Sunday, January 26, 2020

Lunch at Suika

After more than a month of not coming here, I'm back! I love Suika. I love their Katsu Curry. We moved our usual 9 AM Sunday Mass to 11 AM just so we can have lunch here afterwards. Yay for comfort, happy food.

My Ebimayo

Double Tonkotsu Set

Stewed Beef Tendon Katsu Curry

Dessert for the week: Coffee Crumble Cheesecake (or something)

Suika is one of the best reasons to stay in the Fairview neighbourhood.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lunner? Linner? Late Lunch / Early Dinner at Pacific Centre Food Court

I think it's popularly known as Linner, but Lunner seems better spelling wise since it combines the first three letters of LUNch and combining it with the last characters of dinNER., makes it Lunner. Anyway, we found ourselves in Downtown Vancouver today and end up having Lunner at the Pacific Centre Food Court.

New York Fries

The Works Poutine
Menu Description: A hearty meal. Our delicious beef chilli over New York Fries topped with real sour cream, trans-fat free cheese sauce, fresh green onions and real bacon.

Pulled Pork Dog

Taco Time

Large Nacho Grande
Menu Description: We start with a stack of red and yellow corn chips and top them with creamy cheese sauce, pinto beans (refritos), specially seasoned ground beef, sour cream and salsa Fresca.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Chinese New Year dinner at Lin Chinese Cuisine

We "celebrated" Chinese New Year by having dinner at Lin Chinese Cuisine. The restaurant was bustling tonight with lots of families sharing a meal and having a good time exchanging stories over delicious food.

Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai Juicy Pork Dumpling)

Steamed Pork Buns

Pan-fried cake with marinated beef

Szechuan Chow Mein

Everything was delicious, but I'll probably get the Pan-Fried Pork Buns, instead of steamed. I'll also get the Shanghai-style Chow Mein.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lunch at Marutama Gaiden

It was raining most of the day. Hubby and I spent a good two hours playing Pokemon Go, and I needed delicious ramen to warm up. I remember walking past this place that we haven't tried, which was Marutama Gaiden.

Hubby had the Shoyu Ramen, and it was delicious. I had the Miso Ramen. It was good, but I think the Shoyu Ramen is better. The MFC fried chicken was crispy, crunchy, and surprisingly light. Meanwhile, the gyoza is as expected.

The service was excellent and food was served quicker than I thought. Be sure to have a credit card or debit card ready, since they DON'T accept cash.

Shoyu Ramen

Miso Ramen

MFC - Marutama Fried Chicken

Pan-Fried Gyoza

Lowest calorie breakfast at Tim Hortons

I have resumed my calorie-counting diet, which means I'm always on the lookout for low-calorie items at restaurants.

What's the lowest calorie breakfast item at Tim Hortons?

The oatmeal (maple) is 220 calories regular size, while the hashbrown is 130 calories.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Dinner at Masa Restaurant

After doing a Costco grocery run with my parents and them dropping us off in our Vancouver apartment, we decided to treat them to early dinner at the closest Japanese restaurant at our place, Masa.

My dad had a Tonkotsu Ramen since it's cold outside. You should have seen the face of my mom eyeing the bowl of ramen. My mom had the Beef Teriyaki platter. I had my usual Assorted Katsu Curry while hubby had the Beef Curry. For sharing, we had one of their rolls.

Masa Aburi Cheese Monster Roll
Menu Description: Aburi Salmon, avocado, crab meat with cheddar & Mozza, tobiko

Assorted Katsy Curry
Menu Description: Japanese Curry with Tonkatsu, Ebi Fry 2pcs, Goroke 1pc, and rice.

Beef Curry
Menu Description: Japanese Curry with Beef & Rice

We loved the roll I picked. I can't wait to come back and try the other rolls.

IKEA Chinese New Year 2020 Combo Meal for lunch

With my parents, hubby and I went to Ikea in Richmond to try out their Chinese New Year 2020 Combo Meal.

This is the display for the Chinese New Year.

Lining up to get food.

Here's our table filled with the combo.

Dimsum Combo includes a BBQ Pork Bun, Sui Mai (pork dumpling), Vegetarian Spring Rolls, and Sticky Rice. It came with Daim Cake and Pear Cider.

Here's another photo with the sticky rice open.

Honestly, I would like more of the shumai and pork bun, instead of the cider and cake.

This is the Braised Beef Stew Combo. It also came with Daim Cake and Pear Cider.

The beef is not as tender as I'd like, and I kinda wish they placed it in a bowl with the rice sitting at the bottom and soaking up all those sauce.

Is it worth it?

Not really. I won't be coming back for it. I kinda wish I ordered the meatballs instead. My mom did get a red envelope since she's an Ikea family member. It contains a coupon for a free yogurt. I'm not sure what else they gave out, but if you know, please comment below!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dinner at Express Pho

Today was a long day at work. I wanted to breakdown during lunch because the stress was unacceptable and has been unbearable. I told hubby that we should have a high-calorie stress eating session. You see, I started "dieting." I started calorie counting again, and I even started doing simple workouts at home. The exercise has been great (not for losing weight, but just to feel better about my body as a whole).

