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Truly international

Is Vancouver truly a city with international cousin? That is what I have set as my goal to find out. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet and there are no countries in the world starting with letters W and X. What about the remaining 24? I am visiting only one country per letter. Doing “Vancouver A-Z” is an attempt to discover whether Vancouver is as international as it claims to be and if those restaurants can offer a really unique experience. Whatever place I visit, I look for an authentic food and drink, to see how much it is possible to bring that authenticity to North American context.

To make it more interesting, I’ve doubled the challenge, combining gastronomic with poetic. Every country is accompanied with a poem in the same letter.

If you don’t see a poem underneath the gallery, that means that it is still “cooking.”

“photos globe” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

N is for Nigerian

Arike – Nigerian restaurant and cocktail bar

Date: August 2019

Address: 1725 Davie St, Vancouver

Website: https://arikerestaurant.ca/

Appetizer:
Fried Habanero Corn Fritters – corn, habanero, confit garlic & salted tomato
Braised Goat Spoon – ata din din pepper sauce, sprinkled with peanut crumb & topped with a pickled onion

Main:
Pulled Oxtail & Cured Pork Bellycaramelized onion base, soft house cheese, pickled habanero, cured tomato
Spiced Goat Dumplings – sweet chili oil, aerated herb yogurt, fried onion

Dessert:
Pof Pofs – ginger honey, cinnamon sugar, mint

Drink:
Moscow Mule – Stolichnaya vodka, lime, ginger
Rose Cabernet Franc-Merlot

No nonsense

New nourishment neighbourhood
never nibbled on Nigerian.

Mr. No Name, not nearly native,
nerdy but noble,
notified about navigating the novelties.
No unnecessary, no nebulous networking
Narratives not negotiated,
only numbers.
Not negative, no nudging, no nagging,
nice, neat and nippy.
No-brainer. Nailed it!

Night-night!

M is for Moroccan

Moltaqa – authentically Moroccan

Date: August 2019

Address:  51 West Hastings Street, Vancouver,

Website: https://www.instagram.com/moltaqa.vancouver/?hl=en

Dinner
Appetizer: Stuffed aubergine and beans

Main: Lamb Tagine

Dessert: Date tart

Drink: Moroccan mint tea

Mystery

Mmm, Moroccan!

We made a move to our mark.
A mid-twenties mortal,
a mankind-minding mademoiselle,
marketed her merchandise.
Maybe menu?
She mistakenly made a mess,
but we didn’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
Well-mannered, she mentioned a few munches
to mull over.
What did she mean?
Motivated, we made up our minds,
but miscalculated, too much of moreish meals.

Mental musing,
moments of memories,
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean mapping
of motherland,
then modified, manipulated by military masterminds.
Migration, movements – misplaced.

Mindfulness manifested
meditation,
mellow munching with muffled music,
melting away.

L is for Lebanese

Lebanese at Manoush’eh

Date: August 2019

Address:  620 Davie Street, Vancouver,

Website: manoushehbc.ca

Lunch: Lentil soup

Zaatar with Jebneh & Kafta

Drink: Lebanese Coffee

Labour of Love

Looking for letter “L”
little lower, down the lane,
lucky location
with lots on the list.

Legitimately Lebanese –
a lady and lads lashing
in lavish language,
letting us linger over lentils and lingo
liberal layers of liveliness.

Little by little, less is left,
leisurely, almost lazy
licking our lips
less lonely and lost.

Laughter like lava,
levitating with love.
Leaving last.

K is for Korean

Sura Korean Cuisine

Date: August 2019

Address:  Robson St, Vancouver,

Website: http://www.surakoreancuisine.com/#robson

Dinner:
Spicy Sliced Pork – Grilled tiny sliced tender pork marinated in chilli pepper sauce.

Japchae – Stir fried savoury potato noodles in sweet sesame with beef and mixed vegetables

Drink:
Bok-bunja Ju – Korean fruit wine made from wild Korean raspberries called Bok-Bunja and medicinal herbs.

