Six Addresses: Philadelphia

Six Addresses: Philadelphia

By Drew Lazor Photograph of LALO by Neal Santos
Aurora Grace Chocolates A self-taught pastry chef and confectioner, Aurora Wold remarkably rose from training herself with YouTube clips to working in the Michelin-starred NYC kitchens of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Humm. She became a Philadelphian in 2017, opening her small Society Hill atelier a year later. Wold relies on Felchlin, Valrhona, and Cacao Barry chocolate for her beautiful line of hand-painted bonbons and bars, but she’s also well-versed in pies, cakes, and macarons that pop like Pantone color swatches. More recently, she’s gotten into gelato, too, manipulating Trickling Springs milk to turn out flavors like Sicilian pistachio and lemon thyme-peach. 517 S. Fifth Street, tel 267.703.8886,
Blue Corn South Philly’s crankiest Luddites grumble about how the Italian Market is not exclusively Italian anymore — strategically ignoring the fact that this is an absolute mitzvah for any ambulatory human who loves to eat. Yes, these days there are fewer Chianti-pouring red-gravy parlors on Ninth Street, still home to the oldest operational open-air market in America. But they’ve given way to businesses that more aptly reflect the neighborhood’s prominent Southeast Asian, Central American, and Mexican communities. Blue Corn stands out on a strip dotted with a dozen-plus mamá-y-papá taquerias by dint of its refined Pueblan cooking. Run by the Sandovals, a veteran Philly food family, it presents simple tacos al pastor as skillfully as a complex huitlacoche mole sauce or huaraches made with the deep indigo masa that gives the restaurant its name. And the bar has quite a way with tequila and mezcal cocktails, when you want to pivot from a frosty Modelo Especial. 940 S. Ninth Street, tel 215.925.1010,
LALO In Tagalog, lola and lolo mean “grandmother” and “grandfather.” The owners of LALO grafted them together in a tender nod to their Filipino heritage — but they’re not afraid to take ample liberties behind their colorful counter, which is literally across the street from the Liberty Bell. When co-founder Jillian Encarnacion was growing up, her late Lolo Bas ran a Philippine BBQ cart on the sidewalk outside LALO’s current home. His recipe lives on as the Bas-Ka-Bob, grilled chicken inihaw skewers served over garlic rice or tucked inside an oh-so-Philly Amoroso’s long roll. That’s just one of many thoughtfully updated dishes dreamt up by LALO’s partners, which also include Encarnacion’s cocktailian wife, Resa Mueller; farmer and photographer Neal Santos; and chef Michael Cher. The usually porky Bicol Express, named for a train that once ran between Legazpi and Manila, has been creatively veganized, down to a seafood-free rendition of bagoong , the biting fish paste that serves as an elemental flavor base. Crowd-pleasing lumpia (spring rolls) and lechon kawali (fried pork belly) appear alongside recurring specials like dinuguan , a comforting stew whose deep crimson hue comes from pork blood. The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East, tel 267.388.1106,
Res Ipsa Cafe Serving Center City from bleary-eyed morning to Barbera-addled evening, Res Ipsa is an all-day hang for those who take their coffee as seriously as their cavatelli. A partnership between the owners of ReAnimator and Stock, its name comes from the Latin legal phrase res ipsa loquitur , but no barrister’s bona fides are required to enjoy an Italian breakfast platter (fennel sausage, fried eggs, cannellini beans, broccoli rabe) or a midday chipotle chicken sandwich. Six nights a week, the sun-soaked café transitions into a moody Sicilian BYOB with food by chef Michael Vincent Ferreri. Stretching, twisting, and pinching all his pastas on the premises, he turns out lithe, elegant spaghetti and bucatini alongside lesser-known shapes, such as capunti and lumache . While Ferreri’s primi earn plaudits, his shareable big plates are serious, too — properly Sicilian sweet-and-sour agrodolce chicken, and a salsa verde -drizzled whole fish you’ll end up dismantling with your fingers. 2218 Walnut Street, tel 267.519.0329,
Square Pie The instant you hear Gene Giuffi speak, you know the guy’s from Brooklyn. But there’s nothing borough-provincial about the four-cornered pizza masterpieces of his laidback Bella Vista shop. Firing up his slow-fermented dough in heavy metal pans produces pies inspired by the Sicilian-owned parlors of Giuffi’s youth, but they’re distinctly his own, especially considering the chef’s nontraditional stance on toppings. Roast pork, garlicky greens, and provolone, the makeup of Philly’s other classic sandwich, here find their way onto the porchetta pizza — but it’s always wise to throw in a plain or pepperoni too. 801 E. Passyunk Avenue, tel 215.238.0615,
V Street What does “global cuisine” even mean? Pretty much nothing, at least when the phrase is employed by haughty chefs who don’t give a rip. When Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby try their hand at defining it, however, we get Rittenhouse’s V Street, which blows out international hawker-fare flavors in its 100 percent vegetable-based kitchen. A more casual sister restaurant to the couple’s acclaimed Vedge, a short walk way, V Street pulls inspiration from everywhere, including Asia (Sichuan dan dan noodles, Indian Cauliflower 65, usually made with chicken), Africa (Ethiopian berbere -spiced broccoli), and the Caribbean (Trini doubles, jerk tofu with escovitch cabbage). They aren’t limited by their vegan principles but empowered by them, as their large base of omnivorous devotees confirms. 126 S. 19th Street, tel 215.278.7943,

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빅뱅이론 시즌 1 에피소드 1 – Pilot

아무말대잔치 빅뱅이론 시즌 1 에피소드 1 – Pilot
비즈베러 번역보기 Scene: A corridor at a sperm bank.

Sheldon: So if a photon is directed through a plane with two slit s in it and either slit is observed it will not go through both slits. If it’s unobserved it will, however, if it’s observed after it’s left the plane but before it hits its target, it will not have gone through both slits.

Leonard: Agreed, what’s your point?

Sheldon: No point, I just think it’s a good idea for a tee-shirt.

Leonard: Excuse me?

Receptionist: Hang on.

Leonard: One across is Aegean , eight down is Nabakov, twenty-six across is MCM, fourteen down is… your finger… phylum, which makes fourteen across Port-au-Prince. See, Papa Doc’s capital idea, that’s Port-au-Prince. Hatey.

Receptionist: Can I help you?

Leonard: Yes. Um, is this the High IQ sperm bank?

Receptionist: If you have to ask, maybe you shouldn’t be here.

Sheldon: I think this is the place.

Receptionist: Fill these out.

Leonard: Thank-you. We’ll be right back.

Receptionist: Oh, take your time. I’ll just finish my crossword puzzle. Oh wait.

(They sit and begin to fill in forms ).

Sheldon: Leonard, I don’t think I can do this.

Leonard: What, are you kidding? You’re a semi-pro.

Sheldon: No. We are committing genetic fraud. There’s no guarantee that our sperm is going to generate high IQ offspring , think about that. I have a sister with the same basic DNA mix who hostesses at Fuddruckers.

Leonard: Sheldon, this was your idea. A little extra money to get fractional T1 bandwidth in the apartment.

Sheldon: I know, and I do yearn for faster downloads, but there’s some poor woman’s gonna pin her hopes on my sperm, what if she winds up with a toddler who doesn’t know if he should use an integral or a differential ​ to solve the area under a curve.

Leonard: I’m sure she’ll still love him.

Sheldon: I wouldn’t.

Leonard: Well, what do you want to do?

Sheldon: I want to leave.

Leonard: Okay.

Sheldon: What’s the protocol for leaving?

Leonard: I don’t know, I’ve never reneged on a proffer of sperm before.

Sheldon: Let’s try just walking out.

Leonard: Okay.

Receptionist: Bye.

Sheldon: Bye-bye

Leonard: See you.

Scene: The stairs of the apartment building.

Sheldon: Are you still mad about the sperm bank?

Leonard: No.

Sheldon: You want to hear an interesting thing about stairs?

Leonard: Not really.

Sheldon: If the height of a single step is off by as little as two millimeteres, most people will trip.

Leonard: I don’t care. Two millimeteres? That doesn’t seem right.

Sheldon: No, it’s true, I did a series of experiments when I was twelve, my father broke his clavicle .

Leonard: Is that why they sent you to boarding school?

Sheldon: No, that was the result of my work with lasers.

Leonard: New neighbour?

Sheldon: Evidently.

Leonard: Significant improvement over the old neighbour.

Sheldon: Two hundred pound transvestite with a skin condition, yes she is.

Penny: Oh, hi!

Leonard: Hi.

Sheldon: Hi.

Leonard: Hi.

Sheldon: Hi.

Penny: Hi?

Leonard: We don’t mean to interrupt, we live across the hall.

Penny: Oh, that’s nice.

Leonard: Oh… uh… no… we don’t live together… um… we live together but in separate, heterosexual bedrooms.

Penny: Oh, okay, well, guess I’m your new neighbour, Penny.

Leonard: Leonard, Sheldon.

Penny: Hi.

Leonard: Hi.

Sheldon: Hi.

Penny: Hi.

Leonard: Hi. Well, uh, oh, welcome to the building.

Penny: Thankyou, maybe we can have coffee sometime.

Leonard: Oh, great.

Penny: Great.

Sheldon: Great.

Leonard: Great. Well, bye.

Penny: Bye.

Sheldon: Bye.

Leonard: Bye.

Leonard: Should we have invited her for lunch?

Sheldon: No. We’re going to start Season Two of Battlestar Galactica.

Leonard: We already watched the Season Two DVDs.

Sheldon: Not with commentary.

Leonard: I think we should be good neighbours, invite her over, make her feel welcome.

Sheldon: We never invited Louis-slash-Louise over.

Leonard: Well, then that was wrong of us. We need to widen our circle.

Sheldon: I have a very wide circle . I have 212 friends on myspace.

Leonard: Yes, and you’ve never met one of them.

Sheldon: That’s the beauty of it.

Leonard: I’m going to invite her over. We’ll have a nice meal and chat.

Sheldon: Chat? We don’t chat. At least not offline.

Leonard: Well it’s not difficult, you just listen to what she says and then you say something appropriate in response.

Sheldon: To what end ?

Leonard: Hi. Again.

Penny: Hi.

Sheldon: Hi.

Leonard: Hi.

Penny: Hi.

Leonard: Anyway, um. We brought home Indian food. And, um. I know that moving can be stressful, and I find that when I’m undergoing stress, that good food and company can have a comforting effect. Also, curry is a natural laxative, and I don’t have to tell you that, uh, a clean colon is just one less thing to worry about.

Sheldon: Leonard, I’m not expert here but I believe in the context of a luncheon invitation, you might want to skip the reference to bowel movements.

Penny: Oh, you’re inviting me over to eat?

Leonard: Uh, yes.

Penny: Oh, that’s so nice, I’d love to.

Leonard: Great.

