Tag Archives: Pacific Northwest

Finding Favorite Food and Features in the Pacific Northwest: Portland

An opportunity to visit friends in the Emerald city presented an over night side trip to Portland. What did I discover, or rediscover? Dining Piazza Italia is a neighbourhood restaurant. Located in the trendy Pearl District, this trattoria’s offerings include the Italian classics, rigatoni bolognese is delicious here, with a nice combination of recommended house […]

Seattle’s International District: Shopping Under One Roof

For those who like a one-stop-shop experience, the Uwajimaya Village is a centralized shopping centre offering everything from produce and fresh pastries to beauty and electronic items sourced from various parts of Asia, with a majority produced in Japan. The market stocks competitively priced (to those of the prices in Vancouver, BC) products imported from all […]

The 4 Week Challenge: Volunteerism & Community

Putting thoughts and words to action is what volunteering is about, it’s a way to uplift a community, a chance to become part of a solution. From April 21st to April 27th, Canadians across the country are celebrating National Volunteer Week (NWW). Volunteering should be fun and be a way to contribute to professional development, […]

Xiao Lung Bao Quest: Vancouver’s Best

Opening its doors in 2012, Shaghai Élan Restaurant (Élan) is situated on the ground level facing the Kingsway thoroughfare of the Crystal Mall in Burnaby, BC . If you like your XLB with a stronger flavour derived from the marinade process, this is precisely what you get with Elan’s dumplings. Indeed, stronger and heavier broths […]

Xiao Lung Bao Quest: Greater Seattle Area’s Best

Seattle, being just a 2 hour drive from Vancouver, was my first stop on my quest for the perfect XLB. From the state’s capital to the Cascades, I did my research and the restaurant that left me feeling most satisfied was definitely Bellevue’s Din Tai Fung. A successful Taiwanese chain of restaurants (Michelin honors in […]

Northern Chinese Restaurants: In Search of the Perfect Xia Long Bao

Recently, I had to resurrect my quest for the perfect Xiao Lung Bao, as I was slightly disappointed with one of my experiences last autumn. This mission, however, would take me through the Pacific Northwest, not just Vancouver. Notably, there have been three establishments that will see (and have seen) my return visits. What you […]