Thursday, 7 August 2008

Update from Vancouver and past bento

Finally, a chance to update in the midst of the moving madness. Thank you for all the kind comments and well wishes. AP and I have been in Vancouver for almost a week now. There were so many things to sort out with regards to establishing a new existence in a new country but we are managing well so far. Apart from taking care of administrative and logistical matters, we have been exploring the city and really enjoying the place.

The restaurants here are fantanstic, in terms of the variety and cost and we are able to eat out everyday without breaking the bank. There are also more Japanese and Chinese restaurants than I could count, which suits us just fine. In fact, there is a fantastic Japanese restaurant about 3 minutes from where we live and we have been there three time already this past week. We are currently in temporary accommodation for a month and while the place is fully furnished and very comfortable, and the kitchen is well equipped, I won't be able to do much cooking as we don't want to be buying too many things at this point before we move to our apartment next month. That includes food stuff and not having a well stocked pantry is not very conducive to cooking, so we will just take the opportunity to explore the many restaurants and eateries around here.

I am really looking forward to having our own kitchen again soon, and stocking up on the ingredients that I love, cooking our favourite food, trying out new recipes and making bento. My bento boxes and accessories, and kitchen and diningware are still en route from the UK and it will be a few more weeks before they arrive (in time for us to move to our new place). In the mean time, here are some bento lunches made just before we moved:

Cod fishcake on a bed of salad leaves, sweet chilli in blue container for the fishcake, corn on the cob, strawberries, piggy container of sundried tomato oil dressing, yellow container of sundried tomatoes.
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Claypot rice
(with chicken, bacon and shitake mushrooms), broccoli and strawberries.
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Pita stuffed with ham and salad leaves, red peppers, container of mayo dip and a chocolate.
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21 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Good luck to you in Vancouver!! :0)

noobcook said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying the food and life in Vancouver ... the bento boxes u made before the move are lovely and cheery :)

didally said...

Looking forward to see your wonderful pics and food soon.

Cod fishcake sounds interesting!

eula said...

yay! welcome back. Yummy looking bentos, especially the fried rice and strawberries.

charming said...

Welcome back! I have missed your postings esp on the beautiful bento lunches. Peony (My Culinary Journal) and you have inspired to pack more interesting lunches for my girls, and they finish them now! May I ask where do you buy yr bento boxes from? It's hard to find in Sydney Australia. All the best in Vancouver. A beautiful city with great food places to discover!

Annika said...

Wow, you're good, posting while still moving. If you run out of ideas for eating out, you must try Tampopo on Denman for a very good all-you-can-eat sushi lunch! Bliss!

tigerfish said...

You moved too!? Good luck and hope it is a smooth one.

Beth said...

You're not missing anything but rain here in the UK. Glad you are settling in well

Mrs Ergül said...

It is great to know that you and your hubby have arrived safely in Vancouver! Take lots of care xxoo

Antonia said...

Glad to hear that the move has gone well and you are settling into your new city!
Beautiful bentos - I would love to find that fishcake in my lunchbox!

Maya said...

Good luck with the move! I love Canada - it is my second home!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I have only visited Vancouver once, but I loved it. I know how stressful a new move is, so I wish you all the best. Those are just prettiest and healthiest bento lunches too.

noble pig said...

Glad to hear you are settling in!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Welcome to Vancouver! It's good right now (sunny) but I hope you'll still like the city when it comes to 40 straight days of rain. ;)

Thank goodness the move is over. . .well, the big move anyways. Now, all sorts of little things to get acclimatized to a new place. But exciting too, eh?

ShopLittleGifts said...

awesome glad you finally made it. yes, there is so much good food in vancouver. let me look for my list and post it next time. lots of good places for dim sum, alaskan king crab and shanghainese food. even the supermarkets are amazing - looks exactly like the ones you find in asia.

carolyn said...

Enjoy Vancouver :) There are so many good Asian restaurants and you can go to T&T supermarket to get Asian/Chinese food stuff. You don't really have to go to Chinatown at all. Metrotown and Richmond will have most of what you need.

Nilmandra said...

Noobcook: It felt a little sad packing up my bento containers for shipping, heh. I'm looking forward to when they get here.

Charming: I bought my bento boxes mainly from eBay and a few of them from the Japan Centre in London. I think eBay might be your best option. There are a number of eBay sellers in Japan who ship internationally, search for 'bento boxes'.

Annika: Thanks for the tip! Will check out that restaurant if we're in the vicinity. We are really stuffing ourselves with Japanese at the moment, heh.

Eatingclub Vancouver: Haha, yeah everyone has been saying that we better brace ourselves for the rain in winter. But then I guess it's not so bad coming from England. At least there's actually consistent summery weather here ;)

Shop Little Gifts: A list of recommended places to eat will be great! Especially with the in-laws visiting us next week :)

Carolyn: We've been to the Aberdeen Centre in Richmond last weekend, just like being back in Singapore/Malaysia/Hong Kong! Where is T&T Supermarket? We've actually not walked around Chinatown much and plan to go to Metrotown later this week or next week.

Anonymous said...

Where the hell do you get such wonderful food-boxes?

Nilmandra said...

Anonymous: The first is a Laptop Lunches container, ordered from http://www.laptoplunches.com/. The second is from eBay, and the third is a Lock n Lock container available from many department stores or homeware stores, or even online shops like Amazon.com.

Nolwenn said...

So... Welcome in Vancouver !

A friend of mine gave me your blog adress because your a bentoing blogger located in Vancouver ;)

As a said in my first comment (about the Japanese festival), my family and I will immigrate in Vancouver in four months...

Where did you live before ? (i hadn't read the entire blog right now, sorry).

Hope you enjoy the city :)

Nilmandra said...

Nolwenn: Thanks for the kind comment :) I bet you're looking forward to the move. I'm really enjoying being in Vancouver so far. I moved from Nottingham in the UK.

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