Travel Eats: Bourbon House in New Orleans

After consuming copious amounts of fried crayfish, chargrilled oysters, fried chicken and gumbo, it was a relief to walk into Bourbon House in New Orleans.  Located on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville St. and (or a block off of Canal Street), Bourbon House is a seafood / oyster bar.  Bourbon House flaunts a delicious seasonal menu.  What does that mean for potential diners?  If it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu.

It is a fairly large restaurants with floor to ceiling windows that overlook both Bourbon Street and Iberville Street.  Dishes are authentically ‘New Orleans’ featuring classic creole-esque flavours.  Being called Bourbon House also means that it flaunts an impressive Bourbon menu with over 100 American Whiskeys on the list as well as a classic “Bourbon Milk Punch” – which let me tell you is worth ordering (multiple if you have room). Continue reading

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Eats: Hing Fung Restaurant

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.

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Eats: Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La (Chinese Afternoon Tea)

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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.

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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.)

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