Forage – Dineout #2

To Chris Whittaker, Head Chef at Forage, the idea of forage means, “we no longer seek out excess and indulgence, but instead revisit a time when we respected the land and oceans and took only what we needed to survive. It is about being stewards of our land and true conservationists, as we conduct our business and live our lives. It is about goodness, about taking care of each other, and bringing together our community over good food”. Continue reading

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – Bringing A New Twist To Vancouver Brunch

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Brunch has become such a competitive aspect of dining out in Vancouver in the last couple of years. There are far too many places trying to open up earlier to bring in that early morning crowd while staying fresh and creative with their menus. It used to be so much easier to choose where to go, simply because the ‘meal’ itself would almost always follow the same basic brunch guidelines. But now there is so much choice and every restaurant in town wants to do something different, while not losing the ‘brunch’ feel. The Oakwood stands out the most amongst all of the restaurants I have had the pleasure to experience in the past year of dining.
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Squamish’s Best Kept Secret!

This is a really really late post. It’s the last place I went on our way back from Whistler. The Red Bench Diner showed up on UrbanSpoon with a 94% rating, we were hungry and the breakfast place we originally wanted to go to was far too busy. So we decided to try it out. About 5 minutes off the Sea-to-Sky Highway, nestled in the residential streets of Squamish, just a block off the railroad tracks, The Red Bench diner is a unassuming little place that’s serving up a mean, hearty breakfast! Continue reading

Elements – Urban Tapas Parlour Whistler

We were recommended to go to this spot for brunch. They have a very gourmet menu that serves breakfast until 2pm.

Hostess set an expectation that it would be about a 5 min wait and then a 30 min wait for food. We were very hungry and didn’t want to wait, but we were recommended here so we decided to wait anyways. We ended up waiting about 10 min for the table. We were served our drinks right away. We took about 5 minutes to decide what we wanted. I ordered the sautéed spinach and goat cheese benedict, with sun dried tomato hollandaise sauce. The server seemed very cold uninterested in taking our order. She didn’t seem like she cared about serving us. We ended up waiting almost 1 hour to receive our meals. Continue reading

Lunch at Meat & Bread

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Today I took Jenny to Meat & Bread for our third time. This specialty restaurant is only open during lunch hours, but is always packed! The first two times we came here we had excellent experiences, and this time was no different. Their sandwiches are just consistently good everyday of the week. They keep the menu simple, but they are amazing at what they do make, which keeps people coming back for more. There’s just something about their concept that is so unique as well. I know of no other places like this where you can go for lunch and have a gourmet sandwich, served so simply, and taste this delicious. On their menu each day, there is only 3 or 4 sandwiches to choose from, 1 soup and 1 salad. Each time I have visited, I have been able to try something new as they switch up the specials daily. Continue reading

Lunch at YEW in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

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This will be my first restaurant review on here. I will do my best to paint an accurate picture of what each place we visit is like. And also rate them on their food quality, ingenuity, ambiance, service and value.

Jenny surprised me today for my birthday by taking me to YEW @ the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver for lunch. This was my first time visiting this upscale dining room. I have to say, I was very surprised at my first glance into this West Coast restaurant. It is enormous inside, and probably has one of the highest ceilings for a restaurant in all of Vancouver, especially for a place that only offers one floor of dining space. The entire space is beautifully decorated and offers a very contemporary design and feel. I was immediately reminded of Coast on Alberni St, which has a similar design, being a very open concept kitchen and bar area. But YEW is very well lit in the day with lots of natural light pouring in. During lunch, it gets very busy as most business people in the district come down for a bite. This also adds to the overall “professional” and upscale feeling of the space. Continue reading