Soft Peaks (Metrotown): Green Forest Soft Serve Ice Cream

Soft Peaks recently opened a location across from Metrotown carrying their signature organic soft serve ice cream with cool toppings. Their new location is actually quite spacious inside and I was surprised at how quiet it was (I think I was the only one there during my visit and it was a day before the first day of summer).
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Green Leaf Cafe: Welcome Addition to Burnaby

If you’re a fan of aburi oshi sushi (flame-seared and box-pressed) in Vancouver, you’ve probably heard of Green Leaf Sushi, a popular location in the trendy Kitsilano area. Earlier in May, they opened up a second location… this time in Burnaby, behind Lougheed Town Centre at the corner of Cameron St and Erickson Dr.
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Ricky’s Country Restaurant (Burnaby): Yikes!

After eating at the Ricky’s Country Restaurant in Richmond the previous day, I wasn’t planning on dining at another Ricky’s for a while. But for some reason, we wound up at the Ricky’s in Burnaby while running some errands. Like their Richmond counterpart, the diners here tended to be mainly non-asian… not that there’s anything wrong with that… it’s just that it’s a bit unsettling in a multicultural city like Vancouver to be the only asians in a restaurant.
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Ricky’s Country Restaurant (Richmond): Farmhand’s Favourite

It wasn’t my plan to visit Ricky’s… but sometimes, things just work out this way. I was originally going to head over to Lido Restaurant to try their famous pineapple buns but found the place to be super busy on the Saturday morning. Not in the mood to wait around or to hunt around for parking, I dejectedly headed over to nearby Ricky’s Country Restaurant (this is now my 2nd failed attempt at visiting Lido).
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The Hide Out Cafe: Grilled Chicken Panini

If you find yourself near the BC Provincial Law Courts in New Westminster and you’re looking for a place to hide out, you only have to go across the street to duck inside The Hide Out Cafe.
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Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grille (Whistler 2018): Loaded Nachos and Hot Wings

During our stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa in June, we decided to try out the dining options in the hotel. Originally, we were planning on eating at the Cinnamon Bear Grille but found out that their small restaurant was closed for a private party. Instead, we headed over to their Cinnamon Bear Bar which had more of an après ski lodge feel to it.
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Harajuku Izakaya (Whistler 2018): Japanese Tapas

We were looking for some small appies/tapas for dinner and decided to head on over to Harajuku Iazakaya which is located next to the Fuji Market behind the Whistler Conference Centre.
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Peaked Pies (Whistler 2018): Aussie Meat Pies

The thing that we noticed about Whistler (especially this year) was the large contingent of Aussies in the village… both visiting and also working in the various retail shops. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, to find a place like Peaked Pies in Whistler.
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COWS Whistler (Whistler 2018): Fluff ‘n Udder

Does anyone still remember when COWS had a store on Robson Street in Vancouver? Well, unlike Vancouver which has seen an explosion of ice cream and dessert shops over the last couple of years, Whistler has stayed fairly true to COWS. In fact, during our visit in June, there were actually 2 COW locations along the Village Stroll… pretty much within spitting distance.
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Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar (Whistler 2018): Three Course Meal

Araxi has been on our list of places to visit in Whistler for a number of years but we’ve only just been able to drop by this past June. Located in the Village Square, it’s difficult to miss this restaurant whenever you walk through the heart of Whistler.
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El Furniture Warehouse (Whistler 2018): You Get What You Pay For

El Furniture Warehouse is an oddly named bar located in the heart of the Village Stroll of Whistler, a block north of the Village Gate Blvd overpass. Arriving in Whistler around 3pm on a late and rainy July weekday, we decided to stop by here to grab some appies (a lot of the big restaurants are closed around this time of the day).
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Tenen Restaurant: Hearty Eastern European Food

Tucked away in a tiny little retail building on Royal Oak near Rumble Street in Burnaby, a modest Eastern European restaurant has taken over the location formerly occupied by Long J L Chinese Cuisine. It’s quite easy to miss this place as it’s somewhat hidden by the Chevron gas station next door.
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