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
When I was running some errands in Vancouver with Nanzaro, I stopped by City 1 Cafe for lunch.
City 1 Cafe is a Malaysian restaurant.
The menu is not big. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.
We were there just after 11:30am. The restaurant was pretty empty. But, half an hour later, more customers drop in for lunch. This restaurant seats 26.
I ordered a Malaysian coffee to try. It is $2. Malaysian coffee has a thicker consistency than western coffee. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
While Ben was driving along Kingsway when he was back in town, we found a new Vietnamese restaurant with a grand opening banner. We decided to stop by the restaurant for lunch.
Gold Train Restaurant opens 24 hours. Great to know another option in case of food craving in the middle of the night.
We were interested in the congee dish on the menu as displayed outside the restaurant.
The restaurant is bright, especially with the mirror that lined the wall.
Customized cutlery shows that the restaurant cares about details.
Unfortunately, they do not serve the porridge dish yet. I ordered a Grilled Marinated Pork, Prawn and Spring Roll with Vermicelli. This is served with sliced raw red onion, fried shallot, bean sprout and peanuts. This is $8.49. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
I was out with Ben to collect his visa from the Chinese visa office. I really like the new facility. It is quick and efficient.
We drove around to look for a breakfast place. Since it’s early, just after 9:30am, we did not have much luck looking for one. For some reason, I was craving for some toast. After driving along Kingsway for a while, we decided to have breakfast at Honolulu Cafe.
I tried to look for just toast on the menu but did not find one. So, I settled with Chicken Steak, Fried Eggs and Toast. This is $6.25.
My set comes with a hot drink. I opted for hot milk tea. Ben had iced milk tea for his drink. 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