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Food and Drink

Lunch at the Ovaltine Cafe

Yesterday I went to pick up a new wool vest for myself (Merry Christmas to me!) from the Filson Store in Vancouver’s Gastown and seeing as I was traveling right by it, I decided to stop for lunch at the historic/nostalgic Ovaltine Cafe.

Ovaltine Cafe

Lunch was good. The food, as usual, was tasty and nicely prepared.

I like the note at the bottom of the menu saying that they seek out as many local foods as they possibly can.

Ovaltine Cafe

We started out with a vanilla milkshake. Handmade and served in two glasses to avoid the “you drank more than me” battle.

Ovaltine Cafe

One of the kids had a cheeseburger with fries and the other had a veggie burger with a side of spinach salad.

Both burgers were good. Classic diner burgers. I loved the fries – cut in house. Perhaps they could’ve spent a little longer in the fryer to get them a bit more crispy, however the kids liked them. That’s a win.

The spinach salad was declared by my other kid as “really good because of the seeds, nuts, and cranberries in it.”

One of my favourite parts of visiting the Ovaltine Cafe is the feeling of walking back into the past. The cafe feels part museum, part cafe.

The other part of visiting the Ovaltine is seeing the way the staff treat all the customers, and I mean all the customers, with dignity and respect.

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of people in the Ovaltine’s neighbourhood with serious challenges. And yet when people walk into the Ovaltine, the staff are kind and respectful.

I like it. And I’ll continue to visit the Ovaltine Cafe whenever I’m in the neighbourhood.

The Ovaltine Cafe is located at 251 East Hastings.

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On the Road

Austin Texas and on to the Houston Space Center

Our third and final day in Texas was spent in Austin and Houston, Texas. Our stops included a cruise along the Colorado River where we go to experience the emergence of literally millions of bats, lunch at June’s Restaurant up in SoCo, and a tour of the Houston Space Center.

This was a great way to end a fabulous weekend in Austin Texas.

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Food and Drink

A Weekend of Work, Fun, and Food

A good weekend of work, fun, and food.

The first lunch on Saturday was in a tiny hole-in-the-wall place near the Executive Plaza Hotel on North Road. Tiny place that I didn’t catch the name of. Very nicely cut sashimi.

Finally, I’ve got the outdoor grill up and running again! The kids wanted smokies so I went to our local grocery store and bought some Presidents Choice.

I have to admit, I was very unimpressed. The “skins” were far too thick and were really tough to bite through. Not impressed.

Back to meetings so … food required! Back to the Blacksmith Bakery in Fort Langley for a Reuben sandwich. Sublime. Reuben and a lovely side salad.

And then home again and to the grill. My favourite cut of pork is the lowly pork steak. So I grilled one up and sliced it up for the kids and I for a perfect late dinner.

Of course my motto is, dessert before dinner, so we had a couple of scoops of ice cream from the patio at Coquitlam’s Pasta Polo.

We stopped at Pasta Polo for a cool drink after hiking in Belcarra up towards Jug Island.

Cheers for a great weekend of work, fun, and food.

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Food and Drink

Taps and Tacos

One of my grandfather’s more “edgy” sayings was, “if that’s lunch, I’ve had it!” When I was a kid, I’d chuckle at his double entendre. Now I use it!

Thanks to the great staff at Port Moody’s Taps and Tacos for a late lunch.

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Food and Drink

Duffin’s Donuts; Good Times

Do you know of a restaurant or two or three that you have always wanted to try but have just never managed to make it happen? I’ve got a couple, but after this weekend, one less.

This weekend I crossed one of my “I really need to try that place” restaurants after visiting Duffin’s Donuts on Knight and 41st in Vancouver.

And to be clear and upfront, I look forward to visiting Duffin’s Donuts again. It was a good visit.

You can think of Duffin’s Donuts as an east van, working person’s Timmies. With WAY better sandwiches, fried chicken, and burgers.

And tamales. And spring rolls. And bubble tea. And burgers. And fries. Yep. A donut shop and more. Much more.

I shared a 3 piece of fried chicken, a Vietnamese grilled chicken sandwich, a couple of spring rolls and fries at the table. Everything was good. I would say the Viet grilled chicken was my favourite lunch item. And the fried chicken. Oh yeah, the crispy, coated fries were pretty darn good too!

And the donuts… so much better than the Timmie’s donuts! That custard filled eclair was awesome. Definitely not fine dining but simply good working persons food.

And while we were there eating, the line up usually had 6-10 people in it even though the service was very fast and friendly.

I’ll definitely be stopping in to Duffin’s Donuts again when I’m back in their neighbourhood.

