Thursday, September 30, 2010

Memphis - as good as I remembered it


Memphis Blues Barbeque
#302 - 18690 Fraser Highway, Surrey (Map)

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Food: 4
Service: 4
Price: Fair for the portion

It's funny how people perceive areas outside of Vancouver. I once had someone said to me "You live in Coquitlam, so there are cows everywhere then?". My first reaction was LOL, seriously, everywhere is as developed as Vancouver, but just not as crowded. Anyways, the point is I venture further out to try a new location of Memphis Blues located in Surrey, but borderline Langley (where some people believe no civilization exist :D).

This brings back memory, because my very first blog post was actually about the Memphis Blues at Commercial Drive. Now two years has gone by, and I am finally back to try them again. I love this new location, it's bright, spacious and very clean, they even had a nice patio too. The menu and prices really hasn't changed too much since the last time I was there. 
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tri-Pot - perfect for a snack or late night eat


Tri-Pot (鼎王滷味)

100-7911 Alderbridge Way, Richmond (Map)

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Food: 4
Price: Fair, but could add up if you order lots of stuff

After a night out at the Summer Night Market, I was really feeling thirsty (must be all that msg hehe). R suggested bubble tea, but the question was where. We thought of many places (there are about a million of them in Richmond), but finally decided on Zephyr i
n the Sky, because they also have a new 'restaurant' that Chowtimes blogged about that I been wanting to check out.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rickshaw - average Chinese food in Whalley



10522 King George Hwy, Surrey (Map)

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Food: 2.5
Service: 3

Price: Fair

Parents are not very adventurous when it comes to dining out, at least not mine. They often choose Chinese restaurants, despite the fact that we eat home cooked Chinese food almost every day. This is totally different from my mind set, as I usually pick restaurant base on food that I can't get at home. Another funny thing is that they would compare the food to their cooking and say comments such as "I could do a better job at making this...". :D

So for one of these days that no one wanted to cook, we decided to find a local Chinese restaurant. To be honest, it's hard to find one around Guilford area, so we decided to venture further away into Whalley. Rickshaw has been there for a long time, and it's the only one with huge billboard type design that is shaped like a rickshaw which actually lights up at night.
Their regular menu had the typical 'Chinese dishes', so instead we chose a set meal for 4 ($68) which sounded a lot more enticing. The first dish that came was the crab meat with fish maw soup. The flavor was okay, but was light on salt. The fish maw (stomach) was quite chewy, and they did you real crab meat instead of the imitation type.
The spicy prawns had bold spicy flavor which actually was good. However the they were over fried, thus quite dry.
The 3 kinds of seafood with green was rather bland, but at least they gave us tons of seafood. The squid was over done, thus had a rubbery texture which I don't like.
Out of all the dishes, this would have to be my favorite. The Hometown sauteed chicken was flavorful and saucy. The chicken was good, as the meat tasted like it came from free range chicken. The meat was tender and delicious.Personally, I think this meal had too much seafood, because once again this was a Seafood fried rice. The fried rice was again on the bland side and it was a bit dry for my litting.Lastly, this would be match jello. I am person who doesn't really like jello. As for the taste, it was alright, a bit artificial if you ask me, but the sweetness level was just right.

Overall, none of us was that impressed with the meal, as I heard a lot of "I could have done this better." (lol). Service was good, they were quite attentive, but then again there were only a total of 2 tables (including ours) in a restaurant with at least 20 tables. Needless to say, the chance of me coming back is not very high.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Leisure - great name for a good shop


Leisure Tea & Coffee

1110-8391 Alexandra Rd, Richmond (Map)

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Food: 3
Service: 3
Price: Fair

I was digging through my photos, and found a place that I totally forgot to blog about. I actually went to Leisure Tea and Coffee almost 2 month ago, thus I probably will leave out some some details that I can't recall. This was not your typical modern and chic bubble tea type restaurant, this was more along the line of a quaint tea shop.
Since we came here after a full meal, I wanted something refreshing and light, thus chose a passion fruit slush ($3.75?). Unfortunately this was rather disappointing, as it was quite chunky. I would much prefer a smoother taste with smaller ice crystals.
A went for a blueberry yogurt drink topped off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ($4.50). At first I thought it was be the Japanese type yogurt flavor (Calpris), but it turn out they used real blueberries and fresh yogurt. This was actually rather good, and tasted much smoother than my slush.
R went for a cold Vienna coffee. This was essentially ice coffee, milk and topped off with whip cream. Due to the whip cream, once mixed this was a very creamy coffee. Lastly, M went for a 'dessert' instead of a drink. He chosed the shaved ice with 5 topping ($5.75??). The topping were red beans, taro, taro tapioca, green beans and condense milk. Because the shaved ice is flavorless, so this main taste is just condense milk which I love. The taro (both type) on this dish was to die for. It was soft and sweet and delicious.

Although I did not like my drink, but I did like the other items I have tried. They also serve some light meals along with the drinks and desserts. I think this place would be great for anyone looking for a more relaxed and quiet place to chat the afternoon away with good friends.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cafe De France - a coffee shop for the dessert lovers


Cafe De France

995 Hornby Street, Vancouver (Map)

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Food: 4
Price: Fair (drinks), Cheap (desserts)
I stumbled upon this gem completely by accident. We were in the area and had some time to waste, so R ask which coffee shop I would like prefer. There was a Starbucks right across the street, and a Cafe De France further up. Without any hesitation, I said 'Cafe De France'.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Miura - great little place for a snack


Miura Waffle Milk Bar

829 Davie Street, Vancouver (Map)

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Food: 3.5
Service: 4
Price: Fair

Women and desserts are synonymous, as least in my dictionary (hehe). I love desserts, so after our meal at Guu Garden, I suggested Miura Waffle Bar which was only a few blocks away. Although the guys weren't particular into dessert, but it was my birthday, so they went along with it.

