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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine in Lansdowne Mall, Richmond

This is a long overdue post. This was another dim sum meeting with Michelle, a reader of chowtimes. We met up for the first time at Red Star Seafood Restaurant. Before she left Vancouver, I managed to meet up with her again. This time we had dim sum at Gingeri Chinese Cuisine in Lansdowne Mall, Richmond.

Gingeri offers a 20% discount if you dine between 9am and 11am.

We were there past noon, and the place was buzzing with people.  I like the high ceiling and cleanliness of the cutleries, even the bamboo baskets look new unlike some dim sum place where the bamboo baskets are really worn out. The waiter/waitress is friendly and helpful.


The price of the dim sum ranges from $3.75 to $6.80. Click on the images above to have a larger view.

We ordered Chrysanthemum tea for a change.

The above is called Seafood Salad Tarts with Thin Gold on top. This one costs $5.20. It has corn, crab meat, large prawn and the salad dressing imparts richness to the already sweetish tart.

We were enticed to order this by the ‘Gold’ on top.  This is a delicate piece of dim sum. One thing we noticed is that… More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant on Anderson Road, Richmond

Alright. Time for me to get excited … again.

I really am dying to tell you about this new restaurant in Richmond which I am quite sure will make some of you want to sit up to take note of.

Look at the food above. Guess how much all the above costs.

In the first picture is congee and noodles.

In the second picture is yam fries, squid, panko scallop and miso soup.

In the third picture is beef noodle soup, egg, toast and tuna salad.

Guess how much. Just guess.

Less than $15? Less than $10? Less than $5?

If you guess less than $5, you are right … not for each of them. It is less than $5 for ALL of them!

Toyotomi is located on Anderson Road. That is the small deserted road just across from the Richmond City Hall. When we visited them, they were opened for only the second day. They opened the day before for dinner only. We were there for their breakfast because we wanted to see what a Japanese breakfast is.

He he he … technically speaking Suanne and I were their first breakfast customer. We were the … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Exclusive Dinner Event at Miki Japanese Ramen House

Well, this is it … another event organized by chowtimes.  This time it is with Miki Japanese Ramen.

A few weeks ago, Miki Japanese Restaurant contacted us to help them in promoting a ramen slurping event. That event was covered by the local TV station (Global TV, I think) and was very well attended. Unfortunately, Suanne and I could not attend but instead we bounced off the idea of creating another event for chowtimes readers.

We were glad that Miki was not only supportive of the idea but they had also gracious giving us a deal that is going to be hard for you to pass up. Not that it matters to most of you, but Suanne and I want to say that we are not paid to do this. As in all events, we just wanted to do this for fun and put together events that we think our readers will enjoy.

Not only will you get to try any of Miki’s ramen, but you will be the first to taste the new specialties created by Chef Ben. [Chef Ben is not the same as Chowtimes Ben, mind you. Chowtimes Ben cannot stand the heat and stays out of the kitchen.]

Chef Ben wants you to try his new range of BBQ dishes among other dishes. Here is the menu …

This special menu is put together only for this event. Chef Ben wanted chowtimes readers to taste it and get your honest feedback. The estimated value of this menu is $21 but for this event, you are expected to pay a token sum of $5 (plus taxes and tips) only! It is not easy to get a better dinner deal than this.

For the ramen, you get the usual choices of broth like shio, shoyu, miso and others. I never have the chance to taste and differentiate between these broth at the same time. Well, in this event, you will be able to … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots

The last kale recipe in the kale feast at the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen is a side dish.

This Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots is absolutely delicious, almost like a dessert. It’s creamy and sweet from the caramelized shallots.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Spanish onion
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 pounds kale, center stalk removed, and coarsely torn into pieces

Ingredients for Caramelized Shallots

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 shallots, peeled and sliced, or 40 baby onions, peeled
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Source: this recipe is adapted from Food Network, Bobby Flay

Prep time: 30 minutes;  Cook time: 30 minutes;  Serve 6 to 8

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Cannellini Bean Soup with Kale and Garlic Olive Oil Crostini

The second dish of the kale feast is Cannellini Bean Soup with Kale and Garlic-Olive Oil Crostini.

This hearty soup is a complete meal. It has protein from the bean, carbohydrate from the crostini and vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the crostini
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, plus 1 or 2 more whole cloves for the crostini
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 x 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 x 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, water or a combination
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 baguette

Source: this recipe is adapted from Food Network, Dave Lieberman

Prep time: 20 minutes;  Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes;  Serve 6 to 8 people

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Winter Kale Salad

Minoo whipped up a feast of Kale in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen. This is because she got a big box of kale from Arzeena from the Richmond Sharing Farm.

The first kale recipe is Winter Kale Salad. The kale salad is paired with pear and blue cheese which is a perfect match.

Check out kale’s nutritional value here.

Ingredients

  • 1 small bunch of kale, stems removed, sliced in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Crumbled blue cheese, for garnish

Source: this recipe is adapted from Food Network, Melissa D’Arabian

prep time: 15 minutes; Serves 4

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Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago

So that was a very busy first day in Chicago. There is one place I absolutely want to go was the art museum. It has to be that very day … that very evening. And so I rushed from the Navy Pier to the Art Institute of Chicago.

The reason I rushed because it was a Friday … and there are no entrance for Thursday and Friday evenings. Kek keh keh …

No really. If you are into art, you don’t want to miss the Art Institute of Chicago. They have some of the world’s most famous pieces of 19th century art.

You can see that there are a lot of people who came because its free.

I did not want to carry my camera backpack with me after having lugged it around town the whole day. Good thing is this museum allows photography. Some museums I had been to do not allow it at all. Most will allow photography with the condition you don’t use flash or tripod. I am cool with that … I think I have a steady hand and don’t need them.

There is that ONE painting I wanted to see and so I looked for it first. It is the Georges Seurat’s most famous works called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

I used to make a 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle of this painting. I walked right up to the painting and took close up shots of the painting … like just a few inches away from the painting. He he he … the people there was wondering what I was doing hogging the painting when they are waiting to take pictures too. I did it so that you can have a closer up look.

Here … I photosynth it so you can look at the various parts and zoom in up real close. This painting is a form of painting call pointilism. It was painted using miniature dots which brings out the brilliant colors better than conventional painting forms. This French painting took two years to complete.

With that out of the way, I systematically went to the other halls. Given the short time remaining, I do not have the chance to cover this museum as much as I like. So I just focused on their more notable pieces.

The American Gothic is perhaps the most parodied painting in the US.  Painted in 1930 by Grant Wood, the artist wanted to pain the white house along with the the people who he believes would live in them.

The house in the background is actually a real house in Iowa. Here … see this Google Streetview map. The house is at the background.

The man who posed for this picture is actually the artist’s dentist while the woman is the artist’s sister. The house, the man and the woman are painted separately at different times.

This iconic image of a grim faced man with his wife (or daughter) came into prominence during the Great Depression when it came to symbolize the hard working American couple.

Many people came to assume that the woman is the wife of the man with the pitchfork. Well, the artists sister was totally embarrassed by it because … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Chicago: Navy Pier

After the deep dish pizza meal at Pizzeria Uno, I headed next to the Navy Pier. It was just a short 20 minutes walk to the pier.

The Navy Pier is the top tourist attraction in Chicago. It has an air of festivities the closer I got to the pier. It is like the feeling that you’re going to a fair.

The Navy Pier is almost a hundred years old now. When it was build, it was the longest pier in the world. It was designed to be a shipping and warehouse facility.

The pier fell into disuse until it was revive as an entertainment complex in the 1990s.


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