Takeout review: The Roost

With the summer edition of Dineout Vancouver, we decided to try a new chicken place on Denman street, called The Roost. It occupies the space that was previously home to Centro Bistro. Centro closed when the coronavirus forced restaurant closures, but it appears to have reopened with a new format. Instead of pasta, it’s fried…

Cooking: home made pizza – revisited

I’ve blogged about home made pizza on several occasions before, the most recently was last April during the “deep isolation” phase of the pandemic. At that time, I tried to avoid using usual cooking equipment.  But now I going there and using some specialized gear.  You’ll need baking sheet mixing bowl 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp…

Cooking: Vietnamese Meatballs

During a lazy weeknight, I was too tired and lazy to make dinner, I stopped in at a vietnamese sandwich shop and grabbed a meatball banh mi to go. It was the first one I’d had in a years, and I really enjoyed it. But this lead me to think that I should try and…

Restaurant review: Lunch Lady

On an midweek August day, we decided to visit the recently opened “Lunch Lady” on Commercial Drive. The name of the restaurant came from the nickname that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain gave to the proprietor of one of his favorite street food vendors in Ho Chi Minh City.  Local chef Michael Tran visited the now…

Restaurant review: Portobello in the Fairmont Château Whistler

For a sunny June weekend, we took a day trip to Whistler BC. This was my first visit since before the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A great deal has changed since then, I found much of the village unrecognizable. We decided to grab lunch at Portobello, located at the Fairmont hotel, in the upper village. During the…

Restaurant review: Beach Avenue Bar and Grill

For a sunny Sunday brunch, we headed to a newly opened pub on the False Creek waterfront called the Beach Avenue Bar and Grill.  This location was previously occupied by TAPShack, and the Pirate Pub before that. We arrived shortly before noon, and the restaurant was not quite ready for service. After the doors opened,…

Restaurant review: Freebird Table and Bar

On a sunny June weekend, we decided to check out the newly opened Freebird Table & Bar in the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport (in Richmond at the corner of Westminster Highway and Alderbridge Way).  This is not to be confused with the Freebird Chicken Shack in chinatown (they are not related as far as I…

Restaurant review: Co’M Vietnamese Restaurant

On a June weekend, we stopped for lunch at Co’m Vietnamese restaurant in central Richmond This is relatively new establishment (open for perhaps a year). Their menu was fairly expansive, beyond the ubiquitous phở, vermicelli dishes and bánh mì, to include curry dishes, stir fries,  vegetarian dishes, desserts, and a bar menu of colorful cocktails….

Restaurant review: ChiMec Fried Chicken and Burger

Now that restaurants have reopened for dine-in service, we checked out a newly opened fast food place in Vancouver’s West End on Denman Street Their menu is quite concise, made up of fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and sides. We arrived around 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon in early June, and were immediately seated.  We placed…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 13

Potstickers are cantonese style dumplings, and they fall into the broader catagory of Jiaozi. While jiaozi are stuffed dumplings which can be steamed, boiled, pan fried, deep fried, or simmered in soup, potstickers are specifically steamed and then pan fried. I’ve blogged about cooking them before, but did not provide a recipe, so this time…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 12

Stir Fried Pork with Holy Basil This is a dish that I first sampled in Thailand.  The cooking class that I took in Chiang Mai provided a recipe book, and a variant of this dish appeared in the book. You’ll need wok or frying pan transfer plate small bowl 1/2 lb (250g) ground pork garlic…

Cooking: For novice home cooks – part 11

In part 8, I introduced stir fried rice noodles, and mentioned that they appear in numerous cuisines throughout asia and southeast asia. Today, we’re making, what is likely the most famous rice noodle dish, pad thai. So pad thai is a stir fried rice noodle dish from Thailand that is, surprisingly, not part of any…