Penny: So, what do you guys do for fun around here?

Sheldon: Well, today we tried masturbating for money.

Credits sequence.

Scene: Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment.

Leonard: Okay, well, make yourself at home.

Penny: Okay, thankyou.

Leonard: You’re very welcome.

Penny: This looks like some serious stuff, Leonard, did you do this?

Sheldon: Actually that’s my work.

Penny: Wow.

Sheldon: Yeah, well, it’s just some quantum mechanics, with a little string theory doodling around the edges. That part there, that’s just a joke, it’s a spoof of the Bourne-Oppenheimer approximation.

Penny: So you’re like, one of those, beautiful mind genius guys.

Sheldon: Yeah.

Penny: This is really impressive.

Leonard: I have a board. If you like boards, this is my board.

Penny: Holy smokes.

Sheldon: If by holy smokes you mean a derivative restatement of the kind of stuff you can find scribbled on the wall of any men’s room at MIT, sure.

Leonard: What?

Sheldon: Oh, come on. Who hasn’t seen this differential below “here I sit broken hearted?”

Leonard: At least I didn’t have to invent twenty-six dimensions just to make the math come out.

Sheldon: I didn’t invent them, they’re there.

Leonard: In what universe?

Sheldon: In all of them, that is the point.

Penny: Uh, do you guys mind if I start?

Sheldon: Um, Penny, that’s where I sit.

Penny: So, sit next to me.

Sheldon: No, I sit there.

Penny: What’s the difference?

Sheldon: What’s the difference?

Leonard: Here we go.

Sheldon: In the winter that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm, and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer it’s directly in the path of a cross breeze created by open windows there, and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide to create a parallax distortion, I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Penny: Do you want me to move?

Sheldon: Well.

Leonard: Just sit somewhere else.

Sheldon: Fine. (Wanders in circles, looking lost.)

Leonard: Sheldon, sit!

Sheldon: Aaah!

Leonard: Well this is nice. We don’t have a lot of company over.

Sheldon: That’s not true. Koothrapali and Wolowitz come over all the time.

Leonard: Yes I now, but…

Sheldon: Tuesday night we played Klingon boggle until one in the morning.

Leonard: Yes, I remember.

Sheldon: I resent you saying we don’t have company.

Leonard: I’m sorry.

Sheldon: That is an antisocial implication.

Leonard: I said I’m sorry.

Penny: So, Klingon boggle?

Leonard: Yeah, it’s like regular boggle but, in Klingon. That’s probably enough about us, tell us about you.

Penny: Um, me, okay, I’m Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know.

Sheldon: Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the Sun’s apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations and the time of your birth somehow effects your personality.

Penny: Participate in the what?

Leonard: I think what Sheldon’s trying to say, is that Sagittarius wouldn’t have been our first guess.

Penny: Oh, yeah, a lot of people think I’m a water sign. Okay, let’s see, what else, oh, I’m a vegetarian, oh, except for fish, and the occasional steak, I love steak.

Sheldon: That’s interesting. Leonard can’t process corn.

Leonard: Wu-uh, do you have some sort of a job?

Penny: Oh, yeah, I’m a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory.

Leonard: Oh, okay. I love cheesecake.

Sheldon: You’re lactose intolerant.

Leonard: I don’t eat it, I just think it’s a good idea.

Penny: Oh, anyways, I’m also writing a screenplay. It’s about this sensitive girl who comes to L.A. from Lincoln Nebraska to be an actress, and winds up a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory.

Leonard: So it’s based on your life?

Penny: No, I’m from Omaha.

Leonard: Well, if that was a movie I would go see it.

Penny: I know, right? Okay, let’s see, what else? Um, that’s about it. That’s the story of Penny.

Leonard: Well it sounds wonderful.

Penny: It was. Until I fell in love with a jerk.

Sheldon (mouths): What’s happening.

Leonard (mouths back): I don’t know.

Penny: Oh God, you know, four years I lived with him, four years, that’s like as long as High School.

Sheldon: It took you four years to get through High School?

Leonard: Don’t.

Penny: I just, I can’t believe I trusted him.

Leonard: Should I say something? I feel like I should say something.

Sheldon: You? No, you’ll only make it worse.

Penny: You want to know the most pathetic part? Even though I hate his lying, cheating guts, I still love him. Is that crazy?

Sheldon: Yes.

Leonard: No, it’s not crazy it’s, uh, uh, it’s a paradox. And paradoxes are part of nature, think about light. Now if you look at Huygens, light is a wave, as confirmed by the double slit experiments, but then, along comes Albert Einstein and discovers that light behaves like particles too. Well, I didn’t make it worse.

Penny: Oh, I’m so sorry, I’m such a mess, and on top of everything else I’m all gross from moving and my stupid shower doesn’t even work.

Leonard: Our shower works.

Penny: Really? Would it be totally weird if I used it?

Sheldon: Yes.

Leonard: No.

Sheldon: No?

Leonard: No.

Sheldon: No.

Leonard: It’s right down the hall.

Penny: Thanks. You guys are really sweet.

Sheldon: Well this is an interesting development.

Leonard: How so?

Sheldon: It has been some time since we’ve had a woman take her clothes off in our apartment.

Leonard: That’s not true, remember at Thanksgiving my grandmother with Alzheimer’s had that episode.

Sheldon: Point taken. It has been some time since we’ve had a woman take her clothes off after which we didn’t want to rip our eyes out.

Leonard: The worst part was watching her carve that turkey.

Sheldon: So, what exactly are you trying to accomplish here?

Leonard: Excuse me?

Sheldon: That woman in there’s not going to have sex with you.

Leonard: Well I’m not trying to have sex with her.

Sheldon: Oh, good. Then you won’t be disappointed.

Leonard: What makes you think she wouldn’t have sex with me, I’m a male and she’s a female?

Sheldon: Yes, but not of the same species.

Leonard: I’m not going to engage in hypotheticals here, I’m just trying to be a good neighbour.

Sheldon: Oh, of course.

Leonard: That’s not to say that if a carnal relationship were to develop that I wouldn’t participate. However briefly.

Sheldon: Do you think this possibility will be helped or hindered when she discovers your Luke Skywalker no-more-tears shampoo?

Leonard: It’s Darth Vader shampoo. (There is a knock on the door.) Luke Skywalker’s the conditioner.

Howard: Wait till you see this.

Raj: It’s fantastic. Unbelievable.

Leonard: See what?

Howard: It’s a Stephen Hawking lecture from MIT in 1974.

Leonard: This is not a good time.

Howard: It’s before he became a creepy computer voice:.

Leonard: That’s great, you guys have to go.

Raj: Why?

Leonard: It’s just not a good time.

Sheldon: Leonard has a lady over.

Howard: Yeah, right, your grandmother back in town?

Leonard: No. And she’s not a lady, she’s just a new neighbour.

Howard: Hang on, there really is a lady here?

Leonard: Uh-huh.

Howard: And you want us out because you’re anticipating coitus?

Leonard: I’m not anticipating coitus.

Howard: So she’s available for coitus?

Leonard: Can we please stop saying coitus?

Sheldon: Technically that would be coitus interruptus.

Penny: Hey, is there a trick to getting it to switch from tub to shower. Oh. Hi, sorry. Hello!

Howard: Enchante Madamoiselle. Howard Wolowitz, Cal-Tech department of Applied Physics. You may be familiar with some of my work, it’s currently orbiting Jupiter’s largest moon taking high-resolution digital photographs.

Penny: Penny. I work at the Cheesecake Factory.

Leonard: Come on, I’ll show you the trick with the shower.

Howard: Bon douche.

Penny: I’m sorry?

Howard: It’s French for good shower. It’s a sentiment I can express in six languages.

Leonard: Save it for your blog, Howard.

Howard: See-ka-tong-guay-jow.

Scene: In the bathroom.

Leonard: Uh, there it goes, it sticks, I’m sorry.

Penny: Okay. Thanks.

Leonard: You’re welcome, oh, you’re going to step right, okay, I’ll….

Penny: Hey, Leonard?

Leonard: The hair products are Sheldon’s.

Penny: Um, okay. Can I ask you a favour.

Leonard: A favour? Sure, you can ask me a favour, I would do you a favour for you.

Penny: It’s okay if you say no.

Leonard: Oh, I’ll probably say yes.

Penny: It’s just not the kind of thing you ask a guy you’ve just met.

Leonard: Wow.

Scene: Leonard and Sheldon, Inside Leonard’s car

Sheldon: I really think we should examine the chain of causality here.

Leonard: Must we?

Sheldon: Event A. A beautiful woman stands naked in our shower. Event B. We drive half way across town to retrieve a television set from the aforementioned woman’s ex-boyfriend. Query, on what plane of existence is there even a semi-rational link between these events?

Leonard: She asked me to do her a favour, Sheldon.

Sheldon: Ah, yes, well that may be the proximal cause of our journey, but we both know it only exists in contradistinction to the higher level distal cause.

Leonard: Which is?

Sheldon: You think with your penis.

Leonard: That’s a biological impossibility and you didn’t have to come.

Sheldon: Oh, right, yes, I could have stayed behind and watched Wolowitz try to hit on Penny in Russian, Arabic and Farsi. Why can’t she get her own TV.

Leonard: Come on, you know how it is with break-ups.

Sheldon: No I don’t. And neither do you.

Leonard: Wuh, I, I broke up with Joyce Kim.

Sheldon: You did not break up with Joyce Kim, she defected to North Korea.

Leonard: To mend her broken heart. This situation is much less complicated. There’s some kind of dispute between Penny and her ex-boyfriend as to who gets custody of the TV. She just wanted to avoid having a scene with him.

Sheldon: So we get to have a scene with him?

Leonard: No, Sheldon, there’s not going to be a scene. There’s two of us and one of him.

Sheldon: Leonard, the two of us can’t even carry a TV.

Scene: Back at the apartment.

Penny (to Raj): So, you guys work with Leonard and Sheldon at the University?

(Raj looks at her, looks back at his food, takes a mouthful).

Penny: Uh, I’m sorry, do you speak English?

Howard: Oh, he speaks English, he just can’t speak to women.

Penny: Really, why?

Howard: He’s kind of a nerd. Juice box?

Scene: Outside Penny’s old apartment building.

Leonard (pushes buzzer): I’ll do the talking.

Voice from buzzer: Yeah.

Leonard: Hi, I’m Leonard, this is Sheldon.

Sheldon: Hello.

Leonard: What did I just…. Uh, we’re here to pick up Penny’s TV.

Voice: Get lost.

Sheldon: Okay, thanks for your time.

Leonard: We’re not going to give up just like that.

Sheldon: Leonard, the TV is in the building, we’ve been denied access to the building, ergo we are done.

Leonard: Excuse me, if I were to give up at the first little hitch I never would have been able to identify the fingerprints of string theory in the aftermath of the big bang.

