So Hyang Korean Restaurant [Review]

Lately Jax and I have been exploring Fraser St. and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality, and variety of restaurants and shops!  For some reason we’ve never really gone there to eat nor shop, but that has all changed now! Ever since my former favourite Korean restaurant shut down due to fire, I’ve been…

Messi Pesto Chicken Wings

Rounding out the end of summer, we grew a tonne of basil — more basil than any one family could possibly eat.  Not wanting to waste it, we made it into a pesto (simply basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, and a little salt and black pepper.  Use a touch of lemon juice to prevent it from…

La Quercia [Restaurant]

Continuing the theme from last week’s post about Jax’s birthday, as a family we went to her favourite Italian restaurant here in Vancouver, La Quercia.  Serving Northern Italian style food, Jax loves this place for their Famiglia offering — a family-style share plate set menu, where the chef cooks what is fresh for the day. …

Birthday Cola BBQ Ribs

Recently, it was Jax’s birthday, and it has now become a tradition to throw a backyard BBQ for her and all of her friends.  One item that is easy to make, and share amongst 50 people are racks of ribs.  Since you are able to do most of the prep work well ahead of time,…

Eleven Madison Park [Restaurant]

Back in 2013, my colleague (and high school mate!) recommended I hit up Eleven Madison Park in NYC — he assured me it was his favourite restaurant.  Never having gone to a 3 Michelin Star restaurant before (nor 2, nor 1!) I was slightly scared of the price.  At that time, there was one price,…

Cousin’s Spicy Eggplant Tofu [Vegetarian/Vegan]

My cousin in Trinidad specifically requested a vegetarian post, using eggplant.  This was quite difficult for me, as I generally dislike all forms of eggplant.  Don’t like moussaka; don’t like bhurtha; don’t like baba ganoush … suffice it to say I find this vegetable repulsive.  There is however, one single eggplant dish that I do…

ink. [Restaurant]

While we were in Los Angeles for Jax’s cousins wedding, we learned that one of our favourite Top Chef personalities had a restaurant here through Jax’s brother.  Michael Voltaggio, winner of Top Chef season 6, has a restaurant specializing in small plates that are meant to be sampled and shared. (Sorry for the picture quality…

Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations [Product]

Living in an old house, I don’t really want to sink massive amounts of money into it.  However, I do want to at least make it decent while we are here.  The kitchen has always been a sore point for me.  1960s formica ontop of 1940s tile.  Yup.  Just a wee bit ugly.  Learning about…

Blazing Cast Iron Steak

Recently, we’ve acquired some high quality NY 12 oz Certified Angus Beef steaks (thanks DA!)  Because of the quality, the best way to eat these are rare.  Don’t even think of going higher than medium rare!  Not feeling like going out in the blazing 30+ degree C sun, cooking them on a cast iron pan offers…

Revscene BC Spot Prawns

One of my favourite forums to browse is Revscene.net.  There is a food forum there which inspired me to try making spot prawns at home!  Seeing other home cooks make such beautiful variations of BC Spot Prawns inspired me to cook some for the first time ever. For an ingredient like this, simplest is best. …

Diablo Crispy Pork Belly [Siu Yuk]

Yesterday, we had a BBQ on the beach, so we decided to bring Korean Style Short-Ribs.  While shopping for meat, Jax saw that pork belly was a decent price, so she picked up a couple packs for ourselves.  Co-incidentally, one of her friends just asked about how to make pork belly, so this is the…