31 January 2012
Ah ha - I was so happy to see this name on the Dine Out selection. I have been wanting to try this place ever since I learned of what it is about. The last time when I was taking a casual stroll at Granville Island, I even went in to take a peek. Without hesitation, I took the liberty of everyone and made a reservation.
Edible Canada features ingredients from around Canada. Formally named Edible British Columbia, the original idea was to feature ingredients and items from BC. Then it expanded the idea to the entire Canada, thus changing their name to Edible CANADA.
The bistro was quite spacious with open kitchen and earthy tone furnishings. It was quite comfy to dine in and I bet it'd be more so under the sun. The bistro and the culinary shop were connected together; you can easily get the culinary products from there.
For the menu items, it definitely brought out the adventurous side of oneself. It didn't take me long to decide what to order.
30 January 2012
It has been a while since we last saw C, T and Miss Little Vi. Since C is back in town for the weekend, we were up to a catch up lunch. Just so that Miss Little Vi would join us, I spent some time researching online to find a place where it would accommodate Miss Little Vi.
Little Nest seemed to be a name mentioned over and over as a kid-friendly place. From their website, it also seemed like there's lots to place for kids to place. That is just perfect!
When we arrived there, we were lucky to find parking fairly quickly. Inside the place, it definitely felt like eating at a kindergarten. No, I rephrase - it's like dining at a pre-school. The kids were everywhere ranging from new born babies to probably about 3 years old. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great place for kids to play. In fact, I think Miss Little Vi was quite liking it as well.
29 January 2012
It was a rare occasion where it started out as a small group, turned into an event that was memorable. It seemed like food is the source that brought everyone together. Using Dine Out as the stem, the group at work decided to visit r.tl on a Friday night.
The fire pot right outside of the restaurant was very interest, and it's REAL! Inside, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be. The colour tone was mostly brown towards red. My attention was immediately drown to the wine display along the wall - very interesting looking. There were also a couple round mirrors reflecting on the interior.
Before our tables were ready, we were just chilling out at the bar section where the bright white light and dark red have strong contrast to each other. Right underneath the wall of wine, there was a basket of bread. I really like how it's situated - making it looked like inside a bakery. We didn't order the bread but I assumed it would have come with the chipotle-like butter.
The menu has quite a number of items that I would like to try, which always makes the experience interesting. It's better than having nothing that I want on the menu.
|Cassis Passion ($6) - 6/6|
|Mussels & Frites with Thai Green Curry - n/a|
|Tomato & Fresh Italian Burrata D.O.P. Salad - 6/6|
It turned out that the burrata was very creamy and soft; it literally melted in the mouth. Paired with a bit of balsamic reduction dressing, it was a light start of the meal. Presentation-wise, it was certainly very appetizing.
|Seafood Linguini - 4/6|
|New York Cheesecake - n/a|
|Saffron Gelato - 3/6|
Overall, I think everyone enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and the companies. It was definitely a nice ending to the work week and great start of the weekend. More than that, I was given the chance to explore a place that's been on my list for a while.
21 January 2012
|An interesting piece of décor that fits the weather outside|
This year, Greeny and I started out our 1st Dine Out at the "Water St. Café" along with Lun and Yogi. Never heard of it? Perhaps you have passed by it so many times without realizing. Located right across from the Gastown Steam Clock, the restaurant has been there for more than 20 years! The interior was mostly black tone with quite a bit of historical feel to it. Given it was the 1st day of Dine Out Vancouver, it was a pretty busy night for sure.I never knew the place has a second floor to it until we sat nearby the staircase. The location definitely gave it an advantage on the view of steam clock. No more waiting in the cold just to wait for the steam clock action. If you're lucky, the steam clock is just right in front of you. I bet the view in the morning would be even better.
11 January 2012
By the time we finished the chowder, I was beyond full that I couldn't eat any more. Still, I didn't want to miss the chance of visiting Le Panier. It's a French pastry shop that many people mentioned online as well. We took a walk in the market before making our way there.
10 January 2012
After the delicious mac-n-cheese, we went to hunt for Pike Place Chowder. I've been looking for chowder in a bread bowl for so long that I was very determine to have this. Anyone knows where I can find chowder in a bread bowl in Vancouver?
The store is inside the alley - there's a Lego like sign at the entrance, pointing people to the right direction. By the time we got there, most of the seating were taken already. It was obvious that a lot of people knows this place.
09 January 2012
Even though we've drove down to Seattle a couple times already, this was the first time I did "food" related research before heading down. Beecher's Handmade Cheese is a name that kept coming up. It just so happened that I was having some serious mac'n cheese cravings at the time. So without saying, it made it to my "to eat" list.
08 January 2012
There seemed to be many new chocolatier café popping out lately in the Metro Vancouver area. That means more choices for people and more excuses to indulge oneself. =)
Located at Downtown, Thierry has the look of high-end chocolate/pastisserie shop. Greeny and I were having lunch near-by and decided to go for a visit. Using the dark colour tone, it felt like shopping in a boutique store. The dark colours helps to bring out the colourful pastries that were in the display windows.
07 January 2012
There's no bad excuses to visit Thomas Haas, though mine is usually the same. But it's OK - what matters was that I got to enjoy it. It was business as usual - lots of people in the tiny North Van store. We were lucky to find seats pretty quickly and got our food at around the same time.
|Moroccan Chicken Panini ($7.95) - 5/6|
|White Chocolate Pistachio ($5.50) - 5/6|
06 January 2012
My first encounter with the Next Noodle Bar wasn't overly good - it was for lunch and I wasn't overly impressed with the food. So even though there were a number of times I could have visit again, I didn't. Still, I decided to give it another shot and try their dinner instead.
The interior felt different than the typical Chinese restaurant - the wooden tone that they used made the environment quite inviting. Probably due to the somewhat open kitchen design, the space may at times seemed smoky.
05 January 2012
I passed by this place a few times and was quite curious about it. From the menu they displayed outside the restaurant, I thought the items seemed to be a bit pricey. The solution? Try for their weekend brunch as it seemed most economical (compare to dinner). Somehow we managed to miss the timing whenever we were suppose to go. Finally, we made it there with R for brunch.
The interior feels very grand - definitely interesting lamp and ceiling choices. It was nice with the patio for people who want to enjoy a bit of sun.