I had a little dose of British food at The Abbey the other week, so I thought I’d finally go try the other newish British gastropub in town, The Fat Badger. While The Abbey has quite a few British-inspired dishes like Welsh Rarebit, Lancashire Hotpot and Sausages & Mash, The Fat Badger is actually a full-on British gastropub experience, with a full British menu, all British beers on tap and a UK-focused playlist on the sound system.
Knifewear has rolled into town for a 6-day pop-up at the Chinatown Experiment pop-up retail space. Knifewear specializes in high-end Japanese knives. Too rich for my blood at the moment, but it was really fun and tempting to just look.
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