The Urban Tea Merchant on Georgia St., Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I had the opportunity to meet up on a week day afternoon as they were both off work.

When coming to going to downtown, I usually meet up with Polly at the Bridgeport Skystation. On this day, Polly was almost an hour late as she could not find a parking at the River Rock parking. She drove around the parking lot for almost an hour before she can find a spot. Can you imagine that?

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We met up with Whitney for high tea at The Urban Tea Merchant. Whitney had not had a high tea for years.

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Teapots decor. How appropriate.

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Complimentary tea.

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We had two Traditional Tea Set and a Brunch Tea Set. (more…)

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Fraser Court Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

It was a pouring Saturday morning where Nanzaro participated in the Eastside 10K run. He got a free run as his design for the T-shirt for the run was one of the five finalists.

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Nanzaro wanted dim sum after his run. We went to Fraser Court Restaurant to reward him.

The place was full when we arrived. Moreover, a part of the dining room was partitioned off for some special function. We waited for a little while for a table. Ben noticed that they actually gave available table to some regular customers before us even though we arrived earlier.

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You can click on the dim sum menu to have a larger view.

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Nanzaro wanted either Ha Kow or Shiu Mai. Ben ordered the Shiu Mai (steamed pork dumplings) which has some kind of fish in it too. It was quite a big dumpling.

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The Sticky Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage is another Nanzaro’s favourite dish. This mini version is $6.95. (more…)

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsway, Vancouver

Ben intended to bring me to My Chau for Pho Ga on a Friday evening. We were not aware that it closes at 6:00PM. Although we reached My Chau before 6:00PM, there was a note on the door stating that it closed early for that day.

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So, we decided to walk along Kingsway to look for another place to eat. We came upon Hai Phong which we had not been here for a long time and settled with it.

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When we entered the restaurant, an aroma of sourness permeated the restaurant. It led us to order a medium Hot and Sour Soup to share.  (more…)

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Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown, Vancouver

Lorna invited me to the Praise Dance Night at Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown. It was a celebration of the formation of the Canada Praise Dance Association.

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The celebration started at Montgomery Park around 3:00PM. There were several hundreds of participants in this event. There were representatives from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and various local churches.

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Although I do not know the dance exercises but I felt it’s a very good form of exercise. It is fun too to do it in a group. It was privileged to have the founder of the Praise Dance from Taiwan, Ng Mei Yun attending this event. I can’t believe she is 80 years old as she looks so youthful and bouncy in the dance moves.

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After the dance, we went down to Chinatown for the dinner. Since there were still time, Lorna and I went for a short walk in Chinatown.

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We returned to Floata Seafood Restaurant at 6:00PM. Floata was picked to host the dinner because it can accommodate large group. I heard that this dinner was attended by about 500 people.

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The first course was BBQ Cold Meat Combination Platter. I find the flavour of the BBQ goose (or duck) to be a bit too gamey for me.

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Next came the Deep Fried Shrimp Ball. It was very chewy and the shrimp was grounded too fine to be recognizable. (more…)

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Amay’s House Burmese and Asian Cuisine on Victoria Dr, Vancouver

On a Sunday evening, Ben and I went out for dinner alone as our boys did not want to come along. We did not have a destination, so Ben just drove along Victoria Dr. and stopped at any place that catch our attention.

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We settled with Amay’s House Burmese and Asian Cuisine as we have not try this place before.

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Chinese tea was served. The customers in the restaurant were majority Burmese from their look and language. So, it must be authentic.

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I ordered the Burmese Style Biryani which came with a marinated roasted chicken leg. The basmati rice was fragrant with saffron, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and traditional spices. The chicken was tender and falling off the bone. (more…)

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Yu Xiang Yuan Restaurant on Fraser St., Vancouver

On one of the weekend, Ben and I went out for an early lunch before going out for a walk.

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We drove along Fraser St., to look for a restaurant and we ended up at Yu Xiang Yuan Restaurant.

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We were particularly interested in the hand pulled noodle.

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The restaurant had just opened for business for the day and we were their first customers.

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I had the Stew Noodle with Lamb. The broth has a good lamb flavour. (more…)

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Mei Yee Bakery on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

After lunch at Benss Cafe, we walked along Victoria Dr. a bit to help digestion. Ben likes to walk after a meal. Not so much for the boys.

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We stopped by Mei Yee Bakery to buy some stuff for breakfast and snacks.

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Ben wanted the Chicken steam buns which comes in 4 in a bag.

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The bun does not look big when we bought it, but when we had it for breakfast the next morning, it felt bigger than it look. It is filled with chicken, ham, salted egg yolk and some crunchy daikon (I think). (more…)

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Benss Cafe at Victoria Drive, Vancouver

We intended to go Kedah House for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We wanted to have the all you can eat buffet which will be replaced with mixed dishes style of serving. The owner told us that they are not sure when they will implement it yet. We were disappointed to see that Kedah House was not open. Perhaps they are closed for the Muslim holiday.

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So, Ben suggested we go to Victoria Dr. to look for a place to eat. We decided to eat at Benss Cafe which is a Hong Kong style cafe which our boys agreed to.

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The restaurant was not busy when we arrived just around noon. More customers arrived later.

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I ordered the minced pork and salted fish claypot rice. It was quite a big serving. Luckily, Ben helped me to finish it. (more…)

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Best Cheesecake in town

After dinner in Miku, we decided to go somewhere else for dessert.

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Polly suggested to go for the best cheesecake in town, her favourite dessert.

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We went to the Trees Organic Cheesecake on Water St. There is another one on Granville St.

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Since it’s summer, Polly and I had fruit smoothies for our drink. Polly had the mango smoothies while I had the strawberries smoothies. It was cooling and refreshing. The smoothies is $4.25 each. (more…)

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Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up again in downtown for dinner.

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Whitney suggested Miku Restaurant which is near her work place.

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When Whitney called up the day before to make reservation, she was told that reservation was full but we can try to walk in to try our luck and so we did.

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We managed to get a table at the patio, great for summer.

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We started with an appetizer of Soba Pepperoncino which has scallop, shrimp, squid, chili-garlic soy, sweet pepper, shiitake mushroom, baby bok choy, jalapeno and crunchy tempura bits on a bed of soba noodle. Whitney commented that it tasted like Malaysian style mee goreng :-).

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