Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pinoy Food for Halloween

We were in the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant (for Pokemon GO), and I told hubby that I'm craving for Filipino BBQ (or mainly savoury meat). Since Josephine's Restaurant is nearby (Main and 11th), we decided to grab dinner there.

There were a lot of trick-and-treaters in the neighbourhood, which is a pleasant surprise. Restaurants and stores that want to participate have a sign on the door that they welcome trick-or-treaters.

Anyway, for dinner, I ordered beef sinigang (tamarind soup), laing (taro leaves in coconut milk), lumpiang shangai (spring roll), and rice. Hubby ordered pancit (noodles) and longganisa (cocktail sausages). We had turon (fried banana wrapped in spring roll wrapper) for dessert.

Pinoy Food at Josephine's


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Starting my 4th Year Anniversary in Canada with Tims breakfast

I moved to Canada four years ago today and called it home ever since. With that in mind, we decided to have breakfast at Tim Hortons. "One single-single please".
Tim Hortons Inc. is a fast food restaurant chain, specializing in coffee and doughnuts items. It is Canada's largest quick service restaurant chain; as of December 31, 2018, it had a total of 4,846 restaurants in 14 countries. - Wikipedia

Breakfast at Tim Hortons

Dinner at A&W

I thought A&W was a Canadian company, but it was from the US. We should have gone to Triple O to celebrate my fourth year in Canada.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dinner Celebration at Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

We celebrated a special occasion today. It's our wedding anniversary, and I thought splurging on Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant is a great way to celebrate.

Canada Place

The view was breathtaking, and the service was excellent. The food is alright.


Fettuccini con Salmone Affumicato

Steamed Stuffed B.C. Salmon Fillet

Complimentary Chocolate Cake

Top of Vancouver Tiramisu

Will I come back? Absolutely!

Monthly Lunch at Suika

Pumpkin Tart

Katsu Curry

Friday, October 25, 2019

Dinner at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub

We went to see Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (go see it!) this evening. Before the movie, we decided to have dinner at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub because it's one of the only two places in the area that we haven't tried.

I believe it's my first time at an Irish Pub (or Irish restaurant), and of course, we chose food from the "Irish Fare" section, which has four choices: Bangers and Mash, St. Patrick's Irish Stew, Stuffed Yorkshires Pudding, and Cottage Pie.

Yorkshire Pudding

It's a no brainer for me, I got the Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding. I fell in love with this dish when I tried it from The Wicklow. This version served two large Yorkshires (bread) stuffed with roast beef, horseradish sour cream, and beef gravy. They serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables on the side. Meanwhile, the version from The Wicklow is the same set of ingredients, but the mashed potatoes are inside the Yorkshire.

Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding

Personally, the Yorkshire itself is better from Dublin Crossing, but the beef and gravy of The Wicklow are better. I'm glad to have found a second place that serves Yorkshire Pudding.

Bangers and Mash

Hubby picked the Bangers and Mash from the Irish Fare section of the menu. It came with two traditional style sausages with caramelized onions and beef gravy. It was served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Honestly, it's hard to screw up sausages, so I kinda wished hubby picked either the stew or cottage pie. Well, two more reasons to come back!

Bangers and Mash

Reuben Sandwich from PICA

Growing up in the Philippines, I am not familiar with "Reuben Sandwich." However, when I moved to Canada and started having lunch at Blue Hat Bakery, I met "Reuben Sandwich." It's the meatiest and yummiest sandwich ever.

Blue Hat Bakery has many sandwiches that use different types of meat:

  • Reuben Sandwich uses corned beef (not the canned kind I grew up with)
  • Roast Beef Sandwich obviously uses beef
  • Chicken BLT Sandwich with avocado uses chicken and bacon
  • Ham and Cheese Sandwich uses ham
My favourite was chicken BLT because the avocado adds that extra creamy fat, but they use less of it now, so I tried the Reuben, and I couldn't move on from it. I should give the ham and cheese a try next.

Reuben Sandwich

Be sure to try the Reuben Sandwich (ask them to warm it up) and let me know what you think!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Japadog dinner after VanDusen Glow in the Garden

After walking around and looking at Glow in the Garden twice, we decided to grab a couple Japadog before heading home.

Goma Miso Turkey Hotdog

Spicy Cheese Terimayo

Japadog is at VanDusen Glow in the Garden

Mac and Cheese dinner before VanDusen Glow in the Garden

Saturday date night planned by my hubby means food truck dinner and a walk around our favourite park in Vancouver, VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The Green Mile

Dinner before sunset

Lunch at The Ouisi Bistro

This morning I read this article from Vancouver is Awesome about a couple of restaurants closing in our neighbourhood of South Granville. For a couple of years, we have been living a block away from Granville Street, and we have tried a lot of restaurants nearby.

However, more places we love will close, especially along Broadway between Granville and Hemlock. The location of the new train station is going to force close more than five different restaurants in that strip alone. The goal now is to support these small businesses until the time they have to leave.

For lunch today, we decided to eat at The Ouisi Bistro. We were greeted by their hospitable and friendly servers, and we enjoyed warm comfort food while it rains outside.

Jambalaya (smoked ham, sausage, four prawns, & rice)

The Jambalaya is delicious and comforting like a mother's hug. But the Chicken Bayou Burger is such a pleasant surprise of yumminess.

Chicken Bayou Burger

I am sad to see this place close.

Update: This location is now occupied by The Breakfast Table.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Thanksgiving Dinner Date at Saku

Saku is a relatively new restaurant along West Broadway near Cambie. We noticed it a few weeks back because the number of people waiting outside is significant. We were running errands, and it just so happen they are open even if it's a holiday. They are getting ready for the dinner rush and will open their doors at 5:00 PM.

We were able to get inside at around 5:20 PM but received our food 25 minutes later. If you're starving, this might not be the place for you. But the food is worth the wait.

I love how juicy my Hire Katsu and much fattier than hubby's Rosu Katsu. I ordered the Hire Katsu Curry with Cheesy Katsu on the side. Skip the curry because, indeed, the pork is the star of the show. That's saying a lot because I love my Japanese curry and the fact that I'll eat the port without the curry sauce means something.

We also enjoyed the unlimited miso soup and an unlimited side salad. On our next visit, I'll order the Cheese Katsu.

Rosu Katsu

Hire Katsu Curry

Cheese Katsu

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wednesday Night Out with Colleagues

I went to Colony Entertainment District a couple weeks ago with my husband. I just knew that I will be back soon with my colleagues. Tonight, we did go to Colony for dinner, drinks, and ping-pong. I had a rough week at work, and the cocktail drink is all I needed to feel better and get a good night's sleep.

Greek Veggie Flatbread

Margherita's Nachos

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lunch at Patrón Tacos & Cantina

Before the Whitecaps FC game at BC Place, we had early lunch at Patron Tacos & Cantina on Robson Street.




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