Alleluia Cafe at Richspot Plaza, Richmond

Ben and I went for an early breakfast on a Saturday morning. When we arrived at Alleluia Cafe, it was not opened yet, another 10 minutes to the opening time at 8:00AM. So, we went for a short walk before we returned to the restaurant.


Ben wanted something healthy, so he ordered the Nutritious Breakfast. It is listed as Tomato + Banana + Avocado + Poached Egg + Brown Toast. Literally, the items are served individually.


I ordered the Congee Combo as I knew Ben would like some hot Asian style breakfast too. I ordered the Fish Fillet Congee. Ben likes the congee which is slightly grainy.


I ordered the Soy Sauce Fried Noodle for the combo as it’s Ben’s favourite breakfast noodle.


Alleluia Cafe accepts cash only.

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Baghdad Cafe on Seymour Street, Vancouver

Nanzaro and I were in downtown to run errands. We had some time to kill before our next errand. We decided to get a bite as it was almost lunch hour.


Nanzaro picked the Baghdad Cafe as he likes middle eastern food.


Since I was not that hungry, I just taxed on his order. He went for the Mixed Kebab Platter. The server told us that it will take 10 minutes for it to be prepared.


It came with two type of meat skewers, chicken and beef.


You get to pick the sauces and Nanzaro got some of each which include garlic, hummus and tzatziki.


He also got to pick a salad. As usual, I had most of the tabouleh. I made a simple wrap with the pita bread while Nanzaro had most of the rice and meat.

Baghdad Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Leisure Tea & Coffee on Alexandra Road, Richmond

It’s been a while since Polly and I met up for cake meet due to her busy schedule. We found time to meet up and went to Leisure Tea & Coffee for a light lunch, more like a snack lunch.


Leisure Tea & Coffee only opens at 12:00PM.


Polly told me that this is a popular place for Taiwanese. Truely enough, a group of middle aged people came in for coffee at the later part of our meal and they spoke “Hokkien”/”Fujian”.


We had the Oriental Style Combo for 2 with 1 black coffee and 1 pot of tea for $26.25. For the tea, Polly selected the Passion Fruit and Pineapple Tea. It was very sweet and fragrant. We asked for a pot of hot water so that we can dilute the tea before drinking. Continue reading

Parklane Chinese Restaurant on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

The praise dance group from Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church went for dim sum after the practice to celebrate the mid autumn festival. We went to Parklane Chinese Restaurant. Two of the members got to the restaurant earlier to place the orders first for the early bird discount. When we arrived, a couple of dishes had just delivered to our table. It was nice that we did not have to wait long for food.


Here are the dishes that we had. Taro Root Dumpling with a crispy exterior and a creamy interior.


Steamed Pork Dumpling (“Siew Mai”) with Pork Liver. This is slightly unique with the presence of the pork liver.


Phoenix Claw and Peanut. I only tasted the peanuts as the chicken feet is not easy to break up for sharing.


The Oyster Omelet is more of Chinese style omelet. Unlike the Taiwanese style which is more starchy and serve with a sauce. I prefer the Chinese style. Continue reading

Homemade Kefir (or Milk Kefir)

Minoo brought her homemade milk kefir to share in the South Arm Community Kitchen. Milk kefir is a probiotic yogurt-like drink.


Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains. Kefir is a source of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, etc.


Minoo demonstrated to us how to make homemade kefir. First she strain the kefir with a stainless steel strainer. The kefir milk taste like yogurt drink, i.e. a little sour with a yeasty smell. The longer you leave the kefir grains in the milk, the more sour the milk will be.


Rinse the kefir grains under cold running water.


Kefir grains are symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. They are alive. They will grow as you continue the process of making the kefir milk. You can share the excess kefir grains with your friends.

The probiotics in kefir promote a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. They are the good bacteria in our guts.


Minoo gave us a little kefir grains to bring home to make our own kefir. Just place the kefir grains in a clean jar and add milk to it. Close the jar and give it a few shakes. Leave the jar in room temperature overnight or up to 24 hours and repeat the process of straining, rinsing and restart fermentation with a new batch of milk.

Minoo reminded us not to place the kefir grains in the fridge for too long as the cold will kill the kefir grains. If you cannot attend to the kefir grains for a day or two, it will be alright to place in the fridge, but any longer than that, you have to find someone to baby sit it.

Minoo, thank you for sharing.

Tender Steak Roll filled with Vegetables

The South Arm Community Kitchen made the main dish last as it is to be consumed hot.


The main dish we made was Tender Steak Roll filled with Vegetables. This can be grilled or pan fried.


  • 8 thin slices sirloin or flank steak
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Rosemary, chopped and crushed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • a few mushrooms, cut into thin slices

For the Rosemary Balsamic Glaze

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Rosemary
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 8

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Stacked Potato Gratin

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a side dish of Stacked Potato Gratin.


Minoo shared this recipe of Stacked Potato Gratin just in time for Thanksgiving as we met the week before Thanksgiving.


  • 2 kilograms large potatoes (about 5)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried ones
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • paprika for sprinkling on top, optional


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Best Bran Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen started off with a sweet recipe first.


This high fiber Best Bran Muffin is freezer friendly.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups ground wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 1 cup raisins


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Wang Ji Restaurant Cafe on Blundell Road, Richmond

Lorna and I went out for an early dinner in her neighbourhood. I went to her place to help her with downloading of her photos from her cell to her PC as her storage in her cell is full.


We went to the above Wang Ji Restaurant Cafe in the Blundell mall. This location has changed ownership quite a few times.


This new owner serves multi Chinese cuisine, i.e. a bit of this and that.


The server recommended the above Zhan Jiang Free-Range Chicken. Half for $14.95. It is like most other specialty chicken like Empress Chicken, Hainanese Chicken, etc. I just can’t really know how to differentiate them. Continue reading

Panago on Steveston Hwy, Richmond

Ben and I went to Garry Point Park for our morning walk. It was quite a breezy morning especially when we were near the water.


The meadow at the Garry Point Park. The flowers are sparse.


The land here does not look fertile.


A gaggle of Canadian geese hanging out in the park.


We walked all the way to the Imperial Landing Park. There were people fishing on a pier.


After our walk, we decided to get pizza for lunch for our boys. We had bought a couple of Panago certificates from a friend in support for her daughter’s dance team. The certificate is $10 each and entitles for any medium Panago Pizza. Continue reading