Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

I haven’t been keeping up with my plan of getting more intimate with local food trucks – which is rather regrettable considering that they are fast becoming a major part of the local food scene. I fear that if I don’t start getting a move on sampling the food from more local food trucks, I will miss out on this important culinary movement entirely. So I thought that I’d start immediately. Immediately meant today. I started with Vij’s Railway Express because it was at the top of my long-forgotten list of food trucks to try. Since almost everyone and their … Continue reading Food Trucks: Vij’s Railway Express

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

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, but it is more of a rare find than a menu staple. Normally, if I find poutine offered as a breakfast item, it is usually on the weekend brunch menu at “gourmet” places like Edible … Continue reading Gourmet Brunch Poutine: Edible Canada At The Market

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 have somehow gotten into the habit of ordering poutine instead of fries whenever  both are presented as options at restaurants. Taking that a step further, I have recently started to seek out places that feature … 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 always looking for something that comes close to what poutine experts consider authentic. Unfortunately I do not personally know any of those poutine experts, but the “experts” online seem to think that La Belle Patate … Continue reading Good Poutine: La Belle Patate

The Great Canadian Burger

Harvey’s – (Note: This post was written prior to my “reboot”.) Okay, I might be (grossly) overstating it in the title of this post. But Harvey’s was the ONE burger that my wife missed during our eleven years away from the country. She missed how she could customize the accompaniments and condiments of a Harvey’s burger just like a Subway sub. Although I didn’t particularly miss their burgers, I did miss being able to choose between their burgers or Church’s fried chicken at their locations in the GTA (during the 90’s…I have not been back recently so I don’t know … Continue reading The Great Canadian Burger

Should’ve Waited For The Table At The Other Place

Prestons – Prestons wasn’t my first choice for lunch today. I actually planned on dining at Tableau, but was surprised to find it booked solid until 1:30 P.M. Having my energy-so-spent-that-hunger-had-turned-to-anger 4-year-old son as a dining companion meant that waiting was not an option. He needed to eat, and it needed to be right away. The first and only restaurant in the neighborhood that I knew within walking distance of Tableau was Prestons, so we hurried there (passing by several other restaurants that I never knew existed). My wife and I were relieved to find the restaurant only 30% as … Continue reading Should’ve Waited For The Table At The Other Place