Category Archives: Surrey

Be’wiched Cafe


You guys know I like Surrey so it’s no surprise that when I find a hidden gem here I have to tell you about it. Be’wiched Cafe is a nondescript looking sandwich shop in a typical suburban strip mall, the same strip mall that houses Big Ridge Brewing Co. It’s modest appearance is in no way a reflection of the food.

I had heard about Be’wiched from a few people but mostly it was my cousin Kurt (author of the Bibo post) who kept telling me I had to go. I did and I’ll definitely be back. I ordered the Cubano Caliente, a spicy twist on the classic Cubano. It had roasted pork, ham, Swiss Cheese on pressed ciabatta. The classic Cubano has pickles but they were replaced by banana peppers hence the “caliete” (spicy) annotation. The pork was great, so was the ham. The bun was crisp and fresh, pressed just the right amount and just soft enough to not fall apart. The peppers added a nice little kick to this classic sandwich, it’s REALLY hard to find a good Cubano in the GVRD, this one might be one of the best.

The sandwich came with a side of Orzo salad which is made fresh, actually almost everything Be’wiched sells is house made, even their meats. The salad was a great version of a traditional pasta salad. I’m seriously impressed with this place.

I’ll be back soon to dig deeper into the menu, stay tuned for another post!

Twitter – @bewichedcafe

Facebook – facebook.com/be.wiched.cafe

Scott.

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Texx Big Burger in Surrey!


Finding new places to eat in Surrey is always awesome! Texx Big Burger is located in a nondescript  strip mall on the corner of 148th street and 108th ave in Bolivar Heights, right between Guildford and Whalley. It was recommended to me by one of my Twitter followers, thanks Anthony! This place is only a few months old and when I visited it was pretty empty, time to give them a little press!

You order by grabbing an ordering sheet and a pencil from the counter, you check off what burger you want, what you want on it and what sides/drink you want. Bring your filled out sheet back to the counter and start your countdown to a very full stomach.

I ordered the double bacon cheeseburger with red relish, mayo, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, lettuce, green peppers and pickles and a “regular” sized order of fries. This is a damn good burger, VERY similar to Five Guys. The beef is hot, fresh and juicy, the bacon is fresh and cooked just right, the toppings are awesome and the bun is great!

The similarities between Texx and Five Guys carries over into the french fry department, they fill the regular sized container up and then pile a bunch more into your brown paper bag making you dig for your burger. The fries are hand cut in house and quite good.

The food is where the Five Guys comparisons stop though. I found the customer service to be a little…lacking in enthusiasm, ahem. I asked the woman at the counter how long they’d been open and she snapped back “over three months or something” and walked away. I found out later she’s one of the owners! But the food is good enough to bring me back despite the unfriendly staff.

Go check this place out!

Scott.

Tasty Indian Bistro


The Scott Road corridor serves as the border between Surrey and North Delta. On almost every block you’ll find an Indian restaurant if not 2 or 3 all with amazing authentic dishes and great people but there’s something missing that would make them appeal to the masses. Tasty Indian Bistro, located at 8295 120th street (Scott Road) which is on the Delta side (damn, could’ve been a Surrey shoutout). offers décor that is stunning and very unexpected.

As you approach the front entrance you can tell this isn’t your usual Indian joint, there’s a large well decorated patio and some very expensive looking polished stone under your feet. Once inside you’re greeted by a modern warm restaurant with dramatic lighting and high quality finishes throughout. Sadly I didn’t stay long because I had ordered take-out but I’ll be back soon to see if the presentation of the food lives up to the décor.

I ordered some plain Jasmine rice, regular naan, garlic nann, some vegetarian samosas, butter chicken and lamb korma. Everything was top shelf, the samosas are just like the ones my high school friends used to bring for lunch back in my Surrey high school days. Both naans were fantastic, the garlic naan was mild enough that it didn’t overpower the bread as is the case in other Indian places. The butter chicken (somewhere Vikram Vij is reading this cursing butter chicken…) was tremendously good, so rich. with a subtle heat that seems to be left out of butter chicken these days. The lamb korma was orgasmic, the lamb was so perfect I cried a little and the sauce is so decadent, it’s a perfect combo. Also my wife “thinks” she doesn’t like lamb so I got to eat it all!

