Kita no Donburi Japanese Restaurant on Seymour St, Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up for lunch in downtown as Whitney works in Gastown. It’s not easy to get a lunch date with Whitney as she is always busy. So, we got down to downtown via public transit even on a snow day which is not common in Vancouver.

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We had lunch at Kita no Donburi Japanese Restaurant for it’s proximity to Whitney’s work place. We were there just before 12PM and had no problem with getting a seat. The restaurant is very busy during lunch hour. No reservation of seat is allowed. You have to place your order first before getting table. You have to place your receipt on your table for the server to verify when the food is delivered to your table.

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The restaurant is decorated with bowls chandelier as donburi literally means bowl.

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We shared two winter specials and a Kakuni Don. Continue reading

Multicultural Community Kitchens Christmas Potluck 2013

The multicultural community kitchens celebrated the last session of 2013 with a potluck at the Caring Place.

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It’s nice to see old and new faces as I have not been attending any of the multicultural community kitchens for more than a year. As usual, there are lots of food in the potluck.

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Appetizers: Octopus & Seaweed, Chicken Salad.

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Marinated Chicken, Gizzard & Egg; Funny Taste Chicken (aka Saliva Chicken). Continue reading

Drommar (Swedish Dream Cookies)

This is another shortbread cookies made in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

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This Swedish Dream Cookies are flavoured with almond extract and with added flaked coconut.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (more if you like almond flavour)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

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Source: this recipe is adapted from epicurius.com

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Gina’s Perfect Shortbread

These Gina’s Perfect Shortbread is easy to work with. You can make them as balls or roll it out with rolling pin and cut into desired shapes. The chocolate chips act as a guide for how thick they could be.

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This shortbread isn’t overly sweet and the few chocolate chips add a little sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (preferred)

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Chocolate Mendiants

A very merry Christmas to all chowtimes readers.

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Michelle incorporated a chocolate treat in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club for the holiday theme session.

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These Chocolate Mendiants are fairly healthy treats to have at Christmas if you choose dark chocolate and have fruit and nuts on top.

Researchers have found links between dark chocolate consumption and reduced risk of heart problems. The protective benefit was only seen when chocolate contained at least 60 to 70% percent cocoa. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/heath/2012/01/dar-chocolate-for-a-healthier-heart)

Ingredients

  • Approximately 1 pound of dark or milk chocolate, roughly chopped (we used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • Assorted finely chopped dried fruit, chopped toasted nuts, seeds, sprinkles, etc (we used dried apricot, raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds and candied ginger)

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Banana Bread Cookies

This Banana Bread Cookies recipe is adapted from a recipe that came with ziploc containers.

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This Banana Bread Cookies are like muffin tops. They are great for the lunchbox.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons vinegar or 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (half whole wheat and half unbleached works well)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup oats

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You can use frozen bananas in this recipe. Just defrost overnight in the fridge or zap in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.

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Baked Apple Pancake

This recipe is a gift from Michelle to the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club. It is her mom’s recipe and it’s her family tradition to make this Baked Apple Pancake on Christmas morning while the kids are busy opening their gifts.

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You can reduce the butter to 1/4 cup but it does change the consistency of the pancake slightly.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (only if using unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar

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Source: http://www.mintgreenapron.blogspot.com

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Lunch at Jade Seafood Restaurant with my Community Kitchen Buddies

I met up with Emily, Marian and Lorna for dim sum at Jade Seafood Restaurant before the Christmas holiday. It’s been over a year since we our last meeting as everyone is busy with our lives.

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We came to Jade Seafood Restaurant with Lorna recommendation for it’s special lunch set of $9.99. However, when we asked our server about it, she told us that the offer is no longer available. So, we just ordered from their regular menu.

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Lorna picked a Taro Cake which is the steamed version for a healthier choice. It came in a block and not pre-cut into slices.  I still prefer the re-fried version for a more crispy version.

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Marian picked a Fish Congee. The congee was smooth and silky. Continue reading

No 1 Beef Noodle on Willingdon Ave

Arkensen was selected for a play testing of Dragon Age game at EA Sports near BCIT.  The testing is about 45 minutes. So after we dropped him at the EA Sports, we went to the nearby No 1 Beef Noodle to have lunch.

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We had blogged about this place a long while ago. No 1 Beef Noodle is affiliated with Beefy Beef Noodle on Main St.

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Ben ordered the house special noodle with beef, beef tendeon and three wontons. This is $9.50.

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The house special noodle came with thin noodle. Apparently, we can have a choice of thin or thick noodle as we heard another server attended to other customers but the server who attended us did not ask us for the choice of noodle. I would have prefer thick noodle for a better texture. Continue reading