Tim Hortons on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

On one of the day that Ben was on vacation day off, we wanted to go out for lunch. But it was still early, like 10:30AM and it will be too early for lunch.

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So, Ben decided to kill some time at Tim Hortons. Ben really likes the new dark roast from Tim Horton. Since we will be eating in, we got the mug to save some paper cups. The dark roast is really smooth.

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We also shared a new item on their menu which is Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffin. The muffin itself is not very sweet. You get the sweetness from the chocolate chips and a bit of icing on the muffin.

Two medium coffee with a muffin came to $4.95.

This location is quite busy.

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This is how much Ben loves Double East Cuisine.

We kept coming back to Double East Cuisine because Ben simply loves the food here.

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This is from a dinner. The above was Special Spareribs for $13.95. The pork ribs was fried to crispy on the outside and the Chinese sausage imparts some sweetness to it. Love this dish.

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This is Pork and Perserved Vegetable on Rice Hot Pot. The hot pot is good for 3 to 4 people. It is $20.50. This hot pot has some thinly sliced slightly fatty pork, dried fish and the preserved vegetable in this dish is “mui choy”.

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When the hot pot is served, the server first scooped out the toppings onto another plate.

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Then she drizzled the sweetish soy sauce and mixed up the rice for us. Good service especially this particular server. She loves to showcase the dishes ordered by other customers to customer who is still browsing the menu and do not know what to order.

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Complementary dessert soup served for dinner only in our experience as we do not get them for lunch.

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The meal came to $40 with tips and tax.

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Dairy Free Blender Chocolate Pudding

Michelle shared this Dairy Free Blender Chocolate Pudding recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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Michelle served the chocolate pudding in the above yogurt jar which she bought from a British lady in a garage sale. Serving dessert in little glass jar makes it more desirable. 125ml mason jar also makes a great vessel to serve dessert in the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 pound (or 349g) package silken tofu
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sugar

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If you can’t find silken tofu, you can substitute it with soft tofu.

Tofu made from soybean curds:

  • is naturally gluten-free and low calorie, contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron and calcium.
  • it is an important source of protein especially for vegans, vegetarians and those looking to move toward a more plant-based diet.
  • it provides 44% of daily calcium needs, 9% of magnesium, and 40% iron and also contains small amounts of Vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B-6, folate, choline, phophorus, manganese and selenium

Source of info: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278340.php

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Source: Mintgreenapron.blogspot.com

Serves about 6

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Cornbread Muffins

This savory cornbread muffins are best served warm. If you prebake them, warm them slightly in the microwave or oven before serving.

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You can make this muffins in mini muffin tin which will yield 16 to 18 minis. Mini cornbread muffins are great for snacking.

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Michelle introduced the above parchment baking cups for their non-stick property. They are more expensive than regular paper cups but well worth it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes or grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded (or small dice) sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg

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Source: mintgreenapron. blogspot.com

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Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan

Michelle served a side of Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan to go with the hearty vegetarian quinoa chili.

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The slightly bitter arugula is a great compliment to the hearty chili.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed on a cutting board with the side of a knife, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces fresh arugula, washed and dried
  • 2 ounces shaved Parmesan

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Emeril Legasse, 2004

Cook’s note: this recipe makes approximately 3/4 cup vinaigrette. Any remaining vinaigrette will keep for up to 2 weeks stored in a non-reactive container in the refrigerator.

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Hearty Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Just an update from the South Arm Community Center Fund Raiser for the Richmond Food Bank on the 15th November 2014; a total of CAD955 was raised and the food were sold out. Thank you for all the volunteers who made another successful fund raiser event.

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Michelle shared a hearty vegetarian quinoa chili in this kitchen.

Quinoa (pronounced as “keen-wah”) is a healthy whole grain that cooks up in 15 to 20 minutes.

  • It is high in protein, perfect balance in all 9 amino acids, rarely found in plant protein
  • It is a good dose of fiber and iron
  • Most quinoa sold in North America is pre-rinsed.

