April 28th, 2013. Sunday Lunch at Earl’s

coal harbout

coal harbout

 

 

After a lovely service at Coastal Church downtown Robert & I took advantage of the easy Sunday morning with a walk around Coal Harbour. With a view like this, how can you get tired of downtown?

earl's kitchen & bar (vancouver)

earl’s kitchen & bar (vancouver)

 

 

 

 

We figured the best way to send him back off to beautiful SoCal was to recreate our first final meal with a meal at Earl’s and then Bubble Tea for the drive to the airport. Might as well make more memories on a proven thing!

earl's kitchen & bar (vancouver)

earl’s kitchen & bar (vancouver)

 

 

 

 

 

Robert did not deviate from his original final meal and went with the Sirloin and Mashed Potato accompanied by a Bourbon Mushroom Demi Glace.

earl's kitchen & bar (vancouver)

earl’s kitchen & bar (vancouver)

 

 

 

I went the seasonal route with a juicy Halibut topped with a Warm Tomato Salad complete with a side of Corn and Roasted zucchini topped with Feta and a mini casserole of smashed crispy Garlic Yukon Potatoes with Sour Cream & Chives. Super moist fish, I loved all my sides, and was super satisfied.

Thanks, Earl’s for a delicious Sunday lunch!

March 16th, 2013. Fancy Time at Yew @ The Four Seasons 

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

After brunch with Joyce I rendezvoused with Tracy downtown.  It’s been a while since Tracy was downtown with a gal-pal!  We strolled through Holt Renfrew trying on high-end shoes, and browsing the gorgeous and (some not so cute) haute couture bags 😉

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

 

Tracy was just so happy to be out of the house and having some much deserved me-time that we also stopped in at Yew at the Four Season’s for a snack!

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

Tracy was intent on getting a cocktail to make the most of the experience, but since I’d be driving us back I opted for a delicious little Cappuccino.  It joyfully came served with an in-house made Biscotti 🙂  Gotta love the extra little touch and detail that I’ve come to expect from Yew ♥

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

For my nibbles I ordered the Organic Local Apple Tart.  Of course this wasn’t just your average apple tart.  No, this was an apple tart made of Cox’s Pippin and Liberty French apples,aged cheddar ice cream and hazelnuts.  Thin shavings of the cheddar and a caramely glaze garnished the slate that the dessert was served on.

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

Rich, buttery pastry encompassed the sweet and tart apples which were not soggy and still retained a hint of that great apple crunch.  I’m not a huge fan of nuts, so the hazelnuts were just nuts to me, but I loved nibbling on the cheese shavings held between my fingers and that ice cream was super creamy and smooth with just a breath of that rich cheesy flavor.

 As always, a very satisfying experience and service, as always, was prompt, pleasant and helpful.  Yew gets a thumbs up every time 😀

The Fish Shack

October 30, 2013

December 27th, 2012. The Fish Shack 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

  A little holiday indulgence?  We definitely felt that it was well deserved on all our parts to do at least one dinner out downtown 🙂  Henry, Eunice and I all have birthdays in January, so this was kind of our pre-birthday siblings dinner out!

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a bit of “research” I suggested we do The Fish Shack on the Granville Entertainment District, a newer place where Sanafir used to be.  Eunice loves oysters, I craved crawfish, and Henry will eat just about anything… Perfect!  Howard and Chris were more than welcome to join us since the more the merrier is generally our philosophy 🙂

 

 

 

 

It’s not the largest space, but the high ceilings give it the illusion of being spacious.  I thought the crate detailing along the height of the walls was clever and compared to other Glowbal restaurants gave the place a more friendly and approachable atmosphere.

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

Even our waiter was much friendlier than the usual Global service we come to expect!  Right off the bat our waiter was inviting, warm and made us feel right at home as if he was our friend!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ermrrrrggggdddd!!  What to order??  Everything looks so good!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Howard start off with a glass of house white and red, which come in humble glass tumblers.  Again, just as if you’re at home ;D

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice goes a bit fancier with The Fish Shack’s Very Own Caesar Cocktail; Pinnacle Vodka and their very own ceasar mix of tomato and clamato juice, horseradish, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce, fresh lime juice, salt & pepper, dijon mustard, prawn and a pepperoni stick. (Photo is sans pepperoni as Eunice was already nibbling on it!)

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Eunice also couldn’t resist ordering some oysters on a half shell.  I tried one, and they were fresh and succulent!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard said he wasn’t very hungry and decided on thre New Englad Clam Chowder.  Joke was on him because this cream based chowder was very rich and filling!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

Chris opted for the Fish Taco, which consists of flour tortilla tacos with homemade guacamole and roasted corn and tomato salsa.  Al fresca at it’s finest!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Everyone else may not have been sure what to order, but I was there specifically for the Fisherman’s Catch!  At $20 per person for 2 people it was a net of dungeness crab, mussels, snow crab, prawns, calamari, crayfish, potatoes, corn and chorizo!  How can I not love that?

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Henry and I had pretty much decided to go in on this one together.  With a wooden slab as our “plate” and provided with all the instruments necessary for the meal to come this promised to be super awesome! 

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

The catch came in a net with a with the gorgeous broth just dripping into the bowl 🙂  Our waiter cut the net to release the beautiful seafood items, tossed them in the bowl and, VOILA, perfection!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Super well seasoned, moist and dripping with umami, I was transported into food heaven!  First of all, I LOVE crayfish and haven’t had any since my trip to New Orleans.  I LOVE crab and was NOT afraid of getting messy with it 😉  The chorizo added great savory notes, the potato was the perfect starch accompaniment and I must confess, I welcomed the numerous refills of the liquid butter for dipping.  I was happy, happy happy!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Chris also ordered the Creamy Horseradish Coleslaw to balance all the richness and seafood-ness.  We all agreed that we would have preferred more of that horseradish-signature spicy zing.

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmmm~ Crispy Smelt & Fries with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon!  Salty, crispy, yummy!  Excellent finger food 😀

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for good bread, and these buns that came on the wooden board were beyond!  light, slightly charred crusty outside that had a slight give and warm, webby dense inside: this bun was gorgeous for sopping up the delicious juices as well as just tearing into on it’s own. I attacked the bread so vigorously that the waiter had to bring us more!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Long after everyone else had thrown in the towel I was still going strong.  Chomping away, bread in one hand, crab cracker in the other hand.  I think Chris and Howard were pretty surprised to see me not even slowing down.  Even as the waiter was clearing off plates there I was guarding my food with one eye and and watching him suspiciously with the other!  Only the promise of dessert was enough to persuade me to pack up the rest!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Upon arriving at the restaurant I checked in via Yelp and lo and behold a coupon for a free dessert flashed before my very eyes!  Before we ordered dinner I showed our waiter the coupon and he said he’d be sure to bring one out to us.  Sticky Toffee Pudding with Chantilly Cream?  HECK YES!!!   Sticky. goopy, sweet and not shy on the sauce, it was all I wanted in a dessert that night!  Oooooooohhhhh, YEAH!!!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to us~~! (And food coma for me…..!!)

The Boathouse (Port Moody)

November 13, 2012

March 18th, 2012. Sunday Dinner at The Boathouse

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

What to do on a lazy Sunday? An early diner at The Boathouse in Rocky Point, that’s what 😉

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoy coming here for the fantastic view, the friendly vibe and the food. What to eat today??

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say what you will but the bread here is awesome and even better because they serve it with the softest garlic butter.  Warm, soft bread and incredibly spreadable butter… Delish!!

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

My appetizer was the Whisky Crab Soup.  It’s cool, because they bring you the bowl wth the crab and cream drizzled on the bottom and then they pour the soup in tableside.

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s definitely a heavier soup with heavy flavors.  You get a hint of the whisky, but it’s more of a smoky note than anything.  This soup makes you full!

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

Nab ordered the Thai Crab Cakes wich are served with a Lemon Aioli and Mango Salsa.  We were pretty impressed that there was more crab than filler and the cakes had a nice texture and good flavor.  Nice choice!

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

My main?  The Pacific Snow Crab Legs simply steamed and served over a be of rice and mashed potatoes.  Honestly?  When it comes to crab the extras are really just garnish.  Give me my crab and my melted garlic butter and plenty of lemon wedges and I am in heaven!

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

Really really really really!!  How can you not love love love love this~~~!!  I get really hands on with the crab cracker, the crab fork, and clean out each leg like nobody’s business 😉

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, one more for the money 😉

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nab got the Maple Cedar Plank Salmon served over rice and seasonal vegetables.  He also added a side of praws as well to fill it out.  Fancy!  As you can see, it’s a plate of deliciousness…with the obligatory obnoxiously large cuts of vegetabels.

the boathouse (port moody)

the boathouse (port moody)

 

 

 

How can I say “no” to Creme Brulee?  Well…I guess simple Sunday dinner is turning into a bit of a splurge……but sometimes I deserve it, right?  And there’s no better way to claim that thought than with a silky, subtly sweet creme brulee!!  Yay for Sunday, and thank you, Nab~!

