September 2015 ~ Eating With Kirby

Mosaic Bar and Grille- Italian Chef Tasting Menu

The barely cooked runny yolk is meant to be popped and enjoyed along with the risotto...and enjoy I did. The golden lava coated every kernel of rice with its warm embrace and made the risotto that much more comforting.

Adorabelle Tea Room- Catching Up With the Girls

This is an Onion, Chive, and Bacon Savoury Cupcake. Even the icing was savoury! It was super delicious and was really innovative. Overall, the ambiance was great (loved the fake sky ceiling!), food was well thought out and executed, and the service was attentive.

Forage- Pretty Decent Food.

All six of us ordered their Award Winning Seafood Chowder with soft poached quail egg and crispy pork rind. While the soup was smokey, full of flavour, it was too thick and tasted a bit more like sauce than soup. The quail egg added a certain richness to the soup too which was nice.

Jethro's Fine Grub- That's Some Tasty Grub.

Overall, Jethro’s is an awesome breakfast and lunch diner serving up good eats with a twist. I most definitely will return for some alligator nuggets or pancakes!

Teppan Kitchen and Mambo Cafe (Aberdeen Food Court)- Crazy Sauce.

They serve this to you with a little sleeve around the plate to catch any splattering oil that radiates from the oven hot iron plate. If you are noob (hehe) at this Teppan Rice business, you can read the "How To Cook" instructions on the sleeve.

Basho Cafe - Quaint, Cozy, Delicious

You get the real deal here when it comes to their Matcha Latte. Served in a traditional Japanese bowl the way its suppose to be (not cup), its not only fragrant but it has incredibly depth. Be forewarn, this latte isn't sweet. There is no additional pre-sweetened sugary stuff here.

29 September 2015

reLISH Gourmet Burgers - Get Their Green Peppercorn Poutine!

Besides Romers, Veras, and Moderne Burger, I can't think of too many other gourmet burger joints in Vancouver (even though I obviously know there are a billion places you can get a good burger here in the lower mainland). That's why I was super excited to be invited to this new restaurant called reLISH Gourmet Burgers on Davie Street.

reLISH is super close to English Bay so instead of lining up at Veras for my burgers during Celebration of Lights, I'm so going to come here instead.

This gourmet burger joint is brand new and its a franchise that actually originated in Eastern Canada. There are a few locations in Fredericton, Halifax, and St.John's.

Fon and I started off with a Green Peppercorn Poutine ($6.45) which was AMAZING. I can't even explain how good it is, you just have to try it. But make sure you like the taste of peppercorns before you get it. :)

The humbling gravy was light and in no way heavy like the traditional poutine gravys. The fries were nice and crisp, kind of like the Costco fries. We honestly could not stop eating it, like literally! Our burgers were getting cold by the time we were willing to put the fork down.

Fon got the L.A. is my Lady ($9.76) made with fresh Angus Beef. It was jam packed with ingredients like sliced avocado, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, and creamy goat's cheese. She really enjoyed it and thought the burger patty was very fresh.

I went with the Ground Turkey Jersey City Burger ($9.76) instead which had fried field mushrooms, pickled peppers, pancetta bacon, and provolone cheese. It was delicious! Not the juicy dripping down my hands kind of good, but definitely a healthier, hippier kind of good.

Whenever I'm in downtown and want a solid burger and poutine after work, I'll definitely come here. This is a no frills, down to earth, type of cooking and grilling that you know is just cooking from the heart.

Service Rating: N/A
Food Rating; 3.5/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

 reLiSH Gourmet Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

22 September 2015

Taste of Aberdeen - Media Tasting Event at Aberdeen Food Court

I'm so happy to be writing this post because I was recently invited to a ChineseBites media event at one of my favourite places to eat! The Aberdeen food court! It may seem strange to most people but in my opinion, Aberdeen food court serves up some of the most delicious and authentic Asian fusion cuisine you can get in the lower mainland.

