Growing up, Chinese food was Chinese food to me. No one had yet explained that China was a vast country spanning regions and cultures, many with unique cuisines owing to influences that included their history, peoples and climate. Xi'an is a city in Shaanxi, in central China towards the north and grows wheat among other things but no rice. As a result, their food tends toward noodles and bread. It was also greatly influenced by the fact that it was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and eventually came to have a significant Muslim-Chinese population. Old Xi'an's Food is located in the Continental Shopping Centre on Cambie in Richmond, and as you might guess, specializes in the cuisine of Shaanxi.
Old Xi'an's Food
Nancy Go Yaya Eating House
When, from down the block, we could see Nancy Go Yaya Eating House was surrounded by film crews, all I could think was, "Great! Now Ryan Renolds is screwing up our lunch plans!" It was not the case, however, as while much of the block was under siege, businesses were not closed even though shooting for something called Balista was taking place.
Holy Mochi Donuts - Vanfoodster's Best Donut Challenge
We figured out that we could try all 4 of the Best Donut Challange entries during the March 4 to 27 window so off we went! The fact that I am either all or nothing in my approach to these challenges must say something about the state of my brain but I'm not going to worry about it just now. We placed an order a couple of days in advance and got a pickup time on Saturday afternoon.
Eggcetra Breakfast Cafe
It was a beautiful Sunday and we ended up at Eggcetra Breakfast Cafe if for no other reason than they have Chicken and Waffles on the menu. Just off King George Hwy between 152nd Street and 32nd Avenue, we were able to get seated right away just before noon but this is a busy little place.
Side Hustle Sandwiches
I'm not sure how literal the name Side Hustle Sandwiches is. I should have asked if this place was a bar first and maybe someone just decided that putting stuff into buns or between slices of bread would be a good way to make a few bucks and satisfy customers who had come for the craft beer? If so, good thinking! All I know for sure is that this was another one of those places that I came across on Google Maps and was smitten by their menu. I mean, I like sandwiches and these sounded good!
India's Most Wanted - Aldergrove
Just opened in Aldergrove is our 6th Indian restaurant (more if you count the pizza joints that also serve butter chicken), India's Most Wanted. We have waited patiently as watched this place build from the ground up.
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