One of my bucket list items was to spend time in three neighbourhoods I didn’t know very well. I’ll admit that the list item was created mainly so I would drag my lazy butt to Chinatown and discover some of the amazing things about it. I have to say that after my lunch there and a short tour with the help of the Chinatown BIA I’m more knowledgeable… but I still have a long way to go. Here are some pics from my lunch at So Good Restaurant, which was, in fact, Sooooo Good, and a walk about Somerset West.

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Spicy chicken with peppers and peanuts

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Sweet beef, peppers and sesame

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Wickedly fantastic eggplant and anise dish that I was sure I’d dislike (as it combined two of my not so favourite ingredients eggplant and licorice flavour) but ended up enjoying immensely.

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After lunch tour begins!

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New street art is all over Chinatown

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Even garbage cans and benches have been redesigned – the cans feature flowers you would find in China  from each of the four seasons.

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Why have happiness when you can have Double Happiness??

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Talking about the 7 roofed arch – something only capital cities like Ottawa and its sister city Beijing get.

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This month I’m working with C’est Bon Cooking to develop a new food tour in Chinatown – by then I will feel like I really know the area! And you will be able to take the tour and learn it all in an afternoon. Doesn’t quite seem fair… but it does sound like fun.

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