VCC Chef’s Table Dinner-Fine Dining on a Budget

The VCC Chef’s Table dinner is prepared by VCC’s International Culinary Arts students. I believe they host one in the fall and one in spring. They offer a 5 course seasonal tasting menu for $30 which is a great deal if you want to try fine dining but don’t want to fork out a lot of money. For an additional $15, you can do a wine pairing as well.

VCC Chef's Table

To my surprise, most of the diners in attendance were middle aged and we were the youngest people there. Maybe it was just that night but I expected a wider age demographic. Or maybe people my age don’t really know about this event because I had never heard of it before either.  Read more

The Poke Guy

The Poke Guy is the latest newcomer to the poke scene. They are closer to Gastown on Richards and Hastings Street so if you work around here you don’t need to go as far for your poke fix now.

The Poke Guy

They’re right next to a barber shop. This also used to be a waffle place that flopped. I had considered trying them but I was just put off by their lack of ambiance and decor and based on the pictures of the food, they could’ve worked on presentation more. Anyway, I’m glad The Poke Guy took over!  Read more

Poke Time-My First Poke Experience

Poke Time opened up last month and I had been hearing and reading a lot about the new poke (pronounced poh-kay) bars that are suppose to be opening up this year so I really wanted to try it. Also, it’s basically like sashimi on rice so it seemed like it was hard to go wrong with it!

Poke Time

Poke is a raw fish salad that originates from Hawaii. I’ve never been to Hawaii before so I’ve never had the real thing but my friend says that poke is commonly found in grocery stores too and you can buy it deli style there! The photo above was actually taken a few days after my visit so I went before the grand opening. Not sure if things have changed now.

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Glowbal Grill at Telus Gardens

Glowbal Grill used to be in Yaletown but now they have relocated to the new Telus Gardens building on Georgia and Seymour. I’ve never been to their old location but the new one is really fancy looking! Like somewhere you would go to impress someone. All the waitresses are wearing similar uniforms and in the dim lighting, they all looked the same!

Glowbal Grill

The Rose Sangria caught my eye with pears and strawberries as well as rose wine, peach liqueur, apple juice, mint and tonic water. Read more

Shaughnessy Restaurant-Zomato Meetup

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

I attended my first Zomato meetup last month at Shaughnessy Restaurant in Van Duesen Gardens. Since it was almost time for the Festival of Lights, the restaurant was already decorated with lights and I felt a lot more festive already! I didn’t really know too much about Shaughnessy Restaurant nor had I ever thought about dining there before. In fact, I feel like it’s a bit hidden away. Also, for some reason… I had the impression that it was for older people?

Shaughnessy Restaurant

For my drink, I went with the Shaughnessy Lemonade. Mostly because it had the word lemonade in it. It also had rosemary infused bourbon, chartreuse, and ginger beer. Read more

Lips Resto

My friend was moving to Taiwan for her new teaching job so we were going to eat with her before she left. We decided on Lips Resto since it just opened and it had nice pictures. The restaurant was empty except for one table when we arrived at 7pm. Turns out we didn’t even need a reservation. It’s never a good sign to have an empty restaurant! Even a new one. We appreciated the nice dining space though.

Lips RestoSo my friends wanted Oysters so we ordered 6 served with horseradish, fennel and dill slaw. I forgot what the two sauces on the side were. I literally forgot right after the waiter said it. Oops. We thought the oysters were really small. Read more

The Flying Pig-Olympic Village

The Flying Pig opened up their third location in Olympic Village recently which is right in ma hood. So of course we had to go for lunch on Friday! The interior looks really nice with a wood theme going on and the wall behind our booth was lined with wine bottles.

The Flying Pig Olympic Village

We started off with some Complimentary Bread served with EVOO on a large plate convenient for dipping. Probably a little too convenient since I accidentally drenched my slice of bread. Not sure what kind of bread this was but it was really soft and served at room temperature.

The Flying Pig-Olympic Village

We shared the Devilled Jumbo Chicken Drumettes served with a side of parmesan basil sour cream. As you can see, they gave us two huge celery stalks for the garnish which was really weird. Usually they cut it up into pieces for you! Not sure why they didn’t do it here… The drumettes were glazed with a sweet sriracha BBQ sauce and there was suppose to be sriracha sauce in there but I couldn’t taste any. The meat was very tender though but besides the BBQ sauce on top the meat had no other flavour so it felt like it wasn’t seasoned/marinated enough. The parmesan basil sour cream helped though!

The Flying Pig

This was one of the specials of the day. Jumbo Macaroni with cheesy garlic bread, chicken breast, bacon and a 3 cheese cream sauce. I was debating between this or the braised short rib jumbo macaroni. Despite how good it sounded on paper (or their chalkboard), we felt that the dish fell short of our expectations. It wasn’t bad per se but it could’ve been a bit cheesier or more flavourful. The chicken breast wasn’t dry though and the cheesy garlic bread was really good!

The Flying Pig

For our side dish, we ordered the Truffled Cauliflower Gratin. When we received it, we complained that it was too watery and our server overheard us and offered to replace it for us! My foodie friend suspects that it was frozen before so that’s why there was so much water.

The Flying Pig

This was the replacement and it looked much better. It was less watery and more cheesy but we still thought the 4 cheese cream sauce could’ve been creamier and thicker in consistency but it was an improvement.  The service was great! They even took it off the bill for us.

Maybe my expectations were too high since I’ve been wanting to try the Flying Pig for a while but our experience wasn’t as exciting as we hoped for. I would still like to try them again for dinner or happy hour though.

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