Canada Day Wknd Love for YVR

Neon Vancouver Ugly Vancouver installation view (Museum of Vancouver)

Neon Vancouver Ugly Vancouver installation view (Museum of Vancouver)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well it’s Canada Day Long Weekend and I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the occasion than by giving a shout out to the beautiful city of Vancouver. Although nightlife is a bit wanting, there’s an abundance of places to eat.

If you’re in Vancouver this weekend and are lookin’ for some places to chow down these are the places I ate at last week when I was in town for a consulting gig. All highly recommended:

Kishimoto: Amazing sushi at great prices. Can’t find the like in TO unless you’re going super high end (#snore).

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Suika Snackbar: Awesome izakaya food with really good house cocktails. They’re the people who brought Kingyo to TO.

The Oakwood: I started with  the flight of Canadian whiskies and a beer and don’t really remember what I ate, but it was delicious and the service was friendly and encouraging.

Flight of Canadian Whiskies with requisite pint.

Flight of Canadian Whiskies with requisite pint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chewies: OYSTERS! Fried Okra. Super juicy fried chicken that would make Paula Deen proud (minus the racial controversy).

For a taste of the good old YVR in the big old YYZ I’d recommend Guu and Kingyo for izakaya cravings and Santouka for decent ramen.

 

 

Site Maintenance & Bad Food

Site Maintenance & Bad Food

True to the spirit of this blog of providing much needed commentary on things you might not have thought required commentary — I’m currently messing around with the theme and layout so if it looks a bit like ass please excuse me, or better yet provided some much needed commentary in the comments below.

In the meantime, I’ve an update on my eating of MREs. So far I’ve eaten:

– 1 maple muffin top. Verdict = too sweet/gross, and;

– 1 wheat snack bread with grape jelly. Verdict = smelled like raw dough, was mealy in the mouth, jelly was pure sugar. Gross.

Anyways, stay tuned as I continue to mess with the site, eat random things, and add to the general din that is the glory of the “information superhighway”.

Happy Thursday.

 

 

#WhiskeyFriday & MRE Saturday

My fellow people. Today’s the day. My first foray into the fascinating world of MREs. The nondescript utilitarian brown package that contains the “most technically advanced food in the world”. If you’ve been following along you might be wondering why now? Why in the name of delicious brunch places in TO are you opting, on a Saturday, at prime brunching hour, to dive into MRE wonderland? You’re also probably wondering how it tastes? Let me tell you. But before I do, remember that episode of the Simpsons called Homerpalooza?

Remember when he was driving the carpool and was teaching the kids how to rock n’ roll like a goddamn king?

That’s exactly how I felt last night at the Twin Shadow concert at The Phoenix. I had injured my Achilles tendon earlier in the week so didn’t intend to rock out. In fact, the plan was to have a reasonably good time, no dancing – only gentle swaying. For a while my gentle-sway was totally on point. But it was #whiskeyfriday, the vibe was good, the music was good, and the drink was in me. When he finally played You Call Me On I was totally channeling Homer Jay, “Now when I listen to a really good song, I start nodding my head, like I’m saying ‘yeeess’ to every beat. Yes Yes Yes, this rocks. And then sometimes I switch it up like. No, No, No! Don’t stop-a-rockin’!”

It was a great night so let’s be real, gentle swayin don’t cut it! You can’t contain this! So, as a result here we are, and here I am, sitting on the sofa on this gloomy Saturday staring into a tall glass of carbohydrate electrolyte beverage powder, orange, natural and artificial flavour.

How’s it look? Orange. How’s it taste? Like powdered orange Gatorade only a bit saltier. Overall assessment? Last night, GREAT. Fake Gatorade? Welcome. Now off to get some real grub.

 

 

Eating for the Cure…of Boredom (Part I)

Well, it’s been a week or so and I’ve not eaten a damn thing related to my last post. Why? Partly because I can’t stand the sight of them and partly because I felt the occasion really called for “live” eating and blogging — namely without the benefit of hindsight. Imagine how much more real restaurant reviews would be if the reviewer simply wrote or exclaimed the first thing that popped into their heads. “Transcendent!” “7 thumbs up!” “Bland.” “Flavours are there, but hair in the mouth.” “Just like mom used to make :)” “Just like mom used to make :(”

Fresh no? Anyways, in order to properly document my culinary journey in due course I think some systematic planning is in order. So, as a start here’s some additional background on the items under consideration from the Meal Supply Kit online store.

According to the site, “MREs are 3 course, shelf-stable, ready-to-eat meals developed by the US Military for feeding soldiers in the field. They are the most technically advanced food in the world.”

Image: MRE System from www.mealsupplykit.com

Image: MRE System from www.mealsupplykit.com

 

I’ve gotta admit, the fact that they are the most technically advanced food in the world is intriguing. But, being only a dilettante in the world of food blogging I don’t have the full 3 course meal system. In fact, an inventory of what I have on-hand shows that I’m in for a meager experience. For the record I have:

Drinks (Key feature, the packaging doubles as a plastic drinking vessel):

* Carbohydrate Electrolight Beverage Powder: Fruit Punch (Natural and artificial flavor). 12 oz serving;
* Carbohydrate Electrolight Beverage Powder: Orange (Natural and artificial flavor). 12 oz serving;
* Cocoa Beverage Powerder (Natural and artificially flavored, fortified). 6 oz;

Food:

* Blackberry Jam;
* Grape Jelly;
* Applesauce enhanced with Maltodextrin for Increased Performance;
* Muffin Top – flavor unknown;
* Wheat Snack Bread x 2;
* Toaster Pastry – Frosted Brown Sugar, and;
* Toaster Pastry – Strawberry

Having itemized everything I’ve found I definitely have no appetite so I’ll leave this post as is. Yes, I realize this is quite as shocking as the ending of last Sunday’s Game of Thrones [S03E09]. So to save you the trouble of hate-tweeting on me here’s some much needed distraction.