Miura was a rather small and cozy shop which you order up front. Because I didn't know the size before hand, so I felt a bit apologetic because our group (12 ppl) took about 80% of chairs/tables in the restaurant. The restaurant is owned by a Japanese/Korean couple with the last name of Miura, hence the name.
The couple was very friendly and offered us samples of their fresh flavored milk and yakult (yogurt milk). I tried the Blueberry yogurt milk, and it tasted a lot like Yop, but with more fruity bits. In the end I ordered a Strawberry Milk ($2.99), they were actually out of it, but was nice enough to make me a fresh one. The drink was essentially milk mixed with fresh strawberries with no added sugar or color. Although it was very good, but it was also very filling. R went for the morochino ($3.50), which I believe is like a mocha.
A and J decided to share today's special: Tiramisu Waffle ($4). Personally I found all their waffles to be on the softer side. I would prefer a crunchier exterior. The tiramisu was good, but a bit too sweet due to the addition of the chocolate syrup. The cream was smooth and thick with a hint of cream cheese flavor, which I liked. Like I said, guys are not as into sweet as much as girls, so R went with the savory ham, egg and cheese waffle ($4.99). In order to prevent the sweet and savory flavors from mixing, they used a different grill for this (seen by the pattern). I love how they kept the egg a bit runny and the flavor was good as well. However, R think that if they could incorporate the ham and egg into the batter, it would taste even better.
Of course, I went for the sweet type: Fruit and Cream ($4). I loved the fresh fruit and cream filling, the sweet cream was balanced out nicely by the tart fruit. One piece of advice for this one would be eat it fast, because the filling is cold, but the waffle is hot.

I like Miura Waffle Milk Bar, their food was good (personally I prefer crunchier waffles), and service was excellent. Because of our big group, I was totally expecting long wait time, but what I didn't expect was for them for give us a free Blueberry yogurt drink for this reason. Also for the prices around only $5 or less, I think it's rather good deal.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Guu Garden - love the garden theme


Guu Garden

888 Nelson Street, Vancouver (Map)

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Price: Fair

Guu Garden is the newest franchise to join the Guu chain of restaurants. Although they have been around for a long time, but I have only been to the one on Robson (Guu with Garlic). My first visit has left a good impression, so there was no hesitation when I decided upon the new Guu Garden for my birthday.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cheese Rolling Festival - Annual Event


Ever since I found out that Whistler hosts a annual Cheese rolling event, I been wanting to go. Since I missed out last year, I made sure to mark it down on my calender for this year(Aug. 14th, oops I forgot to post until now). Cheese rolling has been around for ages, it is also an annual event in the UK. If I am not wrong, I believe this is the 3rd year the event has been held up at Whistler.
This time, I didn't have to be the photographer, because I had my very own pro with me, so please enjoy these pictures brought to you by MK photography. The truth is I forgot to bring a memory card (silly me ><), but maybe it's a good thing, because now you can enjoy better pictures ;). Apparently there was more than one event up at Whistler that weekend, there was also a bike related event. Anyways the Cheese Festival was actually held up in the mountains, so here is the view of Whistler Village while taking the free gondola up to the event site.There was a market place, where you can sample all sorts of cheese, and also have the opportunity to purchase them if you like. I must have tried over 20 different kinds. There was also some game booth and a cheese seminar as well.After sample so many different kind, here is my favorite: Raspberry Fromage Frais from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. It was like cheesecake in a tub, creamy and flavorful. Formage Frais has the same consistency as cream cheese, but it has few calories and less cholesterol. Unfortunately this is not available in all supermarkets, they told me it's only available at places such as Wholefood, Capers, Nesters and Thrifty. Or if you are headed towards Vancouver island, I guess you can buy it fresh from them, as they are located in Parksville BC. Registration for the Cheese Rolling event is held on site, and only on site. It's free to register and open to anyone who is over 19. When you sign up, they give you a free T-shirt and a cap. I really wanted one of the caps, it looks so cute.Although they give you a T-shirt, but they didn't say you have to wear it. Some people really 'dressed up' or should I say 'dressed down' for the event LOL. This would be what everyone is after: a 11lb Cracked Pepper Verdelait cheese made by Natural Pastures. The winner also get to keep this block of cheese as prize along with 2 season ski passes.The big hill where the event will take place. There are several blockers at the end to stop anyone who is literally rolling down the hills (and trust me there were lots of those). The MC reminds me of the party master in Mario party :).
And let the games begin.... there were lots of rolling and tripping, only a few manage to get downhill without falling.I was so tempted to join, but one look at the after math, and I am having 2nd thought. This event had its fair share of injuries (some serious too), but I guess if you are not really competitive, then it should be all fun and games and injuries could be avoided.

Here are some cheese related facts:
  • There are over 200 cheesemakers in Canada
  • These cheesemakers produce more than 350 different cheeses
  • Research shows that most cheese could help to prevent dental cavities
  • There are 6 major categories for cheese in Canada: Fresh (ex. cream cheese), Soft (ex. Brie), Semi-soft (ex. Mozzarella), Firm (ex. Cheddar), Hard (ex. Parmesan), Light (at least 25% less milk fat than their counterparts).
Anyways, this event was definitely successful, as it drew a big crowd that day. Also along side the cheese rolling, there were tons of other things to check out in Whistler Village. It makes a great day trip up at Whistler, the only thing is parking, it's expensive and can by hard to find if you arrive late. I would recommend this event to any cheese lover out there.