West Restaurant | Dining in Vancouver

West Restaurant always offers a classy, dining experience. Prepared to perfection and always plated elegantly, chef Quang Dang really knows how to treat a customer right. The West coast flare in each dish is really well integrated - whether it be the use of local ingredients, west coast oysters, or the use of forest greens, the menu is filled with British Columbian options. Fish has always been perfectly cooked, never overdone, and the appetizers are always a great way to start your dining experience at West. The cocktails are fantastic - originals and classics are offered on their drinks menu, as well as an extensive wine list that you can have by the glass or bottle or even half bottle. The menu is always changing to keep up with what's in season. We love West!

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Cocktail: Midnight Manhattan
Food: Land Tasting Menu (always changing), Crispy Duck Salad, Foie Gras Pâté, Braised Fraser Valley Pork Cheek in bone broth, Roasted Lamb Loin with black olive jus, Pineapple Cake with passion fruit parfait and pineapple custard, chocolate cake dessert from the Sea Tasting Menu.
Made by: West Restaurant
Location: 2881 Granville St. , Vancouver

The Laughing Gravy | Dining in London

One night in London, we decided to scout a spot to grab a bite to eat before seeing an off-broadway show (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - which you must see!) We turned on our Google Maps app, typed in "restaurants near me" and voilà! The Laughing Gravy was where we found ourselves, quickly serving us with a cocktail and an impressive menu for a restaurant and bar. The food was outstanding - flavours were all there, the variety offered on the menu was plenty and cocktails were on par - talk about a hidden gem in London! Michael Facey, chef of The Laughing Gravy, presents each dish with finesse and full of flavour. The lamb braised dumplings were thin skinned (which is like a HUGE plus because who likes thick skinned dumplings, really?) and very juicy. The entrée duck and lamb were fabulous, cooked to perfection and each jus were a great touch to both dishes. To top it off, talk about a huge surprise with dessert!! Pineapple upside down cake with a coconut parfait on a coconut sponge with pineapple custard and vanilla ice cream - HEAVEN! The flavour of the coconut with the textures of the slices of pineapples, parfait and sponge... it was just a wow dessert. 

To the Laughing Gravy, thank you so much for graciously hosting us. We will definitely be back!

Food: Cocktail of the day was a Champagne special, Braisde lamb with wild garlic infused dumplings, kidney bean purée and lamb broth, Duck breast, Lamb and croquette, Pineapple upside down cake, coconut sponge, coconut parfait and pineapple custard with vanilla ice cream
Made by: The Laughing Gravy
Location: 154 Blackfriars Road, London

Marugame Monzo | Dining in Las Vegas

What a tasty spot if you're having a craving for Japanese noodles in Las Vegas. It's not anywhere near the strip, but a 10-15 minute car ride is worth the trip to Marugame Monzo. Their known for all their udon - the options are endless! Sea urchin, or beef or chicken or bonito or pork belly, and so much more is offered at Marugame. You can even add on a rice bowl and make it a combo! It's a great deal for a great big bowl of udon. Deeelicious!

Food: Sea Urchin Udon, Negitoro Bowl
Made by: Marugame Monzo
Location: 3889 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada

Egg Slut | Dining in Las Vegas

Talk about tasty eats and very satisfying... if you're ever find yourself in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (or just make a trip just because...) EGG SLUT IS A MUST!! Whether you need breakfast, lunch, a cure for a hangover, Egg Slut is your best friend for life. The eggs are light, airy, fluffy and super delicious. They have many sandwiches, but hands down you have to try the Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun. If you want to try something different and definitely want to be filled up, be sure to try the Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette. All to die for. 

Food: Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun | Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette.
Made by: Egg Slut
Location: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 - inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel

Jamie's Italian | Dining in Covent Garden, London

If you're looking for a spot to grab an enjoyable and casual bite to eat, Jamie's Italian never fails in London. Their Carbonara pasta is our go-to as well as their cocktail selection. The cocktails are always on par and the specials are changing with the seasons. The fries never disappoint, the pork crackling is airy and crunchy, and on top of that their calamari is superb. 

