Taste of the Northwest

Thursday, July 22, 2010


The trick to traveling with a bevy of ravenous beauties? Street food baby!! It's called walk and talk man...get in, get out, get on with your lives...and save the real calories for bottomless cocktails :D

Japadog, Vancouver, BC: Haute Japanese Hot Dogs

(From Top to Bottom)
Terimayo Hot Dog: All Beef Frank with Teriyaki/ Mayo Sauce, Grilled Sliced Onions, topped with Seaweed. Their best seller and I could see why...no fuss, no muss. Don't forget to drizzle with bomb.com wasabi mayo.
Tonkatsu: Flash Fried Pork Cutlets with Red Cabbage Salad and Mayo. Love that slight crunch.
Love Meat: Equivalent to a Chili-Cheese Dog, nuff said.
Yakiniku Rice: Thin strips of sauteed beef over Hot dog wrapped in a crispy rice pancake. The rice cake got soggy and became more like porridge with sliced beef, if you're into that sorta thing.
Must eat: Oroshi (not pictured, the girls devoured it before I snapped a shot booo) Turkey dog (tastes exactly like Vietnamese Cha but lighter, cleaner, and bouncier) topped with radish salad (ask for salad on the side so the bun stays dry)

Apparently Dogzilla Hotdogs in Venice was inspired by the o.g. Japa in Vancouver, could be a close cousin...Let me know if you've tried it!


Chinatown fruit, Vancouver BC: Fresh Rambutan, Durian, Farmer's Market fruit from Pike Place, Seattle, Fresh Longan (BC), Rambutan bunches. So disappointed with the fruit selection this time around...Apparently their crops aren't fluorishing because of the mercurial weather. I completely understand, our normally luscious and sugary sweet California strawberries were a disaster this season as well....Owell, onto synthetic sweeteners then! Which takes us to...


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Vancouver BC: Their selection was INSANO!! All gourmet chocolate, all made fresh daily...how come Cali's displays make our Rocky Mountain look like the buy 1 get 1 free candy aisle from CVS?...That's 'cuz Rocky was Canadian...arghhh so sheisty with their *ish!


Cafe Medina, Vancouver, BC: The best bistro-inspired brunch in town!!

Fricasse: 2 sunny-side up fried eggs atop braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula and smoked applewood cheddar. Served with a side of grilled foccacia. A bit heavy for brunch, but the perfect cure for mild hangovers. Devour the bread and you'll be ready for round 2 by happy hour.
Paella: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano, watercress, tomatoes, and avocado stewed in the lightest, freshest, pot o'perfection. The lack of protein (besides sausage) made this dish a winner. You could literally taste the fresh picked, sun drenched farmer's market veggies. Delish!
$3 Waffle + $2 Maple Syrup = Perfect 10!! The Canadians sure do take their maple syrup seriously...One little terrine cost as much as the palm-sized waffle. Needless to say we killed the waffle and smeared the syrup all over our arms for a late afternoon snack.
Les Boulettes: 2 poached eggs, spicy Moroccan meatballs, cilantro, with hummus cucumber tomato salad. I normally don't like to stuff my mouth with round balls until well after dinner (kidding!!) but the tomato based red sauce was the perfect dip for the grilled focaccia.
La Sante: Soft boiled egg served with EVOO grilled ciabatta. So simple, yet so flavorful. The most gorgeously cooked egg ever!
$5 Fat-ass Bacon...I mean look at the size of that thing! The thickness alone rivals that of baby-back ribs and one bite into that sucker leaves you oozing bacon fat out of your mouth and down to your chin. Good thing those endless supplies of focaccia help to contain the sweet and savory sauce. Who need napkins anyway?
Cassoulet: 2 fried eggs on baked beans, saussison de Paris, double smoked bacon, and andouille sausage. Tastes like it looks, full of fat, with only half the guilt. I mean we must've walked enough to burn the calories off yesterday's Japa and fruit fill-up, so I ain't even trippin'.
Double waffles with Mixed Berry Compote: So incredibly delish we couldn't stop ordering this gorgeous griddle sample of what heaven must taste like. I swear...it's that melt-in-yo-mouth, couldn't stop talking about it even after we crossed the border yummy goodness.
Saumon Fume: Open faced ciabatta sandwich, fried egg, smoked salmon caper cream cheese, sliced avocado, arugula pepperdew, and artichoke salad. Clean, fresh, light...we needed a cold dish to help balance out all the fried fatty nonsense. As you guessed, this dish wasn't quite as popular ;D
Canard Confit: My FAVE!! Duck confit, sour cherry compote, brie, anjou pears, pecan craisin sourdough, watercress, and caramelized pecans. Crispity, crunchity grilled sourdough stuffed with cheese, cherries, and pulled duck!! Thank goodness there were four pieces (and 10 other dishes) or else no one else would've gotten any. Loved it!


Samurai Noodles, Seattle, WA

Highest-Yelp-rated Ramen joint downtown. A little pricey for a Uwajimaya castoff (located adjacent to the supermarket) running at approximately $10 pp including extra sides. I don't quite remember all the different ramen bowls, but I can't forget that spicy shredded pork bowl with side of seaweed, fresh green onions, and secret sauce. The japanese equivalent to Mom's thit kho tau, but a helluva lot spicier.

Dude, I'm hungry now...
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