The event was great and brought together roughly 60 foodies and tons of delicious noms (and I mean.. TONS) and great conversation. I brought Meta Knight with me as my +1 and he had a great time meeting other bloggers and eating ALL DA FOOD.

Out of the 22 food items and 6 drinks between the six of us (I KNOW!! Crazy!), I've compiled my Top 5 favourite items so it's easier to read and decipher between the good, the meh, and the excellent. :)

1) The Drunken Chicken Hot Pot from the Tofu Hotpot stall was honestly my favorite dish of the night. If you know the 'drunken chicken' appetizer from Shanghainese restaurants, it's kind of like that, except in hot pot form with lots of wood ear mushroom, napa cabbage, crystal Korean noodles, and scrumptious broth. I've never tasted something like this before so it was truly a feast for the palate!

2) Before Pepper Lunch, there was Teppan Kitchen with it's sizzling hot plates! This is the 'A' Grade Ribeye Teppan with Corn and Egg and it has always been one of my favourite items to get at this food court. :) Feel free to check out my previous post here.

 Once everything is all mixed and the sizzling pan crisps up the bottom of the rice, it's time to DIG IN!

3) Bubble Waffle and Curry Fish Balls from the Bubble Waffle Stall make a really great snack. The fish balls give a slight spicy kick without making you reach for the milk. Here is my previous post on this place.

A good sign of a perfectly done bubble waffle is a crisp exterior and a light buoyant eggy interior. This one checks all the boxes and is my favourite bubble waffle in Richmond. :)

4)  Wu Fung Dessert's Deep Fried Chicken Wings are also a must get item when you visit the Aberdeen food court! This was a 50/50 dish between the chicken wings and fried squid tentacles and both were super solid. Here is my previous post on Wu Fung!

5) Saboten is one of the largest tonkatsu (Japanese style deep fried pork) chains in Japan. The first one in North America is right here in Aberdeen and this place is legit. This Saboten Set consists of deep fried shrimp tempura, tenderloin, and loin. My favourite part of their tonkatsu is the ground up black sesame powder. To see my previous post on Saboten, click here.

Honorable Mentions:

Sakura Roll from Aji Hana

(left to right): House Special from 8 Juice (really delicious and fruity btw), Iced Lemon Ribena from Bubble Waffle, Iced Honey Matcha Tea from Teppan Kitchen

(left to right): Iced Genmaicha from Saboten, Matcha Soy Bean Milk from Strike, Milk Tea from Estea Express

Pan Fried Chinese Chives with Pork Dumplings from Chef of Dumplings. This was actually very delicious as well. Didn't make it in the top 5 but was super close.

For those that like the authentic Szechuan taste, you have to try the Hot Sour Noodles from Szechuan House. This was Sherman's favourite and even though it numbed my tongue, it didn't for him and he loved it.

I love my wontons so these Prawn Wontons from Lung Kee were great. Also just barely missed top 5.

Skip the Clubhouse Sandwich from Strike.

Soy Sauce Chicken and Long Gong Chicken from Leung Kee. Both types were actually super flavorful.

Chicken Bulgogi and Pork Belly from Kitchen Korea.

Baked Pork Chop on Rice from Mambo Cafe.

Taiwanese style Popcorn Chicken from Yougo Chicken.

Sticky Rice from Leung Kee.

Tuna and Corn Egg Roll from Strike.

For some odd reason, I actually ended up really enjoying this dish. It is clearly maid with canned ingredients like the corn and tuna. However, mixed with mayo, egg, and LOTS of black pepper, this actually ended up being addicting!

Hainanese Chicken from Cafe D'Lite Express.

Banana Chocolate Crepe (sample size) from Cafe Mazazu

Mini Cream Puffs and Chesecake Sticks from Beard Papa's. Always solid no matter which location.

A Dream in Eden Shaved Ice from Frappe Bliss.

Matcha Delight from Frappe Bliss.

Happy Eating!

