One Hundred Days – DOV 2011

January 30, Sunday

D and I were invited to this DOV dinner with my coworkers and ex-workers. One Hundred Days was at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown occupying what previous was Elixir. Very convenience location, just a few steps from the Yaletown Roundhouse station.

I had read a few reviews before we headed there but we were both shock at how dark the place was. We could barely find our way to the table (i.e. painted picnic table and benches). Well, I didn’t really like the paintings and the decorative items except the cloth hanger light fixture in the middle of our dining area. Don’t get me wrong. I like pop arts and graffiti works in general. At that time the server was just bringing in the tea light candles. We had to share the candles in order to see our menu. I finally gave up and used my iPhone flash light app.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – DOV 2011

January 24, Monday – Rainy

This year, I only went to three restaurants for the Dine Out Vancouver menu. The first one was  Bistro 101 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts outside of Granville Island. Their DOV 3 course dinner menu is $18 which I saw as a value meal to try out.  Parking wasn’t easy and we ended up with street meter parking.

When we entered the restaurant, we were surprised how well they made it look with minimal decoration, simple black tables and chairs with tea lights. Most tables had a view of the river or Granville Island. Continue reading “Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – DOV 2011”

508 Bistro 小酌

Jan 22, Saturday

We actually visited 508 Bistro 小酌, a Taiwanese restaurant,  during their soft opening back in late November. But I never get to blog about it. We liked the food there and wanted to take my Taiwanese friends there so back in January, I asked 4 of my friends to go there and have dinner with us. With more people we could try out more dishes! The restaurant was having their grand opening promotion (you get a free Chicken Hotpot when you order 4 drinks) and it was full house when we arrived at 7p.m. We had to wait for about half an hour to get our table. But it’s worth the wait! We got a comfee booth table that over look the bar.

Looking at the menu, we were trying to decided on food. For sure we wanted the free chicken hotpot so all of us ordered a drink. Surprisingly, their beer was cheaper than their bubble tea. So I ended up getting a beer! They were served in ice-chilled glasses. Nice touch!

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Talay Thai Restaurant

January 18, Tuesday – Cold

Since our last visit at Bob Likes Thai Food on Sunday, D had been whinning about Pad Thai. So the meat I tried to defrost wasn’t ready by dinner time on Tuesday night and we had to eat out. D jumped up and suggested Talay Thai. It’s a small Thai restaurant that we been to once with our friends back in December. We both loved our first visit so it’s a good time to go again and compare the food.

We ordered Pad Thai, Tom Kha with Chicken (Coconut soup)  and Pad Med Mamuang Himaphan with pork (Stir-fried with roasted cashew nuts, onion and bell peppers in a spicy chili sauce) . We again asked everything to be spicy! We also ordered 2 Thai beer (Singha) and a bowl of brown rice to go with the spicy food.

The Tom Kha Gai was really good. It’s loaded with flavour of lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, Cilantro and fish sauce. It was spiced up with extra fried chili. Continue reading “Talay Thai Restaurant”

Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France

January 16, Sunday – Cloudy

After our depressing meal at Bob Like Thai Food, I really need something to bring my mood up. So we decided to visit Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France just around the corner on E 22nd and Main.

Both inside and outside of this little chocolate store was very nicely decorated. It felt like a corner somewhere in Europe instead of Vancouver.

They used glass jars and plates to hold chocolate truffles. All the chocolate looked so pretty and tasty! Continue reading “Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France”