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…

Restaurant review: Good Sushi on Fraser St

We were driving by and on an impulse, decided to try Penang Bistro, but it was full with a considerable wait. So we decided to give the sushi place next door a go. It’s a new place, next door to Penang Bistro, and a about 5 doors north of Earnest Ice Cream. It appeared to be…

Restaurant review: P2B Bistro in the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

I received an “Entertainment coupon” book at Christmas, and used it during a visit to the P2B Bistro in the Pinnacle Hotel. The restaurant was located at the back of the hotel, on the ground floor, past the main lobby.  We arrived shortly after noon on a Saturday and were immediately seated by the windows, with…

Restaurant Review: Osteria Savio Volpe

Last year, I took a cooking class (for roman style pizza) from a chef named Peter Cuiffa (aka Pasta Boy Peter) who mentioned that he worked at Osteria Savio Volpe. Since then, the restaurant was on my to-do list. So on a spring weekend, we went. Savio Volpe (I think this roughly translates to “Wise…

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…