Saturday, February 26, 2022

Lunch at The Wicklow

The Wicklow is my favourite bar/pub in Vancouver. The food is delicious and the view of False Creek especially during sunset is just gorgeous.

For today, we went there for lunch and to watch the first game of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC against the Columbus Crews. We lost 4-0 with 0 shots on target.

I made the right choice of ordering my absolute favourite - Yorkshire Pudding to drown the pain of watching the Whitecaps lose. It's the first game of the season and there are a lot of games to go, but it's such a great reminder to lower down my expectations of the team.

Yorkshire Pudding Bowl
Certified Roast Angus Beef, House Gravy, Garlic Mash Potatoes, and Horseradish Aoili

Chicken, Pig, and Goat Penne
Chicken breast, chorizo, goat cheese, spinach, red onion, pepper, creamy rose sauce, and garlic toast

I don't recommend any of the pasta dishes from The Wicklow and I tried both the Salmon Linguine and the Penne.

Nachos
Cheddar, jack, Cajun corn, jalapenos, black olives, diced tomato, green onions, sour cream, tomato black bean salsa, and homemade tortilla chips

We finished the Nachos during the first half and our entrees and dessert during the second half.

Chocolate Torte

They have desserts, but it's not in the menu.


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Four New Meals in our Fifth HelloFresh Box for 2022

Our 5th HelloFresh box for the year arrived last Saturday. I was planning to order six meals, but hubby said I should keep it at five, just in case we have other food from the family in Richmond.

My "housewife" hat challenge is that we have a small fridge. Yes, it's slightly larger than the ones you will find in a hotel room, and as such we have to manage how much food we can store. Another challenge is that we do not have an oven, so I can only pick HelloFresh meals that don't require an oven.

I accidentally ordered a meal that calls for an oven. Thankfully, it's just to heat the Tortilla Chips with spices which my air fryer managed to do.

Monday and Tuesday Lunch: Cal Smart Spicy Chicken Bites

I like the crunchy slaw, soft rice, and sweet chicken.

Cal Smart Spicy Chicken Bites with Carrot and Green Onion Slaw

HelloFresh description: Spicy chilli garlic sauce, sweet sticky honey, and savoury soy sauce bring bold flavours to this calorie smart supper! Calorie Smart is based on a per-serving calculation of the recipe's kilocalorie amount.

Monday dinner and Wednesday lunch: One-Pot Southwest Beef and Cavatappi

I wish there was optional heat for this dish. Also, the change from Monterey jack to mozzarella made it creamier than it should be.

One-Pot Southwest Beef and Cavatappi with Monterey Jack Shredded Mozzarella and Baby Spinach

HelloFresh description: This one-and-done dinner in a hurry packs beef, veggies and noodles into one easy bowl. What's even better? It's a meal that everyone is sure to devour!

Tuesday dinner and Thursday Lunch: Chow Mein-Style Chicken

Last year, we ordered this dish, and I remember adding too much salt to the chicken. So this time, I didn't add any salt, and it came out more flavorful and still salty.

Chow Mein-Style Chicken with Mixed Veggies

HelloFresh description: Move over Chinese takeout 'cause you got some heavy competition! This perfect combination of tender chicken pieces, springy noodles and crunchy veggies coated in a fragrant soy sauce will satisfy any craving for chow mein!

Wednesday dinner and Friday lunch: White Bean Chicken Chili

Hubby pointed out that it's more soup than chilli; maybe I should have let it boil at a higher heat than I did.

White Bean Chicken Chili with Spiced Tortilla Chips

HelloFresh description: This hearty chilli, packed with filling cannellini beans, will keep the winter chills at bay! Crush the spiced tortilla chips over the top for a delightful crunch, or use them to scoop up every last bite!

Thursday dinner and Saturday breakfast: Smart Togarashi Shrimp Stir-Fry

Hubby said it's like a stir-fried salad because there are no carbs. I love it!

