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THE 5 BEST SUSHI PLACES IN SURREY CENTRAL

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Got a hankering for sushi, but you don’t want to go all the way to Vancouver for some divine tekka don? Well, I have the answer for you. I just found the best sushiyas in Surrey’s Central City area and I’m willing to share my findings.

I love sushi and I had a delicious time sampling this popular cuisine in the many restaurants scattered around the Surrey Central area. The following are my five favourites (in no particular order).

Sushi King • #102-10344 King George Boulevard

Sushi King is a newly opened establishment situated in the heart of the up and coming Central City area. Boasting trendy décor and an impressive menu including a varied drinks selection with beer, wine, sake and “saketails” such the Samurai or the sake-tini, a creative take on the classic martini.

Sitting in the restaurant, the ambience was unmistakably Yaletown chic, with a chalkboard menu on the wall, a high ceiling and minimalist tables and chairs. The wait staff, dressed in the de rigour black, set a contemporary tone.

The many choices on the lunch menu made for a prolonged deliberation on ordering, but my lunch companion and I finally decided on the Dyna Box lunch special. This box is served with miso soup, rice, green salad, tempura (prawn, squash, and yam), 6 piece dynamite roll and a choice of chicken, beef, salmon, or tofu teriyaki. That was a LOT of food — artfully arranged, and scrumptious. A truly satisfying lunch!

Sushi King is a great place to gather with friends to quench your craving for a little (or a lot) of Japanese specialties — try their unique “build your own” Sushi Cup.

Sushi & Roll • #103 – 10241 King George Boulevard

This restaurant is an unexpected delight — hidden in the heart of the city, Sushi & Roll has an extensive menu with several one-of-a-kind concoctions. I was tempted to try one of their special rolls, like: Burning Cheese which is spicy tuna, cream cheese with a special sauce and masago on top, or their Crazy Rabbit Roll: that is sweet potato tempura, crab, unagi, tamago and ebi all rolled inside cucumber but I decided to leave those for another visit and I order the Chirashi Don Buri instead.

I did not regret it. This dish features five different kinds of raw fish salmon, tuna, tai (snapper), tako, (octopus), and ebi served on a bowl of rice with tamago (egg). The assortment of fish was fresh with a firm texture and a subtle flavour complemented by the softness of the egg and the rice was tender. A satisfying and filling meal.

One of my two dining companions chose the Tuna Don Buri. She remarked that the tuna was exceptionally fresh and firm and the rice was perfect. She enjoyed it immensely but thought it needed a little something extra — instead of only sashimi and rice.

My other companion ordered the Veggie Bento Box. His meal came with a miso soup and a large lunch box filled with a combination of delicacies. A savoury tofu teriyaki gently fried with a mild sauce made a pleasing main portion. The box included a crisp salad, a potato croquette, a six piece avocado roll, pork gyoza and an orange half and was more than ample for a hungry diner.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meals from the palate pleasing food to the friendly and efficient service. We left the restaurant full and happy. Sushi and Roll is without a doubt a must try for anyone who loves sushi.

Fukuda Sushi • 10537 King George Boulevard

When I mentioned my quest to find the five best sushi restaurants in Surrey Central to a friend of mine, she immediately demanded that we go to Fukuda Sushi.

Fukuda is a small, cozy restaurant with a neighbourly feel. The server/hostess was friendly, chatty and helpful from the moment we walked in the door. We were in luck as we had just missed the lunch rush, and the restaurant had only a few other patrons when we settled into our seats.

Fukuda, although small, has a varied menu with a lot of choices ranging from the typical offering of sushi rolls, don buri and sashimi. It took me a while to decide what to order with so much to choose from. Finally, I opted for the Spider Roll: a mouth-watering combination of crab leg tempura, avocado, tobiko and a special sauce and an order of edamame. My friend ordered her usual — the lunch combo sushi — an amazing array of tasty sushi rolls with a miso soup on the side.

