Saturday, October 31, 2020

Dinner delivery from Gia Minh Restaurant

We were supposed to have Irish food tonight because, apparently, Halloween started in Ireland.  However, we couldn't find a good restaurant that would deliver Irish food, and I suddenly became cold. I turned on the heater. Then, decided to order pho for the warm soup.

Grilled Meat Sub - Banh Mi Ga Nuong
Rare Steak and Beef Balls Pho - Pho Tai, Bo Vien
Spring Roll - Cha Gio

Beef Stew - Bo Kho

Happy Saturday, dinner!

Puffcream for desserts at Popina Canteen

One of the reasons why I created this blog is to remember what I ate from different restaurants. It's been helpful today. I remember we have tried Puffcream in the past, but I can't remember which one we've tried, so I open this blog on my phone and searched for Puffcream. Apparently, I have tried the Old Fashioned, so today we know we have to try something else.

Essentially, a Puffcream is a freshly baked cream puff served with soft-serve ice cream. The toppings are different depending on which one you pick. Today, picked "Hubby."

"Hubby" Puffcream - hard shell chocolate sauce, pretzels, and peanut butter
My hubby holding the Hubby Puffcream.

Yummy! I love the contrast between the crunchy and salty pretzels and soft-serve ice cream.
I also ordered shoestring fries, which were crispy and perfect with the Puffcream.

Yay for the weekend!

Lunch at Granville Island Public Market

Yesterday was my last day at work. Today, I dropped by the office to return my equipment. Afterwards, we grabbed lunch from Granville Island Public Market and ate it by the water. Everything is beautiful and amazing until a seagull attacked. Thankfully, I was able to protect my precious pizza.

Clear day and the beautiful view while enjoying Pizza from Pizza Pzazz.

The Greek Pizza slice from Pizza Pzazz
This photo was taken then a seagull hit my head. Thankfully I didn't drop it.

For our second lunch, I ordered from my favourite stall from the Granville Island Public Market - Gourmet Wok. I love the kung pao chicken, pork BBQ, and fried fish.

Fried Fish, Pork BBQ, and Kung Pao Chicken on top of fried rice from Gourmet Wok

Happy beautiful Saturday!

Granville Island Public Market Food checklist

My first full-time job in Canada is located in the building by the entrance of Granville Island. Thus, from 2016 until the pandemic, I visited the Granville Island Public Market minimum four times a week. My work is also the reason why we looked for an apartment to rent within a kilometre walk of Granville Island.

In this post, I will share with you a list of Food and Drink vendors inside the Granville Island Public Market and a link to each one I have tried.

Food Items Enjoyment Date
🔲 A Bread Affair
☑️ A La Mode 2018 March 14
☑️ Blue Parrot Espresso Bar 2018 February 12
☑️ Celine's Fish and Chips 2018 March 2
☑️ Chau Veggie Express 2018 February 8
☑️ Fraser Valley Juice and Salad 2018 February 8
☑️ Gourmet Wok 2020 October 31
🔲 Granville Island Tea Company Ltd.
🔲 JJ Bean
☑️ Kaisereck Delicatessen 2018 January 25
☑️ La Tortilleria 2017 December 13
☑️ Laurelle's Fine Foods 2019 March 14
☑️ Lee's Donuts 2020 December 31
☑️ Market Grill 2016 December 9
☑️ Muffin Granny 2018 February 27
☑️ Omi Japan 2018 February 12
🔲 Petit Ami
☑️ Pizza Pzazz 2018 February 9
☑️ Popina Canteen 2020 October 31
☑️ Sen Pad Thai 2018 January 8
☑️ Sprig Contemporary Greek Kitchen 2018 February 9
🔲 The Stock Market

Most of my food adventure in Granville Island Public Market was in 2018. I'll do my best to visit the same food stalls and see if anything has changed. My personal favourite is Gourmet Wok because it's delicious and most affordable.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lunch at Sushivan

My parents went inside our apartment for the first time ever. They usually drop off things, but they don't go inside. Today was different just because my brother needed to use the Healthy Wave Mat I have to relieve the wrist pain he's feeling.

Anyway, after an hour at home, we all went to have lunch at Sushivan. We ordered a lot and my mom is happy with how delicious everything was.

Spider Special Roll (Crab Meat, Cucumber, Avocado, Lettuce, Soft Shell Crab, and Tobiko)

I still think the Awesome Special Roll is the best of the four I have tried so far.
Creamy Udon for brother

Soy Garlic Chicken Karage (Deep-fried chicken coated in soy sauce)

Seafood Tempura (Assorted Tempura + Seafood)

Beef Teriyaki and Sashimi Bento Box for hubby

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box

Korean-style Ramen with Chicken for me


Happy Wednesday!

Lunch delivery from Triple O's

It's my 5th anniversary in Canada, so for lunch today, we decided to order from a Canadian fast-food chain, Triple O.

Two Burger Combo from Triple O's (yay for milkshakes)
Monty Mushroom Burger

Chipotle BBQ Bacon Melt

Between the two burgers, I will order the Chipotle BBQ Bacon Melt again. The crispy bacon provided a different texture to the burger, and in comparison, the Monty Mushroom Burger fell short.
My favourite side is their Garlic Parmesan Fries!

Yay for Triple O's burger delivery and, more importantly, milkshakes.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Dinner Celebration from Basil Pasta Bar

We're celebrating our wedding anniversary today and I asked hubby what does he want. He picked pasta, so we ordered from Basil Pasta Bar.

