Tag Archive: Casual


Marutama Ramen

Posted on July 30th, 2013

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Vancouver’s West End is home to many small Asian restaurants of all kinds and my latest discovery is Marutama Ramen on Bidwell street, just north of Robson. I was under the impression that most ramen broths derived their rich, creamy broth from simmering pork for extended periods, but Marutama … (More →)


La Casita, Vancouver

Posted on July 8th, 2013

I’m always on the lookout for Mexican joints which are, on the whole, notoriously sub-par in Vancouver. For some reason, this cuisine which appears so simple is woefully difficult to get just right–perhaps because the dishes are often so plain that there’s nowhere to hide. I’ve was disappointed on my last venture to La Taqueria … (More →)


Chicha Restaurant

Posted on June 18th, 2013

Lolita’s on Davie has long been one of our favourite spots in Vancouver for a laidback meal; with a distinctive atmosphere and a menu comprised of contemporary renditions of classic Mexican dishes, the restaurant serves up tasty food and delectable cocktails that never disappoint. We were thrilled to learn that Lolita’s head chef, Shalome Bouvette, … (More →)


Little Dom’s, LA

Posted on June 7th, 2013

I’m back in LA for a few days doing some studio visits and haven’t had much time to suss out new places to eat but last night I went to Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, a relaxed, old school Italian-inspired restaurant that was buzzy (apparently a bit of a celeb hangout) and felt like a … (More →)


Longtail Kitchen

Posted on June 4th, 2013

We don’t often venture all the way to New Westminster for a bite to eat, but we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about River Market at Westminster Quay which is becoming something of a food fan destination with Wild Rice, Re-UP BBQ and Wally’s Burgers nestled into the waterfront property. When we heard Chef … (More →)


Cantinone Gia Schiavi, Venice

Posted on June 3rd, 2013

I was drawn to San Trovaso, the backwater canal on which Gia Shiavi is located by the gondolier workshop at the corner. I thought that I might find something authentic there in the Venice of the Venetians. My curiosity was rewarded in Cantinone Gia Shiavi. Peering into the shop window, I caught sight of … (More →)


Burgers in Vegas

Posted on May 31st, 2013

I’m heading to Vegas in a couple of weeks for some dry heat and I can’t wait. Vegas – once the land of $9.99 steak dinners has since transformed itself into a real food destination – at least for those on expense or deep pockets. But seriously, almost all the most famous chefs in America … (More →)


Potato Chips Deli, LA

Posted on April 24th, 2013

When I’m away from home, I’m always on the lookout for quick and casual places to pop in for a bite because eating out three times a day for days on end can be a bit of a chore. I don’t necessarily want a fancy, prolonged meal at every turn so next time I’m in … (More →)

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