I still remember the first time that we visited Anton’s Pasta Bar in North Burnaby. It was a dark and cold night over 20 years ago and the line up was outside the door. As we’ve gotten older though, the amount of time that we’re willing to wait in line for a restaurant has diminished greatly.
Nothing starts off a cold morning better than a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream. I had some errands around Brentwood one Saturday morning and stopped off at IHOP for some grub. The place was pretty busy – I don’t think there’s very much open this early in this neighbourhood and the food is pretty decent. Read the rest of this entry
Most A&W locations nowadays are found near or inside malls but the location on Kingsway near Highgate almost looks like a throwback to the glory days of a bygone era. It’s quite unusual to still find such a large stand-alone A&W in Vancouver. While not operating as a drive-in (they do have a 24-hour drive through though), this location seems like they have enough space for it if that fad ever came back. Read the rest of this entry
There is no end to the number of tiny sushi joints there are in the Lower Mainland. Take, for example, Asa Sushi which is located in a small mini-mall on the corner of Rumble and Royal Oak in Burnaby (the same mini-mall as the Polish bakery BJ Bakery) and within spitting distance of Makoto. Read the rest of this entry
Those of you that are old enough will remember when McDonald’s used to serve deep-fried apple pies. The crispy, crunchy, deep-fried crust filled with chunks of tender apple and gooey sauce… what’s not to love? Then, one day (about the same time the McPizza debuted in Canada), they mysteriously vanished only to be replaced with the far inferior “baked” apple pie. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever eaten somewhere and had a great meal only to discover that when you go back, it’s never as good as that first time? Read the rest of this entry
The Balkan region of Europe comprises a number of countries but due to some negative connotations to the term “Balkan”, many often refer to the area now as Eastern Europe or Southeastern Europe. Regardless of the terminology used, the food shares aspects with traditional Slavic, Turkish, Serbian, and Greek fare.
My first visit to Wings (not to be confused with House of Wings a few blocks away) was on a late December weekday. The lighting inside this pub is quite bright but the decor is mainly dark tones with black tables & seating, and dark coffered ceilings. Read the rest of this entry
On a Sunday morning Costco outing in early January, we decided to grab some dim sum beforehand. The main problem being that Burnaby has a definite lack of choices when it comes to dim sum. Read the rest of this entry
When I saw the signs for the new Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot go up in the former Sammy J Peppers location across from Metrotown, I was quite anxious to try it out… but it seemed to take forever until it opened. We finally managed to visit the place in early December (after waiting a month or two to allow them to work out any grand opening kinks). Read the rest of this entry