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!

Dinner at The Keg (Coquitlam)

September 2, 2013

August 23rd, 2012. Dinner at The Keg 

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

With Yire going to New York for a few weeks and us not knowing how long she’d be staying with us we figured we’d been pretty neglecting housemates for the last couple months, what with work being so crazy.  Also, Henry was only up for a few days so we decided to all go out for a treat and have dinner at The Keg!  What better way to ease the soul than to break bread over hunks of red meat 😉

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

 

 

 

Really, The Keg, hands down, has perhaps my favorite bread starter!  Large, warm, super soft and fluffy on the inside with a crispy but thin outer crust..how do they get it right all the time?

 

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

 

 

And Eunice insisted we should get the Mushroom Neptune as well.  No arm twisting required here: even though I am not a fan of mushrooms if it comes stuffed with crab and cream cheese and smothered in hot butter and cheese I won’t say no!

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a dinner party without a cocktail or 2?  The Rosemary Greyhound sounded too good to pass up: Absolute Vodka, housemade rosemary syrup, and freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice.  This cocktail tasted like a classic drink with a fresh take.  Aromatic, fresh, and calm, I really enjoyed it 🙂

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At The Keg I always like to go with the thick Baseball Top Sirloin.  I got the rice pilaf and veg on the side.  Delicious?  Check.  Filling? Double Check!

 

the keg - coquitlam

the keg – coquitlam

 

 

 

 

 

The spread ;D  Jealous much?  Yummy dinner, service from a young, fresh waiter with an accent we couldn’t place and good times 🙂

 

Earls (Downtown Vancouver)

February 19, 2013

May 6th, 2012. Steak for Lunch at Earls Downtown

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

Despite being a gloriously sunny day the one downer was that my new friend Robert was flying back home to California today 😥  His contract work here done it was time to pack up and go.  Since I volunteered to drive him to the airport he offered to buy me lunch!

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time was kind of of the essence, so we just walked down from his downtown apartment on Nelson to the nearby Earls to catch a bite.  I wasn’t sure what to order…but Robert insisted we go for steaks…so, what the heck, let’s do it!!  He had some house red to pair while I settled for water with a slice of lime.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

I went for my usual staple, the Steak Frites.  It’s a great measure of a restaurant’s standards to go for something as simple as a chunk of beef and plain fries.  This one was a great one!  Super tender beef seasoned very well, cooked great and with just the right amount of resting time to allow for the right amount of juice to come out of the steak.  The fries were also clean, not greasy and seasoned well.  Lots of times it’s the simple dishes that really shine.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

Robert went a bolder route and had the Bourbon Mushroom 7 oz Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (crimini and button mushrooms, bourbon demi glace, Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables).  The plate was vibrant with color!  The sauce was bold and rich, the mushroom added a lot of flavor and the steak was cooked well.  Everything looked great and he cleaned the plate good 😉

November 28th, 2011. Leaving Korea…

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

  As expected, Korean Air doesn’t disappoint with another bang-out delicious meal!

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

  Appetizer of Feta Cheese with Sliced Fig & Parma Ham.  I was surprised that a Korean airline was serving fig!  Anyways, this was delicious 🙂

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The second course was a Lentil Cream Soup.  I would have liked it to be a bit creamier…and as lentils are, it was very earthy..not my favorite.

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

  For my main I ordered the Grilled Beef Steak w/ Herb Cream Sauce served with Parmesan Potatoes, Mushroom and Mixed Veggies.  I was pretty impressed with the steak.  It was fairly juicy and tender and not over-cooked,  The potatoes were also pretty good.  And I looooved that cream sauce!

 

korean air prestige class

korean air prestige class

 

 

 

 

 

  I love love love that they serve Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream!

November 5th, 2010. St. Augustine’s Bar on Commercial

St. Augustine's Brew Bar & Kitchen on Commercial Drive

St. Augustine's Brew Bar & Kitchen on Commercial Drive

  After an exhilerating night at the Passion World Tour we were famished!! Time to find some eats in the middle of the night..!  It was way too packed downtown so we took the skytrain back about half-way to Commercial Drive where we found a place that was open and could accomodate our large group.

  We proudly showed off our Passion wristbands and enjoyed the Movember mustaches that came with each of our drink coasters!

–>I had the Steak Bites.  Wow.  These were seasoned and flash fried to perfection!  The jalapenos lent a great kick and the steak bites had the perfect illusion of being crispy on the outside while still beinf incredibly tender and juicy.  Loved these!  The accompanying chipotle aioli was great to pair it with.

September 30th, 2010. Post-Workout Dinner: Cactus Club Cafe

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

  It’s a known fact: a post-workout appetite is the WORST for ruining your self-resolve in terms of diet.  Now, I’m not on a diet, but after a workout I’m as hungry as if I were.  After a productive workout session with Nabil we headed over to the newish Cactus Club Cafe in White Rock.  Yes.  I know.  Cactus Club again.  To be fair I tried completely different things this day!! It was like a totally different experience…c’mon~~!

