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Entries from June 2009

Sushi Town – Burnaby, BC

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Hit up this place at about 3pm today (Sunday) for some shade and nourishment while helping A move. It is your typical inexpensive strip-mall sushi place – with one exception: huge portions. The service was ridiculously fast – we had all our food within about 7 minutes. It was pretty much break time for them, […]

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Tags: Asian · Japanese · Vancouver

Les Faux Bourgeois – Vancouver – East Van

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Who knew that a French Bistro – and a busy one at that so make reservations – would end up in an unassuming corner of 15th and the Kingsway. Les Faux Bourgeois definitely met our expectations even with all the hype. Set in a retro 60s type of decor – think teak-like wood panelling and […]

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Tags: French · Inexpensive · Vancouver

Latitude Restaurant – Vancouver

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Sunday night, late – Just been in Halifax all weekend and needed some food with flavour to give my screaming tastebuds some satisfaction. This place is new, just opened. It’s 9:15 – we call, they say they usually close around 10 but would be happy to seat us if we show up. We’re there by […]

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Tags: cocktails · Vancouver · wine

Banana Leaf (Broadway) – Vancouver

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Just a quick review: Out for lunch with about 10 co-workers, landed here at 12:05pm and was out, full, and happy by 12:55pm. Banana Leaf is a local chain of Malaysian restaurants that does some truly delicious food – and this branch on Broadway is no exception. We started the meal with Roti Canai ($5) […]

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Tags: Asian · Vancouver

Gene CoffeeBar – Vancouver – Main Street

June 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Gene – the local coffee shop on Main Street is located in the quirky thin corner building at the corner of Main and Kingsway. An almost all-white space – named apparently for their carpenter? – it definitely appeals to the hipster Main Street crowd. There aren’t too many coffee shops these days that you can […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

The Lower Deck Pub – Halifax, NS

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yes, I realize that this is a food blog, but no review of restaurants in Halifax would be complete with out a trip to this most famous of the downtown bars and pubs in Halifax. Located on the waterfront in Halifax’s Historic Properties (restored old storehouses with plenty of character), this establishment had been open […]

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Tags: Beer · Halifax

Salade de Fruits – Vancouver

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

This is an excellent local French Bistro which is very popular so try to make a reservation. A tiny cafe with a jumble of tables and a few tables on the outside patio is a hidden (or maybe not so hidden given its popularity) gem. Although the decor is nothing fancy, the restaurant is crowded […]

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Tags: Bistro · French · Inexpensive · Vancouver

Beard Papa's – Vancouver (West End)

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

I have no idea how this place has brought the cream puff back (or where it ever went), but if you’re in need of something sweet, fairly light, and decadent enough that you’ll just have one, come to Beard Papa’s anytime. In the West End, it’s in the super-busy strip on Denman near Davie Street, […]

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Tags: dessert · Japanese · Vancouver

Buddha's Vegetarian – Toronto

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

A long-standing chinese buddhist vegetarian restaurant that is very popular with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike due to the tasty, large and cheap chinese vegetarian dishes. Warning – it is very basic décor – you come here for the food and the food only. The best dishes are the mock duck and the hot and sour […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Chinese · Kid-friendly · Toronto

The Bitter End – Halifax, NS

June 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This place never seems to change. And that’s not a bad thing. Long a home to those Haligonians or visitors who are in need of a late-night cocktail, the Bitter End is a great place to go when you’re in town and you want a very relaxed place where they’ll mix you a mean martini, […]

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Tags: cocktails · Halifax