Pho 37 on Steveston Highway, Richmond

We arrived back in Richmond past 7:00PM from the salmon tour. Lorna wanted to have dinner before returning home.

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We went to the nearby Ironwood Plaza and settled for Vietnamese dinner.

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Since Marian and I were not hungry yet, we ordered a couple of appetizers and a main dish to share. Spring Rolls were crunchy.

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Green Papaya Salad was quite appetizing with a slightly tangy dressing. Lorna likes the crunchy crackers.

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The Lemongrass Chicken on Rice was a big serving. We even had some leftover packed to go.

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The restaurant was busy. Marian asked for some peanut sauce for the spring rolls but the server did not bring it. Marian asked for the peanut sauce because she was curious about the jars and jars of peanut butter she saw at the back of the kitchen when she visited their bathroom.

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Willow View Farms Tour

The last stop of the salmon tour is to Willow View Farms for apple picking.

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Unfortunately, we arrived at the farm at 5:30PM which is the closing time for the farm. The owner told us that we can look around and buy stuff from the store but no apple picking.

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So, we just have a look around the store. There are a lot of pumpkins and squash.

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The above is the biggest pumpkin in this farm.

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The group was not disappointed as there are a lot of photography opportunity. Continue reading

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery Tour

The salmon tour includes a tour to a honey store.

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The Cambell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery sells natural honey and honey related products.

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Since it’s October, the store front is decorated with jack-o-lantern and scarecrow.

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They even have pumpkin honey.

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There is a table of assortment of flavored honey for tasting.

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They even have honey wine.

Black Forest Restaurant in Harrison Hotsprings

After the salmon tour, the bus brought us to Harrison Hotsprings for lunch.

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We only had one hour for lunch due to the time lost on the way due to lost of our way.

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After walking down the Village Mall, we (Marian, Lorna & I) decided to have our lunch at Black Forest Restaurant.

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Black Forest Restaurant is a German restaurant.

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The interior is dimly lit and cozy. Continue reading

Salmon Tour

The praise dance group from the Richmond Chinese Evangelical Free Church organized a day tour in place of praise dance practice on a Thursday.

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We went for the Salmon Run at Weaver Creek. It was a cloudy day with light showers.

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The view of farm land and mountains with fall colour was amazing.

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The first stop was to Inch Creek Fish Hatchery to see the largest freshwater fish in the world. We saw two sturgeons in a shallow man made pond.

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Then we proceeded to Weaver Creek. There were some nervous moments as our bus driver got lost on a mountain logging road. He got to turn around twice on a narrow logging road and the people who sat at the back of the bus were most scared when the bus backed up to the edge of the cliff. They kept telling the driver to stop reversing. Fortunately, we made our way down safely. Continue reading

Bestie Chicken Pot on Garden City Road, Richmond

Emily, Marian, Lorna and I met up as Emily and Marian will be going back to China and Philippines respectively for holiday.

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We met in Bestie Chicken Pot which is on the Chopstick Fest list which took place from Oct 15-30.

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We arrived at 6:00PM and the place was not busy yet.

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We ordered the set menu for 4 for $59.95 from the Chopstick fest menu. The server told us that the chopstick fest menu is limited per night and has to be reserved but they managed to allocate one for us.

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Since Marian arrived late due to coming from work, we ordered a couple of appetizers first. The above Pig Ear appetizer was a popular dish here as the server told us. The pig ears was on top of a bed of cucumbers and doused with spicy chili oil. They were too spicy for Emily and Lorna as they had to dip them in water to wash off the chili oil before eating them. Continue reading

Royal Seafood Restaurant in Garden City Shopping Centre, Richmond

The praise dance group from Richmond Chinese Alliance Church has dim sum lunch at the end of each month. There is also an extra 30 minutes of revision time at the end of the regular time table.

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We went to Royal Seafood Restaurant for dim sum lunch at the end of September.

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One of the attendant brought her own tea leaves for us to try. The name of the tea is literary translated to “Big Red Robe”.

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The “red” tea was smooth and pleasant. Thank you for the sharing.

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Since it’s already close to noon, we ordered mostly items from the kitchen. We could smelled the salted fish when the above Diced Chicken, Salty Fish & Pineapple Fried Rice arrived at the table. Continue reading

Afghan Chopan at Richmond Public Market, Richmond

My family had wanted to check out the newly opened Afghan Chopan on the first level of Richmond Public Market a couple or more months ago. However, it only opens at 12:00PM and most of the time when we were around the area, it was not open yet.

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This time, we came here for dinner. The boys said how come the door has Chinese characters on it. This is because Afghan Chopan took over a Chinese restaurant in this location.

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At one far end of the restaurant, there is a raised floor area lined with cushion and carpet for people who would like to dine sitting on the floor. Definitely not for us.

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We went for the smallest special combos for family which serves for 4 to 5. It is $59.95.

First came to the table was three vegetable dishes, eggplant, mixed beans and spinach.

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You can eat the vegetables with pita bread which was served at the same time.

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Next came the rice with raisins and carrots. The boys likes the flavoured basmati rice, except for the sweet and plump raisins. Continue reading

Tsawwassen Mills

Ben and I visited the newest mall in British Columbia on its first weekend of debut. We were there early, like just after 9:00AM. We did not have traffic or parking problem when we arrived.

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We came to this new mall because we heard that it was of the largest mall in BC. It was a rainy day and we were looking for indoor walking space.

The mall has 1.2 million square feet of retail space and will have 200 retailers.

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A sculpture at one of the many entrances.

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The body of this bear sculpture is made with recycled items.

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A tree like decor. Continue reading

Chicken Tzatziki Salad

The last salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a Greek style salad.

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This healthy chicken salad has a yogurt base (much better than mayo base) and with Greek inspired flavour. If you can’t find garlic paste, just finely grate some fresh garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • mixed salad greens

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks for People Too Tired to Cook

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