Category Archives: Canada

Vancouver – Medina

Also before heading home was able to eat at one of the top brunch spots in Vancouver. Normally in warmer weather there is a long line outside that I’m unwilling to stand it but when it’s 0C out there isn’t. We were able to get seats at the bar right away. They’re known for their waffles and they were indeed very good, nice and chewy with a good contrast between the crunchy exterior and steamy center. The house-cured peameal bacon was a letdown though, very dry liked it was in the oven way too long. Guess even though I was in Canada should’ve known better since we were nowhere near Ontario. The Coca was pretty good but wish had more of the pork ragout on it.

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Coca
Blistered Woodstone Fired Flatbread, Pork Ragout, Sfoglia Cheese, Truffled Potato Purée, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Hannah Brook Farms Greens, Fried Egg

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Liege waffle – dark chocolate

 

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Vancouver – Pidgin

I’d been wanting to try Pidgin for a while and after a very cold and lots of waiting for lifts at Whistler I decided to come down to Vancouver a night early. Glad I did as the food at Pidgin was very good and had a wide range of booze on offer. I went from a cocktail to a sake flight and finished off with a glass of BC Meritage. The only thing that was a bit weird as they only had a single item for dessert and it’s relatively easy to make, makes me think they don’t have a pastry chef.
The foie gras and fried chicken wings were my favorite. The pork belly was cooked Taiwanese style and while the flavor was good the pork was quite dry, it was so lean it was almost like a pork loin roast with a bit of fat on top. Would’ve preferred a fattier cut that melts in your mouth.

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Chicken Wings – very light batter, Japanese style

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grilled asparagus, smoked mayonnaise, cured yolk gremolata

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pork belly rice bowl, asian pear kimchi, bamboo, quail egg; foie gras rice bowl, chestnuts, daikon, unagi glaze 27 daily fish MP

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Chocolate pot de creme

 

Ski Lodge – Eastern BC

The snow was so much better than anticipated and got plenty of face shots the first day and then it was bluebird for the rest of the trip. Very fun trip although didn’t get nearly as much vertical as I would like.

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Better egg mcmuffin

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Mussels in white wine

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Scallop, pork belly, and mushrooms

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Golden, BC – Fire Pit BBQ

Surprising BBQ joint after a long day in the car. Got pulled pork and brisket. 

Richmond – Night Market

I can’t believe I’ve never been to the night market despite living so close to Canada. Went up with a few friends, strength is numbers is essential in order to try many more dishes than one could do solo. After doing a lap to check out all the stalls we started our feast of mainly pork belly and various types of fried chicken. One friend and I couldn’t pass up deep fried crab in some tortillas. My favorite was the Cambodian chicken wings, nice batter with salt, pepper and lemon flavors.

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Spicy pork belly with kimchi

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Korean fried chicken

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Softshell crab taco

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Smoked pork belly

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Crab and shrimp takoyaki

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Phnom Penh wings

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Chocolate and condensed milk roti

Vancouver – Nightingale

Before heading out for my mom’s birthday dinner K and I headed to this new “light maze” instead of going to the Van Dusen’s Festival of Light. The maze was really to see some lights and find all nine Santa’s reindeer.

After enjoying the maze it was off to dinner. This was my second time at Nightingale and it’s one of the best Western restaurants in Vancouver, sadly there aren’t many since there are significantly more Asian restaurants, specifically Chinese, that are frequented more often. While they have pizza, best to skip it to have many shared plates. The chicken, bison and beef cheek were the best ones we had.

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Citrus & Avocado Salad: Thai basil, crispy shallots, lime vinaigrette

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Marinated Beets: sumac, labneh, orange, dukkah, mint

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Burrata & Anchovy Toast: peperonata, parsley

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Fried Chicken: preserved lemon yogurt, dill, espelette

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Bison Tongue: carrot escabeche, celery root, grilled bread

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Bone Marrow: dill pickle, garlic aioli, radish, grilled bread

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Beef Cheek: semolina polenta, pickled mushrooms

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Merguez Sausage: baba ghanouj, shishito pepper, mint

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Clams and Mussels: n’duja, roasted tomato broth

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Valhrona chocolate cheesecake, pretzel, blood orange caramel

 

Vancouver – Vij’s

Vij’s is an incredibly popular and amazing Indian restaurant in Vancouver. I had only eaten here once during the Olympics back in 2010 so for our date night K and I headed over on a snowy evening. They don’t accept reservations but since moving to a new location they have a large enough lounge area that accommodates guests, thankfully as it was Boxing Day there weren’t many people and we only had to wait 15 minutes.

The naan was incredible, the only restaurant in Seattle that comes close is Nirmal’s since the restaurant Vij’s wife opened here sadly closed after a short run.  The goat curry was tasty but could’ve have used more spice and while the duck had great flavor you can see the meat was overcooked.

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Pork Belly: apple mint chutney

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Samosas: lamb and beef, sauteed in fennel and sumac

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Marinated duck breast on ground fennel seed curry – Punjabi style goat curry with spiced vegetables