Lobster Combo from Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant, Park Road

On a Sunday evening, Ben suggested to go to Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant for dinner. He saw a tank full of lobster the other day when we had breakfast here.


Complimentary daily soup of pork bone and lotus root was flavourful.


We had the lobster combo with 2 dishes. I added the “yee mien” for an additional $5. Since we wanted noodle with the lobster dish, we had the ginger and green onion flavour so that the noodle can soak up the sauce. The boys picked the meaty and easy to eat part of the lobster. They are not a fan of shell fish or anything with bones in. Continue reading

Mei Yee Bakery on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

After lunch at Benss Cafe, we walked along Victoria Dr. a bit to help digestion. Ben likes to walk after a meal. Not so much for the boys.


We stopped by Mei Yee Bakery to buy some stuff for breakfast and snacks.


Ben wanted the Chicken steam buns which comes in 4 in a bag.


The bun does not look big when we bought it, but when we had it for breakfast the next morning, it felt bigger than it look. It is filled with chicken, ham, salted egg yolk and some crunchy daikon (I think). Continue reading

Benss Cafe at Victoria Drive, Vancouver

We intended to go Kedah House for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We wanted to have the all you can eat buffet which will be replaced with mixed dishes style of serving. The owner told us that they are not sure when they will implement it yet. We were disappointed to see that Kedah House was not open. Perhaps they are closed for the Muslim holiday.


So, Ben suggested we go to Victoria Dr. to look for a place to eat. We decided to eat at Benss Cafe which is a Hong Kong style cafe which our boys agreed to.


The restaurant was not busy when we arrived just around noon. More customers arrived later.


I ordered the minced pork and salted fish claypot rice. It was quite a big serving. Luckily, Ben helped me to finish it. Continue reading

Dim Sum Lunch at Ningbo Seafood Restaurant

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up to celebrate Marian’s belated birthday. We had lunch at Ningbo Seafood Restaurant. We made the appointment at 1PM. I picked up Lorna early, just past 12PM because I know parking here is difficult and I managed to find a parking on the 2nd floor parking in less than 10 minutes.


Emily and Marian who came on time took 30 minutes to find their parking spots on this weekday lunch.


Always enjoy menu with photos.


We decided to go for the specials of the day except for the pork feet soup.


We had a Celery & Fish Tick Soup instead. Continue reading

Toronto: Breakfast at Boccone at Terminal 1

We woke up early to catch a 9AM flight home. We took the courtesy shuttle which runs every half hour.


The Aquarium at Terminal 1.


After clearing security, we still have enough time for breakfast. We had our breakfast at Boccone Trattoria. This restaurant is a partnership  of Toronto Pearson with chef, restaurateur and author Massimo Capra.


We started with coffee. Caffeine is good in the morning.


Ben had the Eggs Massimo; 2 eggs cooked in tomato sauce, served with BT potatoes and a choice of bacon, sausage or smoked salmon.

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Toronto: Dinner at Airport Gate Cafe & Grill

After we settled down at the hotel, we walked out to look for food in the vicinity area.


We ended up at Airport Gate Cage & Grill.


It was late and the restaurant was pretty quiet.


We shared a chicken souvlaki which came in a big serving. The salad was very fresh even though it’s end of the day. The chicken was tender.


We also shared a slice of Milky Way cake for dessert. Ben who is not a fan of sweet treat commented that this was good.

As we were eating, a server had started cleaning another section of the restaurant. I’m impressed that she actually moved all the tables and chairs to clean the floor properly.

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Ottawa Day 2: Lunch at Rangoon Restaurant

We met up with Hao & Xue for a farewell lunch before we depart for Toronto.


We met at Rangoon Restaurant on Gloucester St.


The restaurant was busy with the lunch crowd.


We started off with tea salad. This is a Burmese salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, fermented tea leaves topped with peanuts, sesame seeds and toasted soy bean. The soy bean adds crunchiness to the salad.


The next appetizer was a Rice Noodle Salad. This one resembles Chinese version of mixed noodle, just that the sauce is a little sour. Continue reading

Ottawa Day 2: ByWard Market

ByWard Market was establised in 1826 and it is one of the oldest and largest public market nestled in the neighbourhood of Lowertown.


The name “By Ward” derived from the surname of the engineer, Colonel John By, who was the area’s original conveyor. Colonel John By is also the legendary builder of the Rideau Canal.


Outdoor flower vendor.


Canadian goodies. Continue reading

Ottawa Day 2: Downtown Ottawa Sight Seeing

After breakfast, we drove to downtown Ottawa for more sight seeing. Ben’s initial plan was to visit a museum but it looks like we do not have enough time for it. We only have half a day here before we drive back to Toronto. So, we just walk around the downtown area for some window browsing sight seeing.


The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.


A spider like sculpture in front of the National Gallery of Canada.


A post full of sticky tickets.


A sculpture made with a variety of street lamps. Continue reading