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Review: Amarone, Union Street, Aberdeen

Review: Amarone, Union Street, Aberdeen

by Danica Ollerova @ Evening Express

On a cold Sunday afternoon, me and my boyfriend decided to treat ourselves to a nice romantic meal.

Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was fortunate to attend Food Talks 15, presented by Richard Wolak, founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks  The event featured 5 Speakers who are the forces to reckoned with from Vancouver’s food community. It took place at Pacific Restaurant Supply. According to Richard, he created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle. The Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts. Richard Wolak at Food Talks 15 Pacific Restaurant Supply The lineup of the speakers (from left to right): Ian Bruce (Founder, Umaluma Gelato),  Jason Gilron (President, Pacific Restaurant Supply),  Caren McSherry (Founder, Gourmet Warehouse),  Paul Grunberg (Co-Owner L’Abattoir and Osteria Savio Volpe),  Brian Turko (Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee), Ian Bruce, Jason Gilron, Caren McSherry, Paul Grunberg Brian Turko The theme of the event was From Your Roots. Our speakers shared the journeys from their humble past to their present accomplishment [...]

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Holiday Inn Aberdeen - Exhibition Centre

Holiday Inn Aberdeen - Exhibition Centre


IHG

Official site of Holiday Inn Aberdeen - Exhibition Centre. Read guest reviews and book your stay with our Best Price Guarantee. Kids stay and eat free at Holiday Inn.

Smoked Habanero Hot Sauce at Horse & Hound

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

To me, nothing says “we care” like housemade hot sauce. There’s a lot to like about Cholula, Sriracha, or the old faithful Tabasco, but a chef-crafted sauce, lovingly designed to match the style and particular flavor of the dishes it enhances, will or *should* always beat out the mass-produced grocery store competitors. But therein is [...]

Recap: Judging Best Margarita Challenge by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year’s Best Margarita Challenge has 5 contestants all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Check out my YouTube video here! The Pawn Shop YVR Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Blueberry Elderflower Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:40pm PDT Price: $9.95 Description: made with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice, blueberry syrup, Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Float. Created by: Casey Brady   Stormcrow Tavern Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 4, 2017 at 10:56am PDT Price: $10 Created by: Cole Hayton Description: Lower your shields with the Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita! Made with Plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal for that smoky just-shot blaster flavour, Storm Trooper collected coconut milk, AT-ACT grilled pineapple, lime, brown sugar and salted rim. It’ll make you forget about the Imperial Troopers shooting at you and let you become one with the Force.   Ban Chok Dee Web: http://www.banchokdee.com CoCo-MangoRita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:31pm PDT Price: $10 Created by:  Parinya Loptson Description: A Taste of Thai mix – Tamarind and palm sugar with Mexican Coconut Tequila, Mezcal and mix Citrus really [...]

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Aberdeen defender McKenna’s confidence growing with every game

Aberdeen defender McKenna’s confidence growing with every game

by Sean Wallace @ Evening Express

Wanted man Scott McKenna warned now he has the Dons starting slot he is ready to fight to keep it as he bids for Scottish Cup glory.

8 Things I Love Most in Bangkok

8 Things I Love Most in Bangkok

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Bangkok is the one city in the world I would not hesitate re-visiting over and over again. My four-year old passport has accumulated 10 sets of Thai immigration stamps, yet I’d happily give up more pages to absorb the chaos, ascend the buildings and devour the dishes here. Embarrassingly, I only made my way to check off The Grand Palace on my last visit. But that’s the thing; Bangkok is not about the sites to see. The charm of the city can only be felt by living in it. And here are 8 ways I lived the city that made me fall in love with it. 1. Rooftop Bar with Wine & Cheese at Scarlett There are countless rooftop bars dotted all around the city. While Above Eleven and Octave seemed to be the typical recommendations, Scarlett stood out to me more because of its laid back rustic vibe, which also felt a little less commercial. It was, as expected, more quiet than your usual rooftop bar at 6pm, yet turned out to be the perfect spot to enjoy …

Black Market Moto Saloon, a Vegetarian Review

by Brian @ Mas to Millers

Given that I work right around the corner, I really had no excuse for taking so long to discover this excellent lunch spot. Matteus, the proprietor, is very friendly and serves up ridiculously large portions of great food. I should have eaten half of my sandwich on both occasions, but they were both so tasty [...]

Aberdeen university researchers find volcanoes underwater

Aberdeen university researchers find volcanoes underwater

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

Researchers at an Aberdeen university have used the latest imaging technology and techniques to reveal a hidden underwater volcanic landscape.

Man putting focus on historic North-east stone circles with online photos

Man putting focus on historic North-east stone circles with online photos

by Emma Morrice @ Evening Express

A man who has spent almost 20 years visiting historic sites has spoken of his fascination with stone circles around the North-east.

Figure skating: Travel woe couldn’t spoil synchro teams’ performances in championships

Figure skating: Travel woe couldn’t spoil synchro teams’ performances in championships

by Ryan Cryle @ Evening Express

Aberdeen Synchronised Ice Skating Club’s trip to the British Championships ended in double bus trouble.

Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The visit to L’Abattoir marked another great stop during our Gastown Cocktail Crawl, proving that a cocktail crawl can be such a fantastic way of checking out the best restaurants in one neighbourhood in one night. Located in the center of Gastown and next to the historic Blood Alley, the site was built in the 19th century and was once part of a meatpacking district, hence the name L’Abattoir.  And everything here showcases the vibrant characters of Gastown, a home for the hip and the hipsters.  The place is a giant loft with red bricks and wood. While the bar is on the ground level, most of the dining area is upstairs. l’abattoir, gastown We were offered a basket of bread and breadsticks after we told them about our cocktail crawl adventure. bread basket Food Wench decided to order for all 3 of us and we were all getting the Avocado Gimlet ($15). Inspired by a rosemary gimlet, a popular cocktail featuring gin, Lillet Blanc, citrus and fresh herb, the creamy avocado adds a sweet richness to the drink, although not as rich as an avocado shake. The fun part of getting the same drink is bringing 3 complete different cocktail [...]

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Man jailed for four months after stealing Aberdeen gallery worker’s purse

Man jailed for four months after stealing Aberdeen gallery worker’s purse

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

A man stole a gallery employee’s purse, locked himself in the toilet and claimed he thought it was a pub, a court has heard.

Pho7Rich Healthy Vietnamese Food

by phorichc @ Pho 7Rich, healthy Vietnamese food best restaurant in Nottingham, MD

We are the first Vietnamese Restaurant in Perry Hall and White Marsh. We are dedicated to provide great food with an amazing service. Our chef has had 27 years of experience and is very enthusiastic about giving you the best Vietnamese experience. At Pho 7Rich, we are focused on providing quality Vietnamese food with the highest levels of customer […]

CHC starts work on Aberdeen heliport revamp

CHC starts work on Aberdeen heliport revamp

by Annette Cameron @ Evening Express

A major revamp of helicopter operator CHC’s terminal and hanger facilities at Aberdeen International Airport is under way.

Meridian native wins Sailor of the Year in Norfolk

Meridian native wins Sailor of the Year in Norfolk

by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Rinner @ www.meridianstar.com - RSS Results

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean RinnerCommander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, Rear Adm. Thomas Luscher, left, presents Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cedrick Jenkins, assigned to Commander, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, with a Lone Sailor…

Toscani's in Aberdeen closes its doors after more than 40 years

Toscani's in Aberdeen closes its doors after more than 40 years


baltimoresun.com

Family-owned Toscani's restaurant in Aberdeen closing its doors after 40+ years in business

Happy Paradise

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Happy Paradise UG/F 52-56 Staunton Street (Entrance on Aberdeen Street) Central, Hong Kong Phone: +852 2816 2118 (but predictably, NO FUCKING RESERVATIONS) Price: We got out at HKD650ish per person, including two drinks each.  The receipt claims that all service charge/tips goes directly to...

Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It doesn’t matter where we are,  autumn is the season of celebrating the harvest. Whereas we have Thanksgiving In Canada, Chinese folks celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which lies on the full moon night of the 8th moon cycle in the lunar calendar.  For this day many Chinese families hold reunions, and many Chinese folks travel back to their hometowns for the special occasion, just like how many Canadians do for Thanksgiving. And the most common way of celebration of the festival is a feast on traditional dishes, newly harvested fruits, and mooncake. I was honored to be invited to Western Lake Seafood Restaurant for a taste of their special Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. The special dinner set for 10 features whole Alaskan king crab, whole Peking duck, classic Cantonese dishes, and mooncakes. Having crab in autumn is a tradition in many regions of China, mentioned in some of the most well-known Chinese literature such as Dream of Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Incorporating native luxury ingredients of North America such as king crab into the Chinese dishes is just ingenious as it reflects both the tradition and the modern world.  The dishes in this feast all turned out incredibly delicious, making me feel blessed living in Vancouver. [...]

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Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came here with my old UBC friends for our monthly gather. We ended up getting 2 of their Peking Duck Dinner for 6 ($113.99).  It sounds a little strange to have Peking Duck at a Korean restaurant, but apparently, the chef was trained in Beijing for the craft of making Peking BBQ Duck. I was curious and looking forward to the dining experience with Korean cuisine blending with Chinese. The Peking Duck Dinner includes the following: Whole Peking Duck – Duck with Pancakes Korean BBQ Ribs Seafood Pancake Korean Dumplings, or Japchae (Pan Fried Sweet Potato Noodles), or Rice Sausage Duck Meat Hot Pot with Hand-cut Noodles, or Duck Meat Congee Like most of the Korean BBQ restaurants, the Banchan plates (small side dishes) were served before the main dishes came. They looked and tasted pretty standard here. As the star of the evening, the Carved Peking BBQ Duck with Pancakes came out pretty quickly. I wish the chef had shown us the whole duck before having it carved up. The chef carved the duck in the traditional Beijing style, with each slice with equal parts of skin and meat.  Peking Duck is a popular dish in a lot of Cantonese [...]