Even though Fukuda Sushi is a small establishment, the food is great — fresh fish, succulent rice and a friendly, unassuming atmosphere with great service. A must-try when a craving for sushi hits. Oh, and they deliver too!

Izumo Sushi • 13631 100 Avenue

Located in a small strip mall across the street from Holland Park and Central City Mall, this tiny restaurant is a cozy spot to enjoy an enticing lunch or dinner.

The considerable menu offers an array of Japanese fare ranging from appetizers to dinner boxes and everything in between. Once again, I was torn as to what to choose — with so many choices, it was difficult to choose! Finally, we decided to share a few dishes and ordered Spicy Agedashi Tofu, Tuna Tataki and the Fall in Love roll.

The server took our order and brought our tea with a friendly smile and pleasant demeanor. Since it was mid-week and just before the noon-time rush, the restaurant was quiet and soothing. We did not have to wait long before our meal appeared at our table.

The tofu dish was superb the delicately fried batter enclosing the soft texture of the tofu. The dipping sauce enhanced the subtle flavour of the dish. Agedashi tofu is a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint.

I had never had Tuna Tataki before, but now that I have, I highly recommend it, especially if you love tuna! Lightly seared with a smoky flavour, the tuna cuts rested atop a fresh, crisp lettuce salad, garnished with a lemon slice. The tuna melted in my mouth and the bright salad complemented the fish well.

Izumo Sushi offers more than 15 special rolls with unique names like: Tomato Princess roll, Knock Out roll, Goldilocks roll and Oh My Gosh roll all intriguing choices. The Fall in Love roll that we ordered was a stellar choice, Smoked salmon, smooth avocado, cream cheese and yam tempura rolled rolled inside a deep-fried yam sweet chili-mayo coating. Heaven in every bite.

This quaint sushi place is worth a try and I will most certainly return (if only to sample the other special rolls!!)

Tokachi Japanese Restaurant • 10767 King George Boulevard

Stepping into Tokachi is like entering a sushiya in Tokyo. From the minimalist décor to the authentically dressed servers, Tokachi is an unquestionable experience. Offering seats at simple tables or in traditional tatami rooms, with a wide-ranging menu — this restaurant has something to please every palate.
The server was very helpful, answering our questions and explaining some of the unfamiliar items.

The Umeshiso Maki roll (pickled plum & Japanese basil) intrigued me but I decided to pass on it when the server pointed out that the plum was very sour and was an acquired taste. I settled for the Special roll (tuna, smoked salmon egg and tobiko). My lunch companions ordered Edamame and Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with ponzu sauce); and Deep-fried Roll (salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in tempura batter) with an order of gyoza.

The dishes, from the appetizers to our main choices were amazing fresh, appetizing and delicious! The Tuna Tataki, while satisfying was not quite as flavourful as the same dish from Izumo, but the presentation was outstanding. My Special Roll was beautiful — an innovative fusion of tuna and smoked salmon. The star of the meal, though, was the Deep-fried Roll.

The creative combination of salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in the delicate deep-fried batter was artfully displayed on the plate and tantalizing to the taste buds. It is easy to see why Tokachi Japanese restaurant has been one of the most popular sushi places in Surrey for 22 years! A must try place if you love sushi.

Catherine Johnston is a Marketing Coordinator with a love for all things social media. She enjoys crafts, cooking, exploring the Lower Mainland, and is big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is passionate about reading and has been a member of the Novel Thinkers’ Book Club for 20 years. You can read her exploits on her personal blog wordsartlife.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @CateGJo

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The five best restaurants and bars in Central Surrey

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If you thought you had to make the trek to Downtown Vancouver just to eat well, think again. There are pockets of great places to eat right here in Surrey’s City Centre. Check out this list of five of the best restaurants and bars to get your fill of good eats in Central Surrey. 

Central City Taphouse & Kitchen 

The Central City Taphouse is a staple, and one that truly caters to everyone. It lands consistently at the top of any Surrey eatery list and offers everything from brunch to pub-style food and drinks, including happy (or “tappy”) hour specials. Enjoy a warm meal with family or watch the game with friends. The large patio, beautiful courtyard, and excellent food are destined to provide you with the perfect ambiance. 

