Wine & Dine Local | Moneris & Mak N Ming

{Disclosure this post was sponsored post as part of an collaboration program with YMC & Moneris, however all opinions are my own}

I think one of the best things I love about Vancouver are the many hidden gems scattered throughout this beautiful city. The local and small business’s of restaurants and owners. It’s amazing every time I turn around there is a new trendy and delicious spot to check off my bucket list. Thankfully, I’m in almost every weekend and have been able to explore so many. Recently I had the chance to learn more and see this cute Mak N Ming Restaurant in the heart of Kitslanio.

Serving up menus to 28 seating guests for Dinner and Brunch. They can put together a whole course full of unique and tasty dishes. Selected menus can be found online. Prepared by chef Makoto Ono. Full of hand crafted, seasonal conscious meals. I love that they are 2018 Best Vancouver spots to check out and recently named on Conde Nast Traveler for 2019. Such a huge accomplishment for this small team with big hearts.

I’m also very excited that they are apart of the Moneris family. Helping to grow and complete transactions super easy. Making is such a breeze and lovely that they have such love for small business’s and big ones in Canada. Helping them along the way.

With so many growing places around it makes us so proud to be apart of this beautiful and inviting city. And have the best spots to check out on our doorstep! With a quick swipe makes it so easy to check out and be able to support small places like this that deserve our support. I challenge you to go out on our next date night out or restaurant visit to really make it a small locally owned business. It feels so much better, the love is really put into everything. The look, the vibes, the taste! You can always tell when a owner puts their everything into something for you to enjoy!

If your in the area and need a new spot to wine & dine at I suggest visiting this lovely location Mak N Ming. They are worth every little bit! Welcomes are always welcomed and if your feeling like you’d be safer with a reservation that works for them to!

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A Weekend Exploring Richmond with Vancouver Mom River Rock Casino Resort & Tourism Richmond | Places To Visit…

May Long Weekend!

Normally, we spend this time home working on the house, catching up on chores and just relaxing. But this year we were invited by Vancouver Mom to share a fun experience with River Rock Resort and Visit Richmond Tourism. To tour around this unique and bustling city full of secret little gems that our family fell in love with.

To be real honest, this was our first time really visiting Richmond. We’ve driven through plenty of times to get our butts to the airport but nothing like this. So needless to say we were really excited to try and see some new things. We of course started our little weekend journey by stopping into…

River Rock Casino & Resort

Beautiful! If we had to describe it in one word. It’s huge and it’s full of close by amenities. Which is always a huge bonus knowing you don’t have to walk far for things. The bus station, the skytrain station, pool & fitness centre. Huge ballrooms, Starbucks, the casino, a convenient store. Not to mention the Absolute Spa which I had the chance to visit for a massage. It was so relaxing and comforting in there. It was an absolute amazing experience at this spa.

There are also on site three restaurants The Buffet which we had the chance to try out one evening. Such great food and so many options to choose from. We filled up! Then you’ll also find Curve Lounge & Tramonto. All very amazing choices to choose from if you kind of want to stay close. And if you want to stay in you could always choose room service like us! Breakfast room service isn’t as fancy with kids as it is on movies though! haha Food was worth the craziness!

You’ll also find free parking along with Valet parking of course. I can’t forget to mention the poooolllll. I have to express my huge appreciation to River Rock Resort for putting so much love and attention into their family pool & hot tub. Our little ones played in it all night and day. It was a struggle to get them out. That’s how much they enjoyed it! With a 5ft seawater pool attached is a really fun rock waterslide. And off to the side real close is their hot tub! We loved every minute hanging out here. We came home so relaxed and refreshed with so many good things to say about our stay!

Steveston & Fishermans Wharf

Saturday morning first thing we packed up and hit up the Steveston area visiting the Fishermans Wharf. Walking along the dock forever.. It was just so beautiful to see all the boats and view. We stopped for some Ice cream of course and visited the Seafood Market which was a dream for us! We love seafood! We also explored cute little shops along the strip and just enjoyed our time and the sunny weather.

Rocanini Coffee

Drew and I wanted to treat ourselves a little so in Steveston we found this cute little cafe and ordered some caffeine to keep up with the little ones. We defiantly recommend visiting this place. It was delish and the nicest vibes to.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

If you love to learn a little bit about the area your visiting to you should visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It was really cool to learn more about the West Coast Fishing industry today and in the past. We know a lot of East Coast Fishing being from Nova Scotia so it was neat to see the difference.

Garry Point Park

This was a super cool spot to check out with lots along the way to see! Again, beautiful views. The kids just walked forever Saturday!

Spirit Tea

I was looking for this place. I needed a little “mommy minute” So glad we found it to. It was absolutely stunning. Serving tea in ever way imaginable. It was gorgeous to. I recommend the Strawberry to!

Richmond Night Market

Remember how I said everything is really close to the River Rock Resort?? Well this being one of them, the Richmond Night Market. It’s literally a rock throw away. Unreal! We simply just walked over one evening beating all of that parking and congestion on the road. So easy!

This was our first time and it was the coolest experience. Open Friday Saturday & Sunday 7pm-12am. We first hit up some yummy food. Ribs, Mango Strawberry Ice Cream with Shaved Ice. Pork, Ribs, Potato Wedges. Everything you could imagine. Once our bellies were full we took the kids around to play some fun games which they both won something little to take home.

So much to see there and enjoy. Booths along the middle full of things for sale to like a little market!

This post was in collaboration with Vancouver Mom, River Rock Resort & Tourism Richmond. All of my thoughts and opinions are of my own!

Vancouver Mom | Tourism Richmond | River Rock Casino Resort

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Hosting My First Social Media Workshop Event

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Jones Lake Family Day

Finally, we were so lucky to have such a beautiful day on this day off with the whole family. So we escaped to the quiet, no noise in the middle of nowhere Jones Lake.

We love this view, I mean how could you not! The mountains and fresh air. It’s just so relaxing. The kids had a great time just being free, running around throwing rocks into the water and relaxing.

We needed more days like this. The drive up may have not been the smoothest on this logging road, haha.. But it made for an entertaining drive that’s for sure! But is it really an adventure if it doesn’t scare the shit out of you just a little?? haha

The goofiest faces for photos and off they went to play. Hoping to catch up with more cool mountain drives this Summer with this beautiful, fun family of mine! Possibly camp up here… who knows… start the planning now!

Keisha Lynne, xx

Best Friends At The Park

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