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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Third Time's the Charm: Exploring the Flavours of Greek Day on Broadway

Happy Sunday! We started this foodie weekend with SummerCamp Ribs & Music Fest last Friday and Pinoy Festival yesterday. Today, we walked to Macdonald Street and West Broadway for Greek Day on Broadway. It's the third consecutive year we decided to join the fun.

Chicken Souvlaki from Greek N' Go Food Truck

Our first stop is a food truck called Greek N' Go. We ordered a chicken souvlaki, a skewered and grilled meat dish with origins dating back to ancient Greece. Traditionally, souvlaki was made with lamb or pork, but today chicken is a popular variation. Greek N' Go's version featured tender, juicy chicken marinated in a blend of herbs and spices, a hallmark of Greek cuisine. Served with warm pita bread and cool, refreshing tzatziki sauce (made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and dill), it was a comforting and flavorful first bite to kick off Greek Day on Broadway.

Chicken Souvlaki from Greek N' Go Food Truck

Lamb Gyro from Messinian Brotherhood of BC

The food served by the Messinian Brotherhood of BC is catered by Sheila's Catering Co. We ordered a Lamb Gyro, a close cousin to the doner kebab. Both dishes consist of seasoned, layered meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. While gyros are typically made with a lamb and beef mix, Messinian Brotherhood offered a delicious all-lamb version. The perfectly seasoned meat was a delight, and the fresh vegetables and sauce added bursts of flavor and texture. The only downside was the pita wrap, which was a bit hard and couldn't quite contain all the deliciousness inside.

Lamb Gyro from Messinian Brotherhood of BC (catered by Sheila's Catering Co.)

Milfey from Parthenon Food Market

Parthenon Food Market is a grocery store that focuses on products imported from Greece and boasts shelves filled with ready-to-eat desserts all made in store. With so many tempting options, we opted for Milfey. This delightful pastry, with its origins on the island of Milos, features a light and flaky puff pastry crust encasing a smooth and creamy vanilla filling. It was the perfect sweet ending to our savory Greek Day adventure, offering a textural contrast and a touch of cool vanilla flavor before our walk home.

Milfe from Par

For future me, below is a list of food you have tried at Greek Day on Broadway:

  • Cretan Association: Lamb Chops (2023 and 2022)
  • Camp Metamorphosis BC: Greek Sausages (2023)
  • Greek N' Go Food Truck: Chicken Souvlaki (2024)
  • Greek Orthodox Community of Surrey & the Fraser Valley: Loukoumades (2022)
  • Greek Orthodox Community of Surrey & the Fraser Valley: Pork Souvlaki (2023 and 2022)
  • Hellenic Canadian Senior's Society of Metropolitan Vancouver: Loukoumades (2023)
  • Messinian Brotherhood of BC: Lamb Gyro (2024)
  • Parthenon Food Market: Milfey (2024)
  • Thomakis: Honey & Walnut Greek Yougurt (2022) 

Caramilk Dream Cookie from Tim Hortons

Happy Sunday! My hubby just crushed the Vancouver Half-Marathon this morning! I cheered him on at the finish line, then let him shower at home while I went to Tim Hortons.

Caramilk Dream Cookie from Tim Hortons

Caramilk Dream Cookie from Tim Hortons

Their new Caramilk Dream Cookie was calling my name. It's not as melt-in-your-mouth moist as the Oreo Double Stuf (that one's a winner!), but it has a delicious buttery base and a surprise melted Caramilk candy. It's good, but not write-home-about good. Next time, I'll try warming it up for a gooier filling.

For reference, below is a list of Dream Cookies Tim Hortons released so far:

Friday, June 21, 2024

SummerCamp Rib & Music Fest: A Smoky Showdown

It's a foodie weekend, and the festivities kicked off Friday afternoon! After work, I embarked on a two-kilometre trek to Jonathan Rogers Park for the SummerCamp Rib & Music Fest. Let's just say the barbecue was calling my name!

