Monday, August 31, 2020

Filipino Food from Tasty Pinoy BBQ Skewers at iba pa

 It's the last day of the month, which means we can pigout. Today, we ordered lunch from Tasty Pinoy Skewers. As expected, we got too much food (is there such a thing?), which means we have food for the whole week (or at least, most of the week).

What to order from Tasty Pinoy BBQ Skewers?

Filipino-style Pork BBQ in skewers, Crispy Dinuguan, Kare-Kare, and Kwek-Kwek
Feast from Tasty Pinoy Skewers


I haven't had Kwek-Kwek ever since I was in the Philippines last February 2019, so I was really looking forward to eating Kwek-Kwek. And this one is delicious. I even sent a photo to my sister, who loves and misses this dish.

Kwek-Kwek (Quail Eggs in Orange Batter

Pork BBQ

Saucy is the best word to describe their pork BBQ. It's delicious and hoped I ordered more.

Filipino-style Pork BBQ

Crispy Dinuguan

This is the surprise of all the things I ordered today. The Diniguan (pork blood stew) is good, but the bagnet on top made it excellent. I highly recommend this dish.

Crispy Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew)
Crispy Dinuguan

Creamy Kare-Kare

You can never go wrong with kare-kare (peanut butter stew) with bagoong (shrimp paste). It's delicious and creamy (as the name suggested). I can't wait to reheat and eat it with rice.

Creamy Kare-Kare

This delivery just made Monday 100x better. Thanks, Tasty Pinoy Skewers, for the food delivery. Check out their Facebook page for the menu, prices, and send them a message to place an order.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network map

I love the Food Network channel, and I'm currently binge-watching The Great Food Truck Race. I thought they're going to a lot of cities in different states; I wonder how it looks like on a map.

If you're curious, like me, check the pictures below.

Season 1 to 6

From Season 1 to 6, they're really going cross country.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7 Family Face-Off

Starting Season 7, the travel is a bit more regional. For example, this season they only stayed in California.

Season 7

Season 8 Battle of the South

For this season, the travel is in the Southern States of Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Tennesse, and Georgia.

Season 8

Season 9 Wild West

As you may have guessed from the "theme," the location for this challenge is the "west" (i.e California, Nevada, and Arizona).

Season 9

Season 10 Summer Beach Battle

For Season 10, the show travels along the east coast (i.e. South Carolina and Florida).

Season 10

Season 11 Holiday Hustle

This is the shortest season with only 5 episodes which means fewer cities as well.

Season 11

Season 12 Gold Coast

This season they're back in California and Nevada and it's the new season being promoted in Food Network, so be sure to catch the new episodes and where the food trucks are going. I can't wait!

Interactive Map

If you want to view a Google Maps version of seasons 1 to 10, you can view it here. Google My Maps has a limit of 10 layers that's why I need to create a new map for season 11 and 12.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Dinner from Sushivan Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

Happy Saturday! For dinner tonight, we went to pick up food from Sushivan Japanese Restaurant along Granville Street (at West Broadway).

Deep-fried asparagus, cream cheese, smoked salmon, unagi, crab meat, and massago

If you've been reading my post (or if you search for Sushivan in this blog), you will notice that I am going through their Special Roll. I have tried the Alaska special roll and Awesome special roll.

Ika Karage
Deep-fried squid

Beef Teriyaki Box with Miso Soup
Beef Teriyaki, 4 pieces California Roll, Appy Tempura, Salad, and Rice

Korean Style Ramen with Chicken

If you search my blog for "Sushivan", I always order Korean Style Ramen. When I crave for spicy Korean noodles I go to Sushivan.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Pad Thai from Miss Siam Food Truck

Hubby and I took a walk around the neighbourhood after lunch today. It's the first time in a long time (3 weeks) that we took a walk just for the sake of walking without doing a grocery run.

As we're on our way home along West Broadway, hubby spotted a food truck across the street - Miss Siam. We checked out the menu, and we're hoping to get something sweet, but they only have savoury dishes perfect for lunch.

Spotted Miss Siam across the street

Hello Miss Siam!

We ordered the Pad Thai with chicken, which we plan to enjoy for early dinner, but we end up eating as after lunch snack. It was delicious. I didn't expect quality, affordable Thai food so close to home.

Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

The food truck is available at West Broadway and Birch on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Snack delivery from McDonald's

We're watching Slam Dunk on Crunchy Roll just for weekend relaxation fun. I am craving for ice cream, so we ordered French Fries and McFlurry from McDonald's delivered by SkipTheDishes.

McFlurry and large French Fries

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Filipino Food from Big Boy's Pagkain

It's the weekend which means we can eat "takeout" food. :) For this week, I'm supporting a fellow Filipino in Metro Vancouver - Big Boy's Pagkain. Their business model is different and amusing, check their website to learn more.

I purchased three dishes from their Party Trays menu this week: Spring Rolls, Tofu Sisig, and Caldereta.

The serving size is enormous! I didn't expect it to be that big, which is impressive. Big Boy's Pagkain is value for money for sure. We will have enough food for a week.

I wish the caldereta is a bit spicier, but I think that's just my preference. However, the beef is tender which I like.

Beef Caldereta

The tofu sisig is delicious after it has been reheated. Although I think I would prefer the tofu chopped smaller just so it would have the same texture and feel as pork sisig. Maybe I'll slice the tofu before reheating it next time.

Tofu Sisig

My favourite among the three is the spring roll. I think it just tied or slightly exceeded my previous number 1 from Little Ongpin.

We received two trays of Spring Rolls!

Be sure to try food from Big Boy's Pagkain. Below is their menu for the week we ordered:

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Dinner delivery from Tim Hortons

 It was a hot day (hottest of the year so far) and hubby requested that we get something cold like ice cream. We decided to order drinks and dinner from Tim Hortons.


