Lately, I have been posting some of my amazing healthy meals to my Instagram stories before or after my workouts. Not only do they look great and colourful, but the taste equally amazing! So far I have posted three of my fave easy meals that take under ten minutes to prepare and have lots of …
The Ramen Butcher is one of the best ramen places in Vancouver!
Located in Chinatown, and a short walk away from the Main Street – Science World station. It’s a very small shop, with cute decor. Might be difficult to get a table, especially during peak times, or if you have a big group. But a great place to bring a date!
This was my second time going to Butchers (what my friends and I call the restaurant), and both times we have splurged and ordered more than we should. Last time I had the Shoyu Ramen. It was a light broth, quite oily but that’s normal, great if you don’t want anything too rich. I also got the truffle gyoza, which has gotta be the most flavorful explosion ever. It’s basically gyozas with cheese and a truffle aioli on top. It’s so incredibly delicious, it feels almost guilty to eat.
This time, I coincidentally went during happy hour, so of course I had to order off the happy hour menu. My boyfriend got the Aburi Chashu and green basil Ramen. The Aburi Chashu was very disappointing. It’s a tiny bowl of little pieces of Chashu, that are a bit chewy and bland. Chashu should be a fatty piece of marinated pork that is seared, but it seemed to lack that fat and flavor. The green basil Ramen, is a combination of the Tonkotsu broth along with basil paste and Parmesan cheese. It’s almost like a pasta, since it’s so creamy and cheesy.
For myself, I ordered the cheese gyoza and the Ramen flight off the happy hour menu and added a chicken Karaage don to make it a combo. The cheese gyoza is a level down from the truffle gyoza, but still really good. For the Ramen flight, you get half a bowl of their classic Tonkotsu Ramen and then you get to choose either red and spicy, green basil, black garlic or orange miso for the other half. I actually really like garlic flavored things, so of course I wanted to try the black garlic flavor. It has a roasted garlic kind of taste, and I liked how it wasn’t overbearing, since black garlic a strong flavor. The black garlic went really well with the super creamy broth. The chicken Karaage don is some fried chicken on top of a bowl of rice. The chicken wasn’t crunchy but it tasted really good with the mayonaise and lemon juice on top. The rice is just plain Japanese short grain rice, so I added the Ramen broth, and IT WAS BOMB. Soup and rice go hand in hand. I was so incredibly full that I couldn’t finish the classic Ramen bowl, so I got to enjoy it later that night. I can’t get over how creamy the soup is.
On average I spend $20 at Butchers, but that’s because I order way more than I can eat. One bowl is enough to fill me up, and that would me about $11.50, or $10 during happy hour. They even give you an extra bowl of noodles for free, since the there will always be leftover broth. This place is WORTH it.
Til’ next food adventure,
Burgoo is a lovely mid-sized bistro located on Main Street in Vancouver. They do not have their own parking lot but there is plenty of street parking located around the restaurant. Specializing in comfort food, Burgoo may be one of the best places in Vancouver to stop by on a cold rainy day. I strongly recommend the mac and cheese which is combined with delicious earth mushrooms. Meanwhile they offer an excellent cocktail selection that is sure to blow you away. I found the servers to be really friendly and the crowd is usually looking to get away from the rain commonly found in Vancouver throughout the year. Overall, a great spot to warm up and catch up with friends that you haven’t seen in a while
The name is both apt and ironic, as the clientele is overwhelmingly gringo, but the food does hold its own as it’s reasonably authentic. All the tacos I tried were satisfying and delicious, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content among the varieties they offer. They also have a modest craft beer selection.
Love Mexican food and they really delivered a fun version of that. The drinks were original fun to try and usually I will only get beer, so they really impressed me. The food was great, good prices on everything, everything you want in a restaurant. Still thinking about the burrito I got here, really really good.
Overall, an interesting, off-the-beaten-track venue for an inexpensive bite and drink in an interesting location.
I have this addiction to poke, and I was downtown surrounded by poke, so I decided to try the closest one.
I was doing a photo shoot with my friend, and I needed a quick bite. In the Pacific Center food court, this cute new place opened, Hula Poke. It’s probably the prettiest looking place in the food court. They have a nice aesthetic, and they even have cool wooden utensils. I was a little disappointed that they don’t give you the option of creating your own bowl, since of course, I am the pickiest of eaters. Although they do let you pick what kind of protein (fish, etc) and what kind of rice. So there are all these flavors with their descriptions. The employee was nice and asked if I had any questions. It was kind of a hard decision with the overwhelming menu, but I tried to skim through the descriptions as fast as I could (because I was starving).
I went with the one that wasn’t spicy, and had things I didn’t dislike, called Yuzu. Here’s what was in the bowl:
- ginger sesame
- edamame beans
- black sesame
- crispy onions
I also chose ahi tuna and coconut house blend rice.
Honestly, I did not enjoy it. Maybe because I have a taste for unhealthy things and this was too healthy tasting for me. The fish, avocado, carrots, furikake and yuzu were good. But I feel like the kale didn’t go well with the bowl. Maybe I just don’t like kale. Also I thought that the coconut house blend rice had a weird texture, and did not taste coconut-y at all. I’m used to poke having a good amount of sauce mixed in, and this bowl was very minimal.
It reminds me more of salad than poke. So if you like salad this is the place for you! But if you’re a kid who doesn’t like eating her veggies like me, it’s time to walk to Poke Time or Pokeritto. Another thing, this bowl was about $12 and it felt small and not filling. But of course, it is downtown Vancouver and an average price for poke. I have to say, so far this is my least favorite experience with poke, but that’s because of how picky I am.
Til’ next food adventure,
Being a broke university student with not a lot of money, eating out all the time is not an option. But if you’re at school and you didn’t bring food and you’re stranded – you’re inevitably going to be spending money on food. But spending a ton of money even if it’s only on a 10$ sandwich a day – that can add up.
But if you’re going to be spending 10$ on a sad sandwich, might as well spend it on something more substantial.
If you go to a school close to a supermarket, here’s what else you can do besides eating out at a restaurant or buying expensive fast food. The other day I saw my friend eating a complete meal with stuff she bought from T&T and I thought it was the smartest idea ever!
The campus I go to is right next to a T&T, Walmart and Maxim’s. When I saw my friend, she bought a cup of instant noodles from T&T and a bottle of tea, as well as three pastries from Maxim’s – all for under 10$! Like if you’re going to be eating a barely substantial unhealthy fast food meal for over 10$, might as well be eating a cheap, pretty substantial unhealthy meal for less than 10$, you know what I’m saying?
If you’re not into instant noodles and there’s a Walmart near you or a grocery store with a frozen meals section you can buy a cheap frozen meal there instead. Most schools will have a microwave somewhere you can use to heat up your meals.
A quote from the aforementioned genius friend: “Always eat your salty foods with sweet foods but not a super cold sweet food, not that there’s anything wrong with cold foods but if it’s a solid it’s nicer like a cake or a bun.”
– My 200 IQ friend.
So yeah! Next time, if you want to save money on food at school and you didn’t bring food, you can just head over to the nearest supermarket and get something!
Thank you for reading. Love, Joy.
I almost always want to eat at 2am, but there aren’t man restaurants open at that time, besides the usual fast food places. Luckily, Lucy’s Eastside Diner is 24/7!
This place is always busy late night on the weekends, so I often get takeout. But if you’re hungry after a fun night out, Lucy’s would be a great place to eat and hang out. I was really hoping to try a milkshake, since diners are known for milkshakes. Sadly, the ice cream machine wasn’t working. The only other downside is that it takes a while for them to prepare your food. Maybe it’s because the kitchen is small and staff is limited at night. Despite that, the staff is friendly and welcoming.