Smart Togarashi Shrimp Stir-Fry with Broccoli, Carrots, and Cabbage

HelloFresh description: Tonight's colourful seafood dish is inspired by East Asian flavours. You'll season shrimp with togarashi, then pan-sear to a tender finish and serve over stir-fried broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Sprinkle it all with dry-roasted cashews, and you're good to go! Smart is based on a per-serving calculation of the recipe's carbohydrate and kilocalorie amount.

Ukranian Restaurants in Vancouver

I kept reading news on Russia attacking Ukraine and other than prayer, I wonder what else I can do to help. Since I have this blog, I thought of searching for Ukrainian Restaurants in Vancouver and I found two. If you know more Ukrainian restaurants and businesses in Metro Vancouver, please send me a message so we can add it to the list.


Ukrainian Village Restaurant


Ukrainian Village Restaurant

Description from the website:
"Come to get real Ukrainian experience and atmosphere with trying our famous dishes, such as borscht, perogies cabbage rolls, and many more of them.

All our food us homemade from traditional Grandma's recipes.

The restaurant is located in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown at the corner of Robson and Denman street.

We are looking forward to see and serve you every day."


Kozak Homemade Ukrainian Food

Locations:
  1. Gastown: 1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver BC V6C 3N8
  2. East Van: 5077 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC V5P 3T9
  3. New West: 444 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3B3
Available for UberEats delivery! Are you using UberEats for the first time? Get $10 off your first $20 order with my discount code: eats-ysickc.

Kozak Homemde Ukrainian Food at Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC

Their Story from the website:
"Irina and Sergiy moved to Beautiful British Columbia from Kyiv, Ukraine in 2012. Irina liked to bake and was armed with Masters in Restaurant Management. Sergiy liked to eat and brought MBA to the table. And in 2014 couple started Solodko Bakery (Now Kozak Food Group).

Started small. Renting out tables at the bakeries at night and selling at local farmers market next morning kind of small.

First farmers market was at Steveston and shortly couple (and couple part-timers) started working at most Farmers Markets from Whistler to Steveston to Langley.

In mid-2015 Irina and Sergiy opened first brick-and-mortar location, slowly adding different Ukrainian dishes to the pipeline. Couple combined homemade-style cooking with its focus on ingredients & affordability and professional cooking with its processes & techniques."

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Let's continue to pray for Ukraine and peace. May this not escalate to a world war. If you know more Ukrainian restaurants and businesses in Metro Vancouver, please send me a message so we can add it to the list.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Jollibee in Granville Street, Vancouver opens February 25, 2022

IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING! After two years of anxiously and patiently waiting, Jollibee in Granville Street is opening on February 25, 2022 (Friday).

Jollibee Canada officially announced the opening on their Instagram page (@JollibeeCanada)


When will Jollibee in Vancouver open?

Jollibee will open on February 25 (Friday) from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM for to-go (take out) ONLY.

Where is the Jollibee in Vancouver located?

The location will be at 833 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. It's easily accessible via transit.


What to get from Jollibee?

I would imagine the line would be long, but I doubt it would be as long as Winnipeg or Edmonton, where there's just more Filipino. You should get the Peach Mango Pie. My sister's Canadian boyfriend is obsessed with it as much as we are. I would also recommend the Jolly Spaghetti with little hotdogs and sweet sauce. There's a combo of Jolly Spaghetti and Chicken Joy - that'll be my order. If I feel greedy, I'll also order the Palabok (Filipino noodle dish).

If you like fried chicken or fried chicken sandwiches, Jollibee offers a delicious Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich that can compete with Popeyes, Church's Chicken, and KFC.

Jollibee Peach Mangoe Pie
Jollibee Peach Mango Pie

Jollibee Palabok and Chicken Joy Meal
 Palabok and Chicken Joy Meal

Why is Jollibee popular?

Or a better question might be why would Filipino line up for fast food like Jollibee? Read my post here.

Jollibee Vancouver Menu

My mom went to Jollibee yesterday and sent us a picture of the printed menu they were handing out. It doesn't have all the items we were expecting, but hopefully they add more in the coming months.

Jollibee Vancouver Menu as of March 2, 2022


Monday, February 21, 2022

Where is the Best Ramen spot in Vancouver?

