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Food of the Day – Apple kimchi

Food of the Day – Apple kimchi

I wasn’t going to eat it. I was just gonna taste it. – Winnie the Pooh   Hi everyone! Ask and you shall receive. Here is my recipe for a quick and easy apple kimchi.  It makes a great garnish or eaten as a korean appetizer, 

Daiwa Sushi

Daiwa Sushi

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw Welcome to 2015!  With some light traveling and holiday events the time just flies on by. Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy a wonderful holiday and a fantastic kickstart into 

Beta 5

Beta 5

Good friends, good food, good times

Last week Mr H and I decided that it was time to make a road trip heading towards the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Our incredible week long journey included; Dunsmuir Ca, Redding Ca, Eugene Or, Jacksonville Or, Portland Or, Seattle Wa, Vancouver and Newberg Or. Considering that I should have posted starting with our first stop but I just couldn’t help share one of my favorite stops.

Beta 5 is located in a slightly hidden industrial area at 413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3, Canada. If you drive by too quickly you may miss it and food trucks seem to like parking on that street so keep an eye out.

The only challenge was to decide on what to order. After all, this was our first foodie stop out of many for the day.

We arrived around 4pm as my heart begins to palpitate in fear that all the cream puff flavors would disappear before my eyes. Luckily for us, only one flavor that we wanted to try (Banana Cream Puff) was sold out. All the ones we did try were outstanding.

Originally, we came through for just their cream puffs and we left with chocolates and more.

What is there not to love about this place? Creative and focused with a designer’s eye and taste worthy of praise. All the flavors possess a cohesive balance in both cream puff selection and chocolates. Its presentation compliments the flavors in every bite. Beta 5’s packaging is both functional and thoughtful. I can’t decide if I am more in love with the cream puffs or chocolates and if I were you I would buy one of each!

More about Beta 5: The form-5 beta crystal structure is the most stable form of cocoa butter crystallization, formed through the controlled melting, and subsequent cooling of liquid chocolate, giving our chocolates’ their distinctive shine and crisp snap

Continue reading: http://beta5.myshopify.com/pages/about-us

I recommend that if you love creative and delicious desserts and are in the area, make a pitstop at Beta 5. You will not regret it. Make sure you come early as they do run out quick and close at 5:30pm.

Pictures credited to our gracious foodie friend and photographer, Jeff Poh. He creates photo magic. 😉  Thank you for the sneak peak of your wonderful hometown. It was an epic journey.

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A few taken from me.

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http://beta5.myshopify.com/

Kusakabe

Kusakabe

 Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about our destination.  – Drake  Today marks the second month since the grand opening of Kusakabe, a modern marriage between sushi and kaiseki-style dining. This 30-seat sushi restaurant offers friendly service in great detail. Dining here brings 

Satou

Satou

Throwback Thursday – Steak it to me baby!  Steak House Satou has been famed for its Matsuzaka beef. It wouldn’t be uncommon to find it listed in a travel guide and written about in reviews. Located in a cute bicycle town of Kichijoji-Honcho, there is a huge 

Sushi Dai

Sushi Dai

Throwback Thursday – Sushi for breakfast? YES, please! Irasshaimase!

If you are looking to make a trip to Tokyo, you must try and squeeze in some time to check out the famous Tsukiji fish market. Surely, no visit to Tsukiji is complete without a sushi breakfast. Look no further than Sushi Dai, located just steps away from the market. The two most popular shops in the alleyway are Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa (with a slightly shorter line). During both visits Mr. H and I opt for Sushi Dai.

It’s the perfect place to bring out your camera! The chefs are friendly and multilingual. I call them the Tsukiji fish market’s celebrity chefs. They will not shy away from any photo opportunities. With smiles that go on for miles they make each person walk away with a happy memory both in their belly and mind. I knew my grumpiness for the wait would dissipate the moment I sat down.

Sushi Dai seats up to 10 guests at a time at the sushi bar. The most popular item is the chef’s special course of 10 nigiri and one roll, as well as one nigiri of the diner’s choice. (We always choose fatty toro)

At ¥3,975 including tax, it makes a delectable morning meal adventure that won’t break the bank. (You may also add a la carte pieces to your omakase, as we had.)

