Present Tense Suck: Tung Hing Bakery

There are many things I don’t know about the city, like how this stretch of Kingsway, with Vietnamese storefronts slightly outnumbering their Anglo and Chinese counterparts, is known as Little Saigon. I also have no idea that Tung Hing Bakery is supposed to be a bahn mi destination. The present tense gives me goose bumps in a bad way. I type in the present tense … Continue reading Present Tense Suck: Tung Hing Bakery

Expensive or Well-Priced? Forage

My wife and I took the kids to the newly opened Forage for brunch today. I thought that the items we ordered were well-priced while my wife thought that the menu items were priced too high for what we were served and for what the restaurant was. What, exactly, is the type of restaurant that Forage strives to be? A mid-range non-chain restaurant that rides … Continue reading Expensive or Well-Priced? Forage

Barcelona: Cinc Sentits

While doing research on restaurants to visit in Barcelona, Cinc Sentits was the one restaurant (other than Tickets, of course) that really piqued my interest. I was interested in the restaurant not because it currently owns a Michelin star – I’ve been to my share of restaurants awarded with one, two, and even three Michelin stars. I was interested in the restaurant because it was … Continue reading Barcelona: Cinc Sentits

Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Mangia E Bevi – For some reason, crossing the Lion’s Gate Bridge on a gloomy, hard-raining day feels like breaching the boundary between anytown USA and the land of the zombies. The simple 10 minute journey from my house to the West End seemingly becomes an arduous journey full of pitfalls and perils. On those days, my mind tries its best to psych itself out … Continue reading Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Barcelona: Generic Paella

I think it was around our third or fourth day in Spain that my wife reminded me that it would be odd for us to visit Spain without trying paella. We were at the city’s most iconic tourist attraction at the time, and we decided we would just walk in to one of the numerous tourist-trap restaurants around the attraction for our first “authentic” paella … Continue reading Barcelona: Generic Paella

A Flavour Disappointment

L’abattoir – I have been looking forward to my dinner tonight at L’abattoir. The restaurant looked and sounded promising on paper (LCD). It was an informal restaurant set in the city’s first jail and had a short and focused menu consisting of classical ingredients and classical sauces with a modern, haute twist. I’ve been to these types of restaurant countless times before in many a … Continue reading A Flavour Disappointment

Training Our Brains With A New Textural Experience

Anton’s Pasta Bar – It’s Saturday and that means lunch in Burnaby. Our usual routine would be to try one of the restaurants along Kingsway near Metrotown, but I wanted to go somewhere new today. We’ve only ever tried the restaurants near the Metrotown area because that was the neighborhood closest to my daughter’s Mandarin school. From regularly reading online restaurant reviews, I knew that … Continue reading Training Our Brains With A New Textural Experience