Bump n Grind - South Granville Grand Opening!

I was invited to the opening party of Bump n Grind Cafe grand opening. The South Granville location is their second location. The original location on Commercial Drive is well-loved by the neigbourhood. Owners Cheryl and Kyle Wright wanted to open their new location in a community-oriented neighbourhood, and found the perfect space on Granville Street and West 15th Avenue.

Bump n Grind is a multi-roaster cafe, where the owners search high and low across Canada for the best coffee. Coffees are rotated weekly to keep the menu fresh, and exciting.


Recipe: Cashew Milk

Since getting married, I've definitely let my diet go. I'm very sad to say, none of my dresses fit anymore. While I'm not on a path to get back to wedding skinny, I do want to feel better and have more energy. I did a three day DIY juice cleanse about a year ago, and I have been researching new recipes to try.

One juice cleanse drink I came across over and over again is cashew milk, specifically from Blueprint Cleanse. My version costs about $2.00 to make. The best part of using cashews is that you don't need to filter the milk like you do with almond milk. Just blend and drink.

Cashew Milk

Makes 4 cups

1 cup raw cashews
4 cups water (plus more for soaking)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 - 3 prunes
A pinch of cinnamon

Soak cashews for 2 - 3 hours. You can soak it for longer if you'd like.
Rinse soaked cashews under water until it runs clear.
Place drained cashews, and 4 cups of water, and the rest of the ingredients into the blender.
Depending on the type of blender you have, blend for 2 - 5 minutes until smooth.

I chose to use prunes as my sweetener. You can also use dates, figs, or syrups, such as agave and brown rice. You could also use different types of extracts, or use real spices.

What's your favourite nut milk?



Wedding Video!

6 months after we were married, we finally got our video. Watching it brings back all the wonderful feelings from that day. It is also great to see some of the moments that I missed.

Are you getting a videographer?

xoxo ~meesh


Review: Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil

I have been using eyeshadow to fill my eyebrows for years. I've tried pencils once or twice during this period, but I was never able to get a natural look, so I just gave up and went back to shadow.

When I first learned about Lioele's Auto Eyebrow Pencil I was intrigued. I had never seen a pencil shaped like an angle brush before.

The pencil comes in three colours: 01 Natural Brown, 02 Dark Brown, 03 Grey Black. See swatches here. I usually use dark brown eyeshadow, but when I went to Colormix in Hong Kong, none of the stores I went to had a sample of dark brown, so I picked up the Grey Black.

I was a little hesitant when I first picked this up. The colour didn't really show up on my hand, so I wasn't sure if it would be dark enough on my brows. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I used it the first time. The texture is slightly waxy, so it stays on your brows really well.

The angled tip helps to apply the product evenly, and you just use is like a brush. Because of its waxy texture, you don't need additional product to keep your brows in place.

The other end of the pencil is a spooley. You can use it to quickly brush your brows into place. The only comment I have about the spooley is that you have to remember to clean it frequently. It picks up the colour really easily, and you might inadvertently apply some colour on your skin where you don't want colour.


  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Stays on all day

  • None! I used it once, and never went back to using eyeshadow!
Would I buy it again?

What's your favourite brow product?



Review: Lee Kum Kee - Sauce for Spicy Garlic Eggplant

When I was young, I used to love Western food. Anything that wasn't Asian, I'd love. As I have gotten older, I feel more and more connected with my culture. I can't go a week now without having some sort of Asian cuisine. While I am always trying to learn how to cook Chinese food, it just isn't easy to master.

Luckily, there are many sauce and spice packets on the market now that can replicate the flavours of a dish that was made from scratch. I have tried other brands for Indian cuisine, so when I saw Lee Kum Kee, a trusted Chinese brand, I had to give it a try.

The packet was $0.99, and it's meant to serve 4 people.

In addition to the packet, the recipe on the back requires 2 eggplants, 3 oz of pork, and oil.

I had some okra in the fridge, so I through those in too.

I served the dish with some noodles, it would also go really well with rice.

All in all, I really like this packet. It was easy to cook, and took about 20 minutes to make. It tasted like the spicy eggplant dish I order from Chinese restaurants. I would definitely buy it again, and also try other flavours.

Have you tried these before?