Sheldon: My apologies. What’s your plan.

(Leonard starts rattling the doors violently.)

Sheldon: It’s just a privilege to watch your mind at work.

Leonard: Come on, we have a combined IQ of 360, we should be able to figure out how to get into a stupid building.

(Two girl scouts arrive carrying bags of cookies. One runs her hand down the intercom, pushing all the buttons. The door is buzzed open.)

Sheldon: What do you think their combined IQ is?

Leonard: Just grab the door.

Scene: Outside Penny’s ex-boyfriend’s apartment.

Leonard: This is it. (Knocks.) I’ll do the talking.

Sheldon: Good thinking, I’ll just be the muscle.

Enormous man: Yeah?

Leonard: I’m Leonard, this is Sheldon.

Sheldon: From the intercom.

Man: How the hell did you get in the building?

Leonard: Oh. We’re scientists.

Sheldon: Tell him about our IQ.

Scene: Outside the apartment building. Leonard and Sheldon exit. They are not wearing trousers.

Sheldon: Leonard.

Leonard: What?

Sheldon: My mom bought me those pants.

Leonard: I’m sorry.

Sheldon: You’re going to have to call her.

Scene: On the stairs of Sheldon and Leonard’s building.

Leonard: Sheldon, I’m so sorry I dragged you through this.

Sheldon: It’s okay. It wasn’t my first pantsing, and it won’t be my last.

Leonard: And you were right about my motives, I was hoping to establish a relationship with Penny that might have some day led to sex.

Sheldon: Well you got me out of my pants.

Leonard: Anyway, I’ve learned my lesson. She’s out of my league, I’m done with her, I’ve got my work, one day I’ll win the Nobel Prize and then I’ll die alone.

Sheldon: Don’t think like that, you’re not going to die alone.

Leonard: Thank you Sheldon, you’re a good friend.

Sheldon: And you’re certainly not going to win a Nobel Prize.

Scene: Inside Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment.

Howard: This is one of my favourite places to kick back after a quest, they have a great house ale.

Penny: Wow, cool tiger.

Howard: Yeah, I’ve had him since level ten. His name is Buttons. Anyway, if you had your own game character we could hang out, maybe go on a quest.

Penny: Uh, sounds interesting.

Howard: So you’ll think about it?

Penny: Oh, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop thinking about it.

Raj: Smooth.

Leonard: We’re home.

Penny: Oh, my God, what happened?

Leonard: Well, your ex-boyfriend sends his regards and I think the rest is fairly self-explanatory.

Penny: I’m so sorry, I really thought if you guys went instead of me he wouldn’t be such an ass.

Leonard: No, it was a valid hypothesis.

Sheldon: That was a valid hypothesis? What is happening to you?

Penny: Really, thank you so much for going and trying you’re, uh, you’re so terrific. Why don’t you put some clothes on, I’ll get my purse and dinner is on me, okay?

Leonard: Really? Great.

Sheldon: Thank you. You’re not done with her, are you?

Leonard: Our babies will be smart and beautiful.

Sheldon: Not to mention imaginary.

Scene: All five in Leonard’s car.

Leonard: Is Thai food okay with you Penny?

Penny: Sure.

Sheldon: We can’t have Thai food, we had Indian for lunch.

Penny: So?

Sheldon: They’re both curry based cuisines.

Penny: So?

Sheldon: They would be gastronomically redundant. I can see we’re going to have to spell out everything for this girl.

Penny: Any ideas Raj? (He just looks at her with a worried expression.)

Howard: Turn left on Lake Street and head up to Colorado. I know a wonderful little sushi bar that has karaoke.

Penny: That sounds like fun.

Howard (sings): Baby, baby don’t get hooked on me. Uh, baby, baby don’t get hooked on me.

Sheldon: I don’t know what your odds are in the world as a whole, but as far as the population of this car goes, you’re a veritable Mack Daddy.

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SURREY EVENTS: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ at Holland Park and more