I always get the Mac and Cheese + Pulled Pork sandwich, which tastes great, but a little messy to eat. So I decided to try something new this time. The special of the day was the Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese. I absolutely love grilled cheese, so the decision was almost instant. The bread was golden and slightly buttery, and cheddar cheese was on each side of the pulled pork. The sweet, savory and tender pulled pork went well with the crispy toast. The reason why I went to Lucy’s was because I was really craving their fries, since they come with this sauce that is just amazing. I like my fries crispy and/or soggy (not in a gross way), and they delivered. The awesome sauce, reminds me of McDonald’s Big Mac sauce but butter, and I’m not sure what’s goes in it.
Not too sure what cuisine sandwiches would be under…
I didn’t know where to get lunch after class today, so I looked on google maps, which is how I like to decide on a place to eat. I totally forgot about this little hidden gem in Downtown Vancouver. I’ve eaten in the Vancouver location once before, but the Richmond location is way more official. The Smokehouse Sandwich Co. downtown is hidden in an office tower, that overlooks a beautiful courtyard. Such a relaxing place to eat, especially if you’re alone, and on a nice day, like today.
The staff is really nice, they even gave me a free drink, a hot cup of honey ginger lemon. They gave me a free drink last time I came here too, which was a while ago. Although, it’s a free drink, I don’t like ginger… But I didn’t want to be rude, so I tried to finish as much as I could. It’s not bad, its sweet, a little sour and spicy from the ginger. It’s perfect if you’ve got a sore throat.
The sandwich wasn’t the most photogenic sandwich ever, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover right? I ordered the Samson – coffee-crusted strawberry-glazed beef brisket with aioli, red bell peppers & lettuce. Honestly, I was disappointed, because it wasn’t as flavorful and juicy as I remember. I think they didn’t add enough aioli. And instead of just red bell peppers, there were also green and yellow, which isn’t a problem if you don’t discriminate between bell peppers. Especially for a $10 sandwich, I was expecting more.
Perhaps this location is a franchise of the Richmond location, and they don’t make the sandwich as good as they do at the OG (original).
While I was writing this post, I found out the Richmond Smokehouse Sandwich is on Foodora. Next time I’m stuck at home and hungry, I know what to get.
Til’ next food adventure,
Okay, let’s be honest. No matter how hard you try to meal prep or bring food from home, it’s sometimes not satisfying enough or you’re still craving for more. I bring food sometimes, but other times I buy food; it’s all about the balance. No matter the reason, we eat out and that’s okay. Here are 5 little things you can keep in mind next time you go out for food:
1. Skip the Drink(s)
Try to opt for water because it’s free and good for you. Also, it adds up; but don’t be afraid to order that one drink once in a while though.
2. Keep Tips in Mind
If you’re at a sit-down restaurant, don’t forget to tip! It’s good to always add extra dollars/percentages when browsing the menu. Then, when you order your food, you will be fully aware of how much you will be spending.
3. Bring Food
I’ve yet to perfect the art of meal prepping, so I try to bring as many snacks or leftovers as I can with me. If I have a short class day, then I bring some snacks with me and wait until I come home to eat. If I have longer days, I’ll bring extra snacks and eat them throughout the day. However, if you’re not satisfied with that, try purchasing foods that are priced on the lower end (or something small aka something cheap). Then you won’t have to spend as much AND still satisfy your cravings.
4. Limit your Treats
Spending smart requires awareness. A way to limit yourself on overspending is to think, “well, I just bought ice cream a few days ago, I’ll skip this time”, or “I decided to not buy that frappuccino last week, I think I’ll treat myself today”. Another way to approach this is to limit ‘treats’ for celebrations such as finishing a midterm or overcoming an obstacle.
5. Plan Ahead
If your income for the upcoming week(s) isn’t looking too good, try to not eat out (or maybe just something small one day out of the week), but if it’s a thick paycheque, enjoy those cravings (or save your money!).
Dalina is a cafe & mini grocery store that is located in Chinatown (Main St. and E. Georgia). I heard many rumours about this mysterious place this year as one of Vancouver’s must go-to place. They serve some of the healthiest yet tasty dishes that have foods that can cater for everyone. In fact, people seem to be more attracted to its overall layout and design with its very aesthetic vibe. When the first thing you see is a marbled design wall, you know what kind of place you’re entering.
Interior of this place is absolutely stunning. Overall, gives me a very welcoming and elegant vibe.
I ordered the Bicerin ($5.25) which is one of their house specialties. The blend of espresso, dark chocolate and steamed milk is so flavourful and I’ve never had this experience anywhere else. The drinks are pricier compared to other cafes, but the presentation and HUGE portions make up for the price.
After this experience, I feel like I’ve been cheated on by other coffee shops. This drink actually tasted like mocha. Not the chocolate to steamed milk ratio of 1:4.
Gnocchi Pomodoro ($14.95):
I LOVE pasta and this dish caught my eye. Again, presentation was great but the taste was just average. I’m sure whether gnocchi normally has a distinct taste or not (since I’m not familiar with it) so I’d say I was able to enjoy the it for the chewy consistency. Also, I do wish if the dish was served warmer because the luke-warm temperature made the sauce and overall pasta to taste a little bland. Price is expensive, but so is everything else in Downtown.
Insalata Toscana ($15.49):
My friend ordered this dish with the recommendation of the friendly staff there and this was AMAZING! It consists of free range chicken, pumpkin, kale, and some really good dressing that made eating healthy taste a lot better. I usually stay away anything kale-related because of it’s bitterness and consistency, but the way they prepared it for this dish was something I’ve never had. The portion was 1.5 x larger than the gnocchi (which is reasonable since it’s a salad), and my friend totally loved it, so did I!
Click here to look at their full menu!
The menu is very straightforward, you pick a soup base and the type of protein you want. There are also many side dishes to choose from. When you order your food it comes with 10 small dishes and your main protein in the middle. When they deliver the soup, it is extremely hot. You are suppose to put in the meat first to ensure that it will be completely cooked as well as your order ingredients.
You get a bowl a rice noodle that you put it last as it is already cooked and very hot it doesn’t need additional cooking time. *NOTE* you can get unlimited refills on the rice noodles. We also ordered the cold cut chicken with chili sauce which I think you can pass. The sauce was definitely not marinated enough and it seems to be lacking in the flavouring. I would still recommend you to go as the rice noodle soup is good and it’s not too expensive. You can also tell from the soup base that it tastes more natural and it advertises that there’s no MSG.
ORIENTAL RICE NOODLE
ADDRESS: 130-8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond, BC V6X 3K2
PHONE: +1 604-370-3738
During Remembrance Day long weekend, I visited a small town in California. I was craving pasta and we stumbled upon this Italian restaurant. Their pasta meals comes with garlic bread (picture below, top left) and a soup or a salad. If you know me, you would know that I’m not a salad girl. The soup was surprisingly good. I was expecting soup similar to Olive Garden which tends to be salty but the soup was surprisingly good with little noodle pieces and it was not salty.
We ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo which was better than what we expected. The noodles were thinner than the usual fettuccine we had (thinner as in flatter). The sauce was creamy but not too thick so it wasn’t too filling. We also ordered the lasagna, which we were a bit disappointed with. The sauce was a bit on the sour side and the cheese on the top was just one big layer of cheese which made it hard to cut through. The layers was a bit lacking.
We also ordered the four cheese pizza. Their pizzas are thin crust which I like because when you have less dough you can eat a lot more (at least that’s my way of thinking). It was a cheese pizza so I didn’t expect anything to go wrong and it didn’t. I would definitely go again to try out some other items on their menu.
PASTA CUCINA RUSTICA
ADDRESS: 2086 Foothill Blvd #D, La Verne, CA 91750, USA
PHONE: +1 909-593-8800
It’s winter and ’tis the season for hotpot! Honestly, to me, hotpot is all seasons, yes even in the summer~ (please remember there is air conditioners). The other day my sister and I went to a newly opened hotpot place in Richmond called: DolarShop. I believe is a chain store from China.
*Please note: there is a huge line wait and it is not AYCE (all you can eat) hotpot*
The benefit of this hotpot place is that you order your own soup base so it eliminates the difficulty of everyone sharing one pot (such as food allergies or people not eating certain things). They have many soup bases and I order the tomato one. *Also to note* that there is an additional $2.99 for condiments and fresh fruit which would be the sauce section, little appetizers like kimchi and peanuts, and they were serving watermelon at the time. It is unlimited.
Overall, the food was delicious (I don’t know how hotpot can go wrong unless their food was not fresh). Service was good but be prepared to be spoken in Chinese as long as you look Asian/Chinese. The down side was definitely the wait time. I would suggest going in earlier to put your name down as they take your phone number down. When it is almost your time to be seated they will give you a call. The design of DolarShop is very clean, modern, and bright which makes me feel more comfortable eating there because I can see what I’m eating.
ADDRESS: 720-5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7
How ya’ feeling today, champ? Doing alright? Feelin’ tough?
Well, if you’re feeling like you want to prove your toughness to the world then today’s recipe is perfect for you: Burn-Your-Face-Off-Spicy Soft Cauliflower Wings. After eating these bad boys, you’ll be able to walk into the Salty Spittoon no questions asked. Hell, you’ll get into the VIP section!
The reason these wings are so spicy is because this recipe calls for both tumeric and chili powder. Chili powder, as we all know, is quite the spicy customer, and its effects are increased with tumeric, the ingredient which gives curry its distinctive flavour. If you are able to handle the heat, tumeric has many health benefits, including being an antioxidant booster and having anti-inflammatory qualities.
This recipe requires a lot of bake time, so make sure you have an afternoon to yourself which you can make these during. Having said that, let’s get into the recipe!
- Cauliflower (1 head)
- Almond Milk (1/2 cup)
- Water (1/2 cup)
- Flour (3/4 cups)
- Granulated garlic (2 tsp)
- Tumeric (1 tsp)
- Chili powder (1 tsp)
- Ground pepper (1/4 tsp)
- Salt (1/4 tsp)
- Cut up your cauliflower into bite-sized florets
Usually, the best method for this is to first separate the head from the stalk, and then cut the florets from there into smaller pieces
2. Mix your other ingredients (Almond milk, water, flour and spices) into a mixing bowl or equivalent dish.
The texture of the ‘batter’ you’ve crated should be thick enough so that you can coat your cauliflower without worry of it dripping too much. Obviously, it’s hard to get perfect, but as long as you can get somewhere close, don’t fret!
Once you’ve done this, set up a baking sheet big enough to fit all of your florets on it with room to spare.
Try to wipe off as much excess batter as you can as you go, as extra batter means the ‘wings’ will be doughier
All of your initial prep is done! Set aside you trays for a second a pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. This recipe requires 3 baking periods, in my experience, to reach the best level of crispiness.
During the first round of baking, your ‘wings’ will bake for 25 minutes at 450
During the second round of baking, they’ll bake for 20 minutes at 450
Finally, for the third round of baking, you’ll bake your ‘wings’ for 20 minutes at 350
Between every round, flip your wings. Pictured is my batch after the first round in the oven
I made the awful mistake of drizzling sriracha sauce into my wings in between rounds (that’s why you’ll see the red stripes below)– do not do this, for the love of God. The wings will be incredibly spicy sans extra sauce, so don’t add anything else spicy unless you’re absolutely sure you want even more kick.
In my first attempt at this recipe, I only had my wings in for two rounds, and they came out far too soft, in my opinion, so I tried throwing them in one more time and that seemed to do much better texture-wise, and is why I have included three baking periods in this recipe instead of only two, like most recipes suggest.
When your wings are ready to eat, they should be slightly crisp, but not necessarily crunchy, and provide tons of natural spice from the chili powder and turmeric combined. A dipping sauce I’d recommend would be tzatziki, as it’ll provide lots of contrasting cool flavour in its ingredients.
