Tak Heng Hot Pot Restaurant on No. 3 Road, Richmond

On a Saturday morning, Ben brought us to Parker Place for dim sum. His first choice was Shun Feng Seafood Restaurant but there was already a long line waiting for tables. So, we decided not to wait. Ben is also not keen on Ningbo Seafood Restaurant as he was craving for pure Cantonese dim sum.


So, we walked over to Tak Heng Hot Pot Restaurant. This restaurant was big and we did get a table immediately.


Pleasant cutlery with table cloth setting.


It was difficult to get the server to bring us some chili sauce as they were always busy. So, Ben and Nanzaro helped themselves from a counter near the reception.


I picked the above Pan Fried Chive Dumpling as I remembered they were good the last time I had it here. The boys agreed. Continue reading

Sanbo Restaurant in Brighouse Square, Richmond

Our family had dinner at Sanbo Chinese Restaurant on a weekend.


We were there early like just after 5PM. There is no problem getting a table.


The restaurant filled up quickly and reservation is recommended if you decide to eat at peak hour like 6:00 to 8:00PM.


We had half of their Famous Chicken. The chicken is tender and the special sauce tastes good. Continue reading

The Urban Tea Merchant on Georgia St., Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I had the opportunity to meet up on a week day afternoon as they were both off work.

When coming to going to downtown, I usually meet up with Polly at the Bridgeport Skystation. On this day, Polly was almost an hour late as she could not find a parking at the River Rock parking. She drove around the parking lot for almost an hour before she can find a spot. Can you imagine that?


We met up with Whitney for high tea at The Urban Tea Merchant. Whitney had not had a high tea for years.


Teapots decor. How appropriate.


Complimentary tea.


We had two Traditional Tea Set and a Brunch Tea Set. Continue reading

Top Shanghai at Akroyd, Richmond

I am taking a break from our Chicago travel series. Back to local dining for a week.

Lorna and I went for lunch at the Akroyd strip mall after our hair cut on a weekday.


We went to Top Shanghai as it was not busy yet since it was just about noon on a week day. Top Shanghai is popular and if you come at peak hour, you will likely have to wait for a table.

We had the the Xiao Loong Bao which was a typical Shanghai dim sum. It was juicy but they did not have as much juice as they should be.


We also shared a noodle soup (can’t recall it’s English name). The broth was thickish and it came with shrimp, chicken and vegetables like wood ear, mushroom, etc.


The server also recommended another Shanghai dim sum which is Sticky Rice Siew Mai. They were very filling but we expect them to look better as the photo in the menu does not look like these.


Credit card is accepted here.

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Chicago Day 4: Cheesecake Factory

After the visit to the John Hancock Center, we went to The Cheesecake Factory on the ground floor for a snack.


This is a popular location and there is a short wait for a table.


We simply had to gawk at the display of cakes while waiting for our table.


The place was dim and not good for photography.


I had a Mango Keylime Cheesecake as I wanted something of a less rich flavour. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: John Hancock Center

We walked to the John Hancock Center from the Water Tower where we hopped off the Hop On Hop Off Bus.


The John Hancock Center is another skyscraper with a 360 degree view observatory. The observatory is located on the 94th floor of the 100th floor building.

Unfortunately, the TILT platform is closed for maintenance while we were there.


Here are some of the views from the observatory. The above is the view of Navy Pier.


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Chicago Day 4: Buckingham Fountain

After our lunch in Chinatown, we took Uber to Buckingham Fountain, located in the center of Grant Park.


Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world.


The four sea horses around the fountain symbolizes the four states; Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana which border Lake Michigan.


The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Chinatown

Chicago Chinatown is located at the South Side, which is not the safest place to explore.


The Chicago Chinatown has over 100 years of history. We find that it is not as buzzing as the Toronto Chinatown that we recently visited.


The Chinatown Gate which is modeled after a wall in Beijing.


View of the Chinatown Gate from a different side.


Chinatown’s 9 Dragon Wall. The wall is actually decorated with over 500 dragons. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Field Museum of Natural History

The last museum we visited in the Museum Campus Chicago was the Field Museum of Natural History. The entrance to all these museum is covered by the Go Chicago card. The good thing is the museums are all within walking distance.


The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world with up to 2 million visitors annually.


The main hall.


These African elephants is one of the first Field Museum icons since 1909. Continue reading

Chicago Day 4: Shedd Aquarium

Our next destination in the Museum Campus Chicago is Shedd Aquarium.


Shedd Aquarium which opened in 1930 was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. One million US gallons of seawater from Key West was transported to the Shedd Aquarium via railroad.


Man With Fish sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol.


The exhibits are by regions like Amazon, Caribbean, Waters of the World, Great Lakes, etc. Here are some of the photos we took.


Catfish swims in schools to protect themselves from predators. Continue reading