Panera Bread in Burlington, WA

Arkensen is attending the Dota International tournament again this year. So, we have to drive him to Seattle for the 6 days event.

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We intended to gas up at Costco in Burlington but then we saw Panera Bread just nearby. So, we decided to have breakfast before going to Costco.

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The ordering counter.

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It was a quiet morning; just us and a few more customers. The dining area was quite big.

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Self service coffee and tea station for brewed coffee.

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Nanzaro ordered a mocha which was delivered to our table. The rest of us just have brewed coffee.

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Nanzaro had a chocolate pastry. Continue reading

Al Bhasa on Blundell Road, Richmond

Lorna called me to go for “yum cha” on a weekday. “Yum cha” generally meant to go for dim sum for Hongkong people.

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I suggested middle eastern food instead. I remembered Nanzaro told me about a sharwama place in Blundell and Garden City Road.

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This restaurant used to be operated by Filipino but now it looks like it’s more authentic as the owner is of middle eastern descendant.

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We ordered two items to share. Continue reading

Wonder Milk Tea in Empire Center, Richmond

Ben and I went out for breakfast and groceries shopping on a Saturday morning. We had a picnic to go to in the late afternoon. One of the request for the picnic was roast pork from Parker Place.

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After buying the roast pork, we tried to look for a table at Parker Place food court for breakfast. We could not find a table as the food court was full. So, our plan B is to check out KD Restaurant, the relatively new HongKong style restaurant in the same mall. Unfortunately, there was already people waiting for tables outside the restaurant. Our plan C was to walk over to Lido for breakfast. Another 30 minutes for Lido. Our last resort was to walk over to Empire food court.

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Since it’s still early, there were not many stalls that were open. We settled with Wonderful Milk Tea which was open at that time. It’s a Hongkong style stall.

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We shared a garlic scallop and shrimp fried rice. It was very fragrant with garlic aroma. Serving was quite big too.

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Ben had ice milk tea while I had hot milk tea. The tea flavour was strong. I like the size of the hot milk tea here as it was bigger than other Hongkong style restaurants where hot drink is served in a small cup. The meal came to below $12.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Always enjoy menu with photos.

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

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

Best Cheesecake in town

After dinner in Miku, we decided to go somewhere else for dessert.

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Polly suggested to go for the best cheesecake in town, her favourite dessert.

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We went to the Trees Organic Cheesecake on Water St. There is another one on Granville St.

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Since it’s summer, Polly and I had fruit smoothies for our drink. Polly had the mango smoothies while I had the strawberries smoothies. It was cooling and refreshing. The smoothies is $4.25 each. Continue reading

Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up again in downtown for dinner.

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Whitney suggested Miku Restaurant which is near her work place.

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When Whitney called up the day before to make reservation, she was told that reservation was full but we can try to walk in to try our luck and so we did.

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We managed to get a table at the patio, great for summer.

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We started with an appetizer of Soba Pepperoncino which has scallop, shrimp, squid, chili-garlic soy, sweet pepper, shiitake mushroom, baby bok choy, jalapeno and crunchy tempura bits on a bed of soba noodle. Whitney commented that it tasted like Malaysian style mee goreng :-).

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