Sizzling with Langleys Hidden Thai Gem: Ban Chok Dee

20 Jul
Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

I was Thrilled to visit Ban Chok Dee and meet the lovely, talented Chef Parinya. She shares her passion and love for Thai cooking with me. I immediately labelled Ban Chok Dee as “Langley’s Hidden Thai Gem”. I was invited as Celebrity Guest Host to the Thai cooking class.  I really enjoyed cooking outside on the patio. What a great idea for a Bachelorette party or just for a fun girls day out! The ambiance is inviting and the outdoor seating is so urban Chic. Add to this a nice bottle of white wine or  refreshing Sangria and you have a recipe for success!

Parinya with wine


Seating Ban Chok Dee

Laurie hard at work

As Celebrity Host of  Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars(Gene Simmons, COCO Rocha, Shannon Tweed,Darryl Lenox, ) I’ve cooked alongside some amazing chefs such as TOJO, Chef Parichat (Pink Elephant Thai), and Daniel Craig (haha, Not James Bond, but Chef Dan Craig formerly of EBO Restaurant). I Recently met and traded Cooking secrets with Miss Vicki of Miss Vicki’s Chips.

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle


Gene Simmons with Laurie Belle at TOJOS


Football Hero Geroy Simon with Chef TOJO and Host Laurie Belle

Ban Chok Dee : Chef Parinya

We made four scrumptious dishes: Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao and Panang Curry,  I started off cooking Tom Yum Goong with Black Tiger Prawns, mmmm.  I will certainly be adding this recipe to my cookbook. We used  Galanga Root, Lime juice, tomatoes, Tom Yum Paste, lemongrass (Gives such a yummy aroma), red onion, fish paste, mushrooms, and cilantro.

Orange Dish of ingredients

All the ingredients were fresh from T&T Supermarket, Hen Long Market, and Asia Market. I love this soup as it is so healthy yet brimming with flavors and so light. YUM!

Here is my finished product: I am proud to say I received an A for this one!


Tom Gai

We then moved onto the Panang Curry. I used fresh slices of beef, Panang Curry Paste, Coconutmilk, lime leaves and Thai small eggplant (Pictured below), green and red peppers and sugar to season.

Green beans longeggplant

What’s fun about Thai Cooking is you can tailor the amount of SPICE and coordinate with various meats. I enjoy very SPICY, so this type of Cuisine absolutely appeals to me.

My next favorite dish that was featured was: Pad Kra Pao with Chicken

. Thai Chicken dish

You simply assemble chicken breast, onion, green and red peppers, Fresh Thai Red chilli, Soya, Long green bean, Oyster Sauce and Holy Basil Leaves, so fragrant, so tasty. There are two types of Basil used in Thai Cooking: HolyBasil (Kra Pao, and Sweet basil (Hora-Pa).

Basil Leaves on ice

Did you know that Thai Ingredients work as fantastic Beauty products too. Lime Juice is wonderful for your hair, and Turmeric is great for your skin. Just simply grate turmeric in a stone dish and apply to your face. VOILA! Instant face brightener.

I finished with the famous Pad Thai. SO simple to make but uses up to 19 ingredients. It does have a few steps to it, and sure does rely on timing.

Pad Thai ingredients

It was a great experience visiting Ban Chok Dee and cooking with the engaging Chef Parinya. You will Enjoy learning authentic Thai Dishes in a fun and informative cooking class. Try some of the excellent Wines they have on hand and embark on an unforgettable Thai Experience.

Chicken Pad Kra Pao


Host Laurie Belle enjoying the fruits of her labour

You can follow me for more adventures on Leftcoasttv/twitter, and for more information on Chef Parinya and Ban Chok Dee


Miss Vickies Kitchen gets Cooking with the Stars

2 Dec
Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

Vickie Kerr of Miss Vickies Chips and now currently Miss Vickie’s Kitchen met up with Host Laurie Belle of Get Cooking with the Stars (Darryl Lenox, Gene Simmons,  Tojo, Coco Rocha, Amanda Tapping). The two foodies and fashion loveres chatted everything from chips to entrepreurship and future tv plans. Check back soon as our host Laurie Belle meets with Comedian Darryl Lenox at  yuk yuks. Darryl has been on our show 3 times and plans a 4th appearance2-lor-tojo-and-geroy-photo-by-dan-poh.Screen-shot-2012-09-28-at-11.10.07-PM

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Get Cooking with the Stars visits Jetset Crew Halloween Soiree

7 Nov
Karen Holness, Sharon Taylor

Karen Holness, Sharon Taylor


Adrian Holmes, Jaime Callica

Adrian Holmes, Jaime Callica

Jamie Goehring

Jamie Goehring


Craig Stowe and Foxy Brown

Laurie Belle

Laurie Belle with Freddy Kruger

Mashiah Vaughn

Mashiah Vaughn

10420217_10154749464100181_7446248895909479240_n15086279704_0f93b76c54It was no Tricks only Treats at the lavish Halloween Soiree held at the luminous Sutton Hotel. Laurie Belle  (Get Cooking with the Stars, Leftcoast TV) which highlights celebrities and cooking on a global scale  (Gene Simmons, Coco Rocha, Amanda Tapping, Martin Sheen, Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor ) caught up with Talents Karen Holness, (Corner Gas), Adrian Holmes who starred alongside Halle Berry in Frankie and Alice, (Arrow, 19-2) , Jaime Callica Inc, and Massiah Vaughn (Dussault Inc, Steve Nash). Lesley Diana ( Promotion People) publicity firm to some of the most notable talents in North America (Emmanuelle Vaugier, Darryl Lenox) helped coordinate the celebrities and press. The ghoulishly Glam event included the four C’s :Costumes, Champagne, Canapés, and Celebrities.  Veuve Clicquot  bubbly was flowing throughout the evening and JetSet Crew Hosts Craig Stowe and Jamie Goehring were gracious.. It was a fun filled evening and an always memorable event with the JetSet crew! Check back soon to hear more of Laurie’s Adventures in cooking and entertainment. Follow us on twitter/leftcoasttv.15520833128_7c7a260922Laurie Belle and Maverick (Top Gun)

