Eating Out: Corner Bistro

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Once restaurants close their kitchens for the evening, greasy pizza shops and fast food joints take over the dining scene. While serving as excellent booze mops, they always leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving vegetables shortly afterwards. There is a serious lack of quality late-night dining choices here in the Harbour City. So when we got wind of a newest dining destination, we were eager to fill our bellies with something tasty, without taking a straight shot to the heart. Continue reading

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Hiatuses & Euro Trips: The Flirty Foodie is Back in Action

Flirty Foodies where did you go? Did something terrible happen? Are you guys dieting or something? Why haven’t you posted anything in a while? Are you breaking up with us? Can we cuddle?

-concerned readers

We apologize for the lack of posts of late. Rest assured we are very much alive and well. Fall has been a very busy time of year for pair of us. For the most, part it was spent fattening up in preparation for a long and cold winter. This makes for excellent heat retention and great spooning. Any takers?

Did we mention the liquid calories?

Meaghan has been busy in the kitchen, developing recipes and expanding her freelance photography. Boudoir shoots and bacon…sounds delicious non?  Ayaka on the other hand, recently came back from a whirlwind trip in Europe. Here she recaps three of her European dining experiences. Continue reading

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Eating Out: The Harewood Arms Pub

Hummus & Pita at the Harewood Arms

We’ve all been there, scrounging up loose change to fund a night out of drinking on a budget. Affordable watering holes offered a break from mac and cheese and Mr. Noodles and pretty much guaranteed a hungover for that mid term exam. A pub with student friendly pricing was our best friend through university and the Harewood Arms Pub was our go to from our days as starving college students.

Locally owned and operated, the Harewood Arms Pub has been serving the Harewood community over twenty years. Having a dedicated following of regular customers, this is where students, sports teams, workaholics and alcoholics come to unwind. We ventured into our old stomping grounds and former rib eating competition training grounds for a good old fashioned gorge fest. Continue reading

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Eating Out: Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

Dining at an ethnic restaurant is supposed to transport diners to the exotic country of the cuisine’s origin.

Most of the time they do not.

The end result is palate numbing combination of forgettable fusion and perpetual fortune cookies with traditional recipes being tailored to suit Western palettes. Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant however is the rare exception.

Seafood Chow Mein at Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant Continue reading

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Recapping the 2012 BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner

Each year seafood lovers gather in the Comox Valley for the BC Shellfish Festival, the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Celebrating its 6th anniversary, this year’s festivities kicked off on Tuesday, June 12th with a screening of the documentary “Shellshocked” followed by the Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town Competition on Thursday, which we had the pleasure of judging. Next on the festival calendar was a seafood extravaganza also known as the Chefs’ Dinner. We were kindly invited to take part in this wonderful celebration of locally produced shellfish.

As we raced down the highway, rocking out to Van Morrison dressed in our formal wear, our mouths watered in anticipation of eating freshly shucked oysters, clams, mussels and geoducks. With over 200 guests to be treated to a gourmet, six-course seafood feast by an all star chef line-up, this sold out dinner was the hottest ticket in town. Each chef collaborated with a BC shellfish grower and their product to bring their original seafood creations to the guests. Factor in a bottle of BC wine paired with each course, and you got a sense of the urgency we were feeling with a 120 kilometre drive separating us from this seafood gorge fest. Continue reading

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Eating Out: The Nest Bistro

When a little birdie told us that there were two talented chefs serving some serious food out of a small bistro in the Old City Quarter, we knew we had to investigate.

The Nest Bistro is owned and operated by chefs Nicolas Braun and Jennifer Ash.  The pair offer Pacific Northwest fare with French and Italian influences leaving their mark on every plate.  Hailing from Vancouver, the pair settled in Nanaimo after realizing the location and size were just right for their prospective restaurant.  Their joint efforts have produced a cozy and intimate space with an inviting atmosphere to match.  The modest decor plays on their namesake with birds, feathers and branches accentuating the simple but elegant layout.  Teal tables line a leather bench and chairs, with bright counter seating along the window.
As it was past noon, we were able to justify a glass of the house white each as we ruminated over their understated but enticing lunch menu.  With tantalizing choices like their signature Seafood Trio with crab cake, filo prawns and a tian of baby shrimp cocktail and comforting baked Jenny Mac we knew we had difficult decisions ahead.  Our cheerful server asked if either of us had any food allergies prior to taking our order, a considerate gesture which we appreciated. Continue reading

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Good Eats on Commercial St. Under $10

Here at the Flirty Foodie we tend to avoid the two Fs: fast food joints and franchises. In a city chock full of chain restaurants, how does one sort the good from the run-of-the-mill? Downtown Nanaimo contains a treasure trove of culinary delights, many of which can be found along a historic stretch of road on Commercial Street. Hidden in plain sight, you only have to stop and look to discover there is great eating here! We take you through some of our favourite stops along the strip. The best part about our list is that all of our picks are under $10!

 

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Eating Out: Bistro Taiyo Sushi Bar & Izakaya

A Japanese salad of burdock root and carrots with sesame oil

Bistro Taiyo Sushi Bar & Izakaya, located in the heart of Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter has served up authentic Japanese home-style cuisine for years. Under new ownership since 2011, Takeshi Hirose and Shin Koshimizu have given it a sophisticated remodel while still keeping true to the character and friendly atmosphere of its previous incarnation. From the moment you are warmly welcomed by the gracious all Japanese staff, you feel as though you’ve stepped into a small restaurant in Tokyo, minus the happy hour crowd in suits. The space though modest, features a sleek sushi bar where one can get a front row seat of sushi chefs in action. In addition, there are tables lining a bench and wooden chairs with traditional paper lanterns floating from the ceiling. While we do recommend that you pull up a seat at the sushi bar, we grabbed a table in anticipation of the serious spread we planned on ordering. The extra table space was needed. Continue reading

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