Monday, April 28, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hachitarou Japan Cuisine 八太郎和風料理

Hachitarou Japan Cuisine 八太郎和風料理
Date: April 12, 2008 (Saturday)
Address: 8515 McCowan Road, Unit #9, Markham (Hwy 7 & McCowan)
Phone: (905) 472-1210

we haven't been to AYCE (日式放題) for so long.. Z&A brought us here.. they ate here a few times b4 saying that the food was not bad.. it's really not bad..

as i was told, when u wrote down the amount u want, they would bring u the exact # of pieces (not the "estimated" per person portion)..

these were some food that we thought were good:

Beef Sashimi 冰鎮生牛肉刺身: 薄片生牛肉
..i read from the news that they "採用冰鎮方式上菜, 配以洋蔥絲及特選日本醬汁, 充份突顯牛肉之鮮嫩甘美, 入口即溶"..

Sashimi was very fresh..

Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Bone 縣下麻雞軟骨

(left) Salmon with Roe Salad 花之戀
(right) Deep Fried Oyster 酥炸生蠔

(left) Soft Sheel Crab Roll 軟殼蟹卷 (8 pieces per order for Maki)
(right) Oyster & Leek Pancakes 韭菜生蠔煎餅

(left) Grilled Enoki Mushroom & Pork Roll 金菇肉卷
(right) Golder Shrimp Tempura 黃金蝦

the dinner price was $18.99.. there will be a $2 surchange for each person on Fri/Sat/Sun & public holidays..

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine 凱龍船

Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine 凱龍船
Date: April 6, 2008 (Sunday)
Address: Unit 4-6, 160 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill (Hwy 7 & 404)
Phone (905) 731-3718

we had our family dinner there.. & we picked their 良朋共敘 set dinner, which had the followings:

乳豬件海蜇 Roasted Suckling Pig & Jelly Fish
千絲百花蝦 Deep Fried Shrimp Ball
金醬炒帶子 Stir Fried Scallop in Crab Sauce
花膠燴生翅 Braised Shark's Fin Soup with Fish Maw
蒜香脆皮雞 Deep Fried Cripsy Chicken with Garlic
鮮什菌菜苗 Stir Fried Mixed Mushroom with Vegetable
干燒豉味蟹 Stir Fried Vancouver Crab in Black Bean Sauce
碧綠龍利球 Fried Fillet of Sole with Vegetable
臘味糯米飯 Fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage
日本菰伊麵 Braised E-Fu Noodle with Mushroom
合時靚甜品 Chef's Special Dessert
王母幡桃 Special Birthday Bun

i would say the food wasn't bad.. but the service was EXTREMELY slow.. it took us 3 hrs to finish the dinner.. & i doubt their hygiene.. i witnessed a waitress who used her fingers to wipe the "dirt" off the bowl!!! & it's not just once.. we saw it several times.. maybe i'm a clean freak & i couldn't stand this.. we used tissues to clean the bowl again b4 using it..

Friday, April 25, 2008

Promise Piano Bar

Promise Piano Bar (Closed!)
Date: March 20, 2008 (Thursday)
Address: Unit 109, 633 Silver Star Blvd, Scarborough (Steeles & Midland)
Phone: (416) 609-9988
Opening Hours: 2pm-2am
**Live Music: Thurs & Sun 9pm-12am

i passed by Promise Piano Bar yesterday & it reminded me that i still have an outstanding blog entry re this!! (sorry JT!!)

didn't know about this Bar until JT told us.. it's our 1st time being there & JT already invited LG to play guitar & erhu!! it's a very nice environment there.. u can sit comfortably there, having a drink & enjoying the live music..

here were the 2 drinks we ordered.. (the color changed a bit in pics)..
i don't remember the names.. but i guess one is Lime Soda & one is Lime Soda with Coke..

well.. the highlight was for sure the LIVE MUSIC.. here's some vidoes..

菊花台 Performed by LG, JT & Bridge..

彩虹 Performed by LG & Bridge..

Forever Love Performed by LG & Bridge..

月亮代表我的心 Performed by LG, JT & Bridge..

u can find more live music performance videos on youtube..

Thursday, April 24, 2008

12 Days Greek Isles Cruise - Day 7 Mykonos

Date: November 15, 2007 (Thursday)
Place: Mykonos, Greece (米克諾斯, 希臘)
Day 7

it was a very sunny day & we didn't even need to wear jacket..
& in fact, it's the best day of our trip.. it's the 1st day that we could finally relax & enjoy.. (with our luggages back)..

