Showing posts with label Richmond. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Richmond. Show all posts

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Dinner from Boston Pizza

Happy Saturday! Our only brother resigned from his first full-time job and will start his new work on Monday. To celebrate his freedom from his old company, we decided to have beer, cocktails, pizza, and dessert at their home. We watched Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars then played Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch. We also worked together to clean up afterwards because there was no Mama to clean after us.

Dinner from Boston Pizza

Since we're craving pizza, we had it delivered from Boston Pizza alongside two of their appetizers and a pasta which I didn't take a picture of.

Classic Nachos

Bandera Pizza Bread


The Meateor

I love my siblings and more so now that we're all adults. We ordered what seemed like insufficient food, but we even had leftovers! We also shared the bill equally, and my younger sister commented that I don't think we will have any money problems in the future since you guys pay your share quickly. She's right, and I pray that God continues to bless us physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially!

Drinks from Estea Express at Aberdeen Food Court

After enjoying our meal from J&G Fried Chicken and Hich Persian Cuisine, we decided to grab drinks from Estea Express. I had my favourite Green Apple while hubby enjoyed his Matcha Red Bean slush.

Matcha Red Bean Slush from Estea Express

Green Tea from Estea Express

It's such a happy food day. After lunch, we walked around Oomomo, then to Lansdowne Centre to buy beer and vodka for our celebration tonight.

Lunch from Hich Persian Cuisine at Aberdeen Food Court

Since I grew up eating rice, I needed it to fully enjoy my chicken from J&G Fried Chicken, so we ordered a Soltani Kabob with rice from Hich Persian Cuisine. I am so grateful that my husband noticed the Dolmades. I wrote and raved about this dish when we went to the Riley Park Summer Farmers Market. So I am pleased to see and eat it here!

Soltani Kabob
1 Skewer Barg (AAA filet mignon) and 1 skewer of ground beef kabob served with saffron rice

Grape leaves roll stuffed with rice and herbs.

The rice is good, and the skewers were excellent, but the real star is the dolmades. It's a great palate cleanser when you've had enough (or too much) meat. It's like a reset button on your taste buds so they can go back to enjoying all the flavours. It's so delicious!

Lunch from J&G Fried Chicken at Aberdeen Food Court

Happy Saturday! After running errands all morning, we find ourselves at Aberdeen Centre food court shortly before two in the afternoon for late lunch. I'm famished and ordered a lot!

Popcorn Chicken and Fired Chicken Cutlet from J&G Fried Chicken

As soon as you get off the escalator, the first stall you will see is J&G Fried Chicken.

Signature Popcorn Chicken

The Signature Popcorn Chicken reminds me of the one from Big G. There's a subtle sweet aftertaste.

Deep Fried Big Chicken Cutlet (Bone-in)

I wish the cutlet was served with rice and pickled vegetables on the side, and it would be the perfect meal.

I still prefer the popcorn chicken from Redbeef Noodle.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Where to eat in Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Domestic Terminal?

My husband and I are travelling to Toronto next month. It's our first flight since our wedding in the Philippines last 2019. Our flight is at 6:00 AM, so I am looking at where we can grab breakfast before our flight.

Thankfully, the YVR website has a good list which you can easily filter. I am putting a yellow background on the places that open before 6:00 AM. Let's begin!

Before Security

Level 3 - Food Court Area

The following options are on level 3 in what would feel like a food court area.

Facility Name Category Hours
A&W Fast Food Sunday and Monday: 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 06:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 06:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday and Friday: 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday: 06:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Booster Juice Fast Food Daily from 12:00 MN to 11:00 PM
Japadog Fast Food Daily from 07:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Starbucks Cafe Daily from 05:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Subway Fast Food Daily 24 Hours
Tim Hortons Cafe Daily 24 Hours

Level 2 - Arrivals

Hiker's Outpost seems to be the only food source in the arrivals area for passengers returning to Beautiful BC from the rest of Canada without a connecting flight.

Facility Name Category Hours
Hiker's Outpost Restaurant and Bar Daily from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

After Security Domestic Terminal

The following food options are after security, meaning it's only accessible if you have a domestic flight.

The table below is arranged by the gate.

Facility Name Category Gate Hours
Stanley Park Taphouse Restaurant and Bar B12 Daily from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Starbucks Cafe B12 Daily from 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Carl's Jr Fast Food B14 Daily from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Green Bean Cafe Cafe B14 Daily from 04:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Vino Volo Restaurants & Bar B17 Sunday: 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Monday to Wednesday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Thursday and Friday: 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Java U Cafe Cafe B20 Daily from 06:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Pacific Farms Market Cafe C29 Daily from 05:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tim Hortons Cafe C32 Daily from 05:00 AM to 09:00 PM
True Burger Cafe C43 Daily from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Joe and the Juice Cafe C45 Daily from 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Monk's Grill Restaurant and Bar C45 Daily from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Camden Food Co. Cafe C46 Daily from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Rice Tales Fast Food C46 Daily from 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Starbucks Cafe C46 Daily from 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sal Y Limon Restaurant & Bar E88 Daily from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM

As much as I love Tims and Starbucks, I will do my best to try Green Bean Cafe and the Pacific Farms Market, depending on which gate we'll board. I can't wait to travel again!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Food Adventure at the Richmond Night Market

Happy Friday (or the wee morning of Saturday)! It's Labour Day weekend which means no work on Monday. So to start the long weekend, we decided (last minute) to head to the Richmond Night Market.

After work (5:00 PM), we grabbed groceries at No Frills. Then, we went home to drop off our groceries. Afterwards, we returned three books I borrowed from the library, then we rode Bus 99. Before entering the Canada Line station, we stopped by RBC to get some cash for the Richmond Night Market. Then, we entered Broadway City Hall Station and took the train to Bridgeport Station. 

We're starting our long weekend at the Richmond Night Market.

From there, we walked to the Richmond Night Market. We went straight to the sign where it said Zoom Pass Entrance Only. Before we reached the entrance, a family of four asked us if we would get a Zoom pass. We said yes, and they asked if we wanted to be part of their party of six, and we paid them $12.00 for it. Not a bad deal.

Zoom Pass Entrance

A Zoom Pass would be like buying six tickets (meaning we'll be able to come back multiple times or share it with others) OR if you're a group of six, you can enter all at once, which we did.

Thank God that we got there at that time and the family saw us. I hope they had as much fun as we did.

We went straight to the food stalls to look at all the food options, and there were plenty. The last time I was at RNM was July 2016 with my sisters, and I remember it being packed, so in my mind, I wanted to get food that I wanted to try while there was still no lineup.


I remember seeing two (maybe three) stalls selling takoyaki, and we purchased the octopus one. They have different possible fillings for their takoyaki, like scallops, shrimp, bacon, or mushroom.


One of the two (or maybe three) Takoyaki stalls

Fish Sticks

My favourite item we had tonight was the fish sticks. Its crispy outside and delicately soft white meat inside were mindblowing, and it's pretty easy to eat while walking around. 

The fish sticks are inspired by the fried fish cakes in Taiwan, and one of my favourite Taiwanese food items is the salt & pepper popcorn chicken. If you can't decide which flavour to get, Salt & Pepper is still the best. Halfway through the Fish Stick, I wanted vinegar to dip it in like fish & chips.

Fish Sticks stalls

Salt and Pepper Fish Sticks

Teri Mayo Fish Sticks

Chendol Icy

After the fried fish, I wanted something to drink, and plenty of stalls focused on drinks. So when I spotted Chendol from the Icy Bar (Van-City #1 Taiwanese Shaved Ice), I just had to get it.

We had Chendol once in Singapore, and I will forever remember it. It's like Filipino halo-halo but with fewer ingredients, meaning it's drinkable.

Chendol Icy from Icy Bar

Top 10 Popular

We walked around to see the rest of the stalls and spotted the "Top 10 Popular September 2022" in at far left corner when you entered (near the Rotato). Hubby doubted if a metric was used to create the list or if the vendors paid for a spot. Either way, that list helps.

