Cooking Class: Tokyo Sumida

When I visit a new country, I like to take a cooking class, so while on vacation in Tokyo, we arranged to do just that. We met the class teacher at a nearby train station, and walked to the nearby studio.  It was generous sized space on the second floor of a low rise industrial building. …

Restaurant review: Zauo Shibuya

During my research of places-to-eat in Tokyo, a friend reposted a YouTube video about a concept restaurant in Tokyo, where you go fishing to catch your own dinner.  It was called Zauo the Fishing Restaurant (ざうお新宿店). This was actually a small chain of izakayas with several locations.  We booked two tables at the Shibuya location….

Restaurant review: Udon Kanōya

During my spring vacation in Japan, we visited the Sensō-ji buddhist temple in Asakusa Tokyo. After spending an hour in the temple and the adjacent Asakusa Namamise Market, we stopped for lunch at a small noodle place called Kanōya (手打ちうどん叶屋) Many of the restaurants in the area were small, and had difficulty seating our group (there…

Restaurant review: Konjiki Hototogisu Shibuya

During a vacation in Tokyo, we were sitting around the AirBnB house in Shibuya, looking for nearby places to eat when we came across a small ramen/soba shop called Konjiki Hototogisu (金色不如帰). Although it didn’t earn a Michelin star, it’s mentioned in the Michelin restaurant guide, earning a “Bib Gourmand” (meaning it’s exceptionally good, and…

Restaurant review: Tonkatsu Wako Shinjuku I-land

During a spring vacation in Japan, while wandering around the Shinjuku ward (and after checking out the panoramic view from the Metropolitan Government Building) we decided to grab a bite to eat, and picked Tonkatsu Wako Shinjuku (とんかつ和幸 新宿アイランドタワー店). The Wako group is a national chain of tonkatsu restaurants with almost 200 locations in just…

Takeout review: Dominique Ansel Bakery Ginza

Prior to a spring holiday in Tokyo Japan, while researching things to do and places to go, I noticed that Dominique Ansel (of New York City “Cronut” fame) had not one, but TWO bakeries in Tokyo. So when we stopped to do some shopping in the Ginza District, I had to seek out his bakery…

Restaurant review: Diva at the Met

My last dine out meal of 2018 was in Diva at the Met in the Metropolitan Hotel. It’s been many years since my last visit to Diva.  It’s aged very well, they’ve done a good job keeping the place fresh and contemporary. It’s spacious and bright, and modern. This complementary bread came out of sequence…

Restaurant review: Baru Latino

During Vancouver Dineout 2018 we stopped in at Baru Latino in the Point Grey neighborhood for a Friday night dinner. We arrived about 20 minutes early, but the restaurant was ready for us, and we were seated immediately. Baru Latino is a modern latin american restaurant, with a emphasis on Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant was…

Restaurant review: BC Kitchen

During Dineout Vancouver 2018, we visited BC Kitchen in the new Parq Casino (next to BC Place stadium).  The casino was on the second and third floors of the hotel, and BC Kitchen was  on the west corner of the second floor.  We arrived a little early, but were quickly escorted to our waiting table in…

Restaurant review: La Piazza Dario

On a very wet January evening, I met my dinner companion at La Piazza Dario (in the Italian Cultural Center) to celebrate her birthday.  La Piazza recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in business. In many ways, the restaurant is a throwback to the late 70s. After we ordered, our server returned with a basket of…

Restaurant review: Timmy Kitchen

I was invited to a company group lunch at Timmy Kitchen in Steveston. This was a first visit for me.  I’d walked past this place many times over the years but never gave it a thought.   After all, this is Steveston; its out-of-the-way for me, and most of the time, when I come to this…

Restaurant review: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

We visited the Boulevard Kitchen at the Sutton Place Hotel for a weeknight birthday dinner. He had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival.  The restaurant had a small “happy birthday” card waiting for us at the table. Boulevard Kitchen is a white tablecloth west coast cuisine (i.e. farm to table) dining establishment known for…