I want to try all the best ramen in Vancouver based on the following online articles of the best ramen in the city. Think of this post as my "checklist" to see where else I need to go for a delicious bowl of ramen.

Recommended by 7/7 Articles

☑️ JINYA Ramen BarJanuary 2022 at their Robson location and October 2020 delivered at home
☑️ Marutama Ra-Men - January 2020 at their Main Street location
☑️ Ramen Danbo - June 2018 at their 4th Avenue location

Recommended by 6/7

☑️ Hokkaido Ramen SantoukaJanuary 2021 delivered at home
🔲 The Ramen Butcher

Recommended by 5/7

☑️ Kintaro Ramen - January 2022 at their Denman location
🔲 Motomachi Shokudo
☑️ Taishoken Ramen - December 2020 delivered at home

Recommended by 3/7

☑️ Kinton Ramen - February 2022 at their University of British Columbia (UBC) location
☑️ Kokoro Tokyo MazesobaJanuary 2022 at their Seymour location
☑️ Ramen Gojiro - December 2021, and July 2020 delivered at home and February 2022July 2019, and October 2018 at their Dunsmuir location

Recommended by 2/7

☑️ Benkei Ramen - January 2020 and February 2018 at their West Broadway location 
🔲 Harvest Community Foods 
🔲 Ramen Taka

Recommended by 1/7

🔲 Akedo Showten Ramen + Gyoza 
🔲 G-men Ramen
☑️ Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar - April 2022
🔲 Horin Ramen + Sake 
☑️ Menya Raizo - February 2022March 2020, and November 2019 at their West Broadway location 
🔲 Ramen Densetsu
🔲 The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe
🔲 Yah Yah Ya Ramen 
🔲 ZUBU Ramen


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Filipino Birthday Lunch Celebration | Family Day Weekend

We celebrated hubby's birthday today with the family on Family Day weekend.

My husband moved to Canada to be with me. He left his own family behind, and I always do my best to make sure he feels loved here in Canada.

I asked my mom to cook her Filipino-style spaghetti to celebrate his birthday. My mom (as always) went beyond and even purchased a cassava cake slice from Aling Mary's. Cassava cake is one of hubby's requests for his birthday.

Filipino Birthday Lunch

A Filipino birthday won't be complete without lumpiang shanghai (Filipino spring roll) and fried chicken, so we ordered from Little Ongpin and LA Chicken, respectively.

Best lumpiang shanghai in Vancouver from Little Ongpin

Best fried chicken in Richmond - LA Chicken

My mom also purchased Black Forest Cake from Saint Germain Bakery with hubby's name.

Black Forest Cake
Light chocolate sponge cake, Kirsch sauteed bing cherries, 36% real whipping cream, and 64% dark chocolate shaving.

After food coma lunch, I introduced my younger sister and our only brother to The Sound of your Heart and how hilarious it was. For dinner, I ordered more fried chicken from Hi-Five (I forgot to take a photo!), then we played Overcooked 2, which made me extremely happy, and we also played Smash Bros (I didn't fall and die! Haha!).

It's lovely to celebrate hubby's birthday and Family Day weekend with the family.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Dinner at Ramen Gojiro

It's the 6th ramen shop we have gone to in the last 5 weeks as we continue going through the list of the Best Ramen restaurants in Vancouver.

  1. January 22 - Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba
  2. January 23 - Jinya Ramen Bar
  3. January 29 - Kintaro Ramen
  4. February 5 - Menya Raizo
  5. February 12 - Kinton Ramen
  6. February 19 (today) - Ramen Gojiro
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It's a busy and productive Saturday for us. We started the morning with breakfast I prepared at home. Then, we visited the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Afterwards, we watched the free intrasquad match of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.

We also realize that we can attend our first in-person Mass at the Holy Rosary Cathedral. Finally, to end the day, we had dinner at Ramen Gojiro.

This is actually one of my favourite ramen places because of those delicious broth-soaked chicken karaage.

