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…

Top 3 Deals & Steals: July 17 – 23, 2018

Each week, experience our top 3 deals & steals that have been selected for you, whether it be shopping, food, or just tips on how to save some money! This is the time of year when clothing stores mark their summer season on clearance in preparation for the start of the Fall fashion season. Here…

MUJI Opens on Robson Street

The wait is finally over – downtown Vancouver has its very own MUJI, the second to open this year (first being at Metropolis at Metrotown). The largest MUJI to open in Canada, this latest edition on Robson Street is home to over 4500 products, with the store consisting of over 14,500 square feet. Formerly the home…

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…

Edmonton Heritage Festival Recap

I’m currently on vacation in Edmonton visiting family. While here, I am on the hunt for shopping deals (save the PST!), new restaurants to try, and places to see and experience including this year’s Servus Heritage Festival in Hawrelak Park. This festival is a multicultural festival of food and cultural performances. I was really excited to check…

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….

Kamei Royale Grand Opening Celebration

Kamei Royale hosted its grand opening celebration on June 23rd at its new location at 1066 West Hastings Street, a few blocks down from where it was before on West Georgia. Their grand opening party treated VIP guests and local foodies to an evening of Japanese entertainment and sampling of its menu. Sushi, oysters, bite-sized appetizers on crackers, wine,…