Congratulations! You have now successfully made your very own cauliflower wings! Feel free to share this recipe around, and invite others to burn their faces off with you.
Summer 2017, back in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of spending my belated birthday dinner with my friends at Botanist. The restaurant took over the location where ORU used to be, at Fairmont Pacific Rim. When you first enter the restaurant it’s very nature-like. The colour scheme used is very soft, gentle, and natural. The cocktail drinks were delicious and most importantly free bread with whipped butter. The bread was delicious and they refilled it!
For appetizers, we ordered the scallops and the octopus. The scallops were delicious, cooked perfectly and the sauce matched nicely. However, the charred octopus was a little disappointing, a little difficult to chew and the sauce did not work for us.
The mains were excellent, we ordered different items and we all loved it. I ordered the roasted rib-eye, medium rare, it was cooked beautifully and so tender. This restaurant is a little on the pricey end but the food is definitely worth it. A good treat… once in a while.
ADDRESS: 1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
Ah, grocery shopping. The task we always leave until the last second, once we open the pantry and realize the only food we’ve got is a single apple and curry powder.
In this post, I’m going to give you 5 of my best tips and tricks for when you grocery shop, with the goal in mind of eating well and saving mucho dinero.
1. Buy your main source of protein in bulk and freeze ‘er
This tip applies to everyone irregardless of dietary preferences. Make sure that if you see a good deal on any source of protein that can be easily frozen, be it a box of chicken breasts (my weapon of choice), big slabs of tofu, or even veggie burgers, you stock up.
If you have a proper freezer (that can store anything below 0°C ), you can store bulk protein-rich foods for a remarkable amount of time: ground beef, for example, can be stored for up to 3-4 months, and chicken for up to 9(!). If you aren’t a meat eater, don’t worry: tofu can be stored for up to 5 months when frozen, even after being opened.
2. Make time, be a scavenger
This one may seem obvious, but it’s definitely still worth mentioning. If you’re able to get your main source of protein and one side (for example, frozen veggies or quinoa) in bulk, then you’re free to be more selective in your ‘one off’ meal buys at grocery stores.
For example, I usually take 20 minutes out of my week to troll the aisles of the Safeway near my house to look for deals. Safeway is definitely not the cheapest grocery store out there, but when you can afford to be picky knowing that you have fall-back meal at home if you don’t find anything, you’d be surprised at the good deals you’ll find!
3. Live by the flyer, die by the flyer
If you’re one of those people whose newspaper flyers follow a straight patch from mailbox to recycling bin, you’re missing out on a great way to find skookum deals every week. Big grocery stores usually put out a weekly flyer (if you don’t get it in-person, you’ll always be able to find it online) which has all of their best deals of the week. It’s basically all of the benefit of trolling the aises of these stores, without having to move fro your couch!
4. Don’t be afraid to look for food in unusual places
No, this doesn’t imply that you should be looking for scraps under your couch, it means that you can get surprisingly good prices on food at non-traditional food stores if you’re diligent enough. For example, Shoppers Drug Mart has a frozen food section which often features sales that blow other grocery stores’ out of the water. The reason for this is simply that they have to offer a wide selection to be seen as a legitimate place to buy groceries, but not that many people grocery shop there. As a result, things nearing expiry go on sale all the time for ridiculously cheap prices– last week I found $4.50 guacamole for $0.50 at my local Shoppers!
5. Avoid buying produce from big stores
Oftentimes, big box grocery stores like Safeway will sell very-well-presented produce for prices which look like highway robbery compared to smaller chains. The key is to know which smaller stores have particularly good deals on specific items. If you’re able to figure this out and have the time to shop around, there’s lots of savings to be had. I my case, I know a small market which has Gala apples on sale for $0.69/pound, which is a great deal. I’ll stock up on apples there, and when I happen to be in the vicinity of anther place like Triple A which has good prices on, say, oranges, I’ll stock up on those. It’s not entirely realistic to buy one type of fruit at a different establishment every time you need it, but by shopping around you’ll at least know where the real value is.
