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Joyce and I were lucky enough to be a part of Lincoln Canada’s Blogger Date Night experience, where we were treated out to have dinner at a restaurant of our choice, and given a 2013 Lincoln MKZ to drive for a couple days. I’m a big fan of the new Ford products, and was quite excited to have the opportunity to test this car. Here are my thoughts.

[Click here to read what Joyce says about this experience]

Prequel: the Food

Miku Restaurant was overall a positive experience. The service is impeccable. The food is a little more tricky. We were lucky enough to try a number of different things on the menu, and as with most restaurants, there were dishes that oozed flavour and made me want more and more, and there were dishes that left me with a couple nods and a shrug. You can’t go wrong with their aburi and aburi oshi sushi; they are all good. The mussels with pork belly is another winner. Go with the seafood (obviously), and go with their popular dishes, and you will have a great time.

Aburi Saba Oshi Sushi

Since Joyce covered the food in great detail, so let me jump into the car, and tell you a bit about the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ was first introduced as the Lincoln Zephyr, named after an entry level Lincoln from the old days. MK = Mark, Z = Zephyr.

Without going into too much detail, you should know that MKZ shares its platform with the Ford Fusion, which in turn was derived from the Mazda 6. (more…)

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Being a foodie couple, you can imagine date night with Mr. would most likely be a visit to a new or hot restaurant in town. Thanks to our partner at Lincoln Motors, we were sent on a Blogger Date Night experience that’s much more exciting and unique. Not only daid we get to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant of our choice, but we also got to drive a new Lincoln MKZ for a day, which was right up Mr.‘s alley. Many of you aren’t aware, but Mr. is a huge car guy; he reads up a lot about cars, and he enjoys fixing up his cars. The car guy in Mr. plus the foodie in me, this date night couldn’t be more fitting. And, it was the day before the blog’s 4th anniversary. Yes, this is how we celebrated our 4th anniversary — in style!

We went to Miku Restaurant for dinner. It has been on my list for awhile now, since its former Coal Harbour location. Now that it has moved to a prime location neighbouring Canada Place, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to check it out.

Miku Restaurant

Miku Restaurant

We started with a couple of cocktails and some appies. Of the two cocktails, I quite liked the Miyazaki Mango. It was strong with the dark rum, but the mango flavour made it tropical and the ginger beer gave it a subtle kick.

Miyazaki Mango

First of all, we ordered some of my favourite oysters, Kusshi. I like that they aren’t too big, but with a crisp, refreshing cucumber taste. Fresh Oysters here are served with 3 sauces. The kaffir lime mignonette and ginger cocktail sauce are a twist of the traditional mignonette and cocktail sauce, so they worked pretty well. Personally I didn’t understand the wasabi chimichurri. It reminded me of the green onion/ginger mixture that Chinese people dip their steamed chicken in; it was too overpowering and covered up the original taste of the oysters.

Kusshi Oysters

Miku prides themselves for their Aburi style of cooking (giving the fish a light sear directly from open flame then match each of them with a specialty sauce), so it’s on our must-try list. The Aburi Sashimi was a trio of fish: (more…)

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to the grand opening of the latest member of the Kamei Group – Kamei Baru. It took the space that was once Ensemble Tap near the Scotiabank Theatre. Since then it has changed hands a few times and it’s now part of the Kamei family.

Kamei Baru Opening

Kamei Baru Opening

Similar to Chinese celebrations, Japanese also has their version of lion dance. The ceremony officially kicked off with the Japanese lion dance accompanied by Japanese Taiko performance:

Kamei Baru runs on the concept of a Japanese tapa bar. In contrast to izakaya restaurants, the dishes at Kamei Baru has more of an European influence. Throughout the evening, we got to sample a number of items that are on their menu, which included marinated pork loin, tuna taco, paella, fresh oysters and sushi. (more…)

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Last week, I went to Minami Restaurant’s grand opening party. Minami is the sister restaurant of Miku, which is among the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver.

Minami Restaurant

Minami Restaurant

The evening began with the Kagami Biraki ceremony, which is the opening of a cask of sake using a mallet, conducted by owner Seigo and two of his guests. Minami offers a large variety of sake on the menu; they even have someone on staff who specializes in sake.

Kagami biraki ceremony

Kagami biraki ceremony

Seigo-san spoke about the philosophy behind his restaurant group and the three main pillars: food, atmosphere, and people. We heard about his quest for the mural artist and the custom-made porcelain.

Murals by Hideki Kimura

Murals by Hideki Kimura

He talked about his passion for delivering high quality of food, as well as his vision in providing top-notch service through his knowledgeable staff. Everything was demonstrated at this grand opening event. (more…)

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