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Lips Resto Vancouver | Davie Street Elegant Dining

Lips Resto Vancouver | Davie Street Elegant Dining

[image_with_animation animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self" image_url="13225"][image_with_animation animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self" image_url="13217"] LIPS resto is a newly opened elegant restaurant on Davie Street. With a million-dollar renovation, Lips is a comfortable fine-dining addition to the West End neighborhood with reasonable prices. Menu focused on casual and ethnic fare. Finally, you…
Gringo Vancouver (Gastown) | Nacho Libre, Pink Flamingo, and Night Cap

Gringo Vancouver (Gastown) | Nacho Libre, Pink Flamingo, and Night Cap

  In the back alley of Blood Alley you can watch fights break out over an umbrella, grab a tasting flight at Salt Tasting Room, or grab some affordable Mexi-Cali-style food and drinks. This hot pink flamingo restaurant is perfect for your night cap, a pre-and…

Cuchillo Vancouver (Gastown / Downtown Eastside)

Cuchillo Vancouver (Gastown / Downtown Eastside)

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Vancouver is a new new Latin-themed restaurant in the fringes of Gastown and Downtown Eastside, landmarked by a skull  neon awning. Barely opened a month and there’s a crowd forming already and protesters outside, green with envy, for city revival and booming business. Oh, what credit does that give them. But I digress. Service is friendly, food is top shelf – perhaps this is what they call ‘high end’.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Inside exposed brick and wooden communal high top tables fill the center; skull themed tiles surround the kitchen and the smell of delectable warms the space.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Mojito: one damn fine drink with all the essential aesthetics.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

White Sangria: Pears, pineapples, grapes, apples.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Ceviche – Mixto Traditionale: octopus tiradito, side stripe prawn, rockfish, mussels y calms, sweet potato puree. I felt like I was a at seaside market in Spain filled with colorful flavors.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Ceviche – Local Albacore Tuna Y Pipian Rojo: warm Peruvian double smoked bacon causa. Light delicate flavors highlighting the buttery tuna with bursts of bright smoked bacon. The potato stack at the bottom was unexpectedly distinctive with seasoning.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Taqueria – Mole Lamb: albondigas sardo parmesan browned garlic popcorn. We appreciated the gameyness from the lamb meatball which was only elevated with the toasted garlic. The use of the popcorn was clever and at times I almost thought it to be cracklin skin softed by sauce.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Taqueria – pulled duck y cracklin’ roasted garlic, blackberry habanero jam. The duck shallows in comparison to the lamb tacos. The flavors are subtle and not as pungent. The best would be to have the duck first followed by the lamb.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Pork Belly Confit: maple chipotle,  tamarind glaze, chicaron, patacones, minced onion y jalapeno. Tender soft pork belly in a sweet-spicy sauce. The sweet yam patty is slightly crispy with stickiness. And contrasted with fried pork rinds. The sauce however was  too overdressed, overpowering the natural flavor of the pork… Like arriving to a beach picnic in full prom attire.

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

There was only so much we could sample in one sitting. We must make a feast out of this sometime and try the other dishes. For now, I’ll have to just reminiscence and drool over the photos.

Cuchillo Vancouver
URL: http://www.cuchillo.ca/
Cuisine: Modern Pan-Latin, Latin American, Mexican
Hours:
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1
(604) 559-7585

Shilin Night Market Taiwan 士林夜市, Taiwan (Taipei)

Shilin Night Market Taiwan 士林夜市, Taiwan (Taipei)

Everyone that visits Taipei, Taiwan wants to visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. Will visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. It is one of the most famous, most talked about night market in Taipei. It is located just off the Jiantan MRT 劍潭站. Please do not exit…

Ebisu Japanese Richmond (Kamei Group), Richmond

Ebisu Japanese Richmond (Kamei Group), Richmond

  Ebisu Japanese Richmond, part of the Kamei Group has opened several locations in Vancouver and Richmond. One that we normally frequent is Ebisu Japanese Richmond since it is close to work which makes a great place for Happy Hour. Cheap beer, wings, and also a…

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

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POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good…

 

 

 

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POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

6:50: I’m in a pretty good mood, there’s a bit of a wait… 1.5-2 hours. Should be sooner than expected. At least they have a bar (Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland) across the street, which serves the same Ike Vietnamese Chicken Wings as Pok Pok. Looking forward to it.

 

 

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7:15: Ordered viet coffee, it’s weaksauce but that’s ok… There was more ice than actual coffee. Not the best caffine if you need to stay awake! They are probably better with cocktails. The “drinking vinegars“ was pretty good… I guess… If you like lychee syrup. Please stir vigorously to mix the saturated sugar.

 

 

 

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POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Plaa Lek Thawt Krob 3: Deep fried dried anchovies with sri racha sauce. I wasn’t expecting much of these little fishies. I wasn’t even expecting them to be small. But seriously, TINY is an understatement. I can easily buy a pound bag of these in Chinatown for less.

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (regular or spicy) 12.50: Same wings as the infamous chicken wings across the street at Pok Pok. We ordered spicy. So what is the big deal or the hype anyways? Basically some wings marinated in fish sauce, heavy soy, very salty that is charred and even slightly dry. I can’t believe we waited for 2 hours to try this. FML

 

 

 

8:15: We tried to inquire about the status of our table. Our server was rude and told us, “it says 1.5-2 hours, just wait!” We drove for all this way from Vancouver for 6 hours, reading reviews it was good, waited for this long… we debated whether we should call it quits and leave. Alas, we stayed till the bitter end.