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Man assaulted brother with meat cleaver in Aberdeen restaurant after row over debt - Evening Express

Man assaulted brother with meat cleaver in Aberdeen restaurant after row over debt - Evening Express


Evening Express

A man has admitted attacking his brother with a meat cleaver after a “heated” row.

New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Rocky Mountain Flatbread‘s new vegan menu. The evening also featured a vegan-themed improv comedy show by local comedians. The special menu features appetizers, soups, salads, artisan pizzas, and pasta.  Gluten-free options are available for the pasta and flatbread as well. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is known for their “Farm-to-Pizza” initiative, for which they are constantly searching for fresh in-season produce from local urban & rural farms to feature on their flatbread pizzas.  They are committed to using only local organic flours, free range organic meats, organic free range eggs, Ocean Wise seafood, local veggies from urban & rural farmers & local craft beers & local wines. The new vegan options are part of that commitment. Chef Oliver Zulauf has produced a new house-made “cau” cheese and drizzle made from cauliflower, which can be found on the vegan dishes on the new menu.  Here are some of the dishes we tried. Vegan Mushroom Caps white sangria   bruschetta with “cau” cheese bruschetta Vegan Wild Mushroom Pizza Vegan Salads and PIzzas Organic Rotini with Wild Mushroom Ragout gluten free cheese cake Visit rockymountainflatbread.ca to check out their new vegan menu among all their organic options. And also check out The Perfect [...]

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Commonwealth Games will make up for my world champs disappointment, says city’s young swimmer Toni, 14

Commonwealth Games will make up for my world champs disappointment, says city’s young swimmer Toni, 14

by Ryan Cryle @ Evening Express

A 14-year old swimmer from Aberdeen has become the youngest person named in Scotland’s team for the Commonwealth Games so far.

Cuisine Cage Match: Restaurant Week (The Hook) vs. Restaurant Week (vmvbrands.com)

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

In case you haven’t heard already, there are two restaurant weeks coming to town. One is the semi-annual tradition put on by The Hook 1/21-27, at cvilleyum.com, while the other is a new event this year by vmvbrands at charlottesvillerestaurantweek.com, arriving one week after The Hook’s, from 1/28-2/3. Calling itself the “official” 2013 restaurant week, this [...]

Recap: Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster. The Christmas themed tasting adventure was spread at 4 spots in 3 neighboring communities on the west side from Fairview, South Granville to Kitsilano.  Each spot was featuring vendors with high-quality food and beverages for attendees to indulge. Meinhardt Fine Foods was our first stop. Located in South Granville, the gourmet grocery store is known for its specialized and imported food products, gourmet offerings, ready-to-eat meals and a variety of deserts. Meinhardt Fine Foods  There were other vendors featured at Meinhardt: Cheeses from Blue Heron Creamery and they are opening their first store on Main street in 2018. Imported European holiday cake from Terra Foods, along with other goods. Plant-based whole Grain crackers from Lloyd James. Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries offered a taste of their specialty cocktail cherries.  They were quite unique and much tastier than the awful generic Maraschino cherries. The tea products from JusTea produced by Kenyan tea farmers, also ethical, sustainable, and fair trade. Imported ham and sausage from Spain and other European countries showcased by ARC Iberico. Refined sea salt products from Sal de Ibiza, including salts, potato chips, chocolates, and nuts. Maureen‘s Rum Cakes. Next, we ventured to Silk Road Tea, where [...]

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Stewart Milne welcomes support of Aberdeen council’s roads department ahead of decision on £50 million Kingsford Stadium

Stewart Milne welcomes support of Aberdeen council’s roads department ahead of decision on £50 million Kingsford Stadium

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

Aberdeen FC’s chairman has welcomed a council officer’s backing of a transport plan for the club’s proposed £50 million stadium.

All Aberdeen schools to be checked after part of a wall collapses on pupil

All Aberdeen schools to be checked after part of a wall collapses on pupil

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

Schools across Aberdeen are to undergo safety checks after part of a wall collapsed on a pupil today.

Hull City planning third bid for Dons defender McKenna – reports

Hull City planning third bid for Dons defender McKenna – reports

by Reporter @ Evening Express

English Championship side Hull City are planning a third bid for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, reports said today.

Grand Opening of Cactus Club Cafe at Richmond Centre

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Cactus Club Cafe Richmond, a popular dining and socializing venue in the city centre since 1992,  has made one great decision glamming up the downtown nightlife of Richmond.  Relocated from No. 3 and Lansdowne road to Richmond Centre mall, the new spot will attract much higher traffic of folks looking for food, drinks, and entertainment in the area. And It’s going to be the patio season here all year-long with their heated and enclosed patio, retractable roof, and sliding glass walls. I was invited to the grand opening of the new location accompanied by Jess (@domoiscraving), and we were greeted by a welcoming red carpet. The tasteful interior was designed by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, who had previously impressed the diners at the Cactus Club Cafe’s English Bay and Coal Harbour location. The main dining room features a massive bar in the centre surrounded by an energetic crowd. The celebrating cocktail of the evening was Late Harvest Daiquiri, made of white rum, blackberry, Saskatoon berry, cassis, lime, and elderflower. A vibrant and refreshing cocktail, it gives us a taste of the glamourous and exciting urban nightlife on the West Coast.   The beachside-themed back dining room features a green wall and comfortable seatings, boasting a posh [...]

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B Blues BBQ

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

I’ve always felt like the number of BBQ joints in town is out of sync with the quantity and enthusiasm of pork-consuming Charlottesvillians. Consider the fact that we have at least 9 Thai restaurants, 26 Mexican restaurants, and 27 Chinese restaurants.* Many of the proprietors of these establishments have traveled 1000s of miles to set [...]

Aberdeen mum and baby in lift plunge terror

Aberdeen mum and baby in lift plunge terror

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen mum was left terrified when the lift she was using suddenly dropped five floors.

Kemper County looking for better outcome vs. Aberdeen

Kemper County looking for better outcome vs. Aberdeen


Meridian Star

DE KALB — The score is still fresh on the Kemper County High School football team’s minds: 40-36.

Aberdeen man who stole from grandad after discovering he had explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend avoids jail

Aberdeen man who stole from grandad after discovering he had explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend avoids jail

by Karen Roberts @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen man who stole from his grandad as “payback” after finding out he had explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend has avoided jail.

Man, 31, admits sex assault on woman at Aberdeen nightclub

Man, 31, admits sex assault on woman at Aberdeen nightclub

by Karen Roberts @ Evening Express

A man has admitted sexually assaulting a woman at an Aberdeen nightclub.

Kingsford Stadium plan snub would ‘send the wrong message’

Kingsford Stadium plan snub would ‘send the wrong message’

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

Snubbing the stadium project would tell investors Aberdeen is closed for business, a business representative has claimed.

10 Favourite Restaurants from Around the World in 2017

10 Favourite Restaurants from Around the World in 2017

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

It’s that time of the year to reflect! I never used to make New Year’s resolutions or set ‘goals’ until last year and it turned out to be a great idea because I can now be proud that I accomplished two out of three (I know they’re hardly difficult things to achieve): 1. cook more and 2. travel more to places I’ve never been to before. First, I continued to perfect my signature tiramisu and others have now testified that it’s a perfect recipe! I discovered the wonders of sous-vide meat. I developed a cornflakes-crusted French toast I am pretty happy to cook for others. I created a salad dressing I love (recipe coming soon). Second, I travelled to Myanmar (Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay), Portugal (Porto and Lisbon), Peru (Lima and Cuzco), Bolivia (Copacabana, La Paz and Salar de Uyuni), Chile (San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago and Valparaiso) and am writing this post from Australia (Sydney and Melbourne)! Food is one of the most important parts of travelling to me – because it gives me inspiration. …

Watch: Aberdeen schoolchildren’s work to be displayed at SPECTRA Festival

Watch: Aberdeen schoolchildren’s work to be displayed at SPECTRA Festival

by Kirstie Ross @ Evening Express

Aberdeen schoolchildren will have a chance to see their work displayed at a city festival.

A Delightful Taste of Ukraine at Solodko Ukrainian Bakery

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Sergii and Iryna started their Ukrainian bakery business at the Steveston farmers’ market, and it took off quickly. By the end of the same summer, they were often sold out at 10 different markets. People just raved about their food. With their success, they launched Solodko Ukrainian Bakery at 444 Sixth St, New Westminster.  Today, I was the lucky plus-one of Areta (Foodgressing) for a tasting at Solodko.  It was an eye-opening experience as it was very different from what I knew about Ukrainian/Russian Food. Solodko Ukrainian Bakery I was amazed by how good the savoury dishes were here. Using fresh ingredients is the key. Instantly captivated the vibrant colour of the Borsch, the soup tasted even better with the rich flavours from all the vegetables.  It’s the hearty Ukrainian version of Ratatouille.  The Cabbage Rolls were delightful and I really enjoyed their slightly crunchy texture.  The Perogies surprised me with how delicate they were with the thin wrapper, very similar to Chinese dumpling. Making those dishes from scratch and with fresh ingredients makes such a difference, and I’m sure no one would go back to store-bought frozen ones after trying the perogies here.  The perogies also came with pan-fried onion and sour cream, both being great flavour enhancers. borsch, perogies [...]

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First Aberdeen pay talks break down without agreement

First Aberdeen pay talks break down without agreement

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

Key talks between First Aberdeen and Unite have broken down.

Thief jailed for breaking into Aberdeen restaurant and stealing till

Thief jailed for breaking into Aberdeen restaurant and stealing till

by Karen Roberts @ Evening Express

A man who broke into an Aberdeen restaurant and stole a till has been handed a jail term.

