The Roof @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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by Ed Lau on August 21, 2014

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 the beginning of the year, I went to a media preview event hosted at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where we were introduced to The Roof, a restaurant and bar up on the 15th floor.

Well, when I say introduced, I mean we had drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the space where the restaurant would be. It wasn’t what you would call…finished. Actually, it looked like they had barely started since there weren’t any floors, wall decor, lights or even tables apart for a couple near the windows to vaguely give you an idea of what the place would look like.

Despite this…or actually, maybe because of this, I thought the space was undoubtedly cool. The stark, minimalistic look of bare floors with the large panoramic windows looking out into Vancouver makes me think it’s a cool bar in Gotham City. The 15th floor isn’t the highest restaurant in Vancouver but sitting in the middle of skyscrapers is a very cool view as well, especially as the sky darkens. [Click here to continue reading...]

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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

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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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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