Shawarma Palace at Sands Plaza, Richmond

On a weekend evening, Ben, I and Arkensen went out for dinner. Nanzaro opted out to dine out as he was watching a hockey game. It’s the season for ice hockey again.

Ben wanted something light and picked Shawarma Palace as we have not been here before except for Nanzaro.

Customer orders and pays at the counter. The food is prepared right in front of the customers.

Ben and I shared a Mixed Platter for $12.99. The platter comes with salad, spicy garlic potatoes, rice and hummus. Continue reading

Tasty Indian Bistro on 120th St, Delta

My family was in the Delta/Surrey neighbourhood for a special event. So, we decided to have lunch here after the event.

Ben brought us to Tasty Indian Bistro in Delta. We were there before noon and got a parking spot without problem. But when we left, the parking lot was full. As we exited the restaurant, a lady approached us and asked us if we were leaving. She then stood at our spot and made a call, probably for someone that has been looking for a parking spot.

The decoration looks on the high end side.

I like the bronze cutlery.

Arkensen ordered from the lunch special; Non-veg Special for CAD13. He opted for the Goat Curry. The other option is Butter Chicken. The lunch special came with 2 pieces of Tandoori chicken on top of some basmati rice. Continue reading

AnAr Restaurant at President Plaza Foodcourt, Richmond

When Ben and I were having our evening walk, we found a new Persian restaurant in the President Plaza Foodcourt.

I remembered Minoo had just mentioned to me about a Persian restaurant in a Chinese mall on Cambie Street that she would like to introduce to me before we stumbled upon this place. This must be it. According to Minoo, this restaurant is run by a brother and sister.

Ben and I shared a Kubideh which the owner told us is a skewer made with a combination of minced beef and lamb. It was a generous helping with grilled tomatoes and salad. It was the end of the day and we paid the $11 dollar dish with a $20 note. The owner gave us a change of $10 because she did not have small change and neither do us. She said it’s ok. But, we returned the next day with the family as I know Nanzaro loves Persian food. I paid her the $1 that I owed her the next day.

Nanzaro had the same dish. He loves it. Continue reading

Moonpennies on West Pender St. Vancouver

Nanzaro went for a run at the Stanley Park seawall on his day off, early in the morning.

After his run, he went for his breakfast at Moonpennies at Coal Harbour.

Moonpennies serves breakfast all day.

Nanzaro had the Two Egg Breakfast for CAD9. He had the sunny side up eggs and multigrain toast, sausage and housemade potatoes. It’s just a typical western breakfast.

He had coffee to go with his breakfast.

The bill came to CAD12.30 including tax and tips.

Credit card is accepted here.

Moonpennies Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Continental Seafood Restaurant on Cambie Road, Richmond

Some of the praise dance group participants attended the following luncheon, including me.

The speaker is highly recommended by those who had heard his talk before. The talk at this luncheon is about happiness in work place. How many of you all are happy with what you are doing at work?

The ticket for this luncheon is CAD15 and held at the Continental Seafood Restaurant on Cambie Road, Richmond.

The luncheon started with a dim sum item, i.e. siu mai. Continue reading

Tin Tin Seafood Harbour Restaurant on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Emily celebrated her birthday with me, Dora and Lorna at Tin Tin Seafood Harbour Restaurant.

We had booked a table for 5:30PM. When we were there, there was no customer yet. So, we told the server we will returned half an hour later. We went to Yaohan to do some shopping first.

When we returned, the restaurant had some customers already but not too busy yet.

Lorna had the honour to do the ordering. The above is Seafood Lettuce Wrap. The iceberg lettuce was very fresh and crisp. The seafood filings were made with shrimps, scallop and vegetables like carrots and water chestnut which give it some crunch. Continue reading

Quinoa Pilaf

In the South Arm Community Kitchen, we served the Chicken with Tomato Sauce with a side dish of Quinoa Pilaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed a few times
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnut
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Source: this recipe is adapted from allrecipes

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Chicken with Tomato Sauce

For the main course, the South Arm Community Kitchen made a chicken dish with tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 12 pieces chicken thighs or legs, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green pepper (and/or red peppers)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
  • 4 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder, optional
  • 1 cup currants

Chicken Spice Mix

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup flour

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves: 12

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Marvelous Minestrone

Minoo shared three recipes in the South Arm Community Kitchen as usual.

The first recipe is a soup recipe. This Marvelous Minestrone is great with some toasted bread as a light meal. This soup also freezes well for a quick meal any day of week. Freeze extra in small freezer bags in single portion size.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock or water
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, removed seeds and diced
  • 1 green pepper, removed seeds and diced
  • 1x19oz (540ml) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage or 1 teaspoon fresh sage (can be substituted with oregano)
  • 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1x14oz (398ml) can kidney beans (or pinto or navy beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup small pasta (like macaroni)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Source: Food Skills for Families; Active Seniors

This recipe uses Italian seasonings as it’s an Italian soup. But do not limit yourself as you can make a curry version with cumin, turmeric or curry powder.

You can also add other vegetables like celery or cabbage.

Adding legumes to the soup as an inexpensive source of protein .

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