Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Going for frozen yogurt is one of my favorite things to do after dinner.  So when my cousin, Betty requested we get dessert, I happily obliged.  This Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location is fantastic since it’s close to my house and I have an excuse to walk there.  If you’re not around the area, there are plenty of underground parking as well as street parking.

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The self serve option is genius, along with the ability to try the different flavors by yourself until you can finally make that important life decision.  Which flavors and toppings do I want?  You’ll be able to take your time deciding without anyone bothering you.  My favorite flavor is definitely the salted caramel with crushed almonds, mochi balls and yogurt chips for toppings.  Don’t worry, if salted caramel isn’t your thing, there are usually at least 7 other flavors and a huge variety of toppings to choose from.

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is a chain, but they’ve hired competent staff, provides a point card system, has fun/colorful decor and most importantly, serves delicious and unique frozen yogurt.  It’s no wonder there are more Menchie’s stores frequently opening all over North America.

 

Medium noise level – $

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

7155 Kingsway Unit 138

Burnaby, BC V5E 2V1

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Burnaby Central Railway

This past weekend, we celebrated my daughter, Mikayla’s 1st birthday.  She’s a summer baby so I had many more choices of venues in the city.  I knew I wanted the party outdoors since there are over 50 guests including children.  After narrowing down my search to kid friendly and unique locations, I finally found Burnaby Central Railway.

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This park is located in Confederation Park with parking all along the street.  There are canopies set up for your party that’s on a grassy area a little elevated from the regular picnic tables.  They can hold up to 3 parties during one time slot, which are 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm.  Make sure you book ahead of time online because this place is popular.  The staff in the concession stand are great and the train conductors are good natured older gentlemen.  They all operate the trains during the weekends as hobbies.

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It’s tiring for a small child to be out for over 2 hours in the sun and with so much commotion around, but Mikayla was a trooper.  She lit up and babbled the whole way around the whole park while sitting on the miniature train ride.  While the train weaved around the park, there was a light breeze, which helped with the heat as well.  You will cut through tunnels, notice toy sculptures and pass by other trains.  The ride takes about 15 minutes and are $2.50 per ride unless you purchase in bulk, which will cost $2.00 per ride.  There was no question that it was money well spent.

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Medium noise level – $

Burnaby Central Railway

120 North Willingdon Ave

Burnaby, BC

V5C 6K1

Lee Garden Seafood Restaurant

The low quality, shady restaurant that went by the name of Grand Buffet is finally no more.  In its place, my wish has been fulfilled as a new dim sum restaurant has taken its place.  Hello, Lee Garden Seafood Restaurant.

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I was surprised at how the old dining area with fluorescent lighting was pretty much gutted and transformed into a tastefully decorated restaurant.  The layout is long and curved with chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows all along one side.  It’s a great place to beat the summer heat because they are not cheap with using air conditioning.  I almost had to go home to grab a light sweater.  Service was excellent and the washrooms are clean.  There are however, no change tables for your baby, but that’s not surprising for an Asian restaurant.

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As with all new Chinese restaurants, the quality of food is high and the prices are reasonable.  One can only hope it stays that way for as long as possible.  In the meantime, I will enjoy my monthly doses of greasy Asian brunch items, while washing it down with tea.

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Medium noise level – $$

Lee Garden Seafood Restaurant

6401 Kingsway Unit 110

Burnaby, BC

V5E 1E1

 

Boston Pizza

My coworker and I are on maternity leave at the moment and decided to have lunch by the office.  Boston Pizza was an easy choice since it was close by, kid friendly and most importantly, stress free.  The staff here are always attentive and easy to deal with.  For all you parents, there’s high chairs and plenty of room for strollers as well.

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Boston Pizza started in Canada and has been around since the 60’s.  There’s quite a few locations in the lower mainland, but I tend to frequent the Lougheed Highway location in Burnaby.  Parking is free and although that lot tends to get full, they offer free valet parking.  Another thing I don’t have to worry about.

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They have an extensive selection of menu items including several gluten free dishes.  If I don’t order a salad, I tend to get the Boston Royal Pizza which has smoked ham, pepperoni, shrimp, olives, green pepper, onion and mushroom.  It’s even better when my husband picks off all the olives and puts them on my slice of pizza.  Double olives, yes!

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Happy 50th anniversary Boston Pizza!

 

Medium noise level – $$

Boston Pizza

4219 Lougheed Hwy

Burnaby, BC

V5C 3Y6

Hi Genki

Does eating your meal in a cafeteria located inside a senior’s home appeal to you?  I wasn’t sold on the idea as well, but I have to admit, it piqued my interest.  Honestly though, why would anyone want to eat in a place like that if you had other choices?  The answer is simple, -authentic home cooked meals.

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Hi Genki serves some pretty basic Japanese dishes, but the difference is, they are prepared with care.  The restaurant is run by Japanese people serving mostly a Japanese clientele so you know the food is the real deal.

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The prices are a steal and the portions are huge.  They have donburi, curry dishes, udon and only 2 bento boxes.  The menu isn’t very big and quite often they sell out of the raw fish.  That to me right there tells me that their food is in high demand and the product is fresh.

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One thing to keep in mind is that they don’t have baby change tables in the washroom.  Besides that, Hi Genki is kid friendly and as casual as you can get in a restaurant without being a fast food joint.

Average noise level – $

Hi Genki

6680 Southoaks Crescent

Burnaby, BC

V5E 4N3

 

Kamamarui Ramen

I wanted to sneak in one more ramen meal before we are doused in sunshine.  It’s not that I don’t love warm weather, but ramen seems so much more comforting when it’s a little chilly outside.

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Kamamarui Ramen is one of the few places located in Burnaby that actually serves good ramen so that’s what we settled on.  It’s a comfortable restaurant to meet up with friends without breaking your budget.

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The menu isn’t very big with 4 different type of ramen soup flavors, rice bowls and tempura.  I settled with the Tonkotsu Ramen Combo which comes with a bowl of ramen and a bomb.  The bomb is seasoned seaweed with rice in teriyaki sauce.  My husband, Ben wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I loved it.  I can see that it can be pretty plain, but I have a rice obsession.  Rice rolled into a ball flavored with seaweed and teriyaki sauce?  I’ll take 2!

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Average noise level – $

Kamamarui Ramen

6514 Royal Oak Avenue

Burnaby, BC

V5H 3P4