Yew Seafood + Bar

Hello again to all the foodies! Welcome back 🙂

Couple days ago, it was my 21st birthday and I wanted to share with you guys the birthday dinner I had!

This was my first time at the Yew seafood + bar restaurant and I was very excited to go! For any special occasions, I often go find a new seafood restaurant in Vancouver because seafood is my ultimate favourite. You can never go wrong! Yew seafood is located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, that is also connected to the Pacific Centre. Because it’s a restaurant in a high class hotel, I had high hopes for it and I can definitely say that it met up to my expectations! At first, I was very surprised with the interior and the aesthetic of the restaurant. It had a very high ceiling, extremely interesting interior inside but very luxurious. I also loved that it was an open kitchen, so you could see the chefs cooking the food and the kitchen’s environment as well. The service was also outstanding as my waiter was very kind and helpful to decide on our menus.

Here are some pictures of the inside of the restaurant:

 

Appetizer

We decided to order Tuna tartar as an appetizer to start with. I’m usually not a huge tuna person but I wanted to give it a shot and it was well worth a shot! The tuna was amazing with the sauce they had as it melted right as I put it in my mouth.

 

Main Dish

I ordered the Seafood pasta because you can never go wrong with seafood or pasta! I was pleasantly surprised with how well they cooked the seafood. It wasn’t over cooked or under cooked at all. It was simply great! The sauce was a lobster based bisque sauce, which was very rich and creamy.

My boyfriend ordered the Seafood Platter. The seafood platter included prawns, scallops, salmon and something. Not to mention, their plating was phenomenal. Very eye catching and well presented.

 

After all, I was very happy with the food at the Yew’s and I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a meal to treat yourself! The restaurant, the food and the service is great and it’s definitely one of the most luxurious places I’ve been. Especially for any special occasions, it would be a great place to go!

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Process Post #10: Multiple Channels, Multiple Media

In Class Exercise:

TransCanada- Receives Presidential Permit for Keystone

Which platform would you use and Why would you use it?

My partner and I decided that we would create a campaign and post it on Facebook for this project because Facebook would be the most efficient way to provide information, focusing on the concept of promoting benefits and pros of this project. Also, promoting this campaign in the perspective of the citizens of United States & Canada, not just focusing on the business’ model and benefits. However, it’s important to provide information that attracts the stakeholders because essentially, it’s goal is engage key stakeholders and neighbors throughout the communities to obtain permits and approvals. Another social media platform we decided to use is Youtube.  A video campaign will be a very efficient way to promote this campaign because by providing with visuals and information about this project, it can catch people’s attention, providing images with future benefits that they could gain from this keystone pipeline project.

Providing images such as a map, where the pipeline will take in place and who will it affect will be very informative and information to the citizens. Perhaps images of the pipeline and details of the benefits the project could give are an essential factor to be an effective campaign. Also, sharing the video from Youtube to Facebook will be another great way to promote the campaign to a larger audience! Choosing the right platform to promote something, whether that’s a campaign, a product, a person or anything is a very important factor.

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Process Post #9: Editing & Genres

For this week’s process post, we were told to create a story out of media only, absolutely no text to create it.

Since my blog is a lifestyle blog which the audience can see a glimpse of my life, I decided to create the story from my daily life.

 

Blog:

It’s been a while that I changed things up on my blog, so I’ve decided to change my front page picture. I’ve been very inspired of travelling as I have been planning my upcoming holidays during the summer! So, I decided to bring out one of my favourite pictures that I took in Japan when I went last year. I think the picture gives my blog a more cheerful and colourful look to my blog! I also downloaded the Jackpack plugin because it was recommended by a fellow classmate in our tutorial. She said it was a lot simple and easier than Google Analytics, so I decided to give it a try and see what it brings me. Also, I have installed the Hide Post plugin as well because I wanted to see how my front page would look with my recent posts. I wanted to hide all of my posiel posts on my front page because I didn’t want to confuse my audience with my school work that I was doing. However, when I put my latest posts on my front page, I rather thought it looked a bit messy and not organized. I didn’t really like the idea of how all of the posts showed up on the front page as it showed the whole blog post, not shortening them. I thought it was too much than I enjoyed and decided to stick with a static front page welcome sign for now. I think it looks a lot simpler and goes with what I want my blog to look like. I may change more things in the future as I play with more of the plugins and widgets on my blog, however I am pretty content with how my blog looks like right now!

