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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sorry, taking the day off....

.... and spending it reading Archie Comics. The blog will resume tomorrow.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

B & B

Today, B&B does not stand for Bed and Breakfast. It stands for My Dear Lovely Neighbours' Biryani and Blueberries.

The one pot chicken Biryani was better than excellent. Freshly made, cooking for hours on low heat, spicy, tasty. I ate most of this pot.

And dessert was fresh local blueberries. They may have been from My Dear Lovely Neighbour's garden, but there were no confirmation or denial to this rumour.


Friday, 25 July 2014

The Apprentice

I've heard enough hype about Farmer's Apprentice that it was time to check it out.

Tucked on West 6th in a quiet area, it may take you a while to find it.

Once you do, you may question whether to go in given how small the place and its menu are.

It does not help that their servers are not necessarily the warmest.

But please do step in.

The menu is limited, the prices are not cheap given the size of plates. The chef is creative, but again many creative chefs are popping up throughout the city.

Where Farmer's Apprentice stands out is the taste of the food.

You can taste the freshness and taste what you are actually eating as opposed to having all covered with salt and pepper.

And they do use delicious salts and peppers but those bring the flavour of the food out as opposed to masking non-fresh produce and food.

And don't miss on the cheese platter. The brunch menu looks fascinating and so are the Sunday Series which I don't understand how they work, but are very intriguing.

Farmer's Apprentice
1535 West 6th Avenu
Vancouver, BC

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wacky Cereal - One

Remember those? I just picked up a pack. But given it is a fun pack, one cannot eat with milk only. Over the next month, every Wacky Thursday will be dedicated to a wacky way of eating those. Enjoy the first one.

If I did not question how those are coloured and their health value, I would have Froot Loops every morning. 

But back to the fun pack, how can one make Froot Loops even more fun?

Well, fruit was the first thing that came to mind. But given their size and colour, it has to be a fruit that mixes well and stands out in colour.

Solution: Blueberries.

Not only they looked good in the bowl, the eating of Froot Loops and blueberries combined and soaked in milk was a perfect taste and visual sensory experience.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Feast for the Eyes

My dear lovely neighbour, tonight I will let the pictures tell the story of this lovely meal of Thai inspiration, curry leaves and lots of mustard seeds. 

Never enough thank yous.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

It's All About The Mint

Not anyone can produce a simple yet glamourous dinner as what I was invited to on this beautiful patio.

Mediterranean marinade soaked the chicken prior to being grilled to perfection and elegantly presented.

Add to this a colourful mediterranean salad, excellent quality wine and I am in food heaven.

The simple glamour carried over to the dessert, which was a perfect ending to this neighbourly summer get together.

Thank you again HaJ!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Longest Noodles on Fraser Street

Ho Yuen Kee is a Chinese restaurant that is known for its noodles.

And its noodles, which are hand made by the way, are so long that you have to stand up to be able pour them, so make sure you have a long-armed guy at the party.

At least their noodles come on the plain side so you don't splash neighbouring tables with sauce.

In addition to making their noodles, they make (and are well-known for) their own wontons and dumplings.

Their wonton soups are as simple and plain as their noodles, but definitely worth ordering given the taste.

And if you are a seafood lover, you can choose your (live) crab or lobster and they will prepare it in two sauces to choose from.

However, if you go for this, check the daily market price since this plate on its own may exceed $40.

The beef with green pepper in black bean sauce was very tasty.

The lemon breaded chicken was exceptional.

But what they served that was much better than any other restaurant I tried them at was their lettuce wrap - a huge portion that is freshly made.

A great place for big crowds, worth the visit (and you can discover the rest of the Fraser Street Finds along the way).

 Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant
6236 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC

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