Recap: Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates UBC

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Back in the days when I was studying at UBC, the food choices on campus were not exactly amazing. Besides getting burger and beer at the Sub (the student union building back then), I could only get a taste of ethnic food at the Village food court. But according to Vancouver Foodster, there are many more gourmet options now. As he invited me to the Tasting Plates UBC , I was looking forward to the visit to the memory lane and discovering what’s new and exciting about my alma mater. And I took my buddy Graham, who used to go to UBC as well The old student union building, the Sub, is completely deserted now, waiting to be turned into something modern and impressive like many of the new architectures on the campus. The new student union building is called the Nest and is where we started our tasting adventure. The Nest The Delly has been serving deli-style food to students for over 40 years, including freshly made sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls, soups, salads and baked goods.   This evening they demonstrated how students are fed with delicious and healthy foods nowadays. The tasting plate included: A Taste of India Butter Chicken, Shahi Paneer, or Chana [...]

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Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

My mom wanted to make a use of her VIP card from Neptune Seafood Restaurant that she recently acquired. The benefit of using the card is 10% off, but not on seafood dishes. This just sounds silly because it is a SEAFOOD restaurant. I came here for dim sum quite a few times over the years, and also had tried their special lobster lunch menu, but never came here for dinner. Maybe it’s because of its Chinese name 龍皇鮑翅, which suggests that they specialize in abalone and shark fin, which doesn’t sound exactly eco-friendly. The main dining area was roomy and bright, although the interior design is somewhat generic and similar to other restaurants in the same category. They also have several VIP rooms for private parties. One of the rooms was in use that evening, and apparently, there was Karaoke inside the room. It felt strange to hear some super bad singing for a few seconds now and then when someone had to exit or enter the room. Neptune Seafood Restaurant So we finally decided on getting a whole Peking Duck ($48), as it always comes in 2 courses and it should be plenty of food for 2 of us. [...]

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Cure

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Cure 21 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089128 Phone: +65 6221 2189 (or email reserve@curesingapore.com) Price: SGD110 (+7% GST and 10% service) for the seven course tasting menu.  Add another SGD90 (+7% GST and 10% service) if you want the matching wine. The deal: Cure isn’t...

Poetry for Food & Wine at The Paramount

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

Calling all oenophiles and locavores and haiku writers. We have two free tickets to this fabulous food & wine event at the Paramount Theater on Sunday 9/23 at 5pm and we’re dying to give them away. With wine tastings and food provided by Fleurie, Petit Pois, Tempo, and Paradox Pastry, and a screening of the [...]

The Book is Out!

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

The book is out! Staff writer Casey did an awesome job capturing the history and modernity of Charlottesville’s local food movement. If you’re intrigued by the subject, please consider buying it one of our local bookstores or online at Amazon:  

Police speak to nine drivers at road safety operation at Aberdeen school

Police speak to nine drivers at road safety operation at Aberdeen school

by Annette Cameron @ Evening Express

Nine drivers were spoken to by police during a road safety operation at an Aberdeen school.

One Meatball Place

by casey @ Mas to Millers

Having jumped the gun on visiting uber-popular Moto Pho Co during its earliest days, I decided to wait a couple months before reviewing One Meatball Place, Moto Pho’s sister restaurant in both mien and conjoined location. On first sight, the space appears more cozy and contained than the pho restaurant to which One Meatball Place [...]

Ice Cream Break at CHAU VeggiExpress

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I had brunch with JT on Commercial Drive and we were heading back to Richmond. It was a nice day and she was obviously in the mood for some dessert. She suggested CHAU VeggiExpress for some ice cream. To me, making vegan ice cream always seems a little challenging in order to show that creaminess. But since JT is a much pickier diner than I am, the ice cream should be good enough. I really liked the place as it was tastefully designed and decorated with elegant wallpaper and green climbing vines. The whole dining room was lively and charged with energy. I suppose it was the healthy options here might have made diners happier. I do miss living with my friend Julie, who was a vegetarian at the time. We made dinner together almost every night back then and I certainly benefited from eating less meat. CHAU VeggiExpress CHAU VeggiExpress We realized they gave me the wrong ice cream. I picked the Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate and JT got the Pandan Leaf. But they gave the Thai Ice Tea instead for some reason. But they quickly fixed the issue and we ended up having 3 scoops instead of 2 scoops. The Thai Ice Tea one tasted [...]

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Bid for world’s biggest Burns Supper in Aberdeen

Bid for world’s biggest Burns Supper in Aberdeen

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

The world’s biggest Burns Supper is poised to be held in Aberdeen.

Northern State University's first Fulbright scholar living dream teaching in Vietnam

Northern State University's first Fulbright scholar living dream teaching in Vietnam


AberdeenNews.com

Chelsea Kerbaugh fell in love with Vietnam after moving to the country in August.“It’s kind of like my second home in a way,”Kerbaugh said.Kerbaugh, a December 2014 graduate of Northern

Competition to find best Indian restaurant in North-east

Competition to find best Indian restaurant in North-east

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

Curry fans are being urged to tikka second to vote for their favourite Indian restaurant in the North-east.

B Blues BBQ

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

I’ve always felt like the number of BBQ joints in town is out of sync with the quantity and enthusiasm of pork-consuming Charlottesvillians. Consider the fact that we have at least 9 Thai restaurants, 26 Mexican restaurants, and 27 Chinese restaurants.* Many of the proprietors of these establishments have traveled 1000s of miles to set [...]

Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant

Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant


fuck yeah noms

A Fuck Yeah Noms Review - Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant. OH MY YASSS, dreams do come true - fuck yeah pho times are finally available in the Kong

Artist to give popular Aberdeen restaurant a new look

Artist to give popular Aberdeen restaurant a new look

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

An artist is set to transform a popular Aberdeen restaurant with a specially- commissioned project.

Our New Website

by Hamish @ Matthew’s Foods Scotland Ltd

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Aberdeen wall repairs shelved after doubts over funding and land ownership

Aberdeen wall repairs shelved after doubts over funding and land ownership

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

A £250,000 project to repair a wall has been shelved after doubts emerged over funding and land ownership.

Man taken to hospital after motorbike and car crash on Aberdeen road

Man taken to hospital after motorbike and car crash on Aberdeen road

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following an accident involving a car in Aberdeen.

Great Quick Service on Pre-Movie Dinner at Dublin Crossing

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was meeting up with Lin for a movie at Cineplex Martine Gateway on Saturday. We arrived at the theatre at 9:45 pm, just an hour before our show.  Coming from his tennis game without having had dinner, Lin was starving. We decided to grab a quick bite. I thought Pink Elephant Thai would be the choice for a fast meal, but they were already closed. It was a bit weird ’cause they were supposed to close at 10 pm? So we decided to eat at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub if they could serve us food in time.  It was pretty busy inside the pub and we asked a server how fast the food would be, she smiled and quickly checked with the kitchen. “No problem”, we could serve you anything on our menu within 20 mins. We both got some Irish beer – a crisp and refreshing Harp Larger ($8.50) for Lin and a dark and malty Murphy’s Stout ($8.50). Sitting right beside the stage and the live music, the mood was instantly lightened up. Maybe we should come here to drink and relax next time, not for a rushed meal. Harp Lager & Murphy’s Stout Lin’s Steak Sandwich ($16.95) was topped with [...]

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One Meatball Place

by casey @ Mas to Millers

Having jumped the gun on visiting uber-popular Moto Pho Co during its earliest days, I decided to wait a couple months before reviewing One Meatball Place, Moto Pho’s sister restaurant in both mien and conjoined location. On first sight, the space appears more cozy and contained than the pho restaurant to which One Meatball Place [...]

Aberdeen pub plans to stay open until 5am for Super Bowl

Aberdeen pub plans to stay open until 5am for Super Bowl

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen pub wants to stay open until 5am on a Monday – so drinkers can enjoy a highlight of the sporting calendar on TV.

Restaurant review: Brass Spoon in Central – tasty Vietnamese dishes

Restaurant review: Brass Spoon in Central – tasty Vietnamese dishes


South China Morning Post

With good flavours, cool decor and cheap prices, this little spot in Central closes early, so head there for a tasty lunch or early dinner

Nosh (SG): Beautiful Remote Brunch Spot Near Buono Vista

Nosh (SG): Beautiful Remote Brunch Spot Near Buono Vista

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Hipster-ish brunch cafes are pleasantly abundant in Singapore, but Nosh offers something slightly less hipster, more classic. The fact that its location is more remote means that it’s usually not jam packed on weekends; you definitely won’t need a queuing ticket to get a table (like we did at Atlas Coffeehouse). The Greenhouse part of Nosh is an outdoor area, surrounded by greenery. It’s beautifully peaceful, no wonder the first time I attempted to brunch here on a Sunday afternoon, it was closed for a wedding. With such a setting, I would’ve been skeptical about their food, but after hearing multiple positive experiences, I had to try it for myself. House-cured Salmon with Scrambled Eggs The house-cured salmon with scrambled eggs didn’t look too inventive at first. But we were impressed with the execution of the unexpectedly creamy eggs. The smoked salmon was also delicious, especially when mixed in with the mentaiko sauce. Shakshuka with goat cheese and eggplant fritters *must order* But the shakshuka was definitely a winner. It might even be the best ones I’ve …

Fall Salad and Red Pepper Soup at Feast!

by casey @ Mas to Millers

On a cold day last week, I decided to treat myself to a lunch at Feast. I had just read CVILLE’s post on Feast’s spectacular fall salad, so I ordered a half-size (minus butternut squash, since I dislike cooked veggies in salads) and a cup of smokey roasted red pepper soup. The soup was perfect [...]

Sassy’s Dining Guide to Wong Chuk Hang! - Sassy Hong Kong

Sassy’s Dining Guide to Wong Chuk Hang! - Sassy Hong Kong


Sassy Hong Kong

As a general rule, people in Hong Kong tend to live within their comfort zones, often only daring to eat in restaurants within that same area, for fear of spending more than $30 in a taxi. Sometimes it’s necessary to step outside that comfort zone and go exploring, as some of the best restaurants can …

Cuisine Cage Match: Restaurant Week (The Hook) vs. Restaurant Week (vmvbrands.com)

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

In case you haven’t heard already, there are two restaurant weeks coming to town. One is the semi-annual tradition put on by The Hook 1/21-27, at cvilleyum.com, while the other is a new event this year by vmvbrands at charlottesvillerestaurantweek.com, arriving one week after The Hook’s, from 1/28-2/3. Calling itself the “official” 2013 restaurant week, this [...]

