Gradinner at HK BBQ Master, British Columbi

“Where would you like to eat?” That was Matt’s blank check for his grad dinner; he didn’t want to “flex” in a “bougie” place that would be “so extra.” Instead, he chose this restaurant whose main entrance is via a parking lot. Manila paper with brown tape lined the walls behind our plastic table with…

Secret Tea House in Omotesando, Tokyo

When you cross the threshold behind the flower shop facade, you cross over to the secret world of the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House. These await you…. The outdoors indoors… a short yummy menu (handsome Frenchman not included) using vegetables, herbs, and flowers… beauty on the walls, tables, and food… The beautiful ambience is almost…

Sankaku Market Otaru, Hokkaido

Food, Glorious Food in Otaru. 4 kilogram live crab! Succulent, fresh crab (loved the legs more than the body meat here), melt-in-your-mouth (even if slightly firm) chu toro, and other seafood! The rice: nakakainis sa sarap! This meal at Sankaku Market, just steps away from Otaru train station—- one of our best and most fun…

Furano Tour, Winter Edition

Do you know your CQ (Cheese Intelligence)? 🧀 At Furano Cheese Factory, you can take an electronic quiz to find out! 😂 Hokkaido’s yummy dairy comes in different forms here. Squid ink cheese among many flavours 🧀 , creamy milk🥛 , milk pumpkin cheese or corn ice cream 🍦 . My favourite this visit is…

Takayama, Japan

Dubbed as Little Kyoto of the Japanese Alps, Takayama —meaning “tall mountain”— (sometimes Hida-Takayama) in Gifu Prefecture, is an ancient feudal city known for its Edo-style preserved old town. Despite its distance from the rest of Japan, it gained prosperity during the Edo period when the city was placed under direct control of the shogunate…

From Osaka to Gion, Kyoto with Lunch

From Osaka to Kyoto, there are several travel options and the most convenient/ quickest will depend on where you are coming from in Osaka. If you have the JR Pass with unlimited train rides, from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto is a 15 minute train ride but you will need to make train changes from where you…

Gluten Free Desserts at Usagi Sweets, Vancouver

Usagi Sweets on Oak Street is run by Moeno and her Japanese mother who used to have another commercial kitchen at another location previously. The treats at the bottom shelf are gluten-free.  The round cupcake-shaped desserts have a chewy texture and they are not too sweet. My favorite dessert among the selection I tried is the…

The Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown

It was quite a hike from our downtown hotel to Gastown but it was our entertainment to get a higher figure for the pedometer every day so we explored this neighborhood that’s a National Historic Site of Canada. (It has a different vibe in the daytime than the last time I came here on a…

Elysian Coffee and Ernest Ice Cream, Vancouver

There’s some good coffee across St. Paul Hospital’s Lights of Hope, downtown Vancouver. It’s Elysian Coffee on Burrard and Helmcken They also have Vancouver’s famous Ernest Ice Cream but be warned, it comes in a recyclable one pint size only.  For a green effort to encourage recycling, if you bring the jar back, you get $1 off…

Mink Chocolates, Vancouver

Award-winning Mink Chocolates are preservative-free artisan chocolate bars made in small batches with Belgian chocolate. Among their many interesting flavors they have are Fountain of Youth (with blueberries and goji berries) No Grumpy (organic espresso) Open In Case Of Emergency (Kentucky Bourbon and fresh mint in chocolate ganache) PB Wannabe (almond butter and organic grape…

Cafe Crepe, Downtown Vancouver

The lines to this restaurant on Robson Street were often long whenever we passed here on the way back to our hotel so one day when there was no line, we got curious to try it. It’s quite nice inside and the open production area for the crepes whets your appetite to have some! It…

Medina Breakfast, Library District Vancouver

“Sustenance.” I love the sign that leads to Medina. Appearing on “Vancouver’s Best Breakfast” and Top Restaurants lists, Medina Cafe serves “Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet sustenance via the city’s best Belgian waffles.” [Shhh!🤫 You have to try Le Petit Belge’s waffles before you come here which is exactly what we did because the queuing…

Le Petit Belge

While walking around Yaletown, we saw this waffle brunch place, Le Petit Belge. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A fusion between true authentic Belgian Brussel style waffles and breakfast in a cozy atmosphere. We make people happy” – Le Petit Belge They had savory and dessert waffles along with a selection…

Cactus Club Robson Street, Vancouver

Cactus Club is one of my favorite places to get something to eat. When I’m not monotonously ordering my super favorite Tuna Stack (created by chef rob feenie. ocean wise™ ahi, citrus tamari vinaigrette, nori, sesame, avocado, micro cilantro, wonton chips), I love this fresh Tuna Poke Bowl (sesame ginger ocean wise™ ahi, jasmine rice, mango,…

g (Giovane) Cafe + Eatery + Market

G Cafe + Eatery + Market is located at the ground floor of the Fairmont Waterfront/ Pacific Rim (heart heart Cory Monteith 😢💔). The yellow letter “g” stands for Giovane and everything gourmet. “g celebrates la dolce vita from morning until night.”  They serve pastries, paninis, pizzas, pasta, and prepared meals. Wait, shouldn’t this cafe…