Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tim Hortons for dinner?

You bet! They have warm soup, sandwiches and wraps, and doughnuts for dessert.

Doughnut, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Warm Drink

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dinner Celebration at Cactus Club Cafe

Tonight, we are celebrating my parent's wedding anniversary with dinner at Cactus Club in Richmond Center.

Vegetarian Burger with Fries

Vegetarian Burger up close

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dinner at Memphis Blues Barbecue House

After Mass, last Saturday, hubby and I decided to take a trip to Memphis without living Vancouver. How? By trying barbecue from Memphis Blues Barbecue House in West Broadway.

Memphis Blues Barbecue House

I love barbecue. Whether it's Korean or Filipino-style, barbecue tastes so good! It's tangy and sweet and a bit of heat. Yum! Going to Memphis Blues, I have no idea what to expect; all I know is that You Gotta Eat Here visited this joint. Jomar and I (like we always do) order a starter, main course, and dessert.

BBQ Poutine

For our starter, we picked BBQ Poutine. I mean, we're in Canada, of course, we'll pick the poutine. Honestly, it was a debate between BBQ Nachos or BBQ Poutine and well, you know what won.

BBQ Poutine

It was delicious. The fries are crispy even though it's smothered and drowning under the weight of the pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The cheese (though not as melted as I would like) provided a creamy texture. Moreover, the serving size is so big, it's definitely suitable for 3-4 people as a starter. Of course, we finished the whole thing and was stuffed. We wondered how we're going to finish the rest of our order.

Pulled Pork Sandwich


I don't know what to expect when I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with fries. It was big, and I wasn't sure how I should take a bite. I did and pulled pork was falling off the sandwich. It was messy, the way it should be. It's as yummy as the poutine, but I was so stuffed that Jomar and I had to share it and just bring home his order.

Pulled Pork Sandwich with French Fries

BBQ Chicken

We had to take home the BBQ because the poutine made us full (plus we're saving some room for dessert). However, we still very much enjoyed the BBQ Pit Beans and Cornbread. I don't know why but I didn't enjoy the potato salad. We should have ordered the fries for this one as well.

Chicken BBQ (Half)

Should have been Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is my favourite pie, and I was so sad that it was not available when we went there. We settled for Peach Crumble, which was good, but I was looking forward to the Pecan Pie.

Peach Crumble


There you have it! Our 'US tour' with food and in our beloved Vancouver. I wonder where we should go next.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Dinner at Tony's Fish and Oyster Cafe

Fish and Chips is not famous (at least I don't think so) in the Philippines. However, on my second day in Canada, my parents brought my ex-boyfriend (now, hubby) and me to Pajo's in Steveston, Richmond, to try precisely that. I was surprised at how significant the portions were, and well, you can never go wrong with fries, especially if it's unlimited, and you can come back for more. Also, I have always liked salmon (whether raw, grilled, or in a soup) and seeing and eating it in deep-fried goodness was terrific.

Tony's

Last Friday, hubby and I went to my favourite fish and chips place in Vancouver so far - Tony's Fish and Oyster Cafe, located near the entrance of Granville Island. I have been here 16 times (as of this post) because I love their salmon and yam fries.

Salmon Fish and Chips with Yam Fries

Another reason I love this place, it's a walking distance to work. When I am stressed out or needed a feel-good food, Tony's is my go-to place. Moreover, I can enjoy it in all seasons, whether it's raining or snowing outside, I can have my comfort food. Furthermore, their waitresses are super nice! One of them gives me a 10% discount because I am a regular (regular means I am here almost every 1-2 months).

Cod and Fries

Other Fish and Chips spots

I went to many different seafood restaurants to try their version of fish and chips. Below are two other places I recommend trying it out in Metro Vancouver:

Go Fish

Close to Tony's, Go Fish is the complete package in experiencing Vancouver. You have a mountain and water view while enjoying your fish and chips on a bright summer day. They are a close second to Tony's, for me, the only differentiating factor is the type of salmon they serve. The one in Tony's is pink-fleshed while in Go Fish, it's not. Though, Go Fish has the better side salad and tartar sauce. Yum!

Pajo's Fish and Chips

They have the best fish and chips in Richmond. No question. Though, you have to get it from their branch by the water instead of the one inside the airport. I could be bias but unlimited fries, water view, and since it's my first - Pajo's is my go-to place when in Steveston.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dinner at Sen Pad Thai in Granville Island

We now have a Thai food source on Granville Island. Yay!

Basil Chicken

Pad Thai

Desserts!

Dinner at Sen Pad Thai

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Lazy Sunday Hangout at Blenz

We love hanging out at this Blenz branch while watching the busy intersection.




Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dinner at The American Cheesesteak Co.

Growing up in the Philippines, I only heard of the famous Philly Cheesesteak in movies or when watching Food Network. Thus, it shouldn't come as a surprise that last Saturday was the first time I tried a Philly Cheesesteak from The American Cheesesteak Co. in Vancouver.

I have an uncle and cousins in Philadelphia, and when I visit my goal is to try a Philly Cheesesteak while in Philly. The same way I was so ecstatic to eat Japanese Katsu Curry in Japan and Vigan Empanada in Vigan.

The American Cheesesteak Co.

Hubby and I went to St. Paul's Hospital for the last weekend of Lights of Hope and decided to have dinner here. Why? First, it's close to Granville Street, where we will take the bus going home and second, I remember seeing the You Gotta Eat Here episode featuring them. My sister and I are attempting to try most of the restaurants John Catucci went to. Here's a map of restaurants the show visited in BC as of Season 5.


The Philly VS New Yorker

Since it's our first time, we tried both Philly and New Yorker Cheesesteak to compare how each city likes their sandwich.

The Philly VS New Yorker at The American Cheesesteak Co.

My first impression? It was hot. Not spicy hot, but it's fresh-from-the-kitchen hot. I think I burnt a part of my gums. A couple of days after the meal, I can't still feel a section of my gums.

Anyway, The Philly and New Yorker both starred shaved prime rib. The difference? New Yorker likes more tomato and lettuce into their sandwich. The Philly just includes cheese and sauteed onion.


On the other hand, the New Yorker has cheese, sauteed mushrooms, peppers + onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and roasted garlic mayo.


So which one we liked better? We agreed that we prefer The Philly.

I look forward to visiting more restaurants on the YGEH list!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dinner at Mac Falafel

I love how diverse Canada is. Back in Manila, I usually eat at either Filipino, Chinese, or Japanese cuisine restaurants. I wouldn't know where to find great authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. Because of Canada's diversity, I get to try amazing food from different countries all over the world.

Mac Falafel

Last 2016, my colleagues and I went to Mac Falafel on their 4th Avenue branch for lunch, and I ordered their Chicken Shawarma. On the first Friday of 2018, Jomar and I had our Friday dinner here. My goal right now is to make sure hubby gets to try all the restaurants I have been to during our 2-year long-distance relationship.

Chicken Shawarma on whole wheat wrap
with everything on it.

Mac Falafel is a small eatery beside Noodle Box. I think people pass by this joint thinking it's a hole in a wall. They usually go straight to Romer's or Noodle Box or the Japanese restaurant on the right. But this unassuming eatery serves amazing Mediterranean food to anyone who gives it a shot. They even have a TV and upscale looking tables and chairs that you won't feel like you're in an eatery.

Hubby's chicken shawarma platter

We were so stuffed from all the food! Be sure to try out Mac Falafel. They have a branch in 10th Avenue and 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC.