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One year and my Birthday

It’s been a wee bit over one year since I made the big move from Toronto to Vancouver. I’ve made some amazing friends, picked up a new sport (snowboarding!) and I’m still in awe when I see the mountains every day. It was a major adjustment getting used to the weather here. It was hard to handle the grey skies in the winter, spring…and part of summer.

My birthday passed a week ago and I was lucky enough to be taken to Minami for dinner. It’s the sister restaurant of Miku in Coal Harbour and located in Yaletown. It opened up recently and I wanted to try it, especially with the good reviews I saw. It did not disappoint at all. I can say that it is the best sushi I have ever had.

The prices for Minami are more expensive than what you can get at most sushi places in Vancouver (e.g. $25 for 7 pieces of aburi), but the quality that comes with it helps assuage the sticker shock. I like to think of this place as a splurge where you can treat yourself, but not too crazy where you can only afford to eat there once.

They serve aburi sushi (flame seared) that enhances the flavours of the fish. The use of charcoal imparts a slightly smoky taste to it.


Premium Aburi, a selection of Aburi sushi (Aburi Tenderloin Nigiri that I ordered is seen on the end)
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Medina Cafe


I’m finally in Vancouver and I’m enjoying the mountain views and the coastal air. After some bad junky road trip food, I was ready for some real eats.

I’ve been on a brunch kick lately and thanks to foursquare I found a place near us. Medina Cafe is known for their waffles with amazing toppings (milk chocolate lavender sauce anyone?)

We started off with the lavender lattes, a popular menu item. It’ll be a regular order for me for sure.

Lavender latte at Medina

I got the Saumon Fume (fried egg, smoked salmon, caper cream cheese, avocado on a ciabatta bun) and R got the daily omelette. While the omelette was good, the Saumon Fume was the clear winner out of the two. Next time I’d like to try the Fricasee (fried eggs, braised short ribs, applewood cheddar) as the Yelp reviews for it were promising.

Saumon Fume at Medina

The portions are modest, but that leaves room for dessert. The waffles are not your standard size, but petite 4″ ones so be prepared to order more than one. There’s a selection of sauces such as fig orange marmalade and white chocolate pistachio rose water. The waffles are a bit pricey at $3.15 a pop plus $1 for each sauce. I had the milk chocolate lavender and the raspberry caramel sauce. I highly recommend the milk chocolate lavender.

Waffles at Medina

Be prepared to wait if you have more than a party of 2. The cafe is small and they don’t take reservations.

I’m happy to have found a great brunch place so quickly, I’m looking forward to adding more to my list of places to go.

Medina Cafe
556 Beatty Street

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Magic Tofu Wrap

It was scorching hot awhile ago and with the day being so hectic (the wedding was days away) I suggested to go out for dinner at Fresh. Fresh is a vegetarian restaurant and they are really known for their juices and smoothies. I’ve only been there three times and it’s a good place to go if you’re looking for something tasty, healthy, and a casual environment.

Whenever I go, I always have a shake. If you go, you should too. Their beverage selection is very extensive and there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. The shakes start at $6 for 16 ounces and when I pair it with just a main I always have to take home leftovers. I appreciate that it comes in a compostable take out container. I don’t have a favourite shake because I always try something different. The Shamrock shake tastes minty and fresh, Blueberry Thrills hits the spot when you want a simple shake, and the Date Almond which Movie Man says it tastes like a pureed muffin.

I had the Magic Tofu wrap which had crispy tofu with tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrot, and mayo (vegan) ($9). I find their portions big so I knew I’d be taking half of it home with me. That makes it pretty affordable to eat healthy. Smaller portions of some of their fresh bowls are also available. Movie Man had the Thai burger which he liked better than the Miso burger and our neighbour got the Black Bean Burrito which also got the thumbs up.

Their desserts are from Sweets from the Earth. We were all too full to have dessert, but I’ve had a couple of things from that company and they have all been very tasty in the foodie sense, not the “tasty for vegan food” label that people will sometimes put on foods that don’t quite match up to their omnivore standards.

The owner of Fresh, Ruth Tal has written a few cookbooks. My friend showed me one of her books and at that time I wasn’t too interested in it (I never visited the restaurant before), but now after having a few meals and their smoothies, I think I will pick up a copy. Especially since we’ll have a shiny new blender soon.

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