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In Vancouver, there is no shortage of fine dining options to celebrate your special occasions. The suburb, is a different story. Last year, Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam revamped its restaurants and introduced Stake, a fine dining establishment focused on sourcing local products. I was there when it launched its menu in the Fall (here’s the proof – check out 0:45 and the hand model at 1:17 – I could be a YouTube sensation one day!) and was quite impressed. So to celebrate CC’s birthday, a few of us girls went there for dinner.

Food

The menu isn’t very big, but there are a few good options. We shared a few appetizers to start. The Signature Smoked Crispy Pork Belly was our favourite appy. The meat was tender, the fatty bits were rendered nicely. Perhaps the edges were a bit too charred but it didn’t have any burned taste.

Stake’s Signature Smoked Crispy Pork Belly

Even though the Albacore Tuna Tataki was a standard affair, I had to commend on the nice sear they’ve had on the fish. I liked the thick cut on the fish, so it gave you a bit of a bite. They could probably up the acidity in the sauce to help cut through the rich tuna.

Albacore Tuna Tataki

The Pan Seared Scallops were nicely caramelized on the outside, and just slightly rare inside. (more…)

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Prince George is probably not a city that is on top of my bucket list to visit, or on it at all. For a business trip, I had the opportunity to stay a couple of nights in this city in the north. To be honest, I didn’t have much expectation when it comes to food in Prince George. I didn’t have much time to venture out anyway so I just ate at the hotel I stayed in.

At the Coast Inn, there are actually 3 restaurants. At the end, I chose the Coffee Garden because its manager’s special caught my eyes. It was a three-course surf & turf dinner. Yes, I had a surf & turf dinner in Prince George!

Food

It started with a simple Green Salad. What was unique about this was in the dressing. It was an Asian-inspired dressing produced by the Japanese restaurant at the hotel – it’s called the Shogun Dressing. It is basically a soy and ginger vinaigrette. It tasted pretty good, a bit salty for salad dressing, but it is different from most other vinaigrette you get at other restaurants.

Salad with Shogun Dressing

Salad with Shogun Dressing

Then, the main course. It’s a 4oz New York Steak with Crab Legs. Even though it’s not a fancy cut of meat, the steak was cooked perfectly at medium. It had some nice grill marks; (more…)

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