Wednesday, May 15, 2013


We've walked by Kiisu tons of times but never thought to try it as we had our favourite Japanese places - Hamaei, Hachi Hana and Bene.  Kiisu is a small, cosy place and gets pretty crowded so best to go early.

Chopped Scallop Roll 
We started with the chopped scallop roll which was very fresh.  Then we had the toro stack - I think it was super healthy with black brown rice.  There was also a quail egg under that nori.  With the combination of avocado, tuna, green onion, quail egg and unagi sauce, this was D's favorite dish.
Toro Stack
I liked the crunch crunch roll.  We were greedy and ordered the full size portion of 12 pieces.  In hindsight, 2 of us could have easily been good with just 6 pieces.  The chef arranged it in a heart   Good thing it wasn't the first date.  Crunch Crunch roll was yummy.
Crunch Crunch Roll
We finished off with the spider roll, again very well executed, crispy soft shell crab with creamy avocado.
Spider Roll 
I've defintiely added this place to my list of places to go to when I have a craving for Japanese.

1532 Marine Drive
West Vancouver
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Alta Bistro - Whistler

Another late post, we were up in Whistler with my cousins last last December.   We started off with a couple of cocktails which we enjoyed immensely.  They infuse their own syrups and alcohol so you'll find that they were all very unique.

We enjoyed the starters more than the mains but all in all a very enjoyable meal.  Make sure you make reservations as this place gets packed.  I also like that they are committed to sustainablity - they support local farms, fair trade coffee, chocolate, organic meats, no antibiotics - you get the idea.
Oysters with Champagne Vinegar Granite
Oysters with Champagne Vinegar Granite
Pate and Charcuterie Board 
Winter Salad
Soup of the Day 
Yarrow Meadows Duck Duo
Housemade duck liver parfait, smoked duck rillettes, rye and molasses
breadcrumbs, lemon balm
Pan fried Octopus and White Prawns
Tender confit of BC Octopus, pan-seared prawns, fennel, prawn-lemon vinagrette
Smoked Tuna
Celeriac remoulade, iceberg lettuce,
picholine olive tapenade, crispy fried leeks, orange and honey
Pork Belly
Slow cooked Sloping Hills Pork Belly
White bean cassoulet, Nita Lake Lodge chorizo, rutabaga, parsley and celery salad
Chorizo persillade 
Braised Heriatage Angus Short Rib
Cippolini onions, savoy cabbage, pearl barley, confit garlic, crispy carrots
BC Mussels
Local BC Mussels
Blue mussels in the shell, Russet potato sour cream mash
smoked sourdough, garlic pistou, black Tuscan kale
Pot du creme
Organic Dark Chocolate Pot Du Creme
Vanilla Mint Frozen Parfait
Alta Bistro
4319 Main St
Whistler BC V0N1B4

(604) 932-2582
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Crepe Montagne

Hot Chocolate 
Another of my Whistler favorites is Crepe Montagne.  Great place to have brunch or dessert or a quick snack after a day of skiing or snowboarding.   It is a very small space and they utilize every bit of space so be prepared to get cosy.  

To start, hot chocolate -  great way to warm up in winter.  They have a spiked version too if you so choose :)  
Chocolate Crepe 
I've never had a bad crepe here, from the savoury crepes to their dessert crepes,  I've always been a happy camper.  My favourite is the nutella crepe with whipped cream....SOOOO good.
Nutella Crepe 
Crepe Suzette

We've not had dinner here before but I hear they offer fondue and raclette in addition to the crepes.  

Crepe Montagne
#116-4368 Main Street
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Bearfoot Bistro - Whistler

When my mom came last spring, we took her to Whistler for a couple of days and went to Bearfoot Bistro to try their lobster fest special menu.   A simple, well executed menu that she enjoyed.

Mushroom soup
Wild Mushroom Soup
Salad with Goat Cheese and Beets
Trio of Sorbet 
Bearfoot Bistro
4121 Village Green
WhistlerBC V0N1B4
(604) 932 3433
Bearfoot Bistro on Urbanspoon

Friday, May 3, 2013

No mess baked bacon

Craving bacon but hate the mess it makes in your kitchen after frying up a batch?  Look no further,  after trying microwaving and baking it at various temperatures, I finally found a recipe that I like and it comes from Alton Brown :)  It is easy and not too involved, just leave it in the oven and walk away - it'll be hard as you will soon start to smell bacon and will be so tempted to peek.  Resist - just set the timer and walk away.  Remember to turn on the exhaust fan too!!  Or if you love the smell of bacon then just let the yummy smell of bacon just waft through the house.

  1. Line rimmed baking tray with tin foil.  I used extra foil to raise the sides to avoid the splatter but there really wasn't that much splatter.
  2. Place bacon on the tray, barely touching
  3. Place tray on the middle rack in cold oven and heat over to 400F.
  4. Once the oven reaches 400F, bake for another 17-20 min depending on how you like your bacon.
  5. I like mine crispy so I typically bake it for 20min.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blueacre Seafood - Seattle

After a long day traipising around Seattle, we decided to go for a quick meal near our hotel.  D picked out Blueacre from a website review and we were not disappointed with the food.   The place is quite large, family style and casual.

To start, we ordered a crabcake and mussels to share.  Both were very fresh and flavourful.
Jumbo Lump Crabcake
For the main, for some unexplainable reason, everytime I'm in Seattle, I order Cioppino.  It turned out outstanding, the broth was tasty and the hint of spice was perfect.  The seafood was super fresh too!  We couldn't help mopping up every last drop of broth with the extra bread. 
Sis-in-law had the fish - pretty good, just nicely done.  D had the fried catfish - We had seen plate after plate of it being served and wanted to try it.  It was not bad but not quite my cup of tea.  

I'll be back in a heartbeat for the crabcake and the cioppino. 

Blueacre Seafood 
1700 7th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

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