David Hawksworth Unbuttoned: First Look at Nightingale

Everyone knows about Hawksworth, the multi-award-winning upscale restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, right? I’ve actually never been there! More generous relatives have brought their families there and quite enjoyed it, but I’ve never step foot in there. An old boss of mine remarked that dining there is actually a good value! I thought, “WTF?! Maybe in your … Continue reading David Hawksworth Unbuttoned: First Look at Nightingale

First Look: Sanpoutei Ramen in Richmond (Have we reached “Peak Ramen”?)

Have we reached “peak ramen”? In the same month that Hapa Ramen opened up, Sanpoutei Ramen in Richmond (next to Parker Place on No. 3 Road) had their grand opening on January 30 20, 2016. In short: good but not worth lining up for. I’d wait until the crowds die down, or go during non-peak … Continue reading First Look: Sanpoutei Ramen in Richmond (Have we reached “Peak Ramen”?)

First Look: Central Texas style BBQ at Dixie’s BBQ in the Downtown Eastside (yup)

You might’ve read about it on Scout. The “highly anticipated” bbq place on Hastings and Gore called Dixie’s BBQ is now open! Actually, they’re just going to be open for Dine Out Vancouver (Jan. 15-31, 2016), then they’ll close down to fiddle with things and re-open on Feb. 10. They’ll launch a brunch menu soon … Continue reading First Look: Central Texas style BBQ at Dixie’s BBQ in the Downtown Eastside (yup)

First Look: Juicy, Delicately-Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken at Freebird Chicken Shack in New West

As you might know, I wear my love for Longtail Kitchen on my sleeve. It’s the more casual and affordable version of Maenam (who still have an awful Flash-based website). I was less enthralled with Fat Mao, their other restaurant. But on December 1, after several months of gestation, Angus & Co. opened up Freebird … Continue reading First Look: Juicy, Delicately-Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken at Freebird Chicken Shack in New West

First Look: Brave New Ramen at The Ramenman in the West End

There is scant information about this brand-new ramen place, The Ramenman, that opened up just a block away from Ramen Santouka. They’re now in their soft-opening phase. They opened quietly on Sunday, October 18 and I visited then on their third day of operation to check them out. Much thanks to Sean (Sean’s Adventures in … Continue reading First Look: Brave New Ramen at The Ramenman in the West End

First Look: Red Truck Beer & Truck Stop Diner Soft Opening

Red Truck Beer and their Truck Stop Diner finally soft-opened last week in the historic “Brewery Creek” area. They’re located on 2nd Ave, about a 5 minute walk east of Main St. Lots of other beer places already exist in this neighborhood, including Brassneck, 33 Acres, Main Street Brewing, Steel Toad Brewpub, CRAFT Beer Market, … Continue reading First Look: Red Truck Beer & Truck Stop Diner Soft Opening

First Look: Thai on the Drive at Kin Kao Kitchen (BONUS: Soft Peaks Ice Cream in Gastown)

I was both excited and nervous about trying the newest Thai restaurant on Commercial Drive, Kin Kao. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I have the highest regard for Longtail Kitchen in New West. But Kin Kao is closer to my house and also has good beer…it feels I’m being … Continue reading First Look: Thai on the Drive at Kin Kao Kitchen (BONUS: Soft Peaks Ice Cream in Gastown)