Local Entertainment
“Summer Rap Up 2019” concert Saturday, Aug. 24 at Shannon Hall featuring Merkules, Snak the Ripper, Lil Windex, DTG, Prada West and more, as part of Cloverdale Concerts series at Fairgrounds. Doors open at 3 p.m. All-ages event includes 19+ bar, plus break dancers, graffiti art, vendors, BBQ. Concert presented in partnership with Where It’s At Entertainment/Sick Nation Productions Inc. Tickets $65 (VIP entrance $20). Info:, 604-809-3810.
Lindsay Beaver: Blues-rocking, soul-singing, stand-up drummer, songwriter and bandleader plays Cloverdale Concerts series event Friday, Aug. 30 at Shannon Hall, at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, with guest Steve Kozak Band. Tickets $25, 604-817-1526 for group reservations. Info:
Noontime Notes concerts at Central City Plaza at lunchtime Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this summer, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. To Aug. 29. “A wide array of musical offerings will be showcased including rock, jazz, bluegrass, country, and more. Visit for the full schedule.”
Music on the Plaza concerts this summer at Surrey City Hall Plaza, on Wednesday evenings, to Aug. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. August 14: Beauty Shop Dolls; August 21: Bruce Coughlan.
Sounds of Summer Music Series: Concerts at various parks across the City of Surrey, to Aug. 21. Free admission for Wednesday evening performances from 6:30 to 8pm as well as Friday afternoon performances from 1 to 2:30pm. “Bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy each performance. Parking will be limited at some locations. Plan to carpool or arrange to be dropped off. All pets must be on leash.” Schedule at, or call 604-501-5050. Aug. 14: Lou Morocco at Historic Stewart Farmhouse; Aug. 16: Langley Ukulele Ensemble at Francis Park; Aug. 21: Top City at Holland Park.
Karan Aujla and Deep Jandu in concert at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 1, 6250 144th St., with meet-and-greet tickets available. Info on venue website or call 604-507-6355.
Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events from September to June, on second and fourth Sundays at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, 4 p.m. start,
Donegal’s Irish House: Live music Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 12054 96th Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-584-2112,
Dublin Crossing: Live music and more at Irish-themed bar, 18789 Fraser Hwy. 604-575-5470,
The Taphouse Guildford: Music/sports bar, 15330 102A Ave., Surrey, featuring DJ/dance nights (Thurs.-Sat.), live music (Sun./Tues.), karaoke (Wed.), trivia (Mon.). Info: 604-583-8828,
Elements Casino: Live music and special events at 300-seat licensed venue, 17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale. Info:
The Grind open-mic coffee house: Event held on the last Friday of every month at Bethany-Newton United Church from 7 to 9 p.m., with music, poetry and more in a relaxed setting, with featured guests to start the evening. At 14853 60th Ave, Surrey.
Cloverdale Antique & Collectible Show on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9am to 3 pm at Shannon Hall & Alice MacKay Buildings, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17798 62 Ave. Admission is $5, kids under 12 free. “This event is a must for any collector looking for glassware to records, home decor, toys to advertising. There is a great selection of all types of interesting collectibles and antiques.” Info: 778-347-6794,
The Cloverdale Market: “Your Weekly Treasure Hunt” in two buildings with 200 tables and 100+ outdoor spots, open every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, off 176th St. (Hwy 15) and 62nd Ave., Surrey. Info: 604-837-1676,
Bear Creek Park Train and MiniGolf: Train rides through the forest at Surrey’s largest park, 13750 88th Ave. For hours and rates, call 604-501-1232 or visit
Coast Capital Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries: “Parents, does your child need practice reading? If your child is in grades 2-4 and could benefit from reading practice, sign him/her up for this free program,” at various libraries in Surrey. Info:
Movies Under the Stars: Annual series to feature four films on a big screen set up at Holland Park in August. Admission is free at all screenings, hosted by Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, The Saturday-night series continues with “The Lego Movie 2” on Aug. 17 and “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” on Aug. 24. Prior to each movie, crowds can enjoy live entertainment, games and food at the park, King George Boulevard at Old Yale Road.
“Tapasvee”: Indian Classical Dance showcase event Sunday, Aug. 18 at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage, 2:309 p.m. featuring Enakshi Sinha presenting Odissi (Toronto), Prajakta Trehan presenting Kathak (Surrey), Naren Ganesan presenting Bharatanatyam (Edmonton) and Vidya Kotamraju, Jaylakshmi Ravindra, Ashika Narayan, Arno Kamolika, Nandini Soni, Shreeya Parekh of Mandala Arts & Culture presenting Bharatanatyam (Vancouver). “Tapasvee will conclude with a short talkback to facilitate an intimate discussion between the audience and artists.” Presented by ASTA Alliance Association. Info: 604-501-5566,
“Tales from the Honeycomb” event at Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Celebrate our ever important buzzing friends. Enjoy honey-tasting, try on beekeeper suits and get buzzy with bee-utiful crafts as you hear tales from the honeycomb.” Info: 604-592-6956.
2019 WBSC Americas Softball Olympic Qualifier at Softball City in South Surrey from Aug. 25 to 31, 2201 148th St. The tournament will host 12 teams competing for two berths at The XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. World class athletes will be fighting for two spots at the 2020 Games in Tokyo and Olympic glory.” Info:
Park Play program operated by City of Surrey this summer at various parks in Surrey, to Aug. 23. “Join Park Play staff in your neighbourhood park for another summer of free sports, games and fun activities.” Weekly drop-in sessions. Refer to for more dates, times and details.
Surrey Rides skateboard event series at various parks in Surrey to Sept. 7, on select dates. “Surrey Rides is open to riders 21 years of age and under, and all skill levels are invited to come to various Youth Parks to build confidence and sharpen their skills in a safe and competitive environment.” Info and schedule:
Family Nights in Cloverdale: “Looking for plans on Friday nights? Join us for an evening filled with family-fun at recreation facilities in Cloverdale. All events are free to attend,” at Don Christian Recreation Centre, Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Clayton Hall. For dates and other details, call 604-598-7960 or visit
India Day celebrations planned at Vedic Hindu Cultural Society at the temple grounds (8321 140th St., Surrey) on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm with Wrestling competition by Hanuman Wrestling Club, flag hoisting ceremony,parade, live music by Anubhav Beri and more.
Fleetwood Festival: 21st annual event at Fleetwood Community Centre, 15996 84 Ave, and Francis Park on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring many cultural performances, family-friendly activities, interactive booths ran by local businesses and organizations, and more. Contact Fleetwood Festival Committee at 604-501-5032,
Art’s Nursery’s Annual Scarecrow Festival at 8940 192 St., Surrey, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31. Admission by donation for “fun, family friendly event” in support of local charities and groups – O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society), Inclusion Langley Society, and The Versatile Society of Entertainers. Event kicks off with a full day festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10am to 4pm, and includes a DIY Build-a-Crow station, live music, scarecrow scavenger hunt, crafts and activities, speakers & demos, hayrides, food trucks and more. Sponsored scarecrows displayed throughout the nursery. Info:
“Java with John” event on Saturday, Aug. 24 at The Rustic Rooster, 5723 176 St, Cloverdale, from 3 to 4 p.m. “Join MP John Aldag for coffee and conversation. Chat with your MP about issues that are important to the community of Cloverdale-Langley City in an informal setting.” Info:
Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) offers “creative and stimulating educational activities for adults over 50,” with special evening events at KPU campus in Surrey. Info:
Valley Women’s Network Luncheons held on last Wednesday of every month at Eaglequest Golf Club, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. Event fee $27, or $30 at door for non-members. “Come share your business successes, goals with us and let us help one another.” Info:, 604-940-9355.
Free Community Pool Party hosted by local MP John Aldag on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Port Kells Pool from 11:30 am to 1 p.m., at 19340 88th Ave., Surrey. Hot dogs by donation to the Surrey Firefighter’s Charitable Society. Info:
“The Mishmash Bash” hosted by PLOT Sharing Garden and Newton Medicine Wheel at site in Newton on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 3 to 9 p.m. “This is an all-inclusive gathering for the passionate musicians, comedians, poets, crafters, gardeners, mentors and friends of Surrey. An evening of performances and showcases in a welcoming environment accompanied by community-building activities. Welcome to your very own grassroots event being created by Surreyites for Surreyites.” At 13734 71st Ave., Surrey. Info at
Free Legal Advice-a-thon event hosted by Pro Bono Going Public at Surrey City Hall plaza on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Volunteer lawyers will provide free advice to low-income individuals in all areas of law including: Family, Employment, Civil, Residential Tenancy, Human Rights, Immigration, Debt/Collections.” To book an appointment, call 604-878-7400. Drop ins welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. More info:
Surrey Urban Farmers Market is held every Saturday, to Oct. 5 at Surrey Civic Plaza from 10 am to 2 pm, 13450 104 Ave. “We are a vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers Market, promoting local farmers both big and small, food producers, artisans and entertainers for the benefit of our diverse community,” with live music, workshops, kids activities, more. Info:
Battle of the Brews 2019 event at Surrey City Hall Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m., 13450 104 Ave. 102.7 THE PEAK radio station and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society will host the 3rd annual Battle, “a fun charity event will offer attendees a great afternoon of craft beer tasting, delicious food sampling and 102.7 THE PEAK will be live on site. Attendees will get the ability to vote for their favourite beers. All net proceeds from the event will fund Athletics 4 Kids and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society youth initiatives.” Tickets $40-$50 at
Ukrainian “soul food”– perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht – available for sale on the last Friday of each month as fundraiser at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 108th Ave., Surrey, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer.” Info: 604-531-1923, 604-581-0313.
Holy Cross Ukrainian Church (13753 108th Ave., Surrey) can provide pyrogies and cabbage rolls for your large family gathering or reunion any time. Sales are held on the last Saturday of every month, except for December, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For big orders, call 778-707-9105. Can deliver.
Newton Talks events hosted by Newton BIA offer dialogue about events and issues in the community. Info: 604-593-2294,
Friends United Beyond All Race F.U.B.A.R. Golf Classic presented by Canadian Western Bank, on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Guildford Golf & Country Club, Surrey. Annual fundraising tourney held in conjunction with the Jaylen Sandhu Dreams Foundation. “With your love and support we are looking forward to growing our tournament and filling the 144 spots available. This is an exciting partnership and opportunity to reach our goal of granting 3 wishes for families battling life threatening illnesses.” Info:
“Gala of Hope” hosted by Vivek Educational Foundation of Canada (Vivek Canada) on Friday, Sept. 6 at Khanna Banquet Hall (11267 125A St., Surrey), in a fundraising dinner in support of education for rural children in Uttar Pradesh, India. Tickets are $35/adult and $20 for children (aged 6-12). Event will feature live music, cultural performances, scholarships, Indian cuisine, prizes. “Vivek Canada will also be recognizing and celebrating Dr. Darbari Lal Sharma with a Lifetime Community Excellence Award for his contributions and service to the community.” Info:,
Drop Zone fundraising event for Easter Seals charity at Surrey’s Central City office tower on Sept. 16. “This adrenaline-pumping fundraising adventure will have participants rappelling down Surrey’s Central City office tower to raise funds for individuals with diverse abilities who benefit from Easter Seals programs and services.” Registration $50, plus fundraising commitment of $800. Info:
“Kwantlen Improv” drop-in workshop Mondays at KPU Surrey from 5 to 7 p.m., 12666 72nd Ave. “Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and members of the public are invited to laugh and learn with Daniel Chai every Monday in Birch 250! Come and learn theatre games, communication techniques, make new friends and have fun! No experience necessary.” Free for current students, $5 for alumni & KPU Staff, and $10 for public. Info:
Art Together gatherings at Surrey Art Gallery: “Make art, meet friends, and share your ideas. If you’re a young person, the gallery wants your help planning upcoming projects, programs, and events. This is a unique opportunity to create do-it-together art projects and learn a range of art media shoulder-to-shoulder with emerging to established mentoring artists.” Twice-month events, typically, at gallery. Email to get involved, or visit
Surrey Art Gallery: Gallery at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. 604-501-5566, “ARTS 2019,”“The Built World Around Us: A Juried Photography Show,”“Cindy Mochizuki: Autumn Strawberry,” and “Sara Khan: Suraj Kinare” on view in summer 2019; “Steve DiPaola: Pareidolia,” to February 2020.
Thursday Artist Talk: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on first Thursday of every month at Bear Creek Park facility, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Info: 604-501-5566,
Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists in gallery at 13530 72nd Ave, Surrey. Info: 604-594-2700,
Surrey Urban Screen: Digital art shown on screen on side of building at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, at 13458 107A Ave. Exhibit can be viewed from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight. Info: 604-598-5898,
Museum of Surrey: At 17710 56A Ave., Cloverdale. Info:, 604-592-6956. “Worlds of Wonder” exhibit made of LEGO on view to Sept. 8, in collaboration with Vancouver’s Community for Adult Fans of LEGO; also “Of Import – Filipino Textile Traditions,” to Sept. 22.
Historic Stewart Farm: Facility located at site of 1894 farmhouse and heritage gardens, at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956,
Surrey Archives: Info: 604-502-6459 or 17671 56th Ave, Cloverdale.
Pre-teen Dances at six locations across Surrey on select dates. “We have great concession, awesome light shows, and music that you and your friends will love to dance to.” Info: 604-501-5100,
Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Don Christian Recreation Centre, 6220 184th St., Surrey, on first Tuesday of every month, except July and August, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $4. Call Evan, 604-576-1066.
Dance Without Limits (Surrey) on Thursdays at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey. “The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is offering a free, inclusive art program for children and youth 5-15 years old with any type of disability. Family members, siblings and friends are welcome. The program is run on a drop-in basis.” Info:
Learn to Square Dance events at Chuck Bailey rec centre on Thursday evenings (Sept. to June), 6:30 p.m. start, 13458 107A Ave., Surrey, hosted by Wheeling 8’s Square Dance Club. “We are a wheelchair square dance club that do square dancing in wheel chairs. We welcome people in wheelchairs and their caregivers and any other people that would like to learn. We are a busy club going out to different places to show off our dancing skills.” Contact: Darlene,, 604-358-2841.
