Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre

And just like that, 200 is upon us.  Lately it seems these milestones come faster and faster and if I blink, 300 will be here.

For my 100th post, I feasted with Heather and Dana at Gudrun, and we had cake.  For my Halfway There post, friends and I ate Japanese izakaya and sang karaoke for hours within a spaceship-like building.  There was also cake.

For my 200th meal, I was doing last minute Christmas shopping by myself at Richmond Centre and had lunch in the Dining Terrace.  Can someone say glam-or-ous?

You see, this was the calm before the glorious Anderson Christmas storm; last night my parents arrived (yay!), and tomorrow we check in to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel for three days of fun.  There will be stories, there will be stockings, and I even heard rumours of an unearthed 1980’s family Christmas photo.  But more than anything, there’ll be a LOT of festive eating.  My 200th meal wasn’t epic, but it was simple, and just what I needed.

After getting some shopping done, I wandered up to the Dining Terrace and, as usual, took 15 minutes to decide where to eat.  I finally settled on Thai Express.

They serve a variety of soups, curries, and noodle dishes, with a lot of vegetarian choices and the option of adding coconut milk to any of the soup broths.  I had the vegetarian pad sew, which has broad rice noodles, vegetables, tofu, and egg.  I also ordered a ‘mini’ tom yum gai soup with coconut milk (which could easily be a meal for someone with a small appetite) and a side of rice.

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The pad sew was made to order, and while the noodles were a little too soft for my liking, it was still pretty satisfying – a little sweet, a little savoury, chewy, filling, and full of vegetables.  Noodle dishes are such a comfort food for me and, with the cold weather we’ve been having, this one tasted especially good.

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The tom yum gai with chicken was ok, but it really lacked the creaminess and depth of the one we had at Thai House (of course, it was also a lot cheaper).  I probably wouldn’t get this tom yum gai from Thai Express again, but I would try one of their meal-size regular soups, which were full of noodles, vegetables, chicken/beef/shrimp/or tofu and looked healthy for something from a food court.

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Shopping completed, I went home and made sticky toffee pudding for my friends, and waited for my parents to arrive.  This will be my fourth Christmas away from home.  However, it’s the first time I’ve been away and had my family with me (save for my brother, who stayed in Saskatchewan for the holidays this year).  For the next three days I’ll be showing them around Richmond, and we’re looking forward to enjoying a Fairmont Christmas.

While the holidays may look a little different this year (ie, snow-less), they’ll still taste familiar – my parents brought down loads of goodies from Prince George for us to share.  These include baked goods from our grandmotherly neighbor, Albertine;

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the sweet fruit bread made by our friend Edith and given to us each year on Christmas eve; the nuts and bolts my mom made for all my friends;

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and the world’s best cinnamon buns, made by Mary.

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So while I may not have had cake for my 200th post, this morning I got to eat one of Mary’s cinnamon buns, warmed up in the oven by my mom, cut into pieces so I wouldn’t get my hands (or the computer) sticky, and delivered to me while I worked on my post.

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In case it isn’t obvious, on this 200th day I am a spoiled and happy being.  See you tomorrow, on the eve of Christmas!

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Thai Express, the Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre

6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC

604-270-8323

Cash and cards accepted

Many vegetarian options