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Isreal suggested Fayuca as our last Yaletown Cocktail Crawl spot.   As one of the latest addition to the area’s Vibrant food scene, Fayuca has been impressing diners with their Northern Mexico inspired dishes with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. They were soon awarded a nomination for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. As a fan of this super colourful cuisine, I was looking forward to our little cocktail adventure here. The dining room is tastefully designed, and the interiors remind me of the modern eateries in Southern California, which I am sure, would have a strong tight with their Northern Mexican approach. House fried tortilla was served right the way once our drinks arrived.   Israel ordered the Derbi Trike ($11), the Spanish version of the Sidecar, mixed with Torres 5-year brandy, Curacao, tamarind, lemon, and kaffir tincture. The exotic ingredients have given the brandy cocktail a bit more tartness and more depth of flavours. I would like to try the drink shaken and not served with ice because I would love it more if the flavours are more intense. Derbi Trike Derbi Trike I ordered the Mezcal Jamaica ($11) for myself, a drink marrying the smoky Mexican flavour from Sombra Artisanal Mezcal [...]

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Awesome Tacos and New Design Updates at The Pawn Shop YVR

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to The Pawn Shop YVR with Yann for the Best Margarita Challenge. It was just past 5 pm and the taco bar was already packed with people getting their TGIF drinks. From the entrance to the inside of the restaurant and bar, you can always find something interesting to look at, such as graffiti art on the walls or painted murals screaming East LA vibe. The theme here is Pawn Shop, and the gold they’re selling is a good time hanging out with your dearest friends.   Their entry for the Best Margarita Challenge was the Blueberry Elderflower Margarita ($9.95), powered with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice and blueberry syrup, finished with a salt rim and a lime wheel float.  Although the blueberry and the St. Germaine flavour was not as obvious as I expected, it was still a solid cocktail that packed a punch. For food, we first tried the Cheese Tots($9.95), tater tots topped with cheddar, feta, green onions with a side of queso and salsa. The tots were fried nicely with crispy exterior and enough moist and softness inside. There was a lot of cheese, but it was complemented well with a boozy tequila drink. We tried [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The second stop of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl was at one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in downtown, House Special. I first reviewed the restaurant last summer after it was opened and revisited them several times. Their food, cocktails, and atmosphere have always held up since. House Special, Yaletown The chic interiors here fit right in with the hip crowd in the neighbourhood. And the patio is perfect for outdoor hangouts on warmer days. House Special, Yaletown For the cocktails, bar manager Bryan Stratham and his team have created a menu that plays with the classics but with clever Vietnamese twists, such as the Vietnaria, the Vietnamese version of Margarita but powered with kaffir and tamarind chili jam, and the Colonial 75, with added lychee liqueur to the usual the gin-and-champagne combination. The team has won several awards, including the Best Caesar Challenge and the Best Sangria Challenge. Israel picked the Plum Smuggler ($10), a light and refreshing creation mixed with plum wine, cassis, dry martini, citrus, and egg white. He was pleased with the sweet and citrusy flavours.  And I enjoyed the smokiness from the mezcal and Rittenhouse rye in the Sleepy Hollow ($12). Also featuring absinthe rinse and housemade bitters, this cocktail is [...]

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Recap: Tasting Plates Yaletown BRUNCH

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It was feeling like deju vu attending Richard Wolak‘s Tasting Plates Yaletown Brunch. Comparing to his Brunch Crawl in the same neighbourhood, a collaboration with Dineout Vancouver earlier this year, I found quite a few surprises for brunch options in Yaletown. The first great find was Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe and Shop. The tea merchant offers a collection of traditionally handcrafted tea, carefully selected and brewed using modern techniques. And they also incorporate their tea in their simple but refined dishes, and each dish is recommended eaten while pairing with the same tea. Their tasting menu today was an ambitious 3-course menu featuring 3 teas and 3 different dishes on toast. Cha Le The first pairing featured their green tea, Dragonwell, and the dish was the Albacore Spinach Toast, made with Haidacore Albacore tuna on a sesame-spinach and Dragonwell salad. I quite like the poke style approach,  the spread of avocado on the toast and a touch of the green tea flavour. Combing all the flavours, it was super fresh and elegant. Tuna Spinach Toast The 2nd pairing features the Matcha, paired with the Shrimp Avocado Toast. The topping of the toast was made of hand peeled shrimp, matcha avocado, and shredded nori.  [...]

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New six-lane bridge over river ‘could boost Aberdeen’s road capacity by 20%’

New six-lane bridge over river ‘could boost Aberdeen’s road capacity by 20%’

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

Building a new bridge over the River Dee would cost up to £80 million, council chiefs have said.

Saigon in Aberdeen - Restaurant menu and reviews

Saigon in Aberdeen - Restaurant menu and reviews


Restaurant Guru

All info on Saigon in Aberdeen - Call to book a table. View the menu, check prices, find on the map, see photos and ratings.

Fantastic Breakfast Burger at Storm Crow Tavern

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Storm Crow Tavern with my friend JT for the Best Margarita Challenge during their Sunday brunch service. Just like their sister restaurant, Storm Crow Alehouse on West Broadway, they are known as Vancouver’s “Nerd Bar” with the Sci-Fi / Fantasy theme throughout the whole place. The dining areas seemed a lot cozier however, and we could also feel the casual vibes of Commercial Drive. Very good coffee here, a perfect fix for me after staying up late the night before. Time for the margarita! The Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita ($10) is made with plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal, coconut milk, grilled pineapple, lime and brown sugar. It boasts a subtle but distinctive smokiness and great flavour from caramelized pineapple. For a minute I thought I was drinking a Pina Colada because of the rich creaminess from the coconut milk. Ignoring the technicalities, I found the cocktail very tasty and a perfect cure for the Sunday hangover. As it’s a cocktail creation for the Margarita Challenge, it might not be on their regular menu, but I’m sure they can make it for you if you ask for it. For food, I ordered the Replicant Breakfast Burger ($15), with house [...]

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Restaurants Near Walmart, Aberdeen - Skyscanner

Restaurants Near Walmart, Aberdeen - Skyscanner


Trip by Skyscanner

Looking for restaurants near Walmart? Find 26 nearby restaurants in Aberdeen, Washington visited by over 572 people.

‘If we look to chase down Celtic, it will also keep the other teams behind us in the league’ – Aberdeen’s Arnason

‘If we look to chase down Celtic, it will also keep the other teams behind us in the league’ – Aberdeen’s Arnason

by Sean Wallace @ Evening Express

Icelandic international Kari Arnason has vowed to chase down Celtic and not look over his back at Rangers.

Smoked Habanero Hot Sauce at Horse & Hound

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

To me, nothing says “we care” like housemade hot sauce. There’s a lot to like about Cholula, Sriracha, or the old faithful Tabasco, but a chef-crafted sauce, lovingly designed to match the style and particular flavor of the dishes it enhances, will or *should* always beat out the mass-produced grocery store competitors. But therein is [...]

Kiriri Sushi: Authentic Japanese Taste in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

As a sushi lover, I have found Richmond’s sushi scene slightly underrated. There is a great number of sushi places in the city that harbour classically trained Japaneseaese chefs from Japan, where you are served with high-quality seafood and expert sushi technique. And Kiriri Sushi is one of them. I had been wanting to check out Kiriri for quite a long time, and finally I convinced my badminton buddies to get dinner here after our game. Although it wasn’t much to look at from outside, Kiriri was quite elegant and cozy inside. It kind of reminded me of Sushi Hachi, another authentic sushi spot hidden in a small strip mall in Richmond, although Hachi is much smaller and only run by the chef and his wife. The friendly waiter came to our table with an iPad with a selection of daily fresh seafood. We shared the Special Tamago (egg) Roll, one of the daily specials. The regular size of the roll might be a little too small to be shared by 5 of us, but the chef customized it so that we could all have a nice big piece each with paying just a little extra. The flavour of the meat and veggie [...]

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Top 10 Restaurants of 2017!

by The Dim Sum Diaries @ The Dim Sum Diaries

My list of the best restaurants I reviewed in Hong Kong in 2017!

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I have become quite attached to Specialty Chicken and Wonton House in Richmond over the years.  I absolutely love the variety of specialty chicken preparations here. If you are a Cantonese, you must include a chicken dish for dinner at any special occasion, especially for Chinese New Year.  The restaurant is owned by Wingtat Chicken Farm, known for eir free-range Loong Kong chicken. This special type of chicken has to be raised with a specific method, and grown to have tighter meat due to free running, but also enough amount of fat so that the meat is not too dry, which is great for all the Cantonese chicken dishes.  The farm even exports the birds back to China and Hong Kong. My favourite chicken dishes here are the Soy Sauce Chicken and Qing Ping Chicken. But I think for the general public, Soy Sauce Chicken is much more acceptable for it’s slightly sweeter taste on the exterior.  However, I wouldn’t recommend the Hainan Chicken here. I would rather go to Mui Garden in the neighbourhood for it. Here are the chicken dishes at the restaurant, and they are the most common chicken dishes on Cantonese dinner table. Empress Chicken – Poached [...]

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Disappointment for families as Aberdeen party venue announces sudden closure

Disappointment for families as Aberdeen party venue announces sudden closure

by Emma Morrice @ Evening Express

A popular Aberdeen entertainment venue for children’s parties has closed its doors after two decades.

Aberdeen man, 45, admits attacking victim with knife

Aberdeen man, 45, admits attacking victim with knife

by Karen Roberts @ Evening Express

A man has admitted attacking another man with a knife – leaving him with a scar on his nose.

