As we continue our journey through the global pandemic, news of brand new eateries gets me excited for when it'll be acceptable to dine in restaurants with whoever I want. In the meantime, as exciting as takeout can be, I feel it doesn't do justice for the whole restaurant experience...
Sometimes, simple is just enough. I might be in the minority when I say this, but I love burgers. I love that a concept of bun, patty, and the usual condiments can either be enjoyed in the classic formula or with some extra zig.
Dining in the new normal has been interesting, to say the least. Anecdotal reports of restaurants allegedly failing to enforce social distancing fill up Reddit, contact tracing is the latest to hit Earls in Port Coquitlam, and these are the cases the public currently knows about.
As a born and bred citizen of Vancouver, I don't really know a life of extreme climate and wince when I look at a thermostat reading higher than 25°C. It might be for that reason that I consider ramen to be a year-round food rather than seasonal.
Maybe you've been in this next situation. You love Chinese food but get a little nervous trying to order it because a) you're Chinese but don't speak Chinese well enough to order with confidence in Chinese, or...
Here we are in June 2020, and restaurants are slowly opening again for dine-in service in Vancouver. Takeout was a thing for a lot of them the past two months but takeout is not really my thing. I prefer the experience of sitting in somebody else's dining room so...
When there are so many places to enjoy a dessert in Tokyo, hard choices have to be made and reflected on after the fact. After spending two and a half weeks in Japan's megacity, you can believe that I went to a lot of dessert shops.
It's a new age in most of the world – Vancouver included. With all the time I'm spending socially distancing and even abstaining from hanging with my girlfriend (she is a health care provider), a little more time has allowed me to edit photos and get down some documentation on some recent travels.
I love Italian food, don't get me wrong. I love pasta and pretty much all carbs. I also love La Quercia and their tasting menu which constantly changes. It was painful to come to this conclusion that I'm just not the right type of audience for Oca Pastificio.
Let's get real for a second here. If you're like me and looking to ball out on a dinner, you want to perform some due diligence. I don't live in a tax bracket where I can whiff on a multi-hundred dollar meal too often.
Gusto Latinoamericano is a wine-paired lunch with a focus on South American wines. This event connected wine-lovers with the principals and exhibitors behind each wine, allowing the faces of each wine brand share their story of how they came to be and why they exist in today's busy wine world.