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Food: Calamari, Pork Crackling, Cobbler Cocktail Special, Spaghetti Carbonara, Fries, Gin & Elderflower Cordial Cocktail Special, Panna Cotta with berries and crumble.
Made by: Jamie's Italian
Location: Covent Garden, 11 Upper St Martin's Lane, London

The Helm | Dining in Greenwood Lake, New York

Talk about a hidden gem in upstate New York. The Helm is a fun place for all to enjoy good food, beer and cocktails. There's even a bar for those who want to watch their desired team whilst enjoying a local craft beer. Nothing to write home about on decor but it's a quaint dining room with great lighting and partial view of Greenwood Lake. Specials are always written up during the week and their brunch is definitely one of a kind. The portions are definitely hefty but can be enjoyed by all - it's more fun to go with more than just two people so you can try all their foods. Enjoy their poutine with truffle or Cajun poutine, and their smoked wings which you can get with any of four flavours and they offer They smoke their own meat - in the parking lot! The cocktails are handcrafted and their selection of local beers are many to choose from.  Go for the obnoxious Chicken and Waffles - deep fried chicken, on top of a chorizo patty, which is all on top of a waffle - and to top that off, a fried egg! Insane? We should hope so! It's a fantastic spot to dine, so be sure to spend some time at The Helm!

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Food: Cajun Poutine, Truffle Poutine, Smoked Chicken Wings, Champagne Margarita Cocktail, Corn Biscuits with Chorizo Patties, Chicken and Waffles - Deep fried chicken on a crispy waffle, bacon, chorizo patty, and a fried egg with maple syrup and hot sauce to top it off!
Made by: The Helm
Location: 649 Jersey Ave., Greenwood Lake, New York

The Bar Hemingway in the Hotel Ritz Carlton Paris | Bar in Paris

It's a fancy affair at the Hotel Ritz Paris. Come here for a fancy cocktail or dinner experience - but you must come and discover Bar Hemingway. The bar opens early in the evening, and there will always be a line. Approximately 25 people can fit into this charming establishment. Bar Hemingway (if you haven't already figured it out) was named after Ernest Hemingway. Back in the day, he apparently used to write some of his infamous works of literature in this particular bar. Filled with a unique persona and items that he admired, Bar Hemingway welcomes all.  The cocktails are all original and the bar tenders are extremely knowledgeable in mixology. Most of the cocktails we tried were quite potent - so one or two will already have you relaxed or get you ready for your upcoming dinner reservation. It is definitely a one of a kind experience! We highly recommend you take a sip or two at Bar Hemingway. Santé!

Location: Paris, France
Made by: The Bar Hemingway 

Kissa Tanto | Dining in Vancouver

Voted 2nd best in Vancouver, and ranked in the top 20 in Canada, Kissa Tanto has quite the reputation, but does it have the consistency it takes to stay on top? We took a chance on this odd but uniquely decorated location. As you walk in, you're taken into a retro chic world. The service is friendly and very knowledgeable - everyone was such a foodie!

The appetizers were quite tasty; we experienced their wagyu tartare (carne crudo), which was quite decadent for a starter, and then had the eggplant fritters which were quite largely sized deep fried balls. The porchetta agnolotti was really well made - the pasta was cooked perfectly and the thickness of the agnolotti was precise. The insides however did not entirely taste of porchetta, more of a ham than the smoky and meaty flavours we had hoped for.

We then had a taste of the slow-cooked wagyu steak. This was definitely a wow! Everything you're looking for in a wagyu: a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The special that evening was a pork belly - which was massive but it was divine. Lastly, the dessert of the night was tiramisu. Airy, light, fluffy, not too sweet and just purely indulgent; the tiramisu won our hearts.

We highly recommend you make a reservation (well in advance) to dine at Kissa Tanto. The wine list includes all sorts including sake, as seen in the carafe in the images below. Kissa Tanto's fusion of Asian and Italian cuisines, proves that fusion culinary can be done.

Food: Carne Cruda - Snake River Farms wagyu, pearl onion petals, salt, charred scallino sauce, parmesan, arima sansho, fresh herbs, gnocco frito, Frittelle di Melanzane - garlic eggplant fritter, Porchetta Agnolotti, Wagyu Lifter Steak - 24hr slow cooked, fermented cabbage, Calabrian chili and parmesan, Special of Pork Belly, Dessert Special of Tiramisu.
Made by: Kissa Tanto
Location: 263 East Pender Street, Vancouver