Foodie Finds

Bao Down


I recently went to Bao Down Gastropub + Raw bar for my birthday (twice in one weekend actually!) and enjoyed it so much that I have to share my experience.  They opened in February 2015.  I had been hearing about this place a lot but never gave it a try until a friend recommended we go there for our joint birthday celebration.  Well, I’m so glad we did!  My parents had even suggested we go there for my birthday celebration with the fam, but I suggested elsewhere since I was already going the same weekend.  During my meal though, I messaged my family to say we could go there the next day after all, since there were SO many other items I wanted to try! haha  Their menu was filled with Asian Fusion dishes and their restaurant had a cool Hip Hop feel to it.



Over the two days, I got to try the following dishes:

  • Fly Hawaiian Poke – Albacore Tuna w/ Sesame-Shoyu
  • Throw Backs – Bao Chicka Bao Bao (mini baos, taco style)
  • Lettuce Wraps – Sizzling Pork
  • Green Papaya Salad
  • Alberta Beef Short Rib Kare Kare
  • Same Same but Different (pad thai noodles)
  • Garlic Fried Rice
  • Halo Halo (dessert)

I would consider all of these dishes comfort food, with the exceptions of the tuna poke and papaya salad.  All were delicious and I’d recommend trying all of them!  My top 3 favourites would have to be the Throw Backs, Green Papaya Salad, and Same Same but Different.  My least favourite would probably be the Short Rib, as it was a bit too salty for me.  The Halo Halo was an epic complimentary birthday dessert!  Very cool presentation but not quite my style as I usually try to avoid dairy and don’t like red bean or purple yam ice cream…but I tried some anyways and it was a cool mix.



Here’s a breakdown of my overall experience!


  • Cool atmosphere, loved the wall mural and the hip hop music
  • Great menu selection
  • Awesome service, great staff!
  • Food was delicious and well-made


  • The saucy dishes (lettuce wraps and short rib) were a bit too salty for me
  • The plates we received for the birthday cakes on Saturday were covered in soya sauce and vinegar – honest mistake but giving you my full review🙂
  • For the complimentary birthday dessert on Sunday, might have been a good idea to check if the birthday girl had a dairy-allergy first lol but I appreciated it nonetheless!


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!  The staff was friendly, welcoming, and on top of things.  Our water glasses were never empty, our table was constantly being cleared, and we were checked on regularly by not only our server but other staff.  The food was delicious and I’ll definitely be going back on another cheat day.  The Olympic Village & Gastown locations have slightly different menus, so check them out online and take your pick!



Love Yourself

I turn 30 today!


The big 3-0.  It has finally arrived.  Do I feel different?  No, not really…but every birthday is equally as special, as I excitedly look ahead to see what the next 365 days may have in store for me!

Guys, I had the most amazing birthday weekend.  Spoiled with thoughtful and generous gifts, fed incredibly delicious food, and showered with so much love by my friends and family.  It was an unbelievable amount of fun.  I celebrated at Bao Down Gastropub (twice!), and had birthday drinks & appies at Kuma Izakaya in Yaletown…both amazing places that I highly recommend.  Restaurant reviews to come😉

Now that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my birthday celebrations and indulged in enough cheat meals to last me the month, I am ready to re-calibrate and get re-focused on my goals.

My 30th will be a year of TRANSFORMATION and finding a maintainable routine to allow me to lead a healthy lifestyle with ease.  When I look back to a few years ago to when I had just started working out consistently and learning how to eat truly healthy (not the “100-cal snack packs” kind of healthy, but the “whole foods, clean eating” kind of healthy), it’s mind blowing how far I’ve come.  Now I feel the withdrawal when I’m away from the gym for even just a couple of days, and I no longer crave the greasy or super artificial foods that I once did.  Everyone needs to start somewhere and with consistency/effort/time, you’ll see that it naturally becomes a new standard for yourself.  So never feel discouraged if you’re not where you want to be yet.  If you stay focused and take action, you’ll get there.

With that said, I am committed to:

  • train at the gym regularly, following my coach’s plan
  • meal prep and fuel my body properly
  • hydrate more (drink 4L of water/day when training)
  • pamper myself regularly as part of self-care
  • write weekly affirmations to attract more awesomeness into my life
  • compete in the Leigh Brandt Muscle Classic (March 18th, 2017!!)
  • complete my ACE Fitness personal training course by March 2017

Be sure to follow my journey here and on Instagram @xosheenalouie!

I am more focused on my fitness and overall well-being than ever, and I’m excited to continue on my personal growth journey…mentally, physically, and spiritually!  It’s going to be amazing year.



Tony Moly Products




  • Fills in pores without clogging them
  • Creates a smooth canvas for your foundation
  • Helps keep makeup stay fresh longer


  • Don’t love the packaging, would prefer a pump or squeeze bottle
  • Hard to spread evenly, it’s like a thick paste



  • Refreshing
  • Doesn’t ruin makeup
  • Nice, light fragrance
  • One for each skin type
  • Cute bunny packaging


  • Some may be irritated by artificial fragrance
  • Not a significant result
  • Lid breaks easily



  • Nice, cooling effect
  • Soothes skin and helps with under eye puffiness
  • Cute packaging


  • Applicator is not the most sanitary



  • Does what it says
  • Good price for the quality


  • Some have a strong artificial fragrance



  • Nice, light fragrance (and lots to choose from)
  • Long-lasting smell
  • Cute packaging
  • Convenient to put in purse


  • Doesn’t feel that nice on the skin when applying



  • Feels very refreshing (similar to aloe gel)
  • Soothing on the skin
  • Anti-aging and hydrating skin health benefits


  • Strong artificial fragrance
  • A bit sticky, but eventually absorbs



  • Convenient pump bottle
  • Known to improve elasticity of damaged hair
  • Can be used in shower on wet hair or after shower on damp hair


  • Results are not noticeable

Have you tried Tony Moly products before?  Which ones are your favourite?


