Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center

I went with Lorna to her house after the community kitchen to install a portable backup drive that I helped her to buy during the Black Friday sales. After the job was done, Lorna wanted to go out for afternoon tea. She suggested to go to Pearl Castle Cafe in Richmond Center.

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We ordered a couple of appetizers. The above deep fried chicken was really good. It was super crunchy outside and moist inside.

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The second appetizer was deep fried squid. It was served with a Thai sweet chili sauce. This was not bad but I would prefer the deep fried chicken better. Continue reading

Beard Papa’s on No. 3 Road

I had to send my car for maintenance on a Tuesday afternoon and had three hours to kill. Coincidentally, Polly called me up a day before to ask me if I wanted to go out for coffee. So, I made arrangement for Polly to pick me up from the automall after I dropped off my car. We went to Beard Papa’s on No. 3 Road for convenience as I can take the free shuttle back to automall from Richmond Center later.

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We shared a couple of little cakes. The above is Mont Blanc which is a sponge cake iced with chestnuts cream. It is called Mont Blanc as it resembles a snow-capped mountain.

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The next cake we tried was the Mango Mousse Cake.

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There is even some mango puree in the center of the cake. Continue reading

Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben was away and the boys wanted Japanese for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.

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We went to Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road. We were there after 1:30PM and parking did not come easy as the parking lot was full. Nevertheless we managed to find one, otherwise we will have to go somewhere else to eat.

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Arkensen ordered the Tuna and Salmon Don. Beside sashimi, this is his next favourite item. He commented that the sushi rice here was too vinegarish for his taste.

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Nanzaro ordered the Lunch Box E which comes with Spicy Salmon Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dynamite Roll and Chicken Karaage. I tried a piece of his chicken karaage which was crunchy and hot (i.e. it was made to order). Continue reading

Tropical Baked Bananas

For dessert, the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Tropical Baked Bananas.

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The aroma of the toasted coconut flakes and warm bananas was wonderful.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 6 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

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Source: Allrecipes.com

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Fish & Veggies Baked in Parchment Paper

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a main dish of fish and veggies.

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This Fish and Veggies Baked in Parchment Paper is a healthy and nutritious meal in a pouch.

Ingredients

  • 2 thick fish fillets
  • 1 small zucchini, or half of a medium zucchini, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 small carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • half of an onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnishing

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

The above recipe serves two

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Brazilian Black Bean Soup

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen met up for another session.

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The first recipe we made was a hearty Brazilian Black Bean Soup which is just great for the winter season.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 3 (15 ounces) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups water, or more
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • organic chicken seasoning to taste, optional

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Allrecipes.com (submitted by Liebelune)

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Home Skillet in Bellingham

It has become a tradition for us to go to Bellingham for Black Friday shopping. With the unfavourable exchange rate, there is no wait time at the border.

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We went to Home Skillet for breakfast as Nanzaro wanted to eat at a diner. You’ll know you are at the right place as there is a large skillet decorated the bicycle stand.

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The restaurant is very colorful, including the chairs at the outside for waiting customers.

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We were seated at the counter since all the tables were occupied. I like the lighting made of mason jars.

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Nanzaro ordered the Meaty Veggy Skillet. The only thing he did not like was the present of tomatoes. He simply does not like the texture of tomatoes. So, the tomatoes made their way to mom’s plate. Continue reading

Szechuan Delicious Restaurant on No. 3 Road

It was a Thursday afternoon that Ben brought me to Szechuan Delicous Restaurant for lunch. He had taken the Friday off and he felt like having his favourite cuisine to celebrate the start of his long weekend.

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He ordered his favourite appetizer, pork belly with garlic sauce. Underneath the pork belly is a pile of bean sprout.

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I picked the second dish which was lamb with green onion served in a hot plate. It came sizzling hot. I like the caramelized onions and the lightly charred lamb at the bottom.

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We enjoyed the dishes with steam rice. It was a good meal.

Szechuan Delicious accepts cash only.

Szechuan Delicious Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nanzaro’s Eating Adventure

Nanzaro had his fair share of eating adventure of his own. He was invited to the Wikia Community Connect U.S.A 2016 which took place at Wikia’s San Francisco office in August.

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Here were some of his food adventure during his trip. The above was a shawarma dinner buffet at the wikia office.

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Cheese cake from The Cheesecake Factory.

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Brekkie. Continue reading

Arkensen’s Eating Adventure

Here were some of Arkensen’s eating adventure during the summer. He went to Seattle for a week for the Dota 2 champion.

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The above was his favourite brunch from the Metropolitan Market with loads of sausages, bacon and eggs.

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This was a breakfast from The Eggs & Us.

This one was from The Lucky Diner.

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A made to order pizza from Mod Pizza Ballard.

Arkensen did not take pictures of all his food as he often forget to do it before he starts eating.

MOD Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato