Lemon Bakery - Langley

I have driven past Lemon Bakery on Fraser Highway in Langley many times but I am not really a pastry guy.... I am however, a lemon bar guy. My Mom used to occasionally make lemon bars and this memory came back to me one day so Marie and I stopped to check this place out. Very inviting is how I would describe Lemon Bakery, and the goods don't stop at lemon although the bars made the stop worth while!
Tart but not too tart, just sweet enough, they should be one of the essential food groups! Memories came flooding back and I asked myself, am I a foodie because of my Mother's lemon bars? Nah, everyone is a foodie on some level.
Lemon Cookies and even pies are also available but these are only some of the highlights. Scones, Halloween cookies (well, not all year round obviously), cinnamon buns and lunch!
I decided to stop in for lunch one day.
A Grilled B.L.T.C with Tomato Soup on the side! The soup was rich and tasty and the BLTC was exactly what you would expect! They have a nice selection of lunch time sandwiches and wraps in addition to their baked treats.
Better than fast food skip the golden arches and try Lemon Bakery for lunch when in Langley!
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Pajo's - Steveston

Who hasn't done a review of Pajo's? Esteemed as perhaps the best place for fish and chips in Metro Vancouver, located in such picturesque surroundings at the Steveston waterfront, this place has shone as a beacon for many years such that they are now two locations within a couple of blocks. I am not able to reveal anything startling or new but a beautiful crisp sunny  autumn day just obliged us to come here!
We chose the original and possibly busier location on the wharf. The line ups to order and pickup remained 10 people deep the whole time we were there but they actually do an amazing job at getting you through and every order is hot out of the fryer. There are no warming tables here!
Once you have gone halibut you will never go back! I am doomed to pay the extras $6 for the rest of my days but the three piece Halibut and Chips is definitely worth the cash and wait here!
Chips are bottomless by the way but we were not able to take advantage. The halibut was meaty and cooked to perfection and the fries were of the skin on, very crispy type with lots of the little pieces worth fighting over. Served with very good tartar and serve yourself lemon, malt vinegar, necessary napkins etc. Perfect!
We tried a couple of their Crab cakes. I'm guessing 30 to 40% crab mixed with cracker crumb and finally diced peppers and these were pretty good too. We locals love to eat outside when the sun shines (Pajo's has no indoor seating) and the area boasts fresh seafood direct from the fishermen and the occasional Sunday radio controlled sailboat regatta. Definitely worth visiting for excellent fish and chips and just touristing around!!

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Akedo Ramen - Langley

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Ramen takes another step east to Langley! Well technically ramen started in the east, worked its way all the way west to Vancouver and is taking a small step back to the east. Importantly, a little further to the east and it will be near our front door! I have been excited to try Akedo Showten but knew it had to be done strategically. Posts on Instagram have indicated that they have sold out of product on certain occasions and I have had the feeling that lineups at this new place were the norm. Although we were seated right away just before noon on Saturday, there was a line up by the time we left.
We were greeted (and later sent on our way)  with the usual ramen house / izakaya enthusiasm making us feel right at home. I was a little taken aback by our first look at the menu. Your chose your broth as black (chicken stock) or white ( stock including mussels). What? No pork broth? (What is most comical here is that I, the middle aged Caucasian guy, have become the ramen police!) However, both Marie and I tried the black stock and found it to be a near religious experience!
The broth itself (Truly the chef's baby. He is said to spend the night preparing it for the day's service.) is rich and silky with excellent garlic flavour! The Ajitama Ramen included some moist tender slices of chicken "cha-shu" along with some excellent thin noodles (imported from Japan) and nicely crunchy greens! Wonderful!
The Cheeeese Ramen (Is that a thing or another creative foray?) was similar with the addition of...wait for it...cheese. The choice of Swiss for this addition is truly inspired. This could not have been more delicious!
We also tried the Deep Fried Gyoza. These were porky and crunchy, maybe a little thick of skin but not bad.
A little on the small side, maybe 24 seats but service is not rushed. This will continue to be a busy place but well worth a visit!
Akedo Showten Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

North Noodle House

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I'm not an expert on China (OK. I did read some history and I can name all the dynasties) but I know that they grow wheat in the north and rice in the south. So north generally means bread, noodles and dumplings (although they do have a few rice dishes on the menu here). It also means that most perfect of dishes, cumin lamb. The very thought of cumin lamb makes me salivate!
So with that in mind, we made our way to  New Westminster Station (weirdly, we drove there) where North Noodle House is located. I have wanted to try this place for sometime for the house made noodles and the aforementioned lamb. It is a little squeezy here with maybe 16 to 20 seats and a fair bit of traffic but we did not have to wait. 
First up was the Spicy Cumin Chinese Hamburger. The bun itself was pillowy but nicely browned on the flat top while the spicy filling lived up to my hopes and dreams! If I was a bit more of a food stylist, I could have done a better job of making it look as good as it tasted!
The Lan-Zhou Beef Soup Noodles were also very good. Comforting and warm with the flavour of star anise, there was a generous amount of tender beef and tasty contrasting pickled vegetables.
We discovered the very good house made noodles hiding underneath!
Finally, Fried Pancake with Pork. Not the most photogenic dish but this was also very good. Only close examination revealed that this was not a noodle dish. It reminded me of our weekend brush with Kottu Roti from Sri Lanka, another dish that is a stir fry but with thinly sliced roti. There were many more dishes on the menu that we would have liked to try but even as it was, we had leftovers to go! As we were leaving, I gazed longingly at someones dish of Fried Chicken with Potatoes, Hot Peppers and Spicy Star Anise Sauce as it arrived (Xin-Jiang Noodles). We will be back to try that! Service was friendly and what I would call, very efficient. I felt like our space was needed and didn't care to linger too long as the check arrived by express at our table.That is not a criticism however just an observation!  This is a wonderful place to carb up and we recommend it!
North Noodle House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Anjali's Dosa Garden - Newton

