Toronto Day 2: Dinner at Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse

We returned to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls for dinner.

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Ben suggested Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse. We noticed a vast difference on the Canadian side of the falls compares to the US side which is a state park. There are lots of big hotels on the Canadian side.

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J & I really enjoy the salad bar with at least 20 items to choose from.

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My first plate from the salad bar. Ben advised us not to indulge too much from the salad bar before the real stuff.

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More from the salad bar, who can resist them.

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Each of us were given the above to indicate whether we still want the meat coming or slow down. Continue reading

Toronto Day 2: Niagara Falls

Our first destination in Toronto is Niagara Falls. J&C spent the day with us at Niagara Falls. We went to the US side of the Niagara Falls which resides in one of oldest state park in United States, New York State Park.

We were surprised to see a lot of Indian Restaurants here.

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It was an amazing site when we first saw the falls.

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The mist causes the rainbow effect.

Ben bought the Niagara USA discovery pass online. It comprises of 5 attractions. We picked up our tickets at the visitor center. Our first stop is the Adventure Theater where we watched the incredible stories and history of Niagara Falls. The next itinerary is the Maid of the Mist as we wanted to go as early as possible to avoid long line-up.

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The line-up for Maid of the Mist ride.

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A view from the upper deck where we were lining up. We have to take an elevator down to the dock.

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Sea birds swirling beside the falls.

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It was an awesome experience when the boat ventured into the thundering waters beneath the American and Horseshoe Falls. Beware of your camera getting wet. I know one can’t resist taking photos of the amazing falls. Continue reading

Toronto Day 1: Lunch at Rol San in Chinatown

Ben and I had a short vacation in Toronto and Ottawa on the last week of May this year. We take the opportunity to meet up with friends there.

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J&C picked us up from the airport and brought us to Chinatown for lunch.

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J&C brought us to Rol San which serves dim sum all day. Parking is very difficult here as C took over 20 minutes to find a parking after he dropped us off at the restaurant.

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The restaurant was quite busy even at late afternoon. Toronto is indeed a metropolitan city as there are a variety of people from different cultures dining in a dim sum restaurant.

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The table is lined with one time use plastic sheet for quick clean up.

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J did all the ordering. The above is deep fried wonton. 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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Kungfu Noodle on Alexandra Road, Richmond

We intended to go for dinner at Cattle Cafe on Alexandra Road on a weekend. But we were surprised to see that it has been replaced by another cafe. So, we went to Kungfu Noodle next door with the consent of the boys.

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Nanzaro ordered the Kungfu Dark Fried Rice. This is more like Malaysian style fried rice. Nanzaro said he even sensed a hint of belacan in it.

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Nanzaro enjoyed his fried rice with lots of chili.

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Ben ordered the Pita Bread Soaked in Lamb Soup which is a popular dish in Xian. The difference here is we do not get to tear up the pita bread ourselves. It is served cut up into perfect cubes. Continue reading

German Breakfast at Fraser Park Restaurant on Byrne Road, Burnaby

It was Ben’s off day on Friday in exchange of working on Canada day. But he had to take a call at 6:30AM. So, I accompanied him to his office as he planned to have a morning walk with me after that.

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As it was just 8AM, there is not many restaurants open that early, Ben thought of Fraser Park Restaurant which he had not been to for a while. We just missed Anton who is the owner of the restaurant. He is retired now but he came in early in the morning to take do his round of inspection before he went off to enjoy his day.

Ben and I shared a German Deluxe breakfast as the portion here is big. It consist of 3 eggs scrambled with sauteed peppers, onion and cheese served with hash brown, sausage, bacon, ham, 1 piece potato pancake and toast.

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The server also gave us a new spicy sausage to try. The deluxe version also include a piece of Schnitzel and gravy. Ben and I were full even though we shared it. It was a great breakfast.

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The server also brought us Sylvia’s special chili sauce for us as she remembers we like it. Sylvia is Anton’s wife and she manages the restaurant now. Continue reading

Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver

After a gruel some run on a very hot day, Nanzaro wanted a reward of his favourite food.

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He suggested to have lunch at Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver. You can click on the photo above to have a larger view.

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The restaurant is pleasantly decorated. There are private rooms if want to have more privacy.

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We started off with miso soup, gomae and sweet and sour daikon. I really like the sweet and sour daikon which helps to cleanse our palate.

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Sashimi is limited to 8 pieces per person.

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The highlight for me was the Korean BBQ as I’m not a fan of sushi. It’s fun to grill the meat ourselves. Continue reading

Aladdin Cafe and Chatime on Robson St, Vancouver

On the Friday before the Scotia Bank Half Marathon, Nanzaro went to downtown to pick up his running kid.

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This will be Nanzaro’s third half Marathon.

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After picking up his running kit, he went for lunch on Robson St. He went to Alladin Cafe as he loves middle eastern grilled meat.

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You can click on the photo above to have a larger view. Continue reading