Entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book: How Much Can I Save?

I got myself an entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book the other day at Costco. The book’s got a lot of coupons for a lot of restaurants that I have never been to or even heard of. I thought I would use the coupons as an opportunity to visit some new restaurants while saving myself a bit of money. I also thought it might be fun to document my savings from the coupons with an ongoing series of posts to see how much money I can save. As soon as I got home and skimmed through the book and the website that … Continue reading Entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book: How Much Can I Save?

At The Movies Or With Unsweetened Iced Tea

Chipotle – I don’t remember Chipotle’s logo looking like this. The burgundy/red background with the scribbled chili and rather ordinary font…is this the same sanitized-Mexican-ish chain that I used to visit so that I could sneak a burrito into the cineplex? Apparently it is. I can’t say that I am as passionate about the food at Chipotle  as a lot of the people eating there. The lineups that I saw there at lunch today was in line with the queues I’ve encountered at their location next to the southern California cineplex that I used to frequent. I’ve always had to … Continue reading At The Movies Or With Unsweetened Iced Tea


Big Chef – As I mentioned in my Michigan Noodle Restaurant post a few days ago, I got cold feet the first time that I planned on visiting Big Chef. But after reading the positive review of the restaurant that commenter Crispy Lechon pointed me to (along with a few other equally positive reviews), I decided to finally give the place a try. I visited the restaurant for lunch on a Sunday, since it was the only day and time-slot of the week that all four members of my family was available to travel all the way to Richmond for … Continue reading A Big YES

Madrid: L’Entrecote

  When it came time for me to have my first meal after suffering from the effects of food poisoning and not eating solid foods for two and a half days in foreign country, I chose to have steak. My wife did not think that it was such a good idea for me to go all-in with my first meal after being ill, but I had become so drunk with hunger that I wasn’t thinking straight. I assured her that I was feeling 100% and promised that I would not order my steak rare. L’entrecote was one of the several … Continue reading Madrid: L’Entrecote

A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food

Oru – How can you complain about a meal at a nice restaurant in one of the more exclusive hotels in the city? You can’t. It was sunny, and the second floor restaurant had wraparound wall-to-ceiling windows that allowed bright, warm sunlight to penetrate through them without allowing any of the frigid outside air to seep in. The windows –  besides allowing us patrons of the restaurant a chance to bask/bake in the heat of the sun’s (ultraviolet) rays – also provided us with a great view of Canada Place, the Burrard inlet, and the north shore mountains. The white/white … Continue reading A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food

Barcelona: A Generic Restaurant

The two and a half days in Spain that I was unable to eat because of food poisoning/stomach bug was a new and extremely interesting experience for me. Like everyone else, when I have a stomach flu or am otherwise unable to ingest solid food for a while, I will also be too weak to get out of bed – much less venture out of the house for a meal. But since we were on a trip to  a foreign country, it was necessary for me to suck it up a bit and visit the sites that needed to be … Continue reading Barcelona: A Generic Restaurant

When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option

Michigan Noodle Shop – Our original plan was to first take the kids to the Disney video-game themed animated/CGI feature at Silvercity Riverport in Richmond and then drive over to Big Chef for our dinner after we were done watching the movie. But when we arrived at the plaza where Big Chef was located after the movie, we were greeted unexpectly by the restaurant’s sign; it seemed to indicate that it was a hot pot focused restaurant instead of one that specialized in traditional Chinese/Cantonese meals. There were also hardly any diners in the restaurant.  An empty hot pot restaurant … Continue reading When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option