Vancouver A to Z

J is for Jamaican

restaurantRiddim & 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

coconut water

Coconut water

soda

Ginger beer

goat with rice

Curry goat with rice

fish

Fried red snapper fish

mask

Jamaican mask

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

restaurantDate: 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

rose

Rose on the table

help button

Help button

yogurt

Yogurt

rice

Plate of rice

Appetizer and entree

Kashke Bademjan, Fesenjan and pita bread

soup

Dizi

door

Door

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

poke

Poke: Spicy tuna

Lemonade and watermalon

Lemonade and watermelon

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

Alpen German HouseDate: 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)

Asparagus salad

Asparagus salad

menu

Menu

Feast for two

Feast for two

sauces

Sauces

Light beer

Light beer

Apple strudel

Apple Strudel

Alpen House

Alpen House

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!

F is for French

La Cigale

La Cigale

La Cigale French Bistro

Date: April 2019

Address: 1961 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

Website: lacigalebistro.ca

Canard Confit
duck confit eggs benny / lettuce / tomato / duck-fat hollandaise

Moules Frites
white wine garlic cream / toasted garlic baguette / hand cut french fries

Canard Confit

Canard Confit

Feeling Fabulous

Fascinating feast of Fruit-de-Mer
and French fries.
Friendly, flamboyant face and
fashionable figure with fine features
forecasting feat,
facilitating fairytales.
Fantasizing about femme fatale?

Focus on food

Mussels

Mussels

forgetting formalities with a fork,
fetching with fingers.
Finally fortunate and full,
fuzzy but functional flying far.
Farewell!

French fries Latte
French fries Latte

E is for Ethiopian

Addis Cafe Ethiopian Restaurant

Addis CafeDate: March 2019

Address: 2017 Commercial Dr. Vancouver, BC —V5N 4B1

Website: https://www.addis-cafe-ethiopian-restaurant-vancouver.com/

Shared menu:

Hummus
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans, and tahini, a paste similar in texture to peanut butter that is made from sesame seeds.

Addis Cafe

Addis Cafe

Doro
(Chicken) wot and Veggie Combinations

Drink:
Ethiopian Spiced Tea

Elite

Enthusiastic Ethiopian
engages in elaborate
explanations about eating experience.

Elegant exposition of edible extraordinary experiments.

Each exhibited element
emotionally endlessly effective.
Empathy in existence.

hummus

Hummus

Yo Doro Chicken Wot

Chicken Doro

Ethiopian Spiced Tea

Ethiopian Spiced Tea

Coffee

Coffee

D is for Danish

sandwich

sandwich

La Charcuterie

Date: March 2019

Address: 19080-96th Avenue Unit 9, Surrey BC V4N 3R3

Website: http://thebestdeli.com/

The website and the Facebook page advertise a lot of Danish products so we hoped for a nice deli with the choices that can help us “build” our own sandwich. In addition, maybe we could select a few cheeses or snacks.
There was a line-up already created when we arrived, and it seemed everyone was interested in sandwiches only. Asking for recommendations meant to interrupt the owner who liked his own stories and conversations. He couldn’t stop talking. We ended up with the same sandwich as everyone else and just decided to eat it (for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as it was enormous). If you are looking for a huge sandwich with a lot of meat, go for it!

Disguised as Danish

Doh!

Different Danish – Cloverdale Bakery

Danish bakery board

Danish bakery

Date: March 2019

Address: 101 – 5780 176a St, Surrey, BC V3S 4H4

Website: https://www.cloverdalebakery.com/

Choice of the day: Copenhagen, Kringle and Marzipan slice.

Day by Day

Discovered by detour
damsel difficult to disclose any details
about Denmark or Danish.
Departed dissatisfied.

While ducks disappearing in the distance
devouring desserts
delicious, and delightful despite disgruntled dame.

Copenhagen Kringle Marzipan slice
Copenhagen Kringle Marzipan slice

C is for Cuban

Havana Cuban Cafe

Date: February 2019

Address: 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4

Website: https://www.havanavancouver.com/

Choice of drink: Mojito and Sangria

Shared brunch:

Chupacabra Espress

Chupacabra Espress

Croque Señora
Cubano sandwich, fried egg, charred poblano cream sauce, mariquitas
Avocado Tostones
twice fried plantains, cotija cheese, pico de gallo.

Click-Clack Challenge

Contemplating casual conversation
with chatty community of consumers
circumferentially collaborating on calculating calories.

Craving creative cuisine,
curious about customs.

Mojito

Mojito

Creamy, celebratory craft,
chewy charms,
citrusy concoction,
cup of coffee,
no cookies, no churros.

Cactus in the centre of the counter
continue till the closing cadence.

Cash,
change,
cease.

Croque Señora

Croque Señora

Tostones

Tostones

B is for Brazilian

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

Rio card

Yes, please

Date: February 2019
Address: 1122 Denman Street, Vancouver – BC V6G 1T2
Website: http://riobraziliansteakhouse.ca/

It is “all you can eat” – a continuous table side service (rodizio) with a large variety of cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, and pork, with salad bar and hot buffet.

Choice of drink: non-alcoholic Guarana
Caipirinha (Portuguese pronunciation: [kajpiˈɾĩj̃ɐ]) is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar, and lime.

meat Sausages plate
Meat and more meat Sausages From the bar, choice 1
plate Fried bananas Cheesy delights
From the bar, choice 2 Fried bananas Cheesy delights

 

The end

The end

Big Bang

Be brave, be boisterous,
be bodacious,
be best of breed.

Become bohemian bone-breaking backer, no bystander
in the battlefield of barbaric bacchanalia.

Betwixt and between bundles of beef
boomeranging back,
beautiful buffet beside,
booze…

Behold your belly
behave, buckle up, breath.

Bravo!

A is for Afghan

Afghan Horsemen

Afghan Horsemen restaurant

In the restaurant

Date: January 2019.
Address: #202 – 1833 Anderson St. (2nd floor) Vancouver, BC
Website: https://afghanhorsemen.com/

A warm and friendly space, relaxing and comfortable. This is the first of Vancouver international culinary puzzle that we visited. My intention is to eat and drink something that is authentic, as much as that can be far away from the place of origin.

Cabbage rolls

Dolmah (cabbage rolls with rice, yogurt)

 

vegetarian plate

Vegetarian Special (salad, lentil soup, eggplants, potatoes, rice, yogurt) with Afghan tea (black tea with cardamom spice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abracadabra!

Amazing and amusing adventure
alphabetic appetite.

Asian adolescents aren’t afar
admiring the atmosphere
abundance of appetizers,
afraid of aftermath and aging.
Adam’s apple accelerating.

Absent-minded, absorbing aggregated
amassment of aha-moments,
absolute ability to analyze
animated activities around.

All amicable.
Appreciation for aromas and ambient.
Angles and ambrosia,
an audacious audible asylum.

Ah!