April 2017: Something New…Something Revisited..and a Reboot in Life

Being Sentimental: I always thought we had the most beautiful cherry blossom tree at work; this is the last Hanami photo taken from my old office window….
This April has been a very busy month filled with long working hours, farewell gatherings and birthday celebrations..

I am simply overwhelmed with gratitude and joy..

A big thank you to my ex-colleagues and friends for all your well wishes and support…I am at loss for words..

This month’s posting is short and 

For now I will let my pictures do most of the  “talking”…

As I prepare to enter another phase in my life…look forward to sharing more with all of you…

and you can catch me on Ms. Deborah Moore’s show on April 26 AM 1470 1030am sharp (OO)
Something New : Pre-opening dinner at Botanist restaurant, Fairmont Pacific Hotel

I knew I was in for a special treat when my dear foodie friend Ms. Moto invited us to a sneak preview dinner and to celebrate my birthday,  at the Botanist, one of the most highly anticipated restaurant opening in 2017.  Thank you so much for the special invitation and birthday celebration! Here’s a snapshot of our dinner, detailed post coming later.

My first course: Asparagus Cauliflower Kohlrabi Chorizo charred Octopus
My hubby couldn’t stop raving about this dish: zucchini radish grilled apple escabeche honey glazed pork belly.
 

Masayoshi Revisited : One year Later…Memorable Omakase Birthday Dinner 

One year ago I celebrated my birthday at Masayoshi; I have chosen to return this year…To sum up the experience…

Dear Chef Masayoshi and crew at Masayoshi: the experience is more than words can described; I am so glad I have chosen to return to your restaurant to celebrate my birthday and the beginning of another chapter of my life. Thank you very much for another truly memorable experience; this made my day extra special!

 

It’s almost the end of April and we are trying a New hotpot place: Hot pot Palace in Richmond (168-7911 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC) 

Ending a busy work week with a nicely paced Friday night almost 3 hour hotspot experience..I really enjoyed the zousui in the end.

Two different types of soup: Pork Bone and Szechuan spicy pot, There was 4 of us and we ordered 4 different set menu to share: (Matsusaka Pork Cheek + Belly, House Special Seafood Platter, Wagyu Chuck and Angus Beef
Zousui: Rice Porridge cooked by our server, using the remaining soup, added egg and green onion : this was my favourite and soup was packed with lots of flavour 


System reboot, old hangs and new experience: Garden City Hotpot,and Juicery & Co…and WHITE CAPS!

http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

http://topgungroup.com/restaurants/garden-city-hot-pot/

Local Rose: Grapefruit, Rosemary, Apple and Burdock – great for digestion!
Do you know Garden City Hotpot (McKim Way, Richmond, BC) serve some very tasty Cantonese dim sum at lunch? They change their menu quite often and this “Fish noodle” was one fine noodle dish!
Exploring something new: First time to a soccer game in my life – Whistecaps and it was on the Loud and Crazy southside! Thank you VG for the wonderful birthday present
 

A special message to my ex-colleagues: Truly grateful for your friendship and memories; keep in touch on Facebook and my blog! 

Getting sentimental…Friendships and Memories…
 

Sunday Lunch @ Miku

IMG_0886Avid Japanese food lovers are no strangers to Miku and its sister restaurant, Minami, which both specialize in aburi sushi (lightly seared nigiri sushi that has been torched with open flame).

During the holiday season, I decided to try Miku (new location at 70-200 Granville Street, next to Canada Place) with my friend Helene, who was visiting from Hong Kong for an early Sunday lunch.  I made the reservations through OpenTable (it’s so convenient!); although it was an early lunch, the restaurant was already fairly busy, the coveted window seats (with waterfront view) were all occupied and we were seated very close to the bar in the mid-section.

We had to wait much longer than expected to place our orders; I do appreciate the efforts of another server(who was working at the bar), who jumped in and provided us with attentive service, ensuring things were moving along smoothly and our dishes were delivered promptly.

We decided to share three courses and dessert:

IMG_0885Kaiso Seaweed Salad – a medley of organic baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, radish, crunchy arare (bite-size Japanese cracker) with sesame ponzu vinaigrette – it was a nicely dressed salad with balanced flavours, I would definitely order this again.

Aburi Sushi Lunch (Picture shown in Header) – consists of 8 pieces from their selection of their aburi, oshi and roll sushi, served with miso soup, each piece is paired with their own special sauce. This is definitely an excellent introductory “course for anyone who doesn’t have any previous experience with aburi sushi; my favourites were the salmon oshi (with jalapeño and special Miku Sauce) and the ebi oshi (pressed prawn with lime zest and ume (Japanese plum) sauce). 
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Kaisen Soba Peperoncino – Soba noodles “stir fried” with soy, garlic, olive oil, shrimp, squid, baby Bok choy, sweet peppers, shiitake mushrooms and tempura bits. It has all the elements of a great tasting “fusion” dish and the spiciness was just right; however we found the noodles a bit greasy.

IMG_0891Lemon Cream – poached pears, gingerbread cookie, kaffir lime sauce. The dessert exceeded my expectations; the “tartness’ of the cream was balanced nicely with the sweetness of pears and mixed fruits. Overall it was very pleasing to the palate.

I’ve been to Minami a few times before and this was my first visit to Miku; I guess I may have gone with slightly high expectations. Although the initial slow service was a bit disappointing, I must say the oshi sushi was still exceptional; it is still on balance worth a second try.

Information:

Miku – #70 – 200 Granville Street (by Canada Place)

Authentic Japanese flavours with fusion twists; high price point; reservations recommended (available through http://www.opentable.com). Indoor public parking available close by (next to Waterfront Sky train station); better yet, take the sky train on a nice day and enjoy a walk by the waterfront after lunch (OO).

 
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