April Smith of AHA MEDIA had the most exquisite dinner with very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy at the very exclusive Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the 5-star Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Our drinks were Rosé wine and Scotch, while we admired the dinner menu.
Jess, our server was delightful and attentive while guiding us through our fresh seafood choices.
We began with the highly recommended crispy chicken wings created with fish sauce caramel, sambal chilli, and tangly refreshing pickled vegetables was a lovely way to start this sumptuous dinner. Thanks to Raj Taneja for his fantastic foodie endorsement of how good the crispy chicken wings were!
Feasting on the Seafood Tower for two was a true decadent and savory delight with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie, snow crab legs, wild shrimp, with local oysters on ice topping a most impressive 2 tier seafood platter!
Love the welcoming entrance tiles.
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy steps into Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
A baby grand piano underneath a beautiful light sculputure.
A very seafood focused dinner menu with a wide variety of palate pleasing plates!
Seafood tower for the two! So divinely delicious!
Rosé wine and Scotch
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy gazes at the crispy chicken wings.
Plump, moist, tender and crispy with a sweet caramel crust coating!
Glorious chicken wing coated with fish sauce caramel and sambal chilli!
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy admires the stunning celebration of fresh local seafood!
A sip of Rosé wine before dining on an oyster!
First tier with Oysters on the Half Shell with classic mignonette, horseradish and cocktail sauce.
Second tier with wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche, albacore tuna poke, read island mussel escabèche, dungeness crab louie and snow crab legs.
A look at the albacore tuna poke and read island mussel escabèche.
A perfect wild shrimp!
Flavourful read island mussel escabèche.
Amazing wild sidestripe shrimp ceviche.
Marvelous morsels of albacore tuna poke.
Taro root and tortilla chips to scoop up every last delicious bite!
We noted with great joy our lemon wrapped in Muslin to hold in the pips.
Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy remarked “It’s like a Lemon Cozy!”
Our evening at the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will always be remembered fondly.
We can’t wait to come back and enjoy more delicious meals!
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!
Special cocktails made especially for us!
We dined on the Salsiccia pizza with delicious fennel sausage and fresh basil.
A wonderful experience to eat real pizza!
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 :)
Please check out Dancing Chef Jaesung Hong at his Sushi Mania Restaurant in North Vancouver :)
AHA MEDIA and ACCESS TV recently dined at On Lok Restaurant in Vancouver
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
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)
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: w2longtables.eventbrite.com/