Hump Day Quickie: Kita no Donburi

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by Ed Lau on April 16, 2014

Although the more extravagant meals I had in Tokyo are some of the most memorable of my life, I miss the simple food there almost as much…maybe a little bit more. I’ve mentioned to people before how you can never go wrong with food in Japan. Everything from a 300 dollar sushi tasting menu to a 100 yen onigiri at Family Mart is going to be pretty darn good. In years since, I’ve been searching for the perfect Japanese lunch in Vancouver. I don’t think that’s too much to ask considering the quantity and quality of Japanese restaurants around here.

One of my favorite lunches was a bento of chicken karaage on rice from a little underground cafe where you place your order at a vending machine. I never even saw the kitchen but the chunks of fried dark meat chicken were perfect every time…piping hot and salted perfectly. It didn’t matter that it was barely 600 yen. Someone in the kitchen still put the effort in to make it damn good.

$6 in Vancouver doesn’t go very far, which is why I tell people they’re wrong when they think Tokyo is an expensive city. However, $10 should still be pretty realistic for a simple lunch so every time I see a place like Kita no Donburi, I’m excited to try it, hoping to stumble across a lunch spot that rivals my favorites around my apartment in Sangenjaya.

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2014 Healthy Chef Competition

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by Ed Lau on April 11, 2014

By now you probably know the drill since I’ve been going to the Healthy Chef competition, an annual event held by the BC Produce Marketing Association and the BC Chef’s Association, for years. You can check out my coverage of last year’s event here.

If you aren’t familiar, well, this is a challenge to create a healthy dish for people that like food. This year there were a lot of new competitors in the field as it looks like they’re shaking things up a little. Here’s who took home the top prizes this year:

Healthy Plate Award – Vancouver Community College

Best Entree – Delta Hotels

Best Dessert Award – Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver

Best Table Showcase Award – Beach Grove

People’s Choice Award’s Choice – Burnaby Secondary School

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Kauppatori Market Square – Helsinki, Finland

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Although I’ve been to Europe a whole bunch of times now, I’ve never visited any of the Scandinavian nations so I was excited to see Finland. We have a lot in common, actually as our countries are recognized for our hockey fanaticism, universal health care and general friendliness. It’s hard to not cheer for a […]

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Hofbrau Muchen – Berlin, Germany

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I’m about as Canadian as they come but I often think that there are three or four other places in the world I could live…and might. I’ve spent the most time in Tokyo, which is just about my favorite place in the world. If you’re in any way interested in technology or entertainment or photography […]

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The Roof @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Preview

February 17, 2014
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This was a preview event for the media so all food and drinks were complimentary. Y’know what…it just occurs to me right now as I sit down to write this that I actually have no idea what I should say about my visit to The Roof. I mean, nothing that we experienced that night accurately […]

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Campagnolo – Dine Out Vancouver

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This was a Dine Out Vancouver menu preview event for the media so everything we tried was on the house. I found Campagnolo by chance a few years ago when I was searching for restaurants to go for dinner with my friends for my birthday. I’ve been back several times since along with a few […]

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