Monthly Archives: December 2011

HOUSExGUEST in Gastown


Last Friday night I went to HOUSExGUEST (formerly Le Magasin) in Gastown with a small group of people. HOUSExGUEST has been open for a little longer than a month.

The menu is confusing. For example, “Cheese Burger” has neither beef nor cheese in it. On the website it is listed as a vegetarian option, on their menus in-house it is not. The next item, Burger Royale and Fries is not served with fries, it’s served with crab tater tots. Fries are not crab, thank you for that, Scott. They don’t actually do fries at all, which is weird because poutine is listed on their menu. In place of fries are pommes gaufrette, or potato chips. Not the same.  Like I said, the food titles are a bit confusing. In my opinion, the title should be straightforward. I don’t want to have to analyse the title with the listed ingredients and discover it’s not what I think I am ordering.

The burger was average. The crab tater tots were really the best thing we ate all night. I’m a little disappointed that I enjoyed the side more than the entrée itself. The pommes gaufrette that we ordered on the side were more potato-y than ripple potato chips, but nothing unique or interesting about them. Why not just do fries?

We also ordered Fish Tacos, and you really can’t go wrong with Fish Tacos. Guacamole, shredded cabbage, battered fish and some lime, it’s always a safe choice wherever you go. That being said, I always like them and I will keep ordering them.

The Old Cuban, a champagne mojito of sorts, was a fun cocktail. With two days to go before Christmas, this felt like my reward for DOING ALL THE THINGS!

I was disappointed with the food, but it is a new establishment and I think it has a lot of potential. For the last working Friday before Christmas, the service was good. Their brunch menu comes with good recommendations. Check it out and tell me what you think.

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Kin Resto Bar, Kindle with Kin from VanEats.ca


Are you dating someone new? Are you in a long term relationship that’s stuck in a rut going nowhere fast? One of the best ways to inject some life into your relationships is going out for a nice meal. VanEats.ca works with local restaurants to create “Dining Passes” making awesome places more affordable! Their latest dining pass is for Kin Resto Bar at 1500 Robson street, an intimate, charming hidden gem featuring a modern Asian fusion menu. The “Kindle with Kin” pass is a 6 course dinner for 2 but being the big eater I am I tackled it solo, which is unwise, this is a lot of food!

Course number 1 is Thai basil rice paper rolls with prawns, lettuce, cucumber, vermicelli noodles and a delicious peanut sauce for dipping. They were very good, fresh, and the peanut sauce was fantastic!

Course 2 and 3 comes together, Beef Short Ribs and Beef La Lot. The short ribs are marinated in 17 spices and the flavor they create is complex and delightful, they did not last long on my plate. The Beef La Lot is like a Vietnamese sausage using betel leaves as a casing and there’s a crispy piece of Jicama in the middle. The texture is incredible with the Jicama and the betel leaves. Apparently there’s Star Anise in them somewhere but I really couldn’t taste it which didn’t matter, they don’t need it.

Course number 4 is a Seafood Salad with scallops and prawns, grape tomatoes, mango, asparagus, onion, lemon, carrots and a fantastic rau ram dressing. the prawns and scallops were the stars of this dish, particularly the scallops, cooked perfectly with a nice peppery seasoning. the dressing was perfect and there was just the right amount of it.

Course number 5 is a crazy good Yellow Coconut Curry Bowl with Chicken, tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, onions with a bowl of basmati rice on the side. I really liked this dish, it was probably my favorite, it was spicy but not too spicy and the portion of veggies and chicken were generous. I poured the curry sauce over the rice and ate them separately, so good.

Course number 6 is dessert, a Lemongrass Ginger Creme Brule with  a pineapple chutney on top. I normally don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I love creme brule and this one is really great. the lemongrass and ginger give a different twist to this classic dessert and the pineapple chutney gives a sweet, fresh quality to every bite, providing you distribute it properly.

