Flavour Illusions: The Templeton

Let me start off by saying that my wife, son, and I had a solid meal at The Templeton today. The service was friendly and efficient; the premises were fairly clean; the prices were about average;  the food was typical of diner fare, but it was less salty and much less greasy. Even though they had lower-than-usual salt and oil components, the food was nonetheless … Continue reading Flavour Illusions: The Templeton

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.

Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon

From the online reviews I’ve read of the place, The Red Wagon seemed to be a triple-D featured restaurant that lived up to the hype. It seemed to be a place that was well regarded before triple-D; it also seemed to be a place that retained its popularity even after the buzz form Guy Fieri’s visit died down. I’ve known about The Red Wagon for … Continue reading Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon

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

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, … Continue reading No Cleanliness = Minimal Food Memories: Vera’s Burger Shack On Denman

Gourmet Brunch Poutine: Edible Canada At The Market

I’ve always thought that a poutine topped with fried eggs would make for a tasty and satisfying breakfast. Fried potatoes, gravy, cheese curds, and eggs seem like the perfect combination for a hearty, heavy-on-carbs-but-light-on-meat breakfast. I know that poutine specialty places like La Belle Patate do offer breakfast poutines, and I have seen poutines offered in a few of the local breakfast/brunch places that I have visited, … Continue reading Gourmet Brunch Poutine: Edible Canada At The Market

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 … Continue reading The Pacific Northwest Clambake: The Fish Shack

Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Southern barbecue is not exactly my cup of tea (“plate of meat” might be more appropriate here). I like smoked meat and grilled meat and sausage and brisket and ribs and all, but I’m not really into most barbecue sauces. Unfortunately (for me), the overwhelming majority of barbecue served away from the south(ern United States) is of the wet-and-slathered-with-bbq-sauce variety. It is relatively uncommon for … Continue reading Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Poutine Contender: Fritz European Fry House

If you follow my dining habits with some regularity, you have probably noticed that I have a tendency to try the same food item from different restaurants within a short period of time. For the past few months it has been chirashi, and I have several chirashi experiences in my backlog of posts that I have yet to complete. Within the same time span, I … Continue reading Poutine Contender: Fritz European Fry House

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