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Take Sushi – Grilled Salmon Belly

We’re big fans of Take Sushi, located on Hastings Street in North Burnaby. I don’t think we’ve ever had anything bad here before.
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89°C Wonderful House Restaurant – Hit-and-Miss

The corner of Kingsway and Salisbury in Burnaby is kind of like the Bermuda Triangle of restaurants… I remember it previously being Private Home Chinese Cuisine, Highgate Chinese Restaurant, and Dai Sushi.
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Spot Prawn Fest 2016 – Finest At Sea

Last week kicked off the start to the 10th annual Spot Prawn Festival. Unfortunately, like King Crab, BC Spot Prawns have become super popular… especially in Asia where 90% of BC’s commercial harvest winds up.
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Hon Sushi – Forgettable Sushi

The restaurant located on the second floor above Earls on Kingsway has changed a number of times over the years. In recent times, it’s been the location of Fish on Rice, an AYCE Japanese restaurant. The problem that I find with AYCE restaurants is that, inevitably, things go downhill… quality goes down, selection gets cut back, and prices go up.
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Fortuna Bakery – North Burnaby Pastries

There’s no shortage of quality bakeries along the Hastings corridor in North Burnaby. After a filling meal at Anton’s back in March, we noticed Fortuna Bakery – a family-owned Portuguese and European bakery/deli that’s been operating in Burnaby Heights for over 35 years.
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Heavenly (Hawaii 2016) – Pitaya Bowl

We first came across Heavenly during our 2015 vacation. Their use of local, organic ingredients stood out to me and I knew that if we came back, I’d want to try their breakfast again.
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Longs Drugs (Hawaii 2016) – Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

During our recent visit to Oahu this year, we decided to stay mainly in the Waikiki area since we had previously done the North Shore a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of great food on the North Shore (garlic shrimp, shave ice and the chocolate macadamia nut cream pies from Ted’s Bakery to name a few). Well, as we found out with Pacific Garlic Shrimp, you don’t need to go all the way to the North Shore to enjoy these things.
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T Galleria (Hawaii 2016) – Cookies and Dole Whip

Okay, so… when you think about food in Hawaii, you probably wouldn’t associate it with a Duty Free Shop. But you’d be wrong.
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Chinatown Express (Hawaii 2016) – Potstickers

I mentioned during our 2015 visit to Oahu that the Chinatown Express in the Ala Moana Center has sooooo many options to pick from.
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Big Island Candies (Hawaii 2016) – Macadamia Nut Milk Chocolate Trio

If you’ve even been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen how Honolulu Cookie Company has grown rapidly. In fact, you probably have family or friends who have brought back their pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies after vacationing in Hawaii. While HCC has grown rapidly since 1998, there’s another purveyor of shortbread cookies in Hawaii that’s been around since 1977. Starting in the Hilo industrial district of the Big Island, Big Island Candies is known both for their signature shortbread cookies as well as their chocolate products.
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Duke’s Waikiki (Hawaii 2016) – Hula Pie

There is a reason why Duke’s is a staple in Waikiki. Much like their namesake, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki seems to epitomize the tourist’s idealized image of living in Waikiki, right down to the performers serenading you at your table. That’s not a bad thing either.
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Minamoto Kitchoan (Hawaii 2016) – Wagashi

Minamoto Kitchoan is located in Ala Moana Center and is a purveyor of “wagashi”, a traditional Japanese confection made from natural, unrefined sugars.
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