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Authentic Cantonese Street Food at Snackshot

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Lin and I were looking for a dessert place after dinner, and he remembered seeing this small spot called Snackshot in his Marpole neighbourhood. The large mural painted with old streets of Hong Kong instantly caught my eyes. It was very cool to look at and making the customers feel like they were enjoying the street snack in Hong Kong. But the white light was a little bright for me, maybe it could dim a notch down to create a sweeter ambiance? Snackshot, Marple I grew in Guangzhou and we had very similar types of street food and snacks in our city to Hong Kong. I was enjoying the Taro Dessert Set, with everything made with taro in it – taro ice cream and taro mochi balls in a sweet taro soup, and there were some components made with sweet potatoes as well. The sweetness was of right amount. Taro Dessert Set Taro Dessert Set Lin enjoyed his Tangyuan, the glutinous rice flour dumplings stuffed with sweetened ground black sesame seed, in a subtly sweet broth with ginger flavour. It’s nice and simple, just like what I had when I was a kid in Guangzhou. tangyuan We also tried some [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The second stop of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl was at one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in downtown, House Special. I first reviewed the restaurant last summer after it was opened and revisited them several times. Their food, cocktails, and atmosphere have always held up since. House Special, Yaletown The chic interiors here fit right in with the hip crowd in the neighbourhood. And the patio is perfect for outdoor hangouts on warmer days. House Special, Yaletown For the cocktails, bar manager Bryan Stratham and his team have created a menu that plays with the classics but with clever Vietnamese twists, such as the Vietnaria, the Vietnamese version of Margarita but powered with kaffir and tamarind chili jam, and the Colonial 75, with added lychee liqueur to the usual the gin-and-champagne combination. The team has won several awards, including the Best Caesar Challenge and the Best Sangria Challenge. Israel picked the Plum Smuggler ($10), a light and refreshing creation mixed with plum wine, cassis, dry martini, citrus, and egg white. He was pleased with the sweet and citrusy flavours.  And I enjoyed the smokiness from the mezcal and Rittenhouse rye in the Sleepy Hollow ($12). Also featuring absinthe rinse and housemade bitters, this cocktail is [...]

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Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s a known fact that my mom’s got a weakness for lobster. And when she saw the ad for 54th Ave Cafe on Ming Pao, she wanted to give their special dinner set a try. The set includes any 2 dishes from the dinner menu and a whole lobster for $58.95 before tax. The place is pretty close to Richmond, only minutes away once I get off Knight Bridge.  It is a small restaurant in a strip mall near Champlain Community Centre. Besides offering Hong Kong Style cafe fare, they have a full Chinese kitchen for Cantonese dish. For the dinner set, there’s a big bowl of soup of the day brewed from pork bones and vegetables. It was a little bland. We chose the Whole Lobster to be stir-fried with onion and ginger. The lobster was small and slightly overcooked. The 2 dishes we picked on their regular dinner menu were around $15 – $18 if ordered separately. The Chicken and Scallops Stir Fry on Gai Lan was in a huge portion. The flavour was okay but it was a little greasy. The Big Prawns and Yam Noodle Knots in Clay Pot was recommended by the waitress, but I was a little [...]

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Major flooding in London leaves people trapped in Hammersmith homes and restaurants as burst water pipe turns street into a river

by ecambridge @ The Sun

A MAJOR flood in West London left people trapped in their homes as water smelling “of sewage” rapidly filled the streets. Emergency services scrambled to the area in Hammersmith last night as diners reported being stuck in restaurants. Drivers were stranded as the water rose yesterday evening and cops advised motorists to avoid the flooded […]

Saboteur is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Edinburgh

Saboteur is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Edinburgh


5pm Food & Dining Blog

The sister restaurant to the popular Ting Thai Caravan, Saboteur is a new, casual Vietnamese restaurant on Teviot Place in Edinburgh.

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Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The visit to L’Abattoir marked another great stop during our Gastown Cocktail Crawl, proving that a cocktail crawl can be such a fantastic way of checking out the best restaurants in one neighbourhood in one night. Located in the center of Gastown and next to the historic Blood Alley, the site was built in the 19th century and was once part of a meatpacking district, hence the name L’Abattoir.  And everything here showcases the vibrant characters of Gastown, a home for the hip and the hipsters.  The place is a giant loft with red bricks and wood. While the bar is on the ground level, most of the dining area is upstairs. l’abattoir, gastown We were offered a basket of bread and breadsticks after we told them about our cocktail crawl adventure. bread basket Food Wench decided to order for all 3 of us and we were all getting the Avocado Gimlet ($15). Inspired by a rosemary gimlet, a popular cocktail featuring gin, Lillet Blanc, citrus and fresh herb, the creamy avocado adds a sweet richness to the drink, although not as rich as an avocado shake. The fun part of getting the same drink is bringing 3 complete different cocktail [...]

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Major flooding in London leaves people trapped in Hammersmith homes and restaurants as burst water pipe turns street into a river

by ecambridge @ The Sun

A MAJOR flood in West London left people trapped in their homes as water smelling “of sewage” rapidly filled the streets. Emergency services scrambled to the area in Hammersmith last night as diners reported being stuck in restaurants. Drivers were stranded as the water rose yesterday evening and cops advised motorists to avoid the flooded […]

Good Girl Dinette: A Vietnamese Diner

Good Girl Dinette: A Vietnamese Diner


KCET

With Good Girl Dinette, Diep Tran has opened a restaurant that reflects the sort of culinary hybridity that you'd expect to find in the polyglot tapestry...

Grand Opening of HJU:Z Lounge at Westin Bayshore

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

On November 16, I was invited to attend the VIP party “Come Fly with Me” for the opening of HJU:Z Lounge at Westin Bayshore.   It is definitely ballsy to come up with a name like “HJU:Z“. How do you even pronounce that?  People would ask when they see it. But but I’m predicting that, soon everyone will hear about and remember the place as “Hughes”,  even before knowing how it is actually spelled. Indeed, the famous aviator, Howard Hughes is the inspiration of the name of the new posh lounge at Westin Bayshore, one of Vancouver’s top hotels, known for its prime location blessed with immaculate views of the mountains, the coastline, the greenery of Stanley Park and the gleaming Vancouver downtown skyline.  In 1972 Hughes occupied the top 3 levels of the hotel for six months. To honor the record-setting pilot and eccentric tycoon, HJU:Z Lounge offers an unforgettable experience inspired by Hughes’ journeys. HJU:Z HJU:Z   The featured cocktail menu has 7 mixologist creations representing the flavours around the globe.  As you will find an iceberg and silver of gold leaf in the gin-based Alaska Cocktail No. 2 ($15), the Eiffel 75 ($18) is fuelled by both cognac and champagne. The Muscovite ($12) offers [...]

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Maba Pan-Asian Diner Is a Welcome Addition to Midtown Dining

Maba Pan-Asian Diner Is a Welcome Addition to Midtown Dining


Houston Press

Borrowing from neighboring Laos and Thailand, the papaya salad on the menu at Maba Pan-Asian Diner is a harmonious mingling of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian flavors and should very well be the flagship of this new Pan-Asian diner tucked snugly in the corner of Gray and Brazos in Midtown. The...

Tea Macchiato at Mr Mustache in Marpole

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

After trying the Cantonese dessert place Snackshot, we thought we would want to try more dessert spots in the area. It’s usually pretty quiet in the neighbourhood at night, and surprisingly there are quite a few places that are open until late.  Mr Mustache is one of the spots and it’s right next to Y&Y Dessert, another spot that we might be checking out next. The tea shop sells mostly Asian inspired mixed drinks, served in cold or hot. Besides the regular Taiwanese bubble tea options, their popular feature is the tea macchiato. I did find the term Tea Macchiato a little strange. Although it sounds kind of new here, it was made popular in Asia such as China or Singapore at least 5 – 7 years ago. The concept is to have a layer or milk/cream floating on top of the brewed tea. And the tea is consumed from sipping the tea through the luscious and flavourful milky layer.   And for the tea selection, besides typical green/black tea, fruit tea, and matcha, they offer Iron Budda oolong. I’m always a fan of good oolong as it has the refreshing taste of green tea, but has a depth of flavour because it’s [...]

