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More Quick Bites Around Vancouver

September 8th, 2014

Last week, I shared a few quick bites from around the Metro Vancouver area, including some Japanese baked goods and Shanghainese xiaolongbao dumplings. This week, we go for another trip around town to find some good places to eat with quite the variety of cuisine to boot.

Quick Bites: Asian Food in Metro Vancouver

September 1st, 2014

By now, you’ve likely noticed that we have an embarrassment of riches in Metro Vancouver when it comes to great food. This is especially true when it comes to Asian food. We have terrific sushi and pho (on the cheap too) and I’ve been told by visitors that Vancouver has the best Chinese food outside […]

Dinner at BT Cafe on Kingsway, Vancouver

August 19th, 2014

There’s a stretch of Kingsway, roughly starting at Fraser and running to Nanaimo (and beyond), that has always been known for having a large concentration of Vietnamese restaurants and businesses. It wasn’t all that long ago that this was made a little more official with “Little Saigon” banners on the lamp posts. And the frontage […]

Jethro’s Fine Grub on Fraser, Vancouver

August 4th, 2014

As much as I enjoy a nice steak dinner, breakfast is still my favorite meal of the day. There is just something richly satisfying about eggs, most suitably accompanied by some sort of crispy pork product. When I went out for brunch with some friends a while back, a couple of them offered very high […]

Mr. Red Cafe, Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver

July 24th, 2014

There is certainly no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, so you’ll never have any trouble finding a piping hot bowl of pho. Interestingly, though, you’ll find that the vast majority of these restaurants typically serve the pho nam typical of southern Vietnam. The so-called “Saigon style” pho is one that is more complex and […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: You Gotta Eat Here

July 16th, 2014

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 […]

On Smartphones, Food Porn and Restaurant Etiquette

July 14th, 2014

Over the weekend, my friend Joseph shared an article about a NYC restaurant that compared security camera footage from 2004 with footage from 2014. They say that the number of customers that they serve each day today is roughly comparable to the volume they handled ten years ago, but they’ve been receiving negative reviews online. […]

Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics

June 23rd, 2014

By now, you’ve surely heard about some of the purported health benefits of green tea, particularly when it comes to Japanese matcha. It’s supposed to be great for providing a steadier stream of all-day energy than the usual jolt you get out of coffee and matcha is said to have far more antioxidants than regular […]