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Month: October, 2012

TACOFINO COMMISSARY

2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

Here’s the thing, I love Tacos. And Pizza. I looooooovvve Tacos and Pizza.¬† And, if you are an avid reader of canitrythat then you may know that my favorite Taco in Vancouver is from Tacofino Cantina. So it was a very exciting day for me when I finally set foot into Tacofino‘s latest…..The Commissary.

Beautiful decor in this place. The Commissary is a really great example of how you can make a small, simple space look amazing, without extensive renovations. The massive lighting/botanical installation is obviously the focal point here, allowing the cafeteria-style tables to stay simple and utilitarian.

There was a large group of us eating on this day, so we got to try almost everything on the menu!

Sweet, Smoky, Delicious…. Corn.

Buns with Bone Marrow Butter

Cauliflower
(serrano chiles, turmeric, crispy rice, spicy fish sauce)

Heart on a Stick
(grilled chicken hearts, jerk spices, watermelon pickles)

All of the appies we tried were delicious. I’ve noticed though that the menu has changed since I was there and the Corn and Bone Marrow dishes are no longer on the menu. Hopefully they bring them back for spring because they were tasty!

On to the tacos!!

Yam Tempura Tacos

Fish Tacos
(crispy ling cod, cabbage, chipotle mayo, salsa fresca)

Pork Cheek Taco
(cabbage, fried shallot, pineapple, sriracha)

We also tried a couple desserts… which were AH-MAZING.

Lime Curd Vaso: brown butter graham crumb, whipped cream
(And in the background… Ice Cream Sammy made with Diablo Cookies)

If you don’t know about Tacofino’s Diablo Cookies, then do yourself a favor and go get educated. To die for.

So, overall we loved Tacofino Commissary, but I did have one complaint. I was excited to try their margarita, because margs are my faves, and I was very disappointed. It was tiny. Taste-wise it was ok, but it was teeny-weeny, and it was expensive. Boo.

I can’t wait to go back to the Commissary to eat ALL THE TACOS…. again. ūüėČ NOM NOM!

Tacofino Commissary on Urbanspoon

RANGOLI

1488 W 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Rangoli is an East Indian restaurant owned by famed Vancouver chef Vikram Vij. Mr. Vij started out with his fine-dining restaurant Vij’s in 1994. Ten years later, due to the fanatic popularity of Vij’s, he opened up Rangoli right next door. Rangoli serves a simpler, cheaper menu than its neighbor, and also serves as a market where you can purchase packaged meals and authentic spices.

Here’s what we ate:

Black Chickpea and Onion Cakes in Coconut Curry
With rice Pilaf

Lamb, Chickpeas and Potatoes in Yogurt-Date Curry
with Naan Bread

I really like this place. The food is tasty, the prices are reasonable, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait for an hour to get a table.

NOM NOM!

Rangoli on Urbanspoon

RODNEY’S OYSTER HOUSE

1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC

Happy Place.

We made a pilgrimage last weekend to the happiest place in Vancouver: Rodney’s Oyster House!

I have a constant craving for fresh oysters, and there’s no better place to fulfill that craving than Rodney’s. We came down for Happy Hour, and it was the happiest of hours! I’m not really sure how anyone could have a bad time at Rodney’s,¬†the vibe is casual and fun, and the service is excellent. Oh, and the Ceasars are very strong ūüėČ

The perfect start to an oyster happy hour is a Ceasar. Rodney’s makes them with lots of fresh horseradish and a prawn garnish and calls it “Zydeco Stew“.

Fresh from the Sea!!

Aside from the heap of fresh horseradish, at Rodney’s¬†they also bring you a platter of 9 different sauces to accompany your oysters. My favorite is called¬†“Sea Witch”.

Get in my mouth!

Mussels

Fresh Sourdough!

And let’s not forget the bread and butter for sopping up all the juices! Very Important.

Vino Blanco

Let’s finish up with some white wine. Nice pour Rodney’s, now that’s what I call service!

Best Ceasar’s in town. Fresh, tasty seafood. Great Service. NOM NOM!!

Rodney's Oyster House on Urbanspoon

LA BOHEME CREPERIE

Trout Lake Farmers Market: 15th Ave E & Victoria Dr , Vancouver, BC

During the last days of summer we finally got our buts over to the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market. We didn’t go for fresh groceries though. We pushed our way through the crowds of people holding bushels of fresh Kale to make our way to La Boheme Crep√©rie.

I’d heard great things about this food truck, and on a beautiful end of summer day I didn’t even mind waiting in the huge line to get a crepe.

Menu

Just looking at this menu makes me drool a little bit….

We tried the Pesto Brie and the Savoie crepes. They were huge, and the crepes are made of buckwheat, so definitely a hearty meal!

Pesto Brie

The Savoie

Yes! Nailed it!

Thanks La Boheme Creperie, super good! NOM NOM.
La Bohème Crêperie on Urbanspoon

VIA TEVERE

1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC


Pizza again??!!!!

We went for a lovely dinner at Via Tevere last week. Love this place. This Neapolitan pizzeria is on Victoria Dr., just a couple blocks away from Commercial Dr. and its billions of pizza restaurants. One would think this place wouldn’t do well since it’s basically the only restaurant on Victoria, but it seems to always be packed! (And they don’t take reservations, so show up early and get in line).

We started with the “Rucola Con Limone” or Arugula with Lemon salad.

Rucula Con Limone

Napoletana
(Tomato, Fior di Latte, Anchovies, Basil)

Vesuvio
(Tomato, Fior Di Latte, Salame Piccante, Capicollo)

Mmmmmmm sooo gooood. But since I’ve already crowned Pizza Farina my #1 Vancouver pizza, I will have to give Via Tevere the honorable position of #2 Vancouver pizza. But it’s a reeeaaallly¬†close 2nd.

Aaaannnd we finished things off with a monster slab of tiramisu, which was divine.

Tiramisu

Go check out Via Tevere ASAP.

NOM NOM
Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana on Urbanspoon