Showing posts with label Surrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surrey. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Filipino Fest at Museum of Surrey

The Museum of Surrey invites you to come and celebrate Filipino culture with performances, vendors, textile display, tinikling, and a Tagalog and English storytelling session.

Filipino Fest will be on September 23, 2023 (Saturday) from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Museum of Surrey (17710 56A Avenue Surret, BC). The event is free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Filipino Market Vendors and Food

Below is a list of Filipino food and non-food vendors that will be at the event.

  • Artsy Candle
  • foliagefilipino
  • Gigil Clothing
  • PhilCAS of BC

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Food Adventure at Surrey Fusion Festival

Summer weekends are all about attending and enjoying different festivals and events. We find ourselves in Surrey today to support the 2023 Filipino Fiesta Extravaganza. While researching that event, I discovered the Surrey Fusion Festival happening nearby on the same weekend. It is the biggest multicultural event in BC (according to their website).

I haven't seen anything like this! I saw food booths from six continents (sorry, Antarctica). It was pretty overwhelming. We decided to focus on African nations since our only experience with their cuisine was when we had dinner ONCE at Simba's Grill.

But, before that, we dropped by the Indigenous Village.

Bannock from Bannock Queen Bakery

Yay! I'm always happy to support Indigenous businesses, and I love Bannock. This one is not deep-fried like West Coast Bannock, so it's not as airy, but it's still surprisingly soft and light. It's not as heavy and dense as what I am familiar with.

Classic Bannock with butter from Bannock Queen Bakery

After finishing our Bannock, our first stop was the Democratic Republic of Congo. After perusing the menu and going near the counter, the lady said their food was not yet ready. Sad. We had planned to come back but were food coma already.

Ugali (Fufu) from Rwanda

We had zero knowledge of African cuisine, so we ordered unfamiliar things. They offered rice with chicken & cassava leaves or ugali (fufu) with chicken & cassava leaves. Of course, I went for the ugali (fufu).

Hubby and I found a spot with tables and chairs under a tent in the middle of one of the gardens. Hubby was reading to me what ugali (fufu) is.

Ugali, also known as fufu in some regions, is a traditional staple food in many African countries, including Rwanda. It is made from maize flour (cornmeal) mixed with water and cooked to a thick, dough-like consistency.

Ugali (Fufu), Chicken, and Cassava Leaves from Taste of Rwanda

Ugali has a dense and firm consistency. It's like sticky rice but chewier. It absorbs the sauce from the chicken stew and the cassava leaves. The cassava leaves stew looks like our Filipino Laing but without the coconut milk and spiciness.

Mandazi from Zambia

After enjoying our Ugali from Rwanda, we stopped by Zambia and got the Mandazi. It's a popular snack in various African countries, including Zambia.

Mandazi from Zambia

It is a deep-fried doughnut or fried bread with a mildly sweet taste. The exterior is crunchy and golden brown, while the interior is soft and pillowy.

Beef Suya from Nigeria

We die with this one. The beef suya was tender and easy to chew, and the flavour was remarkable. However, it was topped with spicy flavouring. I took the first bite and immediately told my husband it was spicy. I love hot food, so my hubby knows when I say something is spicy (for me), it probably is. It's a delicious spicy but still too much for us.

I removed the powder from some pieces so my husband could try it. We found a beautiful spot under the trees and got chairs to cool down. My lips felt puffy and numb afterwards.

Suya is a popular Nigerian street food made from thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of spices before being grilled or babecued over an open flame.

Beef Suya from Nigeria

After finishing the suya and listening to nearby entertainment, I started to doze off. I took a 15-minute nap enjoying the cool breeze.

Holland Park, Surrey

After my nap, we got free freezies (ice candy) from real estate developer, Parkway. Then, we walked through the rest of the booth to find anything else interesting. I am full, so choosing one last meal at the festival is essential.

Lamb Chop, Sausage, and Corn from Namibia

We settled on a lamb chop, sausage, and corn from Namibia because it's the only one not offered in other African countries' booths.

