Showing posts with label Burnaby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Burnaby. Show all posts

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Gimme Coxinhas Party Box

Remember that mouthwatering breakfast from New Town Bakery to celebrate the Lunar New Year? Our global food fiesta continued as we embarked on a lunchtime trip to Brazil with a Gimme Coxinhas Party Box! Packed with 30 pieces of deliciousness, it arrived just in time at 12:30. Our colleague, who was born and raised in Brazil, chose all the content of our party box.

While enjoying our food, we discussed which one we liked the most. The chicken coxinha, a classic deep-fried croquette, packed a juicy punch. The cheese balls brought back comforting childhood memories with their pure cheesy goodness. But the surprising champion? The ham & cheese rolls. Their simplicity proved divine, with each bite a delightful harmony of savoury ham and melted cheese wrapped in a flaky pastry shell.

Chicken Coxinhas, Cheese Ball, and Ham and Cheese Roll in our Gimme Coxinhas Party Box

Our sweet tooth wouldn't be ignored! A box of churros, traditional chocolate brigadeiros, and coconut "little kisses" arrived with our party box. The churros, dusted with cinnamon sugar and dipped in dulce de leche, were warm, gooey perfection. The brigadeiros, rich and decadent, satisfied any chocolate craving. And the coconut "little kisses," light and airy, were like tiny bursts of sunshine on the palate.

Dulce de Leche, Traditional Chocolate, and Coconut "little kiss" in our Gimme Coxinhas Party Box

Full bellies led us straight into our meeting with our APAC team. This wasn't just about food; it was about connecting across cultures! Our day was a global culinary adventure, from Lunar New Year breakfast to a Brazilian lunch feast. It fostered a sense of community and reminded us that the world is truly our dinner plate!

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Chicken and Fish Katsu from Tokyo Katsu-Sand Food Truck

 Hubby and I travelled to Burnaby to see the festivities at Pinoy Festival.

Pinoy Festival 2023 at Burnaby

There were a lot of booths for Filipino merchandise, Filipino realtors, immigration consultants, and different groups and societies. Unfortunately, there were only four food vendors (not counting Macao Imperial Tea), and they're set up side-by-side. The line is crazy for each one, and they're on top of each other. It's hard to know which line goes to which vendor.

That's why we opted for the food truck Tokyo Katsu-Sand even though the Filipino Pork BBQ skewers smell so good. 🤤

We ordered the Chicken-Katsu and Fish-Katsu. Both are delicious, but the fish is definitely better. Because the bread is perfectly toasted and crispy, the delicate meat of the fish provides such a soft contrast.

Deep-fried chicken cutlet, shredded cabbage, homemade chicken-katsu sauce, and mustard-mixed mayonnaise

I'll go for the fish again next time. Or maybe the Ebi will be back, and we can try it too.

Deep-fried black code cutlet, shredded cabbage, homemade tartar sauce, and homemade fish-katsu sauce

The Pinoy Fiesta was fun, but I prefer the Proudly Philippines Food and Travel Fair just because there are more food options. 😁 Hubby suggested that each Filipino society could sell its own product or partner with a food vendor for one (imagine buying Bicol Express or Pili Nuts from the Bicol Association).

I'm still deciding whether to travel to Surrey for Extravaganza; we'll see what our schedule is like then. 😁

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby

Over 25 established Filipino Groups from the Greater Vancouver area and beyond will come together to bring Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby.

Pinoy Festival Burnaby 2023
Image Source: Pinoy Festival - Burnaby Facebook page

When is Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 is on June 24, 2023 (Saturday) from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Where is Pinoy Festival 2023?

The event is at the Burnaby Civic Square Metrotwon in Burnaby.

What to expect in Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 will start with a procession 'Hala Bira!

  • Experience Filipino cultural performances
  • Filipino Indie film showing
  • Performances by local Filipino artists like Chordiller, Easy Play, Eskape Band, and Let's Go Boys,
  • Filipino Market (Tiangge)
  • Food Trucks

To end the festival, there will be a santacruzan, a Filipino pageantry featuring Filipino Beauty Queens.

