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Meat & Bread didn’t really catch my attention until I saw it feature in an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. In fact, it was precisely at 5:13 of this clip that made me decide that I have to try this place.

Naturally, I was very excited to learn that they’re opening a second location on Pender Street, only steps away from my office. We were counting down the days to its opening, yet several months later we still haven’t stepped inside the store. Must be the “it’s so close we can go anytime” mentality.

Finally, for a team lunch we chose Meat & Bread as our destination. This is it – the moment a few of us have been waiting for!

Lunch lineup at the door

Lunch lineup at the door

Food

It just smells so good as soon as you walk inside. There’s a staff chopping mushrooms right in front of you. Then another dicing the house-made porchetta.

Chopping & dicing the Porchetta

Chopping & dicing the Porchetta

Without hesitation I ordered a Porchetta Sandwich. Because there’s limited seating in store, we ordered our sandwiches to go. But I was able to take a glimpse of my sandwich before it went into the box. Argh the anticipation! (more…)

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Having driven through Portland numerous times on the way to the Coast, I’ve never stopped in long enough to really appreciated this wonderful city. The culture, the night life, and the food are outstanding. Everywhere you go, Portland feels alive.

Anyways enough about my love for the city. Let’s talk about the food, at Brunch Box.

Overview

For those of you that watch the Food Network, you might’ve seen Brunch Box being featured on “Eat Street”. As the name would suggest, this cart serves breakfast and lunch items.

It was a busy place. Quite a few people were waiting in line during the lunch rush. Small wonder considering the waves of buttery and meaty flavours that danced through the air.

Brunchbox

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Having a full-time job during the day and blogging in the evenings and on the weekends take up a lot of my time, but surprisingly I manage to find time to watch some TV as my stress relief. And to no surprise, most of the TV shows I watch are food related, including:

  • Master Chef (currently on, and Team Christine right here!)
  • Top Chef Canada (was rooting for Dale MacKay and Trevor Bird)
  • Top Chef (the amateur version, Top Chef Masters doesn’t really appeal to me)
  • The Next Iron Chef (the Super Chefs edition was awesome – Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was great!)
  • The Next Food Network Star (although the winner tends to start with a crappy spot like late morning/mid-afternoon on a weekday)
  • Chopped (didn’t like the Grill Masters edition)
  • You Gotta Eat Here and Eat St. (to see the BC coverage)
  • Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (love Guy Fieri!)
  • World’s Weirdest Restaurants (chances are I won’t eat at those places myself, so it’s fun to watch about them!)

In addition, Mr. has introduced me to Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag. It used to be on the W Network, but now it’s on OWN Canada. I was actually surprised that not many people have heard of the show, because I thought it’s quite a unique idea: two amateur chefs (and they’re locally from BC!) testing cookbooks and kitchen products so we as audience know what to get/use for our own home cooking. I have watched numerous episodes from its past 3 seasons and was excited to learn that they are back for its 4th season.

Anna & Kristina

Anna & Kristina

And to make it even better, I was invited to the premiere screening of the 4th season of A&K’s Grocery Bag this past Tuesday. (more…)

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Searching for an impromptu afternoon snack, TW, MP and I decided to check out Tacofino Blue. This food truck was originally from Tofino, and it has previously appeared on Eat St. on Food Network.

Tacofino Blue

Tacofino Blue

Believe it or not, Tacofino Blue is like 1 minute away from my office and until this date I have never been. I guess it’s the mentality of “well it’s so close I can always come by later”. Yes, a visit is over due.

Food

Because we were only looking for a small snack, we each grabbed one Fish Taco. Here is a picture of what 2 fish tacos look like, since MP and I shared a plate:

Fish Taco

Fish Taco – Tempura battered ling cod with chipotle mayo, shredded cabbage and salsa fresca on a fire toasted flour tortilla.

For some reason when I heard “tempura battered” I have imagined it would be a different texture, but the fried ling cod reminds me of those in fish and chips. (more…)

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After we confirmed our trip to Oregon, the first thing I did was to ask fellow bloggers for dining recommendations in Oregon. A number of you guys got back to me, each offering a different list of restaurants. However, one particular place showed up on every list – Voodoo Doughnut.

Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

As soon as I started writing this post I knew I’m going to have some problem typing “doughnut” instead of “donut”. The funny thing is, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “donut” is American spelling. Be prepared to see “doughnut” and “donut” being used interchangeably here.

Line up!

Line up!

So it was 10:30pm on a Friday, and when this is usually the time for most part of Vancouver (except for the Granville district, or Gastown) to turn into a ghost town, Portland Old Town was bustling. Bars were busy, food trucks were still taking orders, lots of people on the street. In fact, there was a 30-people line up outside of this Voodoo Doughnut location. We chatted with a couple of locals, and they said this was nothing, that usually the line up would be way longer. And apparently we missed an exciting mayoral donut-eating contest. Did I mention that Voodoo Doughnut opens 24-7? I suppose there is a super huge demand for donuts, in particular Voodoo Doughnut, in Portland.

Long lineup for donuts!

Long lineup for donuts!

Food

Menu board - lots to choose from

Menu board – lots to choose from

There are just way too many donuts to choose from. They need to use not one, but two display cases to show them all. And a gigantic blackboard to list them out. All donuts are hand-made, thus each donut would have its unique icing/glaze/decorations.

One of the display cases

One of the display cases

Because we had another 2-hour drive south to Lincoln City, we ordered our donuts to-go.

Voodoo Doughnut to go

Voodoo Doughnut to go

Here is what we ordered: (more…)

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For those of you that don’t follow Top Chef Canada, Trevor Bird was a contestant on the show, and scored a second place finish in Season 2.

After the show ended filming he opened a new restaurant in Vancouver: Fable. It was at the space where it used to be Refuel. He was also able to recruit Top Chef Contestant Curtis Luk to work with him. In person Trevor is relaxed and laid back, and seems like an all around nice guy.

Welcome!

The concept of Fable is simple: thoughtfully prepared food with outstanding flavour, sourced from local purveyors in an accessible way. Wondering how it got its name? You take the word farm and the word table, mash it together, you’ve got Fable. I’m not kidding, that’s really how he came up with it while he’s competing in Top Chef Canada. As much as I want to make fun of it, I secretly wish I came up with it first.

A bunch of blogger type folks, family, and friends of the restaurant owners were invited to the Grand Opening night. The space isn’t very big and it was filled quickly. However they were smart to get rid of all the tables and chairs in the middle, leaving only a few seats off to the sides.

Crowd

The layout of the place is fun. The open kitchen/bar is located right by the entrance, with a part of it set against the street side window. As you walk by, instead of seeing a bunch of yuppies eating, you will see chefs hustling to prepare a dish. I like it.

Kitchen and Bar

There was plenty of Spanish wine available. (more…)

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