My favorite since age 10: Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. has been my favorite fast food restaurant since grade 4. Something happened during that year that forever endeared the restaurant to me…but I have forgotten what it was. All I remember is that I thought that their burgers were better tasting than burgers from McDee’s, Jack in the Crack, Dave’s daughter, Whopper King, and even that double-double-animal-style-secret-menu place. I had Carl’s Jr’s burgers … Continue reading My favorite since age 10: Carl’s Jr.

Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

After I placed an order of the Ipoh bean sprout chicken at its namesake stall, I stood around to observe the food that other people ordered from the stall. The most popular item that came out of the kitchen by far was the laksa. It was on every other tray being brought to the counter. To my surprise, on the trays that did not have … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

I haven’t been keeping up with my plan of getting more intimate with local food trucks – which is rather regrettable considering that they are fast becoming a major part of the local food scene. I fear that if I don’t start getting a move on sampling the food from more local food trucks, I will miss out on this important culinary movement entirely. So … Continue reading Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

My wife, kids, and I wanted some bubble waffle after each finishing our meals, but we were weary of the crowds in front of Bubble Waffle Cafe. Since bubble waffle was not something that could instantly be made, we knew that we would need to wait a minimum of 25 minutes for them judging from the size of the crowd. If it was any other … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Bubble Waffle at…Bubble Waffle Cafe

Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

I can’t resist fried chicken wings, especially when I see order after order being served to customers that looked like they couldn’t wait to dig their teeth into them . I stood practically frozen for a good ten minutes watching nothing but pipping hot deep fried chicken wings coming out of the kitchen of Wo Fung. I had just finished having a filling meal with … Continue reading Aberdeen Centre Food Court: Chicken Wings at Wo Fung

Japan: Beef Bowls – both low end and high end

I have a soft spot for Japanese beef bowls, especially the ones from Yoshinoya. They were the single most important food item that helped me through many a hungry boarding school evening when I was between the ages of 13 and 14. The simple combination of relatively-fresh, boiled-in-sauce thinly sliced beef and onions with white rice often provided me with the tasty and nutritious satisfaction … Continue reading Japan: Beef Bowls – both low end and high end

WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

I’ve always found so-called “fast food” places in Japan to be reliable because most of the quick-service chains in Japan have clearly-detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) as to how each menu item is to be prepared and assembled (much like McDee’s). A beef don will taste like a beef don no matter which Matsuya or Yoshinoya you visit; a bowl of Ippudo ramen tastes as … Continue reading WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

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 … Continue reading Burger Chronicles Whistler: Splitz Grill

Good Poutine: La Belle Patate

I like poutine, but I’m no connoisseur.  I’m more of a poutine neophyte. I have no problems ordering poutine from fast food chains, and I’m perfectly satisfied with the version served at the food service counter at Costco. I can even make a meal of an order of poutine from New York Fries. As a novice who has not really experienced the “real thing”, I’m … Continue reading Good Poutine: La Belle Patate

The Punishment for a Glutton

Donburiya – Donburiya is one of those places that I’ve been to, disliked, and revisited and disliked again. With more than one unenjoyable experience at the restaurant, you would think that the restaurant would be one of the last places that I would want to visit. But that would just be applying a logical pattern to erratic human behavior. Call me weird, but sometimes there … Continue reading The Punishment for a Glutton