Sushi Dai, 6-21-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku; +81 (0) 3 3541 3738; 5:00 am – 2:00 pm

http://www.tsukijigourmet.or.jp

What to expect:

  • Come early as early as 4am to be the first set eat at 5am.
  • Tons of chaos – so watch where you are going
  • Expect a wait between 2-4 hours (Mine has been around 3.5 arriving at 5am)
  • Long lines
  • Cash only
  • Wear comfortable shoes

If you are looking to tour the market/watch the auction the location is on the opposite side of the building from where all the restaurants are located.

Read more before you travel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Tokyo/Chuo

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Front Entrance 

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Our chef during both visits

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Three happy and handsome chefs

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Fatty Tuna – Toro – Ohh so silky and sexy!

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Fish Miso Soup

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Red Sea Bream

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Snapper (Gorgeous and delicate)

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Uni

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Horse Mackerel

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Flat Fish 

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Tamago (Warm and fluffy)

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Arctic Surf Clam

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Lean Tuna (Gorgeous red)

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Baby Sweet Shrimp

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Spanish Mackerel

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 Tuna Roll

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Super Fatty Toro 

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Trout

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Anago 

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If you want to check out the auction. The will split you up in groups.

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Yummy tamago from a stall nearby. Fresh and delicious with a touch of sweetness.

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The line behind us at 5:30am.

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This is 2.5 hours later. Still one more hour to go! Here is your marker to know that you are almost there!

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Complimentary beverage 30 minutes before you are being seated.

Hope you all have enjoyed this photo journey! 

Dash

Dash

In Chinese, we have a saying: You eat first with your eyes, then your nose, then your mouth.  -Wendy Leon, Hong Kong-raised chef Why in the world did it take me so long to try Dash? I’ve walked by and pointed it out but never 

Model Bakery

Model Bakery

  All sorrows are less with bread. – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Hands down the best english muffin! Freshly baked daily. Airy, fluffy and buttery to perfection. I had to order half a dozen for take-away. I used one to dip at “Lucero Olive Oil” and 

Hairy Crab at Wu Kong

Hairy Crab at Wu Kong

You are the butter to my bread,and the breath to my life. – Julia Child

The past six months have been a distant blunder for me and all I have are photos to remind me that I did not wrap from a time machine and that it really is almost Thanksgiving next week.

Set menus have a spellbinding appeal to me. Perhaps, it’s the fact that I can have everything that I want for a reasonable price or that everything comes in bite sizes so that it gives me reason to taste a bit from each item.

During the the months of October – November there is an abundance of offerings for the hairy crab , known for their hairy claws and tasty innards, (Chinese mitten crab) all over Hong Kong.  A Shanghainese delicacy that requires extra work in order to devour.

You can buy them for as inexpensive as a few dollars per piece at a local vender to as high as $100 US for a culinary experience.

Taken from wikipedia: The crab is an autumn delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and eastern China. It is prized for the female crab roe, which are ripen in the ninth lunar month and the males in the tenth.[12] The crab meat is believed by the Chinese to have a “cooling” (yin) effect on the body.

If you are looking for a taste of this tiny critter. Let me share my photo experience at Wu Kong in Hong Kong. For HK408 or approximately $52.63 + tax and 10% per person, you too can enjoy with half the effort! (An a la carte menu is also available)

20131022_12021420131022_120558Complimentary side : Seasoned peanuts

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Braised hairy crab meat with shark fin soup (Each spoonful was filled with crab meat)

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Hairy crab meat with steamed sticky rice with sauteed sugar peas shoots (Loved this part of the set. No work, all pleasure)

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Crabs almost ready to eat! (See video)

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 Only shells as proof that it was a wonderful experience!

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Next time we must venture to ordering the Peking duck! Bon Appétit

Two locations available: http://www.wukong.com.hk/

Food Of The Day- Looming Love Salad

Food Of The Day- Looming Love Salad

  My love for tomatoes supersede my rationality for portion control. A little over a week ago I mentioned that I fell in love with The Village Pub’s Heirloom Tomatoes/ Burrata and now here I am trying to recreate that experience. While it did not have