We all know one of the best perks of the holiday season is food. There are endless Christmas parties, open houses, get-togethers, and big dinners, all of which have food at the centre of the celebration. Platters overflow with cheeses, meats, crackers, bread, pickles, pastry, and of course – never forget – the all-important plates of Christmas cookies.
365 Days of Dining: #Richmond365
In the first of my two recent comfort food posts, I mentioned that this is the season of melted cheese. Now that it’s dipped below zero and we’ve gotten a bit of snow, the weather is ESPECIALLY perfect for the mother of all melted cheese dishes, the queen of (my) cravings: grilled cheese sandwiches!
I love food courts.
Never EVER did I expect to say those words. Though I should probably qualify them further: I love food courts IN RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. Without a doubt, learning that “I love food courts in Richmond” was one of the greatest surprises of my 365 Days of Dining, and that’s because I’d previously thought of food courts as nothing but fast food pits I’m forced to eat in while shopping. And the fact I hate shopping didn’t help their cause!
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.”
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!