A wood-burning pizza oven and house-made pasta are the two things you should definitely look for if you want to step up from the usual two for one and big chain variety of pizza and pasta. Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria is one of those places that qualify and they have been on my list to try for a long time.
Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria
Henry's Hip Eats
So advertising often pays off. The Daily Hive has a "Featured On The Dished Guide" advertising section which changes often (I assume). I noticed Henry's Hip Eats in that advertising. I would not have heard of them otherwise. And then once I saw the ad, I was hooked. It sounded...well, hip. Next, I looked at the menu and then I was really hooked. So we went searching for them and found them camped out next to Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby.
A Banh Mi Weekend! Vancouver Foodster's Best Banh Mi Challenge
We had this great idea to taste all the Best Bahn Mi Challenge entries in one weekend so that we could best remember and compare one to another. The problem is that even with this scientific method of analysis, there was not really a clear far and away winner! They were all pretty amazing. Still, it was a tasty way to spend parts of a couple of days. The most convenient part of this challenge was the fact that three of the four contenders were within easy distance of one another. And so we started at DD Mau in Yaletown.
Wu Fung Dessert
I fooled around with Audible for a couple of months not long ago but I can only subscribe to so many things. How many podcasts and books and music can one person listen to? While there (at Audible) I came across a Canadian restaurant review podcast that took a swing through Richmond and visited some of our favourites such as Hong Kong Barbeque Master and Jade. They also visited Wu Fung Dessert in Aberdeen Mall and I was surprised to learn that they do not in fact, serve desserts. There is a bit of a joke or play on words there but lacking the language skills, I did not get it.WFD is a family business going back quite a while and seems to be one of the AM favourites judging by the lineup we encountered on the weekend at about noon.
R and H Chinese Food
In the sadness of Landsdown Mall's abandoned food court (well at least until the indoor dining ban ended) is a warren of dumpling making activity know and R and H Chinese Food. We have meant to for a long time sample their renowned bao and other tasty house-made noodles.
We seemed to be walking past this place for months while they were "Coming Soon!" It's not that surprising as Vancouver seems to be a sea of red tape at the best of times with the situation made worse by our favourite virus. Then one day, all of the sudden, there were people inside!
Liang Crispy Rolls
I wasn't really sure who Jay Chou is so I listened to some of his stuff on Apple Music and I have to tell you that his Bedtimes Stories album is not terrible in small doses (I was fully prepared to hate it because the genre has the word 'pop' in it as in mandopop). Also, he seems to like Liang Crispy Rolls and so do we (it turns out) so we at least have that in common. Mharie and I realized that we were going to be in Aberdeen Mall specifically to try out another place and decided to make it a two for one visit. We haven't been in the mall for at least a year and a half in our effort to avoid crowded places so it was a bit of a shock to the system (plus I hate the parkade there with a passion).
Top Rope Birria
Our life quest to discover all the Birria that Metro Vancouver has to offer has finally brought us to Top Rope Birria. This really should have been our first stop but it has been a little bit of a challenge for us as Valley folk to get to TR given that their schedule changes and doesn't always match ours. Nevertheless, we made it on a Sunday afternoon when they were set up at Strange Bedfellows Brewery on Clarke Drive.
Paul Bakery, Cafe and Restaurant
I am not a fan of lining up. I would never line up for say, a hot dog on a stick at the corner of Robson and Denman. All right, I admit that during this pandemic we have lined up (and patiently) for groceries and other necessities where social distancing was necessary for the welfare of all. So let's say that I've softened a little over the last couple of years and now there are some things that I might line up for (they still don't include a rice hot dog...unless the line was short). So we lined up at Paul for over an hour but I can explain it! First of all, Paul is a French bakery company that is over 130 years old and has branches in 34 countries and this is their first branch in Canada! Secondly, it was a beautiful Saturday in Vancouver so everyone was going to be out and we knew there would be a line up so we had no excuse. Thirdly, it ended up being kind of fun in the line as we joked with our neighbours and laughed cruelly together as new people came along and realized just how long the line was. And fourthly, check out the baked goods at this place!
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