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Eggel and Cinnamon Bun at the Original Solly’s Bagelry

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When our business support group decided to meet up at Solly’s Bagelry on Main Street, it brought instantly brought me to the memories from my university days. But wait, the original Solly’s Bagels was NOT on Main Street. Wow, it had been so long that I didn’t even know they had moved.  Back then, I did get lots of bagels at their old location on 29th and Main, and I even had a little reward card that I was working on to get my free half dozens.  Solly’s Bagelry So technically this is their newest location on Main and King Edward, aka Solly’s “Up Main”. They have 2 other locations – on Yukon and 8th, as well as in Kitsilano on West Broadway. Besides bagels and a variety of other traditional Jewish baked goods and deli items, they also serve all day breakfast made with fresh ingredients. Solly’s Bagelry Their coffee is supplied by Milano Coffee Roaster, where they produce award-winning java blends. Milano Coffee I wasted no time digging into my Eggel ($4.45) and savoured every single bite. Everything – from the “everything” bagel, the perfectly cooked egg, to the seasoning, tasted so fresh and delicious. eggel @ solly’s The [...]

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New Vietnamese diner from Smith and Dandelion graduates

New Vietnamese diner from Smith and Dandelion graduates


Good Food

Front-of-house professional Rene Spence (most recently at Prahran's the Smith) and chef Dai Duong, late of Elwood's Dandelion, are opening a new Vietnamese diner called Uncle at 188 Carlisle Street, St Kilda.

Great Quick Service on Pre-Movie Dinner at Dublin Crossing

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was meeting up with Lin for a movie at Cineplex Martine Gateway on Saturday. We arrived at the theatre at 9:45 pm, just an hour before our show.  Coming from his tennis game without having had dinner, Lin was starving. We decided to grab a quick bite. I thought Pink Elephant Thai would be the choice for a fast meal, but they were already closed. It was a bit weird ’cause they were supposed to close at 10 pm? So we decided to eat at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub if they could serve us food in time.  It was pretty busy inside the pub and we asked a server how fast the food would be, she smiled and quickly checked with the kitchen. “No problem”, we could serve you anything on our menu within 20 mins. We both got some Irish beer – a crisp and refreshing Harp Larger ($8.50) for Lin and a dark and malty Murphy’s Stout ($8.50). Sitting right beside the stage and the live music, the mood was instantly lightened up. Maybe we should come here to drink and relax next time, not for a rushed meal. Harp Lager & Murphy’s Stout Lin’s Steak Sandwich ($16.95) was topped with [...]

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First look: Maba Pan-Asian Diner

First look: Maba Pan-Asian Diner


Houston Chronicle

Midtown has a new rising star in this sleek, casual eatery serving Asian food with a twist

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Isreal suggested Fayuca as our last Yaletown Cocktail Crawl spot.   As one of the latest addition to the area’s Vibrant food scene, Fayuca has been impressing diners with their Northern Mexico inspired dishes with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. They were soon awarded a nomination for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. As a fan of this super colourful cuisine, I was looking forward to our little cocktail adventure here. The dining room is tastefully designed, and the interiors remind me of the modern eateries in Southern California, which I am sure, would have a strong tight with their Northern Mexican approach. House fried tortilla was served right the way once our drinks arrived.   Israel ordered the Derbi Trike ($11), the Spanish version of the Sidecar, mixed with Torres 5-year brandy, Curacao, tamarind, lemon, and kaffir tincture. The exotic ingredients have given the brandy cocktail a bit more tartness and more depth of flavours. I would like to try the drink shaken and not served with ice because I would love it more if the flavours are more intense. Derbi Trike Derbi Trike I ordered the Mezcal Jamaica ($11) for myself, a drink marrying the smoky Mexican flavour from Sombra Artisanal Mezcal [...]

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Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

So my previous experience at Neptune Wonton Noodle was not all that impressive, with their staple noodle and congee dishes sunk a little bit.  But I decided to give them another try when Rex said he was craving for congee.  I just had a decent meal at their sister restaurant Neptune Seafood next door, so maybe that helped a little with the decision. The congee was quite good compared to what I had previously. The consistency was not too gluey nor too watery. The flavour was good exhibiting the great quality of the rice used. The meat components tasted fresh as well. It was a good solid bowl of congee for me! We also ordered a couple congee-pairing side dishes, and they were both decent, including the Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork, and the Chinese Donut. I guess technically those were dim sum dishes. Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork Chinese Donut I was happy about the congee redemption at our casual lunch here. The congee was good and the small congee-pairing dishes were decent. However, it is interesting to see what the lunch crowd is like here.  This is no longer the place for people just to come [...]

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Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I have become quite attached to Specialty Chicken and Wonton House in Richmond over the years.  I absolutely love the variety of specialty chicken preparations here. If you are a Cantonese, you must include a chicken dish for dinner at any special occasion, especially for Chinese New Year.  The restaurant is owned by Wingtat Chicken Farm, known for eir free-range Loong Kong chicken. This special type of chicken has to be raised with a specific method, and grown to have tighter meat due to free running, but also enough amount of fat so that the meat is not too dry, which is great for all the Cantonese chicken dishes.  The farm even exports the birds back to China and Hong Kong. My favourite chicken dishes here are the Soy Sauce Chicken and Qing Ping Chicken. But I think for the general public, Soy Sauce Chicken is much more acceptable for it’s slightly sweeter taste on the exterior.  However, I wouldn’t recommend the Hainan Chicken here. I would rather go to Mui Garden in the neighbourhood for it. Here are the chicken dishes at the restaurant, and they are the most common chicken dishes on Cantonese dinner table. Empress Chicken – Poached [...]

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“Favourite Vietnamese restaurant ”

by admin @ Little V

Sometimes you feel like going out for dinner without having a traditional heavy european meal. The flavours of the vietnamese kitchen are amazingly light but fingerlicking good. Not heavy on the stomach. Order the chickensalad and the freshly made lemon grass ice tea. For a kick add a shot of vodka Enjoy :-)

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Skilled Chef Needed for busy modern Vietnamese Diner | Chef & Cook | Gumtree Australia Inner Sydney - Rosebery | 1167265370

Skilled Chef Needed for busy modern Vietnamese Diner | Chef & Cook | Gumtree Australia Inner Sydney - Rosebery | 1167265370


Gumtree

We are a fast paced, bustling modern restaurant looking for a skilled hardworking chef to join our kitchen team You will be assisting our head chef and owner ..., 1167265370

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - S7 - Episode 12: Diners Times Three

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - S7 - Episode 12: Diners Times Three


Radio Times

Find out when Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is on TV, including Series 7-Episode 12: Diners Times Three. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download.

Good Girl Dinette

Good Girl Dinette


L.A. Weekly

Just off Figueroa in Highland Park, across the street from the parking lot of the beloved Mr. T’s Bowl, Good Girl Dinette is a clean, airy space, filled with earnest couples and young families, serving bubbly soft drinks made with farmers market fruit (the Meyer lemon is especially good) and preparing a menu of Vietnamese-American comfort food that is especially friendly to vegans. The spicy...

