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

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by Ed Lau on July 18, 2014

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 by companies that want me to take a look at their various drinks. You’ll see in the coming weeks as there will be a smattering of rather random drink products here but first of all, we’ll look at Kiss Me Organics matcha powder.

Matcha is a finely milled green tea powder which isn’t just for drinking. You can put this stuff on just about whatever to add a little green tea flavor. I’ve had it in soba noodles, ice cream, cake, waffles, etc. I love green tea so I’ve probably had hundreds of matcha drinks. It just occurred to me that…I’ve never made one myself because when I got the powder, I didn’t really know what to do with it. I mean, I assume you mix it with water and stir but you can never be sure here. [Click here to continue reading...]

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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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ARC at The Fairmont Waterfront

May 29, 2014
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I was invited as a guest to this launch event at the Fairmont Waterfront so I didn’t pay for any of the food and drinks that ultimately met their fate getting stuffed directly in my face. I was recently invited to check out the newly renovated dining room at the Fairmont Waterfront, which is now […]

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