Bars/Lounges · Restaurants · Seafood · Special Occasion

Bar Von Der Fels

I took L to Bar Von Der Fels to celebrate his good news. In light of the provincial election, let's listen to something presidential -  Lady Gaga - Government Hooker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8uMXyxvbKA Though the bar is small, the seating feels more spacious than larger restaurants. I noticed that Bar Von Der Fels doesn't jam its space… Continue reading Bar Von Der Fels

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Brunch · Chinatown · Chinese · New York · Patio · Restaurants · Special Occasion

New York – Bar 54, Ellen’s Stardust Diner and Cheong Fun Cart

Beep Beep wanted to have a drink at Bar 54. She mentioned the bar was overpriced and touristy, but she wanted to see the rooftop view of Chrysler Building and of lower Manhattan. We toasted to her birthday with an Aperol Spritzer ($26) and a Rosolio Spritz ($26). The spritzer tasted gross and reminded me… Continue reading New York – Bar 54, Ellen’s Stardust Diner and Cheong Fun Cart

Chain Restaurants · Cheap Eats · Chinese · Dim Sum · New York · Restaurants

New York – Tim Ho Wan (East Village)

For Beep Beep's 40th birthday, we went to New York. This is my second time in the Big Apple. This visit around, I was scammed, spat on and subjected to pornographic language. For this post, let's listen to JAY-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of the Mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an3UERXQv2s As this was Beep Beep's trip,… Continue reading New York – Tim Ho Wan (East Village)

Cheap Eats · Comfort food · Fusion · Restaurants · Vietnamese

Cuty Restaurant

Mai informed me that she doesn't dine at many Vietnamese restaurants because almost all are too westernized for her taste. One place she does frequent is Cuty Restaurant. She told me not to get anything but the grilled wrap combo. For this post, let's listen to Harry Nilsson - Gotta Get Up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jRh2PRa1tU For a… Continue reading Cuty Restaurant

Fusion · Japanese · Restaurants · Sushi

Shokunin Izakaya – The Final Table

For our five-year wedding anniversary, L took me out to celebrate at Shokunin. The owner and chef - Darren MacLean - recently competed on the Netflix show - The Final Table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=V088HvtuQFg&app=desktop Shokunin has changed since Darren was on the show. Without reservations, it's now difficult to score a table. When L and I got there on… Continue reading Shokunin Izakaya – The Final Table

Fusion · Italian · Japanese · Restaurants

Carino Riserva – L’s birthday dinner

For L's birthday dinner, he picked Carino Riserva. In past visits, I noticed that you must have a reservation or you won't get into the restaurant. Despite being popular with locals and Japanese guests, I don't think Carino gets the accolades in magazines and social media that it deserves. I think that new restaurants get… Continue reading Carino Riserva – L’s birthday dinner

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants

Wine Bar Kensington – Baller Wine List

I've been to Wine Bar Kensington multiple of times - for my own stag, girls' night, Sunday half price wine night, and impromptu meetings.  It's a beloved bar for locals, particularly those who live in the hood. Which is why I'm surprised to see this is my first post for Wine Bar. On Monday, Wine… Continue reading Wine Bar Kensington – Baller Wine List

Beer · Happy Hour · Pubs · Restaurants

Leopold’s Tavern – Wings Wednesday

I picked Leopold’s Tavern for our work “West Wing” event. Horatio is a vegetarian and he voiced his displeasure about the lack of vegetarian options at my last work gathering. He pointed out that Leopold’s Tavern has cauliflower wings. I promised him that the next West Wing event would take place at a vegan friendly wing joint.… Continue reading Leopold’s Tavern – Wings Wednesday

Cheap Eats · Chinese · Dim Sum · Fast Food · Kyoto · Restaurants

Kyoto – 551 Horai Umeda Hanshin

I noticed 551 Horai when we were about to exit Kyoto Station. 551 Horai is a takeout dim sum stall that is always lined-up. For this post, let's listen to Dim Sum by CouCou Disco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jytPhFcWaNs Over the course of a nine days, I tried almost everything. Steamed pork buns (650 Yen/2 buns), pork dumplings… Continue reading Kyoto – 551 Horai Umeda Hanshin

Burgers · Chain Restaurants · Cheap Eats · Fast Food · Restaurants · Vegetarian

A&W – Beyond Burger

Bottlenick told L that he recently tried the Beyond Burger at A&W. He mentioned that people often wonder why vegetarians want to try mock meat. Bottlenick said it was because flesh cooking on a BBQ has an appetizing smell. My stomach churned at that description. I pictured my detached arm, pale side up, sizzling on… Continue reading A&W – Beyond Burger

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Cheap Eats · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Yakitori at Sanja Matsuri Festival

Every year, we head to Sensoji Temple for the Sanja Matsuri festival, the largest festival in Tokyo. There's music, floats carried by locals, and a bunch of other religious stuff that goes over my head. There's lots of food stalls - crab on a stick, karrage, okonomiyaki, chicken skin gyoza, takoyaki, yakisoba, and ice-cream. However,… Continue reading Tokyo – Yakitori at Sanja Matsuri Festival

Cheap Eats · Comfort food · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Harajuku Gyoza Ro

TJ had evening plans that didn't include me. Oh boy. Hitting the Sauce was single for the night. Lucky for me, Cascara was up for a food adventure. She received a recommendation from Good Son to check out Harajuku Gyoza Ro. For this post, let's listen to Happy End by Kaze Wo Atsumete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2SPeEeCj3I Gyoza… Continue reading Tokyo – Harajuku Gyoza Ro