Italian · Patio · Pizza · Restaurants

Annabelle’s Kitchen

On Friday, L received good news. To celebrate, we went out for dinner. I couldn't get reservations to my top picks: Shokunin, Bar Von Der Fels or Carino. L suggested three restaurants. None of his options offered a wine list that appealed to me. I countered with Tavernetta, but L didn't want to drive that… Continue reading Annabelle’s Kitchen

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French · Restaurants · Seafood · Vancouver/Richmond

Vancouver – Cafe Salade De Fruits

L and I finished shopping in South Granville. Before spending the afternoon at Granville Island, I suggested we have lunch at one of my old haunts – Café Salade De Fruits. I’ve been dining here since it first opened, back in the early 2000s. For this post, let’s listen to Les Champs Elysees by Chantal… Continue reading Vancouver – Cafe Salade De Fruits

Chinese · Dim Sum · Restaurants · Vancouver/Richmond

Richmond – Continental Seafood

Boss Lady wanted L to experience push cart dim sum at Continental Seafood. I don't like the cart system because the food sits around for who knows how long. Jacuzzi looked around the restaurant and proclaimed Continental not authentic enough. He likes dirty carpets, a dark and dingy atmosphere, and the room so crowded you… Continue reading Richmond – Continental Seafood

Dim Sum · Restaurants · Vancouver/Richmond

Richmond – Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant

My parents make a fuss over L when he visits. A week before we arrived, Ludwig and Boss Lady emailed back and forth, debating which dim sum restaurant they should take him to. L decided on Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant, which also happens to be Boss Lady’s favourite spot. L said after lunch, he and… Continue reading Richmond – Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Patio · Pubs · Restaurants

Southland Yard – Lobster BBQ

L and I attended Inn from the Cold's 4th annual Lobster BBQ ($100) at Southland Yard. Inn from the Cold provides emergency shelter, affordable housing, and support services to help families in crisis retain and achieve housing-security and independence.  As she references Red Lobster in her song Formation, let's listen to Beyonce. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ To begin… Continue reading Southland Yard – Lobster BBQ

Bars/Lounges · Burgers · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants · Seafood · Special Occasion

Klein & Harris

L won an award! To celebrate this special occasion, he took his parents and I to Klein & Harris Restaurant. For this post, let’s listen to Whatta a Man by Salt 'N' Pepa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-WFNbMohTQ Originally, L wanted to take his parents to Caesar's Steakhouse. I convinced him to change the venue to Klein & Harris.… Continue reading Klein & Harris

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Pizza · Pubs · Restaurants

Blackbird Public Urban Bar

We met L’s colleague Tent and his wife Canoe for drinks in Auburn Bay. As we are traveling to Croatia together for a conference, Tent thought it would be a good idea to meet up before our trip. For this post, let’s listen to Blackbird by The Beatles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqSIvVtvRWY I chose Blackbird Public Urban Bar… Continue reading Blackbird Public Urban Bar

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

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