Spicy Thai Food

by ThaiSpiceAdmin @

Enjoy Bel Air’s first Thai food restaurant.

We’re strong enough for ‘special’ Scottish Cup win says winger Mackay-Steven

We’re strong enough for ‘special’ Scottish Cup win says winger Mackay-Steven

by Sean Wallace @ Evening Express

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven believes Aberdeen are strong enough to lift the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1990.

Poetry for Food & Wine at The Paramount

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

Calling all oenophiles and locavores and haiku writers. We have two free tickets to this fabulous food & wine event at the Paramount Theater on Sunday 9/23 at 5pm and we’re dying to give them away. With wine tastings and food provided by Fleurie, Petit Pois, Tempo, and Paradox Pastry, and a screening of the [...]

Black Market Moto Saloon, a Vegetarian Review

by Brian @ Mas to Millers

Given that I work right around the corner, I really had no excuse for taking so long to discover this excellent lunch spot. Matteus, the proprietor, is very friendly and serves up ridiculously large portions of great food. I should have eaten half of my sandwich on both occasions, but they were both so tasty [...]

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Empire Seafood

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Empire seafood is one of the go-to places for high-end dim sum and Chinese fine dining. Upon my recent visit here for a wedding banquet, I was impressed by the great quality of their signature dishes. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for ideas of a fancy Chinese New Year dinner. The Cold Platter is usually served before a multi-course banquet style dinner, and the one here scores big both visually and gustatorily. With roasted piglet, smoked salmon, crab tempura, five-spice beef, and surf clam, the items showcase different techniques in Cantonese cooking, and how they preserve the wonderful tastes of fresh quality ingredients. Cold Platter If you want to order a whole roasted piglet, you probably need to call them to order in advance. Cold Platter Each piece of the Fried Crab Craw is not merely a crab craw, the craw meat is wrapped around with fresh shrimp paste, shaped like a ball, then deep-fried.  The bouncy texture and the sweetness of shrimp and crab are the highlights. Fried Crab Claws Fried Crab Claws The Fresh Scallops with Broccoli and Oyster Mushroom is super delicate. I really like the little touch of fish roe in the binding [...]

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Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s a known fact that my mom’s got a weakness for lobster. And when she saw the ad for 54th Ave Cafe on Ming Pao, she wanted to give their special dinner set a try. The set includes any 2 dishes from the dinner menu and a whole lobster for $58.95 before tax. The place is pretty close to Richmond, only minutes away once I get off Knight Bridge.  It is a small restaurant in a strip mall near Champlain Community Centre. Besides offering Hong Kong Style cafe fare, they have a full Chinese kitchen for Cantonese dish. For the dinner set, there’s a big bowl of soup of the day brewed from pork bones and vegetables. It was a little bland. We chose the Whole Lobster to be stir-fried with onion and ginger. The lobster was small and slightly overcooked. The 2 dishes we picked on their regular dinner menu were around $15 – $18 if ordered separately. The Chicken and Scallops Stir Fry on Gai Lan was in a huge portion. The flavour was okay but it was a little greasy. The Big Prawns and Yam Noodle Knots in Clay Pot was recommended by the waitress, but I was a little [...]

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Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates tour took place in North Vancouver during the brunch hours on a Saturday, helping foodies explore foodie culture and discover unique culinary in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Here are stops for our tasting journey, including: Welcome Ice Cream Palour Maru Korean Bistro The Juicery Co. Two Daughters Bakeshop Beere Brewing Company The adventure started at Welcome Palour, located at the heritage building, “The Hodson Block“. They are determined to serve the most authentic ice creams with natural ingredients. For the tasting, we started with a Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae. Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae We were showed this impressive looking device imported from Europe for our next tasting item, the Steamed Ice Cream Floats in hot chocolate, finished with a house made fudge chocolate sauce. Welcome Parlour Steamed Ice Cream Floats Our 2nd stop was at Maru Korean Bistro, where they serve tradition flavours with a modern twist. The tasting bite for the brunch crawl was called the Onigiri Stack, featuring a seasoned and grilled rice puck, topped with green onion, crispy shallot, “Gochujang” pulled pork, soft poached egg and nori, with a side of spring greens dressed with a persimon-truffle vinaigrette. Maru Korean Bistro It was fun to cut through [...]

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Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Since I work from home a lot more these days, I have been trying quite a few new lunch places in Richmond. Central at Garden City is the latest shopping plaza, not just known for the newest Walmart in the Lower Mainland, but also a collection of many new stores and restaurants. Today I was grabbing a quick lunch at Pepper Lunch Canada’s newest location here. The Japanese restaurant chain is known for their sizzling hot lunch served on cast iron plate, prepared with fresh ingredients, including a variety of premium meats such as AAA grade steaks I didn’t feel like spending too much money on today’s lunch, so I picked the moderately priced Sliced Angus Steak (4.5 oz) lunch set. It also came with some veggies – pre-blanched carrots, snap peas, and bean sprouts, a bowl of rice, and 2 types of sauce for the steak. I prefer the garlic sauce over the sweeter one . Sliced Angus Steak Set Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City     On paper, a 4.5-oz sliced Angus steak with rice lunch set should be the same amount of food [...]

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Recap: Tasting Plates Commercial Drive

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

On August 23, I attended the latest Tasting Plates Vancouver event by Vancouver Foodster and explored one of the most well-known foodie neighborhoods, Commercial Drive, which is often referred as the  Little Italy or simply, The Drive. Federico’s Supper Club The delicious journey started at Federico’s Supper Club, in the heart of the Little Italy, known for their authentic Italian dishes and classic dinner club ambiance, complete with live music and dancing 5 nights a week. The tasting plate from Federico’s was featuring 2 of their popular dishes, the Gnocchi Di Ricotta with roasted cherry tomatoes, shaved Grana Padano and tomato basil sauce, and the Risotto Al Tartufo E Porcini, dressed with black truffle puree, wild porcini, mascarpone, and shaved Pecorino Romano.  I have become a fan of the risotto as the flavour of truffle really pops, front and centre, complemented with the richness from cheese. Wine pairing was also available here.  A glass of pinot noir and a glass of pinot gris can be added to the tasting for only $6, and both wines are from the collection of the Mission Hill Family Estate Series, both great choices for the pairings. Rosemary Rocksalt I have visited Rosemary Rocksalt at their North Vancouver location, and this [...]

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Authentic Thai Food

by ThaiSpiceAdmin @

Whether you like mild or spicy, Thai Spice has the flavor profile for you.

Aberdeen supermarket reopens after suspicious package found to be safe

Aberdeen supermarket reopens after suspicious package found to be safe

by Annette Cameron @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen supermarket has reopened and a cordon lifted after a suspicious package was found to be safe.

Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Don’t mistake the “Beijiang” in Beijiang Restaurant as “Beijing”! Bei-Jiang in Chinese refers to the northern part of Xinjiang Autonomous Territory, the largest province in China. Almost every single Chinese folk knows about the Tianshan Mountain, or literally, the “Heavenly Mountain”, a world heritage site in Xinjiang that has inspired many works of Chinese arts and literature. The mountain is the divider splitting Xinjiang into the northern and the southern regions. While the south consists of mostly desserts and is inhabited by Uyghurs, the north is much more populated with Han, Hui, Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Chinese ethic groups. The owner of Beijiang Restaurant, Richard Li, grew up in Ürümqi, the Capital of Xinjiang. After traveling around the world, and a successful restauranteur career in California and BC, he decided to start the very first Halal restaurant in British Columbia, to bring his hometown flavours to Metro Vancouver in 2009.  Recently relocated from Alexandra Road, the Richmond restaurant has taken over former Good Eat Seafood Restaurant‘s location at 8111 Leslie Road, with a much bigger dining room and a parking lot with ample space.  Beijiang also has another location in Vancouver, at 3281 Kingsway. Beijiang Restaurant The interiors are impressive with a vibrant colour scheme of [...]

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Midfielder Storie leaves Aberdeen

Midfielder Storie leaves Aberdeen

by Ryan Cryle @ Evening Express

Aberdeen have tonight confirmed midfielder Craig Storie has left the club. Storie, 22, signed his first professional contract with the Pittodrie outfit in 2012, having come through the club’s youth academy. He started seven matches for the Dons, and also went on loan spells to Forfar, Brechin and St Mirren.

Recipe for Homemade Honey-Basil Salad Dressing

Recipe for Homemade Honey-Basil Salad Dressing

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Whether it’s because it’s the new year or because you’ve just returned from a vacation of too-much-of-everything, there’s always a reason to look for new ways to eat healthier. After almost two weeks in Sydney and Melbourne (brunch reviews to come soon!), our group was adamant that it will be salad or starvation for the next week. But if you’re already getting sick of your salad, try out my personal favourite twist of a balsamic vinaigrette dressing – something I often make at dinner gatherings to spice up the salads a little. The dressing goes with almost anything, but try adding in some figs, fresh basil leaves, feta cheese, toasted walnuts, in addition to the usual salad suspects (tomatoes, red onions, avocados). If you’re looking for more interesting ways to eat chicken breast, also check out: 3 Ways to Cook Flavourful and Healthy Chicken Breast Ingredients: 2 large garlic cloves, chopped 4 large fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (at least the size of your thumb) 1/4 cups of extra virgin olive oil 1/8 cups + 2 tbsp of apple …

Bel Air Welcomes First Thai Restaurant

by ThaiSpiceAdmin @

In January of 2016, Bel Air welcomed its first Thai restaurant. Thai Spice opened its doors at the Festival. You can find out more about what is happening at the restaurant on Facebook here.

Meats (Hong Kong)

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Meats (HOLY SHIT, a functioning website in HK – my, how you’ve grown up since I’ve left) GF, No. 28 – 30 Staunton Street Soho, Central Hong Kong FYN Hot Tip:  It’s where that piece of pedestrian trash Jaspa’s used to be. Phone: +852...