Anyway, this meal was satisfying after a week of not eating a meal from restaurants. On our walk to West Broadway, I was debating in my head whether to eat at Masa Restaurant (Katsu curry is always a comfort food) or Lin Chinese Restaurant (the thought of spicy Dan Dan Noodles is making me happy already). Still, then I realized we haven't been to Express Pho in quite a while, and they would have fried chicken, and I want fried chicken.

Here's what we had:

Pho Chin, Bo Vien from Express Pho
#9 Pho Chin, Bo Vien
Menu Description: Well-done beef, beef ball rice noodle in soup

I'm going to get this next time! Hubby was so happy with his bowl of pho.

#41 Com Bo Kho
Menu Description: Beef Stew with steamed rice

I have a confession to make. I love Vietnamese Beef Stew. From Vina Vietnamese (the food court Vietnamese stalls), I ALWAYS get the beef stew because it's so tender and delicious.

#1 Cha Gio
Vietnamese Spring Roll

F. Canh Ga Chien
Deep-fried chicken wings

The spring rolls and chicken wings just hit a different spot. I'm so happy!

Note: Express Pho only accepts cash or debit.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Dinner at Whole Foods Restaurant

I know. I know. Whole Foods is a grocery store. However, I just discovered a couple days ago that they have a "restaurant" inside the Cambie branch.

Essentially, you can either ask the friendly employees of Whole Foods to get you food from the fridge case (not sure what it's called), or you can use the containers/plate in the buffet like station.

They have many choices from a variety of soup and salad, entrees and side dishes, and more. They also have a whole keto section.

How much does it cost? $2.95 per gram. I had way too much fun getting food, and I'm kinda hoping to get some more. I tried mostly vegetarian dishes and food from the keto section. If you are craving keto food in Vancouver, drop by Whole Foods grocery food area/restaurant.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dinner at Subway

I can't even remember the last time I went to Subway before tonight. There are two Subway branches less than a kilometre from our place. We decided to try the branch going west. It was surprisingly busy at dinner time. I've never seen so many people at Subway at the same time, so I'm pleased for the branch owner.

Tonight, we tried Chipotle Steak & Guac grilled wrap and Turkey Mighty Melt. I didn't enjoy the melt as much as I thought I would but that beef and guacamole is a good combination.

Chipotle Steak & Guac Grilled Wrap

Turkey Mighty Melt

For dessert, we shared a Chocolate Lava cookie.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Dinner at Masa Japanese Restaurant

It's the first Monday of 2020 which means a lot of employees are back to work. It's a crazy, long day filled with meetings and I needed a pick me up in the form of my favourite Japanese curry.

Appetizer Tempura

Assorted Curry (I got too excited and started eating before taking a photo)

Chicken Curry which was surprisingly good

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Spicy Chorizo Jack Breakfast Sandwich from Starbucks

We decided to have late breakfast after Sunday Mass today at Starbucks inside Indigo a couple blocks from our place.

Spicy Chorizo Jack is my fave breakfast sandwich from Starbucks

Spicy Chorizo Jack and Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Lunch at Triple O

I haven't been to Triple O in a long time!

I'm pleasantly surprised to see that they have Chicken & Waffle, which I, of course, got. Meanwhile, hubby got the Original Burger with Cheese.

Chicken and Waffle
Menu Description: Our Buttermilk Chicken patty topped with naturally smoked bacon, lightly-spiced maple syrup, aged Canadian cheddar cheese, and our signature mayo sandwiched between two locally-made Belgian-style waffles.

The buttermilk chicken was crunchy and flavourful. You can never go wrong with the delicious bacon and cheddar cheese combo. The waffle is dense, which is expected coming from a fast food place. Overall, I'll try this again.

Chicken & Waffle and my fave side Garlic Parmesan Fries in the background

Got too excited, so we started eating the Original Burger with Cheese
Menu Description: 100% fresh Canadian beef, crisp iceberg lettuce, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, secret Triple "O" sauce, two slices of cheese and our signature pickle on top.

You cannot go wrong with the Original Burger from Triple O. We keep coming back to this deliciousness. Since my parents live near a Triple O branch, they love Triple "O" Tuesdays when the Original Burgers is just $4.49.

Lunch delivery from Pizza Hut for NFL Playoffs

Hanging out at my parent's place to watch the NFL Playoff games today. We ordered the Triple Treat Box from Pizza Hut.

Congratulations to both the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans on the playoff win! We can't wait for tomorrow's games.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

Friday, January 3, 2020

Dinner at Benkei Ramen

We were in the area of West Broadway at Cambie and thought of having dinner at Benkei Ramen because it has been almost a year since we last ate here.

I got a set with the Akaoni Ramen Deluxe + Side Beef Curry Rice.

Akaoni Ramen (Spicy) Deluxe
Served with pan-fried minced pork, green onion, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, special roasted garlic oil, roasted sesame, hardboiled egg, and cha-su.

Side Beef Curry Rice

Meanwhile, hubby ordered the Shio Ramen + 3 gyoza set.

Shio Ramen
Served with bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onion and cha-su. A mixture of sea salt, kelp, and other delicacies of the sea, blended with slowly simmered pork base soup.

3-pc side gyoza

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Is a Big Mac with bacon still a Big Mac?

Hubby and I were walking around the neighbourhood and playing Pokemon Go on this beautiful Wednesday when we saw this ad from McDonald's.

We went on a discussion about whether it's #stillabigmac or #notabigmac.

Is a Big Mac with bacon still a Big Mac?

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