Polly, Whitney and I met up for lunch in downtown as Whitney works in Gastown. It’s not easy to get a lunch date with Whitney as she is always busy. So, we got down to downtown via public transit even on a snow day which is not common in Vancouver.
We had lunch at Kita no Donburi Japanese Restaurant for it’s proximity to Whitney’s work place. We were there just before 12PM and had no problem with getting a seat. The restaurant is very busy during lunch hour. No reservation of seat is allowed. You have to place your order first before getting table. You have to place your receipt on your table for the server to verify when the food is delivered to your table.
The restaurant is decorated with bowls chandelier as donburi listerally means bowl.
We shared two winter specials and a Kakuni Don. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Polly suggested to meet at Trees Organic in Gas Town as she enjoys Trees Organic’s cheesecake, the best cheesecake in Vancouver. Our first visit to Trees Organic is at the Granville location.
We parked in the River Rock Casino and we took the Canada Line to the Waterfront station. Parking at the River Rock Casino is only $2.50 for the whole day.
We found a table by the window, next to the potted plant. It is a great seat to watch people.
There were lots of tour buses parked on the street just outside of Trees Organic to load and unload tourists.
We ordered our food and paid at the counter and the server brought our food to our table. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Polly and I had cake meet at Pane e Fromaggio for another lady’s day out.
I had a hard time trying to recover the photos taken since 31st May as my notebook’s hard disk is dying. I had been painstakingly and patiently copying out my pictures from my dying notebook. I’m currently using a notebook on loan, so there will be no photoshopping for the pictures, i.e. I cannot place the chowtimes logo on my photos.
Pane e Fromaggio is a nice little cafe, not many seats though.
There is a good selection of sandwiches, cakes and desserts.
Here is a glance of what we had. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
I had to pick up my passport from the Chinese Visa Office on W. Broadway. I took the opportunity to have lunch at Kaya Malay Bistro just a few doors a way.
I invited Lorna to join me as she loves Malaysian food too. Kaya is a Malay word which means rich. It is also the Malay name for coconut jam.
The restaurant was spacious. Hibiscus which is the national flower of Malaysia decorated the wall. We were there just before noon and the restaurant was not busy yet.
The server brought a sampler of guava soda for us to try.
We ordered an Appetizer Sampler plate to try. The appetizer for one is $8. It came with 3 sauces, sweet chili, peanut and curry. The curry sauce was very rich in coconut flavour. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Lorna invited me for a day trip organized by the SUCCESS Women’s Club to Lonsdale Quay tour follow by lunch in Chinatown.
We dined at Garden Villa Seafood Restaurant on Pender Street.
Here’s the menu for the lunch. It’s a nine course lunch; the last item which was added at the last minute was missing from the menu.
Chinese tea is always served in Chinese restaurant.
The first course was Snake Soup. We had two servings of the it. Snake Soup is a limited time dish offer and I guessed it’s seasonal. Snake Soup is usually served in colder weather as it is believed that the soup warms our body.
Some crispy fried dough is served with the Snake Soup.
The Snake Soup has shiitake mushrooms. bamboo shoots, some shredded meat; I believed not all is snake. It is slightly spicy by itself. The first serving was not hot enough and it did not taste that good. However the second serving was hot enough. I like my soup hot. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Li’s China Grill reminded me of the grilled fish that I had in Beijing.
There are two similar restaurants on this stretch of Kingsway which serve similar cuisine. We picked Li’s China Grill as it looks nicer from the outside.
I like the hardwood floor and the table lined with red table cloth.
We ordered 4 skewers of grilled lamb while waiting for our main dish. The lamb skewer was good; 99 cents each. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch after Christmas for a get together. Lorna suggested to go to Curry King Cafe on 3250 Cambie Street in Vancouver.
However, when we reached our destination, the location was taken over by Wang’s Beef Noodle House. We explored the nearby restaurants for a bit. We even went in to Cafe Gloucester which was pretty full already. We were given a table right at the door which we did not like. With the door opening often when customers get in and out, the winter chill will not be pleasant. Moreover, the restaurant was so busy that we dont think it will be a good location for us to chit chat. So, we decided to go back to Wang’s Beef Noodle House which was not busy.
The seating arrangement was spacious and it is quite comfortable and pleasant.
We ordered a few items to share. For appetizers, we had the three items combo for $8.50. We picked mostly vegetarian as the rest of our items had meat. We had the marinated dried tofu, cucumber in chili sauce and kelp seaweed.
Wontons in chili sauce was $4.25. There were six wontons and the sauce has the Sichuan numbing spiciness. Pretty good. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
When the weather is good, Ben likes to explore new walking path. During a spring/summer day, we decided to walk across the Canada Line bridge from Richmond crossing over to Vancouver.
Fraser River view from the bridge.
A tugboat passed by.
View of the north shore mountains from the bridge.
Here comes the train.
Finally we were in the Vancouver side. More on following page. Click here to continue reading