Eating With Kirby

Mosaic Bar and Grille- Italian Chef Tasting Menu

The barely cooked runny yolk is meant to be popped and enjoyed along with the risotto...and enjoy I did. The golden lava coated every kernel of rice with its warm embrace and made the risotto that much more comforting.

Adorabelle Tea Room- Catching Up With the Girls

This is an Onion, Chive, and Bacon Savoury Cupcake. Even the icing was savoury! It was super delicious and was really innovative. Overall, the ambiance was great (loved the fake sky ceiling!), food was well thought out and executed, and the service was attentive.

Forage- Pretty Decent Food.

All six of us ordered their Award Winning Seafood Chowder with soft poached quail egg and crispy pork rind. While the soup was smokey, full of flavour, it was too thick and tasted a bit more like sauce than soup. The quail egg added a certain richness to the soup too which was nice.

Jethro's Fine Grub- That's Some Tasty Grub.

Overall, Jethro’s is an awesome breakfast and lunch diner serving up good eats with a twist. I most definitely will return for some alligator nuggets or pancakes!

Teppan Kitchen and Mambo Cafe (Aberdeen Food Court)- Crazy Sauce.

They serve this to you with a little sleeve around the plate to catch any splattering oil that radiates from the oven hot iron plate. If you are noob (hehe) at this Teppan Rice business, you can read the "How To Cook" instructions on the sleeve.

Basho Cafe - Quaint, Cozy, Delicious

You get the real deal here when it comes to their Matcha Latte. Served in a traditional Japanese bowl the way its suppose to be (not cup), its not only fragrant but it has incredibly depth. Be forewarn, this latte isn't sweet. There is no additional pre-sweetened sugary stuff here.

18 May 2015

Red Lobster (Calgary) - I Finally Tried It!

Red Lobster has always been on my 'To-Eat' list only because I've never tried it before and their commercials always make their seafood look amazing.

People told me to have no expectations going in because it's not as great as it seems. And that their cheesy appetizer biscuits are the best thing on the menu.

Since I was on a work trip in Calgary and had a daily allowance for food, of course I took advantage of that opportunity and went to Red Lobster! *Yes, those are teenage girls taking selfies in front of the restaurant... *

To be honest, their menu looked amazing. I wanted to get everything on the menu so it took me forever to decide on a dish.

For drinks, I ended up getting a Virgin Peach Mango Slush of some sort. It was alright.

Minecraft Boy was starving his butt of so he got some Mozzarella Sticks and Chicken Tenders  to start. They were very average and quite frankly looked like the frozen stuff you'd make at home.

I don't know what these cheesy biscuits are called, but they are complementary appetizers and my friends were right! They were absolutely amazing. It was cheesy, buttery, and everything that's bad for your body but good for the soul.

If I'm not mistaken, Minecraft Boy got the Cheese Crusted Tilapia which came with a heavy dose of breadcrumbs, cream sauce, broccoli, and pasta.  

I went for the Bar Harbour Lobster Bake ($29.99) which had Petite Maritime lobster tails, split, and roasted with shrimp, sea scallops, and mussels. Served over linguini in a garlic and white wine broth.

There were ample amounts of seafood and I was pleasantly surprised by their rather large sea scallops. It would've been even better if the scallops were slightly seared. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed this dish and had TONS of leftover to pack home.

All in all, Red Lobster didn't quite wow me with its dining atmosphere or 'fresh' seafood selection. I would have to side with all my friends and say its a once in a lifetime try, and once is more than enough. :) Especially when we live in Vancouver and can have much fresher seafood than this.

Service Rating: 3/5
Food Rating: 3/5
Price: $$$$-$$$$$

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

  I'll be taking all the samples like...

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9 May 2015

Tapenade Bistro - In the Heart of Steveston

Tapenade Bistro is located in the heart of Steveston and is a cute little French resto amongst the abundance of frozen yogurt and fish and chip establishments.

