[FOOD REVIEW] Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Part 1 of a food series that features local Vancouver restaurants, friends having a good time, and a girl looking for something to do over the summer. This time, my friends Ginny and Jessica join me at a hip little pizzeria in Gastown, called Nicli Antica Pizzeria. This restaurant specializes in Neopolitan pizza and also serves various pastas and desserts. For more information about Nicli Antica Pizzeria, visit: http://www.niclipizzeria.ca.

Below is a video food review of my time at Nicli Antica Pizzeria:

 

Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Overall: 8/10

Nicli Antica Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

some downtown vancouver food pics.

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SPAGHeTÉI 
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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar 
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Five Guys
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Five Guys Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna
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Marutama Ramen
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Nook
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Thierry
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Chicco Cafe 
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le Crocodile Lunch Review

le Crocodile in Vancouver, BC at Suite 100 – 909 Burrard St. (at Smithe)
View le Crocodile’s website here

Tart made of goat cheese, a hint of tangerine, and topped with sesame seeds
Best part about this was that it was free ― compliments of the chef !
This was nice and flakey.  You can taste the tangerine but it doesn’t take away from the goat cheese flavour.  The sesame seeds were also a nice touch!

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‘le Crocodile Classic’ Tomato & Gin Soup (Appetizer #1)
Simple tomato soup is boring, so le Crocodile added some gin to spice things up!

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Fresh Pan-Seared Quebec Foie Gras (Appetizer #2)
topped with a Grilled Scallop, in a Calvados Reduction and served with Fresh Cantaloupe
This was one of their specials for today and I actually ordered this by accident.  When the waitress was introducing the lunch specials all I heard was ‘scallop’ and potato’ so I said I wanted this.  I completely missed the main part of the dish, which was the foie gras (French for duck/goose liver).  Duck liver didn’t sound like my cup of tea but it was surprisingly appetizing (and also very filling).

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[Maybelline Master Precise] VS [Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner]

I played with two new liquid eye-liners from my friend. Though initially I had not deliberately planned for this review/comparison, I thought.. why not :)

(I like drawing eyes, and please excuse my creepyish hand and the difference in skin colour due to different lighting and camera.)

LEFT EYE: Maybelline Master Precise

RIGHT EYE: Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner

-They are drawn on the back of my hand.
-I don’t have OCD; I only wash my hands a few times a day.
-Click on names for link to purchase. :)

[After 6 hours] I didn’t manage to get a photo of it right after I had applied them onto my hand, though they look almost, if not exactly, the same. The Maybelline Master Precise is on the left while the Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner is on the right.

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G-men Ramen @ Richmond

Yesterday G.E.M’s new song “Someday I’ll Fly” released its music video, so my friends and I decided to go to Richmond and have some yumyum ramen at G-MEN to celebrate :D (cus those two totally relate…(Naaah actually we just went to enjoy the food there.))

Here is the video by the way. Check it out!

This one’s OK. I like her other songs more. :D

Spending a whole hour to go to Richmond just to have ramen? Totally worth it.

This is how the restaurant looks like from where I was sitting.The service was excellent. (Don’t read this section if you have something better to do. Just know the service was splendid. Only filling the gap here cus I’m slightly obsessive compulsive. Slightly.) Unlike other restaurants I’ve been to, the people here actually know how to wait/serve and can execute it very well. The whole crew at the restaurant greeted us (Japanese style) when we walked in. The waitress was very polite and charming as she always had a smile on her face. Don’t worry she’s not on her phone. She’s actually taking your order! :) All in all, best service I’ve received in a loooong time.

My friends all ordered Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (Squaaaares don’t just choose the first on the menu! I joke I joke.)If you don’t like it oily, make sure to tell them when you order, though I actually liked the oiliness. OILOILOIL #obnoxioussounds

I ordered Tonkatsu Ae Soba, one of their top selling soupless ramen dishes. First bite, and I’m already lovin’ it. BADABABABA GMEN RAMEN.SO GOOD SO SO GOOD WHY DO I NOT LIVE BESIDE GMEN I WANT RAMEN FROM THERE ALL DAY ERR DAY

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[Music Journal] SWEAT – Final Project

During spring break, I was at this music production workshop-like thing (called SWEAT) at the Art Institute of Vancouver with some fellow co-bloggers.  At the institute, I was able to familiarize myself with the basics of Apple’s Logic Pro and I was also taught some songwriting tips.

On the third day of the course, we were assigned to produce an original track.  So after learning about things like ABACAB and keys, I started on my very first self-composed piece.

Listen to it here (my favourite part’s the end, so try to listen all the way):

Overall, the experience was very enjoyable and I feel like I learned a lot.  It definitely motivated me to keep exploring the world of music production.

(I also had a really great instructor. His website : http://dbernsteinmusic.com/fr_home.cfm)

my workstation

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beautiful desktop wallpaper LOL ;D

- JessHe