DOV 2016: Flying Beaver Bar & Grill, Richmond

Lorna, Polly and I went for another Dine Out Vancouver event before it ended on 31st Jan 2016.  We went to Flying Beaver Bar & Grill on Inglis Drive. The restaurant is adjoined to the Harbour Air seaplanes port.

We were not able to enjoy the Fraser River view since we went there for dinner on a windy and rainy evening.

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We were there before 6PM and the restaurant was busy. I had tried to make a reservation for the DOV but was told that they no longer take reservation and it’s on first come first serve basis.

I have never been to this restaurant before and was quite surprise to find out that we have to look for a table ourselves. Fortunately, I found an empty table without much wait. The restaurant just got more busy into the evening. Sometimes, people will be standing next to your table waiting for customers to leave. It’s like eating in a busy food court.

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Please bear with the poor photos as the lighting is quite dim in the restaurant.

Since there were three of us, we were able to order every item from the dine out menu.  The dine out menu here is served all day and is $20 for a 3 course meal.

Polly had the New England Clam Chowder for ease of chewing as she has braces on. The clam chowder is house made with potatoes, sweet corn, vegetables and their own blend of spices. If I’m not mistaken, there were some salmon in it too.

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Lorna and I shared the Baja Fish Tacos which is beered battered cod tacos topped with coleslaw, salsa fresca and chopotle aioli. Continue reading

Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant at Alexandra Road, Richmond

This is another lunch before Ben’s business trip. He suggested a few restaurants for the boys to decide and we ended up with Silver Tower Cafe.

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Since Ben will be away, he took charge of the ordering. The first item was Malaysian Beef Fried Rice. It was a decent fried rice but the flavour of belacan was not strong enough.

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The fried rice came with a drink. No extra charge for ice milk tea.

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The rest of the items were from the Chinese dishes section which came with a bowl of steamed rice and soup. The above was listed as Malay Pork Bean which was long beans stir fried with pork. A favourite in my family. The long beans were crisp. Continue reading

Indian Naan Bread

We made Indian Naan Bread to serve with the Butter Cashew Chicken at the South Arm Community Kitchen.

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Our naan did not rise as much because we do not have enough time for the bread to proof in the session.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (not instant active dry yeast or rapid rise yeast)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds (we used cumin seeds), optional
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter or extra virgin olive oil for brushing on finished naans

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 6 naans

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Minoo shared the above food safe tips at the kitchen.

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Easy Butter Cashew Chicken

The South Arm Community Kitchen made Indian food as per some of the participants’ request.

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The first dish is Easy Butter Cashew Chicken. We toned down the chili powder and cayenne pepper as one of the participant cannot eat spicy food.

We served the butter cashew chicken with brown basmati rice. You can click on the link here to check how to cook basmati brown rice.

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trim fat and cut into bite size
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 6

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DOV 2016: CAVU Kitchen Bar – Hilton Vancouver Hotel, Minoru Blvd, Richmond

The Dine Out Vancouver event ran from Jan 15 to 31 in 2016. Emily, Marian, Lorna and I met up at CAVU Kitchen Bar before two of the ladies travel back to their home country to celebrate Chinese New Year.

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We arrived around 5:30PM and the restaurant was not busy yet. If you dine here, register your license plate number at the front desk to avoid a parking ticket.

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Since, there were four of us, we had the chance to order everything from the dine out menu. By the way, the dine out menu price is $30.

The first appetizer was Tandoori Spiced Calamari served with a pappadom, cabbage, tomato chutney and cucumber raita. We thought the calamari was over breaded.

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We had two servings of the second appetizer which was Poached Beet with Goat Cheese. Celery. Walnut Granola and Grainy Mustard. The only item which stood up here was the sweetish Walnut Granola. Continue reading

Paris: Flying Home

Our flight home was at 9:15AM. We checked out early and took the 6:00AM Le Cars Air France from Montparnesse to CDG, terminal 1. The Luftansa staff were on strike during our flight. Fortunately, we had the early flight and we were able to clear immigration quite quickly despite the slow service.

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I bought a croissant to munch while waiting for our flight. The first leg of our flight is from Paris to Frankfort which is just an hour flight.

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We were served oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast on the short flight.

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Our breakfast was served in a box. So, after eating, we can packed back the garbage into the box to be collected. Continue reading

Paris Day 8: Weddings

On our walk back from Versailles to the train station, we came across a couple of wedding couples in front of a building (perhaps a registrar of some sort). It must be a good day for wedding.

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The wedding groups were quite loud.

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There were passers by like us that took photos of the wedding groups. Here are a few of the photos.

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Paris Day 8: Garden of Versailles

On the day that we visited Versailles, the fountain show was on. The fountain show is only available on certain day of the week. So, we decided to visit the Garden of Versailles first.

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The Palace of Versailles portraits the glories of France in the 17th century.

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The entrance to the Garden of Versailles is Euro 9.

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Before we start our exploration of the garden, we found a bench to sit down to enjoy our breakfast which we bought from the farm market.

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We had baguette, cheese, ham and cherries tomatoes.

Here are some of the photos from the garden. It was a huge garden.

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