Emily S invited Marian, Lorna and me to her house for tea and a casual dinner to catch up with one another.
I made Matrimonial Squares (a.k.a dates squares) for tea time. We enjoyed this high fiber pastry with some special tea prepared by Emily.
Dinner is served when Marian arrived, slightly later.
Emily bought some appetizers from T&T; marinated beef tripe, pork ear, pork stomach with sour mustard and seaweed.
Emily quickly stir fried some Tiger Prawn with some Sichuan Pepper after Marian arrived. The prawns were large succulent and springy.
We celebrated Ben’s birthday the next day on his way to the airport for his business trip as he was too busy and tired to go out on a weekday.
He picked Bushuair Restaurant as he loves Sichuan Food. Arkensen commented on the menu which is so big that it occupies almost half of the table when flips open. We like menu with photos as you get visual of the dishes before you order them.
I find the teapot spout is interesting.
Ben ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice. The first item was a Lamb/Mutton Stew. The boys did not quite like it because the lamb was very boney. Continue reading
Ben has some office work to prepare before his business trip. So, we went to Waves Coffee near Metrotown for coffee and he can work on his notebook.
This location is popular with young adults who come here for coffee and internet access. The row of high seats facing the windows are occupied by young people with their notebook in front of them because there are power points under the tables.
This place was busy on a Saturday. Our drinks takes a while to be prepared.
Ben had latte while I had mocha. The drinks are rich and creamy. Both drinks cost $9.14.
Ben does not like pastry for breakfast. So, we snuck in a Bahn Mi from Tung Hing Bakery on the way here to share.
Ben has not been to Double Double Restaurant as the restaurant is always busy. We were out on a weekend for early lunch and he decided to give it a try. We only waited a few minutes for a table.
Chinese Donut is a must try here. They are freshly deep fried with all the crunchy goodness.
The above is listed as Sweet Donut/Pancake on the menu if I remember correctly. I only find this type of savoury pancake (“Hum Jim Baeng” in Cantonese) in this restaurant.
The fillings is made with fermented bean curd, a unique flavour. Continue reading
On the last Saturday of March, Ben wanted to have ramen for lunch. We went to Parker Place as we remembered there is a ramen restaurant that we have not try before. It was at the location where Ajisen Ramen used to be and this location had changed hand several times.
When we arrived, we were surprised to see that it’s a new Hong Kong style restaurant now, KD Restaurant.
There are a lot of flowers gifts inside and outside the restaurant. We also found that some of the servers look very familiar.
Arkensen ordered his favourite HongKong style noodle, i.e. Satay Beef with instant noodles. This came with bok choy, better than other restaurants which serve sweet peppers in this noodle which Arkensen does not like.
Ben ordered the Minced Pork with Salted Fish Clay Pot Rice. It is meant to be a single serving but this is enough for two small eaters. Continue reading
Nanzaro went to watch a Hockey Game between Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers on St. Patrick’s Day. He went to downtown early to have his dinner first before catching the St. Patrick’s Day celebration near the stadium.
He went to Einstein Wrap House for some sharwarma. He loves the grilled meat and the spiciness of the hot chili sauce that comes with it. He ordered the platter version instead of the wrap for a bigger meal.
The platter version comes with pita bread, potato and rice. It also comes with hummus and tahini as toppings.
The meal came to $15 which also include a pop.
Nanzaro picked the right day to go for a game as it was a historic day that Pat Quinn was honoured with a road named after him.
Deer Garden in Continental Centre has moved to Union Square.
Ben and I had an early lunch at this new location since it just opened for the day and there is no wait yet. Deer Garden is usually busy at peak lunch hour.
Awards wining plaques decorated the wall at the entrance of the restaurant.
The restaurant has simple and clean lined decor.
Since I was not hungry, I ordered their Special French Toast with butter and peanut butter to snack on. The Special French Toast is in bite size pieces, unlike most other Hong Kong style restaurants which serve French Toast in whole. This gives it a higher ratio of crispy outside. Continue reading
Lorna invited me to the 9th annual dinner of Friends of Tai Chi in the middle of March. Lorna was a Tai Chi student before.
I knew the master Tai Chi, Annie through the multicultural community kitchen in Gilmore Park Church some time ago. There were several Tai Chi demonstrations prior to the dinner.
The celebration was held at the Continental Seafood Restaurant on Cambie Road. From the conversation, I learned that it’s difficult to book a restaurant for function nowadays. One of the popular restaurant for banquet like Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant has closed down the lower floor for a hotpot restaurant.
Here are the dishes for the banquet. First up was the appetizer platter which consists of several items like roast chicken, BBQ duck, pork hock slices, another kind of slice meat and jelly fish. The serving here is generous. Continue reading
Emily H organised a lunch with several of the participants of the Multicultural Community Kitchens at the Zen Kitchen in the International Buddhist Temple on Steveston Highway.
The vegetarian restaurant is located at the rear of the temple. Follow the arrow of the sign above which is located in several locations in the temple.
This is where the restaurant is located.
The restaurant has an exquisite Chinese architecture and decoration.
There is a minimum order implemented here. i.e. each patron must order 1 main dish or 3 dim sum items. Main dish is $15 while dim sum is $5 each. There were five of us, so, we ordered 4 main dishes and 3 dim sum items to share.
The above is from the dim sum selection; Vegetable dumplings. The skin of the dumpling was rather thick especially at the pleating.
The above Radish Cake was not bad, which was crispy on the outside and with ample radish. Continue reading
This is another Nanzaro’s food adventure. He loves food which he has the say of what ingredients he wants.
Taco Luis in Lansdowne Mall is one of the places he went for lunch after school.
The above is the 10-inch Beef Special. It came with a drink and a side of tater tots.
Nanzaro’s choice of accompaniments include lettuce, red onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeno and hot banana peppers. He loves spicy food.
Note from Nanzaro: the servers usually add all toppings by default if you do not tell them your preference.
The amount of beef is generous.
Nanzaro also enjoys the crispy crunchy tater tots.