Hump Day Quickie: Hida Takayama

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by Ed Lau on July 23, 2014

So Vancouver’s ramen scene has exploded in the last few years. What used to be a lineup outside Kintaro has turned into a entire neighborhood full of ramen shops. Take a walk near Robson and Denman (the “Ramen District”, next to the Hammock District) and you’ll see ramen spots in every direction. Places like Santouka and Marutama have been at the top of the mountain for a couple years now and we haven’t had a serious contender to shake things up in awhile.

My friend Will told me about this wacky little ramen shop in the food court on Robson street, to which I responded “…food court?” Turns out he’s talking about Robson Public Market, which is about the last place I’d think I’d find good food on Robson street.

However, there’s something about Hida Takayama that just looks…legit. Having lived in Tokyo and eaten at plenty of tiny ramen shops with fewer seats than I have fingers, I know well enough to not judge a restaurant by how it looks. Actually…most truly great ramen places look just like this.

And they’re usually run by a guy like this! Asaoka-san is really, really into making ramen and kindly explained to me that his ramen broth is his own recipe, made from a mix of different animals and simmered for three days to make a thick, collagen-rich broth. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Suika Snackbar

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by Ed Lau on July 21, 2014

Well, this is quite overdue, since this was for my birthday and as a food blogger, my friends always expect that I’ll find somewhere good and interesting to hold it. Usually, it’s difficult to secure a reservation for a part of 10 or more (in this case, 14). This year, on the other hand, was a breeze. After visiting Rajio a month prior for Vancity Buzz, the Kingyo group e-mailed us to thank us for our visit and…one thing led to another and I ended up with an easy reservation for 14 on a Saturday. Since I was the one that made the reservation, my meal was covered by the restaurant (happens for anyone that makes a 10+ person reservation, I believe).

Despite being, like Rajio, another of the Kingyo group’s restaurants, Suika is a lot larger and slightly more upscale than Rajio’s hole-in-the-wall charm.

Sharp LED lighting accents concrete for a much more modern look than you’d expect from a Japanese izakaya. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Kiss Me Organics Matcha

July 18, 2014
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This bag of green tea powder was sent to me for review. I didn’t put in any of my own money. Heck, Amazon Prime even took care of the shipping. I’m not sure if it’s a result of my writing about the experiences I had with the Keurig Rivo but I’ve been approached more lately […]

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JUST-EAT.ca (Chao Phraya and Double Double)

July 8, 2014
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All food ordered was courtesy of Just-Eat.ca so that I could try their service and give them feedback. Except for that extra $5 at the end, I didn’t pay for any of this myself. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I got food delivered. Not because I’m against it or something but because […]

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EAT! Vancouver 2014

July 1, 2014
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I’m sure most of you are familiar with EAT! Vancouver by now. Not a whole lot has change since I first went in 2012 and then again last year. Actually, many of my favorites from the 2013 show such as the Vancouver Olive Oil Company, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale and, of course, the famous BeaverTails […]

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Keurig Rivo

June 10, 2014
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Disclosure: Keurig mailed me a Rivo machine (along with a bunch of their cup/pod thingies) and asked me to participate in their #KeurigRivoChallenge where I make a drink a day for 10 days. You can find my ten days of Rivo coffee on my Instagram…or down below. I don’t know about you but I feel […]

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