Get Cooking with The Stars visits Francesco’s Ristorante Italia

13 Nov
Laurie Belle

Laurie Belle of Get Cooking with the Stars visits Francesco’s Ristorante for “Welcome Foodies” gala.


Marketing Director: William Urrea with associated press.


Martin Sheen, Don Francesco, Ramon Estevez

Francescos Group

Creative Director Direct TV, General Manager , Laurie Belle, Marketing Director William Urrea

1001285_413385175455734_2093253715_nHost Laurie Belle (Get Cooking with the Stars, Leftcoast TV) was invited to the Welcome Foodies event held at the picturesque Francesco’s Ristorante Italia. Joining Laurie was Publicist Lesley Diana (Promotion People) and Direct TV (Rogue) Creative Director Kelly Beck.

Special Guests to Francesco’s were actor Martin Sheen and son Ramon Estevez. Press for the evening included: WE Vancouver, Vancouver Magazine, Leftcoast TV, NotableCA, Straight Food, Georgia Straight, WHERE Vancouver, Rogue Direct TV, Promotion People, Vancity Vibe, Vancity Buzz, and Ed Lau. The guests were greeted with an elegant bubbly and the menu that followed was delectable.

The VIP were seated at a large table and were presented with a lavish choice of entrée. Our host Laurie chose the Lobster Bisque,Sable Fish with Saffron Risotto baked with basil, saffron,Lemon juice, white wine, onion, garlic, tomato, and presented with white asparagus. The savory meal was followed with a selection of Crème Brule, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Ganache cake.  Scrumptious indeed!

Francesco’s  menu for the gala included Roasted rack of Lamb, Cornish game hen, and Veal Porterhouse Chop. The guests enjoyed fine wines as an accompaniment to the evening. The glasses remained full, the staff and hosts were delightful, and it was a lovely evening for all. A definite food lovers delight.




Photos: Dan Poh Photography

Laurie Belle Wardrobe-Blushing Boutique

Hair-Omar Kanani (Suki’s)

MUA- Rita Tang, Beauty Coordinator Coa Chiu

Get Cooking with the Stars visits Celebrity Cooking Stage at Fraser Valley Food Show

7 Oct
Host Laurie Belle of ‘Get Cooking with the Stars’ visits the Celebrity Cooking Stage for photos with Food Network Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, who made Autumn Inspired Bouillabaisse with fresh fennel. Cactus Club’s Executive Chef Rob Feenie made Shepherd’s Pie with Confit Duck Legs, Cream Corn & Yukon Gold Potato Puree.
Get cooking with the stars -a celebrity cooking TV show that features international  Stars Gene Simmons, Darryl Lenox, Amanda Tapping),  world renowned chefs (Tojo, Dan Craig, Pink Elephant Thai) hosted by Laurie Belle. Entertainment with a twist!

Photo Norm Lee Photography.
Makeup/Hair by Joanna Lee.
Dress by Bebe.
 Photo Credit: Norm Lee Photography. —Joanna Lee (MUA/Hair and Beauty) Coordinator Coco Chiu,

Laurie Belle Dress- bebe


Cooking with the Stars at Vancouver Fashion Week

20 Sep

Ronnie Negus, Reiko Mackenzie, Vancouver Housewives


Marilyn R Wilson, Olio Magazine


Mary Zilba, Vancouver Housewives


Laurie Belle, Restauranteur William Urrea (Francescos Ristorante Italia)
Norm Lee Photo


Reiko Mackenzie (Food Network)



Founder Jamal Abdourahman



Get Cooking with the Stars in Bollywood-TOIFA Awards

7 Apr
Priyanka Chopra-Barfi

Priyanka Chopra-Best Actress TOIFA

Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor-Best Actor Barfi

Shah Rakh KhanMy Name is KhanDan Poh  Photography- Get Cooking with the Stars, Hosted By Laurie Belle

Shah Rakh Khan
My Name is Khan
Dan Poh Photography- Get Cooking with the Stars

‘Barfi!’ wins top honours at TOIFA

 Award winner Abhishek Bachchan,and Aishwarya Rai  stunned the red carpet onlookers as they graced the red carpet Saturday for TOIFA Awards. Abhisheck dedicated his win to his wife.  Honoring the best of Bollywood entertainment. Top Awards went to Film “Barfi”  for Winner in best film, best director, best actor and best actress awards.

Best Actor Award to Ranbir Kapoor and Best Actress to Priyanka Chopra (Barfi).

Photos for Get Cooking with the Stars courtesy of Dan Poh Photography. Stay tuned for more  from Get Cooking with the Stars, Laurie Belle for exciting Bollywood news very soon.

Neha Dupia

Shah Rakh KhanTOIFA

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