Leisure Tea & Cafe

With the amount of times of I have been to Leisure, I should have really posted about them years ago. This little Taiwanese owned cafe has been open since… I cannot recall when they have opened. I only know it’s been there forever. This is always my go to place when I am in Richmond, late night and need somewhere to grab some sweets.

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From waffles, to flan, sandwiches, taro/yam rice balls and a wide variety of drinks including tea and coffee.

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One thing it made it so memorable other than the food, is the decor. Rustic old grandma’s home, the moment you walked in reminds you everything about grandma. The vintage tea cups, the wood furniture, lots of patterns from the olden days.

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My favourite thing to get here is their taro rice balls and flan.

Snowy Village

I had been a bad blogger. I haven’t done any type of food blogging since 2014. [Insert horrified emoticon.] Ever since Instagram, I just stopped blogging. It was so easy for me to post a photo with a short description and just leave it at that. Sometimes I wonder if people still reads blogs. ūüėõ But hey, I am back again!

Let’s start the new year with Snowy Village.

Patbingsu is shaved ice to a powder form, they are much lighter and dust powder like topped with various sweet toppings such as rice cakes, syrup, soybean powder, red bean, ice cream, etc.

After we have placed our order, we were served with hot ginger lemon tea.Which is very considerate, because often times when I have shaved ice I get so cold. (Like I need to wear my jacket indoor to keep warm kind of cold.) This tea was a life saver, it was also very delicious and not too sweet!

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We have ordered the injeolmi bingsoo. The ice sorbet is made of milk, creamy cold flavour in a bowl topped with traditional Korean rice cake. Also a generous layer of roasted soybean powder (please becareful while eating this powder, do not take too much as they will stick to your mouth and will choke you). With condensed milk drizzled on top, so many textures and depth in just one bowl.

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Soft and fluffy, the bingsoo literally just melts right into your mouth the moment the flaky snow touches your tongue. With a wide variety of toppings you can choose from red bean matcha to original injeolmi (a traditional Korea sweet rice cake, not like mochi).

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With my recent visit to Korea, I can actually compare! But I must say, this franchise is as good as the one I have tried in Haeudae Korea. (Here is a picture below to make you jealous.) ŽßõžěąÍ≤Ć ŽďúžĄłžöĒ!

Pier 7 Restaurant & Bar

I found this restaurant while visiting the Lonsdale Night Market, I thought it must has a very good view. Need to come back to visit! So I did. ūüôā

The restaurant looks newly renovated, everything is very modern and chic. It’s located right by the pier and has two stories (with a private party area at the top).

It was a sunny mid summer afternoon so we get to enjoy the patio. Although we didn’t get the best view of the patio but it was really nice.

It was an awkward brunch time: 2pm so the two of us ordered a few appetizers to share.

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Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartar –¬†Crisp apple mustard dressing with fried¬†shallots & radish on Japanese sushi rice. Except they didn’t have any sushi rice, so we got extra taro chips. The taro chips were a little bit oily and taro naturally very filling and with it deep fried with that much oil, they seem to fill you up even faster. This would taste better if the taro chips are less oily.

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Seafood Chowder ¬†–¬†Saut√©ed finfish & shellfish in a savory tomato anise broth. This was one interesting seafood chowder. Normally you would think this would be made in a cream base, but this one was by a tomato broth, which was rich and I just loved the tomato flavour!

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Summer Beet Salad –¬†Spinach, pine nuts, orange & grapefruit segments. Delicious various of beets, with a very nice apple/pear dressing. Gave the whole salad a little bit more refreshing taste.

This is a nice restaurant (at least for the appetizers that I have tried.) but I would have to say lack of professional service. The waitress and waiters seem so new to the environment that they don’t know much. Not only they look clueless, some of them seems very un-attentive. I can only imagine how it will get worst when it is busy.

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Hi Genki

I used to volunteer at the home next door (Nikkei Home Centre), so I knew about this restaurant long long time ago. And I used to revisit quite often when I worked in the area. But I haven’t been there for a while so I thought I would pay a visit. Decor didn’t change a bit, and the servers seems to be the same Japanese ladies all year round. But the only thing is that they are not as friendly as before and food quality had gone down. I ordered the curry katsu don. Oh my the whole thing is so dry. I cook Japanese curry at home too, and mine has a little bit more water in it. So it would be easy to stir in with the rice. Katsu is deep fried port cutlet, so I need the moist from the curry to balance out the dryness of this dish. But it just simply didn’t do it for me. However the katsu is fried very nicely, even and wasn’t overly oily. It was quite disappointing because I used to love this place. ūüė¶

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2011 Beauty Search

I’ve always love dining out at new interesting places, especially if the decor and atmosphere interests me. Here are the top ten must visit restaurants in Vancouver BC (Not in any particular order):

1. Marche St. George (St George and E 28th)

This is¬†definitely¬†a¬†neighborhood¬†gem. Adorable rustic French corner store/cafe located in a quite neighborhood off Main Street. Black chalk board menus, vintage silver wares, glass jars and wood¬†furniture covered with fur rugs to add the home-y touch.¬†Since it is a small corner store,¬†there are seats outside of the store and it’s a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.