Yokohama Iekei Ramen
"Homestyle" pork and chicken broth with shoyu flavour based from Yokohama. Thick noodles with very flavourful broth with depth and complexity

Light Spicy Ramen with Chashu
Our signature broth with a perfect balance of pork and chicken. Spicy sauce with a hint of sweetness

My absolute favourite is the Spicy Ramen, and I dipped our chicken karaage on the broth.

Karaage Original
House-made crispy deep, fried chicken

Mario's Gelati Ice Cream: Panda
The combination of rich black sesame gelato with a vanilla gelato centre. Topped off with roasted black sesame seeds.

For future me, here's the menu of Ramen Gojiro and what you have tried.

Ramen
🗹 Basic / Basic Bakamori
🗹 Spicy / Spicy Bakamori
🗹 Yokohama Iekei
❐ Shoyu
🗹 Yuzu Shio
❐ Vegetarian

Tsukemen
❐ Tsukemen
❐ Spicy Tsukemen

Sides
🗹 Gyoza
❐ Spicy Gyoza
❐ Matcha Vege Gyoza
🗹 Karaage
❐ Fried Rice
❐ Spicy Fried Rice

Donburi
🗹 Pork Katsu Curry Don
❐ Sauce Pork Katsu Don
❐ Chicken Karaage Don

Mini Don
 Mini Mama's Chashu Don
❐ Mini Teri Chashu Don
❐ Mini Curry Don

Dessert
❐ Home Made Match Pudding
❐ Bacio Nero Ice Cream
🗹 Panda Ice Cream
❐ Mango Ice Cream

Lunch at BC Place | Blue vs. White match Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Today, the Whitecaps FC hosted a fan and family-friendly Blue vs. White intrasquad match at BC Place. Entrance is free, but it's first-come, first-serve, and only sections 212 to 216 are open. Head coach Vanni Sartini and the first team take on a group comprised of players for the upcoming MLS NEXT Pro squad.

It's good to be back at BC Place!

It's great to be back in BC Place! Since it's first come, first serve, and the gate opens at 1:30 PM, we were already in line at 12:30 PM (because I like being first, haha).

First Fan in BC Place!

After grabbing our chosen seat, I ordered Classic Poutine and French Fries from the Poutinerie. Then, mini donuts just before the game started. I wanted another dozen mini donuts, but they're sold out.

Classic Poutine from The Poutinerie

Mini Donuts inside BC Place

Mini donuts are now my BC Place guilty pleasure. 

The game was alright. I am so excited and terrified for the upcoming season. I want the Whitecaps to do well, and I fear disappointment.

Blue vs. White match Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place

Thursday, February 17, 2022

First Filipino-inspired dish in our Fourth HelloFresh Box for 2022

Finally, I'll be able to try HelloFresh's rendition of a Filipino dish, and this week they are offering a Caldereta-Style Ground Beef. Let's see how it went!

Our HelloFresh box arrived Saturday morning delivered by FedEx. Unfortunately, we decided to go on a random date that day, so I couldn't cook any HelloFresh meals.

Superbowl Sunday Brunch and Wednesday Lunch: Cal Smart Turkey Chili

It's Superbowl day, and I know we're going to eat tons of game day finger food for lunner (lunch and dinner), so for brunch, I chose the lowest calorie meal from our HelloFresh box, which is the Cal Smart Turkey Chili with Lime Crema which we also had last year.

Cal Smart Turkey Chili with Lime Crema

HelloFresh Description: Jam-packed with nutrients to keep you strong but still delivering on flavour, this recipe proves you can satisfy that chilli craving.

#MeatlessMonday Valentine's Day Breakfast and Thursday Lunch: Zucchini and Lemon Linguine

We loved this dish last year, and it deserves to be our first meal on Valentine's day! Unfortunately, HelloFresh forgot to add the basil pesto to my box. It's honestly frustrating that I am paying so much money for a premium service that missed an ingredient in two of the four boxes we ordered so far.

Zucchini and Lemon Linguine with Basil Pesto and Goat Cheese

HelloFresh Description: We love zucchini all year long here at HelloFresh, and this dish combines some of our favourite flavours: sweet snap peas, zucchini, and basil pesto. A little squeeze of lemon at the end brings the whole dish together!

