Don’t Go For The Signatures: Deer Garden Signatures

My last three visits to Richmond have all occurred on Saturday nights, and I ended up having dinner at restaurants in Continental Plaza on two of those three occasions. I noticed on both my visits to Continental Plaza that there was always a huge lineup at Deer Garden Signatures. The sign outside said that the restaurant specializes in rice noodles in fish soup, which I … Continue reading Don’t Go For The Signatures: Deer Garden Signatures

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

I can’t resist fried chicken wings, especially when I see order after order being served to customers that looked like they couldn’t wait to dig their teeth into them . I stood practically frozen for a good ten minutes watching nothing but pipping hot deep fried chicken wings coming out of the kitchen of Wo Fung. I had just finished having a filling meal with … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

With such extraordinary views at such ordinary prices, the quality of the food really didn’t matter

Altitudes Bistro – Traditionally, the first day of school for public school systems across North America is scheduled for one of the two days after the labor day long weekend. For the two school years that my daughter has been enrolled in local public elementary schools, the first day of school have both been scheduled for the day immediately following labor day. I used to … Continue reading With such extraordinary views at such ordinary prices, the quality of the food really didn’t matter

North American Food with North American Portions

After spending around eight weeks constantly going hungry between meals as a result of the tiny local portion sizes in Taiwan (and Japan), I was really looking forward to the larger, more satisfying portion sizes of North America. ┬áStrangely, after such a short time away, I was also really missing North American food. Since Earls is the go-to restaurant serving North American style food for … Continue reading North American Food with North American Portions

…At Least I Got A Good Deal…(and chronicled another burger experience)

Player’s Chophouse – While everyone was watching the Canada Day parade and partaking in the various Canada Day activities around Canada Place, my family and I were at the other end of downtown Vancouver having our dinner at Player’s Chophouse. Player’s Chophouse is located right in from of B.C. Place Stadium, an area so devoid of people on the evening of July 1, 2012 that … Continue reading …At Least I Got A Good Deal…(and chronicled another burger experience)

Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Applause Japanese Restaurant- After reviewing the pictures that I took of my family’s lunch at Applause Japanese Restaurant today, I have to say that they are truly awful. There were so many items on our table that I couldn’t take a picture of one item without five other items also making it into to the picture. Our table wasn’t crowded because it was too small. … Continue reading Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

When MSG is good, Star Anise is On Chicken Skin, and Memories of Horse Manure Suddenly Appear

Congee Noodle House – Being a parent of two young children, I’ve learned to always make plans contingent upon the unexpected. My original plan today was to first drive a family friend to the airport in the morning, run some errands in Richmond, and then to have lunch with my wife and mother-in-law at a dim sum place we haven’t been before in Richmond. But … Continue reading When MSG is good, Star Anise is On Chicken Skin, and Memories of Horse Manure Suddenly Appear

Umami Overload

Phnom Penh – Never in a million years would I have imagined that MSG is such a popular seasoning with the locals. With all the urban legends and negative attitudes towards this product of fermentation, I would’ve thought that the health-concious, modern city-dwellers known as Vancouverites would be averse to restaurants that use it liberally. But apparently that is not the case because Phnom Penh … Continue reading Umami Overload