Restaurant review: Homer Street Cafe and Bar

On a cool December weekend, we decided to grab some brunch from the Homer Street Cafe and Bar. I’d walked past this place many times, and wanted to try it. This was finally the time for it to happen. I made reservations on Open Table, and arrived about 15 minutes early. Our table was waiting for…

Restaurant review: Smoke and Bones

On a drizzly November day, we went to Smoke and Bones (on Marine Drive in North Vancouver, just west of Capilano Shopping Center).  This space was formerly occupied by the North Van edition of the Hurricane Grill. The menu is a blend of pub fare and smoke house specialties We started with their Smokehouse Nachos This…

Restaurant review: Pepino’s Spaghetti House

To celebrate a birthday, we made reservations at Pepino’s Shaghetti House on the north end of Commercial drive (between East Georgia and  Frances Street).  Pepino’s took over the space that Nick’s Spaghetti House occupied up until December 2017. The ownership behind Savio Volpe at Fraser and Kingsway is behind Pepino’s and the restaurant concept is similar to…

Restaurant review: Chewies Biscuit Co

On an autumn weekend, I decided to grab some brunch, and visited Chewies Biscuit Co. It’s a newly opened casual eatery in Kitsilano (on West 4th avenue at MacDonald St) that took over the space previously occupied by Raviolino. Chewies Biscuit Co is under the same ownership as Chewies Oyster Bar restaurants (in Kitsilano, and…

Cooking: Dry aged steak using Koji

Last summer, during the Powell Street festival (Japanese Canadian community festival), I was wandering around the merchant booths, and met Tonami. She’s been cultivating and selling shio-koji for a few years now, and on this day, she was selling a variety of sauces made from it. Koji is a fungus that grows on rice, and…

Restaurant review: Kauai Family Restaurant

While in south Seattle to attend a Polynesian festival (which turned out to be disappointing), we left and went to lunch at a small family restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood in south Seattle.  It was located in a out-of-the-way industrial area. When we arrived around noon, the restaurant was full, and there was a short wait….

Restaurant review: Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar

On a lazy Friday evening, we went to Gyo Para Ramen & Gyoza on Broadway at Arbutus Unlike many other ramen places around town, we were able to walk in and get a seat immediately (no line ups). The proprietor’s family comes from a history of ramen restaurants, dating back to Japan in the 1950s,…

Restaurant review: Din Tai Fung – Tukwila

Din Tai Fung is an international chain of chinese restaurants, originating from Taiwan, with branches throughout asia, as well as in the western United States (in California and Washington state).  Their Hong Kong location earned a coveted Michelin star in 2010. During a weekend getaway in south Seattle, we visited Din Tai Fung In the Westfield…

Takeout review: Downlow Chicken Shack

I first heard about Downlow Chicken during the 2018 Italian Days. While walking along the north end of Commercial, I saw a lineup outside this new chicken place. Downlow was doing a “soft” opening, serving just their chicken sandwiches. I was curious, but at the time, had already eaten lunch, and didn’t feel inclined to…

Takeout review: AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

On a warm sunny weekend, while wandering about main and broadway, I saw someone walking down the munching on a slice of takeout pizza. I asked where he bought it, and he pointed to AJ’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint. AJ’s is New York style pizza place on West Broadway, across the street from Kingsgate Shopping Center….

Takeout review: Hon’s Wonton House Olympic Village

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t bother posting a review of Hon’s. It’s not really “blog worthy” because it’s been around for over 40 years and hasn’t changed much during that time. That said, I’ve blogged about Cheesecake Etc and it’s kinda the same deal. So WTH, I’ll do it. This was the new location on West 2nd…

Takeout review: The Fried Chicken Works in Lonsdale Quay

So while visiting North Vancouver we wandered through the Lonsdale Quay market and stopped for lunch in the food court.  There was a small fried chicken place inside. The operation appears to be run by korean family.  They made conventional fried chicken, plus a number of flavored variations (teriyaki, soy, korean spicy, garlic, etc). We…