Valentine's Day Monday Lunch and Friday Breakfast: Caldereta-Style Ground Beef

The Caldereta dish I grew up with usually includes potatoes (and usually uses chicken). This is a fancy version of the Caldereta, but because of the soy sauce, it's like Pork Menudo without the diced potatoes.

Caldereta-Style Ground Beef with Peppers, Peas, and Rice

HelloFresh Description: We've quickened up this traditional Filipino tomato-based stew by using ground beef. This hearty stew is a perfect family dinner full of peppers, peas, garlic, and hint soy.

Tuesday Birthday Dinner: Bacon Alfredo Pasta

To celebrate hubby's birthday, I picked the meal with bacon to cook for our dinner.

Bacon Alfredo Pasta with Spring Salad

HelloFresh Description: The iconic Roman pasta dish, with a smoky, creamy sauce, peas and bacon, is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Everyone will be licking their plate clean.

Wednesday Dinner and Friday Lunch: Stovetop Pastitsio-Inspired Fusili

I used Almond milk for the milk requirement of this recipe, and I thought there was too much pumpkin spice in the recipe.

Stovetop Pastitsio-Inspired Fusili

HelloFresh Description: Inspired by the classic Greek layered pasta dish, pastitsio, this stovetop version takes a fraction of the time to put together! Then, the pumpkin pie spice blend adds layers of warm, aromatic flavour in just a minute!

Thursday and Friday Dinner: Veggie Chili

We enjoyed this healthy heart chilli last year and decided to order it again this week.

Veggie Chilli with Tortilla Chips and Sour Cream

HelloFresh Description: Simple to prepare, this delicious chilli will have everyone racing to the table with extraordinary flavours. Your bowls will be filled with beans, bell peppers, and tomatoes. We suggest using the tortilla chips to scoop up and enjoy every last bite.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Strawberry Cheesecake from Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

This year it's our first time at Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee, and we enjoyed the Strawberry Cheesecake.

Strawberry Cheesecake perfect for Valentine's Day

Below is a list of flavours we tried last year.

Lunch at Suika

It's not my birthday, yet hubby made me so happy during his special day. After visiting the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, we grabbed lunch at Suika. It's our first time visiting the restaurant on a weekday, and it's an absolute thrill to find it nearly empty after the lunch rush. It's also our first time back here this 2022.

We both ordered our usual. I had my favourite Signature Beef Curry topped with Tonkatsu (Pork Loin Cutlet) while my hubby ordered a Double Tonkatsu (Pork Loin Cutlet) Set. For sharing, we had a Chicken Dashi Karaage, which was juicier than I expected. Hubby thought it was too oily, but I think it's perfect.

Signature Beef Curry
Suika original stewed beef tendon curry topped with tonkatsu (pork loin cutlet)

Double Tonkatsu (Pork Loin Cutlet) Set
2 pieces of  fried pork loin cutlet using special fresh panko served with ground sesame and tonkatsu sauce

Chicken Dashi Karaage
Juicy deep-fried chicken thig, crispy on the outside and filled with rich dash shoyu flavour.

I absolutely love Suika and highly recommend trying them if you haven't already.

Breakfast Sandwiches and Free Cafe Mocha from Starbucks

Yay for birthdays. We are starting today with a free breakfast from Starbucks. We ordered a Venti Caffè Mocha and two Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich.

Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich

We get free Starbucks gift cards every now and then and absolutely enjoy the free drinks and sandwiches. I am too frugal to spend our own hard-earned money on something as expensive as Starbucks, so it's always a happy occasion when we receive free gift cards.


Sunday, February 13, 2022

Superbowl Viewing Dinner at Bar One

Happy Sunday! It's one of the most anticipated events in sports every year: The Superbowl. This year we decided to visit Bar One and watch the game there. Unfortunately, only 8 tables were occupied most of the game, and one table left early before the game ended.

