Restaurant review: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

On a cool October Sunday, we went downtown for lunch/brunch at the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish market on Cambie street, just south-west of the CBC studios. It’s the same company that farms oysters in Baynes Sound on Vancouver Island, and a seafood market near the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal.  This location is both…

Restaurant review: Pagliacci’s

During a weekend excursion to Victoria to visit the Royal BC Museum and the ancient Mayan exhibit, we stopped for dinner at a downtown italian-american restaurant called Pagliacci’s. While the menu is covers steak, seafood, pasta and salads, Pagliacci’s is best known for their pasta dishes. We started with an appetizer of Minnesota Fats (arancini)…

Restaurant review: Le Petite Belge

With a cool October weekend, we decided to check out the new location of Le Petite Belge on Main street (the original location is on Robson Street).  It’s easier to find parking at this location, but it’s certainly a more, shall I say, adventurous, neighborhood. Le Petite Belge is best known for their Brussels style waffles. We…

Restaurant review: Blossom Dimsum & Grill

On a cool September Sunday, we decided to check out Blossom. It’s a new chinese / asian fusion restaurant in downtown on the corner of Bute and Robson, on the second floor. We made reservations on OpenTable, they weren’t required, the restaurant was not that busy. The lunch menu (didn’t see the dinner menu) consists…

Tech comment: EV driving

Background When I started this blog, many years ago, I fully expected that it would be mostly about food (dining out & cooking), and by and large, it is.  But I always expected to occasionally venture off and comment on other subjects that interest me. This will be my first “Technology” blog post. In May…

Restaurant Review: Ouisi Bistro

For a Sunday brunch we went to Ouisi Bristro on Granville Street.  It’s a long time New Orleans Cajun/Creole restaurant, that opened in the mid-1990s, and unfortunately is slated to close at the end of October 2019.  This was actually my first visit to the restaurant. We arrived just after noon, and were seated immediately. The…

Restaurant review: Shoom

On a summer weekend, we visited the punjabi market area to try Shoom restaurant on Fraser Street between east 49th and east 50th avenue. We had reservations and arrived a few minutes early.  It was a full house, and there a couple of groups waiting for a table outside the restaurant doors. The place looks like…

Restaurant review: Greenleaf Sushi

On a warm spring Friday evening, being out of fresh ingredients, I decided to head out to grab some dinner. My dinner companion suggested a sushi place way out in the Alma area of West Broadway, called Greenleaf Sushi. I’d driven past this place many times over the years, but never thought to try it…

Takeout review: The Pie Hole (Kitsilano)

The Pie Hole is a local chain of boutique bakeries that produce small batch artisan pies. The Kitsilano location opened in spring 2019, on West 4th Avenue, off Burrard, adjacent the PetroCan station. They have a range of sweet and savory pie offerings (including vegan and gluten free options). I picked up a slice of…

Restaurant review: Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (Honolulu)

During a spring vacation in Hawaii, I read some excellent reviews for a small tonkatsu (japanese style fried pork cutlet) place on Beach Walk in Honolulu.  Being close to where I was staying, I decided to check the place out. Ginza Bairin is a chain of japanese tonkatsu restaurants, with locations in Japan, China, Korea…

Restaurant review: The Pig and the Lady (Chinatown, Honolulu)

During a spring holiday in Hawaii, I met a friend for dinner at The Pig and the Lady. P & L is a modern Vietnamese restaurant located in Honolulu’s Chinatown I had read numerous glowing reviews and received several recommendations for this place, so I had to check it out.  I made reservations three weeks…

Restaurant review: Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine

On a cool snowy winter day, I met a friend for lunch at Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine, on Kingsway, adjacent the London Drugs pharmacy. My friend advised me that the restaurant does not take reservations and fills up quickly, and we should arrive early.  It’s a tiny family run place, seating no more than 40 Their menu…