This is Bacon promoting Smoke Dem Bones

They had a whole selection of rubs to choose from: Gator BBQ, Smoke Dem Bones, Boss Hog's, Prairie Smoke and Spice, and Grizzly BBQ. We remembered enjoying Prairie Smoke and Spice at the PNE Summer Fair a few years back, but this time, we opted for the intriguing Grizzly BBQ and the enticing Smoke Dem Bones with adorable Bacon (pig) inflatable.

Grizzly BBQ 

Grizzly BBQ: A Tender and Toothsome Twosome

Staying true to the spirit of the event, we ordered the Pulled Pork and Ribs combo from Grizzly BBQ. The pulled pork was an absolute dream - melt-in-your-mouth tender and bursting with juicy goodness. The ribs, on the other hand, were a textural delight - perfectly cooked to achieve that "fall-off-the-bone" tenderness.

Combo: Rib and Pulled Pork from Grizzly BBQ

Pulled Pork from Grizzly BBQ

Rib from Grizzly BBQ

Smoke Dem Bones: A Brisket Revelation

Our second (and wisely final) stop was at Smoke Dem Bones. We knew we couldn't conquer mountains of meat forever! Here, we dove into their Ribs and Brisket combo. The brisket surprised us - it was incredibly flavorful, even without any barbecue sauce. While it wasn't the juiciest, the rich smokiness definitely held its own. Now, onto the ribs: my hubby declared them the clear winner, but mine threw me a curveball. The first bite revealed a surprisingly tough bark (is that the correct term?). Thankfully, the subsequent ribs were more forgiving, offering a beautiful balance of tenderness and juicy marbling.

Ribs from Smoke Dem Bones

Beef Brisket from Smoke Dem Bones

A Sweet (and Healthy) End

After this carnivorous adventure, we decided to give our hearts a break with a couple of refreshing smoothies from Body Energy Club. They were the perfect companions on our leisurely walk home.

Green Goddess from Body Energy Club
Coconut milk, avocado, banana, kale, spinach, organic dates, almond butter, and vegan protein

Chocolate Keto from Body Energy Club
Almond milk, avocado, organic coconut meat, organic cacao nibs, cocoa, Himalayan salt, MCT oil, monk fruit, cashew butter, and vegan protein

This foodie adventure was a blast, but I have to admit, Texas has set the bar high for barbecue in my book. My standards might be a tad stricter now, but that just means I get to keep exploring and savouring the best of the best!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

A Taste of Greece in Yaletown: Moussaka at The Greek

Today's team lunch took us on a delightful trip to Greece, all within the heart of Yaletown! We ventured to The Greek. I chose the Moussaka. This dish was pure comfort food, featuring layers of savoury eggplant, zucchini, potato, and a rich combination of beef and pork.

But the deliciousness didn't stop there. The Moussaka came accompanied by a refreshing Greek salad, bursting with the colours and tastes of the Mediterranean: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions, all brought together with tangy capers, salty olives, and creamy Greek feta. Freshly baked pita bread, slightly charred to perfection, was the perfect accompaniment. Dipping the warm pita into the cool tzatziki sauce (a delightful blend of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and herbs) was a match made in heaven.

Moussaka from The Greek at Yaletown
Layers of eggplant, zucchini, potato, beef and pork, topped with creamy bechemel sauce. Served with Greek salad, fresh baked pita, and tzatziki

And let's talk about that pita bread with the Moussaka! It was the ultimate flavour booster. Soaking up the creamy bechamel and savoury meat sauce was pure genius. It's these little details that elevate a dish from good to incredible.

Confession time: It has been over a decade since I last indulged in Moussaka. This trip down memory lane was a resounding success. The Greeks delivered a genuinely authentic and satisfying experience – a perfect escape to the Aegean without leaving Vancouver.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tim Hortons' Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie: A Delicious Cookie Inception?

