QE Park Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday, Ben, Nanzaro and I went to the Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Spring Lights Festival was from dusk to dawn. We arrived around 7PM and it was not dark yet. We were very lucky to find a parking spot right away. Traffic was bad when we left the park as there were many cars and people trying to attend this festival despite the rain.

There were three food carts at the festival. One of them was McDonald’s giving away free coffee. The line to the food carts were long. We did not get anything from the food carts as we just had dinner.

We walked around QE Park to wait for the sky to darken in order to enjoy the lights gazing upon the cherry blossoms. Continue reading

Enjoy Cafe 1+1 on Westminster Highway, Richmond

Nanzaro wanted a big dinner after his 21 km practice run for the marathon. We went to Enjoy Café after having consensus from Arkensen.

Our meal came with a free hot drink. An extra 0.75cents will be charged for cold drink. Since it is dinner time, I had the hot lemon honey drink so as not to affect my sleep later.

Arkensen ordered the Scallop and Bacon Penne in creamy sauce. I tasted a spoonful and it was tasty and creamy.

Nanzaro ordered the XO Seafood Fried Rice which is a new item in 2018. It was a little spicy. Continue reading

Tony’s Beef Noodle on Cambie, Vancouver

My family went to Tony’s Beef Noodle on Cambie for dinner.

It’s a farewell dinner for Ben as he will be travelling on a short business trip the next morning. Ben picked Tony’s Beef Noodle because it’s near where I’m working now. I found a part time job in Oakridge Mall.

It was just after 6:00pm as we arrived. The restaurant was empty.

Ben ordered the Combination Appetizer of 3. His choice was large intestine, marinated beef slice and marinated beef tripe. He was surprised that Arkensen and Nanzaro dig the innards. Continue reading

Lunch at Ikea, Richmond

Ben and I had lunch at Ikea in Richmond after church service on Sunday. We enjoyed browsing in Ikea while getting our daily walk.

We started off with the Ikea waffles as they were on sale for $1.99, celebrating Swedish Waffle day. I found the waffle doughy. I am not sure what was in the little round pastry, but it was pretty fishy to me. It’s just me because I do not like strong seafood flavour.

We enjoyed Ikea’s coffee. Continue reading

Huang’s Beef Noodle on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

Ben and I were on the way to Oakridge Mall and we need to take a quick lunch before my appointment time.

We stopped by Huang’s Beef Noodle just around noon.

There were 5 customers at 2 tables when we arrived. Since we were really tight on our schedule, we were hoping for a quicker service. Apparently, the restaurant only has one person managing the front and back at that time. Service was quite slow and I was anxious that I will not make it to my appointment.

We ordered two items to share. The above is the Spicy Half Tendon Half Meat with Noodle in Soup. Continue reading

Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in Oakridge Centre’s East Galleria

I was at Oakridge Mall and came upon the Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in the East Galleria.

This exhibit showcase couture dresses made by local Langara students. The material used include corrugated cardboard, twine, dimpled packaging paper and wrapping paper. The decorations or accessories are made from coffee filters, cupcake papers, strings and thumbtacks. Glue gun and wire are used to stich everything together. What an amazing project.

I remembered seeing such exhibit in the PNE too.

Here are the exhibits for your enjoyment.

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Landowne Center Outdoor Spring Carnival

Ben and I went to Lansdowne Mall for lunch as we wanted to check out the carnival which takes place every spring break. I also wanted to check out my new cell phone picture quality as I had to let go of my old cell phone and camera which had broke down.

Nowadays, Ben and I cannot eat a lot. We usually share a meal for lunch and the only choice we can have is to go to a food court. Instead of going to our favourite Bubble Waffle Café, we tried Grill King this time. The server must have caught me taking a photo of the stall and he posted a smile for the camera, :-).

We shared the Korean Noodle Soup which was posted on the banner. We opted for grill chicken which was pretty good.

We do not find anything Korean about this noodle soup, just a regular Chinese noodle soup.

The combo meal came with a large cup of milk tea. It was a great deal for less than CAD7.00.

After lunch, we went outside to check out the carnival. This year, the carnival took place from 16th March to 25 March, 2018. Continue reading

Shiang Garden on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Lorna invited me to the “Friends of Tai Chi Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner” again this year. She is a loyal supporter of her Tai Chi master.

The master Tai Chi in action.

This year’s celebration was held in Shiang Garden in Richmond.

The first course was Peking Duck served in pancake. The duck meat was thinly slice and we help ourselves in making a wrap with the pancake, green onion and hoisin sauce. I have to apologize for the poor photo quality as my camera just broke down as the food arrived at the table. I have to take the photos with my crummy cell phone.

Next came the Fish Maw Soup which we enjoyed with some vinegar. Continue reading

Sala Thai on Burrard St., Vancouver

I have been attending a career exploration program for the past six weeks. It was a great experience for me to go back to a learning environment with daily commitment of 9:30am to 3:30pm. I will talk more about this program at the end of this post.

On the last day of the program, the group celebrated with a program paid lunch at Sala Thai on Burrard St., which is just a short walk from the YMCA.

Since our lunch was on a Friday afternoon which is one of the busiest time, we arrived at the restaurant at 12:00 noon. The decorations are mostly comprised of Buddhist art, carvings and ceramics.

We waited for a bit at the waiting area before we were let to our reserved long table. We had the opportunity to have our group photo taken here while waiting for our table.

Three of the participants including me decided to share our dishes. The above is the day lunch special of Red Curry Chicken with comes with rice and spring roll. Continue reading

Vancouver’s Mystery Baklava Man

While driving along Cambie St., Ben spotted the Mystery Baklava Man at the Broadway City Hall Canada Line Station. He read about this mystery baklava man from Reddit and he had created a buzz on the internet. So, Ben had to give it a try.

We parked our quite a distance a way as we were looking for a free parking spot.

The baklava are sold in two types of packaging. Four pieces for $5 and nine pieces for $10. The Baklava Man told us that his wife made these Syrian baklava.

We bought the 9 pieces package.

We walked over to the City Hall where there is a small park and we sat down on a bench to enjoy the baklava. The baklava was super flaky with a strong rose essence flavour. They were buttery rich and nutty.

We also noticed a long line outside a building on Broadway. So, we walked across the street to check it out. Apparently, Santouka Ramen was offering 50% discount on that particular day. People are just willing to wait for a deal.