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Saloniki Greek Taverna, Commercial Drive

March 27th, 2015

For some reason or another, a good number of restaurants in the Metro Vancouver area have decided to combine Greek and Italian cuisine. This has has been going on for as long as I can remember. It’s not uncommon to find spanakopita and dolmades on the same menu as lasagna and pizza. That’s not the […]

Quick Bites: Kazu Japanese and Osaka Sushi

March 20th, 2015

Go to many of the Japanese restaurants in and around the Vancouver area and you can expect to be greeted by some sort of gimmick. The so-called “specialty” rolls have quickly become the norm. It has become increasingly difficult to find a place that simply sticks to the basics and does them well. And that’s […]

Kamamarui Ramen & Don, Burnaby

March 9th, 2015

There are few things in this world that are quite as instantly gratifying as a piping hot bowl of noodle soup. The added bonus of enjoying some great pho or stellar ramen is that it can be an incredibly quick meal, allowing you to get in and out in 30 minutes or less. Part of […]

Brunch at Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Kitsilano

February 16th, 2015

There has always been something special about weekend brunch. Some spots around town, like Jethro’s Fine Grub or Red Wagon Cafe, are best known for serving greasy-spoon breakfast and lunch items. Other places are better known for their dinner, but they can serve up a mean brunch too. A good example of this is Cafe […]

Dine Out Vancouver: Cork & Fin (Gastown)

January 26th, 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year again when all the amateur foodies flood some of the city’s finest restaurants and casual eateries. Dine Out Vancouver 2015 is now in full swing and unlike previous years, I only have one restaurant on my list for 2015. Late last week, a few friends and I (along with […]

Sushimoto at Holdom Skytrain Station, Burnaby

January 20th, 2015

I remember when sushi was still a “new” thing to the Vancouver dining scene in the early 1990s. There weren’t too many places that offered it and, where they did, they’d also have a broad range of other dishes like tempura, udon noodles and teriyaki. Since then, sushi has really exploded and this city, thanks […]

Dine Out Vancouver Returns for 13th Year

January 9th, 2015

In the early days of Dine Out Vancouver, the annual event seemed like such a brilliant idea all around. Restaurants could fill their tables during a time of year that was typically slower and diners would have the opportunity to explore the higher-end culinary offerings of the city at a discounted price. Dine Out Vancouver […]

What I Ate in Las Vegas During CES (Pictures)

January 8th, 2015

Going to Las Vegas earlier this week for CES 2015 was different for several reasons, one of the most notable of which was that I actually flew home on the day that the massive trade show officially started. Given this, it was a much more low-key affair and we didn’t even attend any industry parties. […]