David Eby, the Premier if British Columbia (BC) will join the event at around 2:45 PM alongside Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). The mayor of Burnaby, Mike Hurley and councilors will also be at the event at around 12:15 PM.

Filipino Market Non-Food Vendors

  • 63 Coffee
  • Artsy Candle
  • Eunoia Naturale
  • House of Little Bunny
  • Sun City Optics
  • ARC Bath & Kitchen Solution (Installation and Renovation)
  • JCM Kitchen Treasure Saladmaster

Filipino Market Food Vendors

  • Chay's Delight
  • Cucina Balai

Is there an entrance fee for Pinoy Festival 2023?

Pinoy Festival 2023 in Burnaby is free.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Costco Food Court Menu and Prices | Willingdon Burnaby BC Warehouse

The menu below is from the Costco food court in their Willingdon, Burnaby BC location (4500 Stil Creek Drive) and is subject to change without prior notice. All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes. It is similar to the menu in Costco at Expo Blvd, Vancouver, BC.

Costco is a popular wholesale retailer known for its bulk goods, low prices, and of course, its food court. The Costco Food Court is a favorite among shoppers, offering a range of tasty and affordable food options for both members and non-members.

Below is a link to other Costco Food Court Menu and Prices that I have visited. I am planning to make #CostcoTourism a thing.

Menu Item Price
20 oz with refill
Ice Cream Cone
Vanilla or Chocolate
Ice Cream Sundae
Caramel, Chocolate, or Berry
Pizza Slice
Pepperoni or Cheese
18" Whole Pizza
Pepperoni or Cheese
1/4 Pound Hotdog and 20 oz pop with refill
All Beef or Polish Sausage
Chicken Strips and Fries $6.99
French Fries $2.99
Poutine $5.99
Gravy $0.30

Overall, the Costco Food Court is a great option for those looking for tasty, affordable, and convenient food options while shopping at Costco. Whether you're in the mood for a classic hot dog, a slice of pizza, or something else entirely, the food court has something for everyone. So the next time you're at Costco, be sure to stop by and try out the food court for yourself!

My Favourite Taiwanese Food at TJ Fest in Burnaby

It's no secret that I enjoy Taiwanese food, and I wrote here a few times that it started because of a small (now closed) eatery in Makati called Dang Dee. However, my introduction to the cuisine is quite limited to Popcorn Chicken, Taiwanese Sausage, and Fried Pork Chops, usually served with white rice, an egg, and pickled or steamed vegetables.

We went to TJ Fest in Burnaby today, and I got to enjoy all my favourite Taiwanese dishes.

Inside Tinjin Temple

Tianjin Temple in Burnaby organizes annually a festival which showcases their culture with performances and food. It's smaller than the annual Taiwanfest in Downtown Vancouver during Labour Day weekend, but it's less crowded and has better food options.

TJ Fest Stage

They sell many dishes, but we went with what we're familiar with, like the fried pork chop bento box, popcorn chicken bento box, a side of 2x Taiwanese sausage, and Taiwanese pork belly burger. This is our first meal for the day!

Popcorn Chicken Bento Box

The chicken has a crispy, crunchy texture and is tender and juicy. It's savoury, and umami flavour is perfect with soft white rice. The pickled radish is the ideal palate cleanser, so you can take another bite without feeling heavy.

Deep-Fried Pork Chop Bento Box

The deep-fried pork chop is as flavourful and fattier than the chicken popcorn, but it could be more crispy.

Taiwanese Pork Belly Burger

It's folded soft steamed bun filled with a thick slice of braised pork belly, mustard greens, and fresh cilantro. The pork is tender, while the pickled mustard greens add a tangy crunch. It's surprisingly enjoyable.

Taiwanese Pork Sausage

Taiwanese Pork Sausage has the perfect balance between sweet and savoury flavour. Surprisingly, it's not as fatty and oily as I expect it to be. The pickled vegetables did help.