Scottish Country Dance classes at Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd St., Surrey. Hosted by White Rock Scottish Country Dance Club. “First class free, drop-in fee $5.” Events are held on Wednesday evenings each week, starting at 7 p.m. For info, call Maureen at 604-536-1367 or visit
T.W. Twirlers Square Dance Club hosts events every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly Church, #110-12332 Patullo Place, Surrey. All-ages event, first night is free admission. “It is ‘Friendship Set To Music.’ Come out and have fun learning to dance and meet new friends, for a social, fun night out.” Info:, 604-358-2841.
Surrey International Folk Dancing meets Thursdays from 7 to 10 pm at Walnut Road Elementary, 16152 82nd Ave., Surrey, from September to June. “First time free, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes.” $4 drop-in fee. Info: Call Dale, 604-496-4236,
Jamming at Fleetwood: Golden-agers are invited to join group of senior musicians that meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 15996 84th Ave. “We play for the sheer pleasure of entertaining a dedicated audience who come in to listen or dance, every week. Lunch is available for purchase, and you can try your luck at winning a 50/50 draw.” Info: contact Mildred, email or call 604-789-5037.
Summer Sizzle Business Networking Series event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Elements Casino in Cloverdale. ”This event is a chance for you to stay connected in a fun, relaxing, summer atmosphere,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at 17755 60 Ave. Admission: $25 members, $35 non-members. “Admission includes a complimentary drink, canapes, and great company.” Info:, 604-581-7130.
“Training on Environment Process in BC” session hosted by Surrey Board of Trade on Wednesday, August 28 at Eaglequest Golf Course, with Jay Rao (Exp Services, Stefan Quaglia (Trillium Environmental and Jasmeen Jatana (ALS Environmental). Program (includes lunch) 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Admission: $150+ GST (Professional); $100 + GST (Student). Info: 604-581-7130.
“Global Future of Canadian Energy” luncheon with Athabasca Oil Corporation president and CEO Robert Broen. A Surrey Board of Trade event Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, as part of national Energy Week. “This event will discuss the roles Canadian energy products play in the global economy and meeting growing global energy needs.” Info: or call 604-581-7130.
“Entrepreneur Morning Showcase” co-hosted by Surrey Board of Trade and StartUp Surrey, on Friday, Sept. 13 at Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection (13475 Central Ave., Surrey). “Join us for insightful conversations with Surrey entrepreneurs and industry experts. Whether you are a new or established entrepreneur, there is still much to learn from them.” Breakfast event features panelists Marissa Bergeron (Eat the Dishes), Dale Lutz (Safe Software) and Ryan Moreno (Joseph Richard Group). For tickets ($40, $55), call 604-581-7130.
2019 Surrey Business Excellence Awards: Nominations sought for annual event hosted by Surrey Board of Trade, on Nov. 13 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 11, in seven categories. Info:, 604-634-0341.
Band-Aid: Youth Musician Development Day at Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave.) on Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., in a free musician development day for local singers, songwriters, solo artists, bands and DJs between 12-22 years of age. “During Band-Aid, young musicians join music industry mentors for a jam-packed day of workshops followed by a jam that goes into the night.” To register, call 604-501-5100 (course 4679458). More info:
Free Family Education Series every Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Newton area. Contact Semone Trautman for location details (, 778-240-5431). “This is a free education series for families/natural supports who are supporting an adult loved one with a mental illness.”
Surrey English Language Centre provides free English language classes for new immigrants to Canada with proof of permanent residence, age 17 or older. “We offer full-time and evening LINC classes year-round, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.” To register, call 604-582-7479, email, visit 9801 King George Blvd. (suites #111 and #350), Surrey.
Free “English for the Workplace” classes at PICS in new Project Based Language Training Program (PBLT). “Students will learn and develop soft skills, job search, resume writing, interview skills, networking and much more.” Call 604-596-7722, ext. 138. Free childminding on site.
North Surrey Horticultural Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on third Monday of the month, March through October, in the basement of Grace Community Church, 14618 110th Ave. “We have guest speakers on a wide variety of topics, a show bench, a sharing table, and like to get together and have fun and learn about gardening. We welcome all who are interested in gardening. Come by and drop in to a meeting and join us for coffee.” Info: 604-588-8977.
Cloverdale Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, from September to June, at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 70th Ave., Surrey. Annual membership is $20, drop-in fee is $3. For information, contact Nancy, 604-530-4197.
South Surrey Garden Club: The club meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday (except August and December) at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 20th Ave. “We have a very active and full program with great speakers, field trips and workshops.” Info: Contact Kathy Starke at 604 535 8264 or visit
Birding Walks at various parks in Surrey hosted by Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065, Free to attend. “Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds.” Info:
Divorce Care service program for those going through divorce or separation. Group sessions in Surrey every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. One-time charge of $25 to cover cost of manual/study book. Email or call 604-542-9300.
Ubuntu Ogogo (Compassionate Grandmothers) brings support to grandmothers in Africa who are raising millions of children orphaned by AIDS, by fundraising and increasing awareness in our local community. “We meet the second Wednesday of each month at Fleetwood Villa, 16028 83rd Ave., Surrey, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. New members are welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Kathy Cuthbert at or 604-319-1195.”
Surrey Singles Over Sixty: “We are a smaller group that meet for dinners, card games, bowling and dancing, picnics, etc. We are based in the North Surrey/North Delta area. New members are welcome.” Please call either Lyla at 604-594-2860 or Bob at 604-594-3773.
Surrey Trekkers walking club hosts walks for all ages. First five walks are free, then $1 or $2 depending on type of walk, with socializing after walks. Info:
Surrey Beekeepers Association meetings held on third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. start at Honeybee Centre, 7480 176th St., Surrey. Contact Don or Fran Carter, 604-591-3262. “All welcome to attend and learn about bees.”
CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) North Delta/Surrey is a club open to all women graduates, students and associates who support the mission and ideals of CFUW, which provides annual scholarships and bursaries to deserving female graduates who are going on to university. The club meets monthly from September to June. Contact Heather at 604-591-7678 or Eleanor at 604-589-3631.
Surrey No Longer Alone Nar-Anon events Tuesday evenings, from 7:45-8:45 pm, at Newton Bethany United Church, 14853 60th Ave. Free. “The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you.” Info:
Next Steps walking program for stroke survivors held Tuesday mornings at the food court of Central City Shopping Centre, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 10153 King George Blvd., Surrey. “A fun, friendly, easy walking group for stroke survivors. Weekly participation can help you to set goals and stay motivated. Participants walk at their own pace and distance in a safe environment with easy access to washrooms, seating areas and other amenities.” Info:, 778-926-8341.
Peer Family Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 9803 140th St., Surrey (Newton area). 19+, free. “This is a free support group for families/natural support people who are supporting an adult loved one who struggles with mental health.” For details, contact Jennifer Hopkins (, 778-241-6825).
Mental Health Family and Friends Info Night: “Support and information for friends and family of people struggling with mental illness. New members are always welcome,” on first and third Thursday of every month at SMH- Psychiatry Board room, 4th floor. For more information, call Hardeep 604-574-1976 or
Al-Anon: “When you don’t know where to turn because someone drinks too much, Al-Anon family groups can help.” Call 888-425-2666, M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit
Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program, on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Elim Village – The Oasis, 9008 158th St., Surrey. “A self-management program designed for people who have completed treatment and are living with or have been affected by cancer. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.” Info:
Surrey Multiple Sclerosis support meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church, 9165 160th St., Surrey. Info: Contact Cheryl (, 604-581-3758) or Barb (778-373-0284).
Tao Healing Group (formerly Soul Power) Surrey: “Learn simple but powerful self-healing techniques for any aspect of life, with Certified Healers and Teachers. Receive free healing and blessings.” Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., “Everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.” By donation, info: 778-379-9920.
Write On one-act play festival submissions sought for event this fall at Newton Cultural Centre, 13530 72nd Ave. “Are you a youth writer aged 13-21 and live or attend school in Surrey? The Youth Arts Council of Surrey is accepting submissions for their one-act play competition. Performance of winning plays will be at the Newton Cultural Centre theatre on Oct. 26. Cash prizes and Audience Favourite Award. Deadline is Sept. 15, 2019. Email for application and more information.” More info: call 604-594-2700.
ART4PEACE Literary & Visual Arts Contest in Surrey this summer. “This is a contest for everyone to participate to express their desire for Peace. The theme encompasses love and kindness, caring and sharing, friendship, forgiving, multiculturalism, social justice, conflict transformation etc. It can be a painting, drawing or a story or poem. It can be an essay on how Canada can foster peace at home and abroad. We have awards and prizes for winners, and recognition takes place at City Hall on September 21, celebrating the International Day of Peace.” Info:, or call Niovi Patsicakis, 604-329-0850.
The Versatiles seek retirees to join their ranks – those who like entertaining, singing, dancing or just acting out. Call 604-613-3116 for more information on the group, and for time and locations of rehearsals.
Peace Arch Women’s Chorus rehearses Wednesdays at Newton Cultural Centre from 7 to 10 p.m., 13530 72 Ave. “We are a women’s singing group – we perform a cappella, barbershop style. Visitors, guests, and interested women of all ages are welcome to drop in. Come watch us sing, warm up with us on the risers, find out if you are a Sweet Adeline in waiting.” Info: or contact Jude, 604 892 4997.
The Vaudevillians senior’s entertainment troupe rehearses Mondays at Surrey Free Methodist Church on 96th Avenue. Contact Alannah Jacques at 604-594-6645 or
The Aequitas Singers, a community-based, non-auditioned choir, seeks new members (19+). With philosophy of “justice, respect, equality,” choir meets at David Brankin Elementary, 9160 128th St., Surrey, on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. (at back of the school, near grass field). Contact artistic director Carol Sirianni at or 604-595-6029.
Volunteer adult literacy tutors needed, with info night planned on Monday, Sept. 16 at Newton Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Volunteer tutors are needed to help adults improve their reading, writing and math. The Partners Tutoring Program offers one-to-one tutoring to English-speaking adult learners in Surrey and White Rock. We are accepting applications now for our October 2019 tutor training.” Info at
Whalley Better at Home program seeks volunteers to assist in transportation, grocery shopping and friendly visiting. “This program is designed to help seniors live in their own homes by providing non-medical support services. People with clean criminal background and clean driving record can apply. The selected volunteer will transport seniors to/from their appointments and will help them in grocery shopping. Volunteers must agree to work for at least 6-8 hours per month. Mileage cost will be paid and volunteer training will be provided.” Info: 604.596.7722,
Volunteer Cancer Drivers organization seeks drivers in North Surrey/North Delta and other communities. “We have over 100 volunteer drivers but need more to meet the increasing demand for service to cancer patients.” Info: or phone 604-515-5400.
Guildford Lions Club seeks new members for its work in the community. Club meets on second and fourth Tuesday of month, 6:30 p.m., at Boston Pizza restaurant, 15125 100th Ave. For info, email or contact Joe Brown, 778-319-9606.
Surrey Hospice Society: “Gain confidence by giving back to your community, develop skills for working in Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health professions. We have opportunities for you to join our expanding palliative and bereavement programs.” Info:
Volunteer docents sought at Surrey Art Gallery: Volunteers needed to lead weekday school group tours of gallery’s contemporary art exhibitions. Info: or contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at or 604-501-5198.
The Learning Disabilities Association of BC is recruiting volunteers for its fall tutoring program to help children and youth learn to read or do math. Training provided. Call 604-591-5156 for info, or email
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland needs volunteer mentors throughout the Lower Mainland, especially in Surrey. “As we grow to support more girls in Surrey, so too must we grow our pool of volunteers.” Info: 604-873-4525,
Fraser Health Crisis Line needs volunteers: “We operate 24/7 and recruit year-round with 5-6 training sessions per year. We are 90 per cent volunteer-based relying on over 27,000 volunteer hours annually to answer nearly 45,000 calls per year. Develop skills for social work, counseling, mental health, policing, E-Comm 911, grad school and so much more.” Info:, 604-584-5811, ext. 1309.
Canadian Cancer Society: “Campaign volunteers and Community Office Support volunteers are needed at our Surrey office at 10362 King George Blvd. For more information, contact or apply directly at
Alzheimer Society of B.C. seeks volunteers to help Surrey families live well with dementia. The society is looking for a volunteer to facilitate its local caregiver support group. “This involves leading a monthly meeting, maintaining group attendance records and using Society materials to provide information to the group.” A time commitment of three to six hours per month is required. Training is provided. Contact the Resource Centre at 604-449-5000 or Info:
Surrey Hospice Society, which offers programs and services in hospice, palliative and bereavement care (all offered free of charge), needs volunteers and also donations to support its programs. To help, call 604-584-7006, email or visit #1-15243 91st Ave., Surrey.
Surrey Art Gallery Association seeks volunteers for its gift shop at its Bear Creek Park facility. “If you enjoy meeting new people and local artists, being around unique and finely crafted artworks by artists from around the Lower Mainland, this is the place for you.” Contact Joan Owen, 604-531-8118.
Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441.
Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716,
Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.

