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Dundas Eat and Drink: East Van Fusion

For the better part of my childhood, I grew up in East Van… specifically, in the area close to the PNE. Back in the day, it was hardly the place known for being able to find restaurants of any kind. However, over the last few years, a new bunch of eateries have popped up around the northeast corner of Vancouver.
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The Viet Noodle Guy: Modern Take on Classic Vietnamese

Everyone has their own favourite spot for pho. In the past, this usually meant some hole-in-the-wall noodle joint that’s seen better days. The Viet Noodle Guy kicks that trend and seems to be doing quite well at it.
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Broken Rice: Bánh Khọt

It’s been a while since we last visited Broken Rice in North Burnaby. This Vietnamese restaurant located on Hastings Street has always been a spot where we knew we would get a good quality meal. Unlike most Vietnamese restaurants which seem to be hole-in-the-wall joints, Broken Rice seems to be of slightly higher ambiance with beautiful blue and white dishware.
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Cactus Club (Richmond Centre): Nothing New Here

Late last year, Cactus Club opened up in Richmond Centre. This popular chain restaurant (similar to Earls, Milestones, and Joeys) reinvented themselves years ago from the kitschy cow-themed decor to a more stylish offering with waitresses that are garbed in tight black dresses. We recently found a need to head over to Richmond Centre and noticed that they blocked off a section of prime parking spaces so Cactus Club could offer special VIP parking ($6 for Cactus Club patrons or $12 for Richmond Centre shoppers). Something about that just didn’t sit right with me given the already busy parking situation here.
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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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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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Green & Oak Malaysian Restaurant: Lunch Add-Ons

Green & Oak is one of the newer Malaysian restaurants in town and situated just east of Boundary Road on Hastings Street. We arrived in mid-April (right before they were set to temporarily close down for some kitchen renovations) for a late lunch/early dinner and were fortunate that they were still offering their special lunch add-on menu (where you can order smaller versions of their appies).
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Piggy Smalls (Hawaii 2018): Vietnamese Appies in Ward Village

Located in the gentrifying Ward Village area of Kana’ako (sandwiched between Downtown Honolulu to the west and Ala Moana to the east), is Piggy Smalls. This offshoot of The Pig and the Lady in Chinatown serves up riffs on various Vietnamese appies and small plates. We first came across Piggy Smalls in 2017 after visiting nearby Hakubundo for some Japanese pens.
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Sen Pad Thai: Holy Basil Stirfry

Sen Pad Thai is yet another Thai-inspired street food eatery from Angus An to go along with his other sister restaurants (Longtail Kitchen, Freebird Chicken, etc…). This shop is actually located in the Net Loft building at Granville Island (as opposed to the food court located in the market).
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Earls (Lougheed): Bridge Park

I’ve always thought that the Earls located on Lougheed Hwy in Burnaby was in a strange spot. It seems to be stuck in a little nook that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. I guess that’s why it never seems busy when we visit. Either that, or we’re fortunate to avoid the rush.
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Perak Malaysian Cafe: Marpole Malaysian

Back in mid-August, we came across a newish Malaysian restaurant in Marpole called Perak Malaysian Cafe. I’m not sure if this place is related to Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken in Crystal Mall but it seems vaguely familiar.
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Longtail Kitchen: Lunch Specials

For those of you who haven’t been to the River Market in New West (formerly known as New West Quay), you might be surprised at the quality of restaurants located in this place. In addition to Freebird Chicken Shack, Chef Angus An has a Thai restaurant at River Market that specializes in Thai street food.
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