Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony Rehearsal — Free Tickets

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Update 04Feb: This contest is now closed. Will announce the winner of the 2+1 tickets later on today.

Some of you who follows will know that Arksensen and Nanzaro will be performing in the Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony. Until today, Suanne and I still do not know a single thing about the closing ceremony. Any question we had always been met with “I am not commenting” response followed by a change of topic.


The Vancouver 2010 organizers surprised the boys by giving them 10 tickets to the Dress Rehearsal of the Opening  Ceremony. Frankly, Suanne and I were more excited than them. Arkensen and Nanzaro is more excited about their other freebies than the the tickets.

This is NOT from us. This is from Arkensen and Nanzaro. They have decided to donate 3 tickets to as a give-away!!

We went and check if anyone is selling the tickets. Oh yeah, people are selling it at upwards of $250 per ticket on Craigslist. But you are going to get it for free on chowtimes. Here is how … (more…)

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How To Bake Apples

Besides all the dips, Minoo also demonstrated a dessert recipe in the South Arm Community Kitchen. It is simply Baked Apples. This is a great fall recipe when apples are in abundance.


These Baked Apples will be heavenly with some vanilla ice-cream.


  • 4 apples
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • ground cinnamon to taste
  • nutmeg to taste
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice


The aroma of baking with cinnamon is so enticing that your guests will feel hungry the moment they step into your home.

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Prep time: 20 minutes; Bake time: 20 minutes; Serve: 4


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How To Make Mixed Olive Tapenade

Among all the dips made in the South Arm Community Kitchen, this is my least favourite because olives is not my cup of tea. But this is great for those who loves olives like Minoo and Tanni.


I find that this Mixed Olive Tapenade is very salty.


  • 1 cup pitted, assorted green and black olives
  • two anchovy filets or two squirts of anchovy paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • juice of a lemon
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil


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Prep time: 15 minutes; Yield: 1 cup


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How To Make Red Pepper and Almond Dip

Red Pepper and Almond Dip is the best among all the dips made in the South Arm Community Kitchen. It is very sweet and has an amazing great flavours from the roasted garlic and roasted red peppers.


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Prep time: 45 minutes;  Yield: 1.5 cups


  • 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste



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