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Skewers Around the World

By DM Magazine | August 14, 2019 | 0
The next time you grill anything on skewers, whether you call it shish kebab in Turkish, shashlik in (formerly Soviet) Georgian, brochette in France, anticucho in Peru, sosatie in South Africa, satay in Indonesia or chuanr in China, know that you’re probably using the most ancient cooking technique of them all.
You’ll also be adopting one of history’s most versatile methods, one that’s been used, in one century or another, to grill beef, pork, lamb, chicken, goat, fish, shrimp, scallops and just about any kind of vegetable. In the privacy of your own backyard, you can try any or all of those, and know that historically you are in very good company. Even if you want to take everyday ground beef a step beyond burgers, forming a kind of elongated meatloaf along your skewers, be aware that that’s a classic in the Middle East as well.
We all, of course, love our food to be fresh and new, but the idea of cooking on skewers – stainless steel, bamboo or a not-too-crooked branch from the nearest tree – is approximately as old as the hills. The earliest evidence of cooking this way comes to us from 790,000 years ago, in the form of clay ovens with indentations to hold food on a skewer above flames or hot coals.
That’s what archaeologists have found at Akrotiri, the Minoan settlement on Santorini from the 17 th century BC. Homer writes about cooking meat on spits in “The Iliad,” and so does the author of an ancient Indian text called the “Mahabharata.”
Still, there’s a reason we associate “kebab” with the Middle East, in addition to the word itself spinning through variations in Mesopotamian, Persian and Arab cuisines. Generally, grilling on skewers caught on where it was most beneficial, far from the forests of Europe that made fuel there plentiful and relatively cheap. The desert, therefore, was the most natural place on earth to cook with sticks over a short-lived fire.
The Turks picked up on the word from Arabic, even though they had a quite different language of their own, and most importantly spread the idea along with their military dominance fueled by conversion of infidels to Islam. Converting infidels into lovers of shish kebab proved a whole lot easier.
I remember years ago finding a new (to me) type of kebab in Antakya, researching the travels of the apostle Paul in the Turkish city he knew as Antioch. It was a bit like a gyro or souvlaki in Greece, with curls of shaved meat atop a long, loping piece of naan or pita bread spread with a spicy tomato sauce, blistered banana peppers and a generous sprinkle of fresh parsley. It was called Iskender kebab, named (I presumed) after Alexander the Great, who had won the battle of Issus just a few miles away.
I calculated, for the book I wrote about this trip, that Paul traveled something over 13,000 miles on his missions. He must not have sampled Iskender kebab in Antioch, or else I think he would have stayed.
If your grilling is in a rut after lots of outdoor cooking all summer long, you and yours will get a fresh charge out of these pan-Asian skewers. Though you can make either kind separately, why not make both together and brush each with a different Dr. Foo’s sauce. You can set them out on one large platter, or if you prefer, two smaller platters.
Bamboo skewers
2 boneless chicken breast halves
24 cherry or grape tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, cut in chunks
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into ½-inch rounds
½ red onion, cut in chunks
Salt and black pepper
1 cup Dr. Foo’s Kitchen Bali BBQ Sauce
1 cup Dr. Foo’s Kitchen Thai Sweet Garlic & Ginger Sauce
2 fresh limes, cut in wedges
Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. On one set of skewers, thread the chicken, tomatoes and bell pepper. On the other set, thread the shrimp, sausage and red onion. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat a grill to medium high after brushing grate with vegetable oil or olive oil. Grill the skewers until cooked through, probably remove the shrimp skewers before the chicken, depending on thickness of chicken. When both are done, generously brush the chicken skewers with Bali BBQ and the shrimp skewers with Garlic & Ginger Sauce. Transfer to a platter and squeeze limes over the top. Serves 6-8.

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Experience joy of Indian Food with Parveen’s Indian Kitchen on FYI TV18

Indian food is one of the most loved cuisines across the world. With its array of spices and condiments it is also one of the most diverse and complex cuisines. Parveen Ashraf the ‘Asian Nigella’ will be showcasing her family recipes and taking the audiences through the streets of India giving viewers a taste of authentic Indian Cuisine in “Parveen’s Indian Kitchen” premiering on 15 th August, 9PM on FYI TV18. Indian food, while being full of favour is perceived as ‘difficult’ due to its complexity. Parveen Ahsraf, a home cook and cookery teacher, hopes to demystify Indian cooking, with her simple, easy-to-follow recipes.
In this 10 episode series, Parveen will learn about authentic Indian cooking by visiting chefs and restaurant owners to know more about recipes that have influenced them and those handed down through generations. She will showcase her top favourite family dishes in her kitchen along with tips on how to make Indian cooking easy, any day of the week.
Parveen’s culinary adventure in India will involve her navigating through the bustling streets of Delhi, the vibrant and flavour-packed Punjab, the majestic lands of Rajasthan and the sunny coast of Mumbai. The show will also see her connect with locals who’ll give a culinary guided tour of their regions. Local chefs and mothers from these regions will give a taste of how Indian cuisine is so much more than typical curry and rice!
Don’t forget to tune in this Independence Day, as Parveen Ashraf deconstructs Indian cuisine, creates easy to follow recipes and adds her modern touch to traditional Indian dishes.
Tune-in to FYI TV18 for “Parveen’s Indian Kitchen” every Thursday at 9PM.
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African tapas trend on taste buds

African-inspired tapas are wholesome, trendy and wonderfully immersed in culture PICTURE: Unsplash
As glasses fill up with wine and gradually empty with every sip, the conversation begins to blossom as the restaurant table is strewn with little plates and bowls, filled with savoury nibbles – tapas.
Tapas in Spanish cuisine are small portions of food, with the word deriving from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover”. The link between where the word stems from and what it has come to mean in modern times dates back to pre-19th century Spain.
The appetisers started out being offered, at taverns, inns and hotels, to travellers. With very few innkeepers having the skills to write and travellers being unable to read, the solution was to serve their guests taster dishes on a “tapa” (“pot cover”).
However, this isn’t the only theory for how the style of eating came into existence. According to The Joy of Cooking , the original tapas were thin slices of meat or bread that were served, with sherry, in Andalusian taverns. To prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet wine, people used the food to cover their glasses.
Since the meat served was usually salty – either ham or chorizo – eating them would stimulate thirst. Cottoning on, bartenders began putting together a variety of savoury snacks to serve with sherry, in an attempt to drive their alcohol sales. As a result, tapas became just as important as the sherry.
Through Spanish history, tapas have evolved through the influence of other countries, by incorporating an array of new ingredients. Different cultures have also adopted the trend, incorporating it into their cuisine, with some already having their own existing versions.
Thalis, for example, are an Indian-style meal, made up of a selection of various dishes, which are served on a platter. Mezze, being a selection of small dishes, served as starters, in parts of the Middle East, the Balkans, Greece, and North Africa, also perfectly embodies the essence of tapas.
Whether it’s because of the mix and match aspect, that that allows you to feast from a smorgasbord of delicious food, or people’s love for coming together and sharing a meal, tapas are trending globally on the culinary scene.
This style of eating bite-size portions, of various dishes, has grown in popularity in many parts of the world. But, when it comes to the trend, a lot of focus has been placed on the African continent.
Every year a growing number of tourists pick countries in Africa as their choice travel destination.
Among them are celebrities, influencers, restaurant owners and trend hunters, who immerse themselves in the many unique cultural experiences on offer, resulting in our influence being seen on a global scale.
This is especially true for cuisine.
Countries like Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Senegal are having an unequivocal impact on taste buds of people around the world. Advertisement

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“What I love about Sheffield’s food scene”

Uzma Kazi is a living history co-ordinator at youth charity Element Society. She trains young people up in oral history skills to collect the stories of displaced communities. By Reader Letter Wednesday, 14 August, 2019, 09:09 Uzma Kazi, who lives in Sheffield, is a living history co-ordinator at youth charity Element Society.
Are you a cook?
I enjoy cooking and can make a fair few dishes, especially Indian cuisine, but I am not a pro. I make good chunky rainbow salad and try to make healthy and hearty dishes as a principle.
Any cooking tips?
Chuck it in and hope for the best – I encourage creative experimentation in the kitchen.
What’s your favourite dish?
I love a good fish and chips, with mushy peas.
And a drink to go with it?
A big glass of lemon water, it refreshes the palate. A traditional cardamom tea is also comforting and great for digestion, too.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
I really liked Church in Kelham Island. I am not very knowledgeable on vegan combinations, but what came to the table was healthy, hearty and looked like a Masterchef star.
And pub?
The Ship Inn is quite a chilled out space.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Fish paella, cooked from scratch in my friend’s back garden in Spain.
Your favourite TV cook?
James Martin – He’s from Yorkshire and his favourite thing to eat is a hearty burger.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
There is an excellent range of world food options here in Sheffield – franchise and independent cafés too, which is brilliant. Most Popular

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The Best Resorts To Visit In Mauritius

The Best Resorts To Visit In Mauritius By Jamie Shore , Published 8 hours ago Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean. Being so far away from the rest of the world means it’s nothing but luxury here, but there’s more. A visit to Mauritius can be surprisingly affordable. Here are the best resorts to visit if you want to find out for yourself. The Best Resorts To Visit In Mauritius 20 Degrees Sud
This was the first boutique hotel on the island, and it’s spent years perfecting its elegance without going over the top. The best bit? It’s the perfect location for exploring the island while having somewhere private to rest your head. The St Regis Mauritius Resort
This resort used to belong to a sugar baron as their plantation house. The rooms all include a butler service as well as offering up some unforgettable restaurant menus to help guests enjoy their trip. The Best Resorts To Visit In Mauritius Bubble Lodge
Bubble lodge takes glamping to a new level with the eco-domes they have on offer. This gives lucky guests the chance to sleep under the stars before dining on some of the finest cuisine on the island. Constance Prince Maurice
This resort has stuck to its heritage as it was named after the pioneer of the spice trade across the ocean. Now, Constance Prince Maurice serves rich and flavorful food to all of its guests while wowing visitors with the unforgettable architecture. The Best Resorts To Visit In Mauritius Maradiva Villas Resort And Spa
This is the only all-villa resort on the island and has been run by the same family for five generations. A trip here sees acres of lush tropical gardens teamed with enough privacy for a romantic getaway.
Heading to Mauritius is a dream for many of us. And if it’s not, then isn’t it about time to add it to the bucket list? A vacation to this island allows us to take in the best resorts to visit in Mauritius.

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6 Indian Spices That Are Good For Your Health

Did you know that Indian spices have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and are often high in antioxidants?
We dive into the properties of common Indian spices that form the base of popular Indian cuisine, and consider their potential health benefits. It’s good to note, though, that some of these benefits draw references from the olden Ayurveda times, and scientific research done on herbs and spices is still limited. #1 Cardamom
Ground cardamom is often used to give tea, curries, and rice a flavour boost. A small amount is often used, as too much of it will overpower milder flavours in the dish.
This flavourful spice is packed with health benefits and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Some evidence shows that this herb has antioxidant properties and has the ability to produce compounds that may help fight cancer cells.
It is used in karanji (a small pastry pocket stuffed with poppy seeds, grated coconut, sugar, nuts and cardamom) and mithai (an assortment of Indian sweets). #2 Cinnamon
The oily component of this aromatic spice is very high in cinnamaldehyde, a compound scientists believe is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism.
A study comparing 26 spices placed cinnamon at the top for its high amount of antioxidants, surpassing garlic and oregano. Its anti-inflammatory properties may prevent the formation of free radicals that damage your cells and nervous system, and also help to reduce cholesterol levels.
It is often used in keema (an Indian spiced lamb), chicken dhansak (an Indian curry), and namkeens (Indian savoury snacks). #3 Coriander
The plant’s seeds and leaves are often featured in Indian cooking as both spice and garnish, and is a key element in garam masala (a blend of ground spices).
This superfood claims to have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, and is known to help lower blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels.
You are likely to taste coriander in aloo tikki (the Indian version of croquette or hash brown) or samosa (a fried or baked triangular puff filled with potatoes, onions, peas or lentils). #4 Cumin
Cumin has long been used in traditional medicine and is a rich source of iron.
It is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to exhibit anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have demonstrated that cumin can also aid in digestion and help in reducing food-borne infections. Some research also suggests that cumin powder, when added to a low-calorie diet, can help with weight loss.
It is used in a popular Indian snack called murukku (deep fried coils of rice flour and spices). This snack should be enjoyed in moderation, though, as it is high in fat and may lead to weight gain. #5 Ginger
Research shows that ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites (a substance necessary for metabolism), some of which may contribute to health and healing.
It has long been associated with reducing nausea, pain, and inflammation, and is known to enhance digestion of food.
Ginger is an essential ingredient in Indian cuisine, and can be found in dishes like chickpea stew, aloo gobi (a dish of potatoes and cauliflower), matar paneer (cheese and peas in tomato sauce), dal makhani (lentils cooked with butter), and more. #6 Turmeric
This bright yellow spice gives many Indian dishes their characteristic colour. Turmeric, a relative of the ginger root, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and for being a flavour and colour additive in curries.
It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Research has shown that it contains compounds with medicinal properties, the most important of which is curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. Preliminary studies found that curcuminoids from turmeric may reduce the number of heart attacks patients have after bypass surgery.
Turmeric is also used as a dietary supplement to treat inflammatory arthritis, as well as stomach, skin, liver and gall bladder problems.
Remember: While there are health benefits in the spices added to popular Indian cuisine, these foods, especially festive snacks, may also be high in sugar or fat content. So, be mindful and always consume everything in moderation!
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The 14 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo

One of the 12 courses of our vegan feast at Bon in Tokyo The 14 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo 26 This page may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.
Tokyo is one of the foodie capitals of the world, but it doesn’t have the best reputation for vegetarians. It’s true that if you wander into a random restaurant you’ll struggle to avoid meat and fish, but with a little planning you can find amazing vegetarian food in Tokyo.
The food is a highlight of Tokyo for us and the quality is outstanding from high-end restaurants to simple ramen shops.
Most guides to vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo focus on westernised places serving veggie burgers, salads, and smoothies. But Japanese food is so delicious that we always want to eat as much of the national cuisine as possible.
On our last few trips to Tokyo we made it our mission to find the best vegetarian-friendly Japanese food in Tokyo whether that was at vegan cafes or traditional Japanese restaurants that specialise in one type of cuisine.
The vegetarian scene has grown hugely in recent years and there are now so many tasty veggie eats in Tokyo if you know where to look.
This post was originally published in October 2017 and updated in 2019 after our latest trip to Tokyo. Contents
The current exchange rate is approximately 1 USD = 106 yen and 1 GBP = 128 yen. Where to Stay in Tokyo for Vegetarians and Vegans
I think Shinjuku and Shibuya are the best areas to stay in Tokyo for vegetarians. It makes life much easier being in walking distance of some vegetarian-friendly restaurants as you don’t always want to trek across the city after a long day sightseeing.
Shinjuku is our favourite area. There’s a major station, beautiful park, a number of attractions, and we preferred the veggie restaurants here compared to Shibuya (where they are more expensive and westernised).
I also recommend staying in an Airbnb apartment or a hostel with a kitchen so that you’ll have the option to prepare some of your own meals. Even being able to boil water for some T’s Tantan instant ramen makes life easier when you just want a quick meal.
There are plenty of Airbnbs in Tokyo and they are often cheaper than a hotel room.
We stayed in this studio apartment in Shinjuku which is small but well-equipped and in the perfect location. Vegetarian Tokyo Map Vegan Ramen in Tokyo
Ramen in Japan is almost always made with pork or fish broth so we didn’t have any on our first visit in 2011. Happily, there are now a few options for vegan ramen in Tokyo and it was fantastic being able to try this classic dish which makes a tasty, inexpensive, and quick meal. 1) T’s Tantan (TOP PICK) Midori vegan ramen at T’s Tantan (this flavour is no longer available on the menu)
T’s Tantan is an entirely vegan ramen restaurant in Tokyo Station! This is so convenient if you are passing through the massive station where many of the city’s local trains and bullet trains around the country depart.
There are many different ramen choices including white, black or gold sesame, shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu, and mapo tofu. We had the mapo on our latest visit and found it nicely spicy, full of flavour, and packed with greens. Mapo ramen and gyoza set
All the ramen contain soy meat, which we’re not fans of, but they are small, rather innocuous chunks that didn’t bother us.
The gyoza are good too, so it’s worth getting a set that includes them.
We always buy some of their instant ramen pots to take away for a cheap, easy meal on another day.
Cost for a Main Dish: 850-950 yen for ramen (300 yen extra to add gyoza). Details: Keiyo Street food hall in JR Tokyo Station. Follow signs for the Keiyo line. 7 am – 10.30 pm every day (limited menu before 11 am). 2) Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka Spicy vegan ramen at Ramen Ouka
Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka is a typical small ramen restaurant with counter seating where you order and pay at the vending machine by the door (it’s in English) then hand your ticket to the chef behind the counter.
It’s a halal restaurant that also offers a vegan ramen—spicy or normal in regular, large, or extra large size. The staff spoke good English and were very friendly, so don’t worry if you’re not sure how it all works.
Although we preferred T’s Tantan’s softer noodles, we loved the spicy broth here (level 3 was really spicy!) and the chunks of broccoli, peppers, courgette, and corn. The regular size was plenty for me but Simon polished off his large.
It was quiet when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime in shoulder season, but it can get very busy so try to arrive early to avoid queuing. You can make a reservation on their website, but you’ll have to book the 3500 yen set menu including soy meat grill, curry, soft drink, and dessert (and pay in advance).
There are many great veggie-friendly places to eat in this neighbourhood, which is one of the reasons why we think Shinjuku is the best area to stay in Tokyo .
Cost for a Main Dish: From 1100 yen for a regular vegan ramen. Details : 東京都新宿区新宿1–11–7. Near Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens. 2 pm – 10 pm on weekdays, from 6 pm on Fridays and 1 pm on weekends.
Back to Contents 3) Kyushu Jangara Ramen
This ramen chain has an English menu with a page dedicated to its vegan ramen. It describes it as vegan salt ramen (yuzu flavour) and it comes topped with a vegetarian version of char-siu that looks like meat but tastes like tofu, as well as bamboo shoots, toasted seaweed, green onions, and bean sprouts.
You can also order it as a Buddhist version without the five pungent roots.
The broth is lightly flavoured, but there are free condiments on the counter, and it was delicious when we added chilli and garlic.
There are branches across the city. We went to the Ikebukuro shop in a shopping mall above the station after visiting the Sky Circus Observation Deck.
Cost for a Main Dish: 1000 yen for vegan ramen (1200 yen if you add extra toppings). Details: Various branches including Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Akihabara, Ginza, and Akasaka. Open 11 am – 10.30 pm. 4) Afuri Seasonal vegan ramen at Afuri
Afuri is a ramen chain that offers a vegan ramen packed with seasonal vegetables. You buy a ticket from the vending machine then take a seat at the counter. Our ramen looked beautiful and the noodles were good, but the vegetables were undercooked and the soy broth wasn’t very flavourful.
Despite being our least favourite ramen, it’s still a decent option if there’s nothing else around as there are many branches all over Tokyo. I would choose Kyushu Jangara instead if there’s one nearby.
Cost for a Main Dish: 1480 yen for vegan ramen. Details: Various branches including Shinjuku, Ebisu, Harajuku, and Roppongi.
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There are many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo. Many of them serve western dishes so we focused on ones with Japanese cuisine, often a set lunch including multiple dishes, rice, miso soup, and pickles. It’s usually much cheaper to eat at lunch than at dinner.
Another place that sounded good but we ran out of time for was Sougo, which serves modern shojin ryori in Roppongi. 5) Bon (TOP PICK) The outside of Bon restaurant
Bon is our favourite vegetarian restaurant in Tokyo—it’s an experience as much as a meal. They specialise in fucha ryori, a version of shojin ryori (Zen Buddhist vegan cuisine), which I think every vegetarian in Japan should try at least once.
Bon is a beautiful, tranquil space with miniature gardens, fountains, and a cobbled stone corridor leading to eight private tatami mat rooms with sliding paper doors.
We ate on low chairs in a room decorated simply with a scroll, flower arrangement, and window onto a little garden of plants, pagoda, and rocks. Our private tatami room at Bon
We had the lunch menu which consisted of 12 courses using seasonal ingredients, so in autumn we had lots of mushrooms, chestnuts, and pumpkin. They gave us a leaflet in English with the concept and courses to expect and then explained each dish as they brought it to us.
It was an incredible meal. Every dish was exquisite with delicate flavours and a remarkable attention to detail. Nothing is placed on the plate by chance—it all has a purpose and meaning. The “moon party” of pumpkin dumplings with white shiitake mushrooms
Ingredients are unusual and some dishes are odd if you aren’t used to shojin ryori, but it’s all part of the adventure.
Our meal began with chrysanthemum tea and included a chestnut covered in crunchy macha noodles, various soups, pumpkin dumplings (representing the moon), chilled sesame tofu, and tempura, including a delicate somen noodle tempura that was like a work of art. Somen noodle and vegetable tempura
The most intriguing dish was the shun kan or “decoratively presented vegetables” (see top photo), a beautiful plate featuring a chestnut, konnyaku (a plant-based jelly), mushrooms, fried dumpling, pink pickled ginger root stick, and some delicious but unidentifiable bits.
Bon is not cheap—our lunch menu was 5000 yen each plus 15% tax and service—but it is totally worth it for a unique Japanese experience.
Cost for a Main Dish: 3450 or 5000 yen for lunch and from 6000 yen to 10,000 yen for dinner. Plus 15% tax and service. Details: 1–2–11 Ryusen Taito-ku. Lunch and dinner every day except Wednesday. Phone reservations in advance are essential. Our Airbnb host booked for us but they do speak some English. It’s out of the way on a quiet residential street, but you could combine it with a visit to Sensoji temple or Ueno Park, which are fairly close. 6) Milk Land (TOP PICK) Our vegetarian lunch sets at Milk Land
Milk Land is a cute little Tokyo vegetarian restaurant near Shinjuku Station. It’s great value and the food is more traditional than many of the veggie places.
There’s no menu, just a vegetarian lunch set with six vegetable and tofu dishes plus rice and miso soup—all you have to do is choose white or brown rice in small, medium or large (the price is the same). They spoke some English and could make it vegan.
Milk Land is in the New State Manor Building—walk around the outside of the building to the right and look for the cow outside. It gets busy during the Japanese lunch hour of 12 pm to 1 pm.
Cost for a Main Dish: 900 yen for lunch set. Details: 2–23–1 Yoyogi, New State Manor Building 1F. 11.30 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday. 7) Nagi Shokudo Curry lunch set at Nagi Shokudo
Nagi Shokudo is a vegan restaurant in Shibuya with a mix of Japanese and international cuisine. At lunch you can choose from three set menus—fried soy meat, curry with rice and a deli item, and the lunch plate where you choose three of their changing deli items with brown rice, miso soup and pickles. They also have vegan cakes and cookies.
Simon enjoyed the curry and I liked my tofu in chilli miso sauce, dal wada (fried lentil ball), and potato salad. It’s a good option for an affordable lunch.