Address: 13450 102 Ave., Unit 190 

Dominion Bar & Kitchen 

For those looking for a truly “downtown” experience, this place is the top choice. From bunch, lunch, dinner, and late night mixers, Dominion Bar has a modern vibe and locally sourced ingredients that shine both in menu and drinks. Trendy, socially on-point, and providing a timeless dining experience with a mix of influences, this place is a must when you’re planning your night out. 

Address: 13475 Central Ave., Unit D1

Bubble 88 

For the last decade, Bubble 88 has been able to provide a trendy yet authentic flair of Taiwanese cuisine to Surrey. Easily one of the best bistros in the area, the chefs make each dish with passion and the presentation makes it just as beautiful as it is delicious. Of course, as you may have guessed by the name, bubble tea is also available. 

Address: #102-10209 King George Blvd.

Neptune Seafood Restaurant 

Although it is not unique to Surrey, the quality and fine dining provided at this Asian restaurant cannot go without being mentioned. With the best dim sum and arguably the best Chinese cuisine within Surrey, a large dining space, and the ability to host events, Neptune Seafood is worth adding to your foodie bucket list. Neptune has won several awards for their restaurant group, and of course for their dim sum as well. 

Address: 1130-10153 King George Blvd. 

Sumerian Grill 

Perhaps considered a hidden gem to some, Sumerian Grill is often highly rated amongst those that have visited the restaurant. Providing Middle Eastern cuisine, the meals are rich in flavour and full of warmth. The menu offers the best in Surrey for Iraqi and Turkish dishes and wraps with colours of the Mediterranean. 

Address: 10671A King George Blvd. 

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The five best spots to grab a coffee in Surrey Centre

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Sipping on a delicious coffee at a local cafe has a certain allure to it. And enjoying a local business, with a friend or alone, is extra special when it’s close to home and has that neighbourhood feel. When it comes to Surrey Centre or Guildford, these are the best coffee spots to check out.

Cafe Central

The most central you can get with a friendly vibe and some really good coffee. Cafe Central is the perfect stop on a busy day, to work, or school, or a break in between. While mostly being a “to-go” cafe, it does have tables and chairs for those who wish to stay a while. Located central, it also has hosts of convenience items and food. What people seem to enjoy most though is the caramel frappuccino.

Address: 10350 University Drive, City Centre Library

Prado

If you love coffee, then you will love Prado which uses coffee roasted by 49th Parallel. It first opened in Vancouver and has grown to multiple locations, including this Central Surrey spot. The place is vibrant and hosts a number of good eats and drinks and teal seats for a modern vibe. Outside of your regular items you will find things like pastel pink beetroot latte, citrus cake, apricot cookie, or the infamous cookie with no name.

Address: 13475 103 Avenue, Civic Plaza hotel

Stuffies Pastries

This cafe is better known for its stuffed pastries that are shaped like cute animals, than its coffee. Patrons can choose to stuff the pastries with a number of fillings such as Nutella, vanilla, dulce de leche and more. The soft pancake filled treats are enticing enough to make anyone check out this cafe. Located inside the Guildford Town Centre, it may not be a place to sit down and enjoy but it is a great spot to grab and go while in the mall.

Address: 10355 152 Street, Guildford Town Centre

Coffee Monster

Coffee Monster is a true coffee shop with interesting and delicious menu items ensuring there is something for everyone. Whether you are craving one of their signature cold beverages (such as frozen chocolate) or their Spanish latte, the drinks alone make this a great spot. However, the cafe is also known for its pastries, cakes, waffles and dessert treats like earl grey crème brulee. The vibe is relaxing and the menu is creative.

Address: 15285 101 Avenue, Suite C1B

Happy Jack’s Cafe

Known for its friendly staff, Happy Jack’s Cafe is a hidden gem in the area with delicious food and flavoured coffees. Plus, the brunch-like items — think blueberry pancakes — make it a perfect place to meet a friend and enjoy an afternoon together.