Ka-boom

Among kaleidoscopic k(c)ushions
in k(c)harismatic k(c)olours,
knowing nothing about Korean k(c)uisine,
we made a kamikaze run on kimchi
and the whole kit and kaboodle from the kithchen.

Keen to kick at the k(c)an,
the Korean key kind kens
kept our “king-of-the-kings” karma.

Kudos and kisses!

Thank you, letter “c,” for your assistance with this Kafkaesque knot.

2019 Movie Festivals

  • MOPIFF

Motion Pictures International Film Festival has announced the films to be included in its 2019 run.

The festival venue:

Creative Guild Studios, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

DATE: August 23-25, 2019

The Motion Pictures International Film Festival has received hundreds of film submissions from all over the world. More than 100 films have been

Screening at the Motion Pictures International Film Festival.

Screening schedule

J is for Jamaican

Riddim & Spice – True Jamaican

Date: May 2019

Address: 1945 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8

Website: http://riddimnspice.com

Dinner: Goat curry with rice and Fried red snapper fish

Drink: Ginger beer and coconut water

Jabberwocky

Jaw-dropping –
just Jack-in-the-box.

Jaywalking across jazzed Jamaican jungle,
jo jam jamming, no jam-packing, no jambalaya,
not even jive.

Jingle, jingle, juxtapose junior jumble

Jump into Jacuzzi in a jiffy.

I is for Iranian

Gillaneh Grill House Iranian restaurant

Date: May 2019

Address: 1072 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2M8

Website: https://www.gillanehgrillhouse.com/

Appetizer: Kashke Bademjan: eggplant with walnuts
Entree:
Dizi – Traditional Iranian lamb chickpea soup
Fesenjan – Chicken in walnut and pomegranate sauce
Drink: Mast Khiar – Cucumber and mint yogurt

Identity

I instantly identified ideology:
intrinsically Iranian.

Imposing interesting interactions
invested in injecting intimate inmates
in-medias-res,
in the immaculate interior
and their ideal ilk.

Iconic important identity –
inamorata and inamorato
an item – inaudible interactions in isolation.

Image of Icarus ignoring ill-informed inquiry,
impulsive, imbalanced, imperfect, immature,
inclined to irrationally ignite ideas
that initiate incidents inch by inch,
with irreversible implications and impact.

In-between improvisations and in-depth impressions
immediate irresistible initiatives
immersed in immemorial and immortal imprints.

Impeccable!

H is for Hawaiian

Searching for H

Date: May 2019

Address: 3735 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 2G5

Website: https://pokemanvancouver.com/

SPICY TUNA two scoops local tuna, standard toppings, masago, roasted nuts, pickled ginger Spicy Gomae Sauce

Happy in harbour

Hungry for Hungarian,
which is hideously hiding.
However, having Hawaii
as a hypothetical home-country,
heading to a harbour.

Ha!

Hundreds of hustling humans in harmony
Hadrian’s heirs with hairbands and hairdos,
and headphones,
like harlequins hopping high and hilarious,
taking a hack half-jokingly, half-naked like on holiday.
No haste, no hurry, a hike here and there.

Hearts in hands, harmless, with hats against heat
harvesting haiku and hallucinations,
hunting for happiness with no hazard,
heavenly hegemonic heros.

G is for German

Vancouver Alpen Club: Deutsches (German) Haus

Date: April 2019

Address: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4P3

Website: https://www.vacbc.ca

Appetizer: Asparagus salad

Main course: Feast for Two

1/2 oven roasted pork hock, 2 schnitzel, 2 Bavarian meatloaf,
and assorted sausages. Served with spatzle, red cabbage and sauerkraut.

Dessert: Apple Strudel

A century-old home-style recipe, served with vanilla ice cream.

Drink: Beer (of course)

Greetings from glorious German guesthouse!

Gleaming, gesticulating, gulping
gorgeous gemütlich guests:
Gunters and Gretas, gents and girls gathered in groups.
Galaxies of gallantry gearing up.

“S” would be great genesis,
as in “schnitzel” and “spatzle,” “sausage” and “sauerkrout,”
“spritzer” and “strudel.”
Instead we go for “gluten-free” and “green”
which is a game-changer.

Goodbye!