Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
My beauty blogger friend Carmen (Curiously Carmen) invited me to be her plus one to the Caliburger media tasting earlier this month. I had actually never heard of Caliburger before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. They are located on Thurlow and Robson in the same small complex as Guu. This is their second location in Canada.
I’ve passed by Milestones on Broadway and Cambie a lot and it always looked nice but I’d never been inside before. Okay to be fair I haven’t been in a few years anyway. The restaurant is on the second floor and It’s actually really open and spacious inside with the usual dim lighting and many TV’s with sports games on. My friend had a gift card that she needed to use so she invited me to come along with her.
I went on a Tuesday and Original Bellini’s are 50% off! A classic, sweet girly drink for me with not much alcohol! They also have an Ultimate Bellini which is 3 ounces instead of 2. Read more
My co-workers were craving burgers so we decided to hit up Romer’s Burger Bar in Yaletown. They have three locations: River District, Kitsilano and Yaletown. The burgers at Romer’s do not come with fries so you will have to add them separately to your order. The fries come in an individual size or in a shareable size.
This was the Monty Mushroom Burger made with a hand-crafted patty, carmelized onions, sauteed portobello mushrooms, her garlic Boursin, and baby arugula. Each burger is also accompanied with a banana pepper if you want to add some spice to your burger. Read more
Thyme to Indulge is such a cute name for a restaurant. They seem like they’re known for their brunch but I just went for a late lunch. The space is whimsically decorated and they even sell many flavours of macarons in a display case. Not sure how good they are though…
We explored their menu online before showing up and we saw The Jerk which sounded interesting. The online menu never mentioned that it was a sandwich though and also didn’t say that it came with fries or salad so we were pleasantly surprised. The sandwich consisted of roasted jerk chicken, grilled pineapples, avocado and guava chutney with a house made aioli sauce. I believe I’ve only had jerk chicken once before and that was at the Caribbean Festival and it was more heavily seasoned and grilled. This roasted version was almost on the dry side. There were bursts of sweetness from the grilled pineapple that helped keep the flavour interesting though. The bun was soft but unremarkable. I don’t know my bread but it might’ve been brioche? Anyway, I wouldn’t really recommend this sandwich and I was expecting a bit more from it.
I ended up eating lunch at like 3pm and ended up going to White Spot at Oakridge since it was convenient and also they have happy hour from 3-6pm so I thought I’d take advantage of that. Also I saw pictures of their new burger guest stars on Instagram and they looked good.
Unfortunately we did not end up picking appies that qualified for happy hour because a) I can’t read the menu obviously and b) even though I checked with the server and she was like yup yup it turned out that it was a nope nope >.> so we ended up feeling ripped off after and I could’ve ordered other stuff that was more worth the money.
This was the Crispy Three Cheese Ravioli filled with mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese and served with arrabiata sauce. The ravioli were fried and cheesy inside but tasted mostly doughy and all the different cheeses they used didn’t seem to have much of an impact.
My friend decided to have her birthday dinner at Joey’s and I remember a few years ago I also had my birthday dinner here too and it was alright. Apparently they only take 20% reservations and the rest of the space is for walk in customers.
We started off by sharing some Yam Fries with Truffle Lemon Aioli and grated Grana Padano cheese on top. The fries were good but the acidity from the lemon aioli just didn’t go well with the yam fries but it sounds good in theory. The presentation on the wire basket as also cute.
Hamburger 2.85 has been getting a lot of press lately and I really wasn’t that interested in a hamburger but the price point was so low that it propelled me to try it. They’re located on the corner of Pender and Granville.
They only serve a hamburger or a hamburger with cheese (+$0.50).
The hamburger comes to $3 with tax. It looked exactly like the picture that they’re advertising! That’s pretty rare (cough squished McDonald’s burgers cough). The hamburger tasted like something I could put together in a backyard BBQ. The size was pretty good for me and the patty was alright, not dry and it had that slightly charred flavour. The addition of the teriyaki sauce was what gave the burger more flavour. The burger is really simple and pretty decent. I think with this price, no one can really complain about it since all the other food trucks serve food around $8-10. Not sure if I would come back though because it just didn’t feel special or out of the world tasty.
They’re open on Saturdays and I went in the afternoon so there was no crazy line up. I don’t think I would line up for this.