If you like Indian food but want a more upscale dinning experience this is the place for you. The prices are very reasonable and comparable to other less swanky Indian restaurants. Go check them out!

Scott.

Saying goodbye to an old friend.


Those of you who follow me on Twitter may know that my dogs health has been a roller coaster ride over the past year. There were many times I thought the end had come for him but he seemed to miraculously recover and come out looking better and healthier than ever. This time is different, he is truly at the end of the road. I’ll spare you the details but I wanted to tell you all about my amazing dog Cooper and all that he has meant to me over the past 11+ years.

Cooper was a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab cross who was picked up by the Surrey SPCA in the spring of 2001 after roaming the streets of Whalley and Guildford. They moved him the the Vancouver branch of the SPCA as it seemed no one in Surrey wanted such a big dog. When I met Cooper he was the only dog in the shelter that wasn’t a Rottweiler or a Pitbull, he was the only dog who didn’t lunge at me when I approached his kennel. They figured he was roughly 1 year old as he was fully grown (around 100lbs) and his teeth were very clean.

Cooper came home with us later that day and somehow we found out he knew some hand signals, he had obviously been someone’s dog and had escaped which we would find out very shortly he was incredibly good at. Our vet figured he was a guard dog for a grow op and he was very leery of men, all men except for me for the first few weeks. Repeated attempts at crate training simply proved he could escape from a crate, keeping him in the garage while we went to work proved that he could open a garage door, he was like Houdini. On more than one occasion I came home to find a note on my door from Surrey By-law Enforcement officers saying they had chased Cooper all over Fleetwood only to follow him home, watch him open the  garage door and disappear back into the house where they couldn’t get to him.

After that he earned the spot of ruler of the house. No more garage, no more crate, he could sleep on the couch all day without a care in the world. Cooper also had the ability to leap a 6 foot tall fence without needing a running start. We found this out while in Lake Chelan, Washington where we were visiting some friends. We had left Cooper in the big fenced back yard as I thought he’d be happier there. Turns out he was happier jumping the fence and running all over the hills outside Chelan. He always came back though, always. The last time he ran away was almost 2 years ago to the day. It was the day we brought Hayley, our daughter, home from the hospital. Our friend Doug found him playing with some kids in his favourite park.

We went for our last 3 walks yesterday afternoon, last night and this morning. We visited all of his favourite places in our neighbourhood, the park behind Frost Road Elementary School, the field behind Surrey Christian School, Doug’s driveway, he had a dump on the lawn of the house down the street, I’m sure that guy will miss him a lot (sometimes I forgot to bring a bag). I made him steak and roasted potatoes for dinner and let him lay with me on the couch. He had scrambled eggs, sausage and toast for breakfast this morning.

Cooper was with me through a lot of big moments in my life, a divorce, 9/11, many career changes, the birth of my daughter, he has always been a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to complain to, a crazy dance party companion and a best friend. He passed away peacefully in my arms today at 12:07 at Newton Animal Hospital. I stayed with him for half an hour after he was gone and told him I loved him, petted him and cried.  I’ll be taking him up to Green Lake, near 70 Mile House, it was his favourite place and he deserves to spend eternity there. I miss you already buddy. If you have pets you understand, if you don`t have pets I can`t describe it, it`s a helpless feeling. Sorry to bum you guys out, I just needed to tell you about him.

Scott.

Belle’s on Thirty Two


Tucked away in an part of South Surrey that most people have probably never been to, Belles on 32 is another hidden gem located amongst some amazing suburban properties. I found Belle’s on Twitter while looking for places to go visit on behalf of Beerthirst, it turns out my parents have been there and liked it a lot. I set up a meeting with General Manager Budd Kerfoot, rounded up some beer samples and headed to South Surrey.

After a nice meeting and a very well received beer sampling session, I decided to order dinner. I started with the Calamari which was nice thick strips cut from the squids mantle, the part that normally provides ring shaped calamari. The squid was cooked well, not rubbery and nicely seasoned. On the menu it’s called “Crisp Calamari” but the batter wasn’t really that crisp to be honest, not that it wasn’t good, just not crisp. The spring onion and garlic aioli was tasty and well suited for dipping.

