After a somewhat disappointing ramen experience at Ramen Koika, I was in the mood for some better ramen to restore my faith in the Vancouver ramen scene. Taishoken (sparse Twitter account here) opened in late May this year and I finally got to try their ramen — tsukemen, to be exact. I loved it.
Ramen Koika is the latest entrant in the Vancouver ramen sweepstakes. They had their soft-opening in late June featuring all ramen bowls for $6 but now they’re on their regularly-priced menu. Not much web presence except for a Facebook page. Apparently people behind Ramen Koika are the same people behind the Korean-owned 3-location mini-chain Sushi Bella.
I’m a sucker for Hawkers Market. That combination of music, food, drinks, even a bit of art, all combined in a warehouse party space really gets me excited. But the lack of new vendors plus special food selling out way too fast is giving me second thoughts about Hawkers Market. (Also Vancouverites are still way too uptight to dance in public unless they’re plastered.)
Another yearly trip to Calgary for some in-law visiting and good food eatin’. Some good, some bad, some disappointing, some surprising. Read on! Continue reading
My favourite Thai place, Longtail Kitchen in New West, is finally serving a great local beer on tap, courtesy of New West neighbors Steel & Oak. I wrote about Steel & Oak’s opening a couple weeks ago here and was looking forward to having more of their delicious Red Pilsner with Longtail’s food. Continue reading
Stateside Craft on Commercial Drive is the “sequel” to Portland Craft on Main Street except instead of just focusing on Oregon and Washington State beers, it’s the entire US! Well, whatever they can get their hands on, that is. Will Stateside Craft rank among the better beer places along Commercial Drive like St. Augustine’s, Biercraft or Tangent Cafe? Will I like it as much as Portland Craft? Stateside Craft are still in their soft-opening phase, but I wanted to check their progress and get some all-you-can-eat bacon with my beer!
NOTE: I made some errors in my original post (preserved and corrected below). Please accept my apologies folks! Continue reading