Posted on February 6, 2014 by Hitman Howdy
Wendy was quite excited to spot the transition of Pho Hoa on Kingsway to its new incarnation, Pho Boi: A Taste of Vietnam about a week ago. We agreed to try it ASAP. It seems this chain has its roots in Victoria, so in hindsight that should have been a red flag right there…
PS-I found this sadly defunct but hilariously named Victoria food blog recently…the front page pic is priceless :P
We were invited to pick our own seat when we walked in so we pulled up a chair and got down to business with Pho Boi’s menu. It looked interesting enough so we ordered our pho from the “Adventures’ choice section”. We also were interested in their version of the Vietnamese spring roll, cha gio, but Wendy wanted to know if they were made with the traditional rice paper or Chinese style spring roll wrappers. It’s pretty common for local Viet places to use the wheat version, but there were some authentic looking menu items so it was worth asking. Here’s the convo:
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Posted on January 31, 2014 by Eat 'n About
This year we’ve started monitoring our stats a little more closely after making a bunch of upgrades to our blog, and have noticed some surprising search terms bringing readers to Eat ‘n About. Here’s some of our favourites for the month of January:
- dine out vanvouver go ask luigi
- big buts caught india (I literally have no clue on this one)
- sandwich on my hand
- bull penis (well, there was that one little article on lamb testicles…)
- where find deli manjoo is seoul
- vancouver taiwanese restaurant grass jerry
- burmese food at costco (wouldn’t that be awesome? somebody’s wishful thinking I guess)
- big penis at home (Wendy: wtf?? Hitman: oh, that one must be searching for me hehe Wendy: eewww!)
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Posted on January 30, 2014 by Wendy
OMG! 4 down 1 to go!! It’s nearing the end of my DOVF dash. I must say it’s been going good so far.
I met up with GRock and LockerBud who I’ve known for 23 years. LockerBud and I go way back. Like waaaaaay back. We lived across from each other when we were young and went to elementary and high school together. We were also locker buddies =)
Not wanting to venture into the heart of Downtown, I picked Siena Restaurant on 12th and Granville for our meet up.
It was quite small in there. It got kinda loud after a while but not overly so. Our server Tim was extremely friendly and attentive but not over the top. I liked him.
GRock’s appie: Roasted Beet, Squash and Chèvre (goat cheese) Salad with arugula, limoncello dressing, and toasted almonds. Citrusy and refreshing.
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Posted on January 28, 2014 by Wendy
For my third DOVF event this year, Hitman and I were invited by Sharon of Eat, Drink, Travel to join her at Ask for Luigi. Theirs is the $28 menu. I was especially excited to try their homemade pasta.
It was very very small in there, and only had one bathroom. Good thing we made reservations (even though Dine Out’s website says Ask for Luigi doesn’t take them, this seems to be a mix-up) because when we arrived as they opened at 5:30pm, we overheard the staff telling the people who didn’t have reservations that it would be a 1.5-2 hour wait. Here’s the official word from Ask for Luigi’s website: RESERVATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AND WALK-INS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
Hitman is still recovering from gum graft surgery, so he picked the softly textured Buffalo Mozzarella with Castelvetrano olives (Hitman loved these), fresh basil, and house-made bread. He says there was just the right amount of cheese for the homemade bread, and that it was well seasoned with just olive oil, salt and pepper. I tried a bite too; it was soft and mild. We both especially liked the sprigs of baby basil…Super cute!!
I got the Carpaccio with Salsa Verde, Piave Vecchio and crispy shallots. I thought there were too much going on as you can see… The combination of Salsa Verde and copious amounts of capers made the dish quite salty and tart, and overwhelmed the thin slices of beef so much that they couldn’t be tasted. The texture of the beef was retained though.
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