It’s been a long while I have not been back to Diplomat Bakery. Polly and I met up for cake meet again after a long break at Diplomat Bakery which is one of our favourite place.
It was an exceptionally cold, wet and windy spring day. So, both of us had a bowl of hot soup. The small chicken gumbo was $2.99. It was filled with vegetables like tomatoes, onions and okra and had cubes of chicken with rice. It was slightly spicy and great for the cold weather.
Each of us also had a piece of Napolean as it is not sharable. It was very messy eating it as it crumbles and the cream and icing sugar gets all over your lips. But it’s a very luscious dessert. It is $2,75.
We also shared a Butter Croissant which is topped with sliced almonds and icing sugar. I think it was $2.99. The server offered to warm it up in the microwave for us. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Updated 2nd February 2013: This restaurant is closed.
Marian, Lorna and I met up for lunch at Nooch Snack & Chill recently on an impromptu basis. We just made the arrangement in the morning and met up for lunch. I like impromptu meet ups for small group. It’s much easier to arrange.
We went to the Nooch Snack & Chill across the Richmond City Hall on No. 3 Road. Parking is very limited at the rear of the restaurant. I went with Lorna and parked at Richmond Center and did some shopping there before we walked over for lunch. I got a pair of shoes at good price as Sears was having 50% discount during that time.
The restaurant is bright and clean. The bean bags section looks like a good spot to chill out with friends.
The dining area is spacious. I do not like restaurant with tight seating area. The random black and red chairs add contrast to the mostly white tables and chairs.
We started off with a Nooch Chef Salad. We were given a few choices of cheese and Marian opted for feta. The salad is made with quinoa, black bean, grape, cabbage, lettuce, sweet peppers, pear, carrot and walnut. This healthy salad costs $11. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Polly and I managed to get together once on a Saturday morning for breakfast.
We met up at the Bridgeport station and took the Canada Line to Vancouver City Center station. From there, it was just a short walk to Hotel Georgia. We had breakfast at Bel Cafe which located at the corner of Hotel Georgia.
We were there quite early, just before 9 am on a Saturday morning. It was not busy at that time. But, by the time we were about to leave, the place was full.
The decor is modern and sleek.
The above were the items we shared. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
It’s ladies’ meet again with Polly. We did not have a plan of where to go. We just drove along west Broadway to look for a place to hang out because we remembered seeing a lot of places that we can go during our way back on our previous cake meet . But now that we want to look out for a place, we just can’t find one.
We drove all the way to Vine St. before we found a place to go to. At first we wanted to go to Higher Ground Coffee House across Vine St but it was packed and a glance inside, I did not see much choice of baked goods. So, we went inside the Marketplace IGA bistro to have a peek.
Street parking is available at $1 per hour.
Marketplace IGA Bistro was not as busy and there are lots of food to choose from. Among them are baked goods, panini, bread, wraps, etc. We found a cozy corner around the corner from the counter which is slightly sunken with just a few steps of staircase. We love the cozy spot.
We were impressed by the fact that IGA even install a ram for the disabled to use this area. Good community service.
We had a Goat Cheese Bread to share. The serving is quite large. It is $3.99. The goat cheese gives it a slightly tangy taste and saltiness. There are some … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Polly and I went to The Coffee Well for our cake meet. We had been to this location when it was Nat’s Bistro & Convenience Store back in October 2008. This is a very quiet strip mall.
The Coffee Well belongs to The Suburban Well as the receipt is by the name The Suburban Well.
We found out about The Coffee Well through their advertisement on the Richmond Reviews paper. For the opening, there is a 15% discount coupon in the advertisement. They had just opened for three weeks when we were there on Halloween day.
There is not much change in the interior except the groceries were gone and replaced with some sofas.
The Coffee Well serves all day breakfast for $3.94. We did not try that though.
We ordered their combo meals. A soup and sandwich combo is $8 while a coffee and cake combo is $4. For the sandwich, it’s build your own sandwich.
For the soup and sandwich combo, we had the Potato and Bacon Soup. The other soup which was available that day was Hamburger Soup. It was … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Polly brought me to Murchie’s Tea & Coffee in the Richmond Automall for our ladies’ meet. I have no idea that such a place exist as I only go to the ring road in the automall.
Murchie’s Tea & Coffee is located in the Crestwood Commerce Center across the Lexus dealership. It is next to the Boston Pizza.
Murchie’s Tea & Coffee mainly caters for the surrounding business. It is not very big; just a few tables. It only opens for breakfast and lunch.
Tea seems to be the specialty here. So, Polly and I decided to have tea instead of coffee.
Polly ordered the Raspberry Temptation. It is raspberry tea with chocolate. She had the regular size which is $2.85. The raspberry flavour does accentuate the tea.
Complete Disclosure: We knew the owner of this cafe and some of the food and drink were complimentary. But most of them were paid.
Polly and Vince had to pick up their kids from a music camp in Mission. They decided to visit a friend of ours who recently bought over the City Blends Coffee in Mission. I just tag along for a free music concert and visit this friend of ours.
The first sight which impressed me is the huge parking lot and the patio. You cannot find such space in Richmond or Vancouver.
I like the cozy corner where one can enjoy a cup of coffee and surf the internet with the free wifi or engross in a book.
Besides coffee and tea, City Blends serves light meals like wraps, soup, salad, sandwiches, cakes and baked goods.
The baked goods here are made onsite by the Pink Spatuala. Some of the baked goods includes biscotti, cookies, bars, brownies, cakes and miniature sweets.
We ordered the above drinks before our friend arrived. From left to right, Hot Chocolate ($2.85), Cappuccino ($2.90) and Caramel Machiato ($3.40). My Caramel Machito was good, with a mellow coffee flavour.
Later, the owner served us some sample of Chai Latte which is one of the cafe’s specialty. It is very creamy and rich in spice flavour which includes cinnamon, cloves, etc.
Polly bought some cup cakes for her twin daughters. They looked … More on following page. Click here to continue reading
When I accompanied Ben to apply his Chinese visa, we came across this Chiffon Patisserie on West Broadway on our way back. It looks like a good candidate for my cake meet with Polly.
From the urbanspoon site. this patisserie opens for breakfast and lunch on week days only. Meter parking is available along West Broadway. Just be ware that the parking is strictly enforced as we saw the meter is being checked while we were there.
They have a good selection of pastries, salad, sandwiches and subs. The prices are quite reasonable.
Chiffon Patisserie seats about 20 inside the restaurant.
Polly ordered a small Mocha for drink while I ordered a … More on following page. Click here to continue reading