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Provence Marinaside – Yaletown

Provence Marinaside is a rather spacious French restaurant located in Yaletown at Marinaside Crescent and Davie Street (about a block away from the Roundhouse Community Centre).  Read the rest of this entry

Shaughnessy Restaurant

So, what does a railway and golf have to do with a restaurant located in picturesque VanDusen Botanical Gardens?  Well, for one thing, VanDusen sits on property that was once owned by CPR and leased to the Shaughnessy Golf Club.  Read the rest of this entry

The Boathouse (New West) – Seafood Share Platter

Usually when we go to The Boathouse in New West, we wind up in the dining room.  On this sunny Monday, it was pretty dead so we sat in the lounge area – it has a nice view of the boardwalk and the Fraser River. Read the rest of this entry

Olive & Anchor – Oysters at Horseshoe Bay

If you live in the Lower Mainland, when you hear the words “Horseshoe Bay”, you probably think of long lineups at the ferry terminal.  It’s no wonder since this is the 3rd largest BC Ferries terminal.  Read the rest of this entry

Sandbar Seafood Restaurant – Mussels, Oysters, and Hash

I know that there are a lot of places to eat at Granville Island but one of our default go-to places is the Sandbar.  Run under the same banner that manages The Teahouse, Cardero’s, and Seasons in the Park, they know how to put together a good plate of food and all have beautiful locations… perfect for a date.

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Seasons in the Park – Picturesque Views from QE Park

The highest spot in Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park located in an area appropriately called Little Mountain.  It’s actually named for Queen Eliabeth II’s mother, the Queen Mother (not to be confused with Queen Elizabeth I) and is a popular tourist spot due to the expansive views of the city and their famous sunken gardens. Read the rest of this entry

Havana Restaurant & Gallery – Brunch

A lot has changed along The Drive over the last quarter century.  I recall back in the 80’s that there was still fairly noticeable remnants of “Little Italy” even despite the influx of Asian and other cultures.  We found ourselves in our old stomping grounds in early February after dropping off some donations to the nearby SPCA and noticed that many of the old shops have been replaced with an eclectic collection of restaurants.  While there were still a few old shops that we remembered, The Drive has seem to undergone a bit of gentrification… if you told me 25 years ago that there was going to be a fish and chips food truck parked in front of Grandview Park, I wouldn’t have believed you. Read the rest of this entry

Fish House in Stanley Park

Back in November of last year, we stopped by the Fish House in Stanley Park for lunch.  It’s been years since we last visited this restaurant located next to the tennis courts.  Being a touristy spot, I was worried that it would be busy at lunchtime but I guess the rain kept everyone away because we were the first ones there (a few diners did eventually arrive a bit later).

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Julian Serrano (Las Vegas – Aria)

It’s Vegas Baby!  It seems like ages since the last time we visited Las Vegas so we jumped at the chance to come here in early December (especially since the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world on Dec 21, 2012).  This is the first in a string of posts based in Sin City – mainly to help me remember where we ate and to plan for our next visit 🙂

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Beachside Forno – Brunch

Beachside Forno is a spacious restaurant located in West Vancouver just steps away from Ambleside Beach.  Although it looked pretty sunny outside, we decided against the patio since it was October and a wee bit chilly in the air.

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Boathouse (New West) – Deep Fried Oysters and Steamed Mussels

We went out to dinner recently at the Boathouse in New Westminster to celebrate a couple of birthdays.  I find that when we go to the Boathouse in New West, it’s usually pretty empty – I’m not sure if it’s because of the particular day that we go.  In either case, it’s fine by me because I prefer quieter restaurants. Read the rest of this entry

Flying Beaver Bar and Grill

After a quick visit to the Ikea in Richmond, we were looking for some good lunch offerings but didn’t feel like Asian because we were just at Cattle Cafe the previous day.  I know, Richmond isn’t the best place to be if you’re looking for non-Asian restaurants but I had a place in mind. Read the rest of this entry