I ordered a Frozen Lemonade while hubby enjoyed a Strawberry Creamy Chill. It was perfect to beat the heat (and suffer brain freeze).

Tim Hortons Strawberry Cream Chill and Frozen Lemoade


For sandwiches, we shared a Turkey Melt. a Bacon Grilled Cheese Melt, and potato wedges.

Bacon Grilled Cheese Melt

Turkey Melt

Potato Wedges

Yay for the weekend! Stay cool during the summer while at home with Tim Hortons cold drinks and SkipTheDishes.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Ilocos Norte Empanada and Longganisa in Vancouver

Food and writing have become my escape and a happy place. I decided to join a Facebook Group "Filipino Food Vancouver" to discover more vendors of Filipino cuisine and support kababayan here in Metro Vancouver.

If you check my last few posts, it's mostly Filipino cuisine in Vancouver. It's like an obsession to support fellow Filipino during a pandemic.

For this week, I discovered that a Facebook Page is selling Ilocos Norte Empanada and Longganisa in Vancouver. After a week of figuring out the schedule and logistics, here we are enjoying our Empanada.

Ilocos Norte Empanada

Inside Ilocos Norte Empanada are shredded green papaya, munggo beans, egg, and the key ingredient is their homemade Ilocos Longganisa.

I have been craving this for a really long time. The timing is also perfect. My friend who planned our trip to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur recently passed away. I'll always remember her when eating this dish.

It arrived still hot. The exterior is crispy and crunchy, as expected it's oily as well, but that's when the spicy vinegar sauce comes in. Be sure to put some of the sauce inside your Empanada, and the flavours are 10x better. You'll just keep on eating until you realize it's gone. We ate two in one seating. Crazy!

Ilocos Longganisa

We also ordered two dozen longganisa for breakfast this week. I can't wait to cook them.

Pastry Puff Empanaditas

Aside from Ilocos Norte Empanada and Longganisa, I ordered one dozen of their Pastry Puff Empanaditas filled with shredded chicken, raisins, potatoes, green peas, and carrots.

A dozen of Pastry Puff Empanaditas

It's delicious as well. We just put a couple in the microwave, and it tasted better hot.

Kain tayo!

August 16 Update: I cooked the Ilocos Norte Longganisa for breakfast this morning, It was garlicky, fatty, and delicious. I served it with sunnyside up egg and brown rice.

Ilocos Norte Longganisa for breakfast in Metro Vancouver

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Lunch delivery from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express

 For snacks, we ordered from SM Delights, and for Saturday lunch, we ordered too much from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express.

Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express

We ordered a feast from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express.
Filipino Food from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express
Filipino Food from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express

Grilled Chicken Inasal

The smell is so intoxicating. Amoy palang ulam na. The chicken was juicy and hot when it arrived. It was excellent.
Klasik Inasal
Klasik Inasal
Filipino style grilled chicken

Deep-Fried Shanghai

It's crunchy and juicy. I love it. Though, the one from Little Ongpin is better.
Deep-Fried Shanghai
Seasoned ground pork with carrots

Pancit Palabok

We're most excited about the Palabok since we haven't had it in such a long time. The sauce to meat to noodle ratio is perfect, plus it comes with Calamansi, which we haven't used in a year.
Pancit Palabok from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express
Pancit Palabok
Rice noodle with special sauce topped with boiled egg, smoked fish, shrimps, pork rind, roasted garlic and crispy onions

Pork BBQ Skewer

This is my favourite food from Klasik Inasal. I can honestly say this is the most delicious and Filipino-style BBQ I've had since moving here in Canada, and my sisters and I have been in a quest to find the best ones in a long time. The meat was tender, and there's a good ratio between lean meat and fat.
Filipino-style Pork BBQ Skewer from Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express
4 pieces of Pork BBQ is not enough

Eggplant Omelette (Tortang Talong)

I have been craving Tortang Talong for two weeks now, and its availability is the main reason we ordered. I wish I ordered more than 1 to satisfy my craving.
Tortang Talong
Eggplant Omelette

Thank you!

Dear Klasik Inasal & Noodle Express, thank you so much for staying open, being available in SkipTheDishes and serving us with delicious Filipino dishes at short notice. Stay safe!

Kutsinta, Spanish Bread, etc. from SM Delights

I discovered another Filipino entrepreneur in Facebook ads which is exciting.
Facebook ad of SM Delights

SM Delights

SM Delights serves three items as of this post: Kutsinta (Filipino steamed rice cake), Spanish bread (soft bread with sweet, buttery paste), and Ensaymada (Filipino soft, sweet dough pastry covered with butter and sugar then topped with lots of grated cheese).

I ordered last Wednesday for delivery today (Saturday) and it arrived warm and fresh. We can't wait to dig in.

Kutsinta in Metro Vancouver

I love the caramel dip and of course, kutsinta won't be complete with grated coconut.
Kutsinta with Grated Coconut and Caramel Dip from SM Delights
Kutsinta with Grated Coconut and Yema Dip


I'm not a fan of Ensaymada, in general, but I gave it a try and it's like pillow-soft. It's sweet, soft, and delicious.
Ensaymada from SM Delights

Cheesy, Sweet Ensaymada

Enjoying this Ensaymada

Spanish Bread

I'll buy more of this again in the future! My siblings will love Spanish Bread. It arrived warm and freshly baked just like when I was a kid buying it directly from the bakery in the afternoon after school. Nostalgic.

A dozen of Spanish Bread from SM Delights
Warm Spanish Bread

Spanish Bread
Spanish Bread

Order from SM Delights

Be sure to send SM Delights a message on Facebook to place an order.

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