Duffin’s Donuts is located at 1391 E 41st Ave in Vancouver. It is on the northwest corner of 41st and Knight and is open 24 hours a day.

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Food and Drink

New Westminster’s Wild Thyme

I had heard great things about Wild Thyme, the New Westminster restaurant that serves Lebanese food so this week for a lunch meeting a colleague and I popped in to give Wild Thyme on 12th Street in New Westminster a try.

Wow. No wonder there is such a buzz about this place! Incredible flavours.

Wild Thyme

We each started with a green salad. And no word of exaggeration, I was basically full after the salad! It was massive. And full of amazing flavours of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

I have to admit that we made a strategic error when we ordered. We did not realize that the lunch “mains” were so large. Honestly, we should have ordered one lunch entree. Instead we ordered two.

Wild Thyme

After we finished our salads another plate arrived at the table – four dips and a massive piece of bread fresh out of the brick oven in the restaurant.

Wild Thyme

The bread was still puffy and full of delicious heat from the oven.

Wild Thyme

Then our entrees arrived! You would think that I would know how to take a better picture of food than the one above. The problem is that the restaurant is so small I could barely move back from the table to try and capture an image!!

My lunch entree was the cauliflower bowl. Except it wasn’t a bowl but a dinner plate loaded with smoky roasted cauliflower and heaps of unknown deliciousness. I actually took more than half of it home.

My lunch companion ordered the 1/2 meat, 1/2 chicken “bowl” which came in a full sized frying pan! There was enough food in that dish to feed four people! And the flavours…out of this world!!

I will definitely be returning to Wild Thyme but we will be sharing a lunch or dinner entree next time. I have no hesitation recommending Wild Thyme.

  • Wild Thyme is located at 705 12th Street, New Westminster

 

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Food and Drink

Just Some Hot Lunches

A few pictures from some of the lunches I enjoyed this past summer.

Lunch

First, a bowl of ramen from Kamamarui on Royal Oak Ave in Burnaby. Good. Not the flavour punch to the taste buds that I was hoping for.

Lunch

Next up, a lunch platter at Dunn’s Famous downtown Vancouver. The fries at Dunn’s Famous are outstanding. Even better? Their egg rolls with smoked meat inside them!!

Lunch

Of course my burger from Five Guys Burgers was also an flavour sensation. The Five Guys have perfected the meat to bun ratio. The slice of tomato adds just enough “vegetable matter” to make it feel almost healthy. Again, awesome fries. Don’t be fooled by them – unless you are going into Five Guys with a hungry football team, just go for the regular size fries. They are very generous with the fries.

Lunch

Then there is Spacca Napoli Pizzeria in Port Moody. A real wood fired pizza oven!

Lunch

The pizza at Spacca Napoli is totally different than any other pizza I have ever had. First thing, they give you a massive pair of shears (scissors) to cut the ultra-thin crust pizza. And then once it is cut, you sort of need to roll up the slice of pizza to eat it.

It is nothing like the pizza you get from most other pizza places. I will definitely be returning to sample more of their menu – hopefully some of their pasta dishes!

That’s it. Just a few random pics of food from my lunches from this summer.

 

 

 

 

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In the Kitchen

Lunch; Steak and Potatoes

Good old lunch of steak and potatoes with a little sautéed broccolini to make it even more healthy.

Steak and potatoes

The potatoes are fingerlings. Steamed. Best eaten dipped in a creamy dip. The broccolini is cooked by adding it to a large pan that is already hot. Let it cook until it gets dark green and then remove from heat. It is best served right out of the sauté pan – spooned up on to the plate.

To prepare the bacon wrapped steak we put it in a pan under the broiler for five minutes. Pull it out, flip it over, another five minutes and then remove from the oven. Let it rest for a few minutes. Then eat. That’s it.

Steak and potatoes.

 

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Food and Drink

Meatballs and Rice Noodles

A beautiful lunch today from the school cafeteria; a trio of sweet and spicy meatballs on a nest of rice noodles. 


The side dish of spiralized carrots added a nice little freshness to the lunch plate. 

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Lunch at New West’s Rivermarket

Last week I was in New Westminster so I took the opportunity to stop at the Rivermarket (formerly the New West Quay) for lunch.

Free Bird Chicken Shack
Free Bird Chicken Shack

To begin I had the Free Bird Chicken Shack Banh Mi – a Vietnamese sub sandwich. An awesome combination of pickled veggies, fresh cilantro, and that succulent roast chicken all inside the bread.

Longtail Chicken Wings
Longtail Chicken Wings

I added a side of chicken wings from Longtail Kitchen – again, a wonderful eat-treat. A perfect combination of salty and sweet with that ultra-crispy coating over the moist chicken meat.

Another great lunch at the Rivermarket.