Restaurant review: Timmy Kitchen

I was invited to a company group lunch at Timmy Kitchen in Steveston. This was a first visit for me.  I’d walked past this place many times over the years but never gave it a thought.   After all, this is Steveston; its out-of-the-way for me, and most of the time, when I come to this…

Restaurant review: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

We visited the Boulevard Kitchen at the Sutton Place Hotel for a weeknight birthday dinner. He had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival.  The restaurant had a small “happy birthday” card waiting for us at the table. Boulevard Kitchen is a white tablecloth west coast cuisine (i.e. farm to table) dining establishment known for…

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…