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

Hey guys!

Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite dessert place in Downtown Vancouver.

If you live in Vancouver, you probably already heard about Nero Belgian Waffle Bar. It’s famous for its delicious and classic waffles they serve. They have two locations: Robson and Seymour. Due to high volume and its popularity among the people in Vancouver, they opened up a new store, which is located on Seymour street. They are both in the heart of downtown Vancouver, so many tourists and visitors can make a visit as well!

I’ve tried their waffles many times and I can definitely say that it’s one of the few waffles that taste great! Although I’ve never visited Belgium, I feel like Nero did a great job of giving the Canadian people a taste of what Belgium waffles taste like. The restaurant is always packed with people and often, there’s a waiting list, especially during weekend nights. However, the atmosphere of the restaurant is very energetic and fun! Not to mention, their staff are very kind and nice as well.

Here are the menus for the restaurant (found on http://www.nerowafflebar.com/)

They have a variety of choices of their waffles to choose from. One thing that I haven’t tried are the Mini liege waffles. They are smaller version of the waffles and they sell them separately or I’ve seen, coated with chocolate. I also haven’t tried any savoury brussels waffles but I personally don’t like waffles in a combination with other food. I like waffles that are simply with ice cream and fruits, just like a simple dessert!

Here are the Nero Classics that I tried last time I made a visit:

Heaven and Bresilienne 

The Heaven is with the strawberries and as you can imagine, the combination of strawberries, whipped cream and waffles are amazing! We don’t need any more description. I think the picture explains it all!

The Bresilienne was surprisingly very tasty as well. The roasted hazelnut and caramel was a great choice to pair with their classic waffles.

All and all, I definitely recommend this dessert place if you are stopping by in Downtown Vancouver. It’s a great dessert place to hop by if you’re a waffle-lover like me! 🙂

Please comment below what other dessert places I should visit and recommend me your favourite menu!

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Peer Review #3

For my third and last peer review, I got assigned to review Alice’s blog. Her blog can be found at http://alicealice.ca/. Entering into Alice’s blog, I first noticed the big banner she had which said “Busy doing nothing”. Her blog was very unique and different from the other blogs I have seen. It wasn’t a lifestyle blog, food or beauty blog, which many students’ blog is about, including me. Alice’s blog focused on pop culture, American and Korean. She had playlist of her favourite songs, as well as section for K-pop. Alice also had a section saying ‘Korean’, which had dramas, reality, movies and game. She only had reviews of dramas and all of the other was blank. It was very interesting that she had a section of ‘Dear Diary’, which she had random bits of her interests in life. One thing I noticed was that the posiel posts were hidden, which I really enjoyed because it doesn’t confuse her audience.

I could definitely see a specific audience that Alice was targeting from her blog. It was very clear that her audience was targeting young people, who are into pop culture, especially Korean pop culture as well. The vibe I received from her blog was that it was very trendy. She focuses a lot on what’s trendy at the moment and relate it very well to upcoming events in Vancouver. I could definitely identify what her interests are and what kind of audience she is targeting! I noticed that she linked her Instagram and Twitter account, which is always a nice touch to add on a personal blog because it gives the feeling of connection to the audience and the blogger. As Boyd (2014) mentions: “They choose to share in order to be a part of the public, but how much they share is shaped by how public they want to be” (pg.203). By looking at her social media accounts, the readers could have a grasp of what kind of person she is, the personality and notice how much she wants to share with the public.

