Some time ago we were visiting Toronto for a friend’s wedding. Like any other trip, it becomes culinary at some stage. We arrived at Fat Pasha. This was Anthony’s Rose latest collaboration with Robert Wilder. It is located at 414 Dupont Street (between Spadina Road and […]
Nubo Japanese Tapas is located on a quint little corner on 739 Pandora Ave. in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. We were over on Vancouver Island for a weekend getaway. Every time we are on vacation we always crave Asian food at least once – we […]
德庄火锅 Morals Village Richmond is located atEmpire Centre where Chef Tony 頤東大酒樓 and Shiang Garden is. The Richmond restaurant is a branch from its sister locations in Toronto (Downtown, Markham, Waterloo and Mississauga). Morals Village offers higher end hot pot with private rooms with its own ensuite bathroom! Don’t worry, it is sound proof.
Menu focus on Chongqing style using fresh ingredients and offers homemade beverages like rice milk, plum juice, winter melon tea; herbal tea, and sugar cane juice.
I was invited by ChopStick Festival along with few fellow bloggers for menu tasting.
Choose from a variety of spicy and non-spicy soup base
- 10 Year Special Spicy Soupbase
- Super Spicy Soupbase
- Original Spicy Soupbase (Hot / Medium / Mild, Extra Szechuan Peppercorn)
- Signature Green Pepper Soupbase (Medium Hot Extra Szechuan Peppercorn)
- Mountain Cliff Wild Mushroom Superbase
- Sweet Tomato Ox Soupbase
- French Inspired Sweet Corn Soupbase
- Homemade Pork Bone Soupbase
- Hong Kong Satay Soupbase
- Herbal Soupbase
- Chicken Soupbase
Specialty soup bases like this golden chicken on top of a winter melon and served with rice and herbs is just delicious! Bet you can’t find this at any AYCE hot pot restaurants!
Seafood platters and a la carte selections include
- Tiger Shrimp Skewer $7 （6 pcs）
- Alaskan Snow Crab Leg $19 （8 pcs）
- Japanese Scallop $9（3 pcs）
- Abalone $6/ pcs
- Fresh Oyster
Tender and melt in your mouth Wagyu beef and Kagoshima pork slices.
If you are looking for a nice hot pot dinner with high quality meats, Morals Village is located just off Hazelbridge Way beside Aberdeen.
Morals Village 德庄火锅
Cuisine: Chinese, Hot Pot
Mon 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Tue 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Wed 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Thu 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sat 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sun 11:30 am – 12:00 am
1200 – 4540 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1E4
Be Love in a wonderful all vegan, organic and locally sourced plant based ingredients located in downtown Victoria at 1019 Blanshard Street. The restaurant is bright and airy. There are a patio seats outside perfect for a nice sunny day! Travelling is hard on the body, having […]
Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is located in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Situated in the heart of Cowinchan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of the founding estate wineries on the island. The winery is family owned by Paul Brunner. Since 2012, the winery has undergone sizeable […]
We just came home from an incredibly relaxing road trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unlike previous visits to the island, we avoided all things touristy and focused on water sports, waterfalls and trails, and of course good food! The Ford Focus is perfect for zipping around the island. It has an award-winning, fuel-efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with an automatic transmission with SelectShift.
The EcoBoost feature has great pick up and powers thru on command. Although the car is compact, you still feel comfortable.
- Driving the Ford Focus felt smooth and quiet.
- EcoBoost delivers 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft of torque. We thought the low power output would lead to trouble when we were on our adventures, but the turbo ecoboost engine gave enough torque to make it up steep hills with no problems.
- Rear view back up camera is really handy and adds confidence especially at night.
- Two smart USB smart charging for all your gadgets.
- Dual Zone electronic automatic temperature control
- Voice-activated SYNC® 3, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Although there is plenty of interior space if sacrificed in cargo. Being the girl that I am, packing for a 4 day weekend trip is the same as packing for a week aboard. I mean, I always end up packing more than I need. And skincare and make up products takes up precious cargo space! So, the trunk only could hold my Samsonite luggage, a backpack and our hiking shoes. Our box or road trip snacks suffered and were left in the back seat.
This is quite a surprise when we initially hopped into the car. When we came to a complete stop at a red light, the engine idle would suddenly stop. This is a gas-saving auto start-stop feature that I have only experienced in the luxury auto sector until now.
Just to give you an idea of our adventure, we travelled a total of approximately 1000km. We travelled from Vancouver to Victoria (Qualicum Beach, Sidney, Cordova Bay and back and forth to Downtown Victoria). We filled up twice ($40 each fill) with a full tank to begin with. Total gas consumption $120 approximately for a weekend of adventures! This is very impressive for a economy class car compared to it’s competitors in both price vs options.
The Focus offers 28 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, 32 combined.
Vancouver Island is quite a fun place to drive. We drove through a lot of hills with plenty of bends and curves. The Focus felt light and nimble around the corners. Being a front wheel drive car, it still has a lot of understeer but manageable through the windy roads.
