Cibo Trattoria – Best Ravioli

Italian Fine Dining in the heart of Vancouver downtown. Serving traditional tasty Italian dishes.

The room makes me think of Whistler, gleaming wood and fireplace lighting with glamorous chandeliers hanging from their tall ceilings.

My weekend dinners are late in the evening and, by the time I’m about to eat I am lightheaded from starvation. I attacked the cheese bread like the first day after a no-carb diet.

Cheese bread @ Cibo

Chicken Liver Toscana, it was tasty but, the slabs of pickles made it too sour. I would have preferred if it was served on something more inspiring than two pieces of toast. 3/5

Chicken liver toscana @ Cibo

One of my favourite ingredients is pumpkin. That being said, I’ve tried so many pumpkin dishes that I know when a dish fails to meet my crazy expectations. This Pumpkin Ravioli passed my test. The pumpkin really came through and it was so creamy 4/5

Pumpkin ravioli @ Cibo

Roast suckling pig, Very moist and tender I love the mint. The rosemary however was overpowering. 3/5

Roast suckling pig @ Cibo

Roast ling cod, well prepared but the dish fell flat. It was too simple and lacked the layers of flavor found in our other dishes. 2.5/5

Roast ling cod @ Cibo

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Loving Hut Express – Changed Me into a Vegan Believer

All vegan food cart down on Pacific.

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On a ‘delightful’ rain storming day I was welcomed into the world of vegan. Some background info, I am a 100% card carrying, riffle wielding (ok jk on the guns) meat lover.I used to scoff at my vegan friends offering them my veal or even worse real chocolate cake. (I am still not convinced there is any comparable vegan substitute for chocolate). Although I tried a pretty close substitute from Zimt, Orange Chocolate Bar. You can check out my review.
Vegan dishes had to be damn phenomenal for me to even consider it passable.
I had Simon and Rachel who persuaded me during our Food Cart Crawl to try the Loving Hut.

Loving hut chefs

See look how loving they are….

The onion burger was the key to my world of vegan’ess. It was extraordinary. The patty was moist, BBQ and mayo sauce gave it a nice tangy richness. Finally the onion rings…who doesn’t like onion rings. It added an extra layer of flavor and crispy texture.

onion vegan burger

The chicken burger was also very good but, cannot compare to the onion rings burger.

chicken burger

Disclaimer: the onion burger is really messy. The sauce and crumbs were dripping everywhere. It is totally worth the mess

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The Greatest Summer Patio Roundup

A Must Patio List For This Summer in Vancouver.

What I love about Summer? Patio and beach hopping while sipping on my favourite summer drinks, mojito’s and sangria’s. To help you get into the swing of patio season, I’ve come up with a list of my favourite patio’s in Vancouver. They are my faves because of their fun vibe, view and of course the patio itself.

I love Kits in the Summer. Every time I am in Kits on a sunny day I wished I still live here. The vibe is so fun and vibrant.

Local Public Eatery patio, situated right across Kitsilano beach is a popular place for sun worshipers and locals. It’s fun and I believe they still have sangria’ specials.

Local Kitsilano Patio
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Another Ktisilano patio is right on the beach, The Boathouse.

The boathouse patio kitsilano beach

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Speaking of beaches, Cactus Club English Bay is very popular for beach go-ers for a quick bite. Although, I would rather just sit in the sand.

Cactus Club English Bay Patio
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Patio’s in Granville Island will give you an undisturbed view of Vancouver’s harbor. A very popular tourist destination.

Dockside

Dockside Granville Island Patio
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Bridges

Bridges Restaurant Granville Island Patio
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Chill Winston, is still one of my go to patio’s. The vibe is fun and the patio is street level and, people watching is one of my favourite pastimes. The largest patio in Gastown

Chill Winston Patio Gastown
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The Keefer with a pool in the middle of the rooftop lounge

The keefer rooftop patio
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The Keg in Yaletown rooftop patio and lounge is chic and full of Yaletown yuppies.

The Keg Yaletown Rooftop Patio
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Another restaurant for good seafood and has a gorgeous rooftop garden patio is Joe Fortes

Joe fortes rooftop garden patio
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Hidden patio at Gotham’s Steakhouse

Gotham's Steakhouse Garden Patio
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Reflections rooftop lounge patio on the 4th floor of Hotel Georgia is one of the more swank patio’s downtown. Reminds me of Las Vegas, you can check out my review.  Reflections has corporate atmosphere that turns into a meat market for brokers later in the evening. Quickly becoming a hotspot

Reflections Rooftop Lounge Patio
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Market Shangri-La rooftop patio is another swank patio although not as big as Reflections.

Market Shangri -La Vancouver Rooftop Patio
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Havana’s on Commercial drive has such a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

Havana's Patio Commercial Drive

The Mill, situated on the Coal Harbour’s seawall is a very popular spot for tourists and locals. The only negative, I found was their limited drink menu . How can you not have mojito’s or sangria’s if you have a patio??? Although the vibe and view compensates their lack of drink selections.

