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.

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).

15 October 2014

Seattle: Piroshky Piroshky - Little Buns of Heaven

If you ever get a chance to visit downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market is a tourist attraction that is not to be missed. It's an incredibly noisy and eccentric marketplace filled with local vendors selling their signature items.

Piroshky Piroshky is popular Russian bakery within Pike Place that I always stop at whenever I visit. They sell the best little (actually, they're rather large) buns of heaven that will sure get your taste buds singing.

They will ALWAYS have a line up (upwards to 20 minute wait) but it's well worth it. Especially when you buy five buns to bring back to Vancouver like I did. :P

See? The line up moves quite quickly though because the staff are really efficient and the pastries coming out of the oven are never ending.

I always go with their savoury items but they do have sweet buns like Apple Cinnamon Roll, Cinnamon Cardamon Braid, and Oscar's Star if you have more of a sweet tooth. I overheard in the line up that the Oscar's Star is good.

Oh look at those buns...

Their items range from $4-6 per bun which isn't cheap. However, one bite and you'll understand why cheap folks like me still go ahead and buy a bajillion of these. The Smoked Salmon Bun consists of a soft yet crispy bread exterior surrounding an indulgent cream cheese/smoked salmon mixture. The combination? Heaven.

The Beef and Cheese is my go to and this bun (though visually small in this picture) will fill you up in an instant. Inside all that freshly baked yeasty bread is a heavy mixture of ground beef and melted cheese.

These pictures really don't do it justice. But I almost didn't take any photos because I was too busy eating. Just trust my word and go visit Piroshky Piroshky. Just make sure to eat it hot, so right after purchasing, or if you're at home, after a good warm up in the oven.

Check out my other Seattle posts:
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Pike Place Chowder
The Cheesecake Factory
Theo's Chocolate
Toulouse Petit

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

Overall Rating: 5/5

Happy Eating!

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13 October 2014

Zakkushi Charcoal Grill (Main St) - Meat and Booze

Zakkushi has always been one of my favourite joints for little eats, booze, and meat. They specialize in Japanese meat skewers grilled over charcoal and lots and lots of alcohol concoctions.

Zakkushi is on Denman Street as well as Main Street so there are two locations for you to choose from.

This one is the Main location. Feel free to check out my post on the Denman location here.

 The Oden ($7.50) was so good we ordered two of these for three people! It had daikon, konnyaku noodle bunches, mochi beancurd, and other various fish balls.

My alcohol of choice. It's called Calpico Sour w/ Extra Shot ($4.80 +3).

Uzura Maki ($2.10/ea) are quailed eggs wrapped with bacon/pork, and this is a must get item!

Another must get dish! Botan Ebi ($12) is raw jumbo sweet prawn and these were as succulent as it gets. They were incredibly large and so ridiculously fresh.

After you finish the shrimp, ask the waiter if you can have the heads fried. Most kitchens do this and once the heads are fried, you can eat them whole! It's crispy and taste like tempura. :P

 Beef Tongue and Chicken Skewer wrapped in Shiso Leaf.
The Zakkushi Set ($9.20) gives you great variety if you get overwhelmed with the different yakitori choices.

The Tsukune Set ($9.20) comes with five chicken meat ball skewers with different toppings. My favourite is the seaweed and mayonnaise, followed by grated daikon/ponzu sauce.

If you know me, you know I like my innards. :D I LOVED the Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart (Sea Salt), Chicken Liver (Sea Salt0, and Chicken Thigh. The heart is especially delicious so if you're not squeamish, you should definitely get this.

Out of all the tapas, this was the most unimpressive dish. The tempura connecting all the corn kernels were oily and not crunchy.

I always like getting udon at Japanese Izakayas and this one was no exception. This one has kimchi and mentaiko and was really good.

This Ebimayo ($7.80) was only okay. But you can never really go wrong with ebi mayo.

Overall, Zakkushi is the place to be if you want to have a good time with copious amounts of meat and booze. If you're not careful it does add up though so don't be surprised if your bill at the end of the night comes to $60+ or so.

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$$-$$$$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!


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10 October 2014

Jollibee - Filipino Fast Food For The Win.

My girlfriends and I recently went to Seattle for a triple birthday trip (yeah, three of us had birthdays within 5 days of each other) and knowing us, it was going to be allllll about the food.

Lil Sis recommended we stop for Jollibee, a Philipino fast food chain highly popular in Asia because she thought it was the bomb diggity of fast food.

Jollibee was a bout a 15-20 minute drive from Bellevue and is located further below Seattle in Tukwila. It's connected to a mall called Southcenter Mall.

It had a really interesting Asian KFC vibe, most likely because they specialize in fried chicken (called "Chicken Joy" hehe).  Even Anthony Bourdain tried Jollibee on his show "Parts Unknown" and loved everything about it. You can watch it here below.

[Jollibee segment starts at 0:40] 
If you haven't seen "Parts Unknown by Anthony Bourdain" before, you're missing out. It's incredibly eye opening from a cultural perspective and he always talks about food. :)

Connected next door is a Filipino Bakery in which you can get copious amounts of Pan de Sal, every flavour of Mamon, and Ensaimada.