Address: 110-10470 152 Street

Do you know of any other locally-owned cafes in Surrey Centre that we have to try? Let us know at info@surrey604.com. 

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7-Eleven Announces Sev’s 360 Summer Roll With Us Campaign

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7-Eleven Canada Announces “Sev’s 360 Summer – Roll With Us” Campaign Coming To Your Neighbourhood. Get ready for exclusive Slurpee and skateboarding events, contests and giveaways, all summer long.

7-Eleven Canada announces their summer schedule filled with events, contests, and giveaways designed for Slurpee, skateboard, and summer lovers.

In celebration of the partnership with Canada Skateboard and the National Team, Sev’s 360 Summer – Roll With Us Campaign invites fans to take a front-row seat to Canada Skateboard experiences and chances to win awesome swag and prizes.

7-Eleven Canada will be giving away one skateboard deck a day all summer long, exclusively to 7Rewards members.

Norman Hower, Vice President and General Manager of 7-Eleven Canada, says: “This year continues to be challenging for many Canadians and our goal is to provide ways to make this summer enjoyable and easy for all.

As Canadians head out to the beaches and parks to make the most of the outdoors, they can have meals, snacks, and drinks delivered to wherever they may be, or available to pick up on the go, and Sev’s 360 Summer Roll With Us campaign will add extra fun to the occasion.”

7Rewards members can enter for a chance to win by scanning 7Rewards with every purchase or placing an order with 7NOW delivery and can earn an additional 5 entries by scanning partnered products.

Rockstar Energy® Drinks is one of the partnering drinks, along with refreshing Slurpee frozen beverages, Crispy Classic Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Wings, Fresh from the Oven in Minutes 24/7 Pizzas and delicious snacks like Old Dutch Chips and McSweeney Beef Jerky are also a part of the 7Rewards 360 Summer – Roll With Us contest to keep your summer days fueled.

Only at Sev, fill up an exclusive Canada Skateboard Slurpee Collectible Cup with limited time flavours including; delicious Pink Grapefruit Lemonade, Fanta Dragon Fruit, MTN Dew® Blue Shock ™ and Slurpuccino (yes, it’s back).

For more chances to win great prizes, play the Hide and Seek game on the Canada Skateboard Slurpee Collectible Cups, featuring the 2021 Canada Skateboard National Team, and the Sticker Slap AR game on the 7Rewards app.

Click here to see more details on Sev’s 360 Summer- Roll With Us campaign

To learn more about all the events and contests coming up with Sev’s 360 Summer – Roll With Us campaign, click here or visit 7-Eleven Canada’s Instagram Page.

Customers who are not yet a 7Rewards member can download the 7Rewards app by texting APP to 711247 or sign up.

Fans are also encouraged to check out 7-Eleven Canada’s new 7Now® Delivery App, where Canadians can get 24/7 around the clock pick-up and delivery within 30 minutes on groceries, necessities, meals, snacks, drinks and treats – like Slurpee drinks.

Every order through 7Now is one automatic entry in the 360 Summer – Roll With Us contest and with over 900 items to choose from, members will earn 7Rewards points with every order.

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Mother’s Day Brunch with Frozen BC Blueberries

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Recipes Courtesy of the BC Blueberry Council

By: Brooklynn Doucette on behalf of the BC Blueberry Council

On Sunday, May 9th, it’s time to celebrate Mom! Whether it be over the phone, via Zoom, outside, or in-person, our Mom’s deserve to be showered with love this Mother’s Day.

Start Mother’s Day off right with one of these delicious breakfast or brunch recipes, all featuring frozen BC Blueberries! Make sure your frozen BC Blueberries are from BC by looking for “cultivated” or “high bush” “Buy BC” “Product of Canada” on the packages.

