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As you all can figure from my posts, I love meat. Even my coworkers are fully aware of it (and sometimes make fun of me for that). So when our beloved, vegetarian friends JG and BD visited Vancouver from Toronto, it pained me a little that DV and DH chose a vegetarian restaurant — The Acorn — for our brunch together, instead of a regular restaurant with good vegetarian options. But hey, how else would I get to try The Acorn?! I’m game!

Food

The brunch menu at The Acorn isn’t big, but there are some interesting items that even a carnivore like me was intrigued. For beverage, I ordered a non-alcoholic Citrus + Spiced Iced Tea. It has grapefruit, Vermouth reduction sherbet, and mandarin spiced tea. It’s refreshing, herbaceous yet borderline medicinal. It’s quite light in the spiced flavours, but it would make a good summer drink.

Citrus + Spice Iced Tea

As for my main, I opted for the Fried Egg. What caught my eye? The fried poached egg. Yes, a poached egg battered with cornmeal then fried. You would think that the egg would be over-cooked. Impressively, my egg was cooked perfectly — I cut it open and the yolk just oozed out. The smoked chanterelles were in the place of meat; they were earthy, hearty, and they tasted so good. I wished there were more! Overall the plate was well composed. The soft polenta and parsnip puree were creamy, and the fried poached egg and roasted parsnip added some texture. Everything tasted very good, but it wasn’t very filling for me.

Fried Egg

Mr., DV and BD all ordered the Skillet, and this was a hearty dish! (more…)

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Main Street has recently established itself as one of the foodie destinations. So when I received the invite to the Tasting Plates Main Street edition, I was quite happy and excited to accept it. Also glad to have LW join me at this event.

At this event we checked out the following restaurants. Some I’m familiar with, some are new to me. We were quite proud that this time around we managed to visit every one of them (in Gastown we actually missed one stop because we ran out of time).

  • Tapas23
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co
  • Main Street Honey Shoppe
  • Shaktea
  • Rosemary Rocksalt
  • Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Once again I’ve used Storify to build my story using my Twitter coverage from the event along with additional comment at each stop. Click on the image or link below to check it out. Find out what I liked and what I didn’t like on this tour:

Tasting Plates Main Street on Storify

Tasting Plates Main Street on Storify

Tasting Plates Main Street Recap on Storify

Tasting Plates is a good way to explore new and long-standing restaurants in the neighbourhoods. Check out TastingPlatesYVR.com for upcoming events.

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I recently checked out the Main Street Honey Shoppe, the retail front brought to you by the Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale. I remembered back in the days when I was working in the agriculture sector, I would drive by the Honeybee Centre all the time and stopped by a few times getting my fix of honey.

This retail store not only features their own honey product, but they also import interesting honey from Europe and Australia. You can also do honey tasting, or even grab a coffee to pair with pastries made with their honey.

This Vancouver store makes honey shopping much more convenient. Now you don’t have to drive out to Cloverdale to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Here are some photos of the store:

Honey TastingMain Street Honey ShoppeHoneybeeHoney meadBee skep decorDecor
Honeycomb + cheese + crackerHoney cake fresh out of the ovenBaked goods made with honeyImported honey from EuropeWhat's your favourite honey?Espresso made with Republica coffee beans
Honey stixIMG_3223

Click here to view the Main Street Honey Shoppe album on Flickr.

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It has become increasingly difficult for me to find a regular pub/bar, that has both good food and drinks (or at least moderately priced beer), with music that doesn’t drown out conversation, and is casual enough to wear t-shirts and jeans but not look out of place if I came after work. Do you guys have a pub/bar that you frequent? I could really use some suggestions.

Entrance to Portland Craft

Entrance to Portland Craft

Portland Craft is a runner up for me. The space feels big, with incredibly high ceilings and resembles very much of a loft – the blue-grey walls probably add to it. There’s a mezzanine for larger groups and the kitchen, which kind of sucks for the servers having to balance plates and bowls and teeter down the stairs. They have multiple burlap bags hanging from the ceiling, I don’t know what’s inside of them. Their big chalkboard of beers is mounted on what looks like re-purposed wood flooring in a variety of stains.

Awesome new way to re-purpose some flooring!

Awesome new way to re-purpose some flooring!

Although located on Main Street, this place is open for all – as in it is not limited to hipsters only. (more…)

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Think of a restaurant that you’ve been to once, and see if you can recall ten distinctive features about it. Personally, I often find that to be a challenge. When you walk inside East is East, you are greeted by servers with Chai Tea as you wait. As you look around you will see walls that are covered with Himalayan salt bricks, decorative rugs and cushions cover the bench seats, tables and chairs that are cut from whole driftwood tree trunks, high ceilings with decorative art, and the list goes on.

Before we even got to our table, East is East already managed to create a dining experience like no other. You can easily picture yourself as a traveller in the Middle East, walking into a dazzling local eatery after your day of adventures.

I’ve always been proud as the guy that can see past the sizzle and taste the steak. But attention to detail like this goes a long way to build a lasting impression. Of course, the real test is still the food, which will determine if it will be a good, or bad unforgettable experience.

A few weeks ago, Alice from East is East graciously invited Joyce and me to sample what they have to offer. And you can tell from the photos below, we weren’t shy about ordering.

So let me tell you a bit about what we had on this lovely evening: (more…)

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Double date with WK and MS again. This time we ventured out to the Main Street area to eat at Grub. While driving along Main, I noticed the increasing number of restaurants in the area – or I just never paid attention until now – note to self that I should go eat there more often.

The menu at Grab is relatively small. The appy, salad, pizza and dessert sections are always on the regular menu, whereas the entrees are featured daily, with the fresh sheet written on a chalk board. This way it allows flexibility in what to offer depends on seasonality and availability of certain ingredients.

Daily Fresh Sheet on the Wall

Daily Fresh Sheet on the Wall

Food

To start WK ordered a bottle of Red Stripe. I just had to take a picture because the bottle is really cute.

Red Stripe

Red Stripe

We only ordered entrees here, and it so happens that both couples ordered the same combo of dishes: Beef & Duck. Mr. ordered the AAA Beef Tenderloin. (more…)

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There’s certainly no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, with the majority of them offering mostly Pho on the menu. As delicious as I think pho is, it’s nice to change things up a bit from time to time.

Overview

Located on Main and King Edward, but originally from a location on Cambie St. (which explains the name), Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant offers a wide menu selection that expands far beyond the typical varieties of pho. The dining space is fairly large with a number of tables and booths, and those who know me know how much I love booths. The inside is recently renovated, looking clean and fresh.

What went in

We were only there for a quick dinner, so we only ordered two dishes. We had the Hot Pot Chicken Rice Pilaf, which can be described as a Vietnamese style Bibimbap. A mixed rice dish is one of my childhood favourites. I just can’t say no to any variety of that, especially one that comes in a hot clay pot. Mixing all the ingredients together, adding my own hot sauce is all part of the fun. The end result was pretty good. The chicken mushroom stir fry was saucy, and so a perfect match for the rice.

Mixing

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