Cacao is one of those restaurants that I love coming back to, especially when it’s a new season. Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, this intimate restaurant in Kitsilano will be launching their new spring menu this week. We are […]
The Trump Champagne Lounge is a stylish upscale champagne lounge and bar in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It offers ornate cocktails, sophisticated wine and champagne list and signature bites over live music. The lounge is located Upper Level of the Trump International Hotel & […]
Edo Japan is opening this May Long Weekend at Pacific Centre Mall in downtown Vancouver! This Canadian fast food chain specializes in Japanese traditional Teppanyaki style cooking made with freshly prepared and delicious ingredients.
There are over 100 Edo Japan food court and storefront locations across Canada. Their menu includes Teppanyaki Grill, Sushi, and Noodlefull Bowls that are made with premium veggies, thin ramen-style noodles and your choice of flavourful chicken, beef, shrimp or veggies. All made to order. Check out their full list of their menu items.
Sometimes when I’m pinched for time but want something more nutritious than a greasy burger, Edo Japan’s sizzling sukiyaki beef with brown rice is my go to fast food option.
To celebrate Edo Japan’s grand opening this coming weekend we are giving away $50 gift card!
To enter this amazing giveaway, you must be Canadian resident (13+ years of age). Complete the following. Your chances increases the more items you complete and the more social media platforms you follow. Good Luck! DEADLINE: Thursday May 18th, 2017 11:59pm PST
Naked Snacks is a Vancouver based Canadian healthy snacks subscription box. It is a service that sends wholesome snacks to your door. I love snacking while watching Netflix. Watching a movie without some sort of snack just isn’t the same! So, it is great to switch […]
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! In fact, it is next weekend on Sunday May 14, 2017! Have you booked a restaurant to take mom to celebrate and thank her for everything’s she’s done for you? This year is especially special for me as […]
Fresh Prep is a meal delivery service in Vancouver. While the concept is nothing new, we like the selection of ready-to-cook meals with fresh local ingredients delivered right to the door. It is tailored for busy people looking for a home cooked meal without going grocery shopping and doing the prep work.
Choose from a variety of dishes like Lime Chicken Tacos, Shrimp Pad Thai, Baked Italian Sausage and Kale Penne on their menu.
All of the ingredients and totally fresh and prepared the same day they are delivered. Fresh Prep uses organic ingredients whenever possible and when they are available. For some weeks, they include more organic ingredients than other weeks, so it tends to vary depending on the time of year and availability.
As for their meats, they try and source locally whenever possible, and attempt to purchase free-range eggs, beef, pork, fish and chicken whenever it is available.
Each “meal” includes locally sourced, pre-chopped ingredients, a recipe card with step-by-step instructions to cook delicious meals in under 30 minutes.
There is no commitment and you choose to get deliveries when it’s convenient for you. I also like that ingredients are carefully packaged in a refrigerated box so food stays fresh even if you’re not home when we deliver.
This week we ordered
- Sliced Pork Bahn Mi with Pickled Daikon, Carrot Fries, and Spicy Mayo (above)
- Lime Chicken Tacos with Creamy Baja Cilantro Sauce (below)
Two Fresh Prep meal kits value at $44
Their delivery area is limited to within Vancouver. They also deliver to North Van on Tuesdays and Burnaby on Wednesdays. If you are outside of our delivery zone, they do deliver to workplaces (again within those vicinities).
Delivery within Vancouver Monday to Friday between 2pm to 8pm.
PRO TIP: Request extra ice packs especially during summer months.
Preparing for dinner. Simply toss the ingredients together as per the recipe card. The flavor profile is well balanced. Make minor tweaks as necessary.
We decided to alter the meal slightly to make into a Breakfast Taco Recipe. We added some fried eggs and fresh avocados. We even had time to make guacamole and served it with Pacui Tortilla Chips: Very Verde Good.
Verdict: I like the convenience of not having to chop and prep my meals. However, ordering Fresh Prep is not a last minute decision. It is something you will need to plan ahead of time. Since you will need to choose the recipe one week in advance and then they deliver the meal kits to your door the following week. If you are somebody with a regular routine with a set schedule, I would highly recommend this for you!
