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I don’t usually go to chain restaurants, because I find them to be generic (work with a formula) and over-priced. For the same price I feel like I could get something better, something that’s made with love and care for ingredients, at independent restaurants. But due to its convenient location, I selected the Earls in Port Coquitlam to be a lunch meetup with my girlfriends.

Food

Because it’s lunch time, I didn’t want something rich, so I ordered the Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta. It was very good. The grilled chicken wasn’t dry at all and baked brie gave it extra moisture and creaminess. I really liked the use of apple slices and sweet fig jam in the sandwich. The sweetness of the fruit paired very well with the chicken. The sandwich was not greasy; it’s light with refreshing flavours.

Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta

Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta – grilled chicken, melted brie, roasted apples, spinach, sweet fig jam, garlic mayonnaise, house baked ciabatta

CC ordered the Baby Calamari. I tried a few pieces and they were pretty standard calamari. (more…)

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Thanks to the team at VANEATS, we were onto another food adventure. This time a 3-item salivEight dining pass at eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge.

VANEATS package at eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge

VANEATS package at eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge

Food

Now, keep in mind that our dining pass was complimentary, courtesy of VANEATS. You will receive the same three items for $15.

To start, we had a Flight of Beer. Originally we were supposed to get two each of two types of Stanley Park Brewery beers, but they sold out one of them, so instead, we got R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter and Stanley Park’s Winter Ale (Brun). I usually prefer lighter beer, and the East Side Bitter has a nice citrusy note, but in this case I actually liked the Stanley Park Brun more. It has just the right amount of hoppy taste in it.

Flight of Beer

Flight of Beer – 2x R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter (left) and 2x Stanley Park Brewery Winter Ale

You have a choice of three starters, and we chose the Baked Brie. I love brie; like it cold when eating with some crackers and genoa salami, and love it warm when the gooey cheese oozes out of the rind. (more…)

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