Farewell Dinner at Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Burnaby

My boss bought a farewell dinner for one of our team member who resigned. It is sad to loose a colleague but we want to share a memorable farewell.

We had the farewell dinner at Trattoria Italian Kitchen, across Metrotown in Burnaby. It was recommended by one of our colleague who recently dined there with some of her friends visiting Vancouver.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen is known for it’s house pasta and pizza. In the photo above, you can see the pizza oven which is located near the entrance.

Complementary sourdough bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip.

Some of us ordered some virgin cocktails for our drink. The above was some green tea with mint ordered by colleague. (more…)

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Panos Greek Taverna on SE Marine Dr, Vancouver

My office celebrated the birthday of a colleague on a Friday. We ordered lunch from Panos Greek Taverna on SE Marine Dr which is 5 minutes drive away.

My colleague called up Panos Greek Cuisine to place the take out order at 11:00AM, when the restaurant opens for lunch. We told the restaurant that we will pick up our orders at 12:00PM. When one of my colleague arrived at the restaurant 5 minutes past 12:00PM, he was asked to wait. He waited for 20 minutes before our food were ready. That is how busy the restaurant is.
I had the Chicken Souvlaki which comes with Greek salad, potato, rice and tzatziki. All of us swapped the tzatziki with hummus except one but somehow, all our orders came with hummus. We preferred hummus as it goes better with the pita bread.

There were plenty of pita bread left over as most of us only had half a pita bread.

Here are some of the items that my colleagues ordered: Prawn Souvlaki. (more…)

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Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna on Davie St., Vancouver

Ben and I went for a walk at the north side of the False Creek on a gloomy Saturday morning. It drizzled before we started the walk and we were glad that we did not give up and continued with our walk. We walked 20,000 steps that morning.

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After the walk, Ben rewarded me with a good lunch. He brought me to Stephos. Since it was still 5 minutes before the restaurant opened for lunch, there was only one group of about 10 in line.

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Ben ordered Humous for our appetizer. It was garlicky.

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The humous came with three pillowy pita bread. The hummus and pita bread can be a meal by itself. (more…)

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Ladies’ Meet at Water St. Cafe, Vancouver

I met up with Polly and Whitney in Gastown for a get together. It was a rainy day again just like the past couple of our get together.

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Since, it was raining, we did not go far from where Whitney works. We had dinner at Water St. Cafe.

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We started off with an appetizer of Calamari Fritti as recommended by Whitney. These were light and crispy and served with garlic aioli and preserved orange.

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Complementary warm bread with good crust.

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Since we like to share our dishes, Whitney also recommended the Rigatoni with Italian Sausage. The Italian Sausage has some spiciness in it. This is served with some shaved fennel and grated Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper. (more…)

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Mykonos Greek Restaurant in Bellingham, WA

When Ben is back in Vancouver, he likes to make a day trip to Bellingham. Just for food and shopping. This has become a ritual to him. He likes to check out snacks that is not available in Vancouver.

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We had lunch at Mykonos Greek Restaurant in Bellingham. Mykonos is a chain restaurant.

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It was pretty quiet when we were there.

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We ordered from the Greek specialties menu. Ben had the Paidakia while I had the Souvlaki.

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Despite that the restaurant was not busy, service was rather slow. It took about 15 minutes before our first item arrived. First came some piping hot pita bread. We had to wait for our meal to be served to enjoy the pita because the tzatziki came with the meal.

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My Lamb Souvlaki. You can either have it with rice or fries. I prefer rice. The rice was flavourful. (more…)

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Pajo’s Fish & Chips in Steveston Village, Richmond

Arkensen is on his 2 weeks of spring break before resume school in early May. Out of the blue, he just craves for fish & chips. So, I brought him to Steveston Village for lunch.

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A sculpture on display along the board walk from the wharf towards Pajo’s Fish & Chips.

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Pajo’s Fish & Chips is a floating restaurant. We arrived just before noon and the place was not too busy. Twenty or more minutes later, this place was buzzing with customers which includes tourists, students and policemen.

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Seatings are available on the floating restaurant and on the board walk as well.

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Here’s what Arkensen came for. He ordered the one of each large fish & chips for $16.99. The fish includes cod, salmon and halibut.
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Ladies Lunch at Kisamos Greek Taverna in Steveston Village, Richmond

Emily, Marian, Lorna and I met up for lunch and get together in early October.

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We met up at Kisamos Greek Taverna at noon. Free 2 hours street parking available.

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The restaurant was not too busy yet when we arrived.

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We waited quite a while for Emily as she had to sent her daughter for a job interview. We ordered the Kisamos Platter for 2 to share among the three of us first since Emily was late. The Kisamos Platter for 2 is $40.95. First came the Greek Salad of onions, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, pickled chili and feta cheese.

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Next came the pita bread. The server did not bring the homous to go with the bread. When we asked for it, the server told us that the dip will come with the platter. We asked for the homous to be served first so that we can have  it the bread.

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The server brought out the homous and tzatziki dips for us. (more…)

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