Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen

I was surprised to learn that MasterChef of Vietnam, Chi Le opened up a restaurant in the Kitsilano area called Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen. I'm always iffy about going to an Asian fusion restaurants fearing that it wouldn't be authentic or that the taste as been watered down to suit the locals. I joined Maria and her co-workers for this adventure. The decor was pretty, neat, modern and open, but on a second glance it looked like any other modern hipster restaurant. We ordered the Chi Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Chien), Chargilled Jumbo Prawns (Tom Nuong), Vietnamese Calamari (Muc Rang Muoi), Crispy Fresh Duck Roll (Cha Gio Vit), Shaken Beef (Bo Luc Lac), Coconut Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tau), Sablefish Claypot (Ca Kho To) and Chi Fried Rice (Com Chien). The Chi Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Chien) were meh. I thought they were over sauced. I could see that the chicken wings were deep fried which I thought was great but the sauce made it soggy. It killed the deep fried aroma. Also, I wasn't a fan of the tamarind. The Chargilled Jumbo Prawns (Tom Nuong) was great. They were grilled to perfection, even the skin and head were fully edible. The Vietnamese Calamari (Muc Rang Muoi) was tasteless and soggy. The Crispy Fresh Duck Roll (Cha Gio Vit) was wonderful. It was a spring wrapped in mint wrapped in a salad roll. It was refreshing. Although, I wondered if there was enough duck because I didn't get a huge flavor from it. The Shaken Beef (Bo Luc Lac) was so so. Just because the meat was from a premium cut doesn't magically make it better. I like this dish from Phnom Penh a lot more. I wasn't a huge fan of the Coconut Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tau) which was shocking, but I guess I love the way Maria makes it a lot better. The Sablefish Claypot (Ca Kho To) was okay, but by the time this dish came out to the table I was no longer interested in eating. The Chi Fried Rice (Com Chien) was good but nothing special. I was pretty disappointed in my meal tonight. The portions were small and the pricing was on the higher scale. Each dish can be made at home, but this restaurant made it with premium ingredient which doesn't automatically make things better. For example, if you were making soup and used stew beef, but decided to switch it up to a better cut, it doesn't make the soup taste better.

Verdict: Basically home style Vietnamese cooking / dishes at a premium price. Nope, I think Maria can make it better.

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* Chi Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Chien) *
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* Chargilled Jumbo Prawns (Tom Nuong) *
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* Vietnamese Calamari (Muc Rang Muoi) *
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* Crispy Fresh Duck Roll (Cha Gio Vit) *
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* Shaken Beef (Bo Luc Lac) *
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* Coconut Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tau) *
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* Sablefish Claypot (Ca Kho To) *
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* Chi Fried Rice (Com Chien) *

Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Caliburger

It has been a while since I made a blog post, but I think I got my focus back. Hopefully, this time it will stick around. Yeah, I have commitment issues *sigh* and it doesn't help when I'm interested in a lot of hobbies. It's time to let some go.

Since their announcement of Caliburger coming to Vancouver and their grand opening date, I was excited and anxious to try something that similarly resembles In-n-Out. I planned on going during grand opening day and was hoping to beat the rush. Unfortunately I got caught up with work and wasn't able to head over until 1130. Caliburger opened at 11. I was on the cusp of the lunch rush. I thought maybe the line up wouldn't be too bad. NOPE! The lineup was out the door and down the street, almost reaching Robson street. I thought maybe the wait wouldn't too bad and the line will move quickly. NOPE! I gave up and decided to come back at a later date. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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With the L behind me, I thought maybe Friday after work for dinner wouldn't be a bad choice. Luckily Maria and I beat the dinner rush. We ordered the Cali Double, Mushroom Burger (which turned out to be a vegetarian burger, which Maria asked them to add a chicken breast to it) and Cali Style Fries. One thing I would like to point out is that our burgers were tightly and neatly wrapped. By far the best feeling ever, and the burger itself closely resembled what was being advertised. The Cali Double was meh, it tasted like any other burger. I wasn't overwhelmed or surprised with it. On the other hand, I tried Maria's Mushroom Burger and it was something different. The Portobello Mushroom was deep fried which gave every bite a crunch. The best part of it was that the Portobello Mushroom wasn't dry and was still juicy which gave the burger a nice texture. The Cali Style Fries were addicting, but when sauce became cold it wasn't so. Get eat them while they're hot, it loses its appealing quickly after that. Overall I would say it's on par with five guys, but they both offer something different and unique and no where near In-n-Out.

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Verdict: Another fast food burger joint worth trying out besides the typical mumble jumbo.

CaliBurger Vancouver Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Adidas Ultra Boost

Boost Boost Boost! Adidas hit'd me up with the Boost and I ate it up. Adidas is starting to make a dent in my sneaker closet. Will the trend continue? or will the Jumpman prevail?