After enjoying our meal while enjoying the performances on stage. We walked around to see the different vendors and enjoyed ice cream from one of the food trucks. As soon as we finished our ice cream, we went to Costco nearby.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Dessert from Stuffies Pastries inside Metropolis At Metrotown

After buying medicine and as we're walking on our way to the food court, I spot the adorable Stuffies Pastry Cafe. I told my husband that we should buy one after dinner.

Orient Express Stuffies Soft-Serve
Creamy, vegan vanilla soft-served with mochi skewer, read bean paste, and rice crispies  in a vegan fish-shaped waffle cone

Yes, it does look like a fish is eating our dessert. The waffle cone was delicious and was perfect with the red bean paste and soft-serve ice cream.

The pastry reminded me of Oishi Manju and Moshi Manju which we enjoyed from a mall stand near the arcade where our mom used to leave us while she goes shopping and running errands. I'll try more Stuffies next time.

Dinner from The Bake House in Metropolis at Metrotown food court

As if the dinner from Manchu Wok is insufficient we decided to try food the The Bake House since we haven't seen it in any of the food courts we've had the chance to visit.

It took as awhile to choose a dish, but settled on the Seafood Alfredo with a side of Croissant and Creamy Mushroom Soup.

Seafood Alfredo
Salmon, prawn, scallop, imitated crab meat, mushroom, and onion

The pasta is better than I imagined coming from a stand in the food court. It's not mind-blowing by any means, but delicious.

The same can be said about the Creamy Mushroom Soup and Croissant.

Dinner from Manchu Wok at Metropolis at Metrotown food court

I have an ear infection on my right ear and setup an appointment with our family doctor this afternoon. He looked at my ear and asked a bunch of questions and gave me a prescription for antibiotics.

After the appointment and buying medication, we went to the Metropolis at Metrotown food court for dinner. We looked at the available options and decided based on whether we've seen it in Pacific Center or Richmond Center food courts.

That's how I end up ordering from Manchu Wok. I'm in a lot of pain because of my ear and just want to shove food in my face. I also don't feel like writing in this blog which is sad because this is one of my happy place.

Dinner from Manchu Wok

I chose three items on top of fried rice. My three items were General Tso's Chicken, Salt & Pepper Fish, and BBQ Pork.

My favourite is the BBQ Pork. It's so fatty and delicious. What I ordered is too much for one person, so hubby and I shared it.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Goldilocks Bakeshop Canada updated Bakery Menu and price as of June 2022

This menu is based on the Instagram story on the Goldilocks Canada account.

Goldilocks Canada Restaurant Menu

You can view the restaurant menu by clicking this link.

Goldilocks Canada Bakery Menu

The prices below are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without prior notice.

Bread Menu

Product Name Description Pieces or Size Price
Baliwag Pandesal Dinner Roll 12 pieces per pack $3.50
Pandesal Sweet Dinner Roll 12 pieces per pack $4.75
Pandeleche Sweet Hawaiian Bread 12 pieces per pack $3.50
Pandesiosa Sweet Milk Bread with butter and sugar $3.50
Loaf Available flavours:
  • Buko Pandan
  • Red Bean
  • Ube (Purple Yam)
  • Yellow Bean
Cream Cheese Loaf 6" $3.50
8" $7.00

Brownies and Cookies

Brownies and Cookies
Product Name Flavours Pieces or Size Price
Brownies with Walnuts Slice $2.85
Whole $20.50
Crinkles Chocolate or Ube (Purple Yam) Piece $1.50
Pack of 6 $7.50
Lengua de Gato Available flavours:
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Red Velvet
  • Ube (Purple Yam)
  • Vanilla
Peanuts with Garlic $4.75
Sylvana Available flavours:
  • Classic
  • Chocolate
Pack of 6 $14.00

Ensaymada (Brioche)

