EAT & DRINK

SUSHI MARU IN MILPITAS

SUSHI MARU

Sushi Maru  in Milpitas has some of the best Japanese dishes around.  It has a great sushi bar which is surrounded by little floating ships serving up an assortment of traditional sushi dishes.  While everything looked great, we lucky enough to indulge in some off menu delicacies.  A real treat! This special order sashimi plate included…

KINTARO RAMEN IN VANCOUVER

Kintaro Ramen

Some friends from Vancouver have always insisted that some of the Ramen places out there are the best in the world. Nothing in Toronto could ever compare. I asked for recommendations and the same places kept coming up. I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. First off, KINTARO….   All soup…

SHABUWAY SHABU SHABU IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

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Shabuway is a authentic Japanese style shabu shabu (hot pot) The concept is easy, you need to first pick your broth, Seaweed or Miso broth (or both). You can go vegetarian or experience the most delicious Kobe Beef in your life.  The meat is sliced in the middle of the restaurant. Dip your meat and…

ALL YOU CAN EAT LAFFA BREAD AT DR. LAFFA IN TORONTO

Laffa Bread at Dr. Laffa

I’ve been hearing a lot about Dr. Laffa recently, and its new ‘dine-in’ location so I have finally made it out for dinner with a friend this past week. What makes Dr. Laffa special? It is the laffa, which is a crispy flatbread seasoned with za’atar, made in a tabun oven.  The best part is…

HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA IN VANCOUVER

Santouka Ramen

You should start here first – this is a #ramen marathon. Santouka’s mild and creamy soup is made by simmering pork bone and pork rib broth for 2 days.  You also have several choices of broth, but to be consistant, we again went with the Miso Ramen.  Here, you also have the option of doubling…

GARY DANKO RESTAURANT IN SAN FRANCISCO

Lobster Salad at Gary Denko Restaurant

For our anniversary, my husband and I decided to spend a week in California.  Our journey began in LA and worked our way north, ending up in San Francisco.  Although we explored much of the Bay area, the short stay in San Francisco was the most memorable for me. Fresh fruits from the farmers market,…

CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP AND SHOES AT XOXOLAT

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  Jimmy Choo’s to Chocolate shoes?!  These fancy treats were on display at the Chocolate 201: Smackdown! Old World vs New World workshop.  Although fully edible, they are good for 10 years and also make great display pieces. The event was held at XOXOLAT in Kitsilano, Vancouver and led by local Well-Tempered Chocolatier, Eagranie Yuh.  Beginners and…

INVENTIVE HORS D’OEUVRES AT LOFT BY LONGO’S

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  At some of its larger stores, Longo’s has installed state of the art demo kitchens to run a full schedule of cooking classes and demonstrations, calling the space Loft by Longo’s. This particular class was at the Longo’s Maple Leaf Square and the demonstrations were led by Chef Devan from The Food Dudes Inc., a full-service catering…

FOOD CARTS IN PORTLAND

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  Portland’s Food Carts are located in groupings called “pods”.  With over 500 food carts, even the pickiest eaters can find a treat here. Visit Portland Food Carts blog for the latest reviews and food cart updates in Portland.   Here are a few of our picks:   Big Ass Sandwiches – Sandwich Food Cart Brunch Box…

TORONTO DISHCRAWL DISCOVER QUEEN STREET WEST FOOD & RESTAURANTS

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    Have you heard of Dishcrawl? It’s a new way to discover your food neighbourhood! Get to know friends over an exciting adventure through restaurants you love or never even knew existed. It’s delicious and fun! Fellow dishcrawlers will be making their way through Toronto’s first Dishcrawl in the Queen West District. This district is well known by…