Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center

I went with Lorna to her house after the community kitchen to install a portable backup drive that I helped her to buy during the Black Friday sales. After the job was done, Lorna wanted to go out for afternoon tea. She suggested to go to Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center.

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We ordered a couple of appetizers. The above deep fried chicken was really good. It was super crunchy outside and moist inside.

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The second appetizer was deep fried squid. It was served with a Thai sweet chili sauce. This was not bad but I would prefer the deep fried chicken better. Continue reading

Leisure Tea & Coffee on Alexandra Road, Richmond

It’s been a while since Polly and I met up for cake meet due to her busy schedule. We found time to meet up and went to Leisure Tea & Coffee for a light lunch, more like a snack lunch.

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Leisure Tea & Coffee only opens at 12:00PM.

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Polly told me that this is a popular place for Taiwanese. Truely enough, a group of middle aged people came in for coffee at the later part of our meal and they spoke “Hokkien”/”Fujian”.

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We had the Oriental Style Combo for 2 with 1 black coffee and 1 pot of tea for $26.25. For the tea, Polly selected the Passion Fruit and Pineapple Tea. It was very sweet and fragrant. We asked for a pot of hot water so that we can dilute the tea before drinking. Continue reading

Bubble Waffle Cafe in Ironwood Plaza, Richmond

We were delighted to see Bubble Waffle Cafe opening a restaurant in Ironwood Plaza.

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It is located next to the Browns Socialhouse on Steveston Hwy. We came here a week after it opens for business.

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We arrived about 11:30am and got a table immediately. It got busier later.

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The menu is definitely larger than the locations in the food court.

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Nanzaro ordered the Fish Puff with Rice. It came in a hot plate. For this Teppanyaki Combo, one gets to choose either rice or egg noodle or Udon for the carbohydrate. The sauce option is either house sauce or Korean sauce. Nanzaro opted for rice with house sauce. 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

Estea Cafe at Aberdeen Square, Richmond

After the small bite at Pizza Garden, we did more walking in the vicinity area. Our goal is to walk 10,000 steps or more daily.

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On the way back, Ben tempted with dessert at Estea Cafe, also at the Aberdeen Square.

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I admit that I’m weak when come to dessert. I just gave in easily.

You placed your order and paid at the counter. Your order will be delivered to your table. Continue reading

Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up in mid December for an early Christmas dinner. We picked Maji because it’s only open for dinner.

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We arrived five minutes past the opening hour at 5:30PM. We were their first customers and we had no problem getting a table.

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The place was sufficiently lighted and the seating is not too tight.

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We ordered five dishes to share.

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For starter, we had the Braised food Platter which is one of the more expensive dish on the menu. You picked 4 types of items from a list of 7 to 8 items. We had braised egg, tofu, beef tripe and mushroom. It was quite a big serving as we did not manage to finish it. Continue reading

Lao Shan Dong on Kingsway, Burnaby

On Boxing day morning, we went out early as Nanzaro wanted to shop for his stuff.

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The good thing about waking up early is to be able to watch a spectacular sun rise.

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We went to Metrotown to shop. It was very crowded as the Chinese saying “people mountain people sea”.

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After walking for hours, we went across the street to have lunch. Initially, we wanted to go to Cattle Cafe but there was a line waiting for table. So, we changed our destination to Lao Shan Dong. It was just a short wait for a table.

Lao Shan Dong used to be a very popular place but there are many competitive restaurants in the same area now.

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We ordered an appetizer to munch while waiting for our noodles. The spicy bamboo shoot was crunchy and mildly spicy. I like the texture. Continue reading

Newton Beef Noodle House on Saba Road, Richmond

A new Taiwanese restaurant took over the Pho 1001 Nights location on Saba Road. We quite like the Bun Bo Hue in Pho 1001 Nights but it’s gone now.

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Ben and I went to this new Taiwanese restaurant on a weekend lunch.

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The menu stated that it’s a temporary menu. I guess they will make changes to the menu in the future depending how business goes.

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I had the House Special Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodle Soup. It came with five large pieces of tender beef brisket and tendon. I opted for the thick noodle as I like the texture of thicker noodle. It was a good bowl of noodle. Continue reading

Chamonix on No.3 Road, Richmond

Lorna, Marian and I met up during Chinese New Year. Coincidentally, Emily came back from China on the same day and we managed to get her to join us last minute.

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Lorna shared with me this new Taiwanese restaurant a few weeks ago. Chamonix is located in the neighbourhood where Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine, Bob’s Submarine, Cucina Manila, Shanghai House Restaurant and Sanbo Restaurant is.

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Wow, I did not expect interior decor is so glittering. Even the servers name tag lights up.

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They serve with hello kitty bowls and cups. Polly, your girls will like this place.

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We ordered a few items to share.  First was the above Chamonix choice of three marinated item; pig ear’s (Marian’s choice), seaweed and fried tofu. It came with some sour cabbages and instant noodles. Continue reading