November 22nd, 2011. Ha Long Bay Boat Tour

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

Our major adventure here is the popular Ha Long Bay Tour.  Despite the ominous clouds we were told it would not have an effect on the tour, so we promptly arrived at the dock and was presented with our very own tour boat!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

Lunch was a really cool experience!!  We docked at a floating fish market and were able to walk down and examine the variety of goods and buy what we’d like to take on board with us!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fresh goods were surprisingly lively!  They definitely were alive, kicking and very jumpy!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of our group tried catching them in nets…and were not very successful. Hahaha!!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterwards we brought our haul onto our boat which the crew took back into the kitchen and start prepping our very fresh lunch

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s just cool to see sea-to-table unfolding right before your own eyes.  And these boat people are clearly very good at what they do because it takes them no time to turn the catch into something that looks very yummy!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you, being out on the sea really makes you hungry!

 

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super fresh sashimi with a soy sauce and spicy chili paste dipping sauce.

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I know these look creepy crawlies look a bit scary….but you pull the shell and legs off and you just get into some delicious, tender, shellfish goodness!

 

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

Again, just super natural crabs cooked in their own juices.  I’d say they weren’t the best crabs I’ve ever tasted, but they were juicy on the inside and had great natural flavor.

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

Now these clams?  Delicious!  I’m not generally a fan of them…but these were really great.  With the seasoned soy sauce over them they were plump, tender, clean and yummy!

ha long bay boat tour

ha long bay boat tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, it was a great spread!  Fresh from the sea, simple, natural, no frills seafood.  We were full without feeling heavy and were quite ready for our next adventure!

Fuji Sushi

February 6, 2012

September 15th, 2011. Fuji Sushi 

fuji sushi

fuji sushi

 

 

 

  Work dinner!!  To kick off the evening we started off at Fuji Sushi in Coquitlam just a little ways up from our office.  It’s an authentic Japanese restaurant and Bar…I can’t believe I never knew about this place! 

fuji sushi

fuji sushi

 

 

 

 

 

  Presentation, selection, etc….everything just oozes authenticity and you do see a difference from your usual run-of-the-mill “other asian operated” sushi joints. 

 

 

 

  I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures, but I definitely want to come back to explore the goods!

COAST Restaurant

January 21, 2012

August 20th, 2011.  Foodie Weekend: Day 1

COAST Restaurant

COAST Restaurant

 

  Special Situations Dan was visiting for the weekend and both of us being foodies, I’d spent the preceding weeks mulling over what restaurants we should try while he’s in town.  Being the awesome guy he is, SSD went ahead and made reservations based on a list of options I provided.  All I had to do was show up!  Ohhh~~ excited!!!

  Even more exciting?  SSD suggested we do some pre-eats…so we stepped into COAST, which I’d been DYING to try forever! 

  We sat at the bar with a great view of the oysters being shucked, seafood towers being constructed and drinks being made.  Feast for the eyes!

COAST Restaurant

COAST Restaurant

 

 

 

 

   Terrible photo, but we had these amazing juicy prawns with 3 delicious dipping sauces!  I love dipping sauces   Sweet, succulent, meaty prawns with 3 lovely sauces~!

COAST Restaurant

COAST Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

  We also ordered this delicious Dungeness Crab Flatbread which came with avocados, sweet corn, tomatoes and creme fraiche topping.  SO GOOD!!

 

 

  If our appetizers were this good I can’t imagine how divine the rest of the menu must be.  My head was literally turning every which way seeing all the great looking seafood being walked around!  I’m not a huge seafood person..but I can see myself really getting into it here 😀

March 10th, 2011.  Daytrip to Boston~!!

boston, ma

boston, ma

I finally was able to do a trip to Boston to visit Dan!  Because of my busy work schedule it’s been hard to coordinate a day to go, but it was finally happening.   I hopped on to a Bolt bus early in the morning from Manhattan and 4 hours later…voila!  Boston!

I took the Charlie (Boston subway) to downtown and met up with Daniel for a late lunch at a rooftop restaurant where we happily chatted away and caught up on life.