2.¬†Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe¬†(2095 West 4TH Ave)

If you have been to this cafe you will know why this is on the list, with large amount of retro signs, toys, painting, posters and photographs from the 50s all over the whole restaurants walls. Place mats on the table where you can paint and sketch and pops of vintage colours all over the restaurant. You will almost felt like you went into a retro diner.

3. Oru Cuisine (Inside Fairmont Pacific Rim by Canada Place)

You will fall in love with the beautiful origami paper look light that stretches from the lounge all the way up the to restaurant. This Japanese fusion restaurant in Fairmont Pacific Rim adds a nice touch to this relatively new hotel by the harbour. At night you will be able to see these beautiful globe from Canada Convention Centre right across.

4. West Restaurant and Bar (2881 Grandville Street)

One of the Araxi food group of lower mainland located by the Grandville area. Maybe I am just a sucker for hanging decor :P, this restaurant has this swirly reflective hanging from their ceiling with lots of mirrors and symetrical patterns all over the restaurant. With a nice warm orange on the walls and red chairs gave it a beautiful color harmony.

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5. Salade de Fruits (1551 West 7th)

A nice french bistro that serves full entrees without the fancy attire, but the decor will make you feel you’re in France to the fullest. French street signs and labels across tables and walls of the restaurant with playful servers with French accents. The energetic servers and owners¬†definitely¬†adds a French touch to the whole¬†restaurant, you’ll for sure have a great time there.

6. Top of Vancouver Restaurant (555 West Hastings Street)

For sure everyone would think of Top of Vancouver or Cloud 9 when it comes to breath taking views, what beats being high up and see the whole Vancouver in a 360 revolving restaurant? Now I must say this restaurant other than its view and service, the food isn’t just that worth going for. But you just need to see the view up there at night, it is just so beautiful especially after a glass of wine. ūüôā

7. Chop Steakhouse Richmond (10251 St Edwards Dr)

There are many Chops across BC, and of course I haven’t been to all. But the decor of the Richmond one is fantastic. First of all, it’s really clean and dim is the first thing I noticed. It uses bold big decor with these very beautiful soft hanging lamp at each table to create this almost eating the stars atmosphere. I just cannot take my eyes off all those beautiful lamps in this dim restaurant.

[Cannot find a photo online, but should def visit and take some good ones. ;)]

8. Brix (1138 Homer Street)

Another restaurant that has a outdoor area to sit in. I actually went to this restaurant during winter, but the open garden area was well protected with heavy drapes and warmed with lots of heaters. Through the sunroof I can see the stars but feeling very warm inside the heavy drapes, with vines and outdoor furniture having the dinner right there just made it so perfect.

9.¬†Joey’s Restaurant¬†Burrard (820 Burrard & Robson)

Surprised? Yes I was too. When I went to this Joey’s I couldn’t believe I was at Joey’s! The waiting area is so beautiful with pure white sofas and beautiful wallpaper on the¬†ceiling. The wine rack is so large that it completely takes up one wall but created this eye catching point to the restaurant. With the dim¬†restaurant¬†and¬†illuminated¬†walls give the restaurant a¬†futuristic¬†look touched with modern furniture. Once again I just LOVED their sofas.

10. Thierry (1059 Alberni St)

This modern pastry is the talk of the town, I was attracted by its entrance. Full length dark wood doors with little circle windows that just makes you want to look more! When I walk in I just love how the whole place is dark wood (makes you think of chocolate), and marble counter (oh so fancy). It’s just so pretty I couldn’t resist sitting down and have a coffee instead of ordering to go.

Hope you enjoyed my little ventures (of course I haven’t visit everywhere, so if you know any good places please let me know!) ūüėÄ

The Well

I found this place when I was there for Burgoos (up the street) and saw thought I would try it out. First I went there for dinner with a few highschool friends for reunion. They have decent dinner menu but that day I just didn’t have my camera and couldn’t log anything. So I went back for brunch as I saw a few reviews about this place.

The Well¬†located at 3048 Main Street (I call that part of Main the little piece of eating heaven). Surrounded by many other great brunch places in that area, this seems to be a very tiny place. I remember when I was there for dinner they had local music artist performing and it was a small little place that you will probably missing if you are walking. The sign is huge but there is no sign that you can really see if you are walking down the street. Not getting off track let’s go back tot he local artist, so I ended up talking to one of the waitress and realize that they feature local artist on a weekly basis. It is¬†a nice add while you are having a casual dinner catching up with soft nice music in the background. The one I heard was pretty good too. I truly enjoyed this little touch.

Let’s talk about the brunch. Couple of times I walk by they were never busy with lots of empty seats therefore I never had to wait more than 2 mins to get seated. Service is usually attentive and friendly. So for the brunch I tried out their¬†Mediterranean¬†Omelette, I suppose you just cannot go wrong with feta cheese and spinach. It was extra yummy with the fresh basil pesto. =9 ¬†It is also a very large serving (maybe I just don’t eat very much) that I couldn’t finish and saved it for the next morning.

My friend ordered the¬†gourmet¬†grilled chicken sandwich, I had a little bit to taste and it was very good as well. It came on with mustard pesto bread with rosemary in it. The rosemary brings out the flavour of the mustard, tomato and the chicken. It was a great combination. And they have very nice yummy fries. ūüėõ

But I was sad to see from a update from Urbanspoon that The Well is now closed. ūüė¶ But I shall remember the taste of mustard pesto on rosemary bread!

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