Tim Hortons has been serving up coffee and donut combos for years, but lately, they've been branching out into the world of gourmet cookies with their Dream Cookie line. Their newest flavour, the Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie, takes things to a whole new level of indulgence, and it sparked a hilarious conversation in my household!

The cookie itself is a dream come true for those who love a soft and buttery base. It's moist and crumbles perfectly in your hand, offering a delightful textural contrast to the star of the show: the Oreo. Here's where things got interesting for me.

My first bite was pure bliss. The sweetness of the creamy frosting combined with the familiar crunch of Oreo cookies was exactly what I craved. Then, my husband took a bite and remarked, "Why would they make a cookie out of a cookie?" It took me a moment (longer than I'd like to admit) to realize what he meant. Of course, Oreo is a cookie itself! Tim Hortons has taken the classic Oreo and turned it into a decadent topping for their already delicious Dream Cookie base.

Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie from Tim Hortons

This cookie really is a case of "meta" snacking. It's a cookie built on top of another cookie and works beautifully. The Oreo crumbles add a delightful textural surprise, and the frosting perfectly complements the sweetness of the cookies.

Whether you find the concept of a "cookie-ception" funny or simply ingenious, there's no denying that the Oreo Double Stuf Dream Cookie is a delicious treat. It's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or sharing a fun moment with someone who might need a friendly reminder that Oreos are, in fact, cookies.

So head down to your local Tim Hortons and grab this delightful cookie creation.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse for Sunny Patio Lunch

Happy Thursday! Our team lunch theme this week was Malaysian, but with our HR visiting all the way from Melbourne, Australia, we opted for a classic spot – Browns Socialhouse near the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we snagged a table on the beautiful patio. It was the perfect setting for a casual gathering, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the fresh air.

For lunch, I decided on my all-time favourite – nachos! Luckily, Browns offers a "Little Nachos" option, perfect for a lighter meal. These are your average, run-of-the-mill nachos. The chips were piled wide with a delicious combination of fresh ingredients.

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse
Corn, black beans, jalapeño, cilantro, jack cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole

The base consisted of crispy tortilla chips, the perfect foundation for all the goodness. A layer of sweet corn and earthy black beans added a touch of sweetness and heartiness. Slices of fresh jalapeño kicked things up a notch with a pleasant heat, balanced by the cool and refreshing pico de gallo.

Little Nachos from Browns Socialhouse
Corn, black beans, jalapeño, cilantro, jack cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole

Jack cheddar cheese, melted to gooey perfection, tied everything together with a sharp and creamy flavour. Then came the real stars of the show: dollops of cool sour cream and creamy guacamole. The coolness of the sour cream cut through the richness of the cheese, while the creamy guacamole added a burst of fresh avocado flavour. Finally, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro added a vibrant, citrusy finish.

Even though our lunch theme wasn't Malaysian, Browns Socialhouse delivered a classic and satisfying meal. The "Little Nachos" were the perfect size for a lighter lunch while satisfying my nacho craving.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

A Delicious Journey Through Italian Day on The Drive

It's the second year that we've been swept away by the vibrant sights, sounds, and, most importantly, the incredible tastes of Italian Day on The Drive. Our five-kilometre trek from our apartment to Commercial Drive was a beautiful adventure under the bright Vancouver sun. Armed with hats, sunscreen, water, and empty stomachs, we were ready to dive into the heart of the festival.

Apollini from Antise

The first stop was a classic Italian treat – the Apollini from Antise. This crispy pastry shattered with a delightful snap, revealing a creamy vanilla filling. A dusting of powdered sugar added a touch of playful indulgence, though it did leave a light dusting on my shirt (thankfully white!).

Apollini from Antise

Apollini from Antise

Sausage and Peperonata on a Bun from Il Centro

Next up was a sausage and peperonata on a bun from Il Centro. I was impressed by the sausage. Unlike some sausages that can be dry and tough, this one was incredibly tender and flavorful, bursting with savoury goodness in every bite. The perfect pairing was the tangy peperonata, a medley of peppers cooked down to a sweet and slightly spicy relish.

