This is another one of those places that I found thanks to Google Maps. What's this? A wood-burning pizza joint in Surrey? In a desert of pizza chains, 2 for 1 places and pizza/Indian food places, there is Captain's Oven Pizza!
I'm ashamed of myself for mostly ignoring this little Aldergrove gem in the 5 or 6 years that I have lived here. I'm not sure how long Veronica's has been here but photos inside the shop indicate that it is a family business that has been around BC for at least three generations.
The week that, "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain" was released, we finally made the pilgrimage to Phnom Penh, the long-time Chinatown fixture and one of Vancouver's most acclaimed restaurants. It is not a high-end type of acclaimed restaurant but a little more of a low-key with amazing food type of place that should be on every foodie's must-dine list. It is also famously one of Bourdain's Vancouver stops bringing the little restaurant almost instant crowds that we still see today.
Uncle's Snack Shop arrived with a splash not too long ago and we drooled when looking at the menu and Instagram pics. They are Richmond Public Market adjacent on Westminster Highway and since we found ourselves at the market, we decided to finally check them out.USS had not started indoor dining at this point but there were at least 7 tables outside of which we grabbed one in the shade on their patio. Some of the tables were a little close to the parking lot and street traffic for our tastes. I guess if they are quite busy, a roadside table would do in a pinch. Uncle's is not a health food cafe but we still found our way first to the most unhealthy item on the menu, the Chicken Skin Chicharron. Of course, we're not here for our health but it could be argued that the sheer joy that this snack brought contributed to our well-being. Crispy and fatty with a bit of a sticky sweet sauce, these were quite delightful. Don't eat a whole order yourself.
We went to and enjoyed greatly, Imagine Van Gogh at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We are not art experts but everyone knows a little about Van Gogh and in the first stage of the exhibit, you have an opportunity to read about his troubled life and career. By the time we got to the actual exhibit room, we were already feeling a little sad for this man who seemed to know so little joy in his life. In the actual exhibit, we were treated to floor-to-ceiling (including the floor) projections of his paintings. Sometimes one painting would be displayed all around us and other times various pictures/paintings were displayed on different screens.
When I first saw in an article at Vancouver is Awesome, that a new food truck was showing up in Steveston, my first question was how is that possible? We have all recently read about the grief our friends from Shameless Buns had endured thanks to Richmond City Counsel and (no doubt) local Steveston restaurants who did not like the competition provided by SB and others (sorry but food trucks are everywhere and here to stay). It turns out that Fisherman Frank's has a connection to the federal Steveston Harbour Authority (as a client and fisherman out of Steveston Harbour for 40 years) and has set up in the SHA parking lot with their approval and it is not really any of Richmond's business! At least that is my admittedly oversimplified understanding of the situation from talking to the fisherman himself and from more carefully reading the article on Vancouver is Awesome. We are still pissy that Shameless Buns has been relegated to Terra Nova Park by Richmond, but we're happy to see that Fisherman Frank's (after a lot of work) has been able to sidestep the bullies!
So, on the first of July, we took my parents (both between 85 and 90 years of age and not quite as spry as they used to be) to Cloverdale to get their second vaccine dose. That went well (no side effects as per the first shot) and then we all decided to go for lunch. A place that we used to go to as a family many years (decades even) ago was Olive Garden. A middle-of-the-road chain is never my first choice but we knew it would be accessible and everyone likes pasta so off we went.
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