Top 10 Popular September 2022 in Richmond Night Market

When walking around and seeing so many options makes you undecided, I recommend checking the list and using it as a guide on what to get. That's what we did, and we have no regrets.

Xinjiang Style Lamb Bun

After seeing the list, we went straight to Chef James Xin Jiang Man and ordered one Xinjiang-Style Lamb Bun. The smell of cumin and tenderness of the perfectly cooked lamb is mindblowing. The lamb is chewy and a perfect match for the soft and tender pillowy buns. Where can I get this year-round?

Xinjiang Style Lamb Bun

Chef James Xin Jiang Man

Matcha Mochi Donut

Another food on the list is the Mochi Donut from Mochido, and we got the matcha. The inside was chewier than what you would expect from a typical donut. Also, the dough seems different (one way or another), making it softer than most donuts.

Matcha Mochi Donut from Mochido

Mochido Food Stall

Pork and Chicken Skewers

The pork skewers from NTM Thai Street Grill remind me so much of the Filipino pork barbecue, which is sweet and savoury. NTM also sells it with rice, and I would happily eat ten of the pork skewer with rice. Hmm, childhood memories coming back.

NTM Thai Street Grills

Pork and Chicken Skewers

Spicy Salmon Sushi Tacos

Imagine your favourite sushi served in a taco format with fried, lightly battered seaweed as the taco shell, and that's what we got from Taco Nori. First, their sushi rice is perfect. Then, the salmon is delicious too, but the fried seaweed binds everything together.

Taco Nori Stall

Spicy Salmon Sushi Taco from Taco Nori

Red Bean Taiyaki

This is not part of the top ten list, but I want taiyaki every time I see it. We chose the red bean flavour because it seems more traditional and goes well with the fish-shaped waffle.

The Taiyaki Stall

Red Bean Taiyaki

After enjoying the Taiyaki, we decided to walk around the non-food area, and I even spent money on Spy x Family stickers.

Super Crispy Fried Pork Belly

It's lechong kawali! Lechong Kawali is Filipino fried crispy pork belly, which is what we got. Now, I need some rice and Mang Tomas. Unfortunately, they're out of the Lechon sauce, so we chose the okonomiyaki flavour instead.

Okonomiyaki Super Crispy Fried Pork Belly


I ate a lot of food today, yet I don't feel food coma. Of course, it helps that we walked around and stood up the whole time we ate. We also maximized our time here. We arrived at 7:00 PM and left after 10:00 PM (the market closed at 11:00 PM). Three hours of walking and eating makes me happy.

Afterwards, we walked to the Sky Train and went straight home. Tea would be lovely before going to bed, but I don't think we have any caffeine-free tea at home, so here I am, trying really hard to stay awake to finish this post.

I'll come back again next year, maybe earlier in the season, so I can map out and black all the food stalls at the Richmond Market. It'll be a fun project to undertake.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Dinner from Fogg n' Suds

Happy Saturday! We spent most of today at my parent's place in Richmond. For dinner, we had food delivered from Fogg n' Suds. I was already feeling food coma from munching on chips all afternoon, so I wasn't sure what I wanted to eat.

Hubby and I went for Pasta but didn't finish it. So we can have the leftovers tomorrow.

Seafood Spaghetti
Sauteed shrimp, grilled salmon in creamy Cajun sauce garnished with parmesan and parsley.

Bacon and Prawn Farfalle
Sauteed bacon and prawns in creamy alfredo sauce garnished with parmesan and parsley.

Tiramisu Cheesecake
Decadent, triple-layered tiramisu-infused cheesecake drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce.

The dinner tonight reminded me why I don't like delivery because food from restaurants is always better at the location.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

8th Philippine Flag-Raising Ceremony in Richmond, BC | Philippine Independence Day and Filipino Heritage Month Event

The Multicultural Helping House Society celebrates the 124th Philippine Independence Day and Filipino Heritage Month with the 8th Philippine Flag-Raising Ceremony.

Source: Multicultural Helping House Society website

When is the event?

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN

Where is the event?

