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Since the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver renovated the ground floor restaurant space, naming it Notch8 Restaurant, I’ve been wanting to eat there. I really like the big light fixture in the middle of the restaurant (in case you forgot, I’m often fascinated by lights!) and it just looks like a huge upgrade/improvement from what it was before. Then, without much hesitation, I made a reservation there for Dine Out.

Notch8 Restaurant & Bar

Priced at $40, Notch8’s menu was intriguing and interesting. The menu has items or ingredient combinations that you don’t often see on a Dine Out menu, or they have some unique way of preparing the usual ingredients, so I was quite excited going into it.

Food

The dinner was off to a good start. I was immediately blown away by how pretty my appetizer was. Look at this Savoury Macaron! Caviar, smoked salmon, scallop mousse, roe…all sitting on a piece of slightly sweet, slightly chewy macaron cookie. There was a good balance of sweet and savoury, and umami flavours from the seafood. It’s so pretty!!

Savory Macaron

It was a bit puzzling to us why they would serve the Forest Mushroom Tart on such a big plate, but I guess having negative space on a plate is also a thing. (more…)

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We were invited to go on a tour to check out the various Donnelly Group properties and their Dine Out Vancouver menu. Executive Chef Alvin Pillay has recently returned to the company group, and he’s quite proud of the menus that he’s put together. Ten of the Donnelly Group properties are offering similar items. Specifically, there are 6 core items that can be found at all these locations, which we tried on this tour, along with their respective beverage pairing. Each Donnelly Group location also offers an additional entree option on their Dine Out menu.

Food

Our first stop was at The New Oxford, where we tried the two appetizers.

The Curried Parsnip Soup could definitely warm you up on a chilly winter day. The curry spices really came through; I could taste a lot of ginger. Soup was creamy, and the roasted apple offered some texture in contrast. Suggested wine pairing is the Volcanic Hills Pinot Gris. The apple note in the white wine was a great match with the soup.

Curried Parsnip Soup

The Winter Salad sounded and seemed simple, but there’s an interesting depth to it. The buttermilk sumac dressing brought tartness and spice, black sesame added some nutty flavours, and the Moroccan pita bread gave it some crunch. The 50th Parallel Riesling isn’t as sweet as a typical Riesling, which worked well with this light salad.

Winter Salad

Next, on a trolley, we were taken to The Blackbird Public House, right upstairs from Royal Dinette.

Bar at Blackbird

The first of the two core entrees was the Bangers & Mash.
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My friend CC told me about this waffle place near Coquitlam Centre — Miracle Belgian Waffle. Having moved to Richmond, I’m not in Coquitlam as often anymore; so when CC wanted to meet up in Coquitlam, I took the opportunity to check it out.

Food

There are close to a couple dozens of waffle items to choose from, mostly sweet but with a few savoury options. You also get to choose between Brussels (crispy) and Liege (soft) waffles. It reminds me of Nero in downtown.

As a huge fan of mango, without hesitation I ordered the Mango Paradise on a Liege Waffle. On top of the waffle were fresh mango and strawberries, mango ice cream and a yogurt sauce. The waffle had a nice texture, denser than Brussels waffles, soft yet chewy. While the waffle could be a shade darker in colour (especially around the edges), you could see speckles of sugar still glittering on the surface. The sweetness and tartness were balanced quite well between the sweet waffle, mango chunks, strawberry slices, ice cream and yogurt sauce. The plate looked very inviting and overall it’s a very satisfying plate for a mango fan. Could’ve used a few more pieces of mango or a bit more mango ice cream but I just really like mango!

Mango Paradise on Liege

My eyes went wide open when the Waikiki Brothers arrived. (more…)

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During Dine Out time, there are a number of culinary events happening in the same two-week period, including the Brunch Crawl series put on by Vancouver Foodster. It’s similar to his series of Tasting Plates, except it happens on a weekend morning, perfect timing for brunch.

We were invited to check out the Kitsilano edition this past weekend. In 4 hours, we visited 6 restaurants in the neighbourhood:

  • Darby’s Public House
  • Krokodile Pear
  • Linh Cafe
  • Momento Coffee
  • Novo Pizzeria
  • Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Food

The event started at Novo Pizzeria where we were served a trio including Arugula and Blood Orange Salad, Novo Breakfast Pizza & a Sicilian Canoli. Pizzas at Novo have always been great – this one was no exception, especially with the use of a sous vide quail egg on each slice. The canoli was light and flaky, with nutty flavour from the pistachios and citrus fragrant note from the orange blossom water and citrus essence.