Ambulance service for pigeons launched in Aberdeen

Ambulance service for pigeons launched in Aberdeen

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

An ambulance service for pigeons has been launched in Aberdeen.

Awesome Quesadillas & Margaritas at Patron Tacos and Cantina

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I always appreciate the bold flavors from different chilis and spices without missing the taste of any fresh or cooked ingredients in a Mexican dish. For such reason, I became a fan of the food at Patron Tacos and Cantina. As I was honoured with the judging duty for the Vancouver Foodster’s Best Margarita Challenge, I brought my friend MV to taste Patron’s Margarita creation. The creator and Patron’s bar manage, Israel Llamas, was shaking up the drinks for us.  The key to this creation is coconut! Mixed with a combination of coconut tequila, coconut milk, house-made syrup, and chili flakes makes this drink unique, the margarita has layers of bold flavours that excite all the senses.  I could imagine myself drinking this and dancing on the beach on a summer night in Cancun. Although the Coconut Spice Margarita ($9.95) was created for the competition and not on their regular menu, they would LOVE to make you one if you ask for it.     Coconut Spice Margarita @ Patron Tacos & Cantina For food, we first tried the Sopecitos ($13.50), three handmade thick corn tortillas topped with beans, lettuce, feta, and radish,  and we chose each of the 3 toppings of chorizo, beef [...]

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Special Lunch Set at Insadong Korean BBQ Has Good Value

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I  have met a new friend Carol at my new class at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus and she happens to be a foodie. She wanted to show me some restaurants in Coquitlam and I was very excited about it. I was instantly impressed with the wood structured front entrance, which reminded me of the houses in the countryside of Korea. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We arrived early around 11:30 and it was pretty empty inside the restaurant. The place is spacious and can fit in quite a few big groups. The interior deco looked new although not quite modern. Everything looked spotless, however. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam The server lady was serving us with a huge smile. But my friend has warned me about the service when this place is packed. So luckily that was not the case for me.   Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We ordered the $15 lunch set for 2. It was a lot of food! And the idea is similar to what I had before at Sura Korean Restaurant (at both their Downtown Vancouver and Richmond locations) – there are 9 different dishes for 2 to share, not counting the small banchan dishes. $15 Lunch Set @ Insadong [...]

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Police appeal after ‘U-shaped object’ causes three-vehicle collision on N-east road

Police appeal after ‘U-shaped object’ causes three-vehicle collision on N-east road

by Ryan Cryle @ Evening Express

Police Scotland is appealing for public assistance following a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the A96 Between Colpy and Huntly at the Glens of Foudland, Aberdeenshire, at around 7.56pm last night.

Provisions (SG): New Restaurant for Fun Skewers and ‘KFC’

Provisions (SG): New Restaurant for Fun Skewers and ‘KFC’

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

I can’t complain about being flooded with Insta-worthy brunch and coffee choices since moving to Singapore, especially after discovering ATLAS Coffeehouse, Pacamara and The Botanist. But these cute coffee shops sometimes crowd out my search for enticing and fun dinner spots, until I came across Provisions. This new casual Asian fusion restaurant/bar on Dempsey Hill serves skewers, claypot rice and cocktails. Despite the high chairs and tables, it still sounded like the perfect laid back spot for a group of friends to wind down on a weekday. Plus, their 2-for-1 house wine happy hour deal lasted through to 10pm! “KFC” Korean Fried Cauliflower (SGD10) *must order* A photo of that caramelised glaze generously smothering what you would otherwise not have suspected was cauliflower, was the first reason I wanted to try Provisions. I quickly decided that it was also my favourite dish of the night. I’ve had “KFC” at a couple of other restaurants back in Hong Kong, but this rendition was probably the best. The edges were super crispy-crunchy and each piece of cauliflower was generously smothered in the addictively sweet …

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Christmas Market is Back! One of Vancouver’s most iconic holiday celebrations has returned to its waterfront location,  at Jack Poole Plaza from November 22 – December 24, 2017, a full month long of festivities where everyone is welcomed to enjoy eating, drinking and shopping. There are 75 vendors this year offering food, drinks, and merchandise, also featuring many family activities and live entertainment. I was invited as media to celebrate all those cherished and joyful experiences.   Canada’s First Ever Walk-In Christmas Tree By the entrance, a 30ft tall Christmas tree welcomes guests to enter to experience a majestic moment as they are immersed in a sea 36,000 twinkling lights. Christmas Pyramid The Christmas Pyramid has also returned, but it is taller than ever with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’, towering 10 ft high. The Flying Stage is hosting a daily festive entertainment line-up,  featuring musical talents from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel. Mulled Wine and Drinks At the bottom of the Christmas Pyramid, guest can order their favourite Glühwein, a hot-spiced mulled wine that brings them a sweet, warm and spiced holiday spirit. A variety of coffees (Schnappsl Kaffee Haus), ciders (Das Apfelhaus) and beers (Bavarian Haus, Persephone Brewing Co) are also served at the Market. Organagan [...]

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Paste (Bangkok)

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Paste 3rd Floor, Gaysorn Village, 999 Ploenchit Rd Lumpini, Bangkok, Thailand Phone: +66(0)2 656 1003 Price: Including one drink, got out at around THB2100 per person (SGD90 / HKD515 / USD65) per person. The deal: The awfully named Paste is in the middle of Gaysorn...

The House on Sathorn (BK): A Turkish-Asian Tasting Journey

The House on Sathorn (BK): A Turkish-Asian Tasting Journey

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Bangkok and Lima are no doubt my favourite cities to experience food in general, but especially “fine dining”. If you read my feature on The Maker’s The Hit List, or Fine Dining Redefined in Hong Kong, you’ll know that this concept often makes me cringe. But a number of restaurants on the World’s 50 Best or Asia’s 50 Best lists stray far away from the white tablecloths stereotype of fine dining, and focus on creating an experience of a meal. For example, the experience at World’s #5 Central in Lima taught me everything I wanted to know about unique Peruvian ingredients at different altitudes. Asia’s #36 The Dining Room of The House on Sathorn in Bangkok brought me a similarly impressive experience, teaching me much more than just Turkish cuisine, but also how to get creative. The Dining Room of The House on Sathorn As soon as I got off my Uber to check in at W Bangkok, this beautiful house next door had my full attention as I eagerly turned to a friend, to ask “what …

North-east council accused of trying to ‘tax the dead’​ after plans to increase burial charges by more than £200

North-east council accused of trying to ‘tax the dead’​ after plans to increase burial charges by more than £200

by Emma Morrice @ Evening Express

Aberdeenshire Council has been accused of trying to “tax the dead” after plans were revealed to increase burial charges.

Norwich ready to launch £500k January swoop for Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean – reports

Norwich ready to launch £500k January swoop for Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean – reports

by Ryan Cryle @ Evening Express

English Championship side Norwich City are ready to bid for Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean, according to reports.

Former Carillion boss resigns from Wood board

Former Carillion boss resigns from Wood board

by Annette Cameron @ Evening Express

A former chief executive of bankrupt engineering firm Carillion has resigned as a non-executive director Aberdeen oil service giant Wood. Richard Howson led Carillion, one of the builders of the Aberdeen city bypass, from 2012 until July 2017. For the full story visit energyvoice.com

Frank Ross signs new deal with Dons and is sent out on loan

Frank Ross signs new deal with Dons and is sent out on loan

by Callum Law @ Evening Express

Aberdeen's Frank Ross has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at Pittodrie and will spend the second half of this season on loan at Morton.

Police rescue runaway pig in Aberdeen

Police rescue runaway pig in Aberdeen

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

A runaway pig was rescued by police after it escaped from a farm in Aberdeen.

Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

  Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price.  This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I had a chance to taste what they offer at XOXOLAT, a chocolate shop Inspired by the European “chocolateries”. They are determined to become a local Vancouver chocolate haven, with the selection of fine brands from around the world, as well as fresh in-store creations.  $25 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU FOR TWO Available 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday during Taste of Yaletown. Reservations recommended. Each person will have: 3 WHISKEY TASTINGS and A SELECTION OF 8 CHOCOLATE TREATS It was quite interesting pairing whiskey and chocolate. I have tried tasting dark chocolate with cognac, which is a nice balance of flavours. I could understand whiskey would go well with something sweet, cutting through the sweetness with strong smokey notes, obtaining the harmony on the palate.     xoxolat yaletown * All [...]

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Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Bodega on Main with Hanson (Nosh and Nibble) for my judge duty for the Best Caesar Challenge. The restaurant had been on my wishlist since they moved from the West End to the current location near Main Street/Science World Station.  Known for their authentic Spanish family flavours, Bogeda offers a seafood-friendly food menu and a great selection of Spanish wines, beers, and spirits. It is quite bright and spacious inside the restaurant. The interior design is filled with European characters. The Premium Double Caesar ($12) was made with the options among Sons of Vancouver chili vodka, Altos blanco tequila, and Ford’s gin.  I chose tequila as I’d love a bit of a kick on my bloody caesar. The salt and spice rim added the extra punch on the flavours as well, and I enjoyed the garnish with Serrano ham, green olive, and shrimp. Created just for the competition, this cocktail is not on their regular menu. But ask them to see if they can whip it up for you. Premium Double Caesar   We tried a couple dishes on their Weekend Brunch menu. I absolutely loved my Huevos Benedictinos ($12), which in Spanish, means “Egg Benedict”,  The eggs [...]

