Today’s post is a little atypical of this blog thus far. After about a month of posts, I wanted to write what I’ve learnt thus far about food blogging. It may not be much, but I hope this will be an ongoing project that can be used as a point of reference sometime in the future.
That being said, the first thing I learnt while creating this blog is:
1. Take pictures of everything
What’s everything? I would say that everything is: the food (at different angles), the menu, the location, the inside of the restaurant, the entrance of the restaurant, and your place setting, etc. As you’re sitting in front of your computer composing a post, you never know what pictures will turn out or what you will want to talk about now that the meal is over. It’s always better to take too many photos rather than not enough.
I would like to consider myself to be an expert on Chinese food. After all, I am Chinese and was raised eating Grandma’s (Yin yin) homemade food. I still start to salivate just thinking about all the things she cooked for me growing up. Richmond has about as many restaurants as Vancouver if not more. So when my parents started raving about how good the food was (and the value), I knew we had to try it out again. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the food and amazing service at this modestly sized restaurant in Richmond, BC.
If you’re familiar with downtown Vancouver, you’ve probably noticed the 62-storey building located just off of Robson Street – aka the tallest building in Vancouver. For those who aren’t, that tall glass building is the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. It’s elegant ambiance is enhanced by a restaurant (Market by Jean-Georges) and Xi Shi Lounge, located in the lobby.
Xi Shi Lounge is popular for its afternoon tea and evening cocktails. However, of all the times I’ve been to the Shangri-La or the Market, I’ve never seen the lounge this busy. As a part of dine-out Vancouver, Xi Sha is hosting Chinese Afternoon Tea. For $38, dinners are treated a choice of tea as well as selection of savoury items and pastries. The tea service includes loose-leaf tea or you can opt for premium Chinese blossoming tea for an additional $5 per person. (Or treat yourself to some sparkling wine Blue Mountain Brut should you so choose for $11 or a glass of champagne for $29.)