Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009


Imagine a fuschia pink feathered bird in a tropical setting, with long legs and a funny beak. Now imagine that same bird hanging around at a Chinese restaurant having Dim Sum.

Flamingo on Cambie Street in Vancouver... a sparkly sign; tanks of live fish, elastic banded brown lobsters and spidery, spindly King Crab; pink tablecloths, hot steamed har-gow and pink-outfitted waitresses.

The last time I took my Poh poh to Flamingo, there was a quiet table in the corner: an older, heavy-set, awkward looking Caucasian man and a young, thin, heavily made up Asian girl in short skirt, high boots and skanky-ish shirt. Sweet and sour pork sat between them, and no conversation or even remote interest in each other took place. I wondered if "throw in a Chinese dinner" was part of the deal they made??

At another table a little fat kid squirmed around on a burgundy velveteen chair, squirmed all the way out of his tshirt and fell on his butt on the floor with no shirt on.

WILDCARDS at Flamingo!!!

Pictured here: dim sum with my Poh poh, mom and dad on a weekday afternoon.

Doesn't that crab at the bottom just look like he's saying "hellloooo" to the camera??

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Some More Nutty Club Stuff

More Nutty Club! My next project is to contact Scott Bathgate Industries and conduct an interview all about NUTTY CLUB! Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

They Ain't Foolin' : Foo's Ho Ho

For trillions of years and a few generations at least, my family has been going to Foo's Ho Ho in Chinatown, Vancouver. My parents still go there before B.C. Lions football games with a bunch of friends (yes, my parents have Lions season tickets!!) Foo's Ho Ho is the type of spot that sells your classic "Chinese-Canadian" style dishes-- sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, all deep fried with a slop of thick, brightly colored sauces, but you can also get some crazier dishes, and more strictly Chinesey dishes. Or special dishes, such as the pre-order only mayonaise-drenched Peking duck salad with lychee and maraschino cherries.

The atmosphere screams painfully for a restaurant makeover-- dismally painted walls, fluorescent lighting, plastic water jugs, glasses for your hot tea, rickety old tables and seats-peeling chairs. But they keep on truckin' the way they are, they ain't gonna change, and why bother? Restaurants like this need to exist, trapped in time and still servin'. Pass me the Li Mon Gai please!!

Go Ho Ho go!
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