Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Foodie Review: Sushimoto

We've always gone to Sushi Town or Sushi Garden and wanted to try something new.  So we went on Urbanspoon to look for a new sushi place and found Sushimoto.  We went here on a Saturday and it was full but not as crazy as Sushi Town or Sushi Garden.  Similar to the other two, Sushimoto is also operated by Koreans and their dishes were similar.

I also tried to reserve a spot for dinner at 6pm and all the available reservation spots were booked.  We had to do walk-in, but it only took about 5 mins to get our seats.

The decoration in the restaurant was pretty unique, they have decorated with lots of figurines and Japanese decorations.

We were four people so we ordered two special rolls (vegas and volcano), a deluxe assorted sashimi, seared tai flower and a tempura udon to share.

We were not too impressed with the special rolls because it tasted somewhat similar (same sauce?) and didn't have much of a distinct taste of anything.  The rolls were also pretty loose and everything fell out and hard to grab.

The sashmi was fresh and was nicely defrosted.  It was perfect for four people since everything was in portions of four except for the shrimp.  The shrimp was also fresh - it was spot prawns - maybe they were in season ?  The waitress offered to also tempura the spot prawn heads for free. 

The seared tai flower was tasty.  It was in a bath of ponzu and the flavour was perfect.  The texture of the seared tai was great because it wasn't too slimy.

The udon was like any other place and had good portions of tempura shrimp.

Overall, the restaurant was just average for us.  If you want value, sushi town and sushi garden is still the place to be.  Their portions are bigger tastes just a slightly better.  We thought the slices of sashimi we had at sushimoto would be a bit thicker, but it seems like their slices are a bit thinner than what you would expect at sushi town or sushi garden.

Sushimoto 鮨元 on Urbanspoon

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Foodie Review: Szechuan House Restaurant

We are definitely returning customers at this restaurant.  Every time I wish to eat something fulfilling, this is my go-to place.
There are several types of Szechuan dishes we've tried there.

The spicy special oil dishes look very authentic. There is plenty of chili and numbing szechuan peppers. The oil is properly flavoured, plenty of crushed garlic. Very aromatic. There are also sweet bean paste style dishes which are very good. 

Dishes we've tried:
- spicy pork intestine 
- pork belly with tree mushroom, in a sweet special sauce
- beef tripe in special spicy sauce

The dishes have plenty of meat. We usually just order 2 dishes and rice for 2 people and it is definitely enough.

All very good. In my opinion the best Szechuan deal in town.

Szechuan House Restaurant (Burnaby) 巴渝菜舍 on Urbanspoon

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Foodie Review: Sardine Can

Mr Frugal really likes Spanish food, so we decided to visit Sardine Can to try out their tapas.  We've heard good things about this place, but also acknowledge that this place can get expensive.  But since we decided to have an early dinner, it was a great place to grab some tapas!

Sardine Can on Urbanspoon

This place is a pretty small place, but is packed with good food.  

We ordered:

Tostas de Sardinas: Smoked Sardine on Toast

 Estufado de pulpo Octopus, potato and chorizo casserole


We really enjoyed the food that was there.  We were actually pretty full from our order.  

The Octopus, potato and chorizo casserole was our favourite.  It was cooked perfectly and had a good kick from the chorizo.  

The Paella was amazing! For the tapa sized Paella, it was packed with some good and BIG juicy seafood - as you can see from our picture - the prawn was huge!  High quality seafood for sure.  The unusual thing about this dish is that it's a bit drier than that you would expect compared to a traditional Paella.  Despite that, it was a pretty good dish!

Overall, we really enjoyed this nice little place.  It was tasty and we'll definitely come back for another visit.

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Foodie Reviews: Mr Red Cafe

Mr. Red Cafe on Urbanspoon

This place first caught our eye because it claims to be the "quintessence" of Vietnamese food.  That is a bold claim to have, so we decided to try for ourselves!

The exterior of the cafe is interesting because it looks a bit ghetto with red lettering all over the place ( i guess to be consistent with the cafe name?) , but the inside is very nicely decorated.  We were greeted promptly by the server and had very good service.

The menu had some very authentic and unique Vietnamese food, some that you can't find at other "Pho" places since most Vietnamese restaurants' specialty is just Pho.  We decided to try something new and ordered a platter of sliced pork hoc with deep fried tofu with shrimp paste and a Bun bo hue (pho) to try.

The platter was authentic, though bland.  People that are not Vietnamese might not know how to eat it/ assemble it.  This dish was pretty minimalistic.  It doesn't really hit the spot.  It can be described as a normal home cooked dish in the countryside.

The Bun bo hue (pho) we ordered was of decent size, and somewhat different from other Bun bo hue (pho) we've had.  This is because their soup base is a bit different, not like the shrimp paste based we're used to (thicker broth).  This has a clearer broth and doesn't have any pork hoc in it.  It was a tasty dish over all.