Pasta Feast

I love their container

Spaghetti Carbonara with extra meat, extra cheese, and extra meatballs.
Spaghetti carbonara made with Parmesan cream sauce, crispy smoked bacon, egg yolk, and peas.

It's probably my fault for customizing and adding extra cheese and meat. It made the whole thing saltier than I like. However, the consistency of the sauce is perfect compared to the ones I have tried from Olive Garden which is too heavy and Domino's which is too watered down.

BC Smoked Salmon Fettuccine Combo with extra cheese and extra meat.
BC smoked salmon fettuccine made with Alfredo sauce, smoked salmon, red onions, capers, tomatoes, and spinach.

Similar regret with adding extra cheese and meat as it made the dish saltier than what it would have been. Otherwise, still delicious.

Vegetable Minestrone Soup
A thick soup made with vegetables.

We ordered soup because it's a cold night and a soup seems like the perfect dish to have, but I realized I"m not a fan of tomato-based soup.


Happy anniversary, my dear hubby! :)


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Lunch at RedBeef Noodle Kitchen

My parents went to Costco and purchased some things for us. As a thank-you, we had lunch at Redbeef Noodle Kitchen. I have been wanting to bring them here since I know my dad loves noodle soup like pho and ramen.

I ordered my usual and I think I will keep ordering it. I kinda wish I can order Taiwanese-style sausage on the side.

Chicken Cutlet Rice

Sliced Garlic Pork with Rice

Black Pepper Beef Brisket Stew Rice with Mushroom
Crispy Spicy Chicken
Pan-Fried Beef Wraps

Happy lunch! My mom loved the Pan-Fried Beef Wrap so much that she finished the whole thing.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Dinner delivery from Donair Dude

For dinner tonight I wanted falafel and mixed plate which is something we had from Rayhan less than two weeks ago. I searched SkipTheDishes and found Donair Dude. As always, we ordered a lot and we end up having leftovers which we will enjoy tomorrow.

Beef Pita Donair

Hubby had a beef pita donair with everything in it except the hot sauce and we even added extra chicken. It's so heavy and delicious. 

Note to future me: don't add jalapeno next time. :)

Beef Pita Donair

Chicken Donair Rice Bowl

It's essentially the same thing, this time with extra beef and with rice.

Chicken Donair Rice Bow

Sides

For sides, we ordered two things: french fries and falafel.

The french fries arrived crispy which I enjoyed while watching the Whitecaps FC game. The falafel is soft and surprisingly delicious.

Falafel


I think I am going through a donair phase. I might order again from a different restaurant soon.

Lunch delivery from Jinya Ramen Bar

Happy Saturday! Since it's starting to get colder, we decided to have ramen delivered from Jinya Ramen Bar. I also ordered one of all my favourite dishes that they have available. It's a happy day!

Our Ramen Feast

Ramen

For our ramen, hubby ordered Jinya Tonkotsu Black Ramen with thick noodles. Meanwhile, I picked Spicy Umami Miso Ramen with thick noodles and extra chashu. Yummy! I love my ramen bowl and hubby liked his too.

My delicious Spicy Umami Miso Ramen with extra chashu.
Pork broth, ground pork soboro, bean sprouts, green onions, bok choy, and chili oil.

Hubby's Jinya Tonkotsu Black Ramen
Pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage, green onions, nori dried seaweed, seasoned egg, garlic chips, garlic oil, fried onions, and spicy sauce.

Small Plates

I think we ordered all the available small plates they have that's not sold out.

Gyoza - Six handmade pork potstickers.

Crispy Chicken - Juicy fried chicken thigh with an original garlic pepper seasoning served with mixed baby greens and jinya's original ponzu sauce.
Takoyaki - Octopus Balls
Battered octopus over egg tartar topped with kewpie mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, fresh cut green onions, and smoked bonito flakes.

Rice Bowls and Curries

Of course, my love for curry means ordering Tokyo Curry Rice.

Tokyo Curry Rice

Happy Saturday!


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lunch from Mean Poutine

We ran errands in Downtown today. For lunch, I asked hubby if there's anything he would like; he said that since we're celebrating his third year in Canada, we should eat Canadian food. The only dish that came to mind is poutine. There are a handful of poutine places in Downtown; Smoke's Poutinerie is our usual go-to, but they were closed, so we decided to try Mean Poutine.

Mean Supreme
Mean Supreme - Crispy fries, brown gravy, fresh cheese curds, certified Angus roast beef, double smoked bacon, grilled onions & peppers and mushrooms

He picked Mean Supreme, while I had Philly Cheese Steak. The best part about both? The certified Angus roast beef. It's so good! The fries were crispy too; the gravy was a bit salty for my liking, though. However, the serving is huge!

Philly Cheese Steak - Crispy fries, brown gravy, fresh cheese curds, certified Angus roast beef, mushrooms, sautéed onion & peppers 

I am willing to give it another try - maybe order something else. However, between the two poutine, the Mean Supreme is better than the Philly Cheese Steak.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Dinner delivery from A&W

I enjoy (most of the time) watching the Whitecaps FC, so for dinner tonight we ordered from one of their sponsors (or partners, not really sure what their deal is), A&W.


Cheddar Bacon Uncle® Burger

Mozza Burger® 


Yay for fast food. Between the two burgers, I prefer the Uncle because of the pickle - it provided a much-needed acidity to the juicy burger.