Sausage and Peperonata on a Bun from Il Centro

Sausage and Peperonata on a bun from Il Centro

Sausage Skewer and Grilled Corn from Triple A Market

Triple A Market's sausage skewer and grilled corn were revelations. The skewer featured a delightful combination of colourful grilled peppers and zucchini punctuated by juicy pineapple slices that perfectly balanced the savoury sausages. The char from the grill added a smoky depth that made each bite even more delicious. And, of course, perfectly grilled corn, its sweetness a welcome contrast to the other flavours.

Grilled Italian Sausage and Skewers from Triple A Market

Skewer from Triple A Market

Grilled Corn from Triple A Market

Shroom Pizza from Local Pizzaiolo

My husband took the lead on ordering the Shroom Pizza from Local Pizzaiolo. This vegetarian masterpiece boasted a creamy porcini base, gooey mozzarella, and a generous medley of roasted mushrooms. Finished with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano and a fragrant drizzle of truffle oil, each bite was an explosion of savoury and earthy flavours.

Shroom Pizza from Local Pizzailo

Arancini from Local Pizzailo

We also shared an Arancini (a fried rice ball filled with cheese and tomato sauce), but while it was good, Mr. Arancino still holds the crown for our favourite.

Arancini from Local Pizzaiolo

Arancini filled with cheese and tomato sauce from Local Pizzailo

Truffle Fries from Local Pizzaiolo

The final act of our culinary adventure was the Truffle Fries from Local Pizzaiolo. Crispy golden fries were generously coated in a rich truffle aioli, their intoxicating aroma filling the air. A sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh Italian parsley added pops of salty and verdant notes, making this a truly decadent side dish.

Truffle Fries from Local Pizzailo

Salted Macadamia Honey and Hazelnut Gelato from Il Mondo Caffe & Gelato

To cool off after our flavorful feast, we couldn't resist indulging in gelato from Il Mondo Caffe & Gelato. My salted macadamia honey was a symphony of textures – the smooth, creamy gelato studded with crunchy macadamia nuts. The honey swirled throughout added a touch of sweetness that perfectly complemented the nutty richness. My husband opted for the hazelnut gelato, but let's just say there's a reason I declared the macadamia the champion!

Salted Macadamia Honey Gelato from Il Mondo Caffe & Gelato

Hazelnut Gelato from Il Mondo Caffe & Gelato

Our journey through Italian Day on The Drive was a true celebration of all things delicious. Every bite was an explosion of flavour and texture, from the light and airy Apollini to the decadent truffle fries. While Mr. Arancino may still hold the Arancini crown, we discovered a treasure trove of new favourites. And with a scoop of creamy gelato, the day ended on a perfectly cool and refreshing note. I can't wait to see what culinary delights Italian Day brings next year!

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Beef Empanada and Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery

Happy Saturday! We woke up after noon, so I made grilled cheese on the air fryer for a quick first meal. After taking a quick shower, we started preparing for Mass. Before going to Church, we stopped by Small Victory Bakery.

For the past week, I've been fascinated by The Georgia Straight's Golden Plate award and decided to make a checklist of which I visited. I have visited the top two in the bakery category: Breka Bakery and purebread. The only spot I have yet to try is Small Victory.

We went to their South Granville location and were greeted with a spacious bakery. My hubby ordered the Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri while I went with the Veggie Turnover. 

What's the difference between the two? Both are turnovers, a general term for a pastry with a savoury filling. Empanadas, however, are a specific type of turnover originating in Spain and Latin America. They often feature a crescent moon shape and fillings like seasoned meat, cheese, or vegetables.

Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri from Small Victory Bakery
Slow-cooked beef chunk cooked with peas, carrots, and onions rolled in a classic empanada dough.

