"The Shire" by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. One of my favourite displays!

A Garden Space Inspired by India by Dana Cleaveley (left). Provencal countryside garden patio by Rose Blamey and Kimberley Loewen (right), I love this space as well.

Bryan Baeumler signing autographs and posing for photos after his presentation on home improvement.

 Art's Nursery garden.

"Time to drink champagne and dance on the table" Ha words to live by!

Finally I got to try out this place with my family. The first time we wanted to dine here, they were not open!

It was a bit early when we arrived so there were a lot of empty tables but they filled up later on. Though I wish they didn't because the service went down exponentially to the amount of people in the restaurant...I think they don't have enough waiters to handle all the tables. We were basically ignored for quite a bit after the initial ordering of the food.


With Xiao Long Bao in the name of the restaurant, you'd expect the Xiao Long Bao to be its specialty and taste amazing. But no. It was only ok. Definitely had way better Xiao Long Bao elsewhere.

This trio wasn't too bad. But they got our order wrong. We ordered duck and they gave us beef tendon.

This was a very poor dish. The crispy rice was ok but the seafood "soup" had almost nothing in it. Water thickened with corn starch is what my dad described it as. He's right, it was totally not worth the price.

I don't think we'll be back. There are better places to get xiao long bao.

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This year the LunarFest changed it up and had a Jungle theme instead of the usual an under the sea one!

In addition to the lanterns, there was a Dumpling Festival outside this year. I didn't get any since I ate some at the Temple Fair at Sun Yat Sen Garden! Of course, it was also a lot cheaper there, too.

 As it is the year of the Snake, there were a lot of snakes hanging around. This one lit up when you "fed" it an egg! Around the tree, are the painted snakes made by children and the community.

This was a funny one. Every few minutes or so, the snake would spew out some smoke. lol It reminded me of the caterpillar in Disney's Alice in Wonderland!