Cost for a Main Dish: 1000 yen for lunch set. Details: Uguisudanicho 15–10, Royal Palace Shibuya 103. 12 pm – 3 pm and 6 pm – 11 pm Monday to Saturday. It’s a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station south exit next door to Pinosalice Trattoria and Wine Bar. 8) Brown Rice Cafe Seasonal set lunch with grilled tofu at Brown Rice Cafe
Brown Rice Cafe is a stylish organic vegetarian restaurant in Harajuku, an upmarket area near Shibuya. They serve traditional Japanese set lunches and you can choose from curry, steamed vegetables, and the seasonal set menu.
I enjoyed the day’s dish of grilled miso tofu with two vegetable dishes, pickles, brown rice, and miso soup, and as always, Simon had the curry. Everything is vegan except for honey in some drinks.
The food was tasty and healthy, and I recommend it if you are in the area (we preferred it to nearby Mominoki House), but it’s a lot more expensive than other lunch sets.
Cost for a Main Dish: 1700 yen for lunch set plus an extra 500 yen on weekends. Details: 5–1–8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (part of Neal’s Yard Remedies). 11.30 am – 6 pm every day.
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KiboKo is a cute vegan wine bar near Shinjuku Gyoen (our favourite area to stay in Tokyo). It’s ideal if you want to relax with a drink and a few tapas, but it’s not the best option if you are feeling hungry.
Dishes are small, quite pricey, and not particularly Japanese. We did enjoy the coriander gyoza and Spanish tortilla, but the more substantial options (teriyaki, chilli) were too fake-meat heavy for our tastes.
Note that everyone must order a drink (non-alcoholic is fine), as is common in many Japanese bars.
Cost: We spent 5000 yen on five small dishes and three glasses of wine. Details: 4th Floor, 2 Chome-5-8 Shinjuku. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm – 11 pm.
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One of the reasons why restaurants in Japan are so good is that many chefs specialise in just one type of food and perfect it over a lifetime. We had some of our best meals in non-vegetarian Japanese restaurants.
While it can be more challenging explaining your dietary requirements, all these places can cater for vegetarians, and we preferred eating in traditional Japanese environments without other tourists. 10) Curry House CoCo Ichibanya (Japanese Curry) Vegetable and eggplant vegetarian curry at CoCo Ichibanya
Curry is a popular comfort food in Japan, and while Japanese curry is different from Indian curry, it’s just as delicious. Many curry places offer a vegetable curry, but it’s likely the roux contains meat.
Happily, CoCo Ichibanya, Japan’s largest curry chain, now offers a vegan curry at many of its branches. You need to look out for the special green vegetarian menu where you’ll find many options including vegetable and eggplant (my favourite), spinach, mushroom, and asparagus and tomato. Vegetarian menu at CoCo Ichibanya
Before you order have a look at the normal English menu for customisation options. You can add toppings, choose the amount of rice (standard is quite a lot), and select your spice level from mild to 10 (3 is definitely spicy).
As CoCo Ichibanya has branches all over Japan it’s a fantastic option for a cheap, quick, and tasty meal while travelling the country.
Cost for a Main Dish: Vegetarian curry from 654 yen – 911 yen. Details: Many branches but the vegetarian menu is not available everywhere (check Google Maps or Trip Advisor reviews to check if they do). We went to the Shinjuku Station West Exit branch on Memory Lane and to one near Shibuya Station. 11) Tsunahachi (Tempura) Tsunahachi vegetarian tempura lunch set
Tsunahachi is a famous tempura restaurant founded in 1923. There are a number of branches in Tokyo and we went to the one on the 13th floor of the Takashimaya department store in Shinjuku.
The menu is in Japanese but one of the staff members spoke some English and explained that we had a choice of various set lunches. We chose the most basic option, said we were vegetarian and asked to have it with just vegetables, which was no problem.
We sat at the counter and watched the chef frying our vegetables and passing them to us straight out of the pan, two at a time. The batter was light and crispy and the vegetables perfectly cooked. They kept on coming and we ended up with nine pieces of tempura, which was more than enough.
Our lunch set also included rice, pickles, grated daikon, miso soup, and tentsuyu dipping sauce. The soup and sauce are most likely made with dashi (fish broth), so we skipped them and used the four excellent salts (plain, konbu, wasabi, and red perilla) for seasoning instead. Tsunahachi has a handy English guide to eating tempura.
Cost for a Main Dish: 1700 yen for lunch set. More expensive at dinner. Details: Various branches in Tokyo plus Kyoto and Hokkaido. The main branch is in Shinjuku. 12) Zen (Okonomiyaki) (TOP PICK) Okonomiyaki being made at Zen
Okonomiyaki is a kind of cabbage pancake that usually contains meat or seafood but can be made vegetarian. Zen is the perfect option for vegetarians in Shinjuku as they have an English menu with a vegetarian section at the back which explains the ingredients of the many types of okonomiyaki.
We chose the less traditional tomato special with tomato, cheese and Japanese basil and also ordered grilled vegetables. As we ordered we showed the waiter our vegetarian card that stated what we can’t eat in Japanese. He then asked the chef to make ours without dashi, so it’s a good idea to check on this.
The okonomiyaki is not vegan but they have a small vegan menu with some noodle and vegetables dishes.
Zen has a cover charge of 220 yen but they do bring you a small appetiser—we munched on our potato salad while we watched the chef make our okonomiyaki on the counter grill.
He started with some batter and then added a heaping pile of cabbage plus other ingredients. As the cabbage cooks it reduces in size and becomes a thick pancake. Ours was served topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It was crispy and gooey and utterly delicious. Tomato special vegetarian okonomiyaki at Zen Grilled vegetables
Cost for a Main Dish: 870 yen for a basic okonomiyaki, 1300 yen for tomato special. Details: 東京都新宿区新宿5–10–9花政ビル1F, Shinjuku. 5 pm – midnight every day. 13) Sorano (Tofu) Tofu made at the table plus fried tofu, pickles, and vegetables in tofu skin
For a special meal without a huge price tag, Sorano in Shibuya is a great option. It specialises in tofu, but in Japan that doesn’t mean everything is vegetarian. At Sorano there are plenty of vegetarian options marked on the English menu.
It’s a classy, traditional restaurant with a fish pond and fountain at the entrance and a pebble corridor leading to private tatami areas and counter seating. As we hadn’t booked we sat at the counter.
We ordered most of our dishes from the appetiser section and shared tapas style. The tofu comes in so many different forms from crispy deep fried tofu with miso (so good!), chilled avocado tofu, and grilled eggplant and vegetables rolled in tofu skin.
Sorano’s special tofu is made at your table—it’s velvety smooth, but be aware that the soy sauce accompaniment contains dashi. Tempura is also available.
Even if you don’t think you like tofu, give Sorano a try as Japanese tofu is far better than anywhere else.
Cost for a Main Dish: Small dishes from 700 yen. Details: 4, Sakuragaokacho 17, Shibuya. 5 pm – 11 pm. Closed Mondays. 14) Masumoto (Bento) The Masumoto stall on the B1 floor of Isetan
I’ve been wanting to try a bento for years and finally found a place that does vegan versions. The Japanese have made lunch boxes into an art form with an array of beautifully presented, balanced, and healthy small dishes. They are ideal for long train rides and picnics.
Masumoto is one of the many bento stalls in the huge food hall in the basement of the Isetan department store near Shinjuku Station and Shinjuku Gyoen.
All the signs are in Japanese so there’s no easy way to find the right stand. We looked for the logo we’d seen on a photo of a box on Happy Cow. Look out for bentos with this logo and you’ll know you’ve found the right stand
Once you find Masumoto ask for a “macrobi bento”. They knew what we meant and confirmed there was no meat or fish in it.
Unfortunately, they sell out of the vegan boxes early in the day, so at 11.50 am on a Saturday they only had one small box left. I recommend going when they open at 10 am if possible.
We took our bento (plus some extra snacks from the food hall) to Shinjuku Gyoen for a lovely picnic under the late blooming cherry trees (well worth the 500 yen entry fee). Our vegan macrobi bento made the perfect picnic
Our box included rice mixed with vegetables, various vegetables, tofu, creamy mushrooms, and mochi for dessert. We couldn’t identify everything but it was all tasty.
Cost for a Main Dish: Our small bento was 1080 yen. Larger boxes are more expensive. Details: B1F of Isetan Department Store, 3-chōme-14-1, Shinjuku. Open from 10 am. They often sell out by noon.
Back to Contents Vegetarian Cooking Class in Tokyo
Taking a vegetarian cooking class while you are in Japan is a fun way to learn more about Japanese cuisine and enjoy a delicious meal.
We haven’t done one in Tokyo yet, but this vegan class with a Michelin chef in Shibuya looks great as does this five-course vegetarian meal in Ikebukuro (just a few stops from Shinjuku on the train).
Back to Contents Tips for Vegetarians in Tokyo Search on the Happy Cow app or website to find the nearest vegetarian or vegan restaurant—there are plenty in Tokyo. It’s also worth searching on TripAdvisor and ticking the “Vegetarian-Friendly” or “Vegan Options” filter to find Japanese places that can cater for vegetarians. This can be hit or miss, so check the reviews. Tabelog is the Japanese equivalent of TripAdvisor and you can search for places that have a vegetarian menu, but there’s not much information or reviews in English. Print off some vegetarian or vegan cards from Just Hungry with exactly what you can’t eat written in Japanese. It made things much easier and helped us avoid dashi. Make sure your phone is unlocked and buy a data SIM card when you arrive in Japan. We bought one from the Umobile vending machine at Narita airport. This will make it so much easier to find restaurants using Google Maps or look up your nearest veggie option on Happy Cow. Japanese restaurants often stop serving 30–60 minutes before closing time. At most restaurants you are given the bill and go up to the counter to pay. Credit cards are rarely accepted so stock up on cash—7–Eleven is the best option for international cards. More Japan Guides See my vegetarian Japan guide for more survival tips and veggie-friendly Japanese dishes to try. Check out our favourite cool things to do in Tokyo from the quirky to the traditional. Read our detailed Japan itinerary for where we went and what we ate during one of our two week trips around the country. We also have a guide to the best Osaka vegetarian restaurants .
With a little planning we ate so well in Tokyo and we can’t wait to return to the city and eat some more! What are your favourite Japanese vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo?
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