Edmonton Eats: Tsujiri

If you haven’t heard of Tsujiri before, the company is a long withstanding brand in Japan, famous for its matcha green tea. Tsujiri started off 155 years ago specializing in producing its own green tea and opening its own tea shops in Kyoto. It has now grown to be a global brand with one of…

Ramen Koika on Robson

As much as I love summer, I love fall even more. And you know what goes great with fall weather? A delicious bowl of ramen. My friend Aaron and I decided to check out the new location of Ramen Koika on lower Robson St. “Koika” means love song in Japanese, so if you’re bold enough…

Discover Los Angeles: Affordable Fun Things To Do

Los Angeles can be quite an expensive city to vacation in, despite the low cost airfare from Vancouver to LA (my flight cost me only $275 in October!) It was tricky to find an affordable hotel option as well, however there are various fun activities and dining options that were cheap and budget friendly that…

Kamamarui Ramen & Don

I’m not sure about how the subject of ramen restaurants came up in conversation with some friends one day but I was mentioning that I really enjoy it but have found that the new “trendy” restaurants that open up always get so popular as soon as they open that I either have to go midafternoon,…

Jinya Ramen

Jinya Ramen Bar has 3 locations in the lower mainland – two in Vancouver and one in Burnaby. Their restaurants offer a sleek and modern dining atmosphere while serving non-pretentious noodles in a good, solid broth. Aside from traditional ramen, you will find the chef’s creations quite tantalizing. Such was the Slurp Up Cilantro Ramen made…

Cornucopia 2017’s Night Market: Taste of the World

This weekend’s Whistler Cornucopia 2017 food & wine festival started off for me with a celebration of food and drinks from around the world at its Night Market: Taste of the World event. Restaurant stations, along with endless tables of wine, beer and spirits greeted us for this event. Guests received a wine glass along…

Pepper Lunch Opens Third Metro Vancouver Location

The Lower Mainland has welcomed Pepper Lunch with open arms and stomachs. The fast-casual Japanese restaurant concept known for its hot iron skillets will open the doors to its third Canadian location in Metro Vancouver next week – The second in Richmond; and it will be their largest single-level Canadian location yet. Pepper Lunch’s new location will feature…

San Francisco Eats – Hitachino Beer & Wagyu

Nest is best! Hitachino Nest Beer is a craft brewery created in 1823 in Hitachi, Japan, located in the Ibaraki prefecture outside of Tokyo. I’ve been a huge fan ever since being introduced to Hitachino Nest’s White Ale beer in California during a work trip. It’s hard to find Hitachino beers in Vancouver, so I take…

Sushi Well

Across the street from Gateway Skytrain Station is a little sushi restaurant called Sushi Well. Small and non-pretentious, this particular franchise has a great chef and has become a favourite spot for my family and I. We enjoy spending our Friday dinner there. And the food is delicious. Chef Jake’s Aburi creations rival those of…

Maruyama: Omakase with Chef

Thanks to Raymond of ChineseBites, we were invited to a private omakase nigiri tasting at the new, cozy Maruyama Japanese Restaurant, opened June just earlier this year. Previously the raw bar chef at Blue Water Cafe, Chef Yoshiya Maruyama has ventured into opening his own restaurant in East Vancouver on Rupert St, replacing the old Kimura….