Richmond World Festival 2016

Richmond celebrated the end of the summer with a big bag. The Richmond World Festival attracted more than 30,000 people.

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The Richmond World Festival celebrates the city’s cultural diversity through food, sport, art and music.

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There were over 40 food trucks showing the region’s flavour in the FEASTival of Flavours.

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Here were just a few of them.

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Ben and I had a heavy breakfast, so we did not sample any of the food.

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However, Nanzaro did get a wrap from a Greek food truck.

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While Arkensen got a Poke bowl from Hiko Sushi food truck.

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I came here for the Vancouver Cantonese Opera performance. I simply love this art form. The costumes are colorful, intricate and unique. The costumes tell the characteristic of the character. It depicts the nature of the play. Continue reading

Pepper Lunch on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Finally Ben and I visited Pepper Lunch after the long line up dies down.

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We were there for lunch and there was no line up, perhaps it was still early.

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We like that the menu is displayed outside the restaurant. It makes it easier for one to make a decision.

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When we walked in, a server came by to take our order at the counter and payment is required immediately. Continue reading

PNE 2016

After the lunch at Hi Genki, we decided to go to the PNE despite of rain in the forecast.

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We entered via the Playland entrance. Even though the sky was gloomy, but the Playland was a fun place.

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It’s nice to watch people having fun on those adrenalin rushing rides.

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Here are more photos from Playland and PNE.

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Hi Genki at Nikkei Home, Burnaby

Ben brought me to Hi Genki at the Nikkei House for lunch on his day off work.

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We were there before noon and was lucky to get the last table without wait. A line quickly form after that.

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Some Japanese style decorations at the entrance.

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The teapot is unique.

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We ordered two items to share. The first item was a deluxe bento box with salmon sashimi. tempura, teriyaki chicken and rice. Continue reading

Mandarin Loaf Cake

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Mandarin Loaf Cake for dessert to end our meal.

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Ingredients

  • 3 Mandarins
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup to 1 1/2 cup flour (depending on how juicy is the Mandarins)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 Mandarin

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Stir Fry

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a stir fry vegetable dish to be served with basmati rice.

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This Okra, Corn and Tomatoes Stir Fry is Minoo’s favourite okra recipe.

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Minoo shared a remedy of drinking okra water which is believed to help lessen diabetes symptoms. Okra water is made by putting sliced okra in warm water and soak them overnight.

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh okra, halved lengthwise
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (from 2 large ears)
  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 ounces slab bacon, cut into large dice (optional)
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzle

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Red Radishes Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen resumes it’s regular programming in September. We meet twice a month on Wednesday.

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The first recipe shared in the kitchen was a Red Radishes Salad. The red radishes add spiciness to the salad.

Ingredients

  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried ones
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Szechuan House at Aberdeen Foodcourt, Richmond

Ben wanted something light for dinner. So, we went to the Aberdeen foodcourt on a Tuesday evening.

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Apparently, Aberdeen closes early on Sunday (5:00pm), Monday to Wednesday (6:00pm). But according to the Zomato site, Szechuan House opens till 7pm from Sunday to Wednesday).

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We were there half an hour before the closing time. Ben ordered the Saliva Chicken from Szechuan House. It took a while for the food to be ready even though this is a cold dish. Rice is optional, only if you want it. Of course, Ben must have rice to enjoy with the delicious spicy sauce. The sauce here has a light sweetness in it which makes it tastes really good.

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As for the chicken, they were quite bony. This dish is $10.

Szechuan House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Buffet, River Rock Casino, Richmond

Ben had taken a few days off to clear his leave at the end of summer. Since we are on “staycation”, we decided to indulge a little for breakfast.

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Ben and I had an early breakfast on a weekday at The Buffet in River Rock Casino.

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Prices had gone up a little since our last visit.

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The server asked us if we wanted to be near the window or the food, we opted for the window. It was a gloomy and rainy morning.

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Coffee is a must for breakfast for me. The coffee here is not bad.

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I started off with some western style breakfast; grilled vegetables, bacon, sausage, scrambled egg with cheese and hash brown. Continue reading

Corner 23 on Cambie St., Vancouver

After the walk at QE Park, Ben suggested to take the Canada Line to downtown since the day is still early.

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Canada Place was buzzing with tourists as there were 2 cruise ships at the dock.

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These cruise ships are huge, like an apartment block.

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Sea plane cruising in the Vancouver Harbour dock.

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Water Fountain at Waterfront Center overlooking the Cruise Ship dock at Canada Place.

After exploring the downtown, we took the Canada Line back to Cambie where we parked our car.

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We decided to have dinner at Corner 23 just across the King Edward station.

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The menu looks grand. Continue reading