Beauty, Lifestyle, Skincare

My Saje Wellness Haul


Picked up some new products from Saje recently and absolutely LOVE them.  All of the smells make me feel relaxed and happy, I just love breathing them in.

Goddess Natural Fragrance Roll-on Perfume
Consists of: sweet florals, uplifting citruses and rich vanilla.
Purpose: to connect us with our femininity, to uplift the spirits and to instill feelings of love, happiness and even euphoria.
My Review: It’s a nice light scent, not too overpowering.  If you like a stronger scent, you may need to reapply but I will happy with the strength.  And yes, it does make me feel a bit of euphoria🙂

Goddess Euphoric Mist
Consists of: ylang yang, neroli essential oil, jasmine, and rose.
Purpose: helps balance hormones, instills feelings of peace and harmony, encourages feelings of confidence, and comforts the heart.
My Review: Similar to the Goddess roll-on above, and nice to use on my pillowcase.  I don’t see myself using this a lot but it a nice, happy scent.

Sweet Things Euphoric Body Lotion
Consists of: jasmine, rose, and sandalwood.
Purpose: same as Euphoric Mist but sweeter🙂
My Review: Absolutely love this body lotion!  It’s light, spreads well, smells beautiful and moisturizes very well.  It consists of essential oils but does not leave your skin excessively oily, just nicely hydrated!

Muscle Melt Comforting Mango & Shea Body Butter
Consists of: sweet birch, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and roman chamomile.
Purpose: help soothe and relax overworked, stiff and tired muscles while nourishing and hydrating your skin.
My Review: This body butter is very moisturizing but I’d recommend only using it before bed.  It’s very thick and the scent is stronger than the body lotion above.  It does a nice job at moisturizing, just a bit heavy/sticky for going out with.

Kiss Mint Breath Freshener
Consists of: spearmint, peppermint, and fennel.
Purpose: to freshen breath and revitalize the senses.
My Review: This breath freshener is great!  It’s not overly strong and shocking like Listerine or those other brands.  It’s very gentle yet does the job.  There are two different mint flavours, so you can choose based on personal preference.

Hope this helps with your next Saje shopping experience!  As I was getting these links for you, I noticed a few more items I’m already planning to get on my next visit…like the Sunshine Smoothie body scrub and some essential oil blends for my diffuser.

What are your favourite Saje products?


Foodie Finds, Nutrition

Tractor Foods

There are several amazing salad bars around Downtown and I usually find myself at the Korean-owned one in International Food Court because they have a huge variety of salad toppings and hot foods (including jap chae, meat balls, chicken, baked broccoli, and spring rolls), and I can elaborate on them in another post…but when I’m feeling like a more upscale salad bar with a nice sit down area so I can dine with friends, then I’ll head to Tractor Foods.


My favourite combo:
Roasted Cauliflower + Chickpea – Roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, radicchio, orzo, kalamata olive dressing
Kale + Chickpea – Kale, shredded parmesan cheese, roasted chickpeas, toasted almond, with a lemon tahini dressing
Seared Albacore Tuna Steak
Grilled Avocado



Comes to about $14 and is VERY filling.  Their Butternut Squash Soup is also delicious and perfect for a rainy day.

There are locations in Downtown on Burrard St, in Kits on West 4th and now in Olympic Village on Quebec St.  You can also order take-out online and it’ll be ready for you upon arrival.


Where are your favourite salad bars?



Product Reviews

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Wireless Earphones


Bluetooth wireless earphones are a GAME CHANGER.  If you enjoy listening to music or audiobooks while doing anything, you need to get yourself a pair.  No more having to carry your phone on you all the time because it’s attached to your earphones, and no more getting tangled in the cords while lifting weights or doing anything.


These SoundPEATS earphones are the perfect way to have the luxury of wireless earphones without breaking the bank!  I love them, and it’s hard to believe they’re only $25.99 CDN on Amazon.


Included is this nice carrying case to keep them safe, with enough room to fit the charging cord, the other earpieces that come with it, regular earphones as backup, etc.

The Breakdown:

Sound Quality – 9/10
I haven’t had any problems with the clarity or the volume, and many Amazon reviews state these are comparable to JayBirds!

Functionality – 8/10
Does all that I need it to do (play music, adjust volume) and does it well.  It does lack a mic, for those who want one to make calls from.

User-friendly – 10/10
I find it super easy to use and to connect to my phone.  When you power on/off and connect, a voice notifies you and a specific colour LED light flashes.

Design – 8/10
I wouldn’t mind if the earpiece was smaller and lighter, but they still stay in very well considering.  I love the green colour that I have, and that they have several different colour options.  I also like the flat cord look, makes it more durable too.

Value – 10/10
$24.99, guys.  How could you go wrong?

Overall, these earphones are amazing and I highly suggest you get a pair.  I’ve been buying them as birthday gifts for my friends and no complaints whatsoever.

So what are you waiting for?  Buy them now using the link below!

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Stereo Wireless Earphones for Running with Mic (6 Hours Play Time, Bluetooth 4.0, IPX4 Sweatproof, Secure Ear Hooks Design) – Black & Green


Fitness, Lifestyle, Love Yourself

Say Good-Bye to your Excuses!

Bear with me! It’s going to take me some time to get comfortable talking in front of the camera. Thank you for watching anyways and I hope you take something away from each of my YouTube videos!  Please be sure to subscribe🙂

Also, here’s the link to the SoundPEATS wireless bluetooth earbuds:

They’re amazing and you all need to get a pair! I will be posting a review here in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! (I’m not sponsored, I’m just incredibly impressed by the quality and price!)