Beef Empanada with Parsley Chimichurri from Small Victory Bakery
Slow-cooked beef chunk cooked with peas, carrots, and onions rolled in a classic empanada dough.

The Small Victory's turnover has a flakier crust than the empanada, but they're both delicious. Of course, the beef was terrific and topping it with chimichurri adds a bit of heat.

Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery
Carrots, red pepper, celery, sundried tomatoes & nut-free pesto rolled in a puff pastry.

Veggie Turnover from Small Victory Bakery
Carrots, red pepper, celery, sundried tomatoes & nut-free pesto rolled in a puff pastry.

For dessert, I spotted and got half a dozen mini croissants covered in sugar. It's such a bite-size guilty pleasure.

Mini Croissant from Small Victory Bakery

Hibiscus Rose Iced Tea and Iced Lemon Black Tea from Small Victory Bakery

Because it's warm outside, we also got a couple of cold drinks: hibiscus rose iced tea and iced lemon black tea. They're not overly sweet and refreshing, especially since the temperature is above 20°C.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Pep 150 and Hawaii slice from Straight Brooklyn Pizza

Happy Thursday! For our company-paid team lunch today, we ventured to the pizza paradise known as Straight Brooklyn Pizza, just a stone's throw away from the office. Knowing their reputation for generous slices and killer combos, we opted for their two-slice and a pop deal for an excellent $12.50.

Since I'm a pizza aficionado (having sampled everything else in their display case!), I decided to branch out and try the classic Hawaiian and the intriguing Pep 150.

Hawaii Pizza from Straight Brooklyn Pizza
Ham, pineapple

The Hawaiian did not disappoint! It was a testament to the timeless combo of savoury ham and juicy pineapple. Each bite was a delightful explosion of flavour – the perfect balance between sweet and salty. But let me tell you, the Pep 150 was the real showstopper.

Pep 150 from Straight Brooklyn Pizza
150 slices of imported cup n' char pepperoni

This slice was a symphony of deliciousness. Imagine a perfectly greasy canvas (in the best way possible!) adorned with generous slices of imported cup-and-char pepperoni. The char added a smoky depth that perfectly complemented the rich pork, making it the quintessential pizza slice. It was, quite simply, pizza perfection.

Overall, Straight Brooklyn Pizza lived up to the hype. Their portions are fantastic, the quality of ingredients shines through, and the flavours are truly unforgettable. This is the spot if you're looking for an authentic New York-style pizza experience!

Monday, June 3, 2024

Chicken Carbonara and Steak & Stout Pie from The Pie Hole

After a long day at work, hubby and I decided to unwind by taking a walk. We stretched our legs for a leisurely 2.5 kilometres and found ourselves conveniently in front of The Pie Hole's new West Broadway location. Perfect timing!

We couldn't resist diving into their savoury pies. We shared a 5-inch Chicken Carbonara and a 5-inch Steak and Stout. The crust was exactly what you crave in a pie: flaky layers that shattered with a satisfying crunch, revealing a buttery undertone.

The Steak and Stout was a revelation. The rich, savoury filling boasted a robust undercurrent from the dark stout. It melded beautifully with the tenderness of the beef sirloin, creating a symphony of textures and flavours. Hubby, however, seemed less attuned to the subtle beer notes.

Steak & Stout Pie from The Pie Hole
A Pie Hole signature. Slow-cooked beef sirloin in rich, dark stout beer with carrots and onions.

The Chicken Carbonara was a delightful surprise. Succulent chicken pieces nestled in a luxuriously creamy alfredo sauce. The sauce was a perfect balance of savoury cheese and a hint of peppery bite. Bacon crumbles added a salty touch, while peas and onions provided pops of freshness and sweetness. It captured the essence of a classic carbonara but in a warm, comforting, and oh-so-portable form encased in that beautiful flaky crust.

Chicken Carbonara Pie from The Pie Hole
Creamy housemade alfredo sauce, big chunks of chicken, bacon, peas, onions, and lots of cheese are baked into The Pie Hole's signature Double Butter Crust.

