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Entries from July 2010

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, West Vancouver, BC

July 26th, 2010 · No Comments

I keep hearing about this place – from friends from the East Coast, from magazine articles, – and I couldn’t believe it, but one actually opened here in Vancouver! We were out with S and F, for a morning hike in Lynn Canyon Park, and F was getting seriously hungry. Serious hunger? Five Guys it […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Fast Food · Favorites · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

Tamarind Hill – New Westminster

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Apparently this restaurant is a venture by a previous chef at the popular Banana Leaf malaysian restaurant chain in Vancouver. On the bright side, it is a welcome addition to the otherwise relatively limited food options in New Westminster. Unfortunately, I think we had heard it was much better than Banana Leaf and we were […]

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Tags: Asian · New Westminster

Le Bistrot du Forum – Reims, France

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments

A local french bistro just off the main pedestrian walkway near the centre of Reims, this bistro with a red awning was recommended by the sommelier at Veuve Clicquot – in fact, he said that the fries were the main attraction. So – after a 25-minute walk from Veuve Clicquot back to the centre of […]

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Tags: Bistro · France · French

Taqueria El Buen Sabor – San Francisco, CA

July 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Sunday, strolling around Mission on a sunny day in San Francisco. Lunchtime – and we come across this taqueria at 18th and Valencia – in we go, and within 5 minutes, we’re sitting down on one of the long benches, enjoying a super pork burrito. The faded, yellow poster on the wall for something like […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Mexican · San Francisco

Babylon Cafe – Vancouver, BC

July 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Whether it’s Elgin street in Ottawa, Avenue des Pins/St-Laurent in Montreal, or Blowers at Grafton (Pizza Corner) in Halifax, I’ve had a few shawarmas and donairs in my time. And Babylon Cafe in Vancouver on Robson Street should be proud for producing one of the best. We’ve been here many times – the Pacific Centre […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Middle-Eastern Food · Vancouver

Osha Thai – San Francisco, CA

July 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

After a day of wandering around and hill-climbing in San Francisco, D needed some delicious, savoury Asian food. She had tracked down Osha Thai as being one of the better Thai food options in the city, and as we were staying downtown, we decided to head to the 2nd Street location. Decorated in the new-Asian […]

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Tags: Asian · San Francisco · Thai

Glowbal – Vancouver, BC

July 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Friday night – M is in town – and he wants to go where the ‘beautiful’ people are. Yaletown it is then. I call J to ask him (he works in Yaletown) where is a good patio to search out on a Friday night – he suggests Glowbal and so on we go. The very […]

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Tags: cocktails · Vancouver · Western Food

Vij's Rangoli – Vancouver, BC

July 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Sunday night – out with M (in town for the weekend from Toronto) – he ran the half-marathon Sunday am, and he’s veg, so he needs some serious veg calories tonight. South Asian cuisine always has great veg food, so we’re off to Rangoli. We’ve enjoyed the deliciousness that Vij’s is before – and Rangoli […]

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Tags: Indian · Vancouver

La Mar – San Francisco, CA

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

We decided to head to San Fran for the weekend – a combination of a great deal and the constant urge to roam overtook us, and after a click frenzy on expedia, we were in the air again. Our friend S, a definite fan of food, recommended this place, and we were definitely not disappointed. […]

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Tags: San Francisco · Seafood

Ladurée Bar – Paris, France

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

After a dinner at Jadis, we went for a stroll down avenue Champs-Élysées and A’s neverending love for all things sweet took us to back to Ladurée for some late-night macarons. Designed by Roxane Rodriguez, the Ladurée Bar is a very cool place to stop-in late night for a drink and some dessert. Basking in […]

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Tags: cocktails · dessert · Paris