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Authentic Cantonese Street Food at Snackshot

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Lin and I were looking for a dessert place after dinner, and he remembered seeing this small spot called Snackshot in his Marpole neighbourhood. The large mural painted with old streets of Hong Kong instantly caught my eyes. It was very cool to look at and making the customers feel like they were enjoying the street snack in Hong Kong. But the white light was a little bright for me, maybe it could dim a notch down to create a sweeter ambiance? Snackshot, Marple I grew in Guangzhou and we had very similar types of street food and snacks in our city to Hong Kong. I was enjoying the Taro Dessert Set, with everything made with taro in it – taro ice cream and taro mochi balls in a sweet taro soup, and there were some components made with sweet potatoes as well. The sweetness was of right amount. Taro Dessert Set Taro Dessert Set Lin enjoyed his Tangyuan, the glutinous rice flour dumplings stuffed with sweetened ground black sesame seed, in a subtly sweet broth with ginger flavour. It’s nice and simple, just like what I had when I was a kid in Guangzhou. tangyuan We also tried some [...]

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Recap: Noodle Mania 2018

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year, Vancouver Foodster‘s Noodle Mania is not as maniacal as last year with the number of geographical coverage. The event covered quite a few neighbourhoods last year in the city. It was quite a bit driving but it was fun getting to know the areas that we had barely visited.  The Noodle Mania 2018 edition focused more on the restaurants all in downtown Vancouver, spreading over Gastown, Stadium, Yaletown, and the West End. Similar to the organizer’s tasting plates events, the Noodle Mania requires participants to check in and pick up the map of restaurants with special noodle dishes for tasting.  The check-in spot this year was at Cha le Tea Cafe in Yaletown, where we also enjoy the refreshment of 2 of their signature teas: the Dragon Well Green Tea, and the Mint Majik Milk Tea. Cha la Tea Cha Le Tea Cha Le tea 1207 Hamilton St, Vancouver; 604-633-9989 or www.chaletea.com Once we got our maps we were facing the options – we could either stay in Yaletown and visit Robba Da Matti, or we could travel straight to Gastown or the West End where less participants would go first. Eventually, we decided to go to Robba Da Matti. A [...]

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The Book is Out!

by Jed @ Mas to Millers

The book is out! Staff writer Casey did an awesome job capturing the history and modernity of Charlottesville’s local food movement. If you’re intrigued by the subject, please consider buying it one of our local bookstores or online at Amazon:  

Fuck Yeah Noms 2018 Resolutions

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Fuck yeah, it’s 2018 and it’s time to set some resolutions for restaurants / bars everywhere. My fuck yeah suggestions for everyone to take onboard this year: ONE: Importing international chefs to “run” restaurants in Asia before sneaking them out of the country, leaving a...

Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We can find great wonton noodle soup in Richmond, at restaurants like McKim, Tsim Chai Kee, and Double Double, representing the authentic flavours from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But if you ask me where to go to find a good bowl of wonton noodle soup in the City of Vancouver, one on the list has to be Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main. However, I wouldn’t call the place a favourite because I had received some terrible services there over the years. For someone who finds the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant, this means something. However, when my mom was requesting a noodle house for dinner after we were driving around downtown, I thought I should take her to Congee Noodle House for a change, instead of our usual spot, Kwang Chow Congee Noodle house in the same neighbourhood. I don’t’ believe in banning a place with good food just because the service is bad. After all, I do find the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant. Congee Noodle House We had a few of the most common Cantonese dishes and the flavours made us feel like back home in Guangzhou. The Beef Chow Fun [...]

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Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We were at the wedding of Jess and Phil(@domoiscraving). And yes, #DomoIsMarring! Their beautiful wedding was held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  I never knew they had such a beautiful garden here, which is great for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we decided to get a cocktail at the hotel resident restaurant, Pier 73. The spot is right over Fraser River and the views are beautiful, especially on a nice day like this. When we were there, the outdoor dining area on the dock was still under renovation.  I would definitely come back here on a warmer day. PIER 73 I ordered the Dragon Boat ($10), featuring Bombay Saffire gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice, and finished with a touch of jalapeno.  The concept of the drink is great but could use a bit more tartness from grapefruit. The slice of jalapeno was brilliant, adding another layer of flavour. Dragon Boat Food Wench’s choice of the Elderflower Collins ($11) surprised us as she always like something strong like with bourbon or whiskey.  It tasted pleasant with the mix of Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and soda. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS My 2nd drink was their signature, the Pier 73 [...]

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Major Aberdeen road to close for five nights for £140,000 resurfacing works

Major Aberdeen road to close for five nights for £140,000 resurfacing works

by Emma Morrice @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen road is poised to close for five nights for a £140,000 facelift.

Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I didn’t realize it was near the Mid Autumn Festival, which falls on the first full moon night in the fall.  For Chinese folks, it is their own Thanksgiving for celebrating harvest and family gathering. I talked to my mom about finding a food Chinese restaurant and have dinner with some of my Chinese friends. As I thought, most of the good Chinese restaurants are fully booked in Richmond. So I thought of Phoenix Garden that we went once. They have both the Peking Duck and the Whole Lobster dish that we like. Struggling with traffic for more than 1 hour, I wondered if all the Chinese folks were out in the city for dinner this evening. My friend Lou arrived much earlier and he phoned me while I was still in traffic. I asked him to order both the duck and the lobster.  But when I arrived, I realized we cannot have both dishes with the special price.  Oh well. The Whole eking Duck ($39) was nicely roasted with nice crispy skin. So we were off to a good start. peking duck Peking Duck The 2nd course of the Peking Duck was the Lettuce Wrap with Duck Meat. It was pretty greasy and [...]

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Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. Fayuca is one of the latest addition to Yaletown’s Vibrant food scene, freshly nominated for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. They represent the Northern Mexican cuisine, which has a strong tight to South Cal across the border,  featuring the Mexican flavours through Pacific Northwest ingredients and the freely gathered idea. This has made them one of the fascinating restaurants in the area. Their Taste of Yaletown menu is filled with their vibrant ideas $45 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @ FAYUCA APPETIZER GUACAMOLE, CRISPY SUNCHOKES, PUMPKIN SEEDS, MACEDONIAN FETA or GRILLED CACTUS, HALLOUMI CHEESE, AVOCADO, PICKLED ONIONS ENTRÉE FLANK STEAK, SLOWLY ROASTED PURPLE CABBAGE, CHARRED LEEKS or GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, CARAMELIZED ONION PURÉE, ROASTED ALMONDS (V) DESSERT FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE The Guacamole is one of their featuring shared dishes and will be [...]

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Gough’s on Gough

by The Dim Sum Diaries @ The Dim Sum Diaries

Exceptional modern British cuisine by Chef Arron Rhodes set in a stunning venue by Timothy Oulton.

Aberdeen shoe repair shop gets set to reopen after fire

Aberdeen shoe repair shop gets set to reopen after fire

by Lee McCann @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen shop devastated in a fire is set to reopen, with its owner praising customers for standing by him.

Aberdeen bowling club ‘disgusted’ by parody Twitter account

Aberdeen bowling club ‘disgusted’ by parody Twitter account

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

An Aberdeen lawn bowling club hasn’t seen the funny side of a fake Twitter account taking the mickey out of the group.

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 1 – Rodney’s Oyster House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s fortunate to have Israel as my Yaletown Cocktail Crawl buddy as he lives in the neighbourhood and loves food.  He recommended Rodney’s Oyster House because it’s one of his favourites. Although I love this place as well, I hesitated on the suggestion. They don’t really have a cocktail menu. In fact, they only have one cocktail available, which is the Zydeco Stew, their infamous bloody caesar. Despite of limited choices on cocktails, thanks to the delicious seafood and the staff with great energy, the whole experience here turned out to be an uber fun one. As Izakaya is the popular imported concept for hard-working professionals who like to have drinks after work,  the oyster houses are our own West Coast answers. If you’re a seafood lover, nothing is better than the happy hour filled with buck-a-shuck and chilled house white. If you prefer cocktails over wine,  there is always the seafood-friendly cocktail, bloody caesar. Rodney’s Oyster House Yaletown The Zydeco Stew is BIG! And besides the usual clamato mix and salted rim, it was filled with a great amount of finely shaved horseradish and a large tiger prawn as the garnish. The drink is not for people who prefer bland boring food [...]

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Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

So my previous experience at Neptune Wonton Noodle was not all that impressive, with their staple noodle and congee dishes sunk a little bit.  But I decided to give them another try when Rex said he was craving for congee.  I just had a decent meal at their sister restaurant Neptune Seafood next door, so maybe that helped a little with the decision. The congee was quite good compared to what I had previously. The consistency was not too gluey nor too watery. The flavour was good exhibiting the great quality of the rice used. The meat components tasted fresh as well. It was a good solid bowl of congee for me! We also ordered a couple congee-pairing side dishes, and they were both decent, including the Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork, and the Chinese Donut. I guess technically those were dim sum dishes. Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork Chinese Donut I was happy about the congee redemption at our casual lunch here. The congee was good and the small congee-pairing dishes were decent. However, it is interesting to see what the lunch crowd is like here.  This is no longer the place for people just to come [...]

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Hawker Chan (SG): Is the Cheapest One Michelin Star Worth the Wait?

Hawker Chan (SG): Is the Cheapest One Michelin Star Worth the Wait?

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Singapore’s food scene has perhaps been best known for its abundance of delicious cheap eats. A chicken rice at many hawker centres could cost as little as SGD2.5 (just over USD2 or less than HKD15). Despite its almost inconceivably cheap prices and simplicity of food, Hawker Chan has even earned itself a Michelin star. With the inevitable hype around what may be the cheapest Michelin star ‘restaurant’, I wasn’t surprised to hear all the mixed reviews: “don’t bother, it’s so overhyped” versus “it’s the best chicken rice!!!” I had to check it out for myself. There are two different outlets Hawker Chan was initially just a stall in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre – go up to the second floor and when you’ve located the long queue, you’ve probably found Hawker Chan. Since earning its Michelin star, they opened another outlet across the street. It’s a little more pricy, due to the improved seating arrangement and environment. We decided to go old-school and visit the original stall. 35 min wait on a Monday morning We expected …

Bistro November

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Bistro November 50 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089154 Phone: +65 6347 1928 Price: SGD78 (+17% tax) for the dinner tasting menu. The deal: Bistro November is a pop-up dining concept by Chef John-Paul (JP) Fiechtner which is, as the name suggests, only sticking around...