Best Seat at Bar One

We arrived shortly after 3:00 PM and left after 7:00 PM,  We sat at the most comfortable and best view in the whole bar, and during the entire game, we ordered appetizers and because hubby loves the dessert we ended with that. I haven't been in this food coma in a long time.

Loaded Nachos
Crunchy corn tortilla chips loaded with cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses, zesty cheese sauce, pico de Gallo, green onions, and jalapeños. Served with sour cream and salsa.

We devoured their Loaded Nachos and Cheesy Tot Tower during the first quarter.

Cheesy Tot Tower
Crisp potato puffs, topped with cheddar cheese, and queso cheese sauce, garnished with green onions.

We enjoyed the Loaded BBQ Chicken Tots and Thai Chili Chicken Bites when the second quarter started. I highly recommend the Thai Chili Chicken Bites, but the Filipino in me wants to eat it with rice.

Loaded BBQ Chicken Tots
Crispy potato puffs, topped with cheddar cheese, roasted chicken, diced red onion, pickled jalapeños, and spicy southern BBQ sauce.

Thai Chili Chicken Bites
Crispy breaded chicken bites tossed in chilli-ginger sauce and garnished with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

By the third quarter, we decided to open the menu from Denny's. Yes, the Bar One location along West Broadway shares space with a Denny's. We decided to order Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. 

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Golden-fried with a side of tomato sauce

I wanted some pancakes to end the game and our meals while hubby decided on the cake.

Salted Caramel & Banana Cream Pancake
Two buttermilk pancakes with shortbread pieces and topped with vanilla cream, bananas, and salted caramel

Cookies and Cream Cake
Chewy chocolate brownie with cream cheese and chocolate cookie filling, layered with chocolate ganache and cookie mousse.

The Los Angeles Rams won the Superbowl, and it was a good game.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Lunch at Kinton Ramen

It's the fifth ramen shop we have gone to in the last four weeks as we continue going through the list of the Best Ramen restaurants in Vancouver.

  1. January 22 - Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba
  2. January 23 - Jinya Ramen Bar
  3. January 29 - Kintaro Ramen
  4. February 5 - Menya Raizo
  5. February 12 (today) - Kinton Ramen
To start our Saturday, we had brunch at Starbucks (yay for free breakfast sandwiches and drinks), then we ran errands. Hubby had a haircut while I grabbed my Lego from the FedEx inside Staples, and I ended up buying 15 adorable Washi Tapes. 

Thirty minutes later, hubby and I went on a random Saturday date to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and visited the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. After three hours of learning and admiring the different specimens in the museum, we had a late lunch at Kinton Ramen.

I ordered my usual Pork Miso Ramen while hubby had Pork Shoyu Ramen. For sides, we ordered our standard sides as well - Age Gyoza, Takoyaki, and Original Karaage.

Pork Miso Ramen (thick noodles)
Soybean paste, pork, corn, garlic oil, and scallions (extra seasoned egg)

The Pork Miso Ramen was good but not as delicious as Kintaro Ramen. It's a close second, though. I made the right decision of adding a seasoned egg to my ramen. It was delicious.

Pork Shoyu Ramen (with thick noodles)
Soy sauce, pork, garlic oil, nori, and scallions

Our favourite Japanese sides

Takoyaki
Deep-fried octopus balls, tonkatsu sauce, mayo, bonito flakes, and aonori

We order takoyaki whenever it is available, and this is one of the best takoyaki I had in Vancouver that I can remember.

Pork Age Gyoza
Deep-fried dumpling and original sweet chilli sauce

Original Karaage
Fried chicken, garlic mayo, and lemon

My favourite chicken karaage is from Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba. This one is a bit dry, but it's absolutely perfect soaked in the ramen broth. I saved one fried chicken and placed it in my ramen bowl, and it was better.

Kurogoma Cheesecake
Baked black sesame cheesecake

The black sesame flavour is so strong I wish there was ice cream and mochi, or maybe I am just dreaming of the parfait we had last week.

I wonder how long we can continue our ramen streak, but I am all for it. Do you have a favourite ramen shop? Comment below!