Then he showed me around Harvard and the surrounding areas.  What a quaint a nice neighborhood!  I absolutely love the historic buildings.  It gives so much personality to the city and is really gorgeous even to this day.

legal sea foods

legal sea foods

 

 

 

Now I couldn’t leave Boston without having tried a Lobster Roll, so we went to Legal Sea Foods.  The lobster was plump, the dressing was just right and the bread was okay.  I mean, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but it was good!

legal sea foods

legal sea foods

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the Hot Lump Crab Dip which came with some shrimp chips.  The dip was also quite good with lots of crab..but we wished there were more shrimp chips..!

 

 

 

 

The trip was definitely too short and the weather was cold, but it was still a wonderful respite and such a joy to catch up with a dear friend 

Umami Sushi (Surrey)

July 21, 2011

September 28th, 2010. Umami Sushi with Eleazar

Umami Sushi

Umami Sushi

  We kept saying we would..and then it would always get postponed…FINALLY Eleazar and I were able to sit down for some sushi & a chat!  He told me this place is pretty decent..Well, with a name like Umami my tastebuds better be surprised!  (Hehe..just kidding, no pressure!!)

  I liked the interior…and by interior I mean the cool pop-like Japanese “art” across the one wall.  It’s cute!

Umami Sushi

Umami Sushi

 

 

 

  I had a Sashimi Combo.  As you can see, decently thick slices of fish.  And yes, pretty fresh.  No complaints..but not wowed either.

Umami Sushi

Umami Sushi

 

 

 

 

 

  This was like, 10 months ago..and I can’t possibly remember what this roll was….It was deep fried, I’m pretty sure the red you see there is salmon and there may or may not have been some cream cheese involved…all I can say is that the roll was enjoyed..!

 

  Nothing like a good, productive chat along with your food 🙂

September 11th, 2010. Dinner at Chiso Sushi in Fremont!

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

  For our dinner splurge Brent suggested we go to Chiso Sushi in Fremont.  He said that he’d been there a few times and it has always been a great experience.  We both love sushi, so yeah, off we went 😀  When we arrived we both agreed that a bar seat is the way to go.  You can watch the chefs at work, plus you get a front seat to view all the fresh fish!  The sushi chef in front of us turned out to be the new head sushi man at the establishment and he was really wonderful in making recommendations.  He was very knowledgable about the distinctions between the different fish and had a very professional manner.  I like!

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  We got some sort of starter appie….but I have no idea what it was..!  I want to say we had candied salmon, but judging from the picture it looks more like pork belly.  Eh, nothing special.

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Perhaps it’s not the most conventional beverage choice at a Japanese restaurant..but I had the freshly squeezed lemonade 😀

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Brent swears by this dish: Tatsuta Chicken.  It’s marinated and then deep fried.  Served with some mixed greens and cherry tomatoes, this was a nice appetizer 🙂

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  My personal appie was the Chawanmushi: japanese savory egg custard with crab, shrimp, shiitake mushroom and spinach.  I have to say, I LOVED THIS!  The dish came out piping hot.  The custard was incredibly silky and soft while still retaining enough bounce.  There were good pieces of crab which were wonderfully sweet, the shrimp was nice and plump, and even the mushroom was really tasty!  The hot broth that resulted from the sweating custard was great to sip on.  Love chawanmushi~!

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

  I ordered a few unique nigiris that you don’t always find in your run-of-the-mill sushi places.  Shima Aji is striped horse mackerel, according to our chef.  At first I thought he meant it was horse sashimi!  But he assured me that it’s mackerel. It had a nice flavor to it.  Aren’t these a beauty? 😉

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

  Seared Albacore Tuna nigiri.  I am a fan of seared tuna.  This one was super tender and only lightly seared, which was great!

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Dragon Roll: shrimp tempura and cucumber on the inside with avocado and eel wrapped around the outside.  We were so full it was so hard to finish this roll!

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

 

 

 

   Another unique fish I tried was the Anago.  It’s a salt-water eel and different from the usual unagi, in the fact that it’s not bbq’ed and is less oily.  You can see from the photos that the Anago seems drier, which it was.  You got a milder eel taste, and the flesh was soft.  Interesting 🙂

 

 

chiso sushi

chiso sushi

 

  At the end of the meal Brent and I were literally sweating like pigs, we were so full!  I have to say, dinner was really great!  I was impressed that they had items on the menu that were unique and that the sushi chefs were very comfortable and confident when giving recommendations.  Great experience!