Eats: The Ramen Butcher

Given the growing popularity of Ramen in the Lower Mainland, it’s no surprise that there is yet another one to bring their version of authentic Japanese noodles to Vancouver.  The Ramen Butcher is located on the edge of Chinatown on East Georgia.  This little ramen shop boasts a nice little menu. Open for lunch and dinner, their small menu is geared towards letting their star dish, tonkotsu ramen, be, well a star!

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The menu features seven times of ramen (moslty being named by colour), and four variations of gyoza.  Note that their menu is currently expanding.  They also offer kaedama – which is an extra serving of noodles only.  That means if you still have broth left and you’re still hungry, load up on another serving of noodles for free! Continue reading

Eats: The Fish Shack

Have I ever told you that I have a thing for oysters?  Raw oysters are even better.  I could eat two dozen raw oysters by myself and still feel amazing – and be the happy as a clam.  (I really should not make seafood jokes…).  The only thing I dislike about oysters would be the price.  Regular price oysters cost around $3 a pop – and with my oyster eating habits, that is nothing to scoff at.

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Enter The Fish Shack on Granville.  Fish Shack is one of many restaurants that are a part of the Glowbal Group. (For you non-Vancouverites, this is a umbrella company that owns several restaurants.  Not to be mistaken for a chain of restaurants or franchise.)  Fish Shack has this amazing deal called a ‘buck-a-shuck’, which happens every day from open until 6pm.  However, we Vancouverites need to remember that there is also Happy Hour from 3 – 6pm, which means discounted appys and drinks.  This is a seafood lovers paradise. Continue reading

Recipe: Tuna Cake Patties (Clean Eating)

With a month and a half before Christmas, it seems to be a ‘thing’ to go on a month long diet.  That being said, it fascinates me how much those around you influence your actions.  One of my coworkers has recently embarked on a “whole 30” way of eating – ie she is determined to eat clean until the end of the month.  What does that mean?  Only whole foods without grains, wheat, dairy… It made me start thinking about my personal eating habits and what I should be eating.  I came home today craving something a little healthier.

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The bus ride home lead me to a major Pinterest search for inspiration.  I looked up ‘Clean Eating’ and came up with a dozen recipes that looked good and healthy.  From that, I came across a variation of these delicious bites.  I had everything I needed in my kitchen and it was easy to make.  I made a few adjustments and came up with my personal take on ‘Tuna Cakes/Patties’.

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Eats: Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Kitsilano

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There is something about authentic Cajun and Louisiana style cooking that you can’t find just anywhere.   I’ve been to New Orleans, Louisiana or NOLA two times within the last two years.  The culture and food there is simply fantastic.  Everything has flavour – from the people, to the history, to the drinks, to the wide variety of foods.   So when I came back a year ago from my first experience of the NOLA food, I was craving good fried chicken and an amazing Caesar.  Enter Chewies.

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Today, I’m introducing you to that old favourite.  The Kitsilano location was its first location.  Located two blocks away from the beach, it has a wrap around patio and a cozy interior.  The restaurant itself features a unique open kitchen concept that allows guests of the restaurant to immerse themselves in the true style of  southern cooking.  Dishes like Gumbo, Creole Mussels and Jambalaya are on the menu and taste so authentically New Orleans that it was hard to pick where I had had the better of the two dishes.

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Recipe: Curried Broccoli & Chicken Casserole

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As a kid, I absolutely adored White Spot.  My family would take me there and I would always order a milkshake.  I considered it such a treat, since they gave you a glass as well as another cup.  The one dish I always remember my mom ordering when we went to White Spot was the Curried Broccoli & Chicken.  Mind you, she calls it “Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese”.  Appropriate if  you consider the main ingredients in it.  The taste of curry is light, creamy and cheesy – it taste absolutely delicious with rice.

For years, I’ve been making my own version of this dish based on what I thought was in it.  However, White Spot recently published a cook book with the recipe to this classical favourite amongst its glossy pages.  What is below is my personal take on the classic recipe – I added a few things and changed a few things around.  My mom would always order extra sauce – which rarely available – so this recipe makes an extra saucy casserole.

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