By the way, these were the most comfiest sneakers I have ever worn. In my opinion, better than the Nike Roshes and Asics Gel Lyte 3/5

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Adidas Consortium x Pharrell x BBC Stan Smith "Pony Hair"

Back in the day when BBC released sneakers, it was highly sought after. I thought they were incredible during the peak of the all-over-print phenomenon. The tin box that the sneakers came in was genius. It was unique and limited. The key to my addiction and styling taste. The purchasing price for the sneakers was not outrageous, but it was for reselling. I didn't have plug back then. I didn't have a proxy back then. I didn't know I could've shipped it to Blaine and have it pick it up personally. Surprisingly, when Pharrell joined Adidas, he dropped the classic. This Adidas Consortium x Pharrell x BBC Stan Smith "Pony Hair" was an instant purchase. I had to get both colourways. :)

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jordan 10 "OVO"

If it is good enough for Drake, it's good enough for me. Now to figure out how to get my hands on the next colourway, Jordan 10 "OVO" Black


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bob's Submarine Sandwiches

I was craving a burger on this particular day; A gourmet burger to be exact. Maria suggested the typical options such as A&W, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, etc., but I wanted to try something new. After looking online for a bit, I found a place close by; Bob's Submarine Sandwiches. This place was a hidden gem tucked away for the plain view of the mall. When we entered the dive, I was surprised at the pricing, it was so cheap. I don't think they raised the prices in decades. We ordered the Special Burger, Poutine, and Super Sub. The Special Burger was a bacon cheeseburger, and it was alright, nothing special. The Poutine was the same, nothing spectacular. However, the Super Sub stood out to me. It had double portions of steak, mushrooms, salami and capicoollo. The Super Sub was quite a sub; there was so much awesomeness. It was filled with meat upon meat upon meat. Each mouthful was not a letdown. I would recommend trying the Super Sub. It was enough to suppress my burgers craving and left satisfied for the night. I came here for the burger, but the sub won me over.

Verdict: Cheaps eats!!! Coming back for $3 breakfast and another Super Sub =)

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* Bob's Submarine Sandwiches *
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* Special Burger, Poutine, and Super Sub *

Bob's Submarine Sandwiches Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, January 4, 2016

Nike Air Trainer Cruz "Haystack"

The Nike Air Trainer Cruz appears to look like a hybrid mix of the Nike Air Trainer, Yeezys and Bo Jackson. Unfortunately, they have been donned as "The Poor Man's Yeezy". I liked this fresh look regardless of it having any inspirations from the Yeezys (which it did). Victor Cruz made a classic shoe look more high end. I think I'll have to complete this set; too bad the all red colourway was scraped from the release.

You might find this lame, but I never have liked any of the Kanye's released footwear. The only one I would get, if I ever find the money, would be the collaboration he did with LV.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar

Nom Nom time!!! I wanted to try Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar for some time. It was the next steakhouse I wanted to try on my list. I never knew where Hy's Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar was located until I looked it up. I was ashamed of myself when I found out. It was literally across the street from where I worked. *sigh* I went there for lunch, and like any other steakhouses, this was fancy. I felt underdressed for the occasion. The decor reminded me of an old-fashioned mansion with a twist of being modern, definitely classy. The restaurant consisted of a lot of wooden texture which felt like a study room (or cigar room). It also felt like a movie scene that had two chairs in front of a fireplace, wine glasses on a side table between the two chairs, a sculpture of some sort on top of the fireplace and books / wooden accents wrapping around the room. It was very comfy. The service was quick and friendly. I ordered the Cheese Toast and 8oz Petit Filet Mignon with mash potatoes. The Cheese Toast was fancy; this wasn't any everyday cheese toast. The cheese was very rich and gooey. It was very addicting. I had to stop myself so that I wouldn't spoil my appetite. The steak itself was pretty decent. It was soft, not too chewy and perfectly cooked. What I liked about it the most was that it didn't have that charred or flamed taste to it. It was straight to the point, beef, salt, and pepper. In my opinion, this was better than Gotham's Steakhouse and Black and Blue. If I had extra cash in my pocket, I would choose this over The Keg.

Verdict: I'm coming back for Happy Hour and the newly renovated bar =) Also, with whatever leftover monies I have, I’ll order a steak.

Eating until I get cankles...

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Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jordan 8 "Aqua"

I missed the original release and the re-release, but I'm glad that I was able to get the Jordan 8 "Aqua" the third time around. I was surprised that this pair didn't sell out instantly. There was many talks about it and in the end, no one wanted it. Was it because of the other Jordan 8s previously released this year or up and coming? Was it because of the holiday being around the corner? Was it because it was a general release? Was it because there were something else being released that were better. Or maybe it was because no one cares unless it's limited, hyped or co-signed. Whatever the case was, I'm happy that I was able to obtain my pair of the Jordan 8 "Aqua".

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Adidas x Bape x Undefeated Superstar 80v Part 2

Another one! Or should I say two. After a scramble trying to get the first two pairs several months ago, Undefeated did the right thing and offered first dibs to people who had their orders cancelled. I was one of them. I ordered one of each colourway and then received an email informing me that my order got cancelled a week later. This time around, a pre-release link was sent for purchase. Again, I grabbed one of each colourway. I think the first release were better in my opinion. I found the first release more subtle, where the second release were loud and bold. None the less, I'm a sucker for these kinds of things. At least, my set is complete.

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