It was one of those weeks that we felt that the blog has taken over our lives. And that is not good. We had our hosting company sending us a warning that our site is taking too much resources that it is affecting the performance of other sites on the server. At least this hosting company did the right thing by giving us one month to make changes to the blog.
We need to make the blog lighter and so expect some changes over the next couple of weeks. Most of it will be subtle but we might remove some features. There is going to be a lot of work for Suanne and I for the next few weeks.
Suanne’s compilation of the Diversely Delicious cookbook is now 99% complete. It just require a final look through and we can order the books from the publisher. The launch of the cookbook is targeted for April 30th and will be unveiled during the Richmond Community Kitchen (RCK) Open House.
The RCK Open House is opened to friends of Community Kitchen members. If you like to attend please let Suanne know (email email@example.com). It is a Pot Luck. Come with a favourite dish and meet new friends. Children are welcome.
The details of the event are as follows:
Friday, April 30th, 2010
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Gilmore United Church
8060 No 1 Road, corner Blundell
The proceeds from the sales of the cookbook will go entirely to the Richmond Community Kitchen. So we hope you will support the Richmond Community Kitchen who had contributed countless recipes to chowtimes by buying the cookbook.
HST – Speak Out Before Its Too Late
I want to be one who will speak out against the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) but really I don’t know where to register my opposition. It seems like there are some confusion. Are there several groups who are spearheading this fight against HST?
One thing you need to make sure of. You need to make sure your voice is really counted. Apparently, you don’t sign just any petitions and there are rules around the validity of petitions. For instance, you can’t sign online petitions – that does not count. You have to sign petitions in person and you must be a registered voter with Elections BC. Looks like the most effective group is this one. There are locations listed on the website where you could go and sign the petition. However, there are none that is near where I live at this time.
For me the biggest issue is the additional 7% HST tax that will be levied on top of the 5% GST. This is how this will look like for a $12 meal.
|Price on Menu
So currently we already pay something like 20% on top of the price on the menu. With the HST we will be paying around 27% … more than a quarter on top of the price on the menu.
The HST will not only affect restaurant meals.
Extreme Dim Sum (XDS)
It seems like there is a demand for an Extreme Dim Sum out there. LotusRapper helped identify a candidate restaurant with a really interesting menu. While waiting for a proper Chinese translation to English, Google is translating the menu items as follows:
- Shunfeng Extreme Snow Pack
- Qingping osmanthus cake cool
- Moist bird’s nest tarts
- Braised lips even Ju
- Discovery ears dried tofu fried scallops
- Baby shrimp, dried scallop and vegetable dip
- XO sauce pork neck ridge mussel Osmanthus fragrans
- Sauce explosion Monochoria
- Pig’s feet Vinegar
- Nourishing chicken with rice wine
- Grilled enoki mushroom rot ball
- Ginger Fried Kale seedling
- South crispy chicken breast knee
- Sugar pea dumplings seagull
- Bao Zhi surface coil
- Huizhou chicken package Aberdeen
- West juice cattle tendons
- Mushrooms steamed Tofu skin roll
- Fried shrimp cake nine dishes
- Top Hung Lai Rong tape
- Seaweed wasabi spring rolls
- Shunfeng gold cake
- Crispy turnip cakes with mustard green
- Enoki mushroom beef intestines
Sounds interesting? LOL!
I am tentatively looking at doing this on a Saturday morning. That is two Saturdays from now … on May 1st. I’ll let you know the details once … I get the response from the restaurant concerned. Saturday mornings are busy times and I want to make sure that the restaurant is willing to support our party. So, if you are interested to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Ramen Event Exclusive for Chowtimes Readers
This morning, I was on the phone with a representative of a Ramen restaurant. We were discussing the proposal from the restaurant to organize an exclusive event for chowtimes readers. This will be exciting. The restaurant is thinking of creating a special menu for us … and even closing the restaurant for the night if we get enough people to attend. Like the 8GTCC event, I want to make this a learning experience and a gathering of fellow foodies besides just enjoying the food. He he he … I want to also make it cheap enough that you cannot resist but attend.
We are looking tentatively for a mid week event sometime in the middle of May. Let me know (by commenting) if you would be interested to attend. I just want to gauge the level of interest out there.
8GTCC – The Next Adventure
The 8GTCC Hunan event was a stunning success. I have gotten feedback that there is a buzz within the Chinese restaurant community about the series of 8GTCC dinners. The 8GTCC team will meet next week to plot the next step in the series of dinner. We have an idea what we want to do next. I do think we will have the plans ready within the next 2 weeks. So, stay tuned.
Taking it to the next level, I am going to check with the 8GTCC team if they will support the attempt to publish a book of the 8GTCC. I think I already have the ideas pretty much laid out but I would need support to pull this off.