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…

Joe Fortes, Vancouver: Night and Day

The beloved and I enjoy walking and browsing as our form of exercise, aiming if possible for 20k steps per day. On our way to and fro, we kept passing by this restaurant, Joe Fortes, named after the legendary citizen of English Bay. Day or night, it was always lively. Multiple awards are hung on…

Raisu, Vancouver

You might miss the entrance if you weren’t looking for the address because the frontage Noren (Japanese curtain) is understated. (It’s beside the Apple Farm Market across Safeway). From the same food group that gives you Suika, Raisu (Japanese word for “rice”) serves delicious Japanese food in the reliable authentic flavors but in tapas style…

London Heritage Farm, Richmond B.C.

Along the Fraser river by the coastline city of Richmond (British Columbia) stands the London Heritage Farm— a historic site complex consisting of a farmhouse, family barn, heritage and herb gardens, memorial rose garden, hand tool museum; with antique farming equipment, chickens, Honey and Blue Orchard bees (with picnic tables). In the farmhouse is a tearoom…

Thanksgiving Dinner from Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market is a food lover’s paradise. With fifty main retailers and over a hundred more rotating day-vendors selling local and international artisanal foods (and crafts), a wide international selection of delicious cooked food and ingredients for what you want to cook yourself, it has practically everything you need in a market. And more.  Just…

Amasake Chaya, Hakone’s Last Edo Period Teahouse

Tradition. History. Culture. Food. Drink. Nature. Tale of the Faithful 47 Ronin: Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check! They come together in this 400 year-old thatch-roofed countryside teahouse set amidst the lush mountains of Hakone. To facilitate travel, the town of Hakone— famous for its year-round stunning natural scenery, hot springs, and expansive options…

“Spring of the Gods”: Oshino Hakkai Springs

Not-to-be-missed Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site and Japanese national monument, Oshino Hakkai Springs is situated in an idyllic, picturesque village in the Fuji Five Lakes region where you can explore nature, history, food, and culture while chasing Mt. Fuji. On a clear day, you might see her majesty, the elusive Fujisan.  If you happen…

Sweet Secrets at Shiroi Koibito Park, Hokkaido

Behind this wall, Cookie Disneyland! Langue de Chat [Lengua de Gato] sandwich with white chocolate filling.  Maybe you’re familiar with the famous cookie! In the unlikely event that you are not, Langue de Chat means “cat’s tongue” to connote the oval shape and thinness of the delicate French cookie that “melts” easily in your mouth. Ishiya’s…

Peach Parfait: Must Try In Kurashiki

Cream and blueberry top plump firm extra sweet slices of local white peach above peach sorbet and peach yogurt within strawberry syrup and chunks of peach at Momoko (Momo = peach; Ko is a suffix for girls’ names). Hisako-san joined me for this perfect end to our lovely walking tour, adjourning early before the typhoon…

Batanes Tour Day 3: Southern Batan Island (UnMarlboro Country, Honesty Coffee Shop)

“What do you do in Batanes on a rainy day?” I called Front Office to ask.   We had the morning free as Kuya Art, our tour guide, had to attend a tour guide association meeting in Sabtang Island today so our meeting time was moved to 12:30pm. Ramil suggested a massage. Oh I love this…

Batanes Tour Day 1: Boulder Beach, Vayang Rolling Hills

Our tour, hotel, and flights were very ably and excellently arranged by Pio Luistro of Pacific Bound Travel and Tours. It cost P4,333 per person for six persons sharing a nice airconditioned van inclusive of three-day tour guide, lunches, boat ride and driver and keep on Sabtang Island, pickup and return from airport for arrival and…

Fundacion Pacita, Basco, Batanes

If you love an outdoorsy adventure but not in terms of answering the call of Mother Nature, you will feel pampered and at home at Fundacion Pacita in Basco, Batanes. Regally situated on a hilltop surrounded by picturesque seaside cliff mountains, meandering pasturelands, and the Pacific Ocean, this sprawling property has become a refuge for…

Kota Paradiso: Get a Slice of Paradise

Kota Paradiso in Mabitac, Laguna is a hidden jewel of a destination for nature and farm lovers.  On the way here, you will catch glimpses of heaven with azure skies, lush tropical mountains, and the largest lake in the Philippines—Laguna de Bay. Energy mills pepper the route…… so do these mango trees which look like they’re…