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Poutine at Frenchie’s

Frenchie’s has a new location on Main and Broadway now and my co workers and I decided to hit it up on Friday. The interior has a bar and lots of interesting paintings. Unfortunately I can’t describe the paint style for you. The menu consists of poutine, sandwiches and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches. Some of the poutines come in either small or medium or large and some only come in medium. There’s a warning on the menu that says they’re not responsible for your addiction to their poutine haha

Frenchie's Poutine

This was the 6oz Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich and it came with a side of coleslaw. The meat was shaved very thin and wasn’t too salty. Their smoked meat is brought in from Montreal. The coleslaw was very lightly dressed and I think it could’ve used a bit more dressing.

Frenchie's Poutine

This was the medium sized Smoked Meat Poutine and it was huge!!! Seriously if this is medium, I don’t want to know how big a large is…

Frenchie's Poutine

This was the small Classic Poutine. Can’t go wrong with the classic! It was also only $6.

Frenchie's Poutine

This was the Pulled Pork Poutine with lots of tender slow cooked pork on top. The gravy was really good and there were also some onions in here as well as squeaky cheese curds.

Some of their more meat heavy poutine creations (steak poutine, pepperoni poutine, meat lovers poutine) can get expensive but then again they are huge so you get your bang for your buck. Our poutine cravings have been satisfied for quite a while now!

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Cartem’s Donuterie

I think I’ve found my favorite donut shop! Also, I follow them on Instagram and I saw pictures of their London Fog Stuffie so I knew I had to try it. I’ve been on a bit of a London Fog/Earl Grey craze this year… They are located on Pender and Seymour, a block away from Waterfront station. Donuts are $3 each and tax is included already.

Cartem's Donuterie

Here is the London Fog Stuffie! I was too busy stuffing my face to notice what kind of a glaze was on top of the donut. But the inside was very light fluffy.

Cartem's Donuterie

Inside there is a slightly cool Earl Grey cream and it was so good!!! It also had just the right amount of sweetness from the glaze. This was the bombdotcom! I can’t believe this wasn’t invented sooner. I was still thinking about it two days later…

Cartem's Donuterie

I also tried the Sweet Snow which was a chocolate cake donut with like a white chocolate glaze and coconut on top. First you taste the dense chocolate cake part and then you get the sweetness from the glaze and some of the coconut on top.

If you love donuts or even if you don’t, you should pay them a visit! You might change your mind. They have a lot of different flavours! I’m glad they’re so far away from me otherwise I’d be there everyday… I’ve sampled a few of their other donuts before too and they were all delicious.

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Top Chiu Chow Cuisine

My family decided to go on a spontaneous weekend dinner but we didn’t make any reservations so a lot of places were full by the time we arrived at 7pm aka the usual dinner time. We decided to go to Union Square and there we found 3 restaurants in a row. Tasty Kitchen, something else and Top Chiu Chow Cuisine. Tasty Kitchen was packed with a super long line up while the second one was not even half full and Top Chiu Chow was just filled up so we would have to wait a bit. We decided the second one was sketchy if no one was going and Tasty Kitchen was too busy so Top Chiu Chow it was!

Top Chiu Chow Cuisine

For our first dish, we had the Fried Shrimp and Crab Balls. These were served with a side of sweet honey-like sauce for dipping. They were tasty because they were fried but otherwise nothing special.

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Easy Oreo Cheesecake Cups

Last week my friend make cheesecake cups and I traded her some plums from my tree for some cheesecake cups (yay bartering?) and they turned out to be delicious! Moreover, the recipe is SUPER easy and I suck at baking so if I think it’s easy it must be easy!

Oreo Cheesecake Cups

All you need are 3 easy ingredients: cream cheese, sugar and eggs. Then you just mix it all together and pour it over the Oreo and bake! Voila! Above is what they look like after they’ve come out of the oven. Mine had some cracks but after they cool they sink down a bit so it’s not as noticeable. Or you can just put whipped cream over it and make it look pretty ;)

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Bottega Italiana-Amazing Gelato in Seattle!

On my summer day trip to Seattle last month, we stopped for some gelato at Bottega Italiana which is pretty much right next to the Pike Place Market. It’s about a block away. As with many other gelato stores, they make everything on site daily with fresh natural ingredients.

Bottega ItalianaIt’s a lot cheaper than Vancouver! They also offer affogato.

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Taishoken Ramen

For our weekly Friday lunch last week we decided to try Taishoken Ramen near Tinseltown. Fortunately we got a table pretty quickly but they said that they only had 2 types of ramen left… It wasn’t even 1pm yet! Anyway the two they had left were tomato ramen and the tsuke-men. We were here for the tsuke-men anyway so that was fine for us. They also have a special version of the ramen where you can get a soft boiled egg added to it and I’m not sure what else was special about it.Their ramen comes in either a regular size or a large size.

Taishoken Ramen

The ramen noodles are served cold and were quite chewy but in a good way. The broth was served on the side and although the portion looks small, it was very concentrated and full of rich fatty flavour. I opted for the pork shoulder and pork belly since I couldn’t decide so the waitress said I can actually get some of both. There was 2 slices of pork shoulder and 2 slices of pork belly and it was actually a lot of meat! The pork belly was mostly fat while the pork shoulder was lean meat but it was on the chewy side. Since the meat was in the broth, it soaked up a lot of the flavours from the broth. Besides the pork and egg, there were just some bamboo shoots and green onion.

So if you didn’t know already, you’re suppose to take some of the noodles and dip it in the broth. This was my first time trying this kind of ramen so I can’t compare it to anything. I thought that the broth could’ve been hotter? Or I’m just not used to eating cold noodles. The portion here doesn’t look that big but it was soooooo filling!!! My friend and I only finished half so in hindsight we should’ve just shared one. It’s good if you can eat a lot though! Also, we tried to pack it up to go but they said they didn’t have any take out containers so we felt like we wasted a lot of food. =(

I wouldn’t mind going back to try their other dishes and they seem pretty big too! Price wise it’s about the same as other ramen joints. They are known for their dipping ramen though so you should give it a try! Gyozas will be on the menu soon.

PS. Check out my GIVEAWAY for 3 gift cards to Yakinikuya BBQ if you haven’t already.

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Waffles at Belgium Place

A new waffle place  opened up where Death by Chocolate used to be on the corner of Fir and Broadway. My friend who was craving waffles suggested IHop and I’m just like no… after some research I found Belgium Place! It’s got the word Belgium in it so they should make good waffles right? They also serve some soups and sandwiches too. The cafe space has a lot of wood furnishing and they also have a shelf with a few French kid’s books. It doesn’t seem too busy so it could be a nice place to chat with some friends.

Belgium PlaceThe waffles are all Liege waffles and cost $3.80 plain. They also have waffles with chocolate and waffles with chocolate and almonds. and they are both $4.75. This was the Waffles with Strawberry and it was one of the special creations on the menu. It was served with 2 scoops of vanilla gelato and strawberry compote with a side of whipped cream. The size of the waffle was pretty big! Price wise it’s a bit cheaper than some other waffles joints coming in at $7.80 but pretty close.

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