By the end of our walk, I felt completely rejuvenated. The fresh air, delicious food, and quality time with hubby had washed away all the workday stress. We savoured the rest of the walk home, taking in the beauty of the day. It was pure bliss. Thank God!

For future me, below is a list of things you have tried in The Pie Hole.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Scottish Shortbread from Elysian Coffee Roasters

Vancouver's coffee scene is bursting with flavour, and today, my tastebuds took a delightful trip to Scotland thanks to an Elysian coffee shop. Their Scottish shortbread was a revelation, and the pairing with an iced chai latte was pure perfection.

For the uninitiated, Scottish shortbread is a buttery, crumbly biscuit that melts in your mouth. Unlike its American counterparts, which are loaded with sugar and extras, the beauty of shortbread lies in its simplicity. Traditionally, it's made with just three ingredients: flour, butter, and sugar. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth indulgence that's perfect for afternoon tea or a decadent anytime treat.

Elysian's shortbread perfectly captured the essence of this Scottish classic. It was rich and crumbly, with a perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of saltiness. Each bite delivered a burst of buttery goodness, leaving me wanting more.

Scottish Shortbread from Elysian Coffee Roasters

Now, let's talk about the inspired pairing: iced chai. The warm, spiced notes of the chai (think cinnamon, cardamom, ginger) cut through the richness of the shortbread beautifully. The cold chai provided a refreshing counterpoint to the warm, buttery biscuit, making each bite an exciting contrast of textures and temperatures.

This combination was a match made in heaven. The sweetness of the shortbread was tempered by the chai's spices, while the cold drink helped to cleanse the palate between bites. It was a delightful symphony of flavours and textures that left me feeling utterly satisfied.

If you're looking for a delicious and authentic Scottish shortbread experience in Vancouver, look no further than Elysian Coffee Shop. And if you're feeling adventurous, grab an iced chai latte to complete the experience. You won't be disappointed!

Obsessed with Filipino-style Chicken Barbecue from Dale's Food and Products

We spotted Dale's chicken barbecue at the Proudly Philippines: Travel and Food Fair at Robson Square today, and let me tell you, their chicken is incredible!

This Filipino-style barbecue is marinated in a sweet and savoury sauce that coats the entire piece, creating a glazed exterior and an unbelievably juicy interior. It comes with garlic java rice and buttered vegetables, perfectly soaking up that delicious sauce. Needless to say, I'm hooked!

Chicken Barbecue from Dale's Food and Products

Dale's has become my favourite Filipino food vendor in Metro Vancouver. Their food is just on another level. I'm hoping they'll be at more events so I can try their pork ribs BBQ (which looked amazing!).

Filipino-style Pork Barbecue from Cucina Balai

Saturday Morning Bliss! Love those weekend mornings for sleeping in, and today was perfect.

After a quick banana breakfast, we strolled across Granville Bridge to Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver for the "Proudly Philippines: Travel and Food Fair" organized by the Philippines Consulate.

My stomach was already rumbling when we arrived, so we made a beeline for Cucina Balai's Pork Barbecue. It came with fluffy rice topped with crispy garlic, a sunny-side-up egg, and a side of atchara (pickled veggies).

Pork Barbecue from Cucina Balai

This barbecue was different from what I expected. It wasn't the sweet and savoury version I'm used to, but rather a soy sauce-based one. It paired surprisingly well with the rice and the tangy atchara.

Pinoy food definitely holds a special place in my heart, and I'm so glad to be enjoying it here.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Chilaquiles from Patrón Tacos and Cantina

Happy Thursday! We flew back from Austin on Sunday, and even though I had Monday off, I was back at work on Tuesday. The vacation was too short.

