Sunday, June 28, 2015

Food for Thought: MY POV on Vegetarianism and a review of Vegan Pudding & Co

A great pudding cup.
Bet you can’t tell it’s vegan. 
It is just plain good.

For January 1st and Chinese New Year, I usually go meat free.  I like the idea of starting the year without kill something and having blood on your hands.  Granted, I’m sure the meat at the grocery store was killed many days ago.

Personally, it’s not a big deal to have additional vegetarian/vegan meals here or there throughout the year.  Sometimes it’s just nice to mix it up and there are so many tasty meat free dishes out there, such as:
  • deep fried tofu with spicy salt
  • chana masala
  • mujadarah
  • falafel

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Sushimoto (a Re-Visit)

Flamed Nigiri - Yum!
Dual Korokke - Awesome!
Sushimoto - Good!

Sometimes in the frenzy of trying the newest restaurants and the latest trendy foodstuffs in the city, old favourites are neglected.  This was certainly the case with Sushimoto.  In an effort to organize my wallet, I came across a Sushimoto loyalty card and realized I have not eaten there for at least a year.

I was scheduled to have dinner with Speedy but we hadn't decided on where, when she arrived to pick me up.  In a spooky, we’re on the same wavelength, and this is why we are friends moment, Speedy turns to me and says,  “We’re haven’t been to Sushimoto in ages, wanna go there for dinner tonight?”

So for our monthly catch up dinner, Speedy and I went to Sushimoto to vent about our life and enjoy some sushi.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Cinara

Flavours that were strong,
Complementary in small
Parts at Cinara.

We shut off our computer, got ready, and as a company happily strolled up the street to Cinara, our latest destination for our staff dinner.

After being listed as one of the better new restaurants in 2014 by both Alex Gill and Mia Stainsby, I was excited to finally try Cinara.

It’s a small cozy restaurant with a concise menu that consistently changes.  As a group we opted to try their tasting menu.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Food for Thought: Freebie Meals and How to Write about Them

A recent thread in the BC Chowhound board caught my interest because it intersected my hobby, food blogging, and my job as a marketing professional.

The hot topic was: Is it O.K. to accept free meals at restaurants and how do you go about writing/blogging about that meal?

It’s an important issue considering how many active bloggers there are in the city and how often marketing firms (PR companies, Ad Agencies, etc) try to capitalize on this.

As a marketing professional, I’m sensitive to this topic.  I deal with the concept frequently to ensure that my company doesn’t get our clients into crap with the Competition Bureau of Canada.

As a consumer, I want to be able to make an informed choice and don’t want to be duped by a review that may have been paid for in some way.

So is it O.K. for food bloggers to accept freebies?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Straight Outta of Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria

Sticker Shock Pizza
Foldable N.Y.C. Slices
Worth the hefty price.

I like thin simple pizza so I’ve been enjoying the Neapolitan wave that has swept thru the city in the last few years.  Although I’m not in an exclusive relationship with the Neapolitan style, as long as it’s on a thin crust topped with quality toppings, I’m open to trying other varieties.  Enter Straight Outta of Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Wu-Tang Clam Chowder, Jaws & YVR Baos from Bao Down

Clamshell Mantou stuffed
With tasty Asian fillings.
Good lunch at Bao Down.

It seems my prayers for more grab and go/quick lunch options in Gastown has been answered.  Bao Down is the latest eatery to open near my office that offers the opportunity to partake in a fast lunch.

Bao Down offers banh mi style sandwiches and an assortment of sides but the main draw is their baos.  The traditional Taiwanese Gua Bao is stuffed with braised pork belly, but the fillings at this Gastown spot strays a bit from the original and is more pan Asian West coast fusion (sounds about right for Vancouver).