Chain: Joey Burrard

Is this place called Joey Burrard or Joey on Burrard or just Joey? My daughter asked me before we arrived at the restaurant if the restaurant had pictures of kangaroos on their walls and I told her that I didn’t know. What I knew was that Joey was probably the only local chain restaurant that I have not visited since moving to the local area. I know I’ve mentioned it several times before, but it never hurts to mention it one more time: local chain restaurants rock. Every time I visit a Cactus Club or an Earls, I am reminded … Continue reading Chain: Joey Burrard

Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

I’ll make it real simple: If you visit only one Taiwanese restaurant in your lifetime, it absolutely has to be Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine. No, it is not regarded as the best restaurant in Taiwan. And no, it does not have a celebrity chef manning its kitchen. Shin Yeh is actually not one single restaurant. It is a chain of (mid-to-up-market) Taiwanese restaurants in Taipei that is as popular with the locals as it is with tourists. On weekdays, you’re likely to see more Japanese tourists than locals at any of its locations. On weekends, you’re likely to see more … Continue reading Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

The Pacific Northwest Clambake: The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack belongs to the genre of nautical-themed seafood-casual restaurants that can be found throughout the coastal cities of North America. These restaurants usually specialize in raw oysters, steamers, chowders, shellfish, deep-fried everything, and grilled-or-blackened-fresh-sheet-items. Since I have lived in several cities along both the east and west coast, I have visited more than my share of this type of restaurant. A notable local example that I have visited is Rodney’s Oyster HouseĀ (I know…it originated in a non-coastal city); another notable and popular restaurant in this category that I have often visited with my wife and daughter was Jasper … Continue reading The Pacific Northwest Clambake: The Fish Shack

Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

Cioppino’s – My wife and I dine out way more often for lunch than we do for dinner. This means that we don’t get a chance to try some of the more highly-regarded local restaurants that only offer dinner service. Cioppino’s falls into that category. It also happens to fall under the category of being regarded by some as overrated and overpriced, which will be the focus of my reviews for the next few days. My wife and I have actually made one previous visit to Cioppino’s and we quite liked the food we were served. The prices were a … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

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 of going across the bridge to a destination in which almost endless options for satisfying my hunger exist. On those days, I often choose to try out one of the several genre-abiding restaurants on Marine … Continue reading Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

This post will be the most difficult that I will have ever written. I don’t even know if I will be able to finish describing the dishes I had after I insert the photographs of the them into the post. Hopefully I will be able to suppress all of the negative images and feelings that my mind has associated with the food I had at Martim Restaurant. It’s not that the food was bad-tasting; The food that my wife, kids, and I had there was actually quite delicious. It’s just that I fell ill with an acute case of food … Continue reading Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria

    El Quim De La Boqueria- as its name suggests -is located in Barcelona’s landmark public market, the Boqueria. The market’s history dates back several centuries, and it has become much more of a tourist destination than a market where locals shop for ingredients that comprise their daily meals. El Quim de la Boqueria is perhaps the most well-known of the few sit-down stalls in the market where visitors could actually sit down for a meal. The restaurant/bar is mentioned in every travel guide, recommended on every travel website, discussed on every foodie discussion board, and even visited by … Continue reading Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria