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Entries from December 2007

Tropika Vancouver, BC

December 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

While out for a little holiday shopping, we decided to hit up Tropika on Robson street for lunch. Tropika is a chain restaurant that offers “Malaysian/Thai” cuisine and uses such descriptive terms as “tastefully hot” on their menu to describe the spice in their food. Chain? “insert name here”/Thai? “Tastefully hot”? I was wary. We […]

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Fujiya Japanese Foods Vancouver, BC

December 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Chain of japanese grocery stores where you can fill all your japanese grocery needs – like panko, japanese kewpie mayonnaise or sashimi-grade fish. Although it varies by location, there are a variety of prepared foods available, both hot and cold, at a reasonable price. We tried the california rolls, which were average but good value […]

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Zipang Sushi

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

So we ventured out on a rainy Friday night to try the sushi restaurant recommended by a local Japanese Vancouverite. Unlike many popular sushi restaurants these days, Zipang actually accepts reservations. Perhaps it is because it is a little off the main drag of Main street but – who cares? – all we care is […]

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Tags: Asian · Japanese · Vancouver

Mon Petit Choux Café/Bakery

December 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

T: Suddenly seized by a burst of early-morning energy (or perhaps just jet lag), I decided to head into town and pick us up some freshly-baked goods at this (relatively) newly-opened bakery. Greeted with a smile and the smell of freshly-baked bread (definitely a winning combo), I found a clean, well-lit place where any morning […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Cafe · Nanaimo

Intelligentsia Coffee

December 1st, 2007 · No Comments

T: Our major research project of finding the perfect (for us) espresso maker showed that when it came to espresso, all roads lead to Rome – that is, to Intelligentsia Coffee here in Chicago. So – we’re here for a week – definitely a destination that we wanted to check out. Their ‘black cat’ blend […]

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Tags: Cafe · Chicago · Coffee

Charlie Trotter’s

December 1st, 2007 · No Comments

A nice contrast to the molecular gastronomy restaurants we had visited on our Chicago trip, Trotter’s was purely and simply excellent. It was nice to get back to good food done well with no fancy gastronomy tricks. It was also nice to have a less than 20 course tasting menu – which allowed us to […]

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Tags: Chicago · Favorites