Last night I returned to Botanist Restaurant at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel to continue my week long birthday celebration with a dear friend of mine. After attending the media opening party, I’ve wanted to come back and truly enjoy a sit down meal in their […]
It’s always a treat when we visit Burdock and Co. whether it is for Brunch or a Chef’s pop-up dinner. We love Chef Andrea Carlson’s organic small plates and Naturalist wines in a casual setting. After their recent Platinum award for Wine Program Excellence at the […]
Hong Kong’s highly anticipated Mott 32 卅二公館 is officially open in Vancouver. It is located at Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at 1161 W Georgia Street. The 148 seat restaurant sets a new gold standard for luxury Chinese culinary destination.
The space is designed by award winning interior designer Joyce Wang. It marries contemporary with the opulent classic Chinese elements consistent with Mott 32’s concept in Hong Kong.
Particularly, the space offers several themed sections including large abacus adored ceilings, booth seats with bird cage light fixtures paying tribute to the idea grandfathers of Hong Kong on the weekends showing off their different birds over dim sum, octagonal main dining area that feels like a traditional pagoda bringing an intimate setting. And of course, private rooms such as the Opium and Blue Jazz Room (modelled after Vancouver’s jazz culture).
Mott 32’s menu focuses on contemporary approach when recreating authentic Chinese cuisine using quality ingredients. The restaurant’s cooking is principally Cantonese with some signature Beijing dishes and Szechuan food.
Signature dishes include Applewood Roasted 42 days Beijing Duck and Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey. Both are limited and require pre-order at least 1 day in advance.
Applewood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck “Signature Mott 32 cut” 95
- Wok Fried Duck with Chili Soy 京式香脆爆鴨件 +20
- Traditional Minced Duck with Lettuce Cup (2nd course add on) 鴨鬆生菜包 (可選第二道菜) +20
Hong Kong Ice Tea 17: Paying homage to HK’s infamous lemon iced-tea in a to-go cup, this refreshing cocktail is made with Blanco Avion Tequila, Lillet Blanc, Blackcurrant and Jasmine Tea. It goes down so easily, you’ll want to order seconds!
Rose Garden 9: For those that prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, option for this slightly tart mocktail made with rose, rhubarb, Roselle and ginger.
Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey 蜜汁頂級西班牙
Iberico pork imported from Spain is tender, juicy and rich. So soft it’s hard to go back to regular BBQ pork!
Cold Free Range Chicken 口水雞 18: One of my favorite appetizers in the Szechaun cuisine repertoire. Served chilled with Szechuan Peppercorns and Chili Sauce. This dish is spicy but not to the point that numbs your palate. If you pay attention, it has subtle sweet fragrance.
Evening and All-day dim sum is a dream of mine in Vancouver. Luckily, Mott 32 offers some delicious bite sized treats.
Hot & Sour Iberico Pork Shanghainese Soup Dumplings 酸辣小籠包 18: The presentation is everything. Individually served on its own “basket” with a different take on traditional Xiao Long Bao. It is recommended at the beginning of a meal to open up your appetite.
Black Truffle Siu Mai 黑豚肉松露鵪鶉蛋燒賣 18: Best eaten hot when this dumpling arrives to take advantage of the soft quail egg with its perfect yolky center. The Iberico pork is tender and pairs well with a touch of black truffle.
Maine Lobster Har Gow 金腿緬因龍蝦粿 18 ( per piece): This luxurious shrimp dumpling is made with lobster and Yunnan ham. Each bite is meaty.
Signature Smoked Black Cod 煙燻黑鱈魚 42: This dish plays with all your senses. It arrives in a glass dome filled with Chrysanthemum smoke. There is a heavy fragrance smokiness and this smokiness elevates the flavor profiles with each bite. The skin is crispy and the black cod itself is moist and flaky.