Xiao Ya Tou (SG): Pimped-up Local Fusion 

Xiao Ya Tou (SG): Pimped-up Local Fusion 

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

I had been a tourist in Singapore countless times before moving here. The unbelievably cheap yet delicious chicken rice, char kway teow and laksa noodles at hawker centres would keep me satisfied time after time. These classic local dishes served in a super casual (borderline dirty) setting is really a key part of Singapore’s charm. But when it comes to local food outside of hawker centres – a proper restaurant where you can go to in better-than-flip-flops clothing – Xiao Ya Tou comes to mind first. Its ‘pimped up’ dishes provides an interesting twist to the classic Singaporean cuisine, without losing local flavours and maintaining good execution. The cute artsy hipster setting also makes it an appropriate spot to catch up with a group of friends, or go for a casual date. Small dishes to start with… We ordered a couple of small dishes to start. I loved the Brussel Sprouts (SGD14) – not only because I’m partial to brussel sprouts in general, but also because it was cooked with generous dollops of minced chicken which made …

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Blue Water Cafe is always one of my favourite eateries, and unarguably one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. I have had several unforgettable dining experiences here over the years. In a city that’s filled with amazing sushi chefs, it was no easy feat to be acclaimed the “best sushi” award for a restaurant that has no Japanese in the name. Besides the raw bar, the other dishes here have represented the Pan Pacific cuisine and fine dining well. Finally, they are also known for their exceptional services.  Those are reasons why we have picked Blue Water as one of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl designations. Israel continued on the Ume path after the plum wine inspired cocktail at House Special. His Ume No Hana featured botanist gin, plum wine, Benedictine, and chamomile – a drink that make you feel like sitting in the middle of a botanic garden. Ume No Hana Also a gin cocktail, the Jacob’s Ladder was my choice of drink, mixed with ginger rested gin, green chartreuse, orgeat, basil, and lime. Slightly less aromatic, it’s rather refreshing with the citrusy flavour. Jacob’s Ladder For our cocktail bites, we just checked what the freshest of the day was, and our [...]

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Tofu Hotpot at Aberdeen Food Court - PickyDiners.com

Tofu Hotpot at Aberdeen Food Court - PickyDiners.com


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My Mom was quite happy that we picked Tofu Hotspot stall at the food court in Aberdeen Centre for our lunch. They put a lot of the ingredients in hotpot.

Bun Cha Vietnamese: Best Beef Pho in Hong Kong

Bun Cha Vietnamese: Best Beef Pho in Hong Kong


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See also: 3 Casual Spots for a Satisfying Bowl of Beef Pho Vietnamese food, specifically pho bo is one of my favourite kinds of comfort food. But coming across a good bowl of beef pho is not the no…

Jinjuu’s Brand New Brunch Menu

by The Dim Sum Diaries @ The Dim Sum Diaries

Popular modern Korean restaurant has undergone a revamp, which includes a delicious new brunch menu!

Pici

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: Pici GF, No. 16 St. Francis Yard Wanchai, Hong Kong Phone: +852 2755 5523 (but no reservations so I dunno why you want the number) Price: HKD200 per person, including one drink.  No service charge, so don’t be a stingy asshole and leave a...

Bolivia – My Unexpected Favourite in South America

Bolivia – My Unexpected Favourite in South America

by lolleroll @ lolleroll

Travelling around South America for a month, we encountered all types of travellers. Some were only visiting Peru, others had been in the continent for 6 months. But the one most frequently asked question was: What has been your favourite so far? As much as Machu Picchu of Peru will impress almost anyone, and there’s no doubt Lima has now become my favourite food city in the world, I never hesitated to answer this question: my personal number one was easily La Paz, Bolivia. Here are some of my highlights from La Paz and Bolivia in general: 1. The Death Road Over the course of the month, we went from coastal towns like Valparaiso (Chile) at close to 0m above sea level, to hot springs in Bolivia which reached as high as 4800m above sea level. Moving across the continent through these altitudes was one of the coolest experiences, but not as cool as travelling from an altitude of 4600m to 1200m within 3-4 hours, via 56km of downhill mountain biking on The Death Road in La …

KFC plans to open new drive-thru in Aberdeen

KFC plans to open new drive-thru in Aberdeen

by Danny McKay @ Evening Express

A popular fast food chain is in talks to open a new drive-thru in Aberdeen.

Man jailed for stealing £7,200 of equipment from Aberdeen university

Man jailed for stealing £7,200 of equipment from Aberdeen university

by Karen Roberts @ Evening Express

A “professional thief” who swiped a haul worth thousands of pounds from an Aberdeen university has been jailed for 30 months.

“The True Italian Taste” Presented at Vancouver Fashion Week

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West (ICCCW) honoured me by inviting me to their VIP reception at the opening of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), as part of the “The True Italian Taste” initiative by the chamber. The reception welcomed guests with delicious prosecco and different types of authentic Italian gourmet food, and it was such a great occasion to celebrate the best of Italy in food, wine, and fashion. VCF at David Lam Hall We were served finest Italian DOP & IGP cheeses, bread and cured meat delicacies and a variety of bread. The DOP (protected designation of origin) and IGP (protected geographical indication) labels are the standards of 100% authentic products from Italy, and represented by The Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry starting in 2016. #TrueItalianTaste initiative focuses on promoting the most authentic foods from Italy in USA, Canada, and Mexico. The food we were tasting today: Piave Vecchio (dop) Montasio (dop) Gorgonzola (dop) Pecorino Toscano (dop) Taleggio (dop) Parmigiano Reggiano (dop) Coppa Piacentina (dop) Speck Trentino (dop) Bresaola (igp) Porchetta Mortadella (Igp) Prosciutto Cotto Al Tartufo Salametti Piccanti Olio Extravergine Di Oliva Primo Dop Monti Iblei Terredirai Prosecco Superiore Docs During the intermission of the fashion shows, The Consul General [...]

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Police called after unexplained death of woman, 32, in Aberdeen

Police called after unexplained death of woman, 32, in Aberdeen

by Dale Haslam @ Evening Express

Police were today called over the unexplained death of a woman at a property in Aberdeen.

11 Westside (Hong Kong)

by Sgt Noms @ fuck yeah noms

Where: 11 Westside 1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street Kennedy Town, Hong Kong FYN Hot Tip:  The entrance is not immediately apparent nor marked – so you kinda have to duck around and go up a set of stairs. Phone: I dunno, I couldn’t see...

Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I attended the media preview dinner at The Flying Pig, the “nouveau Canadian Bistro” and an integral part of Vancouver dining scene for almost a decade. They offer a seasonally inspired menu with fresh local ingredients at a great value, which I find even more down-to-earth than some of the farm-to-table places with their comforting classics. $35 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @THE FLYING PIG APPETIZER THREE PEA SOUP smoked ham hock, chick, split, and sweet peas or ROCKET, WATERCRESS AND BEETROOT SALAD local chevre crème, pears and walnuts or HUMBOLDT SQUID black olive aioli ENTRÉE PLATTER FOR 2 – INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: “AAA” STRIPLOIN STEAK aged white cheddar mashed potato, bone marrow jus LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD heirloom tomato sauce vierge, Brussels sprouts, Autumn vegetables DESSERT CHOCOLATE VANILLA LAYER CAKE strawberries [...]

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Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The post is the compilation of several dim sum visits I paid to Sea Fortune Restaurant in Richmond. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live very close to Richmond Centre, and great dim sum places like Empire Seafood, Kirin or Shi Art, are all only within walking distance.  However, Sea Fortune came to my attention by word of mouth, especially their Deep Fried Squid and the early morning discount. I found the dim sum here, although not the best among the competitors, enjoyable. And if you ordered before 11 am, there is a 20% discount, making it a decent deal. The Har Gow / Shrimp Dumpling is always the first test for me evaluating any dim sum place on the first visit. I found the dumpling skin here a little thick but the shrimp filling was fresh and crunchy. The famous Seven-Flavour Deep Fried Squid here consists of all squid tentacles. The very first bite caught me surprised because it was so juicy under the crispy breading that there was a burst in my month! This is definitely an exciting dish. However, on my 2nd visit, the squid was a little dry as the squid tentacles [...]

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Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When arriving at Hoitong, a 40-seat Chinese restaurant tucked in a tiny strip mall on Westminster Hwy,  although is clean and cozy, most people will find it far from their expectation,  a winner of several local Chinese restaurant awards and an honourable mention for the Best Upscale Chinese Restaurant in 2016. In the Hoitong’s kitchen, there is the 70-year-old chef and owner Leung Yiu Tong who specializes in classic Cantonese dishes from the Shunde region. And that’s what you come here for. Shunde is a satellite town of Guangzhou (Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province. In China, there’s a saying – all the best Cantonese restaurants are in Guangzhou (Canton) but all the best Cantonese chefs are from Shunde. After his establishment in Hong Kong, Chef Leung brought the master craft to Vancouver and opened Hoitong. The restaurant is popular so we had to call in to reserve a table. There are also dishes that they only serve if ordered 24 hours in advance, such as the Lotus Leaf Rice Wrap and the Steamed Rockfish. We ordered one Deep Fried Squab, which is in this category. I had heard this place was pricey and it showed on their menu, with hardly any dishes [...]

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Bun Cha Vietnamese Café & Restaurant

Bun Cha Vietnamese Café & Restaurant


The Dim Sum Diaries

As the name suggests, this little spot serves the best bun cha this side of Hanoi.

Fall Salad and Red Pepper Soup at Feast!

by casey @ Mas to Millers

On a cold day last week, I decided to treat myself to a lunch at Feast. I had just read CVILLE’s post on Feast’s spectacular fall salad, so I ordered a half-size (minus butternut squash, since I dislike cooked veggies in salads) and a cup of smokey roasted red pepper soup. The soup was perfect [...]

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