 

 

 

8:30: Servers came by repeatedly asking if we were still working on the wings and want to kick us out. It’s windy and cold and the place wasn’t packed. Clearly I am not in the position to wait outside for my table across the street to clear up.

 

 

 

8:50: it is 2 hours, we were about to leave. Grab pho or McDonald’s for all I cared. Another server came by and told us our table was ready. Our wait was not 1.5 – 2 hours. Please gauge using the longest time on the slip!

 

 

 

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Kudos, for Pok Pok Portland to utilize a bar location across the street to lock in customers. Once you’re in so deep, you do wonder if it’s worth it to leave or just to tough it out. I’ve learnt my lesson, to move on… Sometimes it’s simply not worth it.

 

 

 

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Whiskey Soda Lounge was alright on its own. Not the best, but I suppose it’s a swanky place for the area it is in. Havana (Commercial Drive) or The Union Bar (Chinatown Strathcona) in Vancouver beats this any day!!

 

 

Now let’s see if Pok Pok Portland PDX lives up to its name. We heard this restaurant Pok Pok is one of the best in town. (Actually there’s another in NYC too)

We are waiting for a table and it’ll take 2 hours… We are tired, starving but we Nancy is dedicated to try. If Pok Pok disappointed, I’m going to be so chocked, I might flip the table.

 
Whiskey Soda Lounge on Urbanspoon

3131 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-0102
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Havana Vancouver (Commercial Drive)

Havana Vancouver (Commercial Drive)

I love Commercial Drive. It has so much to offer; there are so many restaurants, bars and pubs. Belgian Fries, BierCraft Tap and Tapas Bar, etc. Another one of my favorites is Havana. They first opened in 1996 and interiors are pretty rad: inspired by the faded glory…

La Banquise Resto 24h Montreal | Poutine Resto La Banquise

La Banquise Resto 24h Montreal | Poutine Resto La Banquise

              We have two official languages here in Canada – English and French. Poutine is iconic as hockey is. When you are in Montreal, Quebec how could you not scavenge the city to find the best poutine available? It…

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대, Coquitlam

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대, Coquitlam

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Sometimes little things makes me really happy. Take for example my discovery of Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대 in Coquitlam. I’m excited because it closely resembles joints I’ve been to in South Korea.

 

 

 

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Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대. This authentic Korean restaurant is located on Clark Road (North Road)/ Como Lake beside KFC. It is not glamorous nor trendy but it offers really authentic Korean cuisine. You will find Lee Hyori (KPOP FINKL member if you’re wondering! Beauty!) plastered on the walls and water bottles! Their menu is limited and doesn’t offer you the moon but their specialty BBQ meats are pork belly $15.95 and boneless beef short ribs $20.97 / person and comes with miso soup, rice, and lettuce to wrap your meat in. If your favourite Korean BBQ restaurant does not offer you lettuce or greens, you should ask for it. No place should save a few cents and discount you this experience.

 

 

 

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Step to eat Korean BBQ

  1. Rip the lettuce in half along the stem
  2. Place a small piece of cooked meat
  3. Add some kimchi, bean sprouts, garlic or other garnish in
  4. Add some bean paste or chili paste
  5. Wrap
  6. Eat!

 

The overall experience is explosive but the lettuce lightens the greasiness of it all.

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There are two separate seating areas – the Westernized table settings and the traditional Korean table settings where you are sitting cross-legged on the floor on cushions. I hope you are flexible or have been going to Yoga for Stiff Bodies because what I found amusing was Dave and a lot of my guy friends had issues sitting over long periods. They ended up standing and walking around. The walls are decorated with Korean lettering which KPOP bops in the background.

 

 

 

Seok Gi Si Dae is a family owned mom and pop restaurant and their son helps out doing the heavy lifting – transported the yummy goodness to your table and the BBQ stoves. Service can get slow if it is really busy, but they are super friendly and attentive is hard to knock them on that. You have to understand. Good food requires patience!
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Korean Egg Soup
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Korean Miso Soup

 

Kimchi Tofu Soup
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Seafood Pancake
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Kimchi Fried Rice
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Fry it till the rice starts to char a little. Crispy and a lil spciy. Nom!

 

 

 

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Stir Fried Chicken Gizzards
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Anyone want to teach me Korean? I’ve always wanted to learn!! I’m serious!
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Calpis Yogurt drinks are served with the bill! Love it!
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Seok Gi Si Dae on Urbanspoon

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대
URL: n/a
Cuisine: Korean, BBQ

Hours:
late night

602 Clarke Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3J
(604) 937-0330

Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

Guu Izakaya. “Shouting is one of our specialty other than serving Izakaya dish” Guu Otokomae Japanese Vancouver (Gastown) √ Guu Original Vancouver (Thurlow) Guu Garlic Vancouver (Robson) Guu Garden Vancouver (Nelson) Guu Richmond (Aberdeen) Guu Kobachi Vancouver (Denman) Guu’s empire is steadily building in Vancouver and…

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond | Grilled Skewers 万藏居酒屋

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond | Grilled Skewers 万藏居酒屋

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond 万藏居酒屋 is located on Alexandra Road for over 10 years. They were one of the first izakayas offering Japanese tapas and grilled dishes and skewers in Lulu Island before Gyo-O Kaisen Shokudo Japanese Restaurant, G Men Nan Chuu, Gyoza King Group, Ebisu,…