After reviewing the menu and reading that they served both Chicken Vindaloo and Butter Chicken accompanied with naan bread and rice, it was a no brainer...or was it?

Jesee and I had been listening to the eastern flavours of the Buddha Chillout Lounge which is what fostered our craving for Indian food in the first place, but who in their right mind orders Indian food from a restaurant called Pepe and Gringo's in Squamish, BC?

In short, our meals were incredibly flavourful, perfectly spiced and well presented. It far exceeded our expectations and I had to ask our server, "By any chance are the chefs in the kitchen Indian?".  We had our "a-ha" moment and continued to lick our plates clean.

Once again, cheery, friendly service and honest food will surely bring us back for another go at this neighbourhood fave (tucked away behind the Chevron station).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


When I first heard Maria Callas singing "Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix" it rendered me to near tears. Although, I didn't have a complete understanding of the lyrics, the emotions that she evoked from within completely caught me off guard.


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During the tranquil and restful Christmas holidays, I stumbled upon this awesome video of Bebo and Cigala. Listen, watch and feel - soon you will understand my love affair with Spain.