Over all, we recommend this place if you want to try something new, but it's not your usually Pho joints.

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Vancouver Craft Brewery Guide

In recent years, Vancouver has become one of the well-known craft brewery cities.  Much like Portland, we not have a big hipster community and along with that, comes all the cool craft breweries - with affordable tasty beer!

We have been enjoying our  new affordable hangouts and here are a few that we've tried recently:

2$ sampler, 7$ flight 4.5$ glasses
framboise noir: nice thick raspberry texture, light alcohol taste, very refreshing
hefeweizen: not your usual diluted hefeweizen. This one was quite thick and strong taste, refreshing wheat flavor
middle drink, not super memorable
IPA: as usual, hoppy

ultimate lowest price, 1$ samplers, 3$ glass
tried porter, grapefruit, IPA, geezer, pilsner
nothing was extra spectacular, the IPA was the usual hoppy IPA taste, the pilsner was a normal budweiser style taste, the porter and geezer had a nice levels of coffee flavor. The grapefruit beer was not intensely grapefruity but had the aroma

IPA and porter
IPA was the usual hoppy IPA

3$ glass
had tastes, IPA and stout

stronger hoppy IPA, stout was nice and thick

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Get 50% off or 2 for 1 when you eat out in Vancouver, BC !

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BiteBC Vancouver

Just found this awesome app that for all the people that eat out in Vancouver ! As a young working couple, we know how hard it is to cook sometimes..and then our solution would be eat out all the time..but that also takes a toll on our bank account - that's why we always look out for deals in the city, but sometimes they just end up being pub food.  With this app we are hopeful that it will help us find other affordable restaurants !

We got a chance to ask BiteBC a few questions :

What is BiteBC?

Bite BC is a diners members club in the form of a new mobile app that allows you to enjoy 50% discounts (or 2 for 1 meals) at restaurants in Vancouver – all year, an unlimited number of times.

What's the story behind it?

As a company, Bite BC’s mission is to not only help restaurant guests save money, but also to help support local restaurant businesses by encouraging people to dine out more and enjoy more of what Vancouver has to offer. It’s a win-win situation!

How does this save me money?

Here’s how it works: after downloading the Bite BC app, you instantly become part of a large-scale diners club that allows you to locate all participating restaurants and bars, all through the app. Within a matter of taps, you can then make a booking and enjoy delicious food for half the price.Unlike with coupon competitors, Bite BC can be used almost any day of the year, as many times as you want. If you’ve fallen in love with a meal or enjoy treating your friends, you can enjoy those discounts without an expiration date or rushed “one time only” kind of deal.

How much does it cost?

a 3 month trial is free after which you can choose to purchase a 6 month ($29) or 12 month ($49) membership

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Happy Hour Vancouver 2015

Looking for a cheap night out in Vancouver? As a frugal couple, the best time to try new restaurants and enjoy a good meal is during happy hours.  We've compiled a list of to try this year! (Check back often as we find more to share with you !)

1. Ebisu on Robson

Ebisu on Robson on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: Oysters, chicken wings, beer

Happy hour menu : Link

Restaurant Link: Link

2. Coast

Coast Restaurant on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: $5 drinks and lots of food

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

3. Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Urbanspoon

When: Monday all day, Everyday 11:30AM–6PM, Sun-Thurs 9-10:30 PM, Fri and Sat 9:30-11:30

Restaurant Link: Link

4. Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House on Urbanspoon

When: Mon-Sat 3pm-6pm

What: Oysters

Restaurant Link: Link

5. Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 4-6 PM

What: Food, wine, beer

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

6. The Keg

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar on Urbanspoon

When: 4-6pm Monday – Friday

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

7. Catch 122

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro on Urbanspoon
When: Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm – 6 pm

What: Food and cocktails

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

8. Tomokazu

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant 友和日本料理 on Urbanspoon

When: 4:30pm - 6pm

Restaurant Link: Link

9. Cardero's

Cardero's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

When: Monday - Friday 3 - 6pm

What: Mussels and beer

Restaurant Link: Link

10. Black + Blue

Black + Blue on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

11. Alpha Global Sushi and Bar

Alpha Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

When: Mon-Fri 5-6:30 PM, Sat-Sun 4-6:30 PM, Daily 9:30 PM - Close

Restaurant Link: Link

12. Kingston Taphouse and Grille

Kingston Taphouse & Grille on Urbanspoon

When: 4-7 PM daily

What:Appetizers and drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

13. The Pint

The Pint Public House on Urbanspoon

When: Daily 3-6 PM

What: Pints and chicken wings

Restaurant Link: Link

14. Back Forty

Back Forty on Urbanspoon

Check Facebook for updates: Updates (No Menu)

15. Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily

What: Oysters, food, all types of drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

16. Cactus Club Café

Cactus Club Cafe on Urbanspoon
When: Daily 9 PM - Close

What: Drinks starting at $3

Restaurant Link: Link

17. Earls

Earls Kitchen + Bar on Urbanspoon
When: 3-6 PM daily

What: Food and $3-4 drinks

Happy Hour Menu: Link

Restaurant Link: Link

18. Browns Social House

Browns Socialhouse on Urbanspoon

When: 3-6 PM daily; Sunday and Monday

What: Wings + Dry Ribs $7 ; All pizzas $9

Restaurant Link: Link

Did we missed some ? Let us know in the comment below !

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Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

This was a pleasant surprise. As we sat down and the group started to have enough people the host came and explained to us the rules of this game we had picked upon recommendation and tonight s mood. Then we started playing board games and ordered food.

The pizza crust is quite thin so a pizza would be about enough for an average size man. I had the arugula and prosciutto and parmesan. There was an abundance of pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. The crust was well toasted and browned. I also ordered the Italian sausage pasta.  The pasta to my surprise was well made as pizzeria pasta sometimes aren't very good.

After several games and about 3 hours of play we get desert, i got the ice cream and sorbet. It was nothing too special really, that is not their specialty. 

Overall great experience, great service and decent price, good pizza, forgettable desert. 

Also, check out their awesome weekly specials !

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Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room on Urbanspoon

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Happy Hours 2014 in Vancouver

We like to live up to our name as the Frugal Couple...
So here are some places that offer Happy Hour Menus in Vancouver!
 Happy Hours 2014 in Vancouver
Joe Fortes  - 50% off bar menu - 4 to 6 p.m. daily

Browns Social House - Drink special and wings and ribs for $6  - 3 to 6 p.m. daily
Hapa Izakaya  - Special varies by location - discounted price on popular dishes -

Robson and Kitsilano: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily
Yaletown: 5 to 6 p.m. daily
Coal Harbour: 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily
The Flying Pig - Appy menu for $6 or less ! - 4-6 p.m. daily
Coast -  50% off Appy menu and drink specials - 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays
Ebisu -  99 cents oysters and 39cents wings to start  - 4:30-6:30 daily
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Happy Hours 2014 in Vancouver

Joe Fortes  - 50% off bar menu - 4 to 6 p.m. daily

Browns Social House - Drink special and wings and ribs for $6  - 3 to 6 p.m. daily

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Hapa Izakaya  - Special varies by location - discounted price on popular dishes -Robson and Kitsilano: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily
Yaletown: 5 to 6 p.m. daily
Coal Harbour: 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily

The Flying Pig - Appy menu for $6 or less ! - 4-6 p.m. daily

Coast -  50% off Appy menu and drink specials - 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays

Ebisu -  99 cents oysters and 39cents wings to start  - 4:30-6:30 daily

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Vancouver Finds - El Matador

We went to this place on a Groupon and had a great surprise !  This little cozy place tucked underneath Starbucks on Esplanade serves Spanish tapas.  We found this place a great little hangout and very authentic.  Although this place only serves tapas we were actually really full from having a wide range of tapas ( and also because we got a $60 Groupon).  We definitely over ate - and if we were there without the Groupon, I think their smoked wings would be the best dish to get for the value.  It is not like other wings as this is not deep fried and was meaty and juicy.  We were also impressed from their drink menu as it offered $3 beer. We tried that Sangria, and it was also not bad.  

Food we had:

  • Tomato soup - spicy!!
  • Smoked salmon deviled eggs - very smoky and salmon-y
  • 24-serrano - Jamon aged for 2 years
  • Patatas Bravas - Spicy Fried Potatoes
  • Chorizo Tapas
  • Spiced/Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Seranno Signor - Jamon sandwich/cheese and chips
  • Smoked Pork 
  • Cabrales w/ Walnuts  - Blue cheese and biscuits
  • Flourless Almond Cake - had a hint of lemon zest which was pretty refreshing

  • Russell Lager
  • Sangria
** They also give you a complementary dish of olives to start with ! **

As you can see, we had a fair bit of food, and was also able to taste a lot of their menu with the 60$ Groupon.  

We highly recommend this little hangout !

El Matador on Urbanspoon
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For the Nutella lovers out there ~

I've recently become a huge fan of Nutella (yea I know I live under a rock...) and was hoping to wait for sales to go on before I get my jar ( I don't like to buy things when they're not on sale!)  ..but i was down to the very last scoop and had to look a solution fast!
I was wondering if other "no name" brands had the same hazelnut goodness and I found it at Walmart for HALF the price!  I wasn't sure if the taste would be slightly different, but when it's mostly just hazelnut and chocolate..what can go wrong?? So I took the chance and didn't regret it at all!  Usually i would see Nutella for sale for around $7..but this was half the price.  

Sometimes brand name just doesn't make a different... what are your thoughts?
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