Things did look very bleak in my little world today. There were just bad news all around.
It was all over the news. Most of you know that Lumiere and db Bistro Moderne is closing in a couple of weeks. It was all over the news … the papers, the internet, the radio and even the TV.
I do subscribe to notification from Urbanspoon about restaurant closures and of late I see quite a lot of that. It had been busier than usual for us having us to update our old posts of restaurants that is now closed. Yeah, it had also been quite a shock for us to learn that one of our friend’s restaurant is also closed.
Well, to make it bleaker, a number of friends of mine who I had the privilege to work with over the years were suddenly let go. Frankly, I was quite shocked and had been left scrambling getting new key project resources up to speed.
Then my boss just had to travel across continental USA for a meeting with me and one other colleague who are the only two in Vancouver who reports to him. And of course you can guess what I had in my mind. I was thinking that perhaps he was coming up to serve “T” notices. Well, nothing of that sort happened but the timing just sucks.
So yeah, it had been tough for me, both mentally and physically. Not having a lot of fun these days. I just felt that all the bad economic news down south is slowly catching up to us here in Canada.
Last week, I also learned about the closure of a restaurant that I never thought would be affected. I always thought that it is the expensive restaurants that will be affected more. Restaurants like e-Canteen which serves huge meals with low prices and free beverage will continue to draw in customers.
I read in Gastrofork (here) that e-Canteen is no more. In it’s place is a new restaurant named oddly the Enjoy Cafe 1+1. As odd as it may seem, it does have a ring to it.
Frankly, Suanne and I did not quite like e-Canteen but we do go there many times. As a matter of fact we even have two blog posts about them here and here. The reason we go there more than we like is simply because Nanzaro and Arkensen likes it, not to mention it is in Richmond.
For those of you who are not familiar with Richmond, Enjoy Cafe is located on the second floor of the strip mall along the Westminster Highway a little east of No 3 Road.
The place looks pretty much the same. Suanne said that they have exactly the same light metallic chairs. I thought that the fabric on the booth seats were just replaced. Other than that it does look the same but a tad cleaner and shinier.
Suanne claims that the servers and workers are new. I was not sure. I thought some of the faces were like I had seen them before … not sure where. Anyway, one thing I noticed about the servers that are new is that they all wore purple.
Service was spotty. It was obvious that they were a bit overwhelmed with the Saturday lunch crowd. I am quite surprised how busy they are even though it is new. I guess low prices and huge servings always draws in customers no matter how the food is.
You know, we had food and drinks for the table next to us delivered to our table not once … not twice … but three times. I think they got the table number mixed up. Perhaps they entered our table number for the customer next to us. I was kind of slow – not in my usual quick to capitalize on the situation. If only they deliver our neighbor’s food to our table again, I told my boys that we are going to quickly take a spoonful and ask question later.
Like Dee of Gastrofork, we also wondered why the “1+1” name. So I asked the waiter but we were like “gai toong ngag gong” (like a chicken speaking to a duck). He can’t understand me nor can I understand him. The only thing I picked up was … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
For dessert, Minoo shared this delicious Lemon Pudding Cake recipe at the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors. The recipe somehow did not turn out as it should be as there is a confusion in translating the recipe from metric weight to cup. Nevertheless, I like this slightly cakey recipe.
The Lemon Pudding Cake is light and lemony. It is a great finish to a meal.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar (better if you have vanilla sugar)
- grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour (we used all-purpose flour)
- 285ml milk
Serves 4 to 6
The Spiced Squash and Corn Chili goes well with Corn Bread. If you like other variation of corn bread there are a couple of corn bread recipes on Chowtimes:
The corn bread is great to be dunk into the chili to absorb the sauce (‘jhup’) of the chili.
Cornbread is a traditional staple of South and Southwestern of United States. It is a common bread served in restaurants which serve soul food.
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
P/S: missing ingredients from the photo: vegetable oil, granulated sugar and all-purpose flour
The second dish prepared by the seniors at the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors is a vegetarian chili dish. This is a healthy and hearty dish for the cold winter.
The Spiced Squash and Corn Chili has a little kick in it and it utilizes butternut squash which is in season. The addition of walnuts adds a little crunch to the chili.
Butternut squash is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, C and E, manganese, magnesium and potassium.
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 onions, finely chopped
- 1 small butternut squash, about 4 cups
- 2 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder or according to taste
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper or according to taste
- 1 tablespoon coriander and ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and allspice
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon chili flakes or according to taste
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or according to taste
- 3 bell peppers, mix colors, chopped
- 1 can corn nibblets
- 2 cans black beans
- 1 cup walnuts (optional)
Serves 8 to 12
The South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors met up again at the South Arm Community Centre for the last time as the community kitchen will be moved to another location for 2 months while South Arm kitchen under goes renovation. We cant wait to see what’s install.
The first dish is a simple Apple Celery Salad. This salad is cinnamony and crunchy. A good start to whip up the appetite.
Celery has low calorie and rich in dietary fibre. Hence, it’s often used in weight loss diets.
- 1 cup low fat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 medium apples (Mcintosh)
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 4 leaves of romaine or iceberg lettuce as serving bowl, optional
Of all the new restaurants opening that I am most excited about, it is definitely this one.
It was yesterday, Nanzaro and I went for dinner at Tsim Chai when we had a pleasant surprise to see a familiar name. We still remember the duck feast we had in Man Ri Sung in April 2009 when they were in Coquitlam. You really gotta to see what I mean by looking at this “Oh My, Oh Wow!” post here.
A lot of the foodies were shocked a few weeks ago when the old tenant of this location closed suddenly. This place used to be a very good Sichuan restaurant called Chuan Xiang Ge.
Located in the same strip mall along Westminster Highway as Tsim Chai Noodles and Banzai Sushi House, Man Ri Sung is a Korean restaurant. When they were still in Coquitlam, their specialty is the $50 Duck Feast. The chef will personally carve the duck in front of you.
After our dinner in Tsim Chai, we walked into the yet to be ready restaurant and lo and behold … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
It was just last week when we drove along No 3 Road at the intersection with Lansdowne Road that the place looked kind of different. It was at night and that location looked darker than I thought. It was then I realized that Sammy J Peppers in that location was no longer Sammy J Peppers. In its place were new signs in Chinese. It wasn’t lighted up and we couldn’t see what it was.
I did a bit of digging. Apparently Sammy J Peppers had not only closed this location in Richmond but also the location in … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Let’s see if this sort of post works.
I had been seeing quite a number of restaurant openings (and closures too) around Richmond. So I thought I should make “opening soon” posts of new restaurants. That way, we can all share information, gossip and other juicy information about these restaurants.
I am going to post three new restaurants I came across in Richmond this weekend. This is the first of three.
Many of us who live in Richmond knows about the location of the Shanghai Fusion Restaurant. This is located on Empire Center. This location is where West Lake and Pho Viet (both Vietnamese restos) used to be. [Note: West Lake has moved to this new location].
The signboard looks simple and it does seems like a low budget kind of place. Frankly I am not excited about the word “Fusion”. I wonder what Fusion means … is it fusion of Chinese cuisine or a fusion of eastern-western cuisines.
I can’t read Chinese but I think the Chinese name of this restaurant … More on following page. Click here to continue reading