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Recently published are two diners’ choice awards: Golden Plates Awards and the Chinese Restaurant Awards. You may not agree with what other diners picked, but hey, we all have an opinion don’t we? That’s how the whole food blogging “business” started anyways.

Golden Plates Awards

Voted by readers of the Georgia Straight, 2010 marks the 13th year of this annual program. Readers can vote in six categories which are further broken down into small groups and by geographical locations. Winners include Maenam for Best New West Side and Best Thai, Chambar for Best Atmosphere, Best Continental, and Best Pre-Theatre Restaurant, Japadog for Best Hot Dog Vendor, Blue Water Café for Best Seafood and Best Fish, and Thomas Haas for Best Bakery (Pastries).

For a list of award winners, visit Georgia Straight’s website.

Chinese Restaurant Awards

The 2nd annual Chinese Restaurant Awards include two components: Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards and Diners’ Choice Awards. For the latter component, winners include Empire Chinese Cuisine for Best Cantonese Dim Sum and Congee Noodle House for Best Congee Restaurant (Mr. and I have been there a few times for the last several months).

Visit their website for the list of winners in both programs.

Now, how many of the winning restaurants have you visited?

Happy eating,


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Sorry about the long absence since my last post. In between, I went back to Beijing for vacation. Maybe I will write something to bring you a taste of real Beijing food.

A sister restaurant of the next-door Chambar, Medina Cafe has long been raved about by foodies and critics. A random man on the Hastings (the bad part) also told me that he heard the place is great and would like to try it. I was quite surprised, really. Maybe a good reputation does travel fast, regardless where. My friend and I paid it a visit in hope of an excellent brunch.

I wasn’t very impressed from the get-go. The restaurant was full while a dozen people were waiting outside. I went in to inquire about the wait time and to put my name down, but I wasn’t greeted immediately and warmly. Then the wait started and went on for an hour. To the restaurant, the wait seemed like nothing. The restaurant didn’t attempt to be nice or apologetic about it. Oh well…

We started our brunch with coffee and waffles. I had my waffle with lavender milk chocolate. The topping was great… good flavour and consistency. The waffle on the other hand was definitely on the small side. At $3.15 each, I expected it to be a bit bigger. By the way, the waffles weren’t exactly hot off the iron either. The coffee was great though – good beans and brewed right. In terms of the main event, (more…)

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