Product Name Description Pieces or Size Price
Cheesy Ensaymada $3.25
Macapuno Ensaymada Young Coconut String inside $3.00
Ube Ensaymada Purple Yam Filling $3.00
Ubelicious Ensaymada Purple Yam brioche and filling $3.00
Jonah Ensaymada - Regular Mini Cheese Ensaymada 6 pieces per pack $5.75
12 pieces per pack $10.25
Jonah Ensaymada - Ube Mini Ube Ensaymada 6 pieces per pack $6.00
12 pieces per pack $10.50

Mamon (Sponge Cakes)

Mamon (Sponge Cakes)
Flavour Price
Classic $2.80
Mamon $2.80
Special Cheese $3.10
Special Ube $3.10
Taisan Classic $6.25
Taisan Ube $6.25

Polvoron (Manila Shortbread)

Polvoron (Manila Polvoron)
Flavour Price
Classic $10.50
Pinipig (Pounded Rice) $10.50
Cookies and Cream $11.00
Ube $12.00
Assorted (3 of each flavour) $12.00

Filipino Native

Filipino Native
Product Name Description Pieces or Size Price
Bibingka Galapong Glutinous rice cake with salted egg $7.00
Buko Pie Young coconut meat / Fillipino-style coconut pie $27.00
Cathedral Window Gelatin Dessert $10.00
Crema de Fruta Filipino Fruit Cake $14.25
Egg Pie Filipino Egg Custard Pie Slice $5.50
8" Whole $21.25
Leche Flan A caramel custard/flan Slice $3.75
6" Whole $12.25
Puto or Assorted Puto Filipino steamed rice cake $9.50
Cuchinta Steamed glutinous rice cake $6.75

Hopia - $4.75

Flaky pastry with a paste of different flavours:
  • Pork (Baboy)
  • Buko Pandan
  • Red Bean
  • Yellow Bean
  • Ube (Purple Yam)

Cake Rolls and Slices Menu

Cake Rolls and Slices
Cake Flavour Price
Braco de Mercedes Lemon Cusard $13.50
Ube (Purple Yam)
Buttercream Roll Chocolate $13.50
Ube (Purple Yam)
Buttercream Roll with Macapuno Mocha Macapuno $14.25
Ube Macapuno
Ganache Roll $14.25
Mango Buttercream Roll $15.25
Jelly Roll
No icing outside
Chocolate $8.00
Ube (Purple Yam)
Jelly Roll with Macapuno Mocha Macapuno $8.75
Ube Macapuno

Chiffon & Premium Cakes Menu

Our Chiffon Cakes are iced and filled with buttercream. Our Premium Cakes are made with our royale cake whic is a denser cake than our chiffon (like a butter/pound cake) that has whipping cream icing that has vanilla ice cream mixed into it. We usual store our Premium Cakes in the freezer.

Chiffon & Premium Cakes
Cake and Flavour Size Price
Buttercream Cakes:
  • Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Ube (Purple Yam)
  • Vanilla
8" $23.50
8" x 12" $43.00
Ganache (Dark Chocolate) &
Marble (Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl with a ganache filling)
8" $26.00
8" x 12" $45.00
Premium Cakes:
  • Chocolate Delight
  • Coconut Mango
  • Coconut Ube (Purple Yam)
  • Mango
  • Ube (Purple Yam)
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Jamocha Fudge
6" $20.00
8" $27.00
8" x 12" $49.00
Premium Cake:
  • Black Forest and Rainbow
6" $21.25
8" $30.50
8" x 12" $63.75
Sans Rival 8" $32.50
9" x 9" $39.50
9" x 13" $52.75

NOTE: For pricing on bigger sizes, give our store a call to inquire and place your order.

Goldilocks Locations:


Address: 101-3728 North Fraser Way
Phone number: 604-736-7744
* Hours: Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Address: 2833 Main Street
Phone number: 604-876-2464
* Hours: Monday - Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

* Hours are subject to change without prior notice.

