Ardor: Baoqi

Dear pho of Baoqi, Embrace me. Take me into your arms. Envelop me with you warm, sweet fragrant stock. Allow me to stroke the tendrils of your velvety rice noodles. Caress me all over with slices of your tender, raw beef. Overwhelm my senses with you unending leafs of basil. Nurture me with the the pure manna within your bean sprouts. Throw me upon the … Continue reading Ardor: Baoqi

“Vietnamese-lite”: One Saigon

I found out about One Saigon while waiting for a table at ShiZen Ya next door. I noticed that the tiny Vietnamese place had the “must-try” trifecta: all of its tables were occupied, a sizable lineup of diners were waiting to order and purchase food, and an equally sizable crowd was hanging around waiting for their takeout orders. I went back to One Saigon a few … Continue reading “Vietnamese-lite”: One Saigon

A Value Proposition: Pho Century

My wife and I were in the mood for some casual Taiwanese after we picked our daughter up from Mandarin school in Burnaby yesterday, and we made our way to our favorite casual Taiwanese joint in Burnaby: Pearl House. As we parked our car in front of the restaurant, we noticed that no light was emanating from its interior. Its shades were all drawn when … Continue reading A Value Proposition: Pho Century

An Exceptionally and Extraordinarily…unpleasant meal experience

Pho Express Angkor Noodle House – I can’t recall the last time that I visited a restaurant with either a sticky door, sticky floors, or sticky tables. In general, I have found most of the local restaurants I’ve visited to be clean, sanitary, and devoid unpleasant elements. Thus it was a little surprising for me to find Pho Express Angkor Noodle House to have all … Continue reading An Exceptionally and Extraordinarily…unpleasant meal experience

Good Food, Bad Stomach

Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant- More often than not, you can tell that  a restaurant is popular from a (figurative) mile away. Whether it be a huge lineup out its front door, a backup of cars prowling its block for street parking, or even the incredible amount of noise emanating from the restaruant, there are usually signs that indicate a restaurant’s popularity. But Joyeaux Cafe is … Continue reading Good Food, Bad Stomach

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Day 27 – Pho Japolo… I have always had at least one go-to neighborhood restaurant that I frequented  in every city I have lived in. And I believe most people have their own go-to neighborhood restaurants as well. It is a restaurant you go to when you don’t feel like cooking. It is a restaurant you go to when you can’t think of another restaurant … Continue reading Don’t judge a book by it’s cover