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Menya Japanese Noodle – Nagahama Ramen

Menya Japanese Noodle has been located at the corner of Yukon and West Broadway for years and I’ve passed by it countless times wondering if it was any good. During the hectic xmas shopping rush, I found refuge here and was quite pleased by the company and the food (as the ramen really warmed up my chest).
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Acacia Fillo Bar – Bulgarian Banitza

Acacia Fillo Bar is a tiny little Bulgarian café located on Denman Street that serves up Banitzas and Bureks. Both of these are very similar to each other (I’ve had bureks before at Bernie’s Balkan Kitchen which recently moved) but the banitzas are generally eaten for breakfast in Balkan countries.
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Secret Garden Tea Company – Afternoon Tea in Kerry’s Dale

It’s been a number of years since we last had afternoon tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company. Located in Kerrisdale (once known as “Kerry’s Dale”), this quaint little shop is hardly a secret to tea lovers.
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The Castle Neighbourhood Grill

The Castle Neighbourhood Grill is a difficult-to-find location if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Currently nestled within a residential community, this spot previously housed the Dublin Castle Irish Sports Grill (which we were sad to see go) and, more historically, the BC Penitentiary Guard House that closed down in 1980.
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Siena – Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Siena is a cozy Italian restaurant located on West 12th (just off Granville) and takes the name from the city/province of Siena in Tuscany, Italy.
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Nuba Cafe (Mount Pleasant) – Lamb Kibbeh

With all of the bakery shops that I was visiting in early December, I felt like I needed to eat something a bit more healthy. Nuba seemed like the perfect choice so I headed down to visit the Mount Pleasant location, just a half block west of Main St.
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Broken Rice – Shaken Beef

Finding ourselves in The Heights one evening, we decided to drop by Broken Rice for an early dinner as we enjoyed our last visit when we tried their garlic butter chicken wings.
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Mr. Red Cafe – Special Sticky Rice

As I mentioned on my post on Old Ginger, I was having a tough time visiting restaurants during the beginning of December… first, I wasn’t able to visit Peaceful Restaurant because they didn’t open when they said they would and then Mr. Red turned me away because their power went out right as I walked through the door. Well, I’m nothing if I’m not persistent and finally made it back to Mr. Red later in the week.
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Swiss Bakery – Frissant

If you’re looking for a Cronut™ in Vancouver, you might be out of luck since that croissant-doughnut name is trademarked. Instead, you can head down to Swiss Bakery and pick up a Frissant – a portmanteau of “fritter” and “croissant”. It’s hard to believe that the whole process of making these yummy creations of fried laminated dough takes 3 days – perhaps that’s why these go so fast.
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Peaceful Restaurant

After my previous bad luck experience trying to visit Peaceful Restaurant (see my visit to Old Ginger), I finally managed to stop by when Peaceful was open. It was still quite busy around 1:30pm but, fortunately, the tables were moving quickly and I got a seat with little waiting.
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Breka Bakery & Café (Fraser St) – Sweets 24×7

If you suffer from insomnia around the Sunset area of Fraser and 49th, you’ve no doubt stumbled across Breka Bakery & Café. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this European-style bakery is a mecca for students and shift-workers looking for a pick-me-up at all hours of the night.
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Old Ginger

Not all ginger is the same. The proponents of ginger state that young ginger tends to lower body temperature (useful for hyperthyroidism or fevers) whereas old ginger raises body temperature. Truth be told, however, I didn’t plan on visiting Old Ginger on this cold December day.
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