Novo Breakfast Pizza, Arugula & Blood Orange Salad and Canoli

Next, we beat the football fans and made our way to Darby’s Public House, a popular pub in the neighbourhood. They served a generous portion of their brunch items: Half an Eggs Benedict, Hangover Hash and Mini Huevos Rancheros. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked, with runny yolks bringing everything together. Although I’m not particularly interested in Mexican food, I found myself enjoying the Huevos Rancheros with the subtle heat in the jalapeno ginger sauce. A fried egg would have worked well but poached egg was just fine.

Eggs Benedict, Hangover Hash & Huevos Rancheros

Then, a coffee stop at Momento Coffee. (more…)

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The final of my 3-part vacation is back to my hometown, Hong Kong. This trip was mainly to visit friends and family, so I knew that it’d be filled with yummy food.

Before we even got to HK my mom has been raving about this shaved ice place in Prince Edward (太子) – Sige Taiwanese Snowflakes 四哥台式雪花冰專門店. She went there the last time she was in HK and she just couldn’t forget how good it was. Now that piqued my interest and we had to go back for more.

Sige Taiwanese Snowflakes

Sige Taiwanese Snowflakes

Stores in HK don’t open early like ours do here (Tip: Do not expect to shop at 10am in HK. Malls aren’t open until at least 11:30am, or 12pm. Even later if it’s a small street boutique.). Sige was supposed to open at 3pm but by 3:15pm-ish, the store was still not ready for business. Not turning away businesses, we were welcomed to sit inside the store while they finished the final touches.

Food

Looking at the menu made me drool. It’s full of pictures of different kinds of dessert, including various flavours of shaved ice and Chinese-style desserts.

Menu that makes you drool

Menu that makes you drool

With the three of us, and only a few hours before dinner, we ordered two shaved ice to share. (more…)

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On Wednesday, April 27 from 5-10 pm (hours may vary), Baskin Robbins will once again host its annual 31¢ Scoop Night in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). Any 2.5oz scoop of ice cream or 3oz Soft Serve cone is only 31¢ each (plus taxes).

Baskin Robbins Locations

There are not that many locations in the Lower Mainland, so here is the list:

  • Baskin Robbins, Horseshoe Bay
    6336 Bay Street, West Vancouver
  • Baskin Robbins, Banners Restaurant
    1690 E 12th Avenue,Vancouver
  • Baskin Robbins, Norgate Place
    1327 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
  • Baskin Robbins, Banners Restaurant
    10151 No 3 Rd Richmond

The ice cream sells out really quickly so be sure to get there early!

For more information, visit the Baskin Robbins event website. This year they also invite you to vote for the face of 31¢ Scoop Night 2012.

This event helps raise funds to pay tribute to Canada’s fallen firefighters and support the families they’ve left behind. Getting yourself a treat while supporting a great cause, why not!

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I think I’ve always enjoyed fondue for its name, fondue. Try saying it a few times, fondue, fondue, fondue; maybe drag out the “due”, fonduuuuue. It’s fun word to say isn’t it. However up until this particular instance, I’ve never had fondue of the cheese variety: the way how it first came to be.

Overview

Originated in Switzerland, fondue is a dish of melted cheese, often mixed with various spices, wine, and corn starch (to stabilize the mix), that you dip pieces of bread into. It came a long way from a Swiss national dish to being served in a bubble tea house on Robson. A few things have changed since then, but in the end, you are still dipping stuff in melted cheese.

Menu Cover

From the colourful walls to the simplistic IKEA style furnishing, Capstone Teapresso looks and feels like a run-of-the-mill bubble tea place. The menu is a little different though, with sections that are dedicated to herbal tea and fondue.

What went in

We went for the “Fondue Lovers Set”; pretty cheesy name (oh god I’m hilarious), but it has a bit of everything they serve. Ours came with a cheese fondue set, a chocolate fondue set, ice cream balls for dipping, ice cream toppings, and bottomless bread. I won’t go into too much detail of what was there, feel free to have a look at the picture. (more…)

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