Ice Cream Break at CHAU VeggiExpress

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I had brunch with JT on Commercial Drive and we were heading back to Richmond. It was a nice day and she was obviously in the mood for some dessert. She suggested CHAU VeggiExpress for some ice cream. To me, making vegan ice cream always seems a little challenging in order to show that creaminess. But since JT is a much pickier diner than I am, the ice cream should be good enough. I really liked the place as it was tastefully designed and decorated with elegant wallpaper and green climbing vines. The whole dining room was lively and charged with energy. I suppose it was the healthy options here might have made diners happier. I do miss living with my friend Julie, who was a vegetarian at the time. We made dinner together almost every night back then and I certainly benefited from eating less meat. CHAU VeggiExpress CHAU VeggiExpress We realized they gave me the wrong ice cream. I picked the Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate and JT got the Pandan Leaf. But they gave the Thai Ice Tea instead for some reason. But they quickly fixed the issue and we ended up having 3 scoops instead of 2 scoops. The Thai Ice Tea one tasted [...]

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Awesome Quesadillas & Margaritas at Patron Tacos and Cantina

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I always appreciate the bold flavors from different chilis and spices without missing the taste of any fresh or cooked ingredients in a Mexican dish. For such reason, I became a fan of the food at Patron Tacos and Cantina. As I was honoured with the judging duty for the Vancouver Foodster’s Best Margarita Challenge, I brought my friend MV to taste Patron’s Margarita creation. The creator and Patron’s bar manage, Israel Llamas, was shaking up the drinks for us.  The key to this creation is coconut! Mixed with a combination of coconut tequila, coconut milk, house-made syrup, and chili flakes makes this drink unique, the margarita has layers of bold flavours that excite all the senses.  I could imagine myself drinking this and dancing on the beach on a summer night in Cancun. Although the Coconut Spice Margarita ($9.95) was created for the competition and not on their regular menu, they would LOVE to make you one if you ask for it.     Coconut Spice Margarita @ Patron Tacos & Cantina For food, we first tried the Sopecitos ($13.50), three handmade thick corn tortillas topped with beans, lettuce, feta, and radish,  and we chose each of the 3 toppings of chorizo, beef [...]

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“The True Italian Taste” Presented at Vancouver Fashion Week

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West (ICCCW) honoured me by inviting me to their VIP reception at the opening of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), as part of the “The True Italian Taste” initiative by the chamber. The reception welcomed guests with delicious prosecco and different types of authentic Italian gourmet food, and it was such a great occasion to celebrate the best of Italy in food, wine, and fashion. VCF at David Lam Hall We were served finest Italian DOP & IGP cheeses, bread and cured meat delicacies and a variety of bread. The DOP (protected designation of origin) and IGP (protected geographical indication) labels are the standards of 100% authentic products from Italy, and represented by The Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry starting in 2016. #TrueItalianTaste initiative focuses on promoting the most authentic foods from Italy in USA, Canada, and Mexico. The food we were tasting today: Piave Vecchio (dop) Montasio (dop) Gorgonzola (dop) Pecorino Toscano (dop) Taleggio (dop) Parmigiano Reggiano (dop) Coppa Piacentina (dop) Speck Trentino (dop) Bresaola (igp) Porchetta Mortadella (Igp) Prosciutto Cotto Al Tartufo Salametti Piccanti Olio Extravergine Di Oliva Primo Dop Monti Iblei Terredirai Prosecco Superiore Docs During the intermission of the fashion shows, The Consul General [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Blue Water Cafe is always one of my favourite eateries, and unarguably one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. I have had several unforgettable dining experiences here over the years. In a city that’s filled with amazing sushi chefs, it was no easy feat to be acclaimed the “best sushi” award for a restaurant that has no Japanese in the name. Besides the raw bar, the other dishes here have represented the Pan Pacific cuisine and fine dining well. Finally, they are also known for their exceptional services.  Those are reasons why we have picked Blue Water as one of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl designations. Israel continued on the Ume path after the plum wine inspired cocktail at House Special. His Ume No Hana featured botanist gin, plum wine, Benedictine, and chamomile – a drink that make you feel like sitting in the middle of a botanic garden. Ume No Hana Also a gin cocktail, the Jacob’s Ladder was my choice of drink, mixed with ginger rested gin, green chartreuse, orgeat, basil, and lime. Slightly less aromatic, it’s rather refreshing with the citrusy flavour. Jacob’s Ladder For our cocktail bites, we just checked what the freshest of the day was, and our [...]

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U and I Thai: Thai Flavours in South Cambie

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We came to U And I Thai for the Best Margarita Challenge with my buddy Lou.  I visited here for the Sangria Challenge last year and I was impressed their specialty Stuffed Chicken Wings. Naturally, I wanted to share that delicious chicken wing moment with Lou. Although it was on a Tuesday night, and the place was fully packed, and the 3 servers were running around like crazy. I could see they were trying hard to keep up with attending all the tables, but the service was a little slow as the servers were a little overwhelmed. First we tried the Blue Berry Margarita ($8), the entry for the competition. This was the 2nd competitor inspired by Blue Berry flavour I tried after the first one I had at The Pawn Shop YVR. As the one at The Pawn Shop had a much boozier taste with only a hint of blueberry in the background, the one here definitely showcased the blueberry flavour, front and centre. However, it would be better if the tequila taste is little stronger in the version here. And I was looking forward to some Thai twist, which seemed non-existent here. Blueberry Margarita The Stuffed Chicken Wings ($11.95) did not disappoint. [...]

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Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was fortunate to attend Food Talks 15, presented by Richard Wolak, founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks  The event featured 5 Speakers who are the forces to reckoned with from Vancouver’s food community. It took place at Pacific Restaurant Supply. According to Richard, he created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle. The Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts. Richard Wolak at Food Talks 15 Pacific Restaurant Supply The lineup of the speakers (from left to right): Ian Bruce (Founder, Umaluma Gelato),  Jason Gilron (President, Pacific Restaurant Supply),  Caren McSherry (Founder, Gourmet Warehouse),  Paul Grunberg (Co-Owner L’Abattoir and Osteria Savio Volpe),  Brian Turko (Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee), Ian Bruce, Jason Gilron, Caren McSherry, Paul Grunberg Brian Turko The theme of the event was From Your Roots. Our speakers shared the journeys from their humble past to their present accomplishment [...]

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Review: Wayne Nguyen's food thrills at affordable Maba Pan-Asian Diner

Review: Wayne Nguyen's food thrills at affordable Maba Pan-Asian Diner


Houston Chronicle

[...] they're plated like some scintillating warm salad, graced with bright cherry tomato halves, wispy jalapeño cartwheels, slivers of garlicky shallot in two meticulous forms - sliced raw into translucent rings; and fried into crisp brown crinkles. The animating touch is a gloss of warm fish sauce vinaigrette made with rice vinegar and oil from the fried shallot pan, so that the whole dish springs into well-balanced focus. Even the visuals for the counter-service setup offer bang for the buck, from dramatic black-and-white abstract paintings to crimson dragon wall graphics; from compact Edison-bulb chandeliers to an inviting dining deck. ("If I had told them I wanted to be a chef, they would have disowned me," he half-jokes now.) But when he moved to Houston for work and met his wife, whose family owned the Sinh Sinh and old-line Timmy Chan's restaurants, he went to work managing finances at the latter, soaking up classic Chinese-American preparations by osmosis. Part the thick slices and, underneath a nest of sautéed peppers, onions and cherry tomato peeks out, moored in a tart/sweet sauce that is anything but cloying or thick. All those classic flavor currents, plus a zap of chile heat, are at play in his impeccable Vietnamese green papaya salad, mined with savory hunks of shrimp and pork belly, sliced thin and delicately browned. Garnished with leafy herbs, crunchy vegetables and wheels of ripe jalapeño, the package is ingenious without veering into the realm of taco kitsch. Here, the sauces were applied in judicious dots, the cilantro and wilted onions clung just so, and the evocative spices (cinnamon, clove, black cardamom and ginger) haunted. Whole Thai basil leaves are tucked inside the skewered shrimp, and after they are grilled so that the bacon browns and chars a bit (signature move here), a lemon-butter mop gives the flavors a final, exuberant pop.

