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Cafe de l’Orangerie – Japanese Italian Fusion

Cafe de l’Orangerie has been on my list of places to try for quite some time… especially since I enjoy both Japanese and Italian food.
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Thai Express (Metrotown) – Food Court Eats

Thai Express opened up in the Metrotown food court earlier this year… it’s more like Thai-ish food that’s been modified to work in a fast food environment.
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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies

There are very few things that are more satisfying after a long hike than gorging yourself on some decadent treats. Fortunately, if you find yourself in Deep Cove after a hike up to Quarry Rock, there’s just such a spot.
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Gelato Express (Deep Cove) – Mango Gelato

There’s no hiding the fact that Deep Cove is a very touristy spot.
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Arms Reach Bistro – Coconut Curry Mussels

Back in late June, we decided to take a hike up to the very popular (read: busy) Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. We generally don’t visit Deep Cove much due to the difficulties finding parking in the area.
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Anh + Chi – Butter Garlic Chicken Wings

I’m not sure how this always seems to happen to us… but it seems like anytime we head out to a part of the city that we usually don’t visit, we wind up smack dab in the middle of some kind of festival or parade!
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Wei Dao Cafe – Spotty Service

Wei Dao Cafe is a Taiwanese cafe in Burnaby that, until recently, I never knew existed. I drive by it everyday but, because the restaurant is located in the back of a tiny mini mall (the same area as Potter’s Garden), you really don’t notice it unless you’re looking for it.
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Voodoo Doughnut Too (Portland Road Trip 2016)

As I’ve mentioned before, donuts is pretty much synonymous with Portland and nothing screams donuts more than Voodoo Doughnuts.
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Besaw’s (Portland Road Trip 2016) – Croque Madame

Besaw’s, tracing their humble roots back to a beer parlor and gambling hall in 1903, has seen many iterations over the years. We headed to Besaw’s for breakfast on the last day of our Portland road trip but quickly got lost. As it turned out, Besaw’s had recently moved from their 112-year home to a new location a couple of blocks away and our GPS still had their old address.
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Pambiche (Portland Road Trip 2016) – Old School Havana

If you were looking for Cuban food in Vancouver, you’d be sorely out of luck. While we were in Portland, we managed to visit Pambiche in the Kerns area of NE Portland and were quite impressed by the cuisine.
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Blue Star Donuts (Portland Road Trip 2016) – Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib Donut

Ok people, let’s talk about donuts! Having been to Voodoo Doughnuts on our last Portland road trip, I knew that I wanted to try Blue Star on this go around. While Voodoo is known for their novelty donuts, Blue Star goes for the quality donut aficionado market. Their classic brioche recipe takes 18 hours for the dough to be made and all of their glazes and fillings are made fresh daily.
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Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland Road Trip 2016) – Chicken Rice

I’ve noticed that Thai food seems to be fairly prominent in Portland’s restaurant scene (Pok Pok anyone?). While you can’t think of Portland without thinking about food trucks, we actually didn’t stop by any food trucks on this particular road trip. We did, however, stop by Nong’s Kaho Man Gai on SE Ankeny Street. Nong’s has a couple of food cart locations but this particular location is a full sit-down restaurant. It’s similar to a cafeteria where you order at the counter and then find a seat where they’ll bring your food out to you.
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