Hamilton Street Grill

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by Ed Lau on October 30, 2014

This is a media event and therefore, dinner was paid for by someone that’s not me.

A few weeks ago, Lincoln invited me out to Hamilton Street Grill for dinner and a test drive of their new MKC crossover vehicle. Even though I only drove it around a few blocks of Yaletown, it was quiet, comfortable and good looking enough inside that I could appreciate it even if it wasn’t my sort of car. I’m used to small, fast cars rather than large, slow ones.

The last time I was at Hamilton Street Grill was probably 5 or more years ago and I don’t quite remember my experience. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena’s New Menu

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by Ed Lau on September 10, 2014

This is a media event so all the food and drink were complimentary.

As someone that prefers well made, simple burgers to the American game of bacon and cheese oneupmanship, I actually think the White Spot/Triple O’s burger is quite a good one. Don’t get me wrong, I like bacon and cheese but I think that when the amount of bacon and cheese in your burger is described as a “pile”, then that’s probably too much. Triple O’s, on the other hand, has lettuce and tomato on a decent bun, which is probably the most unfortunately overlooked part of a burger. Looking at you, Wendy’s.

But while White Spot makes an above average burger, I never really look forward to eating them at Vancouver Canucks games, where they suddenly double in price and don’t come with a drink (which is even more absurd when you consider how much fountain drinks cost). I’m never one to count the pennies when it comes to food but eating out as much as I do, it’s hard not to compare in terms of value. Yes, they’re gouging us at the movie theater too but there are plenty of places within shouting distance of Roger’s Arena where I can grab a bite before and/or after the game. When I go with my dad, we like to grab a couple of hot dogs at Costco across the street and split an order of fries. Hugely underrated fries at Costco, by the way.

There’s certainly some tradition and Canadiana to eating at Triple O’s during a Canucks game but as someone that likes good food that knows there’s plenty of better options around, I usually can’t convince myself to order.

This season, along with a number of changes to the team on the ice, the Canucks have made even more changes to the team behind the concourse.

They recognized that in a city that’s rapidly becoming a very exciting place to eat, the discerning palates of their fans were choosing to eat outside the arena before arriving for the game. What does a team looking for change go out and do? [Click here to continue reading...]

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The Roof @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

August 21, 2014
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I only partially paid for this meal. Since not paying usually doesn’t affect what I write here anyways, I don’t see this would either but just thought I should let you know that the bill was partially paid by a $100 gift card the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver gave me to try The Roof. Back at […]

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Hump Day Quickie: Hida Takayama

July 23, 2014
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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 […]

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Suika Snackbar

July 21, 2014
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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 […]

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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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