17th Ave · Beer · Comfort food · Happy Hour · Restaurants

Alumni Sandwiches

L called me at work to tell me he won an award. Not only that, he was taking his broad out for dinner! There are two restaurants I've been wanting to try - Alumni Sandwiches and Pad Thai Restaurant. I picked the former because it was closer to our house. For this post, let's listen… Continue reading Alumni Sandwiches

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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. Fei Po 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 Ro… Continue reading Tokyo – Harajuku Gyoza Ro

Beer · Cheap Eats · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Torikiozuku

In the evenings, most of our group would leave Ikebukuro for the busier spots, such as Shibuya (entertainment district that appeals to the youngsters), Shinjuku (the busiest train station with the largest red light district) and Harajuku (know for street fashion, but I didn't see anything but tourists).  L and I preferred hanging around Ikebukuro,… Continue reading Tokyo – Torikiozuku

Happy Hour · Restaurants · Vietnamese

Pure Contemporary Vietnamese – All-you-can-eat wings

In my office, I'm usually the one who organizes after work get-togethers. This time around, I picked Pure Contemporary Vietnamese for Wings Wednesday. Horatio made a joke that we should call our party "West Wings". I'm not political. Left wing, right wing, I just like to wing it. For this post, let's listen to The West… Continue reading Pure Contemporary Vietnamese – All-you-can-eat wings

Beer · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

In the morning, our group checked out Harajuku in Shibuya. The area is known for shrines, art museums, parks and what was once a fashionable shopping district. Most of the group took off to Takeshita Street, a gaudy shopping strip packed with tourists taking selfies. Takeshita Street is home to a large Daiso, a dollar… Continue reading Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

17th Ave · Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants · Seafood

Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

I've been meaning to try Las Canarias ever since I saw Gwendolyn Richard's Instagram post (March 15, 2017). I knew it would take 40 minutes for the paella to cook, so I called the restaurant 20 minutes before we arrived to get the dish started. For this post, let's listen to Siempre Me Quedara by Bebe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HKvYDTpoc… Continue reading Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

Fusion · Restaurants · Special Occasion · Vietnamese

Chef Jinhee Lee – Top Chef Canada

I saw on Foreign Concept’s Instagram account that they were hosting a viewing party for Chef Jinhee Lee, a Top Chef Canada contender. Cover charge was $10, with all proceeds going to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. Included in the cover was a complimentary cocktail by award winning mixologist Christina Mah (Klein + Harris Restaurant) and… Continue reading Chef Jinhee Lee – Top Chef Canada

Bars/Lounges · Restaurants · Special Occasion · Vancouver/Richmond · Vegetarian

Nightingale – Vancouver

I was back home for the weekend. I asked Naomi to pick the restaurant for Friday night's festivities. She recommended Nightingale for the ambience and large selection of vegetarian dishes. When we arrived at the restaurant I informed the bubbly hostess that our party of four shrunk to three. She gleefully informed me that as a… Continue reading Nightingale – Vancouver

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

Silver Point Pub – Wing Night

I’ve been planning small social meet and greets at local businesses. I picked Silver Point Pub in Silver Springs because the employee on the phone was so accommodating when I called to ask about reservations. In the past summer, a volunteer brought me here so he could use the washroom and ask for a glass of… Continue reading Silver Point Pub – Wing Night

Brunch · Burgers · Comfort food · French · Happy Hour · Restaurants

Brasserie Kensington – Big Taste 2018

Asian Persuasion, Ay Caramba, Office Dad, Lam Jam and I had the most delicious lunch at Brasserie Kensington. For this post, let's listen to a song I listen to rev me up for work - Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkpGJcB0HU We tumbled into a packed restaurant. We were seated near the window, which… Continue reading Brasserie Kensington – Big Taste 2018

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Cabos San Lucas · Cheap Eats · Pubs · Restaurants

Paddy’s Barbecue + Brewery

This winter weather is getting to me. Sensing my mood, L suggested we go out for dinner. I told him to pick a place. He drove past Marda Loop, Mission, Mount Royal and then pulled in front of to Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery in Manchester Industrial Park. For this post, let’s listen to I’m Gonna Be (500… Continue reading Paddy’s Barbecue + Brewery