Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Tsukemen from Ramen GoJiro


A Different Dip
Tsukemen so slurp worthy
At shop GoJiro

As I looked up from my seat, I spotted a black and white portrait of who I believe to be a young Kazuo Yamagishi, the inventor of Tsukemen and founder of the Taishoken chain of ramen shops in Japan. 

I took this as a good sign.  I had specifically returned to Ramen GoJiro for their tsukemen.  When I first visited, the shop was only selling their gatsuri ramen with its bounty of bean sprouts.  However given Menya Kouji affiliations with the inventor of dipping ramen, Yamagishi san, I was curious how GoJiro’s tsukemen would be.  The other Menya Kouji outlet, Ramen Butcher, serves a distinct and tasty seafood based version. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Meh Files: Pepper Lunch on Cambie Street

So hot it sizzles,
Pepper Lunch. D.I.Y. meals
Yields So So Results

When Pepper Lunch arrived in Richmond a year ago, I had zero interest.  For someone who had no contact with the Japanese chain before, the concept seemed too simple to warrant the hype it was generating.  Although I do understand it may have been a sentimental thing – something comforting and familiar from Asia against the Vancouver landscape of coffee and kale salads. 

A year later a second location opened in Vancouver and despite the social media blitz I was still rather blasé about it.  However, the Cambie street location had one huge advantage in enticing me to visit - it was only a 10 minute walk from Speedy’s work.  We needed a budget dinner option for a catch-up session and neither of us felt like having Shishinori.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Royal Dinette


Very Delicious!
Full of Flavor and Freshness!
Royal Dinette - Great!

One of the reasons why it took me so long to become a food blogger was that I didn’t want to delay the wonderfulness of eating tasty food.  It takes time to shoot photos and write notes. 

For my dinner at Royal Dinette, I abandoned almost all blogging procedures, except for picture taking (kind of - I’ll explain later).  I literally stuffed my face without mentally denoting things.  The food served at the eatery on Dunsmuir was awesome. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Shoyu Ramen from Sanpoutei Ramen


Great Ramen Richmond
Tasty Light Soy Seafood Broth
Sanpoutei Ramen

I’m not one for line-ups if I can avoid them.  I’m prepared to dine at other eateries and let the two hour wait craziness subside at the latest and buzziest. 

Usually this takes a few weeks and I don’t get to write the hot take or first look posts.  However I do get the benefit of a kitchen that should have worked out any kinks and have settled on the standard that they will be executing their food.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Venn Can I Eat? #5 - Off Site "Meetings"


June 7 2016:  I'm always surprised how full patios and the sea wall are on sunny afternoons during business hours, especially on Thursdays and Fridays.  Sometimes I think Thursday is the new Friday.

I guess you got to take full advantage of every ounce of sunshine since it rains some much in Vancouver.  Hope everybody's "meetings" are productive this week!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Chickpea Food Truck


Vegetarian
Israeli Street Eats Tasty
By Chickpea Food Truck

I have always thought that if one wants delicious vegetarian or vegan food, one must look at cultures abroad who have had more experience cooking non meat meals. 

The Chickpea Food Truck near the convention centres, serve vegetarian food inspire by Israel.  Unsurprisingly, their meat free fare was tasty.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Venn Can I Eat? #4 - There Better Be Coffee


May 24, 2016: You snooze, you lose! I feel so un-Vancouver by admitting this but I really enjoy sleeping in on the weekends - no 7am hikes/runs/breakfasts for me on Saturdays.  This is why I haven't gone to as many Farmers Markets in the summer as I would like.  I find that by noon, most of the unique veggies and fruits have been snapped up.  So if I do want to go a Farmer's Market, in particular the Trout Lake edition, I treat that day like a work day and set my alarm.  

To the early birds and Farmers Market supporters, what has been your favourite find?  Give me some drool worthy motivation to attend more of Vancouver's wonderful Farmers Markets this summer.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! - Second Best Ramen in the City: The Ramenman


Sous Vide is Awesome
Progressive Food In Your Bowl
At The Ramenman

Normally I don’t write posts on restaurants that I’ve already blogged about less than a year ago.  I may dine at them again because I enjoy the food.  However I’m making an exception for The Ramenman because there have been notable changes to the shop and for another reason that I’ll get into later in the post.



What’s New?
Since my review in November 2015, here are the changes that have happened at The Ramenman:
  • The space has been renovated to allow for bar seating with a full view of the kitchen
  • The remodel has also allowed them more space so they can prepare their own noodles
  • The menu has expanded; there are more appetizers to choose from and a Veggie Ramen now
  • Lastly, it’s received some love from the Globe & Mail’s Alex Gill