Beyond the Rhetoric


Breakfast at Duotian Fish Soup Noodles Restaurant, Vancouver

May 29th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

 Duotian Fish Soup Noodles Restauran

I like breakfast, even if I rarely get out of bed in time for what would normally be considered breakfast hours. I also have a special, almost nostalgic place in my heart for what can roughly be called a Hong Kong style breakfast. This can be easily found in Richmond, as well as in Vancouver at places like Angel Cake Cafe on Fraser Street, but I have yet to encounter a proper “Hong Kong style cafe” with breakfast in North Burnaby. Not far from the city’s edge, though, is Duotian Fish Soup Noodles Restaurant at Renfrew and First.

We had been to Duotian before for their lunch menu and we were generally happy with our experience, but this was the first time we gave their breakfast menu a try. As with so many other “Hong Kong style cafes” in the Metro Vancouver area, the breakfast menu consists of two broad-reaching categories: a “western” breakfast and a “Chinese” breakfast. You can click on either menu picture to see the larger version.

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Grammar 101: The Curious Case of “Nor”

May 28th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

English can be a very confusing and contradictory language with all of its rules and innumerable exceptions. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to over-correct their grammar, misusing “myself” or “I” when just regular old “me” will do. And the same can be said about how to use “nor” correctly.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Internal Dialogue

May 27th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Four Wives Beer

We start this week’s speedlink on a rather serious note. Mike Reynolds offers us some insight into the negative self-talk that goes on in his head. When someone suffers from depression, even when they recognize something good about them or their lives, the internal dialogue can quickly turn to undermine their validity. I can completely and utterly empathize, Mike. You are not alone.

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Free Bagel Day at Rosemary Rocksalt

May 26th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Rosemary Rocksalt Bagel Bakery

It may have once been the case that you needed to have a diverse menu in order to survive the Vancouver restaurant scene. These days, it seems like you have a better chance at success if you focus on just one thing and doing that one thing very well. You’ve got ramen shops that do nothing but the famed Japanese noodles, for instance. And you’ve got bakeries that do nothing but bagels, as is the case with Rosemary Rocksalt.

In addition to its original location in Lonsale, Rosemary Rocksalt also opened up a second location on Main Street last year. Every once in a while they host Free Bagel Day. There are no strings attached and even though last Friday wasn’t even my birthday, I got to indulge in a free bagel, complete with a schmear of cream cheese.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Costume Contest

May 25th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Captain America

It pains me to say that I have yet to watch Age of Ultron. I know. I know. There are probably some strings on me. If you have had the chance to watch the latest Avengers movie and you’re itching for some more superhero action, you’re in luck. Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Vancouver next month and they’re celebrating by hosting a special costume contest.

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Sunday Snippet: Annabel Karmel

May 24th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Annabel Karmel

“Follow your passion. Figure out what you love, who you really are. And have the courage to do that. Courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you haven’t got courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.”

When we were kids, many of us had these big, bold dreams about who we were going to be when we got older. We were going to be astronauts, firefighters, professional wrestlers and cartoonists. It all seemed within reach and yet so few of us actually followed through on our dreams. Instead, reality hit us like a ton of bricks and many of us settled on more “reasonable” careers.

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Sweet Cherubim Vegan Restaurant, Commercial Drive

May 22nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sweet Cherubim, Commercial Drive (Vancouver)

I’d probably be the first person to tell you that I’m a “meatatarian” by nature. I like steak. I like bacon. I like great southern BBQ. At the same time, I’m also the kind of person who is open to new culinary adventures. Under most normal circumstances, it would be unlikely to find me at a vegetarian restaurant by choice, let alone one that’s vegan. But hey, I’ve heard good things about Sweet Cherubim and it’s got to be worth a shot.

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On Being the Only Dad at Story Time

May 21st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

On Being the Only Dad at Story Time

When I was a baby, or so I’ve been told as I clearly cannot recall personally, I didn’t get out all that much. The overwhelming majority of my human interaction would have been with my immediate family. It wouldn’t have been until I was enrolled in preschool that I had any sort of meaningful interaction with other kids who were not my kin. Maybe certain programs didn’t really exist at the time. Maybe my parents didn’t know about them.

Things are going to be different for my little girl. For starters, we’ve been taking her to baby story time at the local public library. This gives her a chance, if nothing else, to be exposed to other babies her age. We read stories and sing Raffi songs. It’s a great little program and it’s completely free to attend. Looking around the room each week, though, the demographic mix became quickly apparent.

I’m the only dad here.

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