As of November 1, 2022 charges on all bags and boxes will apply.
Screenshot of the Goldilocks Canada Bakeshop updated menu on Instagram.
Goldilocks Bakeshop Canada menu

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Yaguchiya Ramen is moving from Burnaby to Vancouver

Yaguchiya Ramen announced in its Instagram account that it will be closing the restaurant in Burnaby. Their current location will be demolished to give way for a new building.

Screenshot of Instagram announcement

Their last day at the current location (4679 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B3) is on June 20, 2022.

It's not all doom and gloom because they will move to 1521 West Broadway, Vancouver BC (which is the previous location of Bob Likes Thai Food) and be part of the vibrant South Granville food scene.

I am so excited to finally get a ramen shop so close. Right now, the closest ramen shop is in South Cambie (West Broadway and Cambie Street) on the east and Gyo-Para on the west which is all the way in Arbutus street. On northwest, there's Danbo Ramen on West 4th Avenue.

I can't wait to see Yaguchiya Ramen.

2023 September 12 Update:

Yaguchiya Ramen just posted on Instagram that they are moving with Kamei on Broadway at 601 West Broadway.

I can't wait to have their ramen again.

Screenshot of Instagram announcement

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Dinner at Acqua Restaurant + Bar

I had a busy Saturday. We were running errands all morning, and at around noon, we were buying food from the "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!".

I had dinner with former colleagues organized by the previous company I worked for in the evening. It's pretty awkward to be in the same room with employees who resigned and are still working for the company, to say the least. However, it's nice to see colleagues who became friends.

I had two drinks: Pacific Breeze and She Sells Sea Shells.

Pacific Breeze
Coconut water, iced tea, muddled mint, and lime.

She Sells Sea Shells
Sparkling wine, sweet vermouth syrup, lemon, orange, and soda

For an appetizer, I ordered the Calamari. Meanwhile, for my entree, I selected the Seafood Garganelli Pasta.

Seafood Garganelli Pasta
Salmon, prawns, mussels, pesto, and white wine herb cream sauce (served with garlic bread)

Peppers, jalapenos, tartar sauce, and chipotle aioli

To end the evening, I enjoyed a Lava Cake.

Lava Cake
Warm chocolate cake covered with summer berries and ice cream

The food was acceptable. It's nothing to go crazy about, but the portions are small that's why we had to order appetizers and entrees. The drinks were excellent though.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bingsu from Sulmida Snow Dessert Cafe

Bingsu is something we always see Mike Chen (Strictly Dumplings) eat in his videos when in South Korea. After our ramen dinner at Yaguchiya Ramen, we had dessert from Sulmida Snow Dessert Cafe.

Green Tea and Red Bean Sulmida Mini Bingsu Cups

It was raining this evening, but the cafe is so warm that enjoying the Bingsu is such a comfort.

Korean Dessert Cafe

What is Bingsu?
"Bingsu, sometimes written as bingsoo, is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings that may include chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red beans. The most common variety is pat-bingsu, the red bean shaved ice." - Wikipedia

Dinner at Yaguchiya Ramen

Happy Tuesday! Our family doctor is near Metrotown, which means every appointment is an opportunity to explore the different restaurants in the area.

It was raining all day, which is expected in Vancouver, but we usually just stay home most days. However, the trip going all the way to Burnaby felt so much longer than it really was. The rain, traffic, and everything was such a great reminder why hubby and I decided and wanted to stay in our current neighbourhood close to work, groceries, church, and almost everything we need - except a family doctor, apparently.

It's not all bad. We would grab groceries at The Canadian Superstore and decided to walk the crosswalk, and the first restaurant we saw was Yaguchiya Ramen. I was hesitant at first because the restaurant looked small outside, but it's a decent size inside, and it's well-lit as well. They also checked vaccination cards, and they refused a couple who failed to download their vaccination card. The host recommended they order takeout instead. Thankfully they did without fuss and drama.


I ordered my usual Miso Ramen, and it was delicious but not as impressive as the Yaguchiya Special Ramen which hubby ordered. I kept getting a spoonful of broth from his bowl.

