Posted on January 18, 2013 by Wendy
Hey Vancouver it’s that time of year again! Numerous restaurants around the city offers 3-course dinners for $18/$28/$38 each! Hitman and I will for sure do at least one restaurant this year… It’s just been so busy!
One of my favorite dine-out restaurants in recent years has got to be Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company (see post here). First of all they’re a pizzaria…and who doesn’t love pizza?? But the qualities that sets them apart is that they utilize local organic products, have gluten-free options, and family-friendly, and both restaurants have an open-kitchen concept so you can watch your food being prepared!
Their $18 dine-out menu basically allows you to choose an appy, an entree and a dessert from their regular menu. But there’s so much to choose from (82 different combinations in total!) you will not be disappointed.
To kick off Dine-Out Vancouver, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company is hosting a contest on Facebook. “Like” them on Facebook and you will be entered to win dine-out dinner for 2!
Filed under: Casual Dining, Dine-Out Vancouver, Giveaway, Kitsilano, Restaurant Reviews, Vancouver | Tagged: Dine-Out Vancouver, organic, pizza, restaurants, Vancouver | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 11, 2013 by Wendy
BFF recently informed me of this little place in Chinatown that has Buck-a-Shuck happy hour…and get this…it REALLY is a buck for a shuck!!! Not $1.75, not $1.50, just $1!!! When I heard of this, I quickly scurried Hitman to the magical Oyster eXpress with me.
This corner restaurant has a very rustic log house interior…the birch color scheme a la Ikea is very pleasing to the eyes and brings a warmth…especially on a night like tonight when it was a huge downpour.
Their Buck-a-Shuck deal is only during Happy Hour Tuesdays to Fridays from 3pm-6pm. We arrived at around 5:15pm and were the only ones here on a Tuesday night. A few more patrons came in afterwards though.
Filed under: Chinatown, Seafood, Vancouver, West Coast | Tagged: buck-a-shuck, Chinatown, happy hour, oysters, Vancouver | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 24, 2012 by Wendy
This man never ceases to amaze me…after the shenanigans from our anniversary, I didn’t think he could surprise me again for my birthday…I mean…sure you can take me to a secret location again, but it’s just gonna be the same old food, same old experience right??
But, I repeat, this man never ceases to amaze me.
I was basically instructed to wear whatever, don’t need to dress up, and don’t wear perfume. After we’re arrived to the vicinity of the restaurant, I still had absolutely NO idea where we’re going. Luckily for him I had no idea this restaurant has recently opened in Vancouver. As recent as September actually.
It also doesn’t help that they’ve managed to cover most of the restaurant front with tree branches and shrubbery. So what is this place? It’s Dark Table.
Filed under: Kitsilano, Vancouver, West Coast | Tagged: Dark Table, Kitsilano, Vancouver, West Coast | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 3, 2012 by Wendy
Update Dec 18, 2012: Amanda you’re the winner! Make sure you check your email for a message from ChocolaTas!! Congrats!!
Ahh the holidays~ What better way to relax during this hectic time than to sit down with a box of gourmet chocolates all to yourself?? We were contacted by the local chocolate company Chocolatas to have a sample of their handmade gourmet belgian chocolates. Not only that, they have also offered to send one of our readers a sample pack just for filling out an easy survey where all you have to do is answer whether you prefer dark or milk chocolate! But more on that later…
Chocolatas is headed by belgian chocolatier Wim Tas and his wife, and have setup shop both at Granville Island and in Abbotsford. They boast all natural ingredients and also no preservatives, so their chocolates come with a suggestion to consume within 7 days, which should be no problem!
The sample pack we received consists of the flavors Single Malt Whisky, Romana, Lavender, and Apple & Cinnamon.
First up was Single Malt Whisky. Now I’ve never had whisky before, let alone know the difference between single or double or whatever amount malt. However I can say that there was a noticeable amount of alcohol content aroma-wise in the dark chocolate ganache…Hitman said he could smell it as I was eating it. Not enough to get tipsy off of of course, but it’s there. Not saying it was bitter either.