For the record I was invited by Kin and VanEats.ca to review this package and it was complimentary but my opinions of the dishes are 100% my own. Also I tip waitresses when I get comped meals, and so should other bloggers!!! I’m just sayin… they work hard and deserve it.

The “Kindle With Kin” dining pass goes on sale January 2nd and is only $25!!! Great value, cool location, tasty food, do it. Also check out the video here!

Scott.

Merry Christmas from What’s For Lunch BC!!! And a small gift to you…


With Christmas less than a week away I wanted to take the time to thank you for reading this randomly written, grammatically challenged, over positive blog of mine. This year has seen some big things happen here at WFLBC including the uber awesome Andrewpalooza, the discovery of tons of great local eats and the addition of Rochele to the WFLBC team!! As a small token of my gratitude I present to you, free of charge, the top 10 songs I like to sing in the shower!!! Seriously…

Number 10 – “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” by Fitz and the Tantrums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyktWqDEic&ob=av2n

Vocal difficulty 7/10. Air Guitar bonus points 3/10 (not much guitar…) Extra point for air piano.

Number 9 – “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaPBCBjSVc&ob=av3e

Vocal difficulty 8/10. Air Guitar bonus points 8/10. Extra 3 points for air drums (caution, air drumming in the shower can be hazardous, WFLBC is not responsible for any injuries or damage caused by your awesome air drumming)

Number 8 – “The Death Of You And Me” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFx_IniNjfE

Vocal difficulty 6/10. Air guitar bonus points 5/10. Extra 7 points for getting wasted, swearing a lot and fighting with your brother. (WFLBC does not condone showering with your brother, it’s an Oasis reference you weirdo.)

Number 7 – “The Sky Is Falling” by Bodhi Jones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODbCEiL0zZo

Vocal difficulty 7/10. Air guitar bonus points 7/10. Extra 10 points for being as cool as Bodhi (no one is as cool as Bodhi, keep working on that air guitar)

Number 6 – “World’s Got A Handle” by Sun Wizard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdlq06rJqc0&ob=av2n

Vocal difficulty 8/10. Air guitar bonus points 9/10. Extra 6 points for having long hair and a rockin’ beard.

Number 5 – “Grace” by Jeff Buckley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3adFWKE9JE&ob=av2e

Vocal difficulty 9/10. Air guitar bonus points 9/10. Extra 10 points for being old enough to remember when this was new and owning this fantastic album.

Number 4 – “Albatross” by Big Wreck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR-KX3fzKyM

Vocal difficulty 8/10. Air guitar bonus points 10/10. Extra 6 points for really, I mean REALLY, singing this one as loud as you can, as you should with any song Ian Thornley has ever written.

Number 3 – “What If I Do?” by the Foo Fighters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkB8m7h3ChE

Vocal difficulty – 7/10. Air guitar bonus – 6/10. Extra 10 points for slowing it down a little…

Number 2 – “Loyal Man” by Yukon Blonde.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm1dh7jT3wk

Vocal difficulty 8/10. Air guitar bonus points 7/10. Extra 100 (!!) points for taking a sap shower (watch the video)

Number 1 – “I Want You To Know” by the Seahorses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asAJaSPdl3k

Vocal difficulty 8/10. Air guitar bonus points 11/10 (yes 11). Extra 6529 points for believing John Squire is the greatest guitar of all time, and the most under appreciated!!

There it is folks, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Scott.

Abigail’s Party enters the “Brotherhood of Bacon”


I’ve been to and blogged about Abigail’s Party in Kits before but they get a super special second post. Why you ask? Because there isn’t a better “great food vs. everyday budget” restaurant in the city and because it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. Also my last post had absolutely terrible pictures due to an inferior phone…

Thankfully I have emerged from the dark ages and just in time to add Abigail’s Party to the list of “Brotherhood of Bacon” approved eateries. The dish in question is their Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with house made “tater tots” a nice squash puree and green beans. The meatloaf is amazing, dense, rich, well seasoned and of course wrapped in the world most amazing meat product, smoky salty delicious bacon. The Brotherhood of Bacon, aka Dennis Pang and I, approve this dish. Also anyone else who wants to be in the brotherhood just let us know, we welcome all bacon lovers. The tater tots are great too!

