Once a Fan, Always a Fan!

I’m going to have to make a confession here!

I’m a Habs fan! For non-hockey fans or unfamiliar with NHL, its Montreal Canadiens team.

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Me..a few years back..around 2010 🙂

I’ve tried to escape this over and over again because of decisions that were made by higher management of the team that annoyed me.  BUT, every year the playoffs come around and everyone is hyped up, I can’t help but tune into the games and hope that they win.  For the last 2-3 seasons, they’ve been disappointing to say the very least. Even if, to this very day, they still haven’t right the wrong in my opinion.

On Friday night, curiosity took over the best of me and I watched the 2nd game of the playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.  It was actually pretty awesome.  I mean, I know almost no one on the team except some players that were traded or brought back on from before and it was all turning into younger players (at least thats what my boyfriend told me).  The teamwork was miles more intact than before.  Finally, they had gotten a group together that were willing to participate in this sport like a team.  I’m just hoping that it continues to stay that way.

Another thing, maybe its the new blood.  They stayed motivated even though they were in the lead.  They kept their head in the game and worked hard.  Sure, it didn’t feel like it was as intense as say a game against the “archrivals” such as Toronto Maple Leafs or Boston Bruins.  Let me insert that I’m happy they aren’t playing against the Bruins because its always tough and that team raises my blood pressure…No offense to anyone that supports them.  Lets just agree to disagree on that issue, k? To each their own! Plus, the “archrivals” are against each other for the playoffs which I think would be a fun game to watch.  Just who to cheer for is the question, right?

Back to the Habs, I really hope to see them win the Stanley Cup during my lifetime. It would be a pretty amazing experience.  I guess, when you are a Montrealer, the city is hockey.  There is no way to escape it. If you’ve been hooked, you will stay hooked!

Go Habs Go! Lets hope they keep it up in tonight’s game and for the rest of the series 🙂

Are you a hockey fan?  Do you have something (guilty pleasure or maybe something you secretly like) that you’d like to confess? 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Culture is such a broad term.  It does open up so many possibilities.

I was going to post about Montreal Canadiens or hockey culture here because our slogan for the team is “The City Is Hockey”.  Seeing as no one close to me is a hockey fan anymore and I mean a die hard hockey fan, its tough to find shots to take. Maybe I will showcase that on another post later on when I head over to walk around downtown.

Moving on, I’m most familiar with the Chinese culture because I’m emerged in it a lot of the times.  There are so many angles I could take with this. Dragonboat would’ve been in the sport culture angle.  There would be the cultural aspect of traditions and festivals. Today, I’m going to showcase some Chinese food culture.  You all know how much I love food and maybe I’ve talked about these specialties before but still, I like that concept for this challenge.

For breakfast and when we are sick, congee is the way to go!

Congee

Congee

For lunch, we have dimsum:

Fried Seafood Egg Rolls

Fried Seafood Egg Rolls

BBQ Pork Buns

BBQ Pork Buns

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

And sometimes for lunch, we have nice soup with noodles with delicious fish balls and Chinese radish 🙂

Noodles with Soup

Noodles with Soup

For dinner, we can have hot pot/Chinese fondue to warm us up in cold weather:

Chinese fondue

Chinese fondue

Or we can rice any time of day, whether its steamed or sticky rice (my absolute fave) especially with Chinese sausages 🙂

Rice

Rice

For dessert, we have sweet soup

Sweet Almond Soup with Gingko

Sweet Almond Soup with Gingko and Glutinous Rice Balls

One of the most popular (at least in my household) is sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potato soup

These ones are especially awesome because its with purple sweet potatoes.  These taste absolutely delicious 🙂

During Mid-Autumn Festival, we have dessert of Moon Cakes. These are made with lotus paste and usually have eggs inside.

Moon Cake

Moon Cake

If you haven’t noticed, whats dessert without some form of glutinous rice in it, right? So I’m going to add on Glutinous rolls.  These ones have mango in them but they were quite good 🙂 Plus, they are covered in coconut shreds!

Glutinous rolls

Glutinous rolls

I love looking at culture when I travel but as much as its extremely fun to look at other cultures and learning about them, being born in Canada makes me feel sometimes there is still so much I haven’t learned about my own origins. It makes it just as exciting of a journey whenever I try something new or see something different related to my own roots 🙂

This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture! Have a (deliciously) wonderful Thursday 😉