Saturday, April 28, 2018

Food Day in Granville Island Public Market

We spent the whole day in Granville Island primarily playing Pokemon Go and just hoarding one of the tables. We watched tourists come and go and enjoy our beloved Granville Island Public Market.

Breakfast at Blue Parrot Organic Coffee

Matcha Latte and Toffee Nut Latte

Lunch from Kaisereck Deli

Perogy Plate: Potato and Cheddar Perogy and Spicy German Sausage

Dinner from Gourmet Wok

Fried Rice, Fried Fish, Kung Pao Chicken, and Pork BBQ

Desserts from GI Gelato & Coffee House

Pistachio and Coffee Gelato

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dinner at Cineplex Cinemas

I was disappointed by the food offering. I don't know, but I was expecting it to have as many food choices as they have in their Marine branch, but they only serve like 9 items and even the snack bar didn't have Outtakes - only popcorn. Food was still good, though. Expensive but good.

Chicken and Pesto Panini with Potato Salad

Italian Panini with Quinoa Salad

Dessert for the day: Eclair

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Waffle Double Down for Lunch at KFC

I have a secret to tell you. I love KFC. I tried KFC in 4 countries (out of the 11 I've been to). KFC Philippines has the best gravy. Meanwhile, KFC Malaysia has the most flavorful spicy chicken. KFC China (at the airport) is usual (no crazy flavour when I was there. Lastly, KFC Canada has the least tasty chicken. Well, until we tried their Spicy Chicken with Waffles.

Chicken and Waffles

I enjoy chicken and waffles. When I go to places that offer breakfast, it's one of the things I looked for (followed by Eggs Benedict or Omelette). It's no question that we are going to try Waffle Double Down when we saw an ad for it.

KFC's Waffle Double Down

The verdict? It's crunchy outside, soft inside waffle in between two crunchy, spicy, boneless fried chicken. Instead of mayonnaise, the sauce is maple syrup. It was great!

Unfortunately, it's available for a limited time only, so be sure to try it while it's still available.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Foursquare Adventure (Afghan Restaurant): Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner

In celebration of Foursquare Day, I am starting a world tour (while staying in Metro Vancouver) with food based on the Food categories of Foursquare!

Afghan Restaurants in Vancouver 

First on the Foursquare alphabetical list of categories is Afghan Restaurants. According to Foursquare, four restaurants are categorized under Afghan Restaurants.

Foursquare Map

We decided to try Afghan Chopan from the list because it's affordable, and it's accessible. "East is East" is closer to our home and has a higher rating, but the food is a mixture of Indian and Afghan cuisine, so we went to Afghan Chopan instead.

Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner

It's a small place (with about 9 chairs and 3 tables), but the branch on No. 3 Road is closing permanently on April 20, 2018. They have a new branch around a 10-minute walk near the Richmond Public Market at Westminster Highway.
Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner Menu
Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner Menu
Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner Menu
Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner Menu

Ashak for Appetizer 

They have three choices for appetizer - Bolani, Mantu, and Ashak. Before going here, I was reading Wikipedia about Afghan food, and because of that, I decided to get Ashak. I initially want Mantu, but I thought it's close to Korean Mandu, so I went for something different.

Ashak from Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner
Ashak for Appetizer
Menu Description: A very delightful and common Afghan recipe, steamed dough with leeks topped with sauce and yogurt.

The dumpling itself is cooked well, and it wasn't chewy, and it's not fried, so it's not crunchy either. The sauce on top is delicious. I love beans. The sauce shows more of the personality of the cuisine. In the Philippines, we have soy sauce and chilli flakes as we like our food saltier. It seems like Afghan cuisine, loves their spices and well, tomato-based dishes.

Pallow and Kebab for Main Meal

I chose Afghan Chopan because I think it's affordable and oh boy was I blown away. Jomar ordered Assorted Kebab while I got the Pallow Special. There was so much food! I think it's suitable for 3 people. Everything is so good! I will go back just for the Pallow! It's mildly spicy and incredibly flavorful. Meanwhile, the Kebab was seasoned well, tender, and melts in your mouth.

Different Afghan dishes on the table from Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner
Pallow Special
Menu Description: Tender pieces of beef shank beneath Afghan steamed basmati rice served with side vegetable.
Assorted Kebab One skewer each of chicken, shami (ground beef), and tekka (beef tenderloin) kebab
Assorted Kebab with side salad
Menu Description: One skewer each of chicken, shami (ground beef), and tekka (beef tenderloin) kebab

We finished everything, just the two of us.

Ferny for Dessert 

Based on the food we've tried, it's evident that Afghan food isn't into extreme. I mean so far, nothing we've had is TOO spicy or salty, so I wasn't expecting the only dessert in the menu to be sweet. It's called Ferney, and I was right that it wasn't delicious.

Ferney from Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner
Menu Description: Milk Pudding made with a hint of cardamon and topped with Pistachios.

It was soft, and when we started digging in, it slowly lost its form. The pistachios on top provided crunch and texture to the whole thing.

Have you tried Afghan food before? How was it?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lunch at Church's Chicken

After Mass, we had a quick lunch at Church's Chicken.

Chicken Sandwich

We love chicken!

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