Nic and I love food and recently I started watching food videos on Youtube with him before we go to bed. He introduced me to Munchies which is the food segment of Vice and here, we stumbled upon a glorious Canadian man by the name of Matty Matheson.
Toronto Life wrote a cool piece on Matty which you can view here! Born in New Brunswick and runs three restaurants in Toronto, Matty is the epitome of a fucking cool man. He gives no shit, lives life to the fullest and has a potty mouth that is incredible entertaining. With all of that, watching his Munchies videos on Youtube has given me life and appreciation for Canada as a whole like no other. Once a wild party man, Matty suffered a heart attack at the age of 29 and I believe that was an eye opener for him to get his life and cooking career in order.
On Munchies, he has two playlists which are his How-To and Keep It Canada segments. They’re absolutely hilarious, entertaining and well paced. Matty has an insane dose of energy and that energy reflects in each video and of course, the food he makes. What makes me respect and love this man even more is that he made a couple of Lord of The Rings references in a few Keep It Canada videos!!
Here are some of my favourites from both playlists,
- Matty Matheson, grilled cheese and kids! I was so amazed at how he controlled himself and did not swear the entire time.
- A little trick or treat; Halloween style with Matty. Hilarious!
- PEI and a potato trap house, Matty goes swimming.
- And of course, how could I forget BC? Probably my most favourite Keep It Canada episode of all (I’m not being biased, I swear!).
So to you my bright readers, Canadians and non-Canadians, I summon you to watch every single video of Matty Matheson and be awed of his presence, language, style and culinary technique.
It’s March and I’m still writing about my Dine Out experience, that right there, tells you how slow I am at updating my posts
Anyways, the next place I had tried out for my dine out 2017 experience was Forage. I’ve always wanted try this place, since it was hyped on Instagram and I was glad I was able to make a reservation into my schedule. Surprisingly, I had forgotten to take pictures of the place inside, so I don’t have that many pictures of the structure, layout and ambiance of the restaurant.
Forage is located at 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver and right beside another restaurant called Timber. To get there, you could take the #5 bus or either walk down from Robson street. There is the option of driving to Forage as well, but, hey, remember, this is Downtown Vancouver and most people would probably suggest that wouldn’t be a the greatest idea ੧| ‾́︶ ‾́ |੭
The place itself, is not too big. There are a couple of big tables, to fit bigger parties, but the majority of tables were small. Our waiter had greeted us and told us that Forage takes pride in having all of their furniture, decoration and structures completely made from recycled and sustainable goods.
It was clearly evident as the smallest of detail, such as the lamp that was on our table, had showcased what Forage embodies. Our waiter had also informed us that the food we were eating were grown locally.
Forage’s $30 set menu had more options for their appetizers and entrees, than their desserts, which was a bit disappointing, seeing how I have a sweet tooth. I was also surprised to hear that each guest only had a 2 hour limit to dine in, as the other dine out places I’ve tried, did not have one (๑′°︿°๑).
Appetizer – Westcoast Prawn and Seafood Chowder
From the website, “Served with chicharron, soft poached quail’s egg.” I like chowder, I’ve always have, so, I knew I wanted to get this appetizer when I read the menu online. There wasn’t anything bad about this dish, but at the same time, there wasn’t anything that popped out.
Entree – Roasted Keta Salmon
From the website, “Served with crispy cauliflower, cauliflower fondue and nettle gnocchi.” Surprise! This time I did not get the salmon, my bf did, instead However, I will say this, I regret not ordering this salmon dish as my entree, because it tasted so good (๑╹ڡ╹)╭ ～ ♡ The skin of the salmon was crispy, savory and the meat of the salmon basically melts in your mouth.
Entree – Gelderman Farms Crackling Pork Belly
From the website, “Served with celeriac pomme puree, spiced rutabaga, Okanagan apple, and birch syrup chutney.” Basically, for the first couple of dine outs, my choice of entrees always ended up being a dish involving with salmon. This time, I chose differently, as I’m a huge fan of pork belly and didn’t want to miss out!
