Pizza Garden at Aberdeen Station, Richmond

Ben and I went for our daily walk during his Christmas break.


We ended up at the new Aberdeen Square. We wanted something light for lunch saw saw this new Pizza Garden across the Aberdeen sky train station.


The signage says it Pizza Garden serves authentic Neopolitan style pizza.


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Neighbourhood Small Grants

I was approached by a volunteer for the Richmond Cares Richmond Gives (Volunteer Richmond) to spread words of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program for the Richmond Community.

The Neighborhood Small Grants program aims to support events that achieve one or more of these 4 objectives:

1. Connect and engage neighborhood residents (ex. Establishing stronger bonds amongst neighbors)

2. Share residents’ skills and knowledge (ex. Yoga, cooking lessons)

3. Build sense of ownership and pride (ex. Building attachment with local resources, environment)

4. Respect and celebrate diversity (ex. Connecting with others coming from various backgrounds)

Successful applicants who apply with a great idea may be given up to $500 in grant to make their proposal become a reality. Keep in mind all proposals should be inclusive and welcoming to all. Projects in the past include bloc parties, scavenger hunts, international pot luck dinners and more. Feel free to think outside the box and get innovative with your project! The possibilities are endless!

Online applications will be open on February 15, 2016 and close off on April 4, 2016.

For more information about the grant, please visit

or click here if you would like to learn more about the foundation,


Lemon Pudding Cake

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Lemon Pudding Cake for dessert.


The Lemon Pudding Cake was soft and moist. The lemon flavour was lovely.


  • 2 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 cups milk


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Chicken Strips

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen met again on a Wednesday. We made three healthy dishes from scratch.


The main dish is Chicken Strips. The baked chicken strip is a healthy version of finger food. Making chicken strips at home can help control salt content compared to buying ready made ones from grocery store or restaurant.

These baked chicken strips are lower in fat because they are baked and not deep fried.

You can freeze leftover chicken strips for another meal.

You can substitute chicken with fish.


  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • optional dipping sauce: honey mustard, Sriracha


Source: Food Skills for Families: Active Seniors

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Paris Day 4: Dinner

We explored the neighbourhood of Montparnesse for dinner.


We walked in a noodle soup shop as we started to miss our comfort food.


We were the only customers while we were there. The owner was very chatty; perhaps because we are Chinese. He told us that he has been running his business for 13 years.


A seafood noodle soup.


A beef noodle soup.


The noodle was OK. Just a simple noodle soup. The meal came to Euro 15.40.

Paris Day 4: Tour Montparnesse

We return to Montparnesse after lunch. We decided to go for the Tour Montparnese since it’s included in the Paris pass.


Above was a view from the Eiffel Tower. The tall building at the far end is the Montparnese.


View of Eiffel Tower from Montparnesse.


View of Invalides, the building with golden dome. It is where Napaleon’s tomb lies. Continue reading