Dennis Dreams of Maumi: The Omakase Experience at Sushi Bar Maumi

NOTE: I made a bit of an error in this review. Only the $90 omakase course contains bluefin tuna. I was confusing the red tuna with bluefin. So you can safely dine with cheaper omakase levels and avoid bluefin tuna if that is a concern to you. I’m leaving my review uncorrected below. Thanks.

NOTE #2: Another error I made was the reference to a “semi-well-known” chef. I should’ve actually said, “uber-famous chef”.

ALSO: my dining companion Moyenchow has posted her take on the dinner here. We did not “compare notes” or discuss that much in-depth during the dinner, so it might be interesting for you to see the differences and similarities between our reviews.


The omakase (“chef’s choice”) experience at Sushi Bar Maumi (Facebook, Instagram) is defined as much by what it isn’t as by what it is. There’s no rolls. No aburi (torched) sushi. Not a bottle of mayonnaise in sight. There isn’t even soy sauce at the table. No children are allowed. No alcohol. Period. This is the purest and most stark example of the nigiri-focused omakase experience available in Vancouver.

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Lunch Quickie: Fine Tacos at Molli Cafe

Vancouver has a huge concentration of restaurants, no joke. Even for someone as greedy as me, I can’t eat at every place I want to due to time, money, and mood. It took me being on a staycation before I was finally able to check out Molli Cafe. It’s a cute, small space with friendly service. Recommended if you’re in the area.

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Craft Beer meets Kick-ass Tacos at Four Winds Brewing

Four Winds Brewing is mentally far for me but not actually far time-wise. In good traffic, it takes less than 30 minutes! That’s about the same amount of time for me to drive to Kits. Four Winds started offering tacos in their tasting room about three weeks ago, and since I was on my “staycation”, we checked them out. I’m glad to say that they’re now not only a great beer destination but a great LUNCH destination too!

Read about my very first visit to Four Winds back in June 2014 here, and their one-year anniversary pop-up restaurant here. These guys are serious about their food!

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Top 10 Places to Eat in Vancouver While High

Do you like to get high and eat good food? Crave something beyond the usual potato chips, breakfast cereals, and other junk food? This little adventure down the foodie-friendly “green brick road” will expand your mind and palate at the same time. This won’t be a list of obvious places (7-Eleven, Mega-ill Pizza, combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell, New Amsterdam Cafe, etc) — this a list that will appeal to all gastronomes, stoned or not. Now, if you choose to use cannabis, you’ll find that it really heightens your sense of taste, texture, smell, and vision, so something that’s delicious when sober usually means it’ll be MEGA-DELICIOUS when high. Enjoy the ride!

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Lunch Quickie: Healthy Food, Good First Visit at Latab Food

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that Latab Food no longer serves lunch as of April 19, 2016. I’ve done dinner there and it’s fantastic. Recommended! Check out my Instagram dinner posts with in-depth writeups here, here, here, here, here, and here.


Latab Food (originally launched as Latab Wine Bar in September 2015) had been on my radar (aka the never-ending list) because of their low pretense, sustainable food, and (from the looks of their Instagram) beautiful plates & technique. I tried them for a quick lunch with a foodie friend and my first visit was positive! I’d like to come back and try out their more expansive (and meaty) dinner menu.

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Hot Chicken in Cold Calgary – December 2015

Last time we were in Calgary during the winter was back in 2010. This Vancouver boy isn’t used to the brutal, dry cold. Although the snow texture is fluffy and makes a cool crunching sound, it’s still a bit of a pain to get around. But thankfully we were able to do lots of family stuff, hit a lot of restaurants, and drink more than enough beer.

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