Burger Chronicles Whistler: Splitz Grill

My wife and I took the kids up to Whistler for a mini 2-day skiing trip since the weather was so nice this week (and also because we got a great last-minute hotel deal). We arrived early and got in a full day of exploring the seemingly endless runs on both local mountains. At the end of the day, all four of us had exhausted every single calorie that we have taken in for breakfast, lunch, and probably all three meals for the two previous days.   We needed a high calorie meal; we needed burgers and fries. A quick … Continue reading Burger Chronicles Whistler: Splitz Grill

No Cleanliness = Minimal Food Memories: Vera’s Burger Shack On Denman

Since there is no way to sugar coat it, I’ll just come right out and say it. Every single physical object in the restaurant felt so unsanitary that it was impossible for my wife, son, and I to enjoy our meals at Vera’s branch on Denman. I couldn’t even focus on the flavours and textures of the individual items we ordered. The floor was grimy, our table was sticky, our seats were icky, and the kitchen looked like it needed a good blast from the power washer. Since we ordered and paid before we sat down, we were kinda stuck … Continue reading No Cleanliness = Minimal Food Memories: Vera’s Burger Shack On Denman

Wines Organic And Young (and still cheap): Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

I’ve decided to make more of an effort to try out organic wines and write about them. There are several reasons for this. First of all, organic wines have grown up from being niche products put out by niche producers to become a serious category of wine featured at liquor and wine stores frequented by the masses. Secondly, there seems to be much more interest in organic and biodynamic wines now than there has ever been. I hear about it much more often on television, read about it much more in print publications, and participate in way more discussions about … Continue reading Wines Organic And Young (and still cheap): Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Unexpected Pizza Experience: Steveston Pizza Co.

My wife and I are always up for a good pizza, and it is not beyond us to travel hours just to have good pizza. Before we had kids, we would even drive 4 hours (2.5 disregarding the speed limit) from Boston to New York just to have authentic New York pizza. No matter which city we have moved to, we have always made it a priority of ours to search out the best local pizza. The first highly regarded local pizza that my wife and I tried was from The Bibo, and we really liked their pizza. We have … Continue reading Unexpected Pizza Experience: Steveston Pizza Co.

Wines Cheap And Young: Santa Ana Reserve Malbec Shiraz Mendoza 2011

Malbec and Shiraz probably dominate more than 90% of the reds that my wife and I drink, but I can’t say that I have much experience with shiraz-malbec blends. Actually, I don’t think that I remember having any shiraz-malbec blends in the past six months. My lack of familiarity with the blend was precisely the reason that I was drawn to this bottle of Santa Ana shiraz-malbec while I was browsing the Argentinean section at my local liquor store. The blend represented a very enticing proposition; I like shiraz and I like malbec, thus like plus like must equal…DOUBLE LIKE. … Continue reading Wines Cheap And Young: Santa Ana Reserve Malbec Shiraz Mendoza 2011

Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

My wife and I are so committed to our chirashi-prioritized diet that we chose to have raw fish over rice for our dinner even when we were in Richmond – the land of amazingly tasty Chinese food. There seemed to be no better place to have our almost-thrice-weekly (yes, “thrice” is an actual word with an actual definition in at least one dictionary[site]) fix of chirashi than Gyo-O – a restaurant that supposedly specialized in various preparations of raw fish on rice. My wife went with the regular seafood don, which was the rather plain English name the restaurant assigned … Continue reading Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant

I was going through pictures of meals that I have not had a chance to post about and came upon the photographs of my family’s most recent non-B.B.Q. meal at Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant, the elder sibling of the more Japanese-cuisine-leaning Yakiniku Chosun. I was a little surprised by the flavours and textures that the pictures brought up from the stacks of my long-term memory. For example, the kalbi (short-ribs) we ordered very much resembled the kalbi that came on the bibimbap at Yakiniku Chosun. These short ribs were almost as wet as the ones from the restaurant’s West End … Continue reading Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant