Tour De Gastown 2017

Ben had a workshop to attend in the evening in downtown. Coincidentally, it was on the day of the Tour de Gastown. I went downtown with him via the Canada Line to catch a glimpse of the bicycle race. I enjoyed watching the Tour de France in July as I love to see the scenery and the historical buildings along the way.

It’s my first time to watch our own Vancouver bicycle race.

The thing about the Tour de Gastown is the riders just go round and round gas town.

The best seat at a restaurant over looking the route of the Tour de Gastown.

It’s very difficult to get a good shot as the riders were riding past so fast. Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Park in Spring

Nanzaro participated in the BMO Marathon for the second time.

The start of the race was adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Park. After seeing him off the run, Ben and I had our morning walk at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park puts on a new look in spring. Here are some of the views in QE Park.

A pair of Canadian geese swimming in a pond.

Flowers blooming gloriously in the sun. Continue reading

Illumi Nation Summer Night Market in Richmond

Ben and I visited the Richmond Summer Night Market on Vulcan Way on the first day it opened in 2017.

The entrance in lined with colourful artificial giant flowers.

Since we were there early and the day is getting longer, the lanterns lighting were not visible.

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RCEFC Praise Dance Group Farewell Dim Sum at Royal Seafood Restaurant

The RCEFC Praise Dance Group ended in April 2017 due to some contract issue between the church and the Praise Dance Association.

The praise dance group had a farewell dim sum on the following Thursday at Royal Seafood Restaurant. Royal Seafood Restaurant offers 20% discount and free tea from Monday to Friday, except holiday for orders pay by 11:00AM.

This is what we had. The above is Baked Portuguese Sauce Seafood Pie. The pie shell was flaky. This is under Special Price at $6.50.

Beef Rice Roll (Large @ $5.95). Continue reading

V Star Buffet and 4th July Fireworks

Ben decided to go for the 4th July Fireworks this year. He said at least we watched it once in our life time. We were surprised that there was only 10 to 15 minutes wait at the border crossing. We left home about 10:00AM to have a brunch at Happy Day Restaurant before we proceeded with our day trip.

We stopped at a few places to do some shopping and to pass time. We ended up having dinner at V Star Buffet. We wanted something substantial for the long wait and drive home.

Here are some of the buffet items. Seafood on ice.

Sushi.

Deep fried seafood. Continue reading

Hawaiian Coconut Pudding

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a Hawaiian Coconut Pudding for dessert.

The addition of shredded coconut and chopped walnuts added a nice crunchy texture to the smooth pudding.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • shredded coconut and chopped walnut (optional)

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Minoo shared the following food safety tips at the end of the kitchen.

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Green Bean Salad

The menu for the South Arm Community Kitchen in this session include a salad, a chicken dish and a dessert.

We made a Green Bean Salad which is great for potluck.

We served the salad with some sticky chicken thighs baked in the oven. You can view the recipe of the Sticky Chicken Thighs here.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch length
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Deer Garden Signatures in Union Square, Richmond

On a weekend, Ben and I went to Union Square for an early lunch after our morning walk.

It was just after 11:00AM and there was no line at Deer Garden.

The menu is huge. I meant the size of the menu, not the number of items in the menu.

I ordered the signature fish soup combo. I had thick vermicelli with fish fillets and fish tofu (my initial choice was fish puff which they did not have that day). My choice of broth was something Chiu Chow pork. The broth was tasty. Continue reading