They sell things like fried chicken, burger steaks, sweet spaghetti, burgers, and mango pies to name a few.

First off, I LOVE how every chicken joy automatically comes with a side of gravy. Can Church's Chicken, KFC, and LA Chicken adopt this? Please?

This is the 2pc Burgersteak w/ Mash Potatoes ($3.99) and it is exactly what it says it is. Two pieces of burger patty and a scoop of mash. Nothing special, but it's really inexpensive.

The 3pcs Chicken Joy with side of Corn, Gravy ($5.99) and Jollibee Spaghetti ($3.99) was absolutely delicious. The fried chicken rivals LA Chicken (thought LA is still better) and is heaven when dipped into the thick artificial but addicting gravy. Sweet spaghetti is a classic Filipino dish and apparently every Filipino mom will try to make their spaghetti as closely as Jolliebees. The sauce is thick, meaty, sweet, and who can resist those little cut up wieners?

All in all, Jollibee reminded me of eating fast food in Asia, with its 90% oriental customer demographic, weird and uncommon food combinations, and delicious never-good-for-you goodness.

It's a place all foodies should try, with no high expectations of course because after all, it is still just a fast food chain.

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

Overall Rating: 4/5

Happy Eating!


courtesy of http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/delicious-filipino-foods#a0hpal


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6 October 2014

Faubourg (Downtown) - Looks Beautiful...andd That's About it

The second location of Faubourg opened up on Hornby Street in downtown and I went in there recently to try their 'famous' macarons.

Their macarons are $2 each, similar pricing to other macaron patisseries in Vancouver.

They have really cool seating inside. I even went back a second time within the week and ate a panini while reading a nice book. Really cool place to chill.

Right when you walk in you'll see the large array of macarons on display. The colours are vibrant which look visually appealing but I personally have a slight distaste for it because I don't like eating large amounts of artificial colours.

Their small assorted box of pastries almost got me because it looked SO AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

I got six Macarons ($2/ea) which included flavours like Strawberry Black Pepper, Raspberry Rose, Lemon, Lavender Earl Grey, etc.

The macarons had the right consistency and texture (nice foot on the bottom, cracked easily yet held its shape, and smooth flat top) but that was all that was good about it. 90% of the flavours I got tasted artificial and untrue to its name. Moreover, the macaron was way too sugary and left me craving water to wash it down.

 As great as they looked, these were a complete let down. I don't think I'll come back for their macarons again but I might give their other pastries and sandwiches a try.

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

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

Macarons. Nailed it.

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22 September 2014

Gyoza Bar and Ramen - New Kid On The Block

There's a new ramen joint on the block! I know, I know...most of you are probably thinking, could Gyoza Bar + Ramen, the sister restaurant of Miku and Minami, BE any more hyped up?! 

Regardless of its hype, I wanted to see for myself how great this place is. Also, I wanted to see if it could stand up against my high expectations knowing how amazeballs Miku and Minami is.

Meta Knight and I arrived at 1:30pm and there were a couple of groups waiting outside the door. Long waits already and it has only been open for a week? Only in Vancouver...

We ended up getting seats at the booth right near the front window but inside they have more spacious tables and an open kitchen.

Like many other ramen joints, their menu is simplistic with only a few ramen choices. They also have quite a few varieties of gyozas, though their most popular one is the Teppan Gyoza which is served in a cast iron pan. More on that later.

Meta Knight went with the Awase Triple Miso ($14) which came with broccolini, corn, bamboo shoots, half an egg, chicken cha siu, boy choy, in a 'vintage miso broth'. What does 'vintage miso' even mean? Anyone know?

He thought the broth was amazing and beyond flavourful. Everything else was just mediocre including the veggies, egg, and chicken. Nothing was bad per se, just nothing stood out besides the broth.

Though the ramen may look small in these pictures, it's actually quite filling because their bowl dips down significantly like an inverted top hat. It's a unique design, and I heard it was created by a local Vancity artist which is nice.

My Pork Tonkotsu Broth ($13.50) was also incredibly flavourful and aromatic. Probably one of the best Tonkotsu broths I've ever had! My only problem with it was the lack of toppings (I only got char siu, bamboo shoots, and a few pieces of kale). For thirteen bucks I feel like the ramen should be a bit more special than this.

First off, I applaud Gyoza Bar for making their ramen noodles in-house because that's really showing your commitment to this beloved noodle dish. However, both of us thought the noodles were a tad thick (kind of like Shanghai noodles) and chewy. It didn't have a good slurp factor so you had to use your teeth to bite it off every time.

 Last but not least is their wildly popular, Fraser Valley Pork Teppan Gyozas (7pcs/$8). I was disappointed at the presentation because it looked like they were just plopped on the cast iron haphazardly. However, it was served with an emami garlic soy sauce and spicy rayu and those were da bomb. All in all, an okay gyoza dish that certainly did not knock my socks off.

Final thoughts: Gyoza Bar is still relatively new so I will cut them some slack. They still need to sort out some kinks and I appreciate the server asking us for honest feedback on the ramen when he took away our plates. Their aromatic broths are a for sure win. They just need to go through each dish execution with a fine tooth comb to hit the spot on all cylinders.

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

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

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