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

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?


East Side Mario’s – I really thought that I had escaped unscathed from the late night subconscious seed planting campaign that East Side Mario’s unleashed upon the insomniac television audience of Toronto in the mid to late nineties. Their television advertising spots and accompanying slogan stood out so much among other low-budget commericals for “questionable” services during the same past-midnight time slots that it was almost impossible for anyone not to have the “…badda boom badda bing” repeating in their heads before they finally dose off into the unconscious. East Side Mario’s slogan was so ingrained into my mind that … Continue reading Brainwashed!

North American Food with North American Portions

After spending around eight weeks constantly going hungry between meals as a result of the tiny local portion sizes in Taiwan (and Japan), I was really looking forward to the larger, more satisfying portion sizes of North America.  Strangely, after such a short time away, I was also really missing North American food. Since Earls is the go-to restaurant serving North American style food for my wife, kids, and I, we decided to make it the first non-breakfast restaurant (the time difference basically made breakfast places and 24-hour joints our only options for meals in the middle of the night) … Continue reading North American Food with North American Portions

I Finally Fixed The Pictures (Sorta)

Gotham Steakhouse- I finally was able to somewhat fix the pictures I took of my meal at Gotham Steakhouse a few weeks ago. Although I did manage to brighten the pictures up a bit, I failed to properly adjust all of the pictures to a consistent color temperature. As a result, none of the pictures have colors that are even remotely close to what they look like in real life. So please make a mental note that the items in the photos are not as yellow or red as they look in  the pictures. Here are the items we had: … Continue reading I Finally Fixed The Pictures (Sorta)

You Should Get Out More

Day 6 – Hy’s Encore… As I’ve mentioned in my post yesterday, foodies elsewhere often have something against well-known, historic, high-end (high-priced) dining establishments. Unless these places serve up a signature local dish or hit a nerve with their nostalgic charm, they are almost always panned for surviving on their reputations. In some cases, the criticisms are too harsh. A lot of times these restaurants do serve reasonably good food but the expectations are so unreasonably high that they would never be attainable no matter how good the food was. When I first heard of Hy’s Encore, I thought it … Continue reading You Should Get Out More

You Don’t Know How Good You Have It

Day 5 – Earls… There are similar negative recurring themes on yelp, chowhound, food blogs, and other foodie sites in every North American that I’ve lived in. Some of the most popular ones are: the fact that most Japanese restraurants are not Japanese owned and operated and are therefore inauthentic, the complaint that a lot of the most popular restaurants are nowhere near as good as they are hyped up to be; the observation that the most well-known restaurants are getting by on their reputation alone, and finally the total and utter disdain for chain restaurants. That most chain restaurants … Continue reading You Don’t Know How Good You Have It