I personally have never been prior to this visit but I know a lot of friends who love coming here for brunch. It's a classy yet homey restaurant.

I came here with a bunch of my girlfriends and we took up the back of the restaurant. I noticed that the majority of people who brunched here were families, older couples, or groups of girls.

Their brunch menu!

Their Smoked Sablefish Bennedict ($15) sounded awesome. It had smoked black cod, pickled fennel, filone baguette, and a nice bearnaise sauce. Comes with potatos and a tiny salad on the side.

I didn't try the Beef Tartare ($15) but I it looked really delicious. It's made with Cache Creek Natural Beef, coffee scented celeriac, egg jam, and smoked allumettes.

The hearty Beef Bourguignon ($25) would be a good idea for bigger eaters because it consists of braised beef cheeks, smoked bone marrow pomme puree, glazed root vegetables.

I of course had to get their Short Rib Pastrami Hash ($15). Anything with short rib just calls my name. It had house smoked pastrami with triple cooked potato, onion soubise, roast squash, and chestnut. The eggs were perfectly poached too and the yolk became my sauce. Yummmm...

All in all,  Tapenade Bistro is a nice place to go with your family or friends for brunch. It's not cheap by any means but you are next to the water and can take a really nice stroll in Steveston after your meal. :)

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $$$

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

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               This is me when I get to go to brunch ;)

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2 May 2015

Cafe de L'Orangerie - What a Hidden Gem!

Having known about this restaurant called Cafe de L'Orangerie for a few years now, I don't know why I never bothered to visit. It's such a hidden gem (actually! Geographically wise) and such a delight for people who like the Japanese Western fusion cuisine.

If you live in Richmond, Cafe de L'Orrangerie is very much like Moncton Cafe in Steveston.

At this mom and pop shop, you can find Japanese style pastas, 'hamburg' which are thick Japanese hamburger patties, curries, etc.

They do poutine a little differently here.. They serve it up Orangerie-Style (Small - $6.25) and is more of a beef tomato stew instead of gravy. Nevertheless, the stew was amazing and the fries were double fried. Perfectly crisp. It honestly could NOT have been better.

For those that like light and refreshing pastas, this Wafu-Style Spaghetti ($9.80) would be perfect. It has bonito flakes, seaweed, mushroom, bacon, garlic, and cabbage.

 I went with the popular Masago de Creamy Spaghetti ($9.80) which had squid, mushroom, asparagus, roe, and cream in it. Even though it took some extra effort to finish, it was delightful. The roe made this dish 'Japanese' and provided a flavour profile that you just cannot get with any other Western ingredient.

I was actually a little shocked when I first saw the Matcha Green Tea Pudding Parfait ($6.95) because I was expecting something tall and layered. Instead, it is served in a bowl along with red bean, dango (glutinous rice balls) and vanilla ice-cream.

Here's the matcha pudding underneath!

In my opinion, Cafe de L'Orangerie is definitely worth checking out if you're into Japanese fusion cuisine. I personally loved this little resto and will gladly return whenever I want something hearty. My only qualm with them is that the service was really slow when I went. It took a while for each dish to come out and it took us at least 10 minutes to wave down a waitress for our check.

Service Rating: 3/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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             Next time I'm getting a large poutine :D

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28 April 2015

Mosaic Grille & Bar - Beautiful and Delicious

For those of you who don't know, Mosaic (located inside the Hyatt Hotel on Burrard Street) occasionally offer seasonal menus to cater to the local produce and seasonal proteins. During spot prawn season, they have a spot prawn focused menu... during the fall, they have a hearty fall inspired menu... you get the drift. :) 

Curtis (Foodobyte) was kind enough to invite me along to this year's Mosaic's Spring Menu tasting. We got a taste of everything that is to come and trust me, some of them are amazeballs. 