Corn, Sausage, and Lamb Chops from Namibia

The lamb chop is tender and succulent, grilled to perfection, bursting with savoury and smoky flavours. Meanwhile, the Namibian sausages (boerewors) are grilled over an open flame. Lastly, corn is a staple in many dishes and the same with links. It is grilled in an open flame adding smoky sweetness to the maize.

Sago't Gulaman from Philippines

To end our food adventure, we wanted cold sweets. We're hoping Kumare in the Philippines booth offers halo-halo, but sago't gulaman hits the spot too.

Sago't Gulaman from Kumare

We enjoyed our sweet drink on the walk to the King George station.

Chicken Isaw and Red TJ Hotdog from Zugba | 2023 Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza

After Sunday mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, hubby and I took a bus back to Surrey Central Station to visit the 2023 Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza.

We have yet to try three food booths, one of which is Zugba. A local (Surrey) Filipino restaurant.

I saw chicken isaw (intestine) and a red Tender Juicy brand hot dog! I also got Filipino pork BBQ and banana cue.

Banana Cue, Red Tender Juicy Hot Dog, Chicken Isaw, and Pork BBQ from Zugba

I love the isaw! It tastes clean - no funkiness. The Filipino pork barbecue was tough, so I can't recommend the piece I got. Meanwhile, the banana cue was sweet and soft.

My favourite and most nostalgic is the red Tender Juicy hotdog (grilled)! I feel like a 5-year-old kid back in the streets of the Philippines.

Monday, July 3, 2023

2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza is coming to Metro Vancouver, BC

The 2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza is coming to British Columbia, specifically in Surrey. Rey Fortaleza (Chairman of Reyfort Media and Publisher of Philippine Asian News Today) has acquired the franchise to organize Fiesta Extravaganza in BC.

2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza in Beautiful British Columbia

The purpose of the Canada Fiesta Extravaganza is to celebrate Filipino heritage in Canada with a Festival of Smiles.

The event happening in Surrey, BC and is presented by BMO and Vancouver-Oasis Production Corporation. It is also supported by the flag carrier of the Philippines, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and 99 Supermarket. Lastly, it received the endorsement of Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke, and the Surrey City Hall will be switched on its night lights to beam the pastel colours of Fiesta Extravaganza.

When is the 2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza in BC?

It will be a 2-day event on July 22 and 23 (Saturday and Sunday). The event starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM on both days.

Where is the 2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza in BC?

According to Philippine Asian News Today1, the Fiesta Extravaganza in Surrey, BC, will be at the Surrey Civic Plaza, which connects Surrey City Hall, Surrey City Centre Library, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), and the Civic 3 Tower.

How much is admission to the 2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza in Surrey?

Admission is free.

What to expect at the 2023 Canada Fiesta Extravaganza?

According to the Festa Extravaganza website, the two-day celebration will include the following:

  • Music - Local Filipino celebrities and music artists serenade you throughout the day.
  • Food - Vendors that sell Filipino food
  • Games like palo sebo
  • Festive Dances like the Sinulog and panagbenga
  • Local Amenities and Crafts vendors

Featured Artist

Filipino Actress Yam Concepcion is headlining Surrey's Fiesta Extravaganza.


The following musical acts are going to appear at the event:

  • 12B Session Street Band from Lethbridge, AB
  • Crawl Space from Yukon
  • Five for the Road
  • Rossenite Band


Below is the program for both days.

July 22, 2023 (Saturday)
  • 9:00 AM Preparation for the Parade
  • 10:00 AM Parade Starts, Market Opens, and Program Starts
  • 06:00 PM Live Band Performances (Open dance floor and time to party)
July 23, 2023 (Sunday)
  • 10:00 AM Zumba! (Market Opens and Program Starts)
  • 05:00 PM Yam Concepcion
  • 06:30 PM Live Band Performances (Open dance floor and time to party)

It is a family-friendly festival that welcomes everyone! I will update this post once I have more information on the program schedule and vendor list.

This event sounds so fun and coincides with our dad's birthday weekend!