A simple recipe to cook quinoa from eatingwell.com

  • ratio of 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water or broth
  • bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons (20ml) olive oil
  • 2 cups (500ml) roughly chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seed and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 can (796ml) diced can tomatoes
  • 1 can (540ml) mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dried quinoa

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Presidentschoice.ca

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Chipotle Mexican Grill on Howe St., Vancouver

This is Nanzaro’s eating out adventure in downtown Vancouver.

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He went for the Rememberance Day ceremony and parade at the Victory Square.

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After the ceremony, he went for lunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Howe St. According to Nanzaro, it’s a fast food kind of place like Subway.

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He had the Burrito Bowl. His choice of ingredients in his Burrito Bowl are:

  • Half white cilantro lime rice
    Half brown cilantro lime rice
    Fajita veggies
    Black beans
    Half chicken meat
    Half steak meat
    Hot salsa
    Shredded cheese
    Guacamole
    Romaine lettuce

Nanzaro felt that this is a healty meal.

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Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Polly bought a groupon for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. It’s been a while since we met after she’s back to work full time.

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The entrance to the hotel is via the departture hall, at the far end of the US airlines section. The groupon comes with a 2 hours free parking at Parking Lot P2.

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Afternoon tea starts at 2:00PM. We reserved seating for 2:30PM and it was not busy at this hour.

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I picked the Fairmont Vancouver Airport “Jetsetter” tea which is the signature tea here. The reason I picked this is that it’s low in caffeine. I have trouble sleeping if I have caffeinated drink after 2PM. This tea has a light malty flavour.

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Polly selection of tea is Berry Berry with a deep berry notes and a rich burgundy color. The server advised us not to add milk to this tea as the milk will curdle.

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Pho 1001 Nights on Saba Road, Richmond

A new Vietnamese restaurant took over the location where Pho Cao Van was used to be.

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It was a rainy cold Saturday evening. It’s the perfect weather for a hot bowl of pho noodle soup.

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The restaurant was not busy when we visited. Perhaps, the rain deterred people from coming out.

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The server served hot Chinese tea for all of us. But the two gentlemen also got an extra glass of cold water without being ask.

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Actually Ben decided to go for Vietnamese after watching a recent Anthony Bourdain show on Vietnam, specifically the region Hue. So, Ben ordered Bun Bo Hue to fix his craving. The Bun Bo Hue here is filled with assorted meat like Vietnamese ham, meat balls, and sliced beef. It does not come with pork hock and blood cake. The broth was quite spicy. This is $7.99. Continue reading

Raw Baby Kale Salad with Apples, Sunflower Seeds and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

The South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen made a Raw Baby Kale Salad with Apples, Sunflower Seeds, and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette as a side dish to serve along with the Greek Bean Soup, Fassolada.

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Adding seeds to salad is a great way to add proteins to our diet.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. mixed baby kale leaves (or use Red Russian Kale leaves, chopped)’
  • 1 large apple (like Honeycrisp)
  • 1/4 cup dry-roasted sunflower seeds

Dressing

  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or Agave nectar)
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar (or any mild white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

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Instructions

  1. If you can’t find the mixed baby kale leaves, Michelle highly recommend Red Russian Kale for this salad instead of other kale varieties. If using Red Kake, cut away the rib in each leaf and chop the kale into bite-sized pieces. The baby kale does not need to be chopped. Whichever kale you use, if it is even a little bit wilted, you can crisp it in a salad spinner with very cold water and then spin dry (or with paper towels, until it’s very dry).
  2. To make the dressing, mix together the white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and sweetener and then whisk in the olive oil.
  3. Core the apple, cut into slices, and cut each slice into chunks. Put apple pieces in a small bowl and toss with about half the dressing, making sure each piece of the apple is coated with dressing.
  4. Put the kale into a bowl large enough to hold all the salad, add the rest of the dressing and toss to coat. (If you don’t like much dressing, you may not need to use all). Add the apples coated with dressing and sunflower seeds and toss again.

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