Recap: Tasting Plates Yaletown BRUNCH

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It was feeling like deju vu attending Richard Wolak‘s Tasting Plates Yaletown Brunch. Comparing to his Brunch Crawl in the same neighbourhood, a collaboration with Dineout Vancouver earlier this year, I found quite a few surprises for brunch options in Yaletown. The first great find was Cha Le Tea Merchant Cafe and Shop. The tea merchant offers a collection of traditionally handcrafted tea, carefully selected and brewed using modern techniques. And they also incorporate their tea in their simple but refined dishes, and each dish is recommended eaten while pairing with the same tea. Their tasting menu today was an ambitious 3-course menu featuring 3 teas and 3 different dishes on toast. Cha Le The first pairing featured their green tea, Dragonwell, and the dish was the Albacore Spinach Toast, made with Haidacore Albacore tuna on a sesame-spinach and Dragonwell salad. I quite like the poke style approach,  the spread of avocado on the toast and a touch of the green tea flavour. Combing all the flavours, it was super fresh and elegant. Tuna Spinach Toast The 2nd pairing features the Matcha, paired with the Shrimp Avocado Toast. The topping of the toast was made of hand peeled shrimp, matcha avocado, and shredded nori.  [...]

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Long’s Noodle House Not Quite Meeting the Expectations

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I celebrated my birthday dinner with my UBC friends at Long’s Noodle House. The group came  here a few years ago. The food was decent, but what impressed more was how crowded it was.  The place was tiny and they try to jam too many big tables in the space, not the best choice if you are claustrophobic. Years later, I still keep hearing good things about this place, such as how the food is worth the long wait. My friend Bert even said it was the best Shanghainese food in the city for him.  So when my buddies ask me to pick a place for my birthday dinner, I decided to try Long’s for sake of the good food that so many people raving about. Nothing much has changed for the place, and it was still way too crowded. I was sitting right by the door, so I was constantly getting body contacts from other diners who walked in and out the place. I was asked to adjust my seat twice when different seating situations were happing at the table right behind me. This didn’t bother me much though, as I was being a good sport and the seating discomfort was [...]

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Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Christmas Market is Back! One of Vancouver’s most iconic holiday celebrations has returned to its waterfront location,  at Jack Poole Plaza from November 22 – December 24, 2017, a full month long of festivities where everyone is welcomed to enjoy eating, drinking and shopping. There are 75 vendors this year offering food, drinks, and merchandise, also featuring many family activities and live entertainment. I was invited as media to celebrate all those cherished and joyful experiences.   Canada’s First Ever Walk-In Christmas Tree By the entrance, a 30ft tall Christmas tree welcomes guests to enter to experience a majestic moment as they are immersed in a sea 36,000 twinkling lights. Christmas Pyramid The Christmas Pyramid has also returned, but it is taller than ever with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’, towering 10 ft high. The Flying Stage is hosting a daily festive entertainment line-up,  featuring musical talents from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel. Mulled Wine and Drinks At the bottom of the Christmas Pyramid, guest can order their favourite Glühwein, a hot-spiced mulled wine that brings them a sweet, warm and spiced holiday spirit. A variety of coffees (Schnappsl Kaffee Haus), ciders (Das Apfelhaus) and beers (Bavarian Haus, Persephone Brewing Co) are also served at the Market. Organagan [...]

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Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Don’t mistake the “Beijiang” in Beijiang Restaurant as “Beijing”! Bei-Jiang in Chinese refers to the northern part of Xinjiang Autonomous Territory, the largest province in China. Almost every single Chinese folk knows about the Tianshan Mountain, or literally, the “Heavenly Mountain”, a world heritage site in Xinjiang that has inspired many works of Chinese arts and literature. The mountain is the divider splitting Xinjiang into the northern and the southern regions. While the south consists of mostly desserts and is inhabited by Uyghurs, the north is much more populated with Han, Hui, Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Chinese ethic groups. The owner of Beijiang Restaurant, Richard Li, grew up in Ürümqi, the Capital of Xinjiang. After traveling around the world, and a successful restauranteur career in California and BC, he decided to start the very first Halal restaurant in British Columbia, to bring his hometown flavours to Metro Vancouver in 2009.  Recently relocated from Alexandra Road, the Richmond restaurant has taken over former Good Eat Seafood Restaurant‘s location at 8111 Leslie Road, with a much bigger dining room and a parking lot with ample space.  Beijiang also has another location in Vancouver, at 3281 Kingsway. Beijiang Restaurant The interiors are impressive with a vibrant colour scheme of [...]

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Phonatic Vietnamese Restaurant - Pho - Beef Noodle Soup - Adelaide SA

Phonatic Vietnamese Restaurant - Pho - Beef Noodle Soup - Adelaide SA


Phonatic

Phonatic Vietnamese Restaurant - 171 Hindley Street Adelaide - We make the best Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup). Open 7 days Lunch and Dinner.

In Search of Great Spicy Hotpot: Little Sheep Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot, with 3 locations in Metro Vancouver, came from the giant hotpot restaurant chain in China, Little Sheep, and now is owned by Yum China, the largest restaurant company in China. When the restaurant started, their unique concept seemed to separate themselves from the rest of the hotpot places. They used lamb, along with selected herbs and spices, to brew the special “Mongolian” broth for the hotpot soup base. The broth was supposed to be so flavourful that diners didn’t even need to use any dipping sauce. This is the way how was I was told to enjoy hotpot meals at Little Sheep 10 years ago. Over the years, the competition has become fierce among hotpot restaurant, andSichuan or Chongqing style spicy hotpot joints have become quite popular. Little Sheep has since, made the spicy soup base a more obvious option to compete with other places. It seems eating food with hot spices is being accepted more and more people nowadays, and I agree that the taste of seasoning is just as important as the taste of raw ingredients as well. A true foodie would embrace all kinds of sensory pleasures, not just from the smell and the taste, but also [...]

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Banh Xeo Bar has the secret to extra crisp Vietnamese pancakes

Banh Xeo Bar has the secret to extra crisp Vietnamese pancakes


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Get in on the sizzling savoury action at the new Rosebery diner.

Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

My mom wanted to make a use of her VIP card from Neptune Seafood Restaurant that she recently acquired. The benefit of using the card is 10% off, but not on seafood dishes. This just sounds silly because it is a SEAFOOD restaurant. I came here for dim sum quite a few times over the years, and also had tried their special lobster lunch menu, but never came here for dinner. Maybe it’s because of its Chinese name 龍皇鮑翅, which suggests that they specialize in abalone and shark fin, which doesn’t sound exactly eco-friendly. The main dining area was roomy and bright, although the interior design is somewhat generic and similar to other restaurants in the same category. They also have several VIP rooms for private parties. One of the rooms was in use that evening, and apparently, there was Karaoke inside the room. It felt strange to hear some super bad singing for a few seconds now and then when someone had to exit or enter the room. Neptune Seafood Restaurant So we finally decided on getting a whole Peking Duck ($48), as it always comes in 2 courses and it should be plenty of food for 2 of us. [...]

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Vietnamese Restaurant, Delco Springfield PA,

Vietnamese Restaurant, Delco Springfield PA,


Pho Street

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Vietnamese Diner Menu | Order Delivery Online at JUST-EAT.ca

Vietnamese Diner Menu | Order Delivery Online at JUST-EAT.ca


JUST EAT CANADA - Order Food Delivery & Take-Out Online

View the full menu from Vietnamese Diner in Saskatoon S7M 0R5 and place your order online. Wide selection of Vietnamese food to have delivered to your door.

Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I attended the media preview dinner at The Flying Pig, the “nouveau Canadian Bistro” and an integral part of Vancouver dining scene for almost a decade. They offer a seasonally inspired menu with fresh local ingredients at a great value, which I find even more down-to-earth than some of the farm-to-table places with their comforting classics. $35 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @THE FLYING PIG APPETIZER THREE PEA SOUP smoked ham hock, chick, split, and sweet peas or ROCKET, WATERCRESS AND BEETROOT SALAD local chevre crème, pears and walnuts or HUMBOLDT SQUID black olive aioli ENTRÉE PLATTER FOR 2 – INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: “AAA” STRIPLOIN STEAK aged white cheddar mashed potato, bone marrow jus LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD heirloom tomato sauce vierge, Brussels sprouts, Autumn vegetables DESSERT CHOCOLATE VANILLA LAYER CAKE strawberries [...]

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Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Bodega on Main with Hanson (Nosh and Nibble) for my judge duty for the Best Caesar Challenge. The restaurant had been on my wishlist since they moved from the West End to the current location near Main Street/Science World Station.  Known for their authentic Spanish family flavours, Bogeda offers a seafood-friendly food menu and a great selection of Spanish wines, beers, and spirits. It is quite bright and spacious inside the restaurant. The interior design is filled with European characters. The Premium Double Caesar ($12) was made with the options among Sons of Vancouver chili vodka, Altos blanco tequila, and Ford’s gin.  I chose tequila as I’d love a bit of a kick on my bloody caesar. The salt and spice rim added the extra punch on the flavours as well, and I enjoyed the garnish with Serrano ham, green olive, and shrimp. Created just for the competition, this cocktail is not on their regular menu. But ask them to see if they can whip it up for you. Premium Double Caesar   We tried a couple dishes on their Weekend Brunch menu. I absolutely loved my Huevos Benedictinos ($12), which in Spanish, means “Egg Benedict”,  The eggs [...]

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Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We can find great wonton noodle soup in Richmond, at restaurants like McKim, Tsim Chai Kee, and Double Double, representing the authentic flavours from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But if you ask me where to go to find a good bowl of wonton noodle soup in the City of Vancouver, one on the list has to be Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main. However, I wouldn’t call the place a favourite because I had received some terrible services there over the years. For someone who finds the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant, this means something. However, when my mom was requesting a noodle house for dinner after we were driving around downtown, I thought I should take her to Congee Noodle House for a change, instead of our usual spot, Kwang Chow Congee Noodle house in the same neighbourhood. I don’t’ believe in banning a place with good food just because the service is bad. After all, I do find the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant. Congee Noodle House We had a few of the most common Cantonese dishes and the flavours made us feel like back home in Guangzhou. The Beef Chow Fun [...]

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Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. Fayuca is one of the latest addition to Yaletown’s Vibrant food scene, freshly nominated for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. They represent the Northern Mexican cuisine, which has a strong tight to South Cal across the border,  featuring the Mexican flavours through Pacific Northwest ingredients and the freely gathered idea. This has made them one of the fascinating restaurants in the area. Their Taste of Yaletown menu is filled with their vibrant ideas $45 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @ FAYUCA APPETIZER GUACAMOLE, CRISPY SUNCHOKES, PUMPKIN SEEDS, MACEDONIAN FETA or GRILLED CACTUS, HALLOUMI CHEESE, AVOCADO, PICKLED ONIONS ENTRÉE FLANK STEAK, SLOWLY ROASTED PURPLE CABBAGE, CHARRED LEEKS or GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, CARAMELIZED ONION PURÉE, ROASTED ALMONDS (V) DESSERT FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE The Guacamole is one of their featuring shared dishes and will be [...]

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Happy Hour at the Newly Opened Hook Seabar

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

First of all, is this place a “seabar” or a “sea bar”?   Other than inventing a new word, it feels like they are starting a new concept as well, something between fine dining seafood and casual pub fare, with throwing in that incredible views of English Bay,  here we have the Hook Seabar to please everyone, including the visitors and the locals. The owner also runs Blind Sparrow on the other end of Denman Street, and we could feel the same natural elegant vibe from the nautical themed design, a reminder of that we are right by the Pacific. I can picture myself coming back here for that amazing summer sunset by the ocean. I came here with a couple of friends and we decided to check out t4he whole happy hour menu.  Between 3 – 6 pm daily, house wines are $6, featured local beer is $4, and tapped cocktails are only $8. There are also daily specials on drinks. Since it was Friday, we could have been binge drinking Tommy’s Margarita or Smoked Negroni all night long! Hook Seabar smoked negroni They have a raw bar with designated chefs, and of course fresh oysters! For happy hour, they offer a [...]

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Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Empire Seafood

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Empire seafood is one of the go-to places for high-end dim sum and Chinese fine dining. Upon my recent visit here for a wedding banquet, I was impressed by the great quality of their signature dishes. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for ideas of a fancy Chinese New Year dinner. The Cold Platter is usually served before a multi-course banquet style dinner, and the one here scores big both visually and gustatorily. With roasted piglet, smoked salmon, crab tempura, five-spice beef, and surf clam, the items showcase different techniques in Cantonese cooking, and how they preserve the wonderful tastes of fresh quality ingredients. Cold Platter If you want to order a whole roasted piglet, you probably need to call them to order in advance. Cold Platter Each piece of the Fried Crab Craw is not merely a crab craw, the craw meat is wrapped around with fresh shrimp paste, shaped like a ball, then deep-fried.  The bouncy texture and the sweetness of shrimp and crab are the highlights. Fried Crab Claws Fried Crab Claws The Fresh Scallops with Broccoli and Oyster Mushroom is super delicate. I really like the little touch of fish roe in the binding [...]

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Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Since I work from home a lot more these days, I have been trying quite a few new lunch places in Richmond. Central at Garden City is the latest shopping plaza, not just known for the newest Walmart in the Lower Mainland, but also a collection of many new stores and restaurants. Today I was grabbing a quick lunch at Pepper Lunch Canada’s newest location here. The Japanese restaurant chain is known for their sizzling hot lunch served on cast iron plate, prepared with fresh ingredients, including a variety of premium meats such as AAA grade steaks I didn’t feel like spending too much money on today’s lunch, so I picked the moderately priced Sliced Angus Steak (4.5 oz) lunch set. It also came with some veggies – pre-blanched carrots, snap peas, and bean sprouts, a bowl of rice, and 2 types of sauce for the steak. I prefer the garlic sauce over the sweeter one . Sliced Angus Steak Set Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City     On paper, a 4.5-oz sliced Angus steak with rice lunch set should be the same amount of food [...]

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Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I didn’t realize it was near the Mid Autumn Festival, which falls on the first full moon night in the fall.  For Chinese folks, it is their own Thanksgiving for celebrating harvest and family gathering. I talked to my mom about finding a food Chinese restaurant and have dinner with some of my Chinese friends. As I thought, most of the good Chinese restaurants are fully booked in Richmond. So I thought of Phoenix Garden that we went once. They have both the Peking Duck and the Whole Lobster dish that we like. Struggling with traffic for more than 1 hour, I wondered if all the Chinese folks were out in the city for dinner this evening. My friend Lou arrived much earlier and he phoned me while I was still in traffic. I asked him to order both the duck and the lobster.  But when I arrived, I realized we cannot have both dishes with the special price.  Oh well. The Whole eking Duck ($39) was nicely roasted with nice crispy skin. So we were off to a good start. peking duck Peking Duck The 2nd course of the Peking Duck was the Lettuce Wrap with Duck Meat. It was pretty greasy and [...]

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Pho Tan: 10-Course Vietnamese Feast! - PickyDiners.com

Pho Tan: 10-Course Vietnamese Feast! - PickyDiners.com


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I believe they have pretty good pho and other typical Vietnamese dishes at Pho Tan. But that is not what my foodie friends and I come here for.

Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The post is the compilation of several dim sum visits I paid to Sea Fortune Restaurant in Richmond. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live very close to Richmond Centre, and great dim sum places like Empire Seafood, Kirin or Shi Art, are all only within walking distance.  However, Sea Fortune came to my attention by word of mouth, especially their Deep Fried Squid and the early morning discount. I found the dim sum here, although not the best among the competitors, enjoyable. And if you ordered before 11 am, there is a 20% discount, making it a decent deal. The Har Gow / Shrimp Dumpling is always the first test for me evaluating any dim sum place on the first visit. I found the dumpling skin here a little thick but the shrimp filling was fresh and crunchy. The famous Seven-Flavour Deep Fried Squid here consists of all squid tentacles. The very first bite caught me surprised because it was so juicy under the crispy breading that there was a burst in my month! This is definitely an exciting dish. However, on my 2nd visit, the squid was a little dry as the squid tentacles [...]

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Kiriri Sushi: Authentic Japanese Taste in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

As a sushi lover, I have found Richmond’s sushi scene slightly underrated. There is a great number of sushi places in the city that harbour classically trained Japaneseaese chefs from Japan, where you are served with high-quality seafood and expert sushi technique. And Kiriri Sushi is one of them. I had been wanting to check out Kiriri for quite a long time, and finally I convinced my badminton buddies to get dinner here after our game. Although it wasn’t much to look at from outside, Kiriri was quite elegant and cozy inside. It kind of reminded me of Sushi Hachi, another authentic sushi spot hidden in a small strip mall in Richmond, although Hachi is much smaller and only run by the chef and his wife. The friendly waiter came to our table with an iPad with a selection of daily fresh seafood. We shared the Special Tamago (egg) Roll, one of the daily specials. The regular size of the roll might be a little too small to be shared by 5 of us, but the chef customized it so that we could all have a nice big piece each with paying just a little extra. The flavour of the meat and veggie [...]

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Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We were at the wedding of Jess and Phil(@domoiscraving). And yes, #DomoIsMarring! Their beautiful wedding was held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  I never knew they had such a beautiful garden here, which is great for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we decided to get a cocktail at the hotel resident restaurant, Pier 73. The spot is right over Fraser River and the views are beautiful, especially on a nice day like this. When we were there, the outdoor dining area on the dock was still under renovation.  I would definitely come back here on a warmer day. PIER 73 I ordered the Dragon Boat ($10), featuring Bombay Saffire gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice, and finished with a touch of jalapeno.  The concept of the drink is great but could use a bit more tartness from grapefruit. The slice of jalapeno was brilliant, adding another layer of flavour. Dragon Boat Food Wench’s choice of the Elderflower Collins ($11) surprised us as she always like something strong like with bourbon or whiskey.  It tasted pleasant with the mix of Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and soda. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS My 2nd drink was their signature, the Pier 73 [...]

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Welcome to our courtyard…

by admin @ Little V

Little V Rotterdam has been expanded with a Vietnamese courtyard. Round tables in the middle where you can eat with your friends and family. Lovely intimate corners on the side. We also expanded our terrace to enjoy the summer. For refreshment we added some new cocktails and smoothies to our menu. Come inside and experience […]

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Recap: Judging Best Margarita Challenge by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year’s Best Margarita Challenge has 5 contestants all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Check out my YouTube video here! The Pawn Shop YVR Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Blueberry Elderflower Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:40pm PDT Price: $9.95 Description: made with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice, blueberry syrup, Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Float. Created by: Casey Brady   Stormcrow Tavern Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 4, 2017 at 10:56am PDT Price: $10 Created by: Cole Hayton Description: Lower your shields with the Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita! Made with Plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal for that smoky just-shot blaster flavour, Storm Trooper collected coconut milk, AT-ACT grilled pineapple, lime, brown sugar and salted rim. It’ll make you forget about the Imperial Troopers shooting at you and let you become one with the Force.   Ban Chok Dee Web: http://www.banchokdee.com CoCo-MangoRita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:31pm PDT Price: $10 Created by:  Parinya Loptson Description: A Taste of Thai mix – Tamarind and palm sugar with Mexican Coconut Tequila, Mezcal and mix Citrus really [...]

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Vietnamese noodle bar in the clear for ‘Phat Phuc’ ad

Vietnamese noodle bar in the clear for ‘Phat Phuc’ ad


The Sun

Vietnamese noodle bar in the clear for ‘Phat Phuc’ ad

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 1 – Rodney’s Oyster House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s fortunate to have Israel as my Yaletown Cocktail Crawl buddy as he lives in the neighbourhood and loves food.  He recommended Rodney’s Oyster House because it’s one of his favourites. Although I love this place as well, I hesitated on the suggestion. They don’t really have a cocktail menu. In fact, they only have one cocktail available, which is the Zydeco Stew, their infamous bloody caesar. Despite of limited choices on cocktails, thanks to the delicious seafood and the staff with great energy, the whole experience here turned out to be an uber fun one. As Izakaya is the popular imported concept for hard-working professionals who like to have drinks after work,  the oyster houses are our own West Coast answers. If you’re a seafood lover, nothing is better than the happy hour filled with buck-a-shuck and chilled house white. If you prefer cocktails over wine,  there is always the seafood-friendly cocktail, bloody caesar. Rodney’s Oyster House Yaletown The Zydeco Stew is BIG! And besides the usual clamato mix and salted rim, it was filled with a great amount of finely shaved horseradish and a large tiger prawn as the garnish. The drink is not for people who prefer bland boring food [...]

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Vietnamese Diner, Saskatoon

Vietnamese Diner, Saskatoon


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Vietnamese Diner - View the menu for Vietnamese Diner as well as maps, restaurant reviews for Vietnamese Diner and other restaurants in Saskatoon, SK and Saskatoon.

Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

  Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price.  This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I had a chance to taste what they offer at XOXOLAT, a chocolate shop Inspired by the European “chocolateries”. They are determined to become a local Vancouver chocolate haven, with the selection of fine brands from around the world, as well as fresh in-store creations.  $25 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU FOR TWO Available 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday during Taste of Yaletown. Reservations recommended. Each person will have: 3 WHISKEY TASTINGS and A SELECTION OF 8 CHOCOLATE TREATS It was quite interesting pairing whiskey and chocolate. I have tried tasting dark chocolate with cognac, which is a nice balance of flavours. I could understand whiskey would go well with something sweet, cutting through the sweetness with strong smokey notes, obtaining the harmony on the palate.     xoxolat yaletown * All [...]

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John Gilchrist: Rau goes beyond Vietnamese soups and subs at new diner-esque style restaurant

John Gilchrist: Rau goes beyond Vietnamese soups and subs at new diner-esque style restaurant


Calgary Herald

At lunch time, students from James Fowler High School line up at Fryday Poutine for steaming piles of kimchi- and porkbelly-topped fries and thick burgers topped with poutine. Next door at Rau Bist…

Vietnamese diner met Witte rijst , sperziebonen en garnalen en speklappen

Vietnamese diner met Witte rijst , sperziebonen en garnalen en speklappen


Thuisafgehaald

Vietnamees diner met gekookte witte rijst, gewokte sperziebonen , garnalen en speklappen met heerlijke citroengras saus en knoflook saus en uien.Een echte Vietnamees gerecht van een Vietnamese familie .Op Vrijdag (13/11/2015) is het beschikbaar. Als jullie echt belangstelling hebben, a.u.b. geef mij een email voor bestelling. Twee dagen vooruit graag.

Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates tour took place in North Vancouver during the brunch hours on a Saturday, helping foodies explore foodie culture and discover unique culinary in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Here are stops for our tasting journey, including: Welcome Ice Cream Palour Maru Korean Bistro The Juicery Co. Two Daughters Bakeshop Beere Brewing Company The adventure started at Welcome Palour, located at the heritage building, “The Hodson Block“. They are determined to serve the most authentic ice creams with natural ingredients. For the tasting, we started with a Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae. Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae We were showed this impressive looking device imported from Europe for our next tasting item, the Steamed Ice Cream Floats in hot chocolate, finished with a house made fudge chocolate sauce. Welcome Parlour Steamed Ice Cream Floats Our 2nd stop was at Maru Korean Bistro, where they serve tradition flavours with a modern twist. The tasting bite for the brunch crawl was called the Onigiri Stack, featuring a seasoned and grilled rice puck, topped with green onion, crispy shallot, “Gochujang” pulled pork, soft poached egg and nori, with a side of spring greens dressed with a persimon-truffle vinaigrette. Maru Korean Bistro It was fun to cut through [...]

