My First Experience Trying Caribbean Food at Calabash Bistro

Ethan always craves for Jamaican food because Toronto, his hometown, has some authentic taste. Yet, you can barely find any in Vancouver. He did some research and found Calabash Bistro. It has a high rating, and it offers Caribbean Food, which is a similar style to Jamaican. So we decided to give it a try. It is my first time trying Caribbean food, so I am excited to explore new flavors!

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Colour See See (上海本色): A hidden gem for XLBs

We are always on an adventure to find delicious xiao long baos. And recently, my friend told us about this Shanghainese restaurant on Kingsway, across Superstore in Metrotown. The restaurant has a funny name, Colour See See. We always pass by this place, but we never tried it. Unlike other restaurants, they only serve buns and dumplings. It is fairly spacious, with an open-kitchen concept. You can watch them making the dumplings fresh from outside. But I have to warn you all that I highly DO NOT recommend to visit during busy hours.

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HOLY Smokes, Smokes & Bones BBQ!

Recently, I was invited to one of the participated restaurant for the #BBQlicious event hosted by Budweiser. The event celebrates the best slow-cooked BBQ at some of the top restaurants across Canada. I chose to try the BBQ at Smokes & Bones BBQ. It is located in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. It is a 10 minute bus ride from the Lonsdale Quay. Although the restaurant is far away from the city, it has numerous reviews and a 4.4 rating on Google. I was excited to try the ribs in person!

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New Mandarin Seafood Restaurant (時代文華海鮮酒家): Just another Over-Hyped Dimsum Place

There is a new dimsum place opening near my house, so we decided to try it out. It is right next to the new T&T Supermarket on Kingsway and Nanaimo Street, and it is called New Mandarin Seafood Restaurant. It offers dimsum and dinner service. As there are not much Chinese restaurants in that neighborhood, it is always packed. We made a reservation for four people for 12 pm on a Saturday and waited for 45 minutes before we get seated.

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My First Omakase in Vancouver: Sushi Bar Maumi

It was one tough decision to make on choosing where to go for my first omakase experience. After one month of comparing and discussing among my friends, we finally decided to try Sushi Bar Maumi. The omakase features 11 pieces of nigiri for $75, which the price is relatively affordable compared to other omakase in Vancouver. Another reason to pick Sushi Bar Maumi is that it focuses on nigiri, instead of Japanese dishes (similar to Kaiseki). We made our reservation almost 3 weeks in advance, and we got the last few seats available. Before making the reservation online, make sure to read their cancellation policy!

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