Alice also put a component of ‘Song of the week’, which plays a nice role to market what her blog is about and her interests are. When I first enter the blog, it does have a bit of a plain look. I respect that she likes the minimal, simplistic look (so do I), but it doesn’t have a strong impact from the main page. The top menu she has does give a glimpse of what her blog is about, however I think she could add more things to give a stronger impact for the audience. I also think that she could include a ‘Contact’ menu for her audience when they want to contact her for any reasons. One thing that came up to my mind that could be very interesting and useful for her audience is that, a menu (section) of simply focusing on upcoming events, whether that’s concert or new series of shows. I definitely think she could add more components to make a closer relationship with her audience, as it will help the blog grow. Overall, Alice’s blog is very unique and trendy! Great work.

 

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K-Beauty Favourites

As of you guys know, I am Korean, living in Canada and I must admit that Korean beauty products are my favourite! There are so many Korean beauty products that are so affordable with great quality and overall, they have such a diverse range of products. I can definitely say that half of my makeup collection is Korean and whenever I visit Korea, I make sure I stock up on my favourite beauty products! Don’t get me wrong,  I love Western/American beauty products as well but something about Korean products interests me more because I think it suits me better because it targets to Asians skin tones and such. K-Beauty products have definitely been trending all over the world lately and it’s very interesting to see how many people love the products!

Here’s a sneak peak to my favourite K-Beauty products. It was tough to narrow it down, but I managed to pick my all time favourite 6 items.

 

Product #1 & #2:

#1: The eye shadow pallet is from Etude House. I’ve picked the shades I want individually and bought a separate quad pallet to put them in since it’s more convenient.  There’s a nice, big mirror (which I covered for photo purposes). This is my everyday neutral colours that I grab for in my make up routine!

#2: Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner, #1 Beige Shine by Clio. This is a champagne-pink eyeliner that I love to use as my inner corner highlight. It’s very subtle but enough to brighten my inner corner. It’s definitely a pick me up kind of product.

Product #3 & #4:

#3: Color My Brows Max #04 Natural Brown, by Etude House. This brow mascara is a very natural brow mascara and apply smoothly. I’ve used this product countless times and I’m still reaching for it. It’s such an affordable product that I can’t say no to it. I always need a brow mascara to help me match my hair colour and this product does the trick!

#4: Skinny Waterproof Mascara by Innisfree. This mascara has the tiniest mascara wand that you’ll ever see. It’s made to target the small lashes that you can’t get with a big mascara wand. I use it for my lower lashes and works wonders. It’s a great concept that works well with my short bottom lashes.

Product #5 & #6: 

#5: Akma Base Cushion, Lalavesi. Cushion foundation has been a trend that started the K-Beauty trend and hands down, this is one of the best cushion foundations in the market. This brand is a hard brand to reach, however their products are phenomenal. There’s a lot of formulas, colours to the actual cushion compact case you can choose from. It’s a medium to full coverage cushion foundation and I have definitely used more than 5 refills of this.

#6: Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask, MediHeal. This sheet mask has been my ultimate favourite sheet mask ever. I always stock up on this product whenever I make a visit to Korea. It calms the skin as well as moisturize it and fits to your face like a glove. The brand MediHeal is famously known for their sheet masks and has a massive collection of it. I highly recommend you try their sheet masks!

 

These were my top-pick K-Beauty products that I wanted to share with you guys. Let me know down below if you guys have Korean beauty products that you want to share or let me know which products I should try!

Always, Thanks 🙂

 

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Process Post #8: The Global Picture

For this week’s process post, I’m analyzing my Google Analytics. When I installed Google analytics at the beginning of the semester, I’ve always went back to see the dashboard and see the result every time I logged in. It’s very interesting to see how many viewers you get and what kind of content they are interested in and so on. I think this is a great tool to really analyze what the my audience likes and enjoys on my blog. Analyzing what kind of content my audience likes and attracts them can definitely help me create content that’s gonna bring more people and get more views to my blog!

