Restaurant review: Di Beppe Restaurant & Cafe

There was some good buzz about Di Beppe in Gastown at the corner of West Cordova and Carral Street. So on a wet Sunday, we went to check it out. Di Beppe is part of the Kitchen Table group of restaurants that includes Ask for Luigi, Carlino, and Bacaro. The business is split in two…

Restaurant review: H2 Kitchen & Bar

We felt like a brunch outing, something we hadn’t done in a while. H2 Kitchen & Bar is in the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Coal Harbour, not to be confused with the H Tasting Lounge, which is also in the Bayshore Hotel. I’d heard that H2 had recently changed the restaurant format to “American Southern”,…

Takeout review: Lobster Man (Granville Island)

The Lobster Man has been on Granville Island for many years as a fresh shellfish monger. They have dozens of tanks stocked with live crabs, lobsters, clams, oysters etc. A few years ago, they leased the adjacent retail space, setup a partially covered picnic area in the adjacent parking lot, and began serving prepared seafood….

Takeout review: Il Miglio Express in Eaton Center Montreal

On our last day in Montreal, we grabbed some lunch at the Timeout Food Court in Eaton’s Center in downtown. This is a gourmet foodcourt; most of the restaurants in the food court have a full service white tablecloth type or restaurant elsewhere in the city. We opted to grab a quick bite at Il…

Restaurant review: Restaurant Corneli

After visiting Jean Talon Market, we were walking through Little Italy and, wanting to grab some lunch & get out of the rain, we happened upon Corneli Restsaurant on Boulevard Saint Laurent. Corneli is a long running family restaurant, serving a menu of pizza and pasta, and other classic italian dishes.. As a side note,…

Restaurant review: Reuben’s Deli & Steaks

While visiting Montreal in September, we decided that we had to go for Montreal Smoked Meat at least once (since the signature food of Montreal is smoked meat, montreal style bagels and poutine). Given that we didn’t rent a car, and the weather was rather uncooperative (it rained for most of our visit), we decided…

Restaurant review: Jingle Bao

For a family dinner, we went to Jingle Bao, a Chinese restaurant on Denman Street (between Robson street and Alberni street). Jingle Bao is best known for their soup dumplings. We had reservations and were seated shortly after we arrived. They have a partially open kitchen where the kitchen staff will prep the dumplings before…

Cooking: Silky Eggs with Beef over rice (滑蛋牛肉飯)

Stir fried beef with scrambled eggs is a simple homey kinda dish. However when I order it in a restaurant, I often get something like more like the image in the banner at the top. The egg has a silky luxurious texture. It’s pretty easy to accomplish, it’s basically a combination of beaten eggs combined…

Restaurant review: Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken

While attending to some errarnds in south east vancouver, we debated on where to go for lunch and settled on Barcelos in the Market Crossing plaza in south Burnaby. Barcelos is a chain of casual restaurants specializing in peri-peri style chicken. Peri-Peri chicken originates from the Portuguese community in South Africa, combining the south african…

Restaurant review: MILA

As a family outing, we visited an upscale vegan restaurant on Keefer Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown called MILA. It’s on Keefer street, just west of Main, and across the street from Juke fried chicken. I admit I came with low expectations. I’d experienced too many tasteless quinoa bowls, and fibrous kale salads that are better…

Cooking: Korean style Fried Chicken

In the last few years, there’s been a surge in the number of fried chicken restaurants around town, and notably, Korean Fried Chicken places (both independent, and chains like Nene, Chiko, Donky, bb.q Chicken, just to name a few). I was attending a party, and decided to prepare korean fried chicken for the party.  I’d…

Restaurant review: Yuu Japanese Tapas

While in Richmond on other business, we stopped at the Continental Shopping Center on Cambie Road, and grabbed a little lunch at Yuu. Yuu is an izakaya style restaurant with a seeming endless menu of sharing plates, ramen, bento boxes, curry, noodles and donburi. We decided to start with the spring green salad with house…