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…

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…

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…

Jericho Tennis Club, Vancouver

We had the blessed opportunity to have a family get-together at the 102-year old Jericho Tennis Club right along the waters of Jericho Beach. (Cover and the two photos below from Jericho Tennis Club FB Page) Above is summer view. Our visit was instead on a cold and rainy winter night! 🙂 Barney starts us…

Chef of the Year, Best Seafood, Best Upscale Awardee: Boulevard

2018 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award’s “Chef of the Year,” Chef Alex Chen, is behind this “Best Seafood” and “Best Upscale” restaurant at Sutton Place Hotel, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Big deal, huh!!! No wonder the spectacular meal was satisfying in every way. Service was also impeccable. There was a lounge next door for us…

Forty-Ninth Parallel Coffee Roasters Ltd.

This is one of the Beloved’s approved coffees so we came here for breakfast, first at the Thurlow and West Georgia branch downtown. The Avo: Avocado, Cheese, Tomato, Arugula, Chili Hot Chocolate (foreground) and Coffee (back) Then to the branch on West 4th and Yew Streets in Kitsilano. This branch has coffee, tea, hot chocolate,…

More Raisu

A simple meal together with people you love is a sweet grace. Sharing is caring not just with food but with hearts and lives. The Truffle Corn and Brussels sprouts Karate, Snow Crab and Uni Cream Udon, AAA Canadian Tenderloin Roast Beef with Uni and Ikura, Grilled Fish, Hamburg were all delicious.  I ordered another…