Mykonos is a really nice island.. we called it 「米奇老鼠」島.. it's very easy to walk around.. it used to be very cosmopolitan & to attract very wealthy tourist & celebrities from all over the world..
Hora.. Town of Mykonos

the water was so clear..

Fresh Vegetables @ Hora's Market.. people were selling very BIG veggies..

here's Petros the Pelican.. they could be found at the waterfront..
originally the pelican was found after a storm back in the 1950s.. after Petros died he was so popular that a new pelican was introduced as a successor.. now there are two pelicans inhabiting the island, who can sometimes be found up in the town as well as at the port..

it's very big in size..

Mykonos is also an island with beautiful landscapes, picturesque white painted villages, hundreds of little churches, windmills & some of the most extraordinary golden sandy beaches in the Cyclades..

Church of Panaghia Paraportiani
it actually consists of four little ground churches(Aghios Sozontas, Aghii Anargyri, Aghia Anastasia, and Aghios Efstathios) around the main church, amalgamated in a beautiful white, asymmetrical building..

Little Venice.. located in Chora..
buildings have been constructed right on the sea's edge with their balconies overhanging the water..

The Windmills.. the landmark of Mykonos..
the windmills are the quintessential features of Mykonos’ landscape.. there are plenty of them that have become a part & parcel of Mykonos.. from a distance one can easily figure out the windmills, courtesy of their silhouette..

the windmills are conspicuous by their snow-white color, spherical shape with the customary pointed roof made of the finest variety of wood.. in the good old days, they were wind operated as Mykonos is renowned for their gusty wind, which continues to blow even today..

school kids in Mykonos..

Square of the Three Wells
it's local legend has it that unmarried girls should drink from each of the three, in order to find the right husband..

Mykonos is a traditional Cycladic village, with white cubic houses with blue wooden doors & windows, brightly coloured balconies & fuchsia bougainvilleas growing on the white walls..

Lunch @ Madoupas in Waterfront Mykonos

we decided to try their local drinks.. Greek Coffee & Mythos (Greek Beer)
..the Greek Coffee tasted very bitter, it's like an espresso.. very concentrated.. & the Greek Beer was also bitter comparing to the regular Beer..

(right) Fish roe salad - 3.5 Euros's a local Greek cuisine.. but it's very salty..

Fried Calamari - 9 Euros's one of the signature dishes & it tasted good..

Day 7 Dinner @ Sabatini's Italian Restaurant

we heard that the food here was excellent so we decided to pay the extra $$ to try..
the waiter gave us the menu to look at.. with lots of items under each course.. but the only thing we needed to choose was the main course.. coz we would be given ALL the other items (on the menu), in a smaller portion.. it's like menu-tasting, which u can try a bit of everything..

Prosciutto e Melone (Imported from Italy with Sweet Melon)
Insalata di Gamberi e Carciofi (Tender Shrimp & Marinated Artichoke with White Truffle Oil)
Porcini all'Olio Vergine (Porcini Mushroom in Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Fresh Tarragon)
Bresaola della Valtellina (Air Cured Beef Fillet, Grilled Vegetables & Sun Dried Tomatoes)
Perle del Mar Caspio (Sevruga Caviar on Potato Latkes & Chive Cream)

(left) Camoscio d'Oro Fritto (Breaded Fried Delicate Soft Italian Cheese in a Mediterranean Olives Tapenade)
(right) Polpettine al Granchio (Deviled Crab Cakes with a Salmon Roe Rouille)

Cozze allo Zafferano (Steamed Black Mussels with Garlic, Fennel & Saffron)

(left) Sabatini (Topped with Cured Parma Ham, Buffalo Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato Sauce & Sweet Basil)
(right) Campagnola (A Combination of Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese with Tomato Sauce, Red & Yellow Bell Pepper, Avocado, Zucchini & Fresh Mushrooms)

(right) Spaghetti allo Scoglio (Pasta Noodles Tossed in a Fresh Tomato Sauce, Accompanied with Mussels & Clams)
Gnocchi al Formaggio (Soft Potato Gnocchi in a Smoked Fontina Cheese Fondue)
Cannelloni alla Nizzarda (Baked Fresh Homemade Pasta, Filled with Ground Sirloin, Eggplant & Ricotta Cheese)

Zuppe e Insalata
(left) Seafood Cioppino (Shellfish, Tomato, Garlic & Chickpeas)
Secondi Piatti
(right) Capesante al Pepe (Jumbo Sea Scallops, Seasoned with Pepper & Galliano)

Secondi Piatti
Aragoste allo Champagne (Cold Water Lobster Tail, Brushed with Champagne Butter)

(left) Tiramisu
(right) Pudding

it's a very full dinner.. with so many food, we just kept eating & eating without any breaks..