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Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When arriving at Hoitong, a 40-seat Chinese restaurant tucked in a tiny strip mall on Westminster Hwy,  although is clean and cozy, most people will find it far from their expectation,  a winner of several local Chinese restaurant awards and an honourable mention for the Best Upscale Chinese Restaurant in 2016. In the Hoitong’s kitchen, there is the 70-year-old chef and owner Leung Yiu Tong who specializes in classic Cantonese dishes from the Shunde region. And that’s what you come here for. Shunde is a satellite town of Guangzhou (Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province. In China, there’s a saying – all the best Cantonese restaurants are in Guangzhou (Canton) but all the best Cantonese chefs are from Shunde. After his establishment in Hong Kong, Chef Leung brought the master craft to Vancouver and opened Hoitong. The restaurant is popular so we had to call in to reserve a table. There are also dishes that they only serve if ordered 24 hours in advance, such as the Lotus Leaf Rice Wrap and the Steamed Rockfish. We ordered one Deep Fried Squab, which is in this category. I had heard this place was pricey and it showed on their menu, with hardly any dishes [...]

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This new Vietnamese restaurant in Tacoma goes way beyond pho

This new Vietnamese restaurant in Tacoma goes way beyond pho


thenewstribune

La Cà Bar is now open on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma with a menu of street foods, plus Vietnamese classics such as pho and bahn mi.

A Delightful Taste of Ukraine at Solodko Ukrainian Bakery

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Sergii and Iryna started their Ukrainian bakery business at the Steveston farmers’ market, and it took off quickly. By the end of the same summer, they were often sold out at 10 different markets. People just raved about their food. With their success, they launched Solodko Ukrainian Bakery at 444 Sixth St, New Westminster.  Today, I was the lucky plus-one of Areta (Foodgressing) for a tasting at Solodko.  It was an eye-opening experience as it was very different from what I knew about Ukrainian/Russian Food. Solodko Ukrainian Bakery I was amazed by how good the savoury dishes were here. Using fresh ingredients is the key. Instantly captivated the vibrant colour of the Borsch, the soup tasted even better with the rich flavours from all the vegetables.  It’s the hearty Ukrainian version of Ratatouille.  The Cabbage Rolls were delightful and I really enjoyed their slightly crunchy texture.  The Perogies surprised me with how delicate they were with the thin wrapper, very similar to Chinese dumpling. Making those dishes from scratch and with fresh ingredients makes such a difference, and I’m sure no one would go back to store-bought frozen ones after trying the perogies here.  The perogies also came with pan-fried onion and sour cream, both being great flavour enhancers. borsch, perogies [...]

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Recap: Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster. The Christmas themed tasting adventure was spread at 4 spots in 3 neighboring communities on the west side from Fairview, South Granville to Kitsilano.  Each spot was featuring vendors with high-quality food and beverages for attendees to indulge. Meinhardt Fine Foods was our first stop. Located in South Granville, the gourmet grocery store is known for its specialized and imported food products, gourmet offerings, ready-to-eat meals and a variety of deserts. Meinhardt Fine Foods  There were other vendors featured at Meinhardt: Cheeses from Blue Heron Creamery and they are opening their first store on Main street in 2018. Imported European holiday cake from Terra Foods, along with other goods. Plant-based whole Grain crackers from Lloyd James. Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries offered a taste of their specialty cocktail cherries.  They were quite unique and much tastier than the awful generic Maraschino cherries. The tea products from JusTea produced by Kenyan tea farmers, also ethical, sustainable, and fair trade. Imported ham and sausage from Spain and other European countries showcased by ARC Iberico. Refined sea salt products from Sal de Ibiza, including salts, potato chips, chocolates, and nuts. Maureen‘s Rum Cakes. Next, we ventured to Silk Road Tea, where [...]

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Recap: Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates UBC

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Back in the days when I was studying at UBC, the food choices on campus were not exactly amazing. Besides getting burger and beer at the Sub (the student union building back then), I could only get a taste of ethnic food at the Village food court. But according to Vancouver Foodster, there are many more gourmet options now. As he invited me to the Tasting Plates UBC , I was looking forward to the visit to the memory lane and discovering what’s new and exciting about my alma mater. And I took my buddy Graham, who used to go to UBC as well The old student union building, the Sub, is completely deserted now, waiting to be turned into something modern and impressive like many of the new architectures on the campus. The new student union building is called the Nest and is where we started our tasting adventure. The Nest The Delly has been serving deli-style food to students for over 40 years, including freshly made sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls, soups, salads and baked goods.   This evening they demonstrated how students are fed with delicious and healthy foods nowadays. The tasting plate included: A Taste of India Butter Chicken, Shahi Paneer, or Chana [...]

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Quick Sushi at Tokyo Joe Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It was around 5 pm on Saturday night, I was going to team tennis in an hour but I was hungry. I decided to get a quick bite. I thought I probably should eat something substantial, but also easy to digest and give me the energy. So naturally, I was thinking sushi.  There were a few “fast” sushi places in my area, and my choices were down to Banzai and Tokyo Joe.  Neither of those places is owned by Japanese sushi chef, but both are known for big portions.  I decided to give Tokyo Joe a try. The place is owned by Korean, and I suppose that might be a good thing if you’re only here for sushi rolls. Since I came back from my Japan trip last year,  I have become to believe that sushi rolls are invented by Koreans, not Japanese, because I could hardly see ANY sushi rolls anywhere in Japan! When Japanese folks in Japan talk about sushi, they mean the nigiri pieces that they eat as a fancy meal, not the $5 California Roll that we eat in North America. I wasted no time and picked their first sushi combo, the Maki Combo A ($9.25), which included 8 pieces [...]

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New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Rocky Mountain Flatbread‘s new vegan menu. The evening also featured a vegan-themed improv comedy show by local comedians. The special menu features appetizers, soups, salads, artisan pizzas, and pasta.  Gluten-free options are available for the pasta and flatbread as well. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is known for their “Farm-to-Pizza” initiative, for which they are constantly searching for fresh in-season produce from local urban & rural farms to feature on their flatbread pizzas.  They are committed to using only local organic flours, free range organic meats, organic free range eggs, Ocean Wise seafood, local veggies from urban & rural farmers & local craft beers & local wines. The new vegan options are part of that commitment. Chef Oliver Zulauf has produced a new house-made “cau” cheese and drizzle made from cauliflower, which can be found on the vegan dishes on the new menu.  Here are some of the dishes we tried. Vegan Mushroom Caps white sangria   bruschetta with “cau” cheese bruschetta Vegan Wild Mushroom Pizza Vegan Salads and PIzzas Organic Rotini with Wild Mushroom Ragout gluten free cheese cake Visit rockymountainflatbread.ca to check out their new vegan menu among all their organic options. And also check out The Perfect [...]