Crispy Pomelo Peel with Sesame 糖脆柚皮 16: To cook pomelo peel takes a lot of time and preparation. Deep fried and gently tossed with a coat of rock sugar. Sticky and crunchy outside with a soft and textured. Let rest before consuming. The center can be still very hot.
Sweet & Sour Pork 陳年黑醋咕嚕肉 24: Not your average neon-orange colored sweet and sour pork. This dish made with aged black vinegar in a traditional recipe passed down from generations. The flavors are perfectly balanced between tartness and sweetness.
Wok Fried Kale Clay Pot 馬拉盞蝦乾 黑豚肉碎芥蘭煲 24: Gai Lan vegetables served in a ripping hot clay pot with dried shrimp, minced pork with shrimp paste. There is no bitterness to the tender adolescent Gai Lan and makes for the perfect side dish!
Crispy Triple Cooked US Black Angus Short Rib 醬烤三弄 美國安格斯牛肋骨 42: Simply put – Thrice cooked and MELTS in your mouth.
Mott’s Amber 杞子桂花糕 12: This traditional Chinese gelatin pudding with Osmanthus flower with Wolfberry is one of my all time favourite desserts. I love the subtle sweetness and the fragrance of the blossom. Mott’s rendition is done right without the sourness of goji berries and the bitterness that often lingers from Osmanthus.
Strawberry – Soy Sauce Ice Cream 草莓醬油雪糕 14: A delicious play on fresh strawberries and the delicate salty presence of soy. Served with freeze dried strawberries for texture and tartness. I would come back just for this alone!
Birthday Buns: steamed birthday buns with lotus paste and a salty egg yolk. What an amazing evening spent celebrating my birthday!
At the end of your meal, make sure to catch the whisky cart for an aperitif. Also on rotation is the Gin and Tonic cart. And during lunch, also watch for the Mimoso cart with freshly squeezed orange juice and basil leaves.
I highly recommend making a reservations at Mott 32 to experience the celebration of Hong Kong culture and cuisine.
Mott 32 卅二公館
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum, Seafood
Mon 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8
‘Tonight for Tomorrow’ is back for its second year, and is the perfect reason to eat at one of your favourite restaurants! For every dollar spent on dinner at participating restaurants on Wednesday, May 10th, two dollars will be donated to help grow Mealshare! Sign […]
Pink Pearl Chinese Seafood Restaurant 珠城大酒樓 is one of the oldest Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located at 1132 E Hastings Street at Clark Drive. This restaurant opened for business 40 years ago in 1980. It is older than me! Celebrating 4 decades of culinary […]
Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar recently refreshed their team with General Manager Mark Taylor and Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Chef de Cuisine Josh Gonneau alongside Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal. This fresh new take in the cucina offers new menu delicacies with comfort dishes.
It’s been a while since we’ve last visited Cibo and I loved seeing the subtle transformations of a brighter and more airy space.
- albacore tuna crudo [gf]: shaved fennel, pickled radish, orvieto olive oil
- beef carpaccio 16: tellicherry black pepper seared, confit tomatoes, sicilian capers, pickles, mustard aioli
- Burrata and prosciutto di parma: served with warm focaccia, sourdough, tuscan olive oil, parmesan passatina di ceci
Chitarra Alla Vongole: stinging nettle pesto, early spring vegetables and clams. This was one of my favorite and stinging nettle is such a classic Italian recipe.
Ricotta Gnocchetti: braised oxtail, grilled mushrooms, san marzano tomatoes. Such a hearty and comforting pasta dish. Perfect for any cloudy rainy day!
Vincisgrassi al Forno: baked abruzzo heritage durum wheat pasta, grilled portobello, spicy tomatoes, black pepper goat cheese cream. And its vegetarian friendly too!
Triangle Island Halibut: buttermilk polenta, grilled asparagus
Organic Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta: caramelized apples, burnt honey caramel, amaretti
Tiramisu “Cibo”: deconstructed tiramisu with molten chocolate brownie, marsala and espresso bitters
I was invited by CIBO Trattoria for a menu tasting.
Mon 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9
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