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5 Tips for Date Night at the Richmond Night Market

5 Tips for Date Night at the Richmond Night Market

I’m not big into “date night”, but a trip to the Richmond Night Market without kids is definitely worth while. My top 5 tips for a fun filled (and belly filled) date night at the Richmond Night Market are:

  1. Know you’re pre-Market options.
  2. Be early.
  3. Bring cash.
  4. Familiarize yourself with food options beforehand (if you’re reading this then you’re on the right track).
  5. Pack baby wipes or napkins.

I’ve also included the Mouse House Mom food suggestions at the bottom of this post.

Know Your Pre-Market Options

My husband and I live about 40 minutes away from Richmond so aiming to leave the house around 6pm would make it awkward for a babysitter (aka the grandparents) to only watch the kids for less than an hour before bedtime. For this date night out, we prefer to have the grandparents over ahead of our kids usual dinner time. This allows us to get to Richmond by 5:15.

I normally only go to Richmond to eat, but it’s also home to Ikea and the McArthur Glen Outlet mall. Both are less than a 5 minute drive from the Richmond Night Market. If housewares or clothes are on your shopping lists then you’ve got options!

Be Early

Now that I’ve got you to Richmond early, you should aim to arrive at the night market by 6:45pm for a 7pm opening. There are 2 line options for entering the market: regular single pay admission or Express Pass. Even 15 minutes early last Sunday there was already a 45 minute line up. If you remember anything from this post, you need to use the Express Pass – it is a 6 admission card for the same price as 6 admissions! We simply walked towards the regular line, had a vendor try to sell us an Express Pass, then asked two other pairs of people if they wanted to buy in together. Yes, you have to talk to a stranger, but it’s super easy and BAM! you all get to enter through Express. We were inside the night market 3 minutes after it opened and enjoyed the absence of food lines!

For my Disney peeps, using Express Pass is like an extra magic morning rope drop.

Bring Cash

At the Richmond Night Market cash is king. ATMs are available but prob best to avoid. Having cash also makes buddying up on the Express Pass with strangers easier.

Some people worry about carrying cash these days, but I felt really safe. We brought $50 and had no prob. If you want to eat more or eat fresh lobster then bring more dolla dolla bills… it’s not rocket science. I found $13 tended to be the price of most items at the food booths.

Familiarize Yourself with Food Options Beforehand

A quick google search or Instagram check will yield you plenty of food suggestions. I read those, but also roamed through looking for foods I like. I was shocked to find the dish I found most delicious wasn’t actually listed in the articles I had read.

By familiarizing yourself you can decide where to go first when the lines are the shortest. A lot of the foods are fried so if you have a sensitive stomach you’ll want to prioritize what foods you want to eat. I really loved Korean pork belly last year, but didn’t feel up for it after all the foods I had enjoyed this last visit.

I also learned my lesson my first visit that some of the most Insta worthy dishes aren’t the best tasting and they for sure have big lines. If you gotta do it for the ‘gram then go for it, but I won’t be ordering a heaping pile of fried squid again soon.

Pack Baby Wipes or Napkins

It is extremely rare that I leave the house without my diaper bag, but no need for it on date night. Wrong! I really could have benefited from some baby wipes for the messy foods we were devouring. Most places had napkins, some you had to ask for them, but if you forgot and walked away things got messy real quick.

5 Tips for date night at the Richmond Night Market
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Mouse House Mom Food Suggestions

The BEST thing I ate was the Poke taco from Nori Express. The seaweed was fried and formed the taco shell which was filled with rice and delicious tuna poke.

Tuna Poke Taco at Richmond Night Market
The Tuna Poke Taco at the Richmond Night Market is delicious.

The BEST VALUE at $8 was the Filipino fusion tacos from La Meza Grill. These were amazing! Roasted Cebu Lechon served in wonton taco shells with fresh mango salsa and smoked chipotle mayo. This blew my mind for being $5 less than most foods at the market.

The BEST DESSERT was the Taiwanese shaved ice with strawberries and ice cream. I didn’t think I liked shaved ice, but I was very wrong! This was from Icy Bar.

The BEST WTF combination was from Mamak La and somehow combined two of my favourites like I didn’t know was possible: roti and mac & cheese. Together. Forever. I’m glad they added some seasoning to the mac & cheese, which looked just like KD and while I didn’t think I needed to make KD more carby, the roti gave it something extra [maybe just extra calories, but still tasted good].

Let Me Know

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve visited and what foods you liked best.

Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

I’m not usually a breakfast person, but I make an exception when whole wheat pancakes are being served. Whole wheat may sound crazy, but I actually fell in love with eating whole wheat pancakes when I was a teenager. If whole wheat pancakes can win over a white bread loving 13 year old, then I feel confident that you and your family will like my new take on whole wheat pancakes.

I’ve spent the past 20 years perfecting my whole wheat pancake recipe to achieve the fluffy goal, while still paying a slight homage to a crepe. I let my 4 year old stir my batter, which takes a toll on any leavening agent I use in a pancake. I take my leavening agents seriously; so seriously that in elementary school my science fair project was about finding the best leavening agent in pancakes. Too bad I can’t recall my findings!

I feel like the whole wheat flour provides an even better texture than using white flour. I’m not trying to convert you to whole wheat to improve your health – that’s just a bonus.

Shelby Hancock's whole wheat pancake recipe
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Whole Wheat Pancake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil

Method

Combine dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together gently.

Combine wet ingredients together and stir until eggs are beaten. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gently stir the batter with a fork. Lumps will be present when fully mixed and that’s ok.

I make small round pancakes using a laddle that contains approximately 1/3 cup of batter. Flip pancakes when bubbles are visible and cook on second side for a short while. I cook over medium heat on the stove.

You will make approximately 32 to 36 small pancakes, which consistently feeds up to 6 people.

How to Serve Whole Wheat Pancakes

I suggest serving these pancakes with a smear of butter and a spoonful of raspberry jam on top. My husband and daughter also enjoy them served syrup – sans butter.

I recommend making a batch of these pancakes on Sunday morning so that you can enjoy the leftovers during the week when mornings are more rushed.

Shelby Hancock cooks up a batch of her whole wheat pancake recipe
My pancake designs need some more practice!

Your Feedback

Please let me know what you and/or your family think of the pancakes in the comments below!

My Fun Foodie Fall

My Fun Foodie Fall

This fall, I’m excited to get back into the kitchen. I’m calling it my Fun Foodie Fall although, “Awesome Autumn Eats” was a close second. I’ve got the two best sous chefs around (hubby and munchkin) and I’ve planned out some delicious weekend fun.  I kicked off my fun foodie fall last weekend with a homemade pumpkin pie.

See ya’ Smokey, Sweaty Summer

I found myself complaining on the sweltering hot days this summer that all the heat was interfering with my desire to cook up some homemade delights.  There was no way we were turning our oven on, yet all I wanted was some fresh made bread, a roast chicken, and then to make soup from the chicken bones. With Fun Foodie Fall as the next season it means we are getting ready to say goodbye to Smokey Sweaty Summer.

Fall is My Favourite Season

Fall has always been my favourite season, which goes back to my days of running cross-country through the crunchy leaves. Starting a new routine in September feels natural to me and each weekend until December 17, I’ll be whipping something up in the kitchen to celebrate Fun Foodie Fall.
We’re big into NFL and College football (go Buckeyes!) and from the kitchen I have a perfect view of the TV.  I don’t feel I am being overly ambitious since I already know I’m going to be at home most weekends and have the time to conquer this fun challenge.

Mouse House Mom is planning a Fun Foodie Fall with homemade treats each weekend
My munchkin is eager to help with my Fun Foodie Fall

Fun Foodie Fall List

Enough with the suspense, here’s what I’m going to be making all fall long as part of my Fun Foodie Fall:
  • New Finger Licking (NFL) Snacks
  • Pasta from Scratch
  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  • Canning Applesauce
  • Bake Pies (Apple and Pumpkin)
  • Make and freeze Lasagnas
  • Homemade Ramen Broth
  • Prepare a Ghoulish feast for Halloween
  • Perfect my Olive Garden Copy Cat Zuppa Tuscana
  • Brine a Turkey
  • Meatballs in Homemade Sauce
  • Homemade Buckeye Chocolates
  • Bake Artisan Bread
  • Host a Christmas Cookie Baking Party
  • Macaroni and Cheese
These are all of my favourite foods to eat during fall.  Some will be much easier than others to prepare so I won’t be slaving away for hours each weekend. The soups on the list all have simple prep and then all the hard work and flavours occur during hours of simmering on the stove.

Fun Foodie Fall means homemade pumpkin pie
Mouse House Mom’s Fun Foodie Fall kicked off with homemade pumpkin pie (white chocolate in the filling is my secret ingredient!)

Next Up:

I think I’ll be heading over to Pinterest to get some ideas for some of these Fun Foodie Fall ideas and themes. I’ve never made buckeye chocolates or a ghoulish feast before.