Chef Jo didn't personally make the Robert Creek Dungeness Crab and Curtis and I could tell. It was missing one key element, salt, which was unfortunate because that was the only thing that was needed to meld all the flavours together. Nevertheless, it consisted of barnston island baby dandelion greens, avocado, okanagan apple, and fennel pollen which is a fantastic and refreshing combination for a starter.

Spot Prawn season isn't until summer but they already have a salad dedicated to it. It has foraged miners lettuce, wild watercress, mixed radish, and green garlic.

I am a lover of squid ink anything so I was ecstatic to try out their house made Squid Ink Bucatini Pasta. Their fresh squid ink pasta was done al dente and soaked up the spicy chorizo oil that it was tossed in. In addition to chorizo, it also had fiddlehead ferns, razor clams, peas, and charred octopus. Overall a stunning dish.

Prior to this dish, I never thought about putting preserved lemon and seared scallops together. Now that I've tried it, I'll be doing that every time I make it at home! The Haida Gwaii Weathervane Scallops were beautifully seared and was definitely a treat for someone like me who doesn't have the bountiful wallet to eat it all the time.

The Cache Creek Natural Beef Rib Eye... a rib eye that has been dry aged for 28 days, served with hen of the woods mushroom and new potatoes.

The Peace Country Lamb was truly somethin' else! From the stinging nettle gnocchi to the fava bean puree, it was to die for and I would gladly order it again.

For dessert, we enjoyed a Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie. In place of meringue, Chef Jo used torched homemade marshmallows. Mmm mmm mm. SO GOOD.  

The NY Cheesecake was very good but nothing to write home about. It was paired with strawberries and some gluten-free chocolate granola. Chef Jo is currently trying to make this dessert completely gluten-free to cater to those who have wheat allergies. As a person with a wheat allergy, I totally appreciate that!

Mosaic Grill and Bar is a fantastic spot to dine when you're wanting a menu that's a bit more elevated than the usual crowd. They use local products, quality ingredients, and I can tell you firsthand that the chefs really care about the dishes they produce for their customers.

They have a cool Vaneats package going on right now for $25 for those wanting to try out Mosaic without breaking the bank.

Service Rating: N/A
Food Rating: 4/5
Price: $$$$

Overall Rating: 4/5

Happy Eating!

                     some of the dishes got me like..

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14 April 2015

Chatime (Richmond) - Roasted Milk Tea is Da Bomb

Recently, my Instagram has been blowing up with people going to this new bubble tea spot called "Chatime". Apparently, they opened up two new locations (one in Richmond, one in Downtown Vancouver) three days ago and people have been going cray cray for their grand opening BOGO deal. 

From now until April 17th, they are offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal where you choose the bubble tea of your choice, then get to decide whether you want a Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea or Pearl Milk Tea as the free drink. Between April 18th - 24th(?), you can upsize the bubble tea for free.

Since I live in Richmond, I went with Rae to the Chatime in Richmond. It's located on Garden City and Blundell near Shoppers Drug Mart.

They open till midnight (yay!) and when we went at 9:30pm, it was still quite busy. This wall showcases their most popular drinks.

I never knew this before but apparently they have thousands of locations worldwide. They're in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Britain, USA, and name a few. So this is no little franchise.

I ordered the Matcha Mousse (Reg size/~$5) which is essentially a Matcha tea with a salty foam milk cap. You're suppose to drink the salty (yes, salty) foam that's on top first, followed by the drink on the bottom, in one sip. What you get is a really interesting contrast between the savoury and sweet notes. I liked the Matcha Mousse... but the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea was even BETTER. Somehow, and I don't know how, you can actually taste that it is a 'roasted' milk tea, and not just a regular milk tea. I can't explain it... it's just better than regular milk tea.

Their drinks are really tasty but they are a bit expensive because the regular size is smaller than the normal bubble tea cup size. They are delicious nevertheless so I would recommend you trying this place out, at least once.

Service Rating: 3/5
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

Happy Dance
    when I heard about the BOGO deal 

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