Yaguchiya Special Ramen
Pork and chicken broth, three pork chashu, seasoned egg, spinach, roasted seaweed and leeks with shoyu base.

Miso Ramen
Pork and chicken broth, pork chashu, bean sprouts, corn, and chives with miso base.


For the sides, I ordered Gyoza and Yaguchiya Bun. The Gyoza is as expected from a ramen shop - it didn't taste like it's been in the freezer forever. I love the fluffy buns. I ordered two, but they only have one left, which we had to share.

Yaguchiya Bun (braised pork belly bun) and 5 pieces of Gyoza

I was already telling hubby that we need to come back and try the other ramen when we're in the area again.

Cool History

Here is a short history of Yaguchiya Ramen.

Yaguchiya Ramen is an iekei style of ramen that originated from Yokohama, Japan, in 1994. In 1997, the second restaurant opened in Hiratsuka City. Finally, the 3rd location opened 20 years later (2017) in Burnaby, BC, Canada!

It's been so long since I've had ramen inside a restaurant, and it's such a comforting food and meal. Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful experience.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Lunch delivery from KamayKainan

Happy Friday! For lunch today, I had Filipino food delivered from the KamayKainan Facebook page. I ordered three things: Kare-Kare, lumpiang shanghai, and pancit palabok.

I made a terrible mistake and gave the wrong address. Instead of our street, I gave the closest cross street. Big facepalm. They're nice enough to deliver it still to our house.

This is our order from Kamay Kainan Facebook page in Metro Vancouver


Creamy peanut butter stew with shrimp paste (bagoong) is so delicious with rice. Their spicy bagoong is fantastic. This is the kare-kare with most meat and vegetable I have tried. There's not a lot of sauce (compared to Tasty Pinoy BBQ Skewers at iba pa and Cooking Ng Ina (putaheng Pinoy), but the amount of meat and vegetable more than compensate for it. I love how soft the beef is.

Pancit Palabok

This is hubby's request because we don't usually order palabok, and not many online vendors sell them—Yay for palabok. I enjoyed the chicharon on top (I don't eat chicharon by itself, but when mixed on a dish, I don't mind). There are gigantic shrimps and seafood in it. It's perfect with a squeeze of lemon on top.

I love how colourful the palabok is.

Top-view of the Palabok tray

Pancit Palabok

Lumpiang Shanghai

Lumpiang Shanghai is delicious. This has replaced Little Ongpin as my favourite source of Lumpiang Shanghai. If you have been following my blog (I highly doubt anyone does, LOL), I have a "best" or favourite version of specific dishes, and this has just become my favourite Lumpiang Shanghai. I'm so happy.

Hubby did say it would be even better after it becomes crispy again. I can't wait to reheat the leftovers in my air fryer.

Dear Lumpiang Shanghai, I can't wait to reheat you in the air fryer.


I don't eat rice cakes (kakanin) in general. But hubby does,       and he approves of this Maja we got for free. Thanks, Lynn, for the free small Maja.

Yay for free, Maja!

How to order?

Send KamayKainan a message on Facebook to place an order. I highly recommend the Lumpiang Shanghai. You can't really go wrong with kare-kare and palabok as well. Happy eating!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Exploring the Crystal Mall Food Court

From Shanghai Dimsum House Ltd

From Shanghai Dimsum House Ltd

From Delicious BBQ

Shanghai Fortune Cuisine

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Dinner at Bourbon St Grill

After a long, rainy day at Burnaby Village Museum, we decided to have lunch in Metrotown food instead of anywhere else.

Surprisingly good food at Bourbon St. Grill

Desserts from Ice Cream Parlour

We had the Ice Cream Parlour inside the Burnaby Village Musem. It feels like we're in the 1920s, eating at this place. We only are interested in their yummy looking cakes.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dinner at Sasaya Bistro

This is the first time I found a Taiwanese restaurant in Metro Vancouver, primarily because I wasn't looking. It reminded me so much of Dang Dee in Makati.

Taiwanese-style pork chop

Taiwanese Sausage

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