I really liked the fact that I could see how many page views I got in the past week or so. I always thought no one was really interested in my personal blog and I didn’t get much viewers. However, with Google analytics, I found out that more people were coming to look at my blog and read my content, which was surprising. I could definitely tell that the day I posted something or the day after, I got more page viewers and such. This helped me to realize that I could really space out on the days I post my content. I used to post something twice a day, or the day after I posted another, but with the help of Google analytics, I learned to space out my posting so it could bring more people to my blog.

Also, what surprised me the most was the fact that actually many people were coming back to read my blog. I thought the people who came to my blog would read one post and never come back, but a significant amount of people were returning users, 32% coming back within the last few weeks! I could surely see that people were waiting for my upcoming posts and learned how to incorporate a sneak peak of my future post to make people come back in the future. In addition, after I put the ‘Contact’ menu on my blog, I found that many people have clicked it and I guess, somewhat interested in to contact me. It has only been a week I created the contact menu but it was one of the top, most viewed page on my blog! It’s nice to see the changes I’m making in my blog makes a difference and attract audience.

I definitely think that my audience is young people (20’s-30’s) that lives around Vancouver. I found that many people around the cities here come to read my blog, most likely because of my foodie post and lifestyle post which is based on Vancouver. It wasn’t surprising to see that many women come to read my beauty posts, but a lot of people have men have been coming as well. I always limited my audience to females due to thinking many men wouldn’t be interested in my personal blog because originally, I was focusing on beauty. However, incorporating foodie post and lifestyle post has surely brought more male to my blog and broadened my audience. Analyzing Google Analytics, I’ve learned to see what kind of audience I have for my blog and the unexpected factors that shows up. I learned how to use this tool to create certain type of content for my blog and broaden my audience!

Tracking App: For the past week, I’ve been trying to motivate myself to drink more water by bringing my portable water bottle. However, it’s not an easy change for me, therefore I’m lacking to drink more water. I’m catching myself to drink water just so I can track it. Also, I’m struggling to record how much I’m drinking due to laziness and simply just forgetting about it. I sometimes get notifications from the app to drink water, which is a nice reminder for me to drink water and record it!

Glimpse of my tracking app for the past few days:

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Pizzeria Spacca Napoli

Hi everyone!

I wanted to write a review of this restaurant that I went over the weekend! I drove past this restaurant countless times over the years, but never made a visit. I always wanted to go and try their food, but somehow I never had chance till now… This is a Italian Pizzeria restaurant placed in Port Moody, called Pizzeria Spacca Napoli . It claims to be a traditional Italian cuisine! Although I’ve never been to Italy, I think it’s safe for me to say that I’ve got a glimpse of what real Italian food tastes like. I went on a Sunday night, so it was packed with people and I had to wait for a bit to get seated.

I ordered two pizzas: Margherita, Boscaiola and pasta of the day which was a linguine with pesto, basil, zucchini. All of these pizza were brazier style pizza, which we could see the pizza coming out of the brazier as the chef cooks them. I wasn’t expecting much from the pasta, however I was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was! The two pizzas were just as delicious and I have to say their dough and cheese they use are quite amazing. Although I’m not a thin crusted pizza fan, their dough was good enough for me to enjoy the food. It was chewy and soft, which made it easier to eat. Also, the cheese was something that I was happiest with. It was so delicious and also chewy, something that I can never eat at home. Overall, I was very happy with the food and the service there.

Closer look at the food:

One thing that has to stand out for me to be satisfied with the restaurant is the atmosphere. The atmosphere this restaurant had was very nice, calm yet busy, the big fire pot they had definitely symbolizes their famous, authentic pizza they sell. Also, I really liked how they had marbled pattern tables, it surely stood out that they were very ‘trendy’. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves pizza and Italian food! I think I definitely would go back in the future.