3-Ingredient Bc Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Commemorate mom and the frozen BC Blueberry season with this delicious 3-ingredient BC Blueberry Banana Pancakes. Kid-friendly and ready in under 15 minutes, these pancakes are perfect for an impromptu Mother’s Day brunch.

Yields: 4 – 6 pancakes
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
(Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen BC Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana.
  2. Add in eggs and mix well.
  3. In a medium non-stick pan, heat vegetable oil (or any neutral tasting oil) on medium-low heat.
  4. Pour a large spoonful into the pan.
  5. Flip when it turns golden.
  6. Stack it up and enjoy!

Bc Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

The perfect accompaniment to a Mother’s Day brunch is this BC Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie. This recipe can be enjoyed with breakfast or on its own. Make mom smile this Mother’s Day by bringing her a smoothie in bed!

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (300g) Frozen BC Blueberries
  • 1 cup (150g) Frozen banana, chopped
  • 2 cups (500ml) Unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup (40g) Hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) Almond butter
  • 2 (48g) Medjool dates, pitted (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.

Bc Blueberry Chia Oat Milk Pudding

Looking for a vegan Mother’s Day brunch idea? This BC Blueberry Chia Oat Milk Pudding is the perfect recipe. Pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes, add your toppings, and serve your mom a tasty brunch treat!

Yields: 2 cups
Prep time: 3 mins
Cook time: 17 mins
VEGAN

Ingredients

Chia Pudding
  • 1/3 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of oat milk (or your choice of milk alternative)
  • 1/3 cup frozen BC Blueberries
Optional for Serving
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 – 5 pieces of sliced ripe banana
  • More Frozen BC Blueberries!

Directions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add oat milk, chia seeds, and frozen BC blueberries. Whisk to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes (or overnight). The chia pudding should be thick and creamy.
  3. Layer with fresh or frozen fruit, compote, maple syrup (vegan), or honey, and enjoy.
  4. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

For more Mother’s Day recipes, visit bcblueberry.com or follow along on social @bcblueberries

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Phoenix Society Partners with JRG to Support Local Community

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Finding new ways to encourage and support local communities and initiatives has always been at the heart of The Joseph Richard Group (JRG).

JRG is proud to announce its most recent partnership and community initiative with The Phoenix Society. Earlier this year, the Phoenix Society launched a Mobile Community Kitchen, Phoenix Flame BBQ Food Truck, that helps to serve free meals to those in need during this difficult time. The free meal service program was launched to serve those living on the poverty line as well as those who are unhoused in Surrey and beyond. The mobile kitchen allows the Phoenix Society to meet vulnerable populations where they are at, serving food in single-use recyclable containers in an outdoor setting where the guests can safely distance.

“I was fortunate to meet Amy from the Phoenix Society through her work in local media when she and her son participated in JRG’s 2019 annual charity event called One Night Out. We are truly grateful to reunite with Amy and the team at the Phoenix Society to continue supporting our communities.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO & Co-founder of Joseph Richard Group.

The Phoenix Flame BBQ Food Truck has the capacity to serve up to 100 meals per day, three to five times per week, but lacks the revenue to sustain long-term residency. Partnering with The Joseph Richard Group, the Phoenix Society can provide ongoing meals and continued support for the community. JRG will be renting the food truck for pop-up activations across Metro Vancouver.

In just two months we have provided close to 2,000 free community meals to those most in need, but our goal has always been to find ongoing revenue to help sustain the program in the long-term. We couldn’t find a better partner than Joseph Richard Group; a company that has a clear desire to give back to the community.” – Keir Macdonald, CEO of Phoenix Society.

In 2020 alone, the Phoenix Society provided services to over 2,500 individuals through our Surrey-based Residential Substance Use Treatment, Supportive Housing, Employment, Extreme Weather Shelters, Community Corrections, Home Ownership and Outreach Programs. JRG is proud to partner with this socially-minded organization and work towards building a more stable community for those who are facing poverty.

To learn more about the Food Truck and how you can support this community initiative, please visit phoenixsociety.com for the official announcement. 

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