The Mill Patio - Coal Harbour Seawall
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Mahoney and Sons Coal Harbour has undisturbed and expansive views of the harbor. It is an irish bar, popular amongst tourists and the after work crowd. Check out my review of Mahoney and Sons.

Mahoney and Sons Patio Vancouver
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Thierry not because it’s the nicest patio but because they serve dessert. As far as dessert places goes, Theirry has the nicest patio. Check out my review of Thierry

Theirry Vancouver Patio

Beachside Forno, in North Vancouver. Overlooking the harbour.

Beachside Forno patio
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Finally, Art Gallery garden patio

Vancouver Art Gallery Garden Patio
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I know there are many others, if you have any other patio’s you want to suggest add it in the comment section and I will include it in this post.

Ganache Patisserie – Yulelog Fest

My last Vancouver Food bloggers meetup of the year was a holiday sugar fest at Ganache Patisserie. Getting our sugar high on with food bloggers Eat with JennyFoodie On the 49th and, Chris from Cooq .

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We all shared the Chocolat Amande Croquant, dark chocolate amaretto mouse, griottine cherry gelee, milk chocolate macadamian nut cremeux, caramel crunch , and cute little chocolate financiers.  It was shaped as a cute chocolate train.  6” buche $30

chocolate amande

I just finished a huge cavity inducing but, too good to pass, French toast from Glowbal Restaurant & Lounge. So I was pretty high and just tipping over my sugar intake limit for the day. That being said, my review is a little biased. I thought the cake was too sweet and much too dense.  However, even though I could only finish a ¼ of my cake everyone else polished up their plates. As compared to the Yule log at Giovane, which was lighter and had more texture, this cake lacked the crunch.

chocolate yulelog

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Flying Pig – Yaletown’s Best Value Brunch

Flying Pig – Brunch Review – Yaletown, BC

Newer entry to Yaletown’s entertainment district, Flying Pig is a casual Canadian bistro offering a local and seasonally inspired menu. I have to say this is one of the best valued restaurants in Yaletown. Their price point and great food is what will have me coming back again and again.

I sat down for both the dinner and brunch. Both experiences were amazing. Since I LOVE brunch that is what my review would be based on.

Braised Pork Cheeks and two poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce. This artery clogging dish was intense in all levels. The in your face flavor, richness and mouth-watering smell.  4/5

braised pork cheeks

Open faced New York Steak with a bed of greens.  After sampling the Braised Pork Cheeks this dish was pretty average. Simple dish made well. 3.5/5

open face NY Steak Sandwich

French Toast with Blueberry Compote, the raving beauty of our meal. My friend has been taunting me with this for weeks. I had to try it out to shut her up and, I was glad I did. Arriving at the table this looked sickly sweet. It wasn’t at all, we all loved it. 4.5/5

French Toast (1)

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Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar – Simple and Tasty Italian, Best Value Downtown

Frankies Bar

We were seated in the dining section for a late lunch. Sadly, other than us there was one other patron. The room was nice and spacious. The service was friendly and, the food was simple and good dishes. It reminded me of home cooked Italian dinners.

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Bolognaise pasta – it was very good, and the sauce was not overly salty as with many pasta dishes.

bolognaise pasta

We both enjoyed the seafood risotto, with prawns, scallop and, the risotto was perfectly cooked and the then creamy tomato based sauce was rich and flavorful.

seafood rissoto

Overall, the price was very pretty decent for portion and the quality. Actually, it may be the best value Italian food you can find downtown Vancouver, even without our discount.  We ended using a Frankie’s promotional flyer at a $20 discount.

I would absolutely recommend this restaurant for lunch.

Frankies receipt

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Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay- Divine Brunch Service

I am infatuated with brunch, it’s my favorite meal.

What could be more enjoyable then eating your weekend brunch on a patio surrounded by fashionably well dressed yuppies, in their Chanel and Prada sunglasses? The relaxed atmosphere and the delicious food puts everyone in a happy mood.

Now the food…

To start off and I apologize, I failed to take a pic of their freshly made mini doughnuts, presented in cute little dim sum containers. We inhaled it all within 3 minutes. They reminded us of the yummy mini doughnuts served at PNE.

The delightful Lobster Benedict -Atlantic lobster, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise crispy pancetta, cheddar biscuit  -$16.50. Lobster and eggs, a win-win combination . It was so rich and flavorful and, the eggs were perfectly poached.

Shrimp Benny
Shrimp Benny
The Glowbal Benedict – crispy pancetta, hollandaise, baby greens, potato hash – $12.50. This is my default dish. Yes, I’ve been here for brunch more than a few times and I love it every time. Everything was nicely cooked and fresh.
I sound like a broken record, trying to think of different phrases to describe Delicious.
Glowbal Benny
Glowbal Benny

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