Happenings Lately: Hawaii Planning, Good Eats and 4Angels Beauty Care

1 more week until Mr. Artist and I head off to Hawaii!! We are super excited to go on our first big trip together and I'm super excited for that place to be Hawaii. Unfortunately I'm also currently freaking out as the long term forecast predicts rain for the first couple days of our trip!

Honolulu weather forecast
You've got to be kidding me

Oh well, at least it will be warm. So far, our plans include spending a day at the local Polynesian Cultural Center to learn about the various Polynesian cultures and enjoy a luau and dance show, learning how to paddle board, and going on a snorkeling/whale watching boat tour! I also have a whole list of local eating spots I want to check out. Now that I know it might be raining the first couple days though, I feel a little deflated. What to do when it's raining??

Besides vacation planning, I've been spending my time catching up with friends and trying out new eats in the city. Two recent finds for me was The Wallflower on Main St. and Bistro Wagon Rouge on Powell. I'd first heard about The Wallflower when it was featured on The Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here and I was immediately intrigued by its mix of vegetarian/vegan and comfort food options. I went there last weekend with a friend to gossip and eat a delicious brunch of eggs benedict with goat cheese and figs - a STELLAR combination that still has me drooling now.


Fig and goat cheese eggs benny from The Wallflower Modern Diner. Photo: Just J
Yum. NEED MORE FIGS


Then just this past weekend, I visited Bistro Wagon Rouge, a cozy nook of a French restaurant tucked away in the industrial part of Powell St. A very strange location, but man was the food amazing. We started off the night with some refreshingly delicious beef heart tartare (trust me on how good it was!) and some tartine with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Then I ate the duck cassoulet which featured a roasted duck leg with sausages and crispy pork, all on a bed of creamy mashed beans. My dish was delicious, but not photogenic, so here's a picture of the beef bourginon, which was as amazing as it looks:


Delicious beef from Bistro Wagon Rouge. Photo: Just J
Mmm meat. Photo: Just J


Also on the weekend I got the chance to visit 4 Angels Beauty Care. Located on Burrard and Drake, 4 Angels just opened last month. 4 Angels offers a variety of face and body waxing services, threading, massage therapy and even henna and sari wrapping for weddings and events.

I visited the salon for my regular eyebrow threading appointment. For $22 my half-hour appointment included a brow consultation, threading and makeup application. This was my third time getting my brows done and I was very pleased with the excellent and attentive service I received at 4 Angels. My consultant was friendly and knowledgeable, with over 20 years of experience! I highly recommend threading as it leaves your brows clean and defined and my over-plucked brows are slowly growing back into a thicker shape. While the location of 4 Angels is a bit out of the way for me and the salon itself isn't as glamourous looking as others I have visited, I think I would go back as I found the service very friendly and efficient. You can even book online!



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