Jericho Tennis Club, Vancouver

We had the blessed opportunity to have a family get-together at the 102-year old Jericho Tennis Club right along the waters of Jericho Beach. (Cover and the two photos below from Jericho Tennis Club FB Page) Above is summer view. Our visit was instead on a cold and rainy winter night! 🙂 Barney starts us…

VanDusen Gardens Winter Illumination

What’s nice about Vancouver is that most places are only about twenty minutes away from one another. We had a spare half hour before our event for the evening so the beloved asked me what was the place I wanted to visit? I had seen  Vandusen in its autumn glory; I wanted to see it…

Chef of the Year, Best Seafood, Best Upscale Awardee: Boulevard

2018 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award’s “Chef of the Year,” Chef Alex Chen, is behind this “Best Seafood” and “Best Upscale” restaurant at Sutton Place Hotel, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Big deal, huh!!! No wonder the spectacular meal was satisfying in every way. Service was also impeccable. There was a lounge next door for us…

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Granville Island Stage

Do you like Pride and Prejudice? Me? A little bit. I read the book once and then watched all the movie versions I encountered plus the movie about Jane Austen. I also loved Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson. Oh I almost forgot, about eight years ago, I went to Bath to see Jane Austen’s…

Forty-Ninth Parallel Coffee Roasters Ltd.

This is one of the Beloved’s approved coffees so we came here for breakfast, first at the Thurlow and West Georgia branch downtown. The Avo: Avocado, Cheese, Tomato, Arugula, Chili Hot Chocolate (foreground) and Coffee (back) Then to the branch on West 4th and Yew Streets in Kitsilano. This branch has coffee, tea, hot chocolate,…

Things to Do Around Vancouver Art Gallery

Ice Skating Mom’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck at Robson Square. Click here for schedule. Shop at Nordstrom (and Pacific Centre) or Sportchek or the other stores around Robson Street. People-watching Picture taking with the 76 -foot Christmas tree and other points of interest at Robson Square   Scotiabank Theatre Cineplex  Click Here for Other Activities…

Guo Pei: New Level of Chinese Couture, Vancouver Art Gallery

After Rihanna wore a showstopping 55-lb. yellow fur-trimmed, gold-spun gown with a 16-foot train to the 2015 Met Gala, the creator of the majestic dress, Chinese couturier, Guo Pei (kwo pay) rose to international fame. Guo Pei’s designs are distinctly intricate hand-stitched masterpieces showcasing Chinese artisanal embroidery, beading, and overall craftsmanship using silks, crystals, gems, pearls,…

More Raisu

A simple meal together with people you love is a sweet grace. Sharing is caring not just with food but with hearts and lives. The Truffle Corn and Brussels sprouts Karate, Snow Crab and Uni Cream Udon, AAA Canadian Tenderloin Roast Beef with Uni and Ikura, Grilled Fish, Hamburg were all delicious.  I ordered another…

Joe Fortes, Vancouver: Night and Day

The beloved and I enjoy walking and browsing as our form of exercise, aiming if possible for 20k steps per day. On our way to and fro, we kept passing by this restaurant, Joe Fortes, named after the legendary citizen of English Bay. Day or night, it was always lively. Multiple awards are hung on…

Raisu, Vancouver

You might miss the entrance if you weren’t looking for the address because the frontage Noren (Japanese curtain) is understated. (It’s beside the Apple Farm Market across Safeway). From the same food group that gives you Suika, Raisu (Japanese word for “rice”) serves delicious Japanese food in the reliable authentic flavors but in tapas style…

Bacio Rosso

Bacio Rosso is dubbed as “Canada’s first Gourmet Cabaret Cirque.”   I loved the way an overall theme strung the different acts which seamlessly flowed from one to another. For example, before dinner was served, servers were joined by kitchen staff in setting up and managing logistics or stage props among the audience. There are…

Christmas Program at London Heritage Farm

Heidi, her kids (MZ, MK, and MC), and I are singing Christmas carols for the visiting seniors at the lovely historic farm museum, London Heritage Farm’s tearoom.  (I signed up when Heidi and I came for scones a few days prior.) Narbata is preparing the food in the kitchen. The entertainment committee ensemble is getting…

Rainbow Park, Alta Lake (Whistler Part 4)

Do you want to know how Whistler came to be a popular weekend resort? It involved a dream, a chat, and this stunning lake full of trout. Around 1911, Alex and Myrtle Philip left Maine for British Columbia. Alex came to manage the Horseshoe Bar & Grill in Gastown, Vancouver. In the spring that year,…

Lost Lake (Whistler Part 3)

Lost Lake used to be Whistler’s longtime nudist beach naturally enclosed with a border of luxuriant evergreen trees. Since lodging structures have been built around this secluded lake, it has become a lively picnic park in the summer and part of the municipal park’s cross-country skiing trail in the winter. From Whistler Village, you can…

Whistler Village and Food (Whistler Part 2)

What can you find in a “remote” village in the wilderness? You’d be surprised! Since the 1990’s, Whistler has always garnered top votes among North American resorts for alpine skiing.  It gained further global recognition when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics which The Village icons, stores, and memorabilia will give you nostalgic reminders of. This village…