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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wacky Healthy Breakfast

A beautiful breakfast buffet welcomes you when you walk into La Pentola della Quercia for breakfast.

"But that's too much food" my fat tummy whispers. Instead, I admire an appetizing egg plate on another table. 

"But eggs and butter are very high in cholesterol" my heart veins scream. So I choose the healthiest option on the menu - steel cut oats with creme fraiche.

Well, half a cup of creme fraiche that looks like butter is not my idea of healthy. It did not even melt, given how thick this creme was.

Somewhere else I had a healthy tasty breakfast.... but that is for another day.

La Pentola
350 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

JOEY Is Good

The first time I tried a JOEY Restaurant was exactly two years ago (Read JOEY Bentall One).

I have been to different JOEY restaurants many times since then. But this is the first I have time to take pictures and blog about the visit.

In short, exceptional food as always. Fun atmosphere. Not too loud, yet very.

The Japanese Gyoza with hot mustard is  a must.

The Lettuce Wraps are also exceptional.

A twist on what you find in Chinese restaurants with toasted peanuts, crispy noodles and cilantro.

Too bad I was not in the mood for meat - they have great steaks. 

Instead, I indulged on a perfect Sashimi Tuna - Fresh and tasty with mango and avocado, excellent choice I must say.

Thank you JOEY - I am yet to taste your Butter Chicken; next time.

1424 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Prince Rupert Adventure

Did I tell the story of my regal Catsess before?

She and her 3 past brothers were rescued off Prince Rupert's streets. With lack of shelter capacities, the amazing VOKRA flew them to Vancouver. A VOKRA angel who met them at the airport once told me how beautiful they looked when she picked them up.

So I couldn't be more grateful for a client business sending me to Prince Rupert to visit the land of Catsess.

Such a wild country - so thankful for VOKRA rescuing Catsess from a horrible death in the northern woods. 

Getting to Prince Rupert is an adventure. A 2.5 hours flight lands you on an island. An airport bus carries you on the ferry to Prince Rupert, which is also an island.

Prince Rupert is the home of less than 12,000 people and you can tell by how condensed the downtown is.

There were several Vietnamese Canadian restaurants which I wish I had a chance to try. What is the connection between Vietnamese and Prince Rupert is a mystery I need to solve one day.

The Casino restaurant was a real turn off. The Waterfront Restaurant was alright. I ordered the Butter Chicken Poutine to make a perfect blog story. But I was served the butter chicken bowl instead, and accused that this is what I ordered.

So I tried their bread pudding and took off roaming the downtown.

Walmart and Target were skipped, but the cutest pet store was discovered and Catsess got herself a glow in the dark mouse toy.

Glad to have seen Catsess birthplace - it is definitely a beautiful part of the province.

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Rich Malay

Kaya Malay Bistro took me by surprise.

Not only have I not heard of it before, I did not expect it to taste so home made.

Feels like family owned, very welcoming set up and servers and the food is pretty good.

The Roti comes in regular or whole wheat. The menu claims it is hand rolled and it does taste fresher with richer texture than many other Rotis I tried before.

It comes with a curry sauce for dipping - a perfect first impression.

Too many options to choose from so I went with the chicken skewers - beautifully presented.

Next visit I am going for the 8 course tasting menu for two at $30/person.

And the best surprise was an on-the-house dessert, the Kulh Daddar - I guess they noticed I was taking lots of pictures (I tell you this is a good place).

Kaya Malay Bistro
1063 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Lovely Simple Dinner Recipe

One of my aunts made this dinner when I was a child.

I loved it and could not have enough of it.

Decades later, I tried to replicate the recipe.

It turned out exactly as I remember it.

Make a bechamél sauce - melt 2 Tbs of butter and add 2 Tbs flour.

Add 2 cups of milk and whisk continuously on low heat until it thickens.

Turn the heat off and add chopped spinach - use lots for a mix that is more spinach than bechamél.

Using the most plain white bread you can find, cover the sliced with a thick layer of the spinach mixture.

Add a slice of ham on top and bake in a 450 oven until the bread is toasted and the ham is turning a bit crunchy and starting to burn at the sides.

Delicious. Enjoy.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday Night on the Town

Saturday night on the town was dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.

The Gastown location opened on March 22, 1970. I arrived in Vancouver 20 years later. And took me almost another 20 years to try it.

An experience not to be missed for sure. It is semi Disney Land. An uncomplicated menu and easy food preparation ensures fast service for the diner.

But for the workers, according to my date who worked at the restaurant years ago, the model caused them spagmares.

This is how the evening went.

The "It's All Included" menu means that a warm bread, with regular and garlic butter, appears at your table.

Very quickly, the salad is there; served on the original plates from the 70s.

The food is sizeable but simple in both taste and spicing sophistication.

To get the full experience, I ordered the Manager's Favourite where one chooses two of the sauces.

"It's All Included" meant their signature Spumoni Ice-cream.

And all of this "It's All Included" was $11.95.

Not bad value for a Saturday Night out on the town.

The Old Spaghetti Factory
53 Water Street
Vancouver, BC

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Quadruple Carbs

I relied on catsess to count how many varieties of carbs were served tonight. She claims 4. I am not sure about that.

Well, let's count. (1) Pasta and tomato sauce; (2) potatoes with sausages bake leftovers; (3) potato dumplings; (4) perogies (Catses must have only notice this portion of the table given the sausages).

Then leftover pizza from yesterday's Wacky Pizza Competition.(we are now up to either 5 or 7 carbs if you count each type of pizza as a separate item)

And then there were two more forming a middle east peace treaty - Lebanese Fatayer and Isreali Knish sharing one platter.

So how many carbs in total? It is too late at night to count again...