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Grand Opening of Cactus Club Cafe at Richmond Centre

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Cactus Club Cafe Richmond, a popular dining and socializing venue in the city centre since 1992,  has made one great decision glamming up the downtown nightlife of Richmond.  Relocated from No. 3 and Lansdowne road to Richmond Centre mall, the new spot will attract much higher traffic of folks looking for food, drinks, and entertainment in the area. And It’s going to be the patio season here all year-long with their heated and enclosed patio, retractable roof, and sliding glass walls. I was invited to the grand opening of the new location accompanied by Jess (@domoiscraving), and we were greeted by a welcoming red carpet. The tasteful interior was designed by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, who had previously impressed the diners at the Cactus Club Cafe’s English Bay and Coal Harbour location. The main dining room features a massive bar in the centre surrounded by an energetic crowd. The celebrating cocktail of the evening was Late Harvest Daiquiri, made of white rum, blackberry, Saskatoon berry, cassis, lime, and elderflower. A vibrant and refreshing cocktail, it gives us a taste of the glamourous and exciting urban nightlife on the West Coast.   The beachside-themed back dining room features a green wall and comfortable seatings, boasting a posh [...]

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe


Elizabeth Street Cafe

A neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery in South Austin with sunny dining rooms and a shady garden patio.

Vietnamese Diner - Burger Restaurants - Saskatoon

Vietnamese Diner - Burger Restaurants - Saskatoon


YellowPages.ca

Come enjoy a delectable creation at Vietnamese Diner. Discover a menu featuring hamburgers, priced at 11$ to 25$. They are open after-hours all week. You can get there by public tr...

Where's Charlie? | Fine Vietnamese Cuisine. Tasty, Fresh, Fast

Where's Charlie? | Fine Vietnamese Cuisine. Tasty, Fresh, Fast


Where's Charlie

Where's Charlie serves fine Vietnamese cuisine at Capital Market, 151 Willis St. Vietnamese food never tasted so tasty, fresh and delicious.

Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It doesn’t matter where we are,  autumn is the season of celebrating the harvest. Whereas we have Thanksgiving In Canada, Chinese folks celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which lies on the full moon night of the 8th moon cycle in the lunar calendar.  For this day many Chinese families hold reunions, and many Chinese folks travel back to their hometowns for the special occasion, just like how many Canadians do for Thanksgiving. And the most common way of celebration of the festival is a feast on traditional dishes, newly harvested fruits, and mooncake. I was honored to be invited to Western Lake Seafood Restaurant for a taste of their special Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. The special dinner set for 10 features whole Alaskan king crab, whole Peking duck, classic Cantonese dishes, and mooncakes. Having crab in autumn is a tradition in many regions of China, mentioned in some of the most well-known Chinese literature such as Dream of Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Incorporating native luxury ingredients of North America such as king crab into the Chinese dishes is just ingenious as it reflects both the tradition and the modern world.  The dishes in this feast all turned out incredibly delicious, making me feel blessed living in Vancouver. [...]

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Making Jerk Chicken with Jerk Marinade from Grace Foods

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I received a few products sent from Grace Foods, and I tried them on the weekend. Grace Foods claims to be one of the Caribbean’s largest food and beverage companies. And I’m reviewing their Grace Jerk Marinade, Grace Jerk BBQ Sauce, and Grace Coconut Water. First of all, I would like to suggest to Grace Foods, that it’d be nice to put a recipe or 2 on the label of the sauce bottle. For anyone who’s not super familiar with Caribean and Jerk cooking, some quick instructions surely help a lot. I turned to Grace Foods’ website and found the list of products and a bunch of recipes. However, the products and recipes are not linked to each other. After a quick scan of the website without finding anything about using the Jerk Marinade, I decided to rely on my own cooking instincts and skills. I had a few friends over for dinner and I decided to make Jerk Chicken.  I marinaded 5 chicken thighs and 5 chicken drumstick with 1/3 bottle of the Grace Jerk Marinade (about 120 ml), let it sit for about 30 mins, and placed them on my table grill. I browned both sides for about 10 minutes,  brushed the chicken with the leftover [...]

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Orlando restaurants featured in upcoming 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' episodes

Orlando restaurants featured in upcoming 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' episodes


OrlandoSentinel.com

Six Orlando restaurants will be featured in upcoming episodes of The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

Spring rolls diner

Spring rolls diner


The FoodOlic recipes

Are you one of those people who can never get enough of those spring rolls at the restaurant? Well, I am! And since I never want it to end, I make a do-it-yourself fun and full diner with them. You…

Super Bowl Promotion @ BRYN MAWR

by phostreet @ Pho Street

PHO STREET @ BRYN MAWR will be running a Super Bowl promotion. One Super Bowl tray includes: 8 crispy spring rolls 8 grilled beef wrapped in grape leaves 3 sugar cane shrimps 5 shrimp summer rolls 6 Vietnamese hot wings The tray is $49.99 after the promotion. The regular priced for these items is $65. […]

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Find Live Music and Great Ambiance at the Lobby Lounge of Fairmont Pacific Rim

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It was my bud Lou’s birthday and we decided to have a night out in downtown. We started at the Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim. And it was a Friday afternoon, and the sizable lounge, like the main lounge of any Fairmont hotels, was charged with the TGIF energy. Live music was playing and the ambiance was tremendous. We started with a couple glasses of Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France, 2014 ($19). I was never the biggest fan of Cote du Rhone’s Syrah, or probably any Syrah, but this Grenache-Syrah blend was quite pleasant, slightly fruity and smooth. It’s always nice to try something different out of your comfort zone for wines, as the chemistry of tasting wine always gives you surprises. Boutinot, Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France, 2014 We switched back to our usual choice of red, Pinot Noir. The Louis Max Pinot Noir Pays D’Oc Haute Vallée 2015 is a nice easy-drinking wine for conversation. It’s a rare find in Canada, and up to this date, I haven’t been able to find a distributor in North America. For a little bit of a snack to munch on, we ordered [...]

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Recap: Noodle Mania 2018

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year, Vancouver Foodster‘s Noodle Mania is not as maniacal as last year with the number of geographical coverage. The event covered quite a few neighbourhoods last year in the city. It was quite a bit driving but it was fun getting to know the areas that we had barely visited.  The Noodle Mania 2018 edition focused more on the restaurants all in downtown Vancouver, spreading over Gastown, Stadium, Yaletown, and the West End. Similar to the organizer’s tasting plates events, the Noodle Mania requires participants to check in and pick up the map of restaurants with special noodle dishes for tasting.  The check-in spot this year was at Cha le Tea Cafe in Yaletown, where we also enjoy the refreshment of 2 of their signature teas: the Dragon Well Green Tea, and the Mint Majik Milk Tea. Cha la Tea Cha Le Tea Cha Le tea 1207 Hamilton St, Vancouver; 604-633-9989 or www.chaletea.com Once we got our maps we were facing the options – we could either stay in Yaletown and visit Robba Da Matti, or we could travel straight to Gastown or the West End where less participants would go first. Eventually, we decided to go to Robba Da Matti. A [...]

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Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came here with my old UBC friends for our monthly gather. We ended up getting 2 of their Peking Duck Dinner for 6 ($113.99).  It sounds a little strange to have Peking Duck at a Korean restaurant, but apparently, the chef was trained in Beijing for the craft of making Peking BBQ Duck. I was curious and looking forward to the dining experience with Korean cuisine blending with Chinese. The Peking Duck Dinner includes the following: Whole Peking Duck – Duck with Pancakes Korean BBQ Ribs Seafood Pancake Korean Dumplings, or Japchae (Pan Fried Sweet Potato Noodles), or Rice Sausage Duck Meat Hot Pot with Hand-cut Noodles, or Duck Meat Congee Like most of the Korean BBQ restaurants, the Banchan plates (small side dishes) were served before the main dishes came. They looked and tasted pretty standard here. As the star of the evening, the Carved Peking BBQ Duck with Pancakes came out pretty quickly. I wish the chef had shown us the whole duck before having it carved up. The chef carved the duck in the traditional Beijing style, with each slice with equal parts of skin and meat.  Peking Duck is a popular dish in a lot of Cantonese [...]

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All the Toronto locations that show up in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

All the Toronto locations that show up in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

by David Fleischer @ Toronto Life

Massey Hall, Lakeview diner, the Gardiner and all the other spots in the Golden Globe–winning film

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