Romana was supposed to be dark raspberry ganache enrobed in raspberry chocolate. However there was little raspberry notes to speak of. it was tart-ish but that’s about it. Beautiful presentation though.
Filed under: Sweets, Vancouver | Tagged: chocolates, confections | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 2, 2012 by Wendy
We were fortunate to come across a pretty good deal on LivingSocial for our hotel stay for this Victoria trip. Hitman and I got a pretty nice room at the Executive House Hotel in downtown Victoria. It was within walking distance to pretty much everything (unless you’re in heels like I was…then it was excruciating =P) and we got a room on the 14th floor with a pretty side view of the harbour. The nightview was pretty awesome, so we were happy.
Included with the voucher was full breakies for 2 people at the onsite Caffe d’Amore. Hitman chose the Corned Beef & Hash ($9.99) with a tea and I had the Blackstone Benedict ($10.99) which was an eggs benedict with grilled tomatoes and bacon.
Both breakfasts were solid. Hitman’s was a decent portion with lots of onions, green peppers and mushrooms mixed in. Mine was also pretty good. The hollandaise sauce was not the best though and the eggs could be poached a tad softer and runnier but really not too much to complain about. Both were served with mediocre hash browns.
Now, we got up especially early so that we could fit in both breakfast AND lunch before we headed to the wedding ceremony at 2pm. This is because as stated in the previous post, prior to the trip, we had already researched where we wanted to eat. Our next destination was to AYOeat.
It took us a little bit to find AYOeat as google maps on my phone did not give the correct location. I should’ve read AYOeat’s website clearly because it clearly tells you that it’s inside the courtyard of Market Square. By the way it’s a very nice courtyard. If we weren’t in a hurry and it wasn’t that cold out and I wasn’t in a skirt and heels, totally would’ve sat there to feast.
It’s a little food stand if you will along the shops of the courtyard. Vibrant red, can’t miss it. Plus the directory of the square is pretty clear too.
And it’s literally a hole in the wall. It’s just the kitchen plus a fridge that’s it. The menu’s on the door. Chef Bana is very friendly, even offering us water while we waited. But that’s probably because it does take him a little while to make the food. I wouldn’t call it fast food.
Filed under: Casual Dining, Downtown, Food Carts, Travel, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Tagged: breakfast, cafe, curry, Indonesian, Victoria | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Wendy
Armed with a WagJag voucher, Hitman and I hit up Magda’s Restaurant on Fraser as Hitman was very interested in trying authentic Latin/Venezuelan food and looking up reviews, that seems to be the case here.
Magda’s certainly has a very warm family restaurant feel to it. The servers were very friendly although not very helpful with explaining the menu. We depended on Google for that. In the end we decided on an Empanada and Arepa each, plus the Beef Tongue dish to share.
I chose the Shredded Beef (Carne Mechada) Empanada ($3.95). The Empanadas were very different from previous ones I’ve tried, even the ones from Chile when I visited South America a while ago. The shell seems to be made from corn flour as it was moist and mealy, not flaky and pie-crusty like the ones I’ve had before. Now by mealy I didn’t mean it in a negative light, it was actually quite chewy. The shell itself was bland tho so it depended on the filling and the provided sauces (a garlic one, an avocado based one, and a VERY spicy one) for more flavor.
My Shredded Beef filling was very tasty and flavorful. The beef was not at all tough. The shell was also very freshly deep fried so it had a very nice crunch to it.
Filed under: Latin, Vancouver | Tagged: Latin, Vancouver, Venezuelan | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 4, 2012 by Wendy
Yep. Hitman’s really done it this time. He’s dug himself into a massive hole and frankly, I don’t think he’s gonna be able to get out of it.
How could you be so careless??? Did you think of the consequences??? Apparently not!
Filed under: Belgian, Downtown, French, Gastown, Vancouver | Tagged: Belgian, Chambar, Downtown, French, mussels, Vancouver | 1 Comment »