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Best cupcakes in vancouver

I'm craving a cupcake. A good one, not the dry things at Cupcakes. Any recs?

Apr 02, 2014
dshea77 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dango Mochi & Mar Vista breakfast

Are there any places on Sawtelle where you can get Dango Mochi (the little mochis on a stick)? I'm visiting for Easter weekend, and am staying on Sawtelle and have been looking up all the yummy Japanese restaurants (and Blockheads), but can't find some dango which I'm really craving lately.

Also, what are the best places for breakfast in Mar Vista. Bonus if they sell good chilaquiles.

Apr 03, 2012
dshea77 in Los Angeles Area

Satsumage in Vancouver?

FUJIYA! I completely forgot that store even existed.

Thanks so much. I'll be hitting them up soon.

Jun 27, 2009
dshea77 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Satsumage in Vancouver?

Does anyone know if there's a store that sells kamaboko or satsumage in Vancouver? I've looked at Konbiniya and one of the T n Ts but couldn't find anything.

Also, is there any place to find just plain mochi cakes that don't have anko in them. Or ice cream?

Jun 26, 2009
dshea77 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Value Downtown Grocery Vancouver BC

There are a lot of good suggestions here. When I don't have the time, I simply go to Safeways and buy whatever's on sale. However, if I do have time, I go to Kin's for my produce (good quality produce at generally fairly low prices), go to either Shopper's Drug Mart, SuperValu, or London Drug's for any canned goods, pasta, things like that (but looking in the flier to see what's on sale is a must), and go to Safeway for meat and bakery. Safeway isn't cheap, but I also don't fear getting sick from their meat department like I do at other places, and they are, on average, cheaper than IGA and Capers.

I also hit all of the ethnic markets. Konbiniya on Robson between Bute and Jervis is good for rice, noodles, and any other Japanese foods you might want. There's a really good European deli on Davie between Bute and Jervis for Mediterranean and Mexican foods.

Nov 10, 2008
dshea77 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

WHERE EXACTLY is the "Cheap Sushi" in Vancouver?

One of my favourite places is Kadoya which is on Davie between Burrard and Thurlow. I've never had a experience there, and can usually fill two people to bursting with $20 - 25.

Also, it's just a little hole in the wall, but I really like Sushi Sky on Bute, just south of Davie. Fairly inexpensive and delicious.

Oct 25, 2008
dshea77 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Four days of chowing in SF

So, I was in San Francisco on a vacation earlier this month and I had meals ranging from the divine to the disappointing.

My favourite meal, not just on this trip, but possibly ever, was at Gary Danko. Oh, my goodness, it was incredible. I had four courses, which actually turned out to be too much food as they are very generous with their portions, particularly for a high end restaurant where I'm used to getting a little spot of this and bite of that. The foie gras was so good. Every bite was perfect. I had seared ahi tuna and it was the best I've ever had. Next I had the lamb with a tian (stack) of vegetables, and it was possibly the best lamb I've ever had. And I ended with a peach souffle with raspberry sorbet and it was the perfect end to the meal.

However, it wasn't the end of the meal. Quite possibly the best thing about Gary Danko is all the little extras. They started us with a tiny dish of butternut squash soup and some delicious bread. They gave us a little plate of petit fours and truffles with our coffee and sent us on our way with amazing little blueberry muffins for breakfast the next morning. Add to that, the service was far and away the BEST I've ever received in a restaurant and the whole atmosphere was quite relaxed for being so upscale, I know that I will go again every time I'm back in the City.

The best inexpensive (less than $10.00) we had was at Pancho Villa Tacqueria. I got a tamale plate and while they weren't perfect tamales, they were still pretty damn good. Add to that, the beans were amazing, as was the chips and salsa and the rice and despite being really hungry and eating until I thought I would burst, there was still a ton of food leftover.

The best breakfast I had was at Sears Fine Foods. I had the corned beef hash which comes with their famous Swedish pancakes and I wasn't disappointed. Both were wonderful. And I like the whole 1960s feel to the place. I didn't like their french toast as much though. It was a little disappointing.

I also had a very nice lunch at the Asian Art Museum. It was unexpectedly delicious. A nice barbecued duck with a lovely salad. It really surprised me.

The most disappointing meal I had was sushi at Hana Zen. The fish itself was fine, but the rice was horrible. Not properly seasoned and not properly cooked. It was old rice that had gotten hard at the edges. And for the price we were paying, that was unacceptable.

We also ate at Max's on the Square and it was a big disappointment, too. Too greasy and too sloppy. Was not at all impressed. In fact, I was mildly surprised that I didn't get sick.

But to end on a bright note, we had cupcakes at Kara's Cupcakes at Ghiardelli Square and fell in love. Those were amazing. The cake was light and fluffy, and the icing was perfect. Not too sweet, not too buttery. Just right. I could go for one of those right now.

All-in-all, it was a great culinary vacation. I look forward to my next visit.

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Kara's Cupcakes
900 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Sears Fine Food
439 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Pancho Villa
3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Max's On the Square
398 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

Hana Zen
115 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA 94102

Oct 09, 2008
dshea77 in San Francisco Bay Area

If you could only choose one restaurant in SF...

Gary Danko. It's not just the food, which is excellent. It's the warm atmosphere and wonderful service. Loved it.

Oct 01, 2008
dshea77 in San Francisco Bay Area

Need suggestions for good tamales, Japantown, and Union Square

I've never done izakaya, but I just may have to because I've seen nothing but good reviews of Oyaji. Thanks for the suggestion!

Sep 10, 2008
dshea77 in San Francisco Bay Area

Need suggestions for good tamales, Japantown, and Union Square

My mom and I are visiting San Francisco next week and I need some pretty specific suggestions.

1. We're going to Gary Danko's and while I know to get the foie gras (thanks to this board), I'm wondering if there are any other must haves.

2. We're staying in Union Square and would like some suggestions for an inexpensive breakfast. Less than ten dollars per person but not fast food.

3. The Japan Center is on our list but my mom, despite being Japanese, doesn't like fish. So are there any suggestions for good Japanese food for the unadventurous but that also does serve good sushi (because I enjoy it), that would be appreciated.

4. I'm looking for some good tamales in a clean, well-lit restaurant. Generally, I find the best tamales can be found on carts, but I know my mother won't eat from a cart. Oh, and if a restaurant has good tamales AND elote, that would be great, too. We are spending half a day in the Mission.

Also, any suggestions for the Wharf and Golden Gate Park would be welcome. Thanks!

Sep 08, 2008
dshea77 in San Francisco Bay Area

Crunchy California Roll - VANCOUVER

Kadoya on Davie does a very nice tempura flash fried California roll.

Sep 07, 2008
dshea77 in Western Canada Archives