Earl’s Test Kitchen-Happy Hour Cheap Eats

My BFF was visiting from Toronto last month and we decided to go to Earl’s Test Kitchen to grab some food before watching a movie. It’s located down the block from the Scotiabank theatre on Hornby and Smithe. It’s so convenient there’s no way you can be late for the movie! We watched Guardians of the Galaxy which was pretty funny. This was my first time at this Earl’s. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve been to any Earl’s in ages! Earl's Test Kitchen Read more

Richmond Night Market 2017

The Richmond Night Market is something I look forward to every year. Admission this year is $3.75 now. Since there were only 2 of us we decided not to get the zoom pass. We arrived at 6:50pm (they open at 7pm) and the line up was extremely long already. We waited 45 mins to get in but then the food line ups weren’t as long. If you go a bit later then the line up to get in will be shorter but the food line ups will be longer. Either way prepare to line up.

Richmond Night Market

They are still doing the dino theme and have incorporated bumper cars into their line up of games! There were also mini bumper cars for younger kids. I felt bad for the ride attendant who kept getting bumped into by the kids.  Read more

Illumination Night Market Highlights

Disclaimer: I was invited to a media tasting at the Illumination Night Market by ChineseBites. All food and beverages were complimentary but opinions are my own.

Illumination Night Market
Love Locks

This year the Illumination Night Market (previously Panda Market) will be charging a $3 admission fee. In previous years it was free but it’s still a bit cheaper than the other night market where admission is $3.75. They have added some pretty lights hence the name “Illumination” Night Market. I’ll be highlighting some of the items I enjoyed or thought were interesting as I tried too many things!  Read more

Bai Bua Thai-Affordable Thai

A few weeks ago the Royal Family Circus was in town and my friends and I got cheap tickets on Groupon! It was only $15 each so that was a great deal for a night of entertainment. They were set up on the PNE fair grounds so we went to Bai Bua Thai on E. Hastings and Nanaimo for dinner first. It’s right across from the 95 B-line stop.

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Nightingale-Tapas in a Beautiful Space

Nightingale is Chef David Hawksworth’s second restaurant venture. Located on W. Hastings and Burrard Street, this restaurant has a less formal vibe and you might not even notice it if you pass by. I’ve never been to Hawksworth (situated inside Hotel Georgia) so this won’t be a comparison post.

Nightingale

My co-workers and I came for a spontaneous Friday lunch and they managed to squeeze us in. The menu does change frequently so you might you get exactly what I had (e.g. sides may differ seasonally). Some items are gluten free but you’ll have to check with your server because it’s not indicated on the menu.

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Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine is located in the same complex as the new Walmart on Garden City in Richmond. It seems fairly new so my family decided to check it out. It’s located beside Nando’s and across from Darumaya, the Japanese grocery store (they have pillowy-soft mochi there!).

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine

Z & Y Shanghai Cuisine is the sister restaurant of Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine next to Aberdeen. I wonder what Z & Y stands for?
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Pizzeria Ludica-Board Games and Pizza

My friends and I were in need of something to do for Easter Weekend and someone brought up Pizzeria Ludica. I’ve been there before but never blogged about it. They are known for their extensive board game selection. We are talking about hundreds of games!

They are located right outside Stadium-Chinatown Station, beside T&T. On the day we went, they were having plumbing issues and had to close early (hence the plumbing truck outside). I remembered that their pizza wasn’t so great before so I had low expectations.  Read more

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