  • Vancouver Fiesta Extravaganza 2023. (2023, January 16). Philippine Asian News Today, pp. 12–13.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Jollibee location in Surrey, BC Opening Soon

Jollibee Canada is opening its third location in Metro Vancouver and its first branch in Surrey at 9900 King George Boulevard. It will open on February 18 (Thursday) so our kababayans in Surrey doesn't need to travel all the way in Vancouver for a taste of home.

Jollibee in Surrey, BC location

The first Jollibee in Surrey is at 9900 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC V3T 0K9

When will Jollibee Surrey, BC open?

The Jollibee in Surrey will open on February 18 (Saturday)

What to try in Jollibee?

If it's your first time, go for the Chicken Joy, Chicken Sandwich, and Peach Mango Pie. If you're unfamiliar with Filipino flavours (savoury and sweet), then try the spaghetti (Filipino-style with little hotdogs).

Chicken Joy and Jolly Spaghetti

Deluxe Spicy Chicken Sandwich

If you're from the Philippines, the food is nostalgic. The spaghetti and fried chicken tasted the same way. The Peach Mango Pie is double the size of what you'll find back home. Lastly, the spicy chicken sandwich can compete with the best ones in North America.

Bida ang saya!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Assorted Mamon from | Magkasama Christmas Market 2021

Mamon is my favourite Filipino bread. I love how soft, fluffy, and flavourful it usually is. During Magkasama Christmas Market 2021, offers an assorted Mamon pack of six with three different flavours.

Three different Mamon flavours from

Assorted Mamon Box from

Ube-licious take on a classic Filipino snack! Made with ube chiffon topped with whipped cream and ube cakecrumbs, this sweet and decadent snack will definitely have your taste buds dancing for joy.

The YAMmymon is soft and fluffy the way every excellent Mamon should be. I love how the whipped cream on top gives it that extra oomph.
We'll try the Yemamon and Mochanutmon tomorrow and update this post. :) Happy Sunday!

December 6, 2021 Update
We enjoyed the Yemamon and Mochanutmon today as meryenda. But, of course, I am biased and know that I'll love the Mochanutmon. Mocha is my favourite cake flavour, and topping it with nuts is just the perfect contrast in every bite: soft mocha cake and chewy nuts on top.

The Yemamon is not as sweet as one would expect, which is why I liked it as well.

Two favourites in one bite! Mamon is a snack-size light, fluffy chiffon cake, and yema is a custard-like candy, a sweet childhood favourite of every Filipino who is young or young at heart. KayeBakes' version is Mamon with Yema frosting topped with cheese. It's a match made in heaven.

It's a pillowy soft, Espresso infused chiffon cake with mocha frosting, topped with roasted nuts and caramel bits.

I can't wait to try more of Ate Kaye's baked goodies. will be at "Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver!" 2021.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Chocolate Crinkles from Craving Crave | Magkasama Christmas Market 2021

Of all the items sold at Magkasama Christmas Market 2021, hubby only requested one, and that's chocolate crinkles. I am not a fan of chocolate crinkles. It was my younger sister who LOVES the cookie.

10 pieces Chocolate Crinkles from Craving Crave

This is our first time buying Chocolate Crinkles since arriving in Canada, and I love how the powdered sugar just goes everywhere. It's so fun to eat. The cookie itself was moist and soft. However, hubby said it's not as sweet as the one back in the Philippines.

Check out Chocolate Crinkles and Macarons from Craving Crave.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lunch from Cooking Ng Ina (putaheng Pinoy) | Best Kare-Kare in Metro Vancouver

Update: The wonderful people behind Cooking Ng Ina has opened a restaurant in Surrey, BC! Check out EATS 23 Bistro.

I wrote yesterday that I have a Facebook Ad discovery, and today the food arrived for us to enjoy for lunch.

The food is as advertised enough to feed four people! Because it's just hubby and me, we have leftover to enjoy tomorrow.

Food from Cooking Ng Ina (Putaheng Pinoy)

They offer Filipino dishes for everyone to enjoy. We ordered Kare-Kare, Siomai, and Sisig.

Kare-Kare, Sisig, and Siomai from Cooking Ng Ina (Putaheng Pinoy)
Filipino Feast from Cooking Ng Ina (Putaheng Pinoy)


It's the best Kare-Kare in Metro Vancouver that I've tried so far. I'm comparing this with the ones from Max's Restaurant along Kingsway and Little Ongpin in Richmond.

