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Groceries and Grub

On my mini excursion to Washington State, I made it to all the stops I had outlined for myself to buy groceries.  A small group of us went to Trader Joe’s, Costco, Fred Meyer, and a Walmart Supercentre.

We drove an extra half hour into Burlington to avoid the weekend Canadian stockpilers that hijack every grocery cart in Bellingham.  Which is why we were surprised to see so many Chinese shoppers at the Burlington Costco, until we realized that it was a shopping destination on a bus tour.  Most of the participants on the tour were part of the Geriatric Triad, and went armed with their own thermos’ of refreshments and purses filled with familiar foods.

We wanted to stop by Krispy Kreme and were hoping the ‘light’ would be on.  Not only was the light not on at Krispy Kreme, but the location had permanently closed altogether.  I remember how fanatic I was before they opened in Canada, making midnight runs to Burlington for donuts.  You’d have thought they put crack in the dough by the way people acted, myself included.  I hope the Krispy Kreme on our side of the border doesn’t go belly up too, but I might be a good idea for me to make a visit soon.

We didn’t finish shopping until 7:30 that night, and we decided to head back into Richmond for Dinner.  We wanted to go to Nan Chuu, but I couldn’t remember exactly where it was on the Alexandra Road.  I thought another restaurant had taken over Nan Chuu, but after reading up on Urbanspoon, that isn’t the case.  Instead we visited Take Sento, another izakaya restaurant.


Everything we ate at Take Sento was fresh and was prepared with care, but there were a few things that detracted from the izakaya atmostphere.  The most apparent attribute were the Chinese staff who were speaking in Cantonese and Mandarin.  Another thing I noticed was the absence of the shouts that izakaya staff greet you with upon entering their establishments.  One final observation was the spacious seating, not that I’m complaining, but I’m used to knocking elbows with the stranger next to me– it’s kinda what it’s all about.  These characteristics listed may be more appealing to those who want to try izakaya food, but forgo the loud atmosphere and “cozy” seating.  If your primary language is Cantonese or Mandarin, Take Sento may also make you feel more at home.

I’m relieved to know that Nan Chuu hasn’t sold their business to someone who is trying to duplicate the izakaya experience, but Take Sento really hit the spot after a long day of shopping.  I would’ve also been happy to explore the restaurant scene in Bellingham, but now I only have reason to make another trip south.

Take Sento Japanese Restaurant 竹千戶和風料理 on Urbanspoon

A Waffle Lot of Options

Bubble Waffle Cafe

A relatively new restaurant to make an impact on the Richmond restaurant horizon, is Bubble Waffle Cafe.  A few months back, I found myself peering through the windows and admiring their posters, prior to their opening.  I forgot about the restaurant completely until I noticed the lineup while driving past one evening.  The other thing that caught my eye was the restaurant signage that read ‘Egg Waffles’ in Chinese characters.  My instincts told me that we needed to immediately go to this restaurant, and that is exactly what we tried to do.

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Not So Secret Garden

Lemon Curd Tarts, Coconut Bars, and Chocolate Tarts

Last week I went to The Secret Garden Tea Company, located in Kerrisdale, for my friend’s birthday celebration.  I had never been to the Secret Garden before, but heard so many great things about it.  I’m not much of a tea drinker, but if there are tiny finger sandwiches and miniature pastries, count me in!

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The Search Continues…

After wracking my brain (and the internet) trying to figure out where to go for dinner I decided to try Aoyama Cafe, a place that had been on my to-try list.  I had a hankering for Hong Kong style cafe food so I thought it would be good choice.  I knew that the Aoyama in Richmond is actually the second location of the chain, the first being in California.  I was a little surprised when I learned the restaurant is owned by a Filipino family because it is in a Chinese dominant mall.

Sculpted with m&m's

Getting to the restaurant required walking through the mall past the atrium where it was hard not to notice the giant m&m sphinx sculpture on display.  I was at Aberdeen a few days earlier and witnessed the painstaking construction of the sculptures as people glued on each candy on, one by one.  It must have been difficult to glue them on well without the candies melting in their hands (or their mouths).  I took a several photos of the fully constructed display to continue to teach myself how to use my camera properly and not to rely solely on the ‘auto’ function.

Aoyama wasn’t too busy that evening, being a stat holiday, so it was easy to get a table.  I looked over the menu and quickly noticed that it was a more Japanese cafe (Yoshoku) style menu. Continue reading