- Fuel Economy – Dave and I travelled up and down the island, the pump did not break our wallets.
- Power – Consider this is a 4 cylinder, 123 hp car. It has more than ample power to handle most situations on a day to day basis.
- Seats – I think my back is still sore from sitting in the focus for this long road trip. The lumbar support needs improvements.
- Cargo Space – If only the hatch space was deeper
2016 Ford Focus starts at $16,456.
To learn more details and models visit http://www.ford.ca
OLO Restaurant Victoria is an urban farm to table eatery in Chinatown at 509 Fisgard Street. Since the last time we were on Vancouver Island, the award winning Ulla closed and rebranded itself as a chic approachable spot perfect for brunch and late night. Executive Chef & Co-Owner Brand Holmes and […]
Hey Happy Coffee puts a smile on my face period. This single-cup service of robust coffee is located in Downtown Victoria at 560 Johnson Street. I’m happy to see a new wave of boutique cafes instead of chains that boast “serious coffee”. Owner Rob Kettner […]
Blue Star Donuts in Portland is one of the best doughnuts available. I love them for their delicious buttery brioche dough. And if you’ve visited Portland, Oregon, I’m sure you’ve been told that Voodoo Doughnuts is a must. Truth is, Voodoo Doughnuts is for tourists. You are missing out, if you think those quirky donut creations are the city’s best. Blue Star Donuts is where you want to be at!
Their donuts are made from a classic brioche recipe thatoriginated in the south of France. They make their doughs from scratch daily and takes 18 hours with sustainable bread flour from Shepherds Grain, add cage free eggs, whole hormone-free milk, and then fold in a European-style butter.
Their donuts are buttery rich, airy, spongey and has little grease. Plus, they are not sickeningly sweet.
Blue Star Donuts has few locations throughout Portland, Los Angeles and also Tokyo, Japan. Flavors and selections changes daily and sells out quickly. If you love a creamy filling, we recommend the signature donut: Cointreau Creme Brulee. It is decadent with vanilla custard, Cointreau syrup and sugar torched topping.
What to order? Everything looks really good. I wanted to try everything. I wanted to try the Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib, a classic Blueberry, Bourbon and Basil, Pistachio Cheesecake and even the over the top Chocolate Almond Ganache.
How many donuts can I eat without being judged?
If you are travelling to Portland, here are 10 Things You Need To Know about Portland!
Mon 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
921 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, United States
Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland is a high-end coffee shop that has developed quite a cult following. This specialty coffee shop has locations throughout PDX (much like Prado and 49th Parallel coffee in Vancouver). But of course, many of its fans got really upset when […]
Salt & Straw is a really popular ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Those that live in Portlandia will know this. And for us folks in Vancouver, BC probably know this too during our many road trips down South. It is like the Earnest Ice […]
Nongs Khao Man Gai Portland is a food truck turned restaurant in Oregon. Not only is the food delicious, it has comes with a heartwarming story. Owner and Chef, Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in the US from Bangkok, Thailand with just $70 and two suitcases. Learning to cook from her mother at an young age, she worked at various Thai restaurants (including Pok Pok) until she saved just enough money to open the Nongs Khao Man Gai food cart in 2009. It shows that hard work and dedication pays off.
Order from the counter and seat yourself. There is tea, garlic and hot sauce available on the side. If there is one thing to try here is their Khao Man Gai Chicken and Rice (no kidding right?) Also, place a double on the fried chicken skin. Super limited and always sells out.
Khao Man Gai is Thailand’s version of the Chinese Hainanese Chicken. Like Thailand cuisine, flavors are bold and powerful. The sauce is more pungent.
The free range chicken gets infused with garlic, shallot, galangal, and pandan leaves. Fat is rendered for cooking the rice later. The chicken then gets poached in water with ginger, pandan leaves and more garlic. The chicken stock is super concentrated after cooking many chickens. This gets used in both cooking the rice and also for the soup that is served with your Khao Man Gai chicken rice.
The result? The chicken is soft, moist and tender. The rice with an aromatic fat infusion of super chicken stock.
In the summer or when the weather is nice, there are tables outside to sit at.
And, if you are visiting Portland here are 10 Things You Need To Know about Portland! Looking for a reasonably priced hotel in downtown Portland, Hotel Pineapple Rose is a great option for around $200 USD per night.
Tue 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
609 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214, United States
+1 971-255-3480Food Trucks:
1003 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
411 SW College St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
During our roadtrip to Portland we stayed at the Hotel Pineapple Rose – a boutique hotel at 50 SW Morrision Street. It is part of Bellevue’s Pineapple Hospitality. It acquired ownership of Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland. The 140 room hotel is renovated with […]
西貢全記海鮮 Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant Hong Kong in Sai Kung is where you want to go for seafood. Every time we visit Hong Kong, we make it a point to enjoy the extraordinary range of seafood that is available: nearby fishmongers, crab, razor clams, cuttlefish, […]