February 19th, 2013.  The Coquitlam Grill

the coquitlam grill

the coquitlam grill

 

 

 

Been really loving on The Coquitlam Grill for the last little while.  Great neighborhood spot with a huge menu (lots of options!), fantastic breakfasts, decent lunch specials and just that great down-home feel.

Solid food and reasonable service all add up to many repeat visits ;D

(Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream piled high!)

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Jimoco Cafe & Pasta

December 31, 2011

July 20th, 2011.  Meeting The Girls For Dinner!

jimoco cafe & pasta

jimoco cafe & pasta

  I had just met Rika’s friend Minji, but we got to know each other pretty quickly.  She was already leaving to go back to Korea soon, so we all decided to get together for some girl time before she goes back.

  For dinner we went to Jimoco Cafe & Pasta in Coquitlam.  My sister and mom both had been raving about this place since I got back saying that it’s the best value-based pasta place in town.  Apparantly the chef/owner is Korean so the food is Italian food made so that Korean people will like it.  For me the best reason to go is that it’s 2 for 1.  LOL!!

jimoco cafe & pasta

jimoco cafe & pasta

 

 

 

 

  I never tire of Carbonara. Spaghetti alla Carbonara: Cream sauce, bacon, pasta…!! The dish was nice because the bacon was plentiful!

jimoco cafe & pasta

jimoco cafe & pasta

 

 

 

  Koreans find Italian dishes to be too heavy so it’s no wonder that their favorite is the Linguine al Frutti de Mare.  Seafood in tomato, cream or curry sauce.  We got the tomato.  The girls loved it!  We appreciated that the seafood wasn’t just tiny little things but actual, substantial sized pieces

jimoco cafe & pasta

jimoco cafe & pasta

 

 

  Since our first couple dishes are 2 for 1 anyways we said “What the heck, let’s do one more dish!”  I’m all about the value, so it was a no-brainer to go for the 3-in-1 Parma Speciale!  It comes with a smaller portion of Gnocchi in Bolognese, Linguine in Pesto and Beef Tortellini in Cream Sauce.  Another good choice!

 

  Well, it’s a nice enough neighborhood restaurant.  The service is terse because it’s always busy and there’s only 1 or 2 servers trying to help everyone.  The food is not amazing, but will do when you’re on a budget and just want something easy.  I mean, compared to Basta Pasta in NYC, Jimoco really doesn’t push the envelope enough with their food even though they are doing this Italian/Korean fusion deal.  That being said, you gotta love a 2-for-1 deal  😉

Sanford’s Cobb Salad

November 29, 2011

April 30th, 2011.  Sanford’s in Astoria

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

  Another late night eating binge.  I picked up a Cobb Salad at Sanford’s and brought it home so I could eat it while reading a book on my bed. 

  I absolutely love cobb salads because it’s chock full of delicious meaty protiens!  This one has grilled chicken, smoked ham, bacon, rouqefort cheese, sliced egg, avocado and their signature balsamic vinaigrette.  Mmmmmm~~~!!  So delicious   The addition of avocado lends a delicious creaminess, the strength of the cheese doesn’t overpower the salad in general, the dressing ties everything together perfectly and everything is just so tasty!  Happy

March 15th, 2011.  Exploring Manhattan

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

 

 

Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint on the Upper West Side is literally a heritage establishment dating back to 1962.  It’s a complete dive with red neon lighting inside, peeling wooden booths, and a menu so big that both Chef Gordon Ramsey & Chef Robert Irvine would flip out.

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very belligerent waitress seated me in a booth in front of the pizza bar, which was at least a little bit brighter than the rest of the restaurant since I was close to the door.  Well, here goes nothing!

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a pizza craving so I ordered a pizza by the slice.  This one was an Italian Ham Pizza (or something like that) to which I added sprinkles of oregano, chili flakes and parmesan cheese.  Well, I wished the pizza was hotter since the cheese wasn’t really very melty, but I liked the tomato sauce.  Not too heavy handed and good seasoning.  But the slices of ham were just too salty.  Like, really salty…Maybe more cheese would have helped soften the flavor a bit.

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

 

 

 

 

And what??  Waffle Fries??  I’m all over that!!  I can’t say anything bad about it….it was delish

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

big nick's burger & pizza joint (upper west side)

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I can see the pull of the place.  A 24 hour greasy spoon spot that’s been in the neighborhood forever with a menu the size of your phonebook.  But the food wasn’t really amazing.  Maybe I should have gone for one of their legendary burgers?

 

March 5th, 2011.  Sugar Cafe on Housten & Allen (LES)

sugar cafe (les)

sugar cafe (les)

 

 

Sugar Cafe is a place of significance to me.  I have a sweet memory or two of this place. It’s literally a little corner cafe, most of it being exposed to the street when they open it up in the summer.  It’s a small space, but that’s what makes it cozy.

sugar cafe (les)

sugar cafe (les)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Smoked Turkey and Brie Cheese with Green Apple and Honey Mustard on Ciabatta.  The bread was the perfect balance of chewy an soft, the melding of flavors from the smoky turkey, the crisp and juicy apples, the sweet honey mustard and yummy cheese..Mmmmmmmm great sandwich!!

March 4th, 2011.  Sanfords Restaurant

sanfords restaurant

sanfords restaurant

So I’m here so often that I’m just going to put a few items together.

First we have the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare: the tuna is marinaded in a sesame soy sauce which enhances and brings a richness, is topped off with the lovely house guacamole, and served atop a cucumber wasabi aioli.  Totally fresh, super yummy, and deceptively a big portion

sanfords restaurant

sanfords restaurant

 

 

Special of the day was a Pulpo Salad.  The octopus was perfectly cooked being mice and tender without being rubbery an I loved the vinaigrette dressing.  I will have to say, though….again, it’s a larger portion than meets the eye!

 

sanfords restaurant

sanfords restaurant

 

 

 

  Sanford’s Guacamole: fresh hass avocado, tomato, red onion, lemon and olive oil served with whole wheat tortillas.  The simplicity and freshness of the ingredients is what makes this guacamole.  Delicious!

 

 

 

Never a disappointing meal at Sanfords  😉

February 19th, 2011.  Sanford’s Restaurant 

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

 

Another wonderful place I found to eat in my new neighborhood is Stanfords.  It’s a mid-range trendy restaurant masquerading as a 24 hour diner . It’s like an upscale diner what with the dim dinner lighting and amazing stuff on the menu such as yellowfin tuna tartare and gourmet burgers 😉

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

 

 

Since finding this place I’ve become such a regular!!!  They serve my favorite tea brand (r)evolution (which is difficult to find on the market!), an assortment of artisan breadstuff to munch on and have such amazing service!  I’m literally here nearly every day….!

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

 

 

 

   The Bistro Burger:  melted pepper jack cheese over a moist, juicy beef patty cooked to order (medium), with applewood bacon, caramelized onions and cajun aioli.  The bun is perfectly soft with a hint of crispiness and the burger is just out of this world!  Amazing flavors and satisfaction with every bite.

sanford's restaurant

sanford's restaurant

 

 

 

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip served with whole wheat tortillas.  I thoguht the dip could have been warmer.  But I loved that it had a nice amount of artichokes   And I liked that the chips were actual deep-fried tortillas.

 

 

Sanfords always delivers and I can’t wait to try more stuff!