Cooking: Scallion pancakes

I was scrolling through my social media, and someone posted their recipe for mandarin scallion pancakes. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to try it. I should mention, I think “pancakes” is a poor translation. In the english speaking world pancakes usually implies something specific (typically a sweet leavened bread cooked…

Restaurant review: Mogu Fried Chicken

In late October, while wandering around Commercial Drive, I spotted Mogu Fried Chicken. This was a fairly new restaurant, from the owners of the food truck of the same name. The food truck ceased operations in 2019, and set up shop on the north end of Commercial drive, near Parker Street. This establishment is more…

Restaurant review: Bonjour Vietnamese Bistro

On a gloomy October weekend, we decided to visit a newer vietnamese restaurant, Bonjour, on Fraser Street, between East 23rd and East 24th avenue (a few doors north of Earnest Icecream). This place had the misfortune of trying to open for business just as the coronavirus pandemic forced the public health department to close all…

Restaurant review: Mahony and Sons

On a bright September Sunday, we decided to wander to Stamps Landing and grab some lunch at one of the pubs. We opted for Mahonys and Sons. Mahonys rests on a pier jutting out over False Creek, surrounded by a marina. I haven’t been to the Stamps Landing area since this restaurant was home to…

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….