Phnom Penh Cambodian Restaurant, Vancouver

We start our weekly speedlink journey by visiting with Melody Fury in Austin, Texas. She recently had the opportunity to eat some delicious food from Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine, which incorporates Asian influences into classic American dishes. You get some great Thai green curry mussels, for example, as well as five-spice calamari with sweet chili vinaigrette. She was particularly impressed with the pork tenderloin with jalapeno-charred corn.

Coming a little closer to home, Eater recently featured 21 iconic meat dishes from in and around the Vancouver area. The vast majority of the restaurants are located in the northern half of Vancouver, but you’ll notice that the burnt ends from Steveston’s Hog Shack tops the list. They really are something else. You can’t forget about Phnom Penh’s chicken wings or Vij’s lamb popsicles either. If you’re a carnivore in Vancouver, you can’t miss this list.

Speaking of where to eat in our city, Vancity Buzz ventures away from the tried and trusted mainstays to showcase a number of new Vancouver restaurants that are worth checking out. I’ll admit that I haven’t been to any of these. The artisan creme brulee at Crackle Creme looks good and I’ve been meaning to give Basho a try for quite some time. It looks like I’ve got a lot of eating to do!

Completely changing gears to an entirely different kind of topic, we have Josh Labove from Simon Fraser University discussing the Putting Canada First group and how it subscribes to a false sense of a “traditional English and French Canadian identity.” This is in response to the group’s recent anger over Chinese language advertising on West Vancouver bus shelters… even though the advertising is completely private and it was actually bilingual. I’m all for inclusiveness, but going with mandated English-only signage is only going to reduce accessibility for many new Canadians.

Even within the English language, there is never any shortage of controversy either. Maeve Maddox takes a look at some of the informal language in popular song lyrics and how it may be affecting how the youth of today choose to express themselves. Artists have never really adhered to perfect grammar, of course, but the problem could be getting even worse with the rising ubiquity of mobile music among the texting generation. “Can you handle me the way I are?”