Anyway, the theme for our team lunch was Mexican, so we went to our favourite spot, Patrón Tacos and Cantina. This time, I took my colleague's recommendation (she's originally from Mexico!) and ordered the Chilaquiles with Chorizo add-on and green salsa. I had chilaquiles in Austin, but it was too salty, so I was on a mission to find a good version. Patrón's did not disappoint!

Chilaquiles from Patrón Tacos and Cantina
Corn tortilla chips soaked in salsa Verde and melted cheese. Topped with feta cheese, sour cream, onions, and cilantro. Served with a side of pork beans and chorizo.

The salsa verde had a subtle heat, and the creamy, savoury pork beans were terrific. This dish was perfectly balanced - not a hint of the overpowering saltiness I experienced in Austin. The chorizo was a great addition, but I'm already excited to try other proteins next time.

Churros from Patrón Tacos and Cantina
Four churros topped with dulce de leche and served with vanilla ice cream on the side.

To end our meal, we shared an order of their Churros. The warm churros paired with cold vanilla ice cream is the perfect combination. Yum!

Monday, May 27, 2024

Costco Food Court Menu and Prices | Downtown Vancouver location

This post was first published in September 2022, and the prices and menu items are still the same; they were last checked on January 9, 2024.

The menu below is from the Costco food court in their Downtown Vancouver location (Expo Boulevard) and is subject to change without prior notice. All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes and tips.

Costco is a popular wholesale retailer known for its bulk goods, low prices, and, of course, its food court. The Costco Food Court is a favourite among shoppers, offering a range of tasty and affordable food options for members and (sometimes) non-members.

Below is a link to other Costco Food Court Menus and Prices that I have visited. I plan to make #CostcoTourism a thing.

2024 Updated Menu

The Costco food court menu below is updated on May 27, 2024.


The menu below is taken September 9, 2022.

Menu Item Price
20 oz with refill
Ice Cream Cone
Vanilla or Chocolate
Ice Cream Sundae
Caramel, Chocolate, or Berry
Pizza Slice
Pepperoni or Cheese
18" Whole Pizza
Pepperoni or Cheese
1/4 Pound Hotdog and 20 oz pop with refill
All Beef or Polish Sausage
includes a $0.25 cup fee
Chicken Strips and Fries $6.99
French Fries $2.99
Poutine $5.99
Gravy $0.30

The Costco Food Court is an excellent option for those looking for tasty, affordable, and convenient food options while shopping at Costco. Whether you're in the mood for a classic hot dog, a slice of pizza, or something else entirely, the food court has something for everyone. So, the next time you're at Costco, stop by and try out the food court for yourself!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A&W's Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher

A&W's Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher is here to excite your taste buds. Hubby and I recently embarked on a flavour adventure with this fiery sandwich.

We opted to share the Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher. The star of the show was the crispy boneless fried chicken, nestled perfectly within a toasted brioche-style bun. It delivered a delightful textural contrast – a satisfying crunch on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside.

Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher from A&W
Made with super-CRISPY and JUICY breaded chicken with a spicy Nashville glaze, complemented by Chubby mayo and sweet bread and butter pickles, all sandwiched between a perfectly toasted brioche-style bun.

Now, the real intrigue lies in the Nashville glaze. This spicy concoction coats the chicken, promising a fiery kick. For me, it offered a pleasant warmth. It wasn't overpowering, but it definitely added a mild layer of heat. However, my hubby (who freely admits he's a spice lightweight) found it manageable. This is where things got interesting – for those who crave serious heat, you might wish the chicken itself packed a spicier punch.

Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher from A&W

To complement the sandwich, we opted for a side of both onion rings and sweet potato fries. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious on their own, but the real star was the accompanying spicy chipotle mayo. This creamy sauce offered a delightful smoky flavour with a touch of heat, the perfect dipping companion for the fries and the onion rings.

Onion Rings and Sweet Potato Fries from A&W

Overall, the Nashville Hot Chicken Cruncher was a delicious and satisfying meal. The crispy chicken, the flavorful glaze, and the perfect sides made for a delightful dining experience.

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