Fooled by the queue…

Day 28 – Kintaro Ramen… Kintaro Ramen is one of those places where there always seems to be a lineup. Whether it’s 11:30 A.M. , 2:00 P.M. , or 6:00 P.M. , there are always more people than there are seats at the restaurant. On slower days, there would only be two to three groups waiting inside the restaurant. But I’ve seen lineups extending to the intersection of Robson and Denman on warm, sunny weekend days. Intrigued by the constant lineup, my wife said that if we ever drove past it during lunchtime and there was no line out the … Continue reading Fooled by the queue…

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Day 27 – Pho Japolo… I have always had at least one go-to neighborhood restaurant that I frequented  in every city I have lived in. And I believe most people have their own go-to neighborhood restaurants as well. It is a restaurant you go to when you don’t feel like cooking. It is a restaurant you go to when you can’t think of another restaurant to go to. It is one where you know exactly what you’re going to get before you even get there. It may not have the best atmosphere; it may not even serve you favorite food, … Continue reading Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

This time it was good…and next time it might become my favorite

Day 26  – Ajisai… Finding my favorite sushi restaurant in a city with one around every street corner has proven to be extremely difficult. I go into every sushi restaurant hoping to get a mind-blowing omakase experience, but I always leave somewhat disappointed.  I tried Sushi Kimura after reading rave after rave on chowhound and was sorely disappointed. I even tried the sushi bar at Tojo. Chef Tojo provided me with the best entertainment in the city, but his sushi was not even close to being mind-blowing (though it was wallet-busting). So I was more than a little skeptical when … Continue reading This time it was good…and next time it might become my favorite

Wines under $30: Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2007

Wine 1 – Valles Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2007 Mendoza… The biggest warning I got from people before moving here is that everything is extremely expensive.  The gas here is definitely more expensive than it is in the U.S., but the difference is still within acceptable limits for me. Groceries can be more expensive if you are budget conscious and only shop at budget supermarkets. Once you get into organic produce, aged meat, and gourmet  bakeries, there really isn’t that much of a difference. The restaurants here are similar. Though it would be hard to find a filling meal for … Continue reading Wines under $30: Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2007

A taste of Mexico…or is it Southern California?

Day 25 – Chronic Tacos… A few years ago, while I was still in Southern California, I remember getting a particular piece of mail from the local car dealership that sold me and my wife our two cars. It included a voucher for two free fish tacos from Chronic Tacos. I had never heard of the place but it was apparently a local taco joint popular enough to warrant being chosen as a cross-promotion partner for North America’s highest-volume dealership of this German automobile manufacturer. I was intrigued for about a minute or two but wasn’t interested enough to even … Continue reading A taste of Mexico…or is it Southern California?

Preview: The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown

I went out and bought macarons from Thierry, Soirette, Thomas Haas, Faubourg, and French Made Baking today so that I could try them together. Hopefully, after tasting all of them, I’ll be able to crown the current king of macarons in Vancouver. I have to admit that trying so many macarons at once is much more difficult than what I had imagined it to be. I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much sugar in one sitting…I am writing this preview as I’m taking a break after trying about half of the macarons. Let me tell you that I … Continue reading Preview: The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown

Somebody get her some help, Please!

Day 24 – 29th Ave. Cafe… Although I’m quite fond of Japanese food and make a point to have it a least once a week, I have never had a particularly soulful meal at a Japanese restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had very tasty meals at restaurants such as Kingyo; I just haven’t necessarily had an out-of-body experience like I’ve had at certain meals at Ma Dang Coul or Le Regalade. I guess the closest I’ve come to a soulful Japanese restaurant experience is at Sushi Shibucho in Costa Mesa, California. The piece-by-piece progression of the nigiri, the intricate … Continue reading Somebody get her some help, Please!