That being said, I did not like this dish at all . The pork, which was the thing I was most looking forward too, was salty, and the apple frites made my lips itch and tingle. I was really disappointed with my entree. Granted, it made me full, but the taste was not good.
Dessert – Chocolate Hazelnut Bar
From the website, “Served with raspberry textures and white chocolate kefir cream.” After not being too pleased with my entree, I was hoping my dessert would be a lot better. Thankfully, it was ( ᐛ )و Everything blended well together, I would say, that I enjoyed the raspberry sauce with my hazelnut bar more than the white chocolate kefir cream.
Dessert – Golden Ears Neufchatel Cheese Puff
I didn’t taste this dessert, only because I was full and couldn’t eat anymore. But, from what I was told, the dish was good and it wasn’t too much on the sweet side.
For me, Forage has it’s good points, but it also has some bad points as well. I would say YES & NO for dining out at Forage. Yes, because the Salmon entree and the desserts were great! Though, I would say No, because the entree I got, was salty and not good at all, which ruined a part of my dining experience. Plus, I didn’t like the fact we had a time limit to eat.
However, it is up to you, whether you want to try Forage or not. If it’s a place that interests you, go ahead! But if it’s a place that you would rather pass up, that’s fine as well!
Find Part one at my friends Sharlyn’s Blog!
This year for For Christina’s 22nd birthday we hosted her an all exclusive vegan Tea party in the heart of Kitsilano. Christina has been a vegan for over 6 months now and tried multiple times to find a vegan-friendly High tea restaurant, however, did not find any. We took matters into our own hands and decided to make the food and tea ourselves. Sharlyn’s blog post showcases the preparation of the tea party. My blog post will focus on the outcome! We made croissant sandwiches, vegan muffins, cucumber sandwiches, vegan caesar salad sandwiches, and pastries. Anyway, I think I drank at least 8 cups of Darjeeling tea and ate the MOST delicious food. I am a vegetarian myself, hence I always appreciate vegans for their food!
Here are a few pictures from our fun filled day including our table set up:
Address: 302 W Hasting St, Vancouver, BC.
Last week, my friend and I went to a new cafe located in Gastown. We were interested in this cafe because it had a very unique product: Mocha served with shortbread and marshmallow. We both ordered this special mocha.
“Mocha” means “Chocolate” so in general most mocha would have chocolate sauce inside. The mocha from Nemesis Coffee was different because other than mixing chocolate sauce with espresso, it also had chocolate on the shortbread which would be perfect for chocolate lovers. Strangely, this mocha also had some alcoholic taste. It was unusual but I did like it. After all, who would say no to alcohol?
We went there after 4:00 pm. My friend was hungry. She would like to order some food but unfortunately, the barista told her that most of the food would only be served during lunch time. She finally ordered a scone. According to her, the scone was pretty good. We were sitting very close to their kitchen. While we were enjoying our mocha, I was also looking at their chefs who were preparing ingredients for the next day. It smelled really good so I have decided to come for their food next time.
Probably because this cafe was recently opened, everything looked nice and clean inside the store. They are also offering pour-over coffee with beans from different origins. I was quite confused by their washrooms at first because they did not have any signs indicating the sex on their doors. While I was standing in front of the washrooms and trying to figure out which one was for female, the barista beside me told me that I could use anyone since their washrooms were unisex. I think this detail was quite interesting and perhaps this would be more convenient for LGBTQ groups.
Their staff were really nice and friendly. Whenever I looked at them, they would always smile at me. Their prices were higher than most chain coffee shops such as Starbucks but considering that they had provided such a lovely environment, I would say that the prices were reasonable.
All in all, this cafe was a perfect spot for students to study, for friends to chat and for business people to relax or to work on laptops. It was not too far from SFU downtown campus so I would like to go there one more time to taste their food if I have time after school. I like their environment and their staff.