Friday, March 30, 2012

La Taqueria

My friend was visiting Vancouver and the first thing he told me that he wanted to eat was tacos. He said that he couldn't find any good taco places in China and misses the tacos he used to get out of taco trucks in the States. After much thinking, I decided to bring him to La Taqueria. The tacos at La Taqueria are tasty and probably the most authentic Mexican tacos that you can find here in Vancouver.

The meat tacos are $2.50 each or you can buy 4 for $9.50 and the veggie tacos are $2.00 each or you can buy 4 for $7.00. 4 tacos are just the right amount of food for me, but for my friend, he ended up eating 6 tacos! There's also a variety of in-house made hot sauces that you can add to the tacos. The habenaro one is super spicy! I put few drops on one of my tacos and I can feel a bit of a burn!

Mmm Tacos
(Top left, clockwise:  Braised Beef Tongue, AAA Beef, Pork, Chorizo)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Michael's Wilton Cake Decorating - Course 2: Flowers & Cake Design

Just slowly getting all these cake classes posted... They will all be up soon!

After taking Course 1, I went and registered for Course 2: Flowers & Cake Design. In this Course, I learned how to make a variety of flowers using Royal Icing. In Course 1, we learned how to work with buttercream, in Course 2, it's all Royal Icing (with the exception of the first class, which we used fondant and gum paste).

Class 1

The first class is an introduction to fondant and gum paste. I think having this as a first class is a great preview for what to expect when working with fondant in Course 3 (Gum Paste & Fondant). In this class, we learned how to make Button Flowers and Pansies. The Button Flowers are the easiest to make as all you need to do is lay the fondant over the button flower cut & press mold, cut the shapes out and then assemble. The pansy was a bit more difficult to make as it takes practice to master the ruffling technique with the ball tool.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Deer Garden Signatures

I love a hot bowl of noodles on a chilly day. A great place in Richmond to get a giant bowl of noodles is at Deer Garden Signatures. The restaurant is known for their build-your-own bowl of noodles and the price is right! For $7.95, you pick your soup base, 2 toppings, the type of noodles and drink. It's an additional $1.25 if you want extra toppings, $1 for a cold drink and $1.75 if you want to add a fried pork cutlet, chicken wings, fish puffs, or fried fish on the side.  If you don't feel like having noodles, they also have a variety of rice combo dishes available too.

What I like about this restaurant is that they use no MSG in their fish broth, there is a lot of options to choose from and the bowls of noodles are huge! I can never finish a bowl there! All of the noodles here automatically comes with fresh bean curd, mushrooms, and cilantro toppings. If you don't want any of these, you can mark it off on the order sheet.

 Watercress & Almonds Fish Soup, Flat Rice Nodles with Beef Brisket and Fish Tofu
The soup was really flavourful and all the ingredients were fresh. Noodles were cooked just right and was not mushy. The beef brisket is a bit fatty here, but has a good taste.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Miku Restaurant

For our anniversary dinner, we decided to go to Miku as I Love Hotdogs has never been here before. I've been to this restaurant about a year ago and what I remember is how tasty the seared salmon sushi was!

Miku is a Japanese izakaya located on West Hastings street (right by the Shaw Towers) that specializes in Aburi or sear-flamed sushi. The technique behind this is that by adding the heat directly, it will enhance the flavours of the fish.

When we arrived, the restaurant was super busy! There were a lot of people at the front door waiting for tables. I'm glad that we made reservations. We were seated quite promptly after we arrived. A good tip to remember is if you go on Friday or Saturday night, make sure you make a reservation!

Restaurant Interior
Open kitchen, very modern (different from other izakayas), and very blue

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

L.A. Chicken

After reading about L.A. Chicken on a couple other food blogs and seeing how well reviewed it was on Urban Spoon, we put it on our list of places to try and then promptly forgot about it.  Recently, after a trip to Ikea, hungry and in need of dinner, we remembered L.A. Chicken was close by so we finally got to check it out.  

When we got there, the place was far from appealing.  It was extremely dingy and dirty, both inside and out, a true hole-in-the-wall.  This did not deter us though!  The place was empty when we entered, so we put in our order with the friendly woman at the counter, and after a 15-20 minute wait, we had our food.  They fry their chicken to order, which means you wait longer, but I prefer that to getting chicken that's been sitting under a warmer.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

A friend from out of town had come to visit and wanted to get some fried chicken, so Flowerbunny recommended Chewies, as they had fried chicken on their menu, and we've wanted to try them out since they opened.

There were 9 of us who came out to this dinner and they don't really have seating for a party that big so we had to cram into a smaller table.
We started with some Louisiana Rock Crab Cakes.  These came with mixed greens and a creole remoulade.  These were pretty tasty, lots of meat, and nicely spicy.  The remoulade added an additional layer of spicy flavour.