When the weather starts getting cold and the rain starts getting relentless, when their combined effects contribute to the attrition of the walkers of the sidewalk, the jaywalkers of the pavement, and the tourists who did not rent cars, when the act of simply walking from point A to point B for any and all purposes turns from a joy to being unbearable, THAT is the exact moment when walking into a restaurant becomes magical. Walking into the restaurant, you feel a warmth that not only comes from the artificial, man-made heat-generating systems in the building, but you also feel … Continue reading Quality or quantity for nine fifty? Nosherie
New York bagels: excellent. Montreal bagels: excellent. Boston bagels: good. Toronto bagels: good. L.A. bagels: mediocre. Vancouver bagels: mediocre. Conclusion: bagels suck on the west coast. After visiting the newly opened Rosemary Rocksalt on Lonsdale in North Van this afternoon, I am going to revise my conclusion. New conclusion: most bagels taste like dirt on the west coast, but there are a few gems within this sea of dirt. Rosemary Rocksalt is one of them (a gem, not dirt). The bagels sold (and made) at Rosemary Rocksalt are the real deal. They are indistinguishable in flavour and texture to the … Continue reading Bagels and Smoked Meat: Rosemary Rocksalt
I will not make a pun using the word hubbub. I will try not to even though there was a crowd at the restaurant, who happened to be making a fair bit of noise… Hubbub Sandwiches was BUSY when I visited it to pick up a few sandwiches for lunch yesterday. It was my first visit inside the restaurant and I was a little surprised at how hipster-esque its interior, employees, and clientele were -much like Meat And Bread. But my impression might not be entirely since I was illegally parked outside and spent a maximum of 80 seconds in … Continue reading Tempted To Make A Pun: Hubbub Sandwiches
Chez Meme Baguette Bistro – I think I’ve been spoiled by the numerous amazing bahn mi’s that I’ve had in the Veitnamese-expat-heavy cities that I have lived in during the past decade. The combination of the French baguette and French pate, Vietnamese pickled vegetables, cilantro, and chilies, Asian/European cold cuts, animal fat, and (sometimes) fried eggs creates such an amazing synergy that is nothing less than amazing. Compared with better versions of bahn mi that I’ve had, most other baguette-based sandwiches (including ones I’ve had in France) seemed lacking. So even though I’ve read and heard rave reviews about the … Continue reading Satisfying? Yes. Amazing? No.
Tomahawk Restaurant – I didn’t feel like crossing the Lion’s Gate Bridge today, so I decided to head over to north van and have lunch at Tomahawk Restaurant. I have had breakfast there before, but I wanted to give some of their non-breakfast items a try today. Like other restaurants that have been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the restaurant has gained some online hype after being on the show. But its popularity seems to have stayed the same. On weekends, there is at least a 30-40 minute for brunch, which I gathered was the case before the restaurant … Continue reading Fieri Has Failed Me Again
Blue Fox Cafe (Victoria) – I have to apologize beforehand for my less thorough post today. The family and I took our first ever trip to Victoria today and the trip took up 14 hours of our day. After we got home, it took me another hour to get the kids settled down for bedtime. That left me little time to compose this post about my lunch today at Blue Fox Cafe in Victoria. My wife, kids, and I have never been to Victoria before, so when it came time to find a restaurant for lunch, we had to rely … Continue reading Food, Family, and Fun
Dunn’s Famous (I forgot to bring my camera. So these are iphone pics) – The smoked meat sandwich that I had at Dunn’s Famous BC a week after it opened was so good that fireworks were going off in my head several hours after I had finished eating it. I’ve never been to one of the proper smoked meat deli’s in Montreal, so I was shocked at how truly amazing the smoked meat at Dunn’s Famous was. Compared to the pastrami and corned beef that I was used to having in Toronto, Boston, and even New York, the smoked meat … Continue reading Should’ve Left a Good Memory Alone