Richmond City Hall Plaza

What to expect?

  • Parade
  • Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Greetings
  • Performances
  • Booths of different organizations and partners
  • Draw prizes from sponsors

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Lunch from LA Chicken | Birthday Game Night Celebration

Our youngest sister's birthday celebration is today, and she requested that we have a game night. 

We started the day by watching Spider-Man: No Way Home because my brother and husband have not seen it yet. I don't really have an affinity for superhero movies except for Spider-Man. Even then, the only ones I watched were the three movies with Tobey Maguire; apparently, I saw the first Andrew Garfield, which I didn't even remember.

After the movie, we had lunch. My mom cooked her Filipino-style spaghetti, and we ordered fried chicken and sides from LA Chicken. Lastly, we had a Costco chocolate cake.

My mom's spaghetti and fried chicken and sides from LA Chicken

We also watched The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin so that my younger sister's Canadian boyfriend could learn about Filipino humour. It's funny. Even our youngest sister's best friend had a laugh.

Then, we had game night. We played Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle all night (until 10:00 PM). Then, finally, we reached Book 5 and couldn't get past it. We almost defeated it during the last round, but Voldemort and his Death Eaters took over all our locations. I can't wait to play again!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Mother's Day Dinner Celebration at Dai Jang Kum

Happy Mother's Day, Mama and to all moms. Our Mama loves Korean cuisine, so we went to Dai Jang Kum for dinner this year.

Hubby and I are calorie-counting and have been consistently and slowly losing weight. Still, we know tonight's dinner will be our ultimate pigout for the next two weeks (until our youngest sister's birthday weekend celebration). However, we still want to lose weight, so hubby made me walk with him to Running Room (2 kilometres) in the morning to pick up his socks and shirt. We also walked back home and had a low-calorie breakfast and lunch.

Before heading to dinner, we walked to the Broadway City Hall Canada Line station and then to The Source in Richmond Center to pick up my new Chromebook (where I'm writing this post). Then, we headed to Dai Jang Kum.

Mother's Day Dinner at Dai Jang Kum

We arrived 10 minutes before 5:00 PM without any reservations because no one picked up the phone when I called last week. The front staff said we could have dinner, but it must be finished by 6:20 PM. So I informed my mom and siblings and told them I would order our usual.

Half of Combo A for 3 in the Grill
Combo A is a combination platter of BBQ meats, including chicken, beef, beef short ribs and pork, and it includes steamed rice, salad, and side dishes (banchan).

Half of Combo A for 3 in the Plate

Our standard order includes Combo A. When my mom and three siblings arrived at the restaurant, the grill was already hard at work. This would allow us to eat sooner and be finished before 6:20 PM.

Japchae and Seafood Pancake are Korean dishes we absolutely always order, and Dai Jang prepares them deliciously. My mom's favourite dish is the japchae. She'll be happy with just the noodle dish.

Stir-fried sweet potato noodles with sliced beef and vegetables

Seafood Pancake

Our youngest sister almost ate one serving of the Pan-Fried Dumplings from the appetizers menu, and it tasted better than I remember.

Pan-Fried Dumplings

To try something new, I ordered Kimbap, and it's definitely worth trying.

Rice rolled in laver with seasoned vegetables and beef fillings.

We asked Mama what she wanted for Mother's Day gift. She said that she wished for Leni Robredo to win the Philippine election. Unfortunately, all her kids are already Canadian Citizens and can't vote, so my hubby, me, and my three younger siblings wore pink today to support Leni Robredo and make my mom happy.

For Mother's Day gift, our youngest sister (the thoughtful lady that she is) gave Mama a greeting card which made her tear up. Meanwhile, I ordered flowers for delivery. Then, our younger sister purchased chocolates (which she ate, haha) and a greeting card with sounds. Lastly, our brother spent quality time with Mama watching the Korean shows she likes.

For future me and maybe my mom will be interested to know too (since she's one of the two people who consistently read my blog), here's a list of how we celebrated mother's day in the past years.
  • 2022 (this year) - Dine-In at Dai Jang Kum
  • 2021 - Lunch Delivery from SURA Korean BBQ (Hazelbridge location)
  • 2020 - Lunch Delivery from Sumi Korean Restaurant
  • 2019 - Breakfast Delivery from McDonald's and Lunch at Masa Japanese Restaurant
  • 2018 - Lunch at Dai Jang Kum
  • 2017 - Lunch at Dai Jang Kum
  • 2016 - Ice cream cake surprise from Marble Slam Creamery (I didn't have a full-time job yet during Mother's Day and was working as a temporary part-time cashier at BC Place, and all we could afford was an ice cream cake for Mama)
  • 2015 and 2014 - I was alone in the Philippines and couldn't celebrate Mother's Day with Mama because she was already in Canada with the rest of the family.
  • 2013 - 3-Day 2-Night Trip to Cebu with Mama and my two younger sisters. I didn't even know this would be the last Mother's Day we would celebrate in the Philippines.
Those are the Mother's Day that I have documented since Android phones became a thing.

Happy Mother's Day, Mama! We hope you had fun today spending time with your three daughters, only son, and only son-in-law. We hope your tummy is full, but more importantly, I pray that your heart is filled with love. Thank you for being our constant prayer warrior and always thinking of us. We love you very much. Don't forget that God will always provide. Can't wait to celebrate your birthday next month!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Lunch at Neptune Wonton Noodle

Hubby and I are frugal to a fault. We only do shopping for clothes, shoes, and things we need once a year (if we need something maybe twice) and today is our "shopping day". I felt so guilty for buying pajamas (because the ones I have are starting to deteriorate) and shoes, but we need it. I thank God for the many blessings that we can do this.

In between shopping, we decided to have lunch at Neptune Wonton Noodle because I am really craving for wonton noodle soup. If I am not calorie counting, I will order a second bowl.

Pork and Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup

Two Items (Beef Balls and Fish Balls) with Noodle in Soup

Soup Dumplings

I don't recommend their Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), but I look forward to trying their other dim sum.

Chinese Donut

Yay for Neptune Wonton Noodle.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Dinner from Pearl Castle Cafe

Today, we're celebrating our only brother's birthday by having dinner delivered at home from Pearl Castle Cafe, then watching the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (spoiler alert: they lost 3-2 against the Portland Timbers).

Dinner from Pearl Castle Cafe

We ordered Kung Paw Chicken, spicy and non-spicy fried chicken nuggets, Taiwanese sausage, fried chicken thigh, fried pork chop, and pineapple shrimp fried rice.

The food was delicious. I can't wait to dine here and order the fried chicken nuggets (it rivals Redbeef), Taiwanese sausage, and fried chicken thighs. Yum!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Filipino Birthday Lunch Celebration | Family Day Weekend

We celebrated hubby's birthday today with the family on Family Day weekend.

My husband moved to Canada to be with me. He left his own family behind, and I always do my best to make sure he feels loved here in Canada.

I asked my mom to cook her Filipino-style spaghetti to celebrate his birthday. My mom (as always) went beyond and even purchased a cassava cake slice from Aling Mary's. Cassava cake is one of hubby's requests for his birthday.

Filipino Birthday Lunch

A Filipino birthday won't be complete without lumpiang shanghai (Filipino spring roll) and fried chicken, so we ordered from Little Ongpin and LA Chicken, respectively.

Best lumpiang shanghai in Vancouver from Little Ongpin

Best fried chicken in Richmond - LA Chicken

My mom also purchased Black Forest Cake from Saint Germain Bakery with hubby's name.

Black Forest Cake
Light chocolate sponge cake, Kirsch sauteed bing cherries, 36% real whipping cream, and 64% dark chocolate shaving.

After food coma lunch, I introduced my younger sister and our only brother to The Sound of your Heart and how hilarious it was. For dinner, I ordered more fried chicken from Hi-Five (I forgot to take a photo!), then we played Overcooked 2, which made me extremely happy, and we also played Smash Bros (I didn't fall and die! Haha!).

It's lovely to celebrate hubby's birthday and Family Day weekend with the family.