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Tofu Hotpot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

16 September 2015

Sura Korean BBQ (Re-visit) - Student Discount on Friday and Saturdays

I recently re-visited the Sura Korean BBQ located on the first floor of Aberdeen. They serve up authentic Korean cuisine and samgyeopsal and there are always line ups at the front. My first visit here wasn't great at all so I was quite skeptical giving them a second chance. This was my first post on them.

Meta Knight and I wanted BBQ so we got the Royal Galbi ($28). When you order BBQ meat, they give you a LOT of banchans (Korean side dishes). We didn't think we'd be full off the two things we ordered, but we were actually really really satisfied!

In addition to the classic kimchi, you get sweet potatoes, some beans, a green onion salad, a full deep fried fish, Korean coleslaw, and fried eggplant. Honestly, the side dishes on its own make a meal!

The Royal Galbi ($28) are premium beef short ribs and it definitely didn't disappoint. It's a little pricey for the amount of meat you get, but the quality is top notch.

Meta Knight and I like to take our time cooking and grilling a little bit as we eat. So we didn't love how the staff came by and decided to cut and grill all of our meat in one go without asking us. It wasn't a huge deal and we didn't stop her, but we would've preferred not having all of our meat grilled at once because we can't get to it all before it starts getting cold.

For carbs, we got the Dukbokki ($15) and the sheer size of this plate really surprised us both. We chose the seafood version and they definitely didn't disappoint. There were plump shrimps, two large mussels with the shell on, and tons of mini scallops and shrimps.

I love eating my meat like this. Wrapping it in lettuce saves me from eating carbs AND I get to hit my daily veggie intake!

Even though my first visit to Sura Korean BBQ left a bad taste in my mouth, I'm really glad I gave them another try because it really was quite great. Meta Knight and I even took advantage of their great student discount that they offer on Fridays and Saturdays between 9pm-10pm! If you bring your student ID, you are eligible to have 50% taken off your entire bill.

I'm not sure how long the student discount will last or if every single person in the party has to be a current student, but please let me know if someone finds out!

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Price: $$-$$$

Overall Rating: 4/5

Happy Eating!

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Sura Korean Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

7 September 2015

Hearthstone Pizza - Unlimited Toppings!!

Situated near my favourite Jimjilbang (Korean Spa) and the beloved Sushi K, is a little known pizza joint called Hearthstone Pizza. They make custom artisan pizza using a traditional stone oven at 600 Celsius.

Hearthstone is located in Port Coquitlam so it was a little far for me. But it was definitely well worth the drive.

What's unique about this pizza place is that you can create your own pizza  by picking your dough, sauce, and toppings. And there is no limit to your toppings. Say what?!

For sauces, you can choose from red sauce, white sauce, bbq sauce, and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

Their endless selection of veggie and meat toppings.

One thing I love about their topping choices is that you can choose from different kinds of cheese. I got the mozzarella and ricotta cheese and they were both marvelous.

Fonzor and I shared a Regular ($8.95) with red sauce, artichokes, mozzarella, ricotta, mushrooms, meatball, italian sausage, and garlic. We actually wanted to get spinach as well but we felt like we chose too many toppings already. :P

Fonzor and I really loved the pizza! The crust wasn't thin nor thick crust which was perfect. It was just enough to give usthat crunchy breadstick in the end without it being greasy or oily.

Since Rae doesn't eat cheese, she got a Small ($6.95) with just barbecue sauce, spinach, chicken, meatball, and red onion.

Her flavour combinations were better because Fonzor and I randomly chose ingredients whereas she tried to replicate the delicious Waikiki Pizza from Coconut Kenny's.

I can't rave about this place enough. I honestly wish it was closer to home because I'd visit them every week for take out. It's affordable, healthy, yummy, and it's always a good thing to support local small businesses. :) The owners Andrew and Frank are also very kind and friendly so go there now and say hi!

Service Rating: N/A
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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I totally do that too when I get a piece of stringy cheese!

Hearthstone Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato