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.

Thierry Patisserie- Pastries and Macarons are Worth a Try

Their selection of cakes are sooo breath taking! If it tastes as good as it looks (anybody know?), then I am definitely coming here from now on to buy birthday cakes.

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.

Ask For Luigi- Hidden Gem

Ask For Luigi specializes in fresh handmade pasta (only available during dinner service) which I am a total fan of. They also don't take reservations so Meta Knight and I purposely arrived at 5:30pm (when they open for dinner).

16 August 2014

Havana Restaurant (Commercial) - Strawberry Ginger Mojitos and Truffle Fries

My coworker has been telling me nonstop about how wonderful the Strawberry and Ginger Mojitos are at Havana so needless to say, that was enough to get me to visit.

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon so their patio was packed with a twenty minute wait. We endured because who can give up eating on the patio when it's sunny in Vancouver?!!

 Do note though, they made all four of us share a table meant usually for two (every other table we saw were also super squished). We definitely invaded each other's personal bubble throughout the whole meal and we didn't like that.

So of course, I had to try the famous Strawberry Ginger Mojito (~$7-8) and it definitely did not disappoint. It's made with Bacardi Superior Rum, strawberries, mint, fresh lime juice, and ginger ale. Definitely one of the best strawberry mojitos I've had. I think it's because of the addition of ginger ale (I like myself some bubbly :D).

These Truffle Fries ($9.95) were absolutely to die for... The combination of parmesan cheese, parsley, and truffle oil is killer on it's own but it's elevated one step further by that smokey dip on the side. Must try item!

The Enchiladas ($16.95) consisted of two baked tortillas stuffed with roasted plantain, black beans, corn, green onions, and peppers with house made mesa sauce, cheddar and goat cheese.

I thought the Latin Burger ($17.95) was a little pricey for what it is but it did come with a 6.oz beef patty, grilled turkey sausage, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, mayo, and guacamole. My friend liked it overall but thought the patty tasted like it was steamed instead of grilled which turned him off.

I chose the Chicken Taco ($13.95) which was made with chicken breast marinated in coconut jerk sauce, lettuce, guacamole, and pico de gallo. I was mildly disappointed with this dish because not only was the chicken super dry, something in the taco made it incredibly wet. It was so wet I couldn't eat my second taco with my hand and had to resort to a knife and fork. I definitely will pass on this next time. :/

All in all, Havana is a really cool hip place for cocktails and tapas. I very much enjoyed the mojito and truffle fries so maybe next time I'll stick with their appys instead of ordering their entrees.

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

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

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Screamers Soft Serve & Treats (Steveston) - Dole Whip in Steveston!

Ever since my vacay to Disneyland in LA, I've been dreaming of Dole Whip, the pineapple infused soft serve ice-cream. I thought it was going to be a lost love because I didn't know any other place that sold Dole Whip besides Hawaii Dole Plantation and Disneyland.

My friend Stely told me one day that "Screamers" in Steveston, Richmond sold Dole Whip and I absolutely could not believe it until I saw it with my very own eyes! Dole Whip? In the very city which I've lived my whole life? No way...

Lo and behold.. he was correct. I got the Mini Dole Whip ($3) in a cup which was filled to the very top. It tasted exactly like how I remembered it in Disneyland. Refreshing, intense sweetness coming from the pineapples, and light. If you've never tried Dole Whip before and want to get your hands on it without purchasing a plane ticket to Disneyland or Hawaii, go to Steveston and give it a try!
They also serve screamers (soft serve swirled with slush), and other ice-cream flavours.
Service Rating: N/A
Food Rating: 4/5
Price: $
Overall Rating: 4/5
Happy Eating!

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13 August 2014

Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House - Surprising Find Near Metrotown

To my disappointment, I realized recently that the Cattle Cafe near Metropolis at Metrotown has closed down. I used to love their convenient location and inexpensive bowls of fish soup noodles. Sad.

Lao Shan Dong is located actually right next to Cattle Cafe but I never gave it a second glance. Since Rae and I didn't know any other place nearby, we gave this noodle house a shot.

Their prices are inexpensive ranging from $6.25 for a small to $10.95 for a large.

We came at around 5pm to a relatively empty restaurant but by the time we left, this whole restaurant was full.

We started off with a small jellyfish dish to share. It was about three bucks and just enough to get our taste buds tingling!

They pride themselves on their beef noodles and say it's worth driving across town. For a restaurant to boldly state that on their menu, they must have a lot of confidence in their product.

I had the Braised Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup ($7.95) and I was oh so happy with my order. Big fat pieces of tendon beautifully floated on top of the rich dark broth.

The handmade noodles also didn't disappoint. They weren't under or overcooked and maintained its strength throughout my entire meal. Some other noodle dishes get soggy or overcooked as you eat it but this one didn't which was great.

 Rae ordered the Braised Beef Flank with Noodle in Soup ($6.95) and thought it was pretty good for the price.

Overall, this is a pretty decent place to have Taiwanese beef noodle soup in South Burnaby. The plus is that it's walkable distance from Metrotown so if you need to have a quick dinner before catching a movie at Cineplex or meeting friends, this is the place to go.

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

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

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11 August 2014

Caramba! Restaurant (Whistler)- Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!

Caramba! is a restaurant located right in the heart of Whistler Village. It doesn't look incredibly pleasing from the outside and unless you've heard of it or read about it before, you probably might not give it a second glance.

They mainly serve pizza, pasta, and meat entrees.

I liked how their prices are reasonable, ranging from $10-$17.

I can't remember the name of this dish because it was the special that day, but essentially it was a tomato sauce penne topped with copious amounts of melted cheese. Meta Knight loved this dish so much because it was rich and filling for the belly.

Fettuccine with Mussels ($16.95) was made with white wine and tomato sauce. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and it was tossed in just the right amount of sauce. Simple, light, and delicious.

All in all, Caramba! is a great choice for Italian pasta and it also has a nice patio to boot.

Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $$-$$$

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating! Caramba Restaurante on Urbanspoon

4 August 2014

Coconut Kenny's- Hidden Gem in Bellingham

For all you Vancouverites who like to frequent Trader Joes... here's a hidden gem that you might not know existed in Bellingham. Not only is this local pizza joint located just a few blocks from the beloved natural & health focused grocery store, their deep-dish style pizzas will blow your mind.

A huge thank you to my friend C-Dubs for this awesome recommendation!!

The entire restaurant is Hawaiian themed. With their tiki torches, mounted surf boards, and indoor straw huts, it just feels like a place where you can relax, grab a quick bite, and head back to the beach.

You order and pay at the counter first so don't expect a hostess to seat you. Since it was our first time here, we weren't sure and just stood at the door like weirdos. :P On a completely different note, both Rae and I thought their playlist was off the hook (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, slow soulful tunes).

I think their pizza and sandwich prices are extremely reasonable. Pizzas range from $7-8 (S) to $16-20 (L) and their sandwiches are $4.79 (half) or $8.29 (full). Also make sure you look at their daily specials because they have some really good deals. We luckily came on a Sunday which meant $4 off any large pizza! Booyah!

We got a Large Pizza ($18.49) consisting of half Waikiki and half Kailua Kona. Rae is lactose intolerant so that's why half the pizza looks like there's no cheese.

The Waikiki is one of their most popular pizzas and consists of chicken, bacon, red onions, cilantro, and topped with a smokey chipotle sauce. Boy....two words. Hella delicious. I normally don't like eating any kind of pizza but this one takes the cake. It's served deep-dish style so the 'crust' is nice and thick. I put an apostrophe around crust because there actually isn't any crust. The toppings go all the way to the end which is friggin amazeballs in my opinion. Last but not least, they also crust up the cheese on the edges so it gets all burnt and crispy.

While the Waikiki was spicy, savoury, and salty, the Kailua Kona was creamy, muted, and fresh. It consists of  creamy garlic sauce, chicken, cilantro, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes.The flavour profile nicely hits the spot when you want something with a little less heat, but Rae and I thought this pizza was less flavourful and pronounced especially after eating the amazing Waikiki.

 A large pizza here can easily satisfy two to three appetites which makes this a steal. We paid $14.50 (not including taxes) for the whole pizza and still packed home three slices.

Oh just look at that cheesey goodness. I'm already planning my next trip here so I can taste their other offerings. While I'm at it... I should probably get a Nexus pass too. :P

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

Overall Rating: 5/5

Happy Eating!

 Coconut Kenny's on Urbanspoon

31 July 2014

Moncton Cafe - Japanese Western Style Diner in Storybrooke

Steveston, Richmond (aka Storybrooke for all you "Once Upon A Time" fans, is home to a little mom and pop diner called Moncton Cafe.

Meta Knight and I often walk around Steveston Village when it's nice out and one day we were looking for a place to eat an early dinner. Luckily, we saw an "Early Bird Special" for Mussel Hot Pot for $9.95.

 They added a few more menu items since my last visit.

 Love their little decor items. You can't help but feel like you're eating in a Japanese grandmother's home

 Meta Knight went with the Katsu and Hamburg Curry ($11.95) because he was famished and craving tons of protein. I warned him beforehand that Moncton Cafe doesn't serve oversized portions and that it's more quality over quantity.

Although this dish could be considered on the small side to some people, it surprisingly filled him up and he loved it. The katsu (panko crusted pork) was a tad dry but other than that, this dish was solid.

Although I loved my Mussels Hot pot ($10.95), the portion was so small I'd consider this as a snack. As shown in the picture, you only get about 10-12 mussels, albeit them being extremely plump and fresh.

 The broth was also super tasty! Wish I had some bread to soak all the goodness up though.

All in all, Moncton Cafe serves up authentic western influenced Japanese cuisine (confusing eh?) and is definitely all about providing the best quality food for their customers. The prices are on the higher side but at least you know you're supporting a local business and family which is nice. :)

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 3/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

Moncton Cafe on Urbanspoon

28 July 2014

Kamamarui Ramen & Don- Those Sushi Bombs

Look out! There's another ramen joint in the Burnaby area! Luckily for me, it's located extremely close to Metrotown so I can visit often after work if I want to.

Kamamarui is located in a very unassuming neighbourhood and I realize I've driven by a million times but never gave it a second look.

 The interior is super cute with a theme of kitties and dogs from the mini statue in the front, to dog tails as coat hangers all along the walls.

Meta Knight and I both ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen + Bomb ($10.50). The Tonkotsu ramen comes with two pieces of nicely charred cha siu, milky pork broth, and bean sprouts. I wish it came with a few more additional ingredients like egg, bamboo shoots, or corn but oh well, c'est la vie.

I like how the portion was controlled (so not very large) and that the broth was made without MSG.

The Tonkotsu ramen is originally $9 but for a buck fifty more, you get two 'sushi bombs'. They're made with teriyaki sauce, nori, glutinous rice, and its absolutely delicious. I didn't think they were so special at first, but I ended up eating a lot of it...whoops.

We also ordered a Soft Egg ($1.50) on the side thinking it was going to be the regular hard boiled eggs with a gelatinous yolk. Oh how wrong we were. It was actually a soft poached egg with a super unappetizing combination of sugar and teriyaki sauce. I definitely won't be getting this again.

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

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

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