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Random Eats in Beijing – Malaxiangguo, Paris Baguette, Food Republic & Kung Fu

I visited Beijing in the fall of 2012 again. This trip was merely to spend time there with Ben; not so much for site seeing. Anyway, it was very cold even it’s just November. Most of the days were below zero.

My first meal was my favourite Malaxiangguo. This dry spicy dish consists of pork belly, fish tofu, enoki mushroom, cabbage, lotus root, etc. The choice of ingredients is up to the customer. This dish was RMB168 (CAD28) and it’s good for two.

Ben bought some Beijing snacks for me to snack on.

We bought a steamed cheesecake from Paris Baguette for breakfast. It was RMB12 (CAD2). It’s like Japanese style cheesecake. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Man In Motion Rick Hansen’s Relay at McDonald’s Restaurant on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

This is the 25th years anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion relay to continue to fund the research for a cure for the spinal cord injury.

McDonald’s is a sponsor of the Man In Motion Rick Hansen’s Relay and hence the McDonald’s Restaurant on Steveston Hwy was a pit stop for the relay. Nanzaro wanted to be part of this epic journey of 7,000 runner, 12,000 kilometer event through more than 700 communities.

Emily and Audrey from Lord Byng Elementary school are the chosen candidates for this relay as both the sisters had raised more than $30K for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Emily is a brave girl who chose to make a difference despite her adversary.

The above is arrival of the Ramesh Ferris who will be passing the relay medal to Emily.

The arrival of Rick Hansen. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Home Remedy for Cough

Spring is a love and hate season for me. I love the warmer and longer day. I love to see buds coming out from the ground and flowers start to bloom. However, this is also the season of allergy. I’m allergic to pollen and my nose will stuffed up and runny at times and my throat will be agitated by clear mucus. When these symptoms hit me, I will have sleepless night due to the cough caused by agitated throat.

I remembered Lorna told me of a remedy for cough with orange. I looked up the remedy from the internet and gave it a try. After a few times, it does help to ease my cough. There is no harm trying this because it’s just orange and salt. Orange is rich in Vitamin C and salt has antiseptic value.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • pinches of salt

More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Chowtimes.com Turns Six

We cant believe that chowtimes.com is 6 years old already. It’s been a wonderful 6 years of sharing our food and travel experiences with our readers and friends. We just want to thank our readers for their continuing support and encouragement.

We hope there will be more sharing in the coming year with more good eats, recipes and travel experiences.

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Happy New Year 2012

Hi all,

Chowtimes wishes all a good year ahead and lets be thankful of our blessings in each new day.

 

 

Arkensen, thank you for making the banner.

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Merry Christmas 2011

Hi all,

Ben, Suanne, Arkensen and Nanzaro wishes all a very Merry Christmas.

May this Christmas brings joy to the world.

Below is a couple of Youtube videos with Chinese and Peranakan flavours for your enjoyment. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Names of Ten Things We Order In Chinese Restaurant

Alright, I am a bit lazy today. So am gonna take it easy and post something simple.

Suanne and I received a number of emails today, some from readers who we had never known before. There were many encouraging words which is very much appreciated. We want to let everyone know Suanne and I are fine. :-)

Anyway, here is one email from a reader (TL) that ended with a question for Suanne and I. That got us stumped a bit. Maybe you guys can help. TL asked:

One thing I would like you to do is to teach us about ten names of few things we order in Chinese restaurants. Very basic things will do. Bao? comes to my mind. We catch a few words here and there but it will be wonderful if faithful Chowtimes readers can be just a little bit literate in Chinese words when eating. Being a Japanese, I can read many Chinese characters so I will never end up ordering only soups or only noodle dishes but I long to be able to say a few words in Chinese restaurants and so do many people, I bet.

Gosh, we don’t know! But here was how we answered TL:

English Cantonese Mandarin
Buns Bao 包子 Bāozi
Noodles Meen 麵 Mian
Tea Chah 茶 Char
Chicken Gai 雞 Ji
Beef Ngau Yook 牛肉 Niu Rou
Pork Ju Yook 豬肉 Zhu Rou
Rice Fahn 飯 fan
Congee Jook 粥 Zhou
Crab Hai 蟹 Xie
Eggs Dahn 雞蛋 Ji Dan

What do you think? Any words to add?

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Why The Anger?

Hi All:

I gotta go to work but I thought I call out this which had been written about the State of Vancouver Food Blog 2011 by Kim Ho of I’M Only Here For The Food. Replicated here verbatim and if you prefer, go to his site at http://imonlyhereforthefood.com/2011/04/state-of-vancouver-food-blogs-2011-the-actual-post/.

I have nothing to hide and am open for everyone to see. Comments really welcomed. Please don’t feel that you need to hold punches with chowtimes. Lay it on me if you must. Do it here or do it in Kim’s site, I leave it up to you.

I don’t know what I did that made Kim angry with me and want to take it out on chowtimes particularly. Should I lay out what I have in my mind which I did not with that last piece Kim Ho did on me? Or should I just roll with the punches, learn from it and move on? One part of me thinks I cannot get down to that level. Let me think about it … with a clear head. My head is wrapped around work at this time.

For those of you who are (still) unhappy with me for even suggesting the Golden Great Wall Alaskan King Crab FREE dinner, please accept my apologies. It was an error judgment on my part. My (ill thought out) intention was to see if I could make such an event happen given the reach of chowtimes. It won’t happen again. Really I do not need to do this at all.

Again, please do not hold your punches, not with me. If you think chowtimes has done anything wrong, I would like to hear about it. Here you are guys, Kim Ho’s parting shots to all Vancouver area blogs.

It has been a while since I have written a post of this type and I wonder if it is due. In the last couple of months, there has been quite a buzz in terms of popularity of Vancouver blogs, specially if we consider that major sites like Urbanspoon has targetted Vancouver itself as one of the places with the greates activity. But, what does that mean? Better restaurants? More food bloggers? Everybody has anything to say? So, in reference to Canadian’s government thoughts of removing the pennies, here are my $0.05′s worth… But, first an announcement as well… More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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