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Our Canada: Richmond, B.C.

By: Debra Pangestu

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Our Canada: Richmond, B.C.

By: Debra Pangestu

Richmond is an incredible place to come home to, and I'm incredibly blessed to be nestled in a community that offers a mix of the suburban and city lifestyle. I'm particularly proud of our diversity, and how the different ethnic communities peacefully coexist. We have some great Chinese, South Asian, Filipino and Vietnamese restaurants all within walking distance, which is a delight for foodies!

I also love our strategic location: we're a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver's city centre, a stone's throw from the airport (which is great for me, given my peripatetic tendencies), and a short jaunt away from the waterfront promenade of White Rock. We also have tons of farmland, which means lots of fresh berry picking opportunities over the summer. Lastly, I'm very proud of the fact that we are an Olympic city! The Olympic Oval is situated right on the dyke, and the centre offers a wide range of fitness activities, from rock climbing and ice skating to group aerobics and badminton.

When visitors come to Richmond, they should check out our historic Steveston Village, especially during the summer. Come early in the morning to pick up some fresh salmon and spot prawns for that evening's dinner at the Fisherman's Market, and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying a leisurely brunch, sipping some handcrafted coffee and browsing through the quaint and quirky shops dotting the neighborhood.

Visitors should set aside an entire day just to eat when they come to Richmond. Richmond has some of the best Chinese food outside of China and Hong Kong. HK BBQ Master is a small cash-only, hole-in-the-wall joint that dishes up delectable Chinese-style barbecue pork and barbecue duck. Just thinking about the crispy-skinned duck and the juicy pork makes my mouth water. And of course, no Asian dining experience would be complete without dim sum. There are heaps of good dim sum establishments in Richmond, but Fisherman's Terrace has very good quality seafood and Top Gun has a nice selection of dim sum classics, like shrimp dumplings, pork siu mai and those custardy egg tarts.

If I feel the need to indulge my sweet tooth - which happens more frequently than you'd think - I like to go to L'Opera for their picture perfect French pastries. I've also heard they do a mean afternoon tea service on the weekends, which I'll have to treat myself to one of these days!

Our Canada: Richmond, B.C. - Debra Pangestu

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