When I first began writing this post on comfort food – this time of the Asian/Indian/Persian variety – I decided to make a list. I thought, “I’ll list all the dishes I found comforting throughout my 365 Days of Dining, especially the ones that boosted my spirits in cold/rainy weather, then work from there.”
365 Days of Dining: #Richmond365
Culinary traditions love to travel. Well before we had long-haul jets and refrigerated trucks to transport foods from one place to another, they made their way around the globe through immigration, colonization, and trade. This kind of movement has always informed what’s on our plates, and has re-shaped many culinary traditions, even those we regard as static.
Over the past few years, this province’s beer scene has exploded like a poorly-tapped keg. In the lower mainland, we can barely keep up with all the craft breweries opening each month, and the libation lists in pubs just keep growing. In celebration of this wonderful time of year, here’s a roundup of places in Richmond you can find craft beer, and some suggestions for trying BC brews!
Do you know how long it’s been since I was in Steveston? Far too long, I realized recently, so I headed south to visit Richmond’s picturesque little fishing village last week.
This post is dedicated to the sweetest places in Richmond: its bakeries. While there are many scattered throughout the city, today I’m going to focus on those that offer Chinese baked goods, all of which were a new concept to me when I started 365 Days of Dining.
Writing about dim sum can be tricky. More than once I’ve found myself on thesaurus.com, scanning desperately for another way to say, “The dumpling wrapper was firm,” or “Those pastries were mad flaky!” Sometimes, writing about dim sum makes me feel like an unimaginative idiot.
Need a good walk? Or just like wide expanses of beautiful scenery + eating? Time for a picnic at Iona Beach!
Dear chili fans of Richmond, Greater Vancouver, and The World:
I don’t share your love of sweat-inducing food, so I didn’t always pay enough attention to it (and therefore, you) during 365 Days of Dining. I’m not a thrill-seeker when it comes to spice; I’m a person with a relatively low tolerance who appreciates the flavour added by chilies, but can only handle so many of them. In fact, only this year did I begin placing small (and I mean, small) dots of sriracha on my food, and recently purchased fresh poblanos, thus increasing my fresh pepper-purchase stats by 50%. (Yes, I had only purchased them once before).
I don’t think my spice tolerance is anything to be proud or ashamed of – it just is what it is.
I ate SO MUCH TARO during my year in Richmond, but before those 365 days started, I hadn’t even heard of it. Or maybe I had? I don’t know. It’s impossible to remember back to my pre-taro days.
And still really into carrot cake.
It’s been over a year since we’ve said goodbye, and over two years since I began that digestive thrill-ride we called 365 Days of Dining. For those of you who are new to my story, here’s the quick version: my name is Lindsay, and I spent an entire year dining at different Richmond restaurants and eateries, and posting daily about my experiences at each one. It was an edible crash course in all things Asian, as well as a personal exploration of the best of Richmond (the likes of which includes Buddhist monasteries, a 19th century Finnish fishing village, and some incredible community farms).