For my main I had the Braised Shortrib Sandwich with Caesar salad. The sandwich was fantastic. The Shortrib meat was loaded with flavour and had obviously been slow cooked for a long time. The brioche bun it came on was awesome, dark and slightly crisp crust surrounding a pillow of airy bread, so good. It had white cheddar, arugula and garlic aioli on it as well, one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. The Caesar salad was very nice too, fresh lettuce,  a nice house made dressing packed with garlic and a little fresh squeezed lemon.

Budd and the rest of the staff at Belle’s are really nice people and they’re doing a great job in my favourite city. South Surrey is making some noise on the food scene these days, watch out Vancouver!

For the record, Belle’s paid for my dinner but that didn’t make it taste any better. It was already very good.

Scott.

Monday revelations


Today was a weird day, not a bad day per say but I found that the hours were flying by at an uncomfortably fast pace. Life has thrown its fair share of curve balls my way lately but life goes on. I sent out a little message to the world on Twitter that went something like this “Today is moving way too fast. The older you get the faster time moves. Take a few minutes everyday to cherish what you love.” and it seemed to strike a chord in a lot of people.

The truth is that maybe my life in general is moving too fast, maybe I’m taking on too much. I love everything that I do, whether it’s working in the elevator industry, writing this blog, getting Surrey604.com off the ground or spreading my love of craft beer across the land with Beerthirst. All of this while trying to spend as much time with my daughter as possible.

Today I visited a place that put everything in perspective for me and made me so unbelievably proud to live in Surrey. That place is Price Pro. At first glance it looks like a typical big box retailer but it is so much more. It is a non profit organization that puts all of its profits into an addiction and rehabilitation program and provides the users of the program with the opportunity to have a job. The jobs are mostly in the butcher shop and bakery, teaching people real skills that make them employable.

The butcher shop is a REAL butcher shop, not a meat cutting room, and they use high quality free range, hormone free meat all butchered in store so the cost is similar if not less than big grocery chains but the quality is second to none. The produce is local where ever possible, they also sell a wide range of locally made furniture (really well made stuff) and tons of ethnic speciality products.

I’ll be doing a full post about Price Pro on Surrey604.com in the next few days, they really represent what I believe is the spirit of this city and they make me proud to live here.

Scott.

WFLBC approved Superbowl events!


The Superbowl is just around the corner and there are some great event’s happening all over Greater Vancouver where you can catch the game. I’m going to give you my top picks, hopefully you can make it out to one of them!

In Vancouver you can watch the game on 14 screens at Chef Dale Mackay’s beercentric restaurant, Ensemble Tap. They’re running 2 food + beer specials and one beer special for the game!

Also in Vancouver, O Lounge, the swanky bar attached to the Glowbal Collection’s Coast, is holding it’s 3rd annual O-Bowl. Enjoy the game on 2 big screen TV’s and a large projector in a more relaxed environment with drink specials and a special Superbowl themed menu. Society, another Glowbal Collection hot spot, is also having a Superbowl event. Check out all the details of the Superbowl Tailgate Party HERE!!

In beautiful South Surrey, Tap Restaurant which was recently featured on this blog, is having a pig roast!! There will be spit roast pigs, gourmet sliders and delicious snacks served all day long for $25! It’s first come first serve and it gets underway at 1:30! There will also be prizes, pass and kick competition at halftime and lots of drink specials and the game will be on a huge projection screen!

Fogg n’ Suds in Richmond sent me this little press release about their event “Fogg n’ Suds would like to invite all Vancouverites to our Fogg n’ Suds Ferkin Super Bowl Party. Our featured Ferkin is a dry hop pale ale from Russell’s. We will also be featuring West Coast IPA . Live tweets, 50/ 50 draws and trivia questions. Half price appys, Chilli Con Carne and our 10″ gourmet pizza. Don’t forget that CAMRA members get 15% off food and we also have a free shuttle service running to the Sky Train.” All that and a free trip to the Skytrain? Nice!

Also in Richmond at the Pumphouse Pub, Beerthirst is launching Two Beers Brewing in the Canadian market. Catch the game on multiple screens and enjoy some great craft beer from the newest brewery in Beerthirst’s portfolio!!

If you love great BBQ and epic craft beer then Hogshack Cookhouse in Steveston should be your Superbowl destination. Craft beer specials, 4 big screens, awesome food and great people! They’re also doing BBQ take-out platters for those of you who are watching the game at home. Supply is limited so if you want one, order it RIGHT NOW!!

TOUCHDOWN!!!

Scott.