If we were stuck on a desert island with only one kind of food to eat...well, lets just say that South Indian has entered my top 10 list for sure (it would also be interesting to ask this question substituting dessert for desert!). Our visit to Tandoori Flame a few weeks ago while exciting, was somewhat disappointing in the dosa department. While many Indian dishes lend themselves to buffet style dining, dosa must definitely come to you straight off the grill and that's what we got at Anjali's Dosa Garden in Newton.
Located in a somewhat industrial and not so pretty strip mall just off King George. It is a no nonsense place, not nearly as lavish as Tandoori Flame but neither was my wallet so significantly lightened.
We started with their Idli Vada Combo which came with the usual red and coconut chutnies and sambar (a lentil based soup/stew). The vada was hot out of the fryer and along with pillowy idli both were perfect vehicles for the rich coconut and spicy sides.
Next was the main event. We tried the Mysore Masala Dosa which was filled with a wonderful potato and spice mixture. I am not really an expert on the different types of dosa but this one was squared off and had onion in the batter making it a little more rustic than some dosa that we have had. It did not disappoint and was rich and comforting on this rainy afternoon.  
Lamb Biryani was our third plate. This is a wonderful dish and too be honest, I have had it at several South Indian restaurants and it is always amazing! Just a perfectly conceived recipe (Well at least it is to me! If you don't like rice or lamb, you might be less enthusiastic).
We also ordered Podi Oothappam to go (mostly because I did not know what it was). It turned out to be a lovely pillowy bread with a not too spicy tomato herb paste topping. Very nice!
Not too fancy but friendly enough. Our server was a little run off her feet but did pretty well on keeping up. Don't be afraid to try something different! There is more out there than sushi and tacos and bubble tea (don't get me wrong. we love that stuff). This place we enthusiastically recommend.
Anjali's Dosa Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Poke Bar - New Westminster Station

Poke Bar is not a local phenomenon. According to their web site, they have over 70 locations mostly in the US but there are a few in New Zealand and Canada too. So this is not their first attempt and it is evident.
I tried a couple of things. Unfortunately, they were out of noodles because their Kale Noodle special was intriguing. Instead I had a medium signature bowl , the name of which I cannot recall.
It was a bit of a feast, starting with a generous amount of luscious Ahi Tuna, brown rice, salad greens as well as (at my option) seaweed salad, massago, imitation crab and their sesame seed/ seaweed topping. For $15, I though that I got my moneys worth and was completely happy. I also ordered a small Spicy Salmon Bowl. This was a special that came to $10.
A little squished by the lid, this started with some very good, presumably Atlantic Salmon. Again I chose brown rice (you have the option of white rice, usually noodles or salad), greens, edamame, massago again and crispy onions. 
We certainly have our choice of poke places these days but this one is both convenient (right at the skytrain station) and offers tasty dishes at a decent price. The folks there were friendly and patient with me as I pondered the many options. It is worth a stop if you are in  New West!

Poke Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Menzou Ramen & Bubble Tea - South Surrey

It is good news for the environment that ramen is beginning to be available further to the east than previously. It means that us folks out the valley do not have to drive as far to get our fix. Menzou Ramen is located in The Shops at Morgan Crossing. I only became aware of the place recently (it has been up and running at least 6 months) and since the weather has turned crisp we decided to see what they had to offer.
Its a chic little place and we were warmly welcomed. We found the service to be very attentive and friendly throughout our visit.
They offer a few starters including Deep Fried Squid which was quite good. It arrived hot and crispy and was tender despite being a touch on the salty side.
The main event, their original ramen was not mind blowing. The broth was not as flavourful as we have enjoyed at some places (should have selected shoyu instead of original?) and the chashu, despite having a bit of a sear which I like, was not overly memorable (should have chosen pork belly?). The egg and noodles were pretty decent though.
They offer a few adders and we asked for corn which I was surprised to see came on the side. That is not a complaint but just an observation.
We also ordered the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and this was something a little more special. The broth had some deeper flavour and the brisket was excellent being tender and very "beefy". With some greens including Taiwanese Sauerkraut, this dish was worth the price of admission!
Menzou also offers an extensive bubble tea selection. This is usually Marie's happy place but since it was chilly we had some hot tea instead. So Menzou is a decent place when you have the craving and don't wish to make the commute to Richmond or wherever. 
BTW, my partner is out of hospital and doing much better. She still has some health challenges and is under the capable care of her sister for the moment. I am breathing some relief and am happy to have her back.


Menzou Ramen and Bubble Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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