Recipe: Simply Summer Ceviche

Nothing screams summer (food wise) more to me than a fresh ceviche.  If you don’t know what ceviche is, it’s a light refreshing dish of fish (or seafood) marinated in citrus juice and is perfect for summer months.  It’s light and bright tasting.  An added bonus is that it requires absolutely no heat to cook, so no worrying about ovens or stove tops.  All you need is your fridge!Simple Summer Ceviche

On another bonus, it’s actually really easy to prepare.  However, if you’re making this at home, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind.  Be sure to always use the freshest fish possible. Also, it’s all about the ‘marinating process’ – which is a bit like pickling when you think about it.

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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: Jethro’s Fine Grub

Jethro's Fine Grub

The first time I heard of Jethro’s Fine Grub was on the TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.  Interestingly enough, it’s located on Dunbar – about a 5 minute drive, 10 minute walk&bus ride, or 20 minute walk from my house.  Jethro’s is a classic diner with HUGE portions and a line-up that makes you question waiting outside in Vancouver’s temperamental weather.

Now with TWO locations open from 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week, Jethro’s is nothing short of good value.  Recognized as one of the Best New Restaurants on the West Side (2011) by the Georgia Straight and Best Cheap Eats by Vancouver Magazine, I understand why I wait an hour in the cold just to have pizza sized pancakes.

As mentioned, portions are HUGE.  If you decide to order take out, Jethro’s buttermilk pancakes (which are light and fluffy) will be packaged for you in a small/medium sized pizza box.  Everything you order here is pretty tasty.  For the value, you just can’t go wrong.  Personally, I think the extensive breakfast menu (which includes standard breakfast items, omelettes, french toast, pancakes and more) gives you a better value (and larger portions) than the lunch menu.  For a full-time student, I think I can definitely afford the $6 – $12 menu items (since I always seem to have left overs).

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