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A lunch visit to Nicli Antica Pizzeria

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Recently AHA MEDIA was invited to lunch at Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Vancouver’s first VPN certified Neapolitan pizzeria.

We were very impressed with the delicious and drinks!

1 AHA MEDIA at Nicla Antica in Vancouver

Special cocktails made especially for us!

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Impressive Bar!

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We dined on the Salsiccia pizza with delicious fennel sausage and fresh basil.

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A wonderful experience to eat real pizza!

Dancing Sushi Chef Jaesung Hong dances to Gangnam Style by Psy and Take on Me by A-ha!

July 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Dancing Sushi Chef Jaesung Hong of Sushi Mania in North Vancouver energetically dances to Gangnam Style by Psy and Take on Me by A-ha!

What an incredibly happy Sushi Chef!

Jaesung Hong’s enthusiasm and love for life delighted his audience as he shared Sushi Menus from his restaurant with the crowd :)


1 AHA MEDIA sees Dancing Sushi Chef Jaesung Hong

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4 AHA MEDIA sees Dancing Sushi Chef Jaesung Hong

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8 AHA MEDIA sees Dancing Sushi Chef Jaesung Hong

Please check out Dancing Chef Jaesung Hong at his Sushi Mania Restaurant in North Vancouver :)


Dining at On Lok Restaurant

April 2, 2013 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA and ACCESS TV recently dined at On Lok Restaurant in Vancouver

Shabusen Restaurant on Burrard St in Vancouver

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA says of Shabusen on Burrard St in Vancouver

We had the privilege to eat at a very unique restaurant today in Downtown Vancouver. ShabuSen, a Korean BBQ and “All you can eat Sushi” restaurant sits in a fairly easy to find location and the food and the experience were excellent!  We arrived at 1pm, were immediately seated, and were able to browse the easy to read menu while drinking delicious Jasmine tea. We ordered and our food came quickly. Bowls of raw beef, pork, and chicken (to cook over the BBQ that was in the middle of the table), plates of Gyoza (or dumplings), salmon and tuna sashimi, and California rolls, made up our delicious lunch. We enjoyed grilling pieces of beef, pork, and chicken over the BBQ with big metal tongs so that our chopsticks would not get contaminated. The pork was spiced with chili and quite spicy, the beef was tender and delicious, and the chicken was moist and tender.

I recommend Shabusen as it is a great place to eat and I would most certainly return when I find the time.

White Spot brings back the ‘Adult Pirate Pak’ on August 17 to raise money for Zajac Ranch Children’s Charity

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

B.C.’s iconic restaurant chain has raised more than $105,000 to send kids with special needs to camp

VANCOUVER –August 9, 2011– Back by popular demand, White Spot’s special edition ‘Adult Pirate Paks’ are sailing onto tables August 17 to once again raise money for Zajac Ranch for Children.

To celebrate the fourth annual Pirate Pak Day on Wednesday, August 17, $2 from the sale of each kids and adult Pirate Pak and contributions received in lieu of Pirate Paks will be donated to the Zajac Ranch. Zajac Ranch is a longtime B.C. charity dedicated to giving children with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities an unforgettable summer camp experience.

With more than $105,000 raised over the past three years, White Spot has sent a total of 50 kids to Zajac Ranch since 2008.

“For one day only, adults have the opportunity to be kids again and reminisce about the excitement and magic of childhood dining experiences at White Spot all for a fantastic cause,” said Warren Erhart, president of White Spot. “Last year we raised a record $40,822 in one day. This year we’re hoping to donate even more to Zajac Ranch for Children.”

A traditional White Spot menu favourite since 1968, the Pirate Pak was first created by Nat Bailey to provide a unique dining experience for kids age 10 and under. The children’s Pirate Pak costs $5.99 and is available in a range of delicious options including two slider burgers, a regular hamburger, grilled cheese sandwich, Pirate Pals crispy-coated chicken, macaroni and cheese or lightly battered Pacific Cod. White Spot’s special edition ‘Adult Pak’ will be available Wednesday, August 17 only, and starting at $10.49, features a choice of four mouth-watering burger options including the Legendary Burger, Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger, Provolone Veggie Burger on a multigrain bun and the BC Chicken Burger. Each meal is served in the iconic boat and comes complete with fresh-cut fries, a soft drink, a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate “gold” coin.

Pirate Pak Facts

Exactly 775,592 Pirate Paks were sold last year.

Since 1968, more than 22 million Pirate Paks have been sold.

With the option of one per cent milk, juice and new sides like veggies and dip, grapes and steamed vegetables, there are more than 675 different Kids Pirate Pak combinations.

The Pirate Pak boat is 100 percent recyclable.

The most popular Pirate Pak item is the Pirate Pak Hamburger made with 100 per cent fresh Canadian beef and famous secret Triple “O” sauce.

About White Spot

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, White Spot is a B.C. legend. Founded in 1928, when Nat Bailey launched Canada’s first drive-in restaurant at Granville and 67th, the 83-year-young chain now sees more than 17 million guests annually at 121 White Spot and Triple O’s locations throughout B.C., Alberta and Asia. Bailey’s original vision was to build a restaurant that served the highest quality, unique tasting food and White Spot remains committed to continuing this tradition in each and every meal.

AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Soul Gardens Long Table African – Canadian Dinner in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Time: August 1, 2011 at 7pm to August 5, 2011 at 9pm
Location: W2 Media Cafe
Street: 111 W hastings
City/Town: Vancouver
Event Type: dinner
Organized By: W2 Woodwards

Event Description

W2 Media Cafe, 7pm daily
Founding DTES communities shared gardens, ingredients and stories, now taste the recipes and flavours from Vancouver’s early settlers on the Unceded Territories of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqeam Nation. Guests chef Mark Smith (Toronto) works with artists Cease Wyss, Indigo, Anne Marie Slater, Wayde Compton and Lani Russwurm to craft nightly menus centred around a single heritage.

Tickets  $1–20 by donation/sliding scale.
European, Aug 1

Coast Salish, Aug 2
African, Aug 3
Chinese Aug 4
Japanese, Aug 5

Tickets available at:

Dinner at NEW Save On Meats restaurant with Karen Fung and Raul Pacheco in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 3, 2011 4 comments

From Save On Meats:

SAVE ON MEATS / A Vancouver Institution for 54 Years

Al DesLauriers opened Save On Meats at 43 West Hastings in 1957 amid the shine of dozens of neon signs up and down what was then considered Vancouver’s main shopping and entertainment district. The famous ‘flying pigs’ were a beacon for customers and a major attraction along Hastings Street.

But while the city grew and other businesses closed down or moved away Save On Meats remained in its original location serving its loyal clientele for the next 54 years.

In 2009 Al retired and the butcher shop was shut, leaving Vancouverites to mourn the loss of Vancouver legend, not to mention one of the best burgers in town.

Read more here

Photos from a delightful diner style dinner with wonderful dear friends Karen Fung and Raul Pacheco on a Tuesday evening in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Karen reads over the  menu

Karen pointed out the wall outlet by the condiments to plug in laptops and other devices!

A young child gazes at the Nostalgic menu items

Views of the restaurant

Closeup of our server’s Save On Meat’s T-Shirt

Busy Kitchen!

Our wonderful server taking our orders

A friend drops by to join us for light conversation!

Our server brings us our meal of Cream Soup, side of Broccoli and Grilled cheese sandwich with mashed potatoes

Dinner was followed by two miniature Butterscotch milkshakes

Raul joins our dinner!

A lovely evening with two fantastic friends – Raul and Karen!


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