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
Brunch is a beautiful thing. It’a a laid-back feast combining the very best of two meals. Brunch bends all the culinary rules. You can enjoy the artery clogging goodness of breakfast alongside other unconventional early morning fare like meat roasts, seafood and desserts…simultaneously. Where it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in a few cocktails with your meal and the need to get up early is eliminated entirely. Add a few hungry guests and you have the perfect meal. What’s not to love?
When we received an entire cookbook dedicated to this wonderful occasion, Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings, we took it as a sign from above that is was time to mix up a few Caesars. Continue reading
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
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.
Taking a cooking course abroad is the great way to expand one’s kitchen prowess while experiencing a country’s culinary culture. You get learn new skills and prepare authentic regional specialities with the added bonus of being able to eat your homework. It is also one of Ayaka’s favourite travel pastimes, being a firm believer that anything that ends with food in your stomach must be good. When our latest cookbook Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders arrived at our door, it immediately drew our attention as it connected with our shared weakness for travel and ethnic foods.
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
One quick glance of our kitchen is all it takes to see that our shelves are overflowing with cookbooks. Meaghan is what some would call a “cookbook hoarder.” She’ll often pull them down to gush over with friends or use them as inspiration in the kitchen. When it’s time to get down to the actual cooking however, the recipe usually goes right out the window. Given our love of cookbooks and market shopping, we jumped at the opportunity to review Pike Place Market Recipes: 130 Delicious Ways to Bring Home Seattle’s Famous Market Continue reading
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
Rocky Creek Winery is owned and operated by 3rd generation winemaker, Mark Holford and his wife Linda. As long as they could remember, they talked about starting their own winery. The pair started producing batches of wine out of their basement in Ladysmith, becoming the very first neighbourhood winery in Ladysmith. When they realized their wines were in high demand, they opened a second location in Cowichan Bay. Homegrown down to the grapes, they are passionate about keeping the business local and developing varieties of grapes that thrive naturally in Vancouver Island’s cooler climate. It takes only a quick glance at the wall of medals adorning their tasting room to realize that Mark and Linda are serious about their craft.
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!