Now what would be the perfect side for this meaty journey to flavor town? Why Mac and Cheese of course! This is the mac and cheese you wish you could make, aged cheddar being the key to it’s sharp, rich goodness. So there you have it, bacon, cheese, tater tots, meat loaf and all done to perfection. Abigail’s Party is the real deal, amazing food, great atmosphere, wonderful service and nothing on the menu over $21… Other restaurants, feel free to take notes. The Steak Frites are out of this world as is their burger.  Head down to 1685 Yew St. and see for yourself.

Scott.

Save On Meats


I’m a little late to the party on this one but hey, I’m a busy guy. Save On Meats is a Vancouver landmark located in the heart of the Downtown East Side, a neighborhood that I don’t frequent due to a pathological fear of bedbugs… After 52 years of serving the people of Vancouver the original meat market closed down in 2009 so owner Al DesLauriers could retire. This past June Save On Meats was resurrected by local businessman and restaurateur Mark Brand. Now operating as a diner, street side sandwich counter and meat market I was pretty excited to see what all the fuss was about.

The sandwich counter is closed on the weekend so I ventured into the diner to get some takeout, the obvious choice being “The Burger”, a $6 bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries. This burger has garnered a ton of positive press and the hype is warranted. Sharp cheddar, thick cut bacon, a fresh hand formed beef patty on a fresh bun with butter lettuce, tomato, mayo and relish, perfect combo. The fries were really tasty too, not the best ever but good. $6 is a crazy good deal for this food, try and find something this good for this little anywhere, you won’t.

The atmosphere in the diner is awesome, a good feeling in an otherwise bleak area. I was asked if I was a cop on my way out the door by a local who seemed to be intoxicated but I’m sure he was just tired from being up all night walking around… If I know most of my readers as well as I think I do I would guess that 70% of you will never go to Save On Meats simply because of its location. Don’t worry about the neighborhood, it’s coming around and places like the new and improved Save On Meats are the key to making the DTES a place worth visiting again.

Scott.

The inaugural Beerthirst Tour De Richmond


The guys at Beerthirst were kind enough to invite me along as they loaded a bus full of craft beer enthusiasts and traveled around to some of Richmonds craft beer hot spots. Actually I invited myself…but they said yes so it’s pretty much the same, right? The tour made 6 stops, Fogg n’ Suds, The Kingswood Arms, Hogshack Cookhouse, Blue Canoe, O’Hares and The Pumphouse. For a full rundown of the days events check out this post at Vancouver Beer Blog, it gives a fantastic rundown of the day, blow by blow, and quite frankly my post would look almost identical if I went by the same format (nice job guys!). I’ll post some of my pics at the end of this post but what I really wanted to talk about is Beerthirst themselves.

Beerthirst is self described as an independent agent of fine crafted beer, a perfect description of what they do. They seek out great tasting beer and bring it to Canada. I can honestly say that I have yet to sample a beer that Beerthirst represents that I don’t like, seriously they have amazing taste in craft beer. They bring us beer from amazing beer producers like Elysian Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company and many others. Their lineup can be found all over the lower mainland in specialty beer retailers and forward thinking restaurants and pubs.

On the Tour De Richmond I got to spend some time getting to know most of the Beerthirst team and they are terrific people with a real passion for what they do. What else can you ask for in life? Check them out online and follow Beerthirst and BeerthirstTom on Twitter and make sure you sign up for their next event, it will be awesome, guaranteed.

Scott.

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Partying at Doolins

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Hi, it’s Rochele, covering the debauchery part of What’s for Lunch. I had the pleasure of partying at Doolin’s Irish Pub located at Granville and Nelson last night, and I’m a little rough around the edges today. Who parties on a … Continue reading