  I really like the decor of this location both inside and out.  It definitely blends in with the whole White Rock persona….pacific chic 🙂

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

  Rob’s Goat Cheese & Feta Flatbread: grape tomatoes, pesto, caramalized onion, arugula, balsamic glaze and maldon sea salt.  I was surprised that the flatbread was as good as it was!  Lots of flavors, good ingredients, and the flatbread was soft enough that it was easy to cut through, yet with the firmness to not flop around.  Good choice, Nabil!

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  Sezchuan Green Beans (with side of rice).  Call me a sucker..but i like sezchuan green beans.  I’m sure this dish is not the one most servers will push, lol!  The beans were cooked just right with good seasoning and the rice that came on the side was also cooked how I prefer, which is slightly dry.

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  My dinner:  Creole Steak + Prawns – 9oz. certified angus sirloin rubbed with cajun spices.  spicy creole butter, white wine sauteed creole jumbo prawns, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.  The mashed potato was nice and creamy, the steak was perfect, and the prawns were a good size.  And, really, who doesn’t love any kind of flavored butter?  The only thing I have beef with is the asparagus.  Seruously, who made you king of “seasonal vegetables”??  Never was fond of it as a kid and still not a fan today.  Makes your pee smell

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

  He had the Short Rib Sandwich – caramelized onions, beef jus and emmental cheese on toasted sourdough.  It was a big sandwich!  The bread was nice and toasty with great sourdough flavor, the meat was tender, loved the cheese and of course he got the chipotle aioli for the fries

cactus club cafe

cactus club cafe

 

 

  Apple Galette – a classic combination of flavors; warmed granny smith apples, a hint of cinnamon on a flay puff pastry topped with vanilla ice cream and finished with caramel.  Oh my…what a wonderful dessert to wrap it all up with!  Loved the flakiness of the pastry, the rich, sticky, weight of of the caramel, the light vanilla ice cream and the fact that the apples still had a bit of bite to them.  YuM~!!

 

  I know, I know..another Cactus Club post..but it’ a diffeent location!  Besides..it’s the bane of living in the suburb of a suburb…there’s nothing really interesting or new..and then even in the suburbs the best thing to be had late in the evening is Cactus Club.  But the food is good, so whatevs!!

August 11th, 2010. Dinner at Home with Jenn & Henry~!  

steak & potatoes

steak & potatoes

  So Brother came back from Kitsumkalum and with Mother still away we had to fend for ourselves…Never fear, we are a dynamic duo!!  We definitely didn’t have to worry about starving to death..especially since Mother made sure to stock up and freeze premade stuff!  Tonight’s dinner: Pan Fried Steak, Deconstructed Baked Potato and Romain Salad!!! (The salad doesn’t get a picture just for being boring.

steak & potatoes

steak & potatoes

 

  I marinaded the steak in olive oil, fresh squeezed lime, steak salt, garlic powder and thyme.  Yum!  And yeah, we were too lazy to get the grill going…so in the pan it goes!  Again, medium rare, medium rare, medium rare!  A guy will lose serious macho points from me if he takes his steaks well done 😛

steak and potatoes

steak and potatoes

  As for the Deconstructed Baked Potaotes: first drizzle cubed potatoes with olive oil, throw in some halved garlic cloves, throw on a bit of salt and pepper and a few bay leaves.  Then stick into preheated conventional oven (I think I had it set to 375 degrees)…..basically until cooked through! 

steak and potatoes

steak and potatoes

 

  In our case…it didn’t cook through, the steaks were done and we were getting hungry..so I threw them in the pan we fried the steaks in and finished them off there.  Yes, I cheated.  Whatever, cooking them in leftover steak fat was awesome!

steak & potatoes

steak & potatoes

 

  After baking and then pan frying the potatoes I put them back in the dish, put a handful of cheese over it, some real bacon bits and then baked it.  Once the cheese was melted I popped it out, dolloped some sour cream on top and cut up some green onions to garnish. It was yummy!

 

  Yeah, health nut I am NOT!  However, Brother and I had a really wonderful meal together and that, my friends, is what counts 😉

July 29th, 2010. jenn makes a salad!

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

Spinach

Herbed Goat Cheese

Lime, Olive Oil, Cracked Pepper, Garlic Medium Rare Steak

Honey, Balsamic Viniagrette, Pinch of S&P and Olive Oil Dressing

(Just whatever’s kicking around at home! The steak is resting..taking a nap..whatever the terminology is..!)

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

 

 

  Grilled the steak on the stovetop in a pan because the thought of trying to figure out how to get the grill going outside scares me…..this is what Brother is for…but Brother is away at Kitsumkalum!!

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

   And just when you thought I was gonna be healthy I smother all the spinach with ALL the steak…!  Who are we kidding here….a herbivor I am not!  ‘Greens’ are generally not a part of my diet unless we’re talking about actual herbs like basil, oregano and rosemary.

steak & peach summer salad

steak & peach summer salad

 

 

  So this was my final meal before jetting off to NYC for the BC Day long weekend.  Happy salad, happy me~!