A food post! NPY went to Aberdeen Centre and picked up dinner. I think it was just this past summer when I started to really echo the tourist guides about visiting Aberdeen for their food hall. The shops are shiny, new-looking, and clean, easier to recommend than the value-packed food hall at, say Yaohan. Aberdeen might legitimately edge out the traditional Chinese malls with quality non-Chinese fare.
Often NPY and I will end up at a Hong Kong diner and they offer yummy baked pork chop and rice but anything else off the usual HK diner menu is a little hit or miss. Malay-style rice? Truly tasty laksa? I wouldn’t even dream of ordering Japanese ramen noodles. Aberdeen Centre is such a short drive from Vancouver–the inexplicable traffic jam makes it feel otherwise–and when you get there parking is free and the mall is not as crazy as the traditional Chinese malls. Then NPY can have his favourite pork chop on rice with divinely Chinese-ified tomato sauce and I can get some of the best Hainan chicken at Cafe D’Lite and my favourite crepes at Mazazu Crepes. We split up and order what we want, getting the best of the best, and come back together for an informal and delicious feast!
I tagged along with Lil Sis on a “girls night out” in Newmarket at their shiny Milestones and SilverCity, 30 km further than the northern edge of the city. That’s far! But it happens to be midway for the parties involved, crazy huh?
Since I was ordering for myself, I finally got to order their grilled seafood salad that has crunch grilled Tiger shrimp, marinated shrimp, grilled salmon, healthful papaya, buttery avocado, crunchy egg noodles, and salad greens in a tangy lemon-chardonnay vinaigrette. Three of the four of us ordered salads so it was that kind of girls’ night, lol. I loved this salad. The conversation was… off-the-wall. There was a fair amount of shoptalk as the three of them worked together in the past year and they of course kept it light, general, and discreet. I was completely floored by some of the other topics, it’s just great to be reminded of the extreme diversity of opinions.
Then we watched 50/50 which I had been eager for for several months and passed on it during TIFF because it had a theatrical release just a couple of weeks later. From the opening scene I was pleased to see familiar Vancouver scenery and the story delivered thoroughly on comedy and drama. Favourite Frat Pack/Team Apatow movie for me, in no small part because of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s lead role!
* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.