The Kare-Kare from Max's is too runny (too much broth and not enough peanut butter), while the one from Little Ongpin is the opposite. It's too thick.


This one is just the right consistency and has excellent flavour. Cooking Ng Ina served it with spicy shrimp paste (bagoong). Yummy! This is the reason why I cooked extra brown rice this morning to smother it with delicious Kare-Kare sauce.


In Metro Vancouver, this is the second time I have tried sisig. The first time is from Pin-Pin. They're both alright. We haven't discovered a sisig that would make us want to order it again. The flavour is excellent, but it's not crunchy the way we like it.



This one brings me back to my childhood of going home from school and buying Siomai from the street vendors. It's so delicious! They even provide you with soy sauce and chilli oil to dip it in. Amazing.

20 pieces Siomai
20 pieces Siomai

Will I order from Cooking Ng Ina (Putaheng Pinoy) again?

Absolutely! I'm already thinking of when I can order it for my mom. Kare-Kare is one of her favourite dishes.

Be sure to send Cooking Ng Ina (Putaheng Pinoy) a message on Facebook to place your order.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Yummy, Fluffy Ensaymada from Kaye Bakes

Last month, I ordered Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes. It was so delicious! I was telling my dad about it, who arrived nearly a month ago from the Philippines (yes, he completed his 14-day quarantine period, and he's healthy as can be which makes all of us happy).

He said, "Baka si Kaye from Winnipeg ang binilhan mo." (Maybe you purchased from Kaye who we knew from Winnipeg). Apparently, they have a Couple's for Christ mentee in their two years in Winnipeg, who also moved to BC after 4 years.


I contacted Kaye Bakes to ask if they have Cassava Cake because my mom is requesting for it. I also awkwardly ask if they lived in Winnipeg because my parents new a Kaye that loves to bake from there who moved to BC. She said, yes we lived in Winnipeg. I told her my parents' name, and yes, she's the friend my dad is referring to—such a small world.

Ensaymada from Kaye Bakes

I didn't know they knew each other when I ordered Ube Cake last month! I was just looking to support Filipino entrepreneurs and enjoy Ube cake.

My dad is celebrating his birthday tomorrow, so Kaye decided to surprise him with Ensaymada. It's too bad that I can't visit them right now to enjoy the fluffy pastry.

My mom called me, telling me how delicious the Ensaymada is. Thank God for using me to help reconnect my parents with their friends.

Where to get Ensaymada in Metro Vancouver?

Be sure to send Kaye Bakes a message to inquire about their Filipino pastries. I'm still looking forward to my birthday, so I can have a mocha cake.

Kaye Bakes contact details
Call Kaye Bakes: 778-697-8143
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes

I continue my support of Filipino businesses and entrepreneurs by ordering Ube (purple yam) cake from Kaye Bakes.

Kaye Bakes for Celebration

Today we're celebrating three things: my mom's birthday, my youngest sister's high school graduation, and father's day. It only fits to order some cake, and I thought a cake we can't buy from Costco would be fitting.

How I ordered from Kaye Bakes?

I reached out on their Facebook page Tuesday to ask if they can do a Saturday delivery or if it's too late. I also asked for prices and if they can deliver.

They were able to deliver on a Saturday at Richmond. I paid via Interac-E Transfer.

Ube Cake

Purple yam is famous in the Philippines. The colour is unique, and it's delicious! We love Ube cake in the Philippines, and I didn't think we would be able to enjoy some here in Canada.
Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes
Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes
Box of ube cake and calling card of Kaye Bakes
Ube Cake from Kaye Bakes

Side view of the ube cake from Kaye Bakes

You should hear the glee from my younger sister. She loves Ube cake the most among all of us and I'm glad she enjoyed what I ordered. 

Contact Kaye Bakes

Do you want Filipino cakes delivered in Metro Vancouver? Contact Kaye Bakes on Facebook or call them at 778-697-8143.

Business card of Kaye Bakes
Contact Kaye Bakes

I'll definitely order again for my birthday - mocha cake!

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