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Mello: Keep Calm and Eat Donuts

“Mellow” – Adj. Pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness. I know the spelling is slightly different but if there was one word to describe the Strawberries and Cream brioche donut at this Chinatown donuterie… “Mello” would suffice.
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Salty’s Lobster Shack: Lobster Rolls and Bisque

Anyone else here crave a good lobster roll? Well, there’s a food truck in Vancouver appropriately named Salty’s Lobster Shack.
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Browns Socialhouse (QE Theatre): Patio Dining

It’s been about 7 years since our first visit to Browns Socialhouse. Since that time, they’ve opened up a number of new locations and have taken a spot in the very popular “premium casual dining” market that’s been primarily occupied by the likes of Earls, and Cactus Club. Now, if these places all seem a bit “same”, it’s probably because there’s good reason… the person in charge of Browns used to work at Earls and then went on to open up Cactus Club.
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YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea (Marine Gateway): Refreshing Fruit Teas

While coffee may reign supreme in some cities, bubble tea is really pushing the buttons of ardent Vancouverites these days. Recently, YiFang opened up another location of their popular Taiwainese fruit tea shops. This location is upstairs, near the Neptune Palace Seafood restaurant.
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Kilimanjaro Snack House: East African Street Food

We stopped by in mid-June to a small little shop called Kilimanjaro Snack House. Here, they serve an assortment of east-African goodies to tempt your tastebuds. Our original reason for stopping by was to try their samosas but we wound up ordering a bunch of items (some of which, aren’t on their regular menu).
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Royal Pho Restaurant: Vietnamese Food in Champlain Square

Royal Pho Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant that’s located in Champlain Square. As we don’t have many Vietnamese places nearby, we stopped by to grab some take-out in May.

Masayoshi: Special Take-Out Menu

When the whole coronapocaplyse shut down dine-in eating at restaurants, it was a bit of an inconvenience at first… then I started to realize just how often I ate at restaurants – turns out we’re saving a lot of money by me not eating out. After a couple of weeks, I started to get cravings for Japanese food and it so happened that I saw that Masayoshi was going to offer special take-out meals. I’ve had Masayoshi on my radar for a long time but never found the time to visit in person before so I figured this was serendipitous.
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Z&W Shanghai Kitchen: Mui Choy Kau Yuk and Xiao Long Bao

In mid-March, right before the whole coronapocalypse closed up all of the restaurants in town (other than take-out), we dropped by Z&W Shanghai Kitchen on West Broadway, near Arbutus. For the longest time, this location used to be the home of an all-you-can-eat Japanese place. Upon walking inside, we immediately noticed the improvements to the decor… including the elegantly adorned wall.
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Tropika: Long Standing SE Asian Eats

It has literally been years since the last time we dined at Tropika. Many years ago, this was one of the first Malaysian restaurants that we tried and we fell in love with the spices associated with SE Asian cooking such as Malaysian and Thai cuisine.
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Le Petit Belge: Amazing Salmon Benny on Waffles

I don’t make it downtown very often so, when I had the chance in mid-February, I popped by Le Petit Belge for an early morning breakfast. True to their name, this location is kind of small and I was glad that I went early as it quickly filled up in the morning. As you enter, you’ll come to the counter where you place and pay for your order before sitting down.
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Tangent Cafe: Service a bit Lacking

Despite spending my formative years around The Drive, I don’t really make it out here much anymore. During one early January morning, I found myself in the neighbourhood and decided to check out Tangent Cafe, which is located a bit further south down Commercial Dr.
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Kook Korean BBQ Restaurant: Korean BBQ with Lots of Banchan

Back in early March, before the whole coronapocalypse shut down all of the dine-in eating at restaurants, we dropped by Kook Korean BBQ on East 1st. It wasn’t very surprising that the restaurant was pretty quiet when we visited… but that suited us perfectly.
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