Restaurant review: So Hyang Korean Cuisine

On a rainy winter weekend, I met the family for dinner at So Hyang on Fraser Street This is a fairly contemporary casual korean restaurant with a large menu of popular dishes.  It was very busy that evening, but fortunately, we had reservations We ordered a set menu for four people, and added the HAE MOOL PA…

Restaurant review: Chinatown BBQ

After reading the Vancouver Sun article about a new chinese barbeque shop in Chinatown, I figured to give it a try. I wanted to buy some bbq pork anyways. Ordinarily, a new chinese bbq shop opening is not a news story. But in Chinatown, it is. Chinatown has been shedding chinese merchants at a steady…

Takeout review: Stretch Roman Pizza Co

On a cool weekend we stopped in Gastown to visit Stretch Roman Pizza Company on Abbott Street. They have a fairly extensive menu of pizza toppings and combinations. They also have salads and paninis on the menu. But we were here for the pizza. As a roman pizza place, the front counter features about a dozen…

Restaurant Review: Sugarholic Cafe

On a weekday lunch break, my lunch companion lead me to Aberdeen Center in Richmond to try the Sugarholic Cafe.  This is a Hong Kong style cafe on the ground floor of the shopping center. Like many other HK style cafes, they have a collection of menus is excessive.  From what I understand, the cafe…

Cooking: Home made pizza

So yeah, I love a good pizza. Years ago following a trip to New York, I went pizza-bonkers for a while trying to create a New York Style pizza. And I think I got pretty close. Credit to Jeff Varasano for providing the insight and tips. This time around, it’s Roman Style pizza, courtesy of…

Restaurant review: Burger Lounge

During my vacation in southern California, I wandered past this small burger place on a street corner in San Diego’s Little Italy.  This is actually a San Diego based chain of restaurants. One of the stumbling blocks with vacationing alone is finding a place where I feel comfortable dining by myself.  So I tend toward…

Restaurant Review: Johnnie’s Pastrami

During a day trip to Los Angeles to visit a friend from my high school days, we stopped for lunch at Johnnie’s Pastrami in Culver City. This is a retro dinner serving classic burgers, sandwiches, chili, onion rings, fries, and pastrami and beef dip sandwiches.  And when I say retro, I do mean retro.  The…

Takeout Review: Mexican Fiesta

While wandering into downtown San Diego, I passed by an unassuming taco shack on the edge of a surface parking lot.  The reviews that I checked seemed to suggest that this place was pretty good, so I decided to grab a bite for lunch. I ordered the fish taco This is a pretty good taco. …

Restaurant review: Napizza

During a late summer vacation to San Diego, I arrived at my hotel in Little Italy in the early afternoon.   After checking in and settling into my room, I took a walk around the immediate neighborhood and spotted a small corner pizza-by-the-slice place and went in. Napizza is a small California pizza chain with counter…

Restaurant Review: Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar

On a sunny weekend afternoon, we stopped for brunch at Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar in North Vancouver, in the shipyards adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay. Upon arrival, we had to wait several minutes just to get the attention of a maitre d’ or server.  I was tempted to leave get something to eat at…

Seattle Street Food Festival: Nosh the Truck

On a warm sunny weekend, we drove to Seattle to take in the Street Food Festival along North 9th Avenue. After wandering the length of the food festival, we settled on Nosh the Truck. The drawing point for us was the fish & chips that we saw others carrying around the festival. There was a…

Restaurant Review: Top Gun J & C restaurant

The family went out to dinner at the Top Gun J & C restaurant (on McKim Way, off Garden City Road).  The motivation was to try someplace new (we tend to stick with our reliable favorites).  This time, because Top Gun was voted Diner’s Choice Best Cantonese Restaurant in the annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. We arrived on…