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Process Post #7: Marketing, Audience, & Analytics

Since this is week 8 and I feel more comfortable to blogging and knowing my audience, lately I’ve been focusing on how to improve my blog for my audience that I have. Over the past week, I’ve changed couple things on my main sidebar menu and I have added ‘Contact’ to my main menu bar. After Suzanne has mentioned about this in lecture, I thought that having a Contact menu, where people can click to contact me for any reasons, at any times will be efficient and increase my interaction with my audience. As of now, I think I can say that I am pretty happy and satisfied with how my blog looks like and its functions. I think that I can surely think of more things to help me increase my interaction with my audience and having to promote myself to the audience but I don’t necessarily want to promote my blog through my social media.

Here is what I’ve added and how my blog looks like as of now:

Furthermore, the lecture that we had this week made me think deeper into monetization. I never necessarily thought that I needed to monetize my blog because I just simply didn’t feel the need of it. However, I think that monetizing can be a very interesting aspect that I can take on to take my blog into a next level. I always thought that ads on blogs or any other websites are very annoying and useless. Although it’s annoying, I know that the ads actually works and is effective. I think that having ads that are relatable to my posts and my blog in general can be helpful for my audience and myself. I think that it’s important to have a limit on the number of ads that shows up on the blog because an excessive amount can cut down the visitors for my blog. I won’t know how many ads are acceptable until I actually put ads on my blog and experiment with it. As of right now, I’m not 100% sure if I want ads in my blog. I’m leaning towards not having ads on my blog and not monetize it because I think that monetizing the blog will require as much as more work that needs to be put in. In the future, if I decided to monetize my blog, I will use Google Adsense to put ads and monetize it. I will have to choose what kind of ads are put into my blog and only use the ones that are relatable to my blog, so there’s no random advertisements that are showing up.

Tracking App: So far, I’ve been good at tracking my water usage everyday. Although the information may not be 100% exact, I’ve been reminding myself to keep tracking everyday. I think it’s safe for me to say I have failed to motivate myself to drink more water through this tracking app. It has help me stay motivated at first for the first couple weeks, but after that my water drinking was pretty much exactly same as it was before I started this tracking. I have noticed that the days I work, I drink more water because I get more dehydrated and thirsty  because I talk and move around a lot more. Therefore, I’ve been trying to drink more water for the days that I’m at school and don’t work.

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Process Post #6: Publishers/Authors/Texts

For this week, I’ve spent a lot of time on thinking about how my blog looks like to my audience and comparing the differences/similarities with my favourite bloggers that I visit.  I often get inspiration from my favourite beauty bloggers such as the overall theme, the vibe that the blog has, certain ideas for my posts and many more. I don’t directly copy anything from their blogs because that would be copying their hard work and would cause copyright issues, but getting inspirations from them definitely helps me to be creative with my blog and create my audience.

I have also been thinking about couple strategies that could help me interact more with my audience and to help me build my community. I’ve added a plugin ‘Email Subscribers’, which people could put their name and email to be subscribed to my blog, receiving emails when there’s a new post. This will definitely help me build my own community around my blog and bring people come back to my blog, creating a bigger community. Other than writing comments  like: ‘Comment below and tell me your favourite products’, this plug in will be a very beneficial strategy that can physically make visitors to come back and I hope it really works!

Remix:

Remixing something to catch the reader’s attention to my posts are surely important to have and a great strategy to use. For my previous post ‘February: Beauty & Fashion Wishlist’, I’ve created a collage of products that I wish to get my hands on. Creating this collage wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done and definitely took some time. However, conclusively, I think that a collage is a great representation of the my main message and catches the reader’s attention quicker. It’s a much faster way to know rather than scrolling down to see what products there are and see the details. I’ve also provided a list of the products with the details for people who really wants to know what kind of products they are. As many bloggers has used this strategy, I think that it’s definitely a good and easy, start up strategy to remix and attract attention.

Here is a picture of the collage I’ve created:

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