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

Red Miso // Nagoya Japan | Dining in Japan

What an experience we had at this family owned restaurant just outside of Nagoya. We were recently in Japan and we were fortunate enough to try a delicacy of the area: Red Miso. Red miso or aka-miso, is used to make thick sauces or broths. We visited an udon establishment where the broth base was aka-miso. The portions are quite large, so be sure to have an appetite - and the Japanese typically eat the huge bowl of noodles with a bowl of rice to soak up the leftover broth! Just brilliant! On top of that, there are different versions of the broth - you can ask for extra pork, or you can have different meats or parts of the pork in your broth as well. Tempura, an egg, cabbage and negi are all included. The rice bowl comes with pickled vegetables and it's a perfect mini size to finish off your authentic experience. 

Food: Handmade Udon in Red Miso Broth
Made famous in: Nagoya, Japan

Root & Bone

What a treat! Root & Bone is a small restaurant, with crazy line ups so be sure to make a reservation well in advance if you can! The southern comfort of this restaurant is just simply perfect for a winter's night. The food - deep fried chicken (a whole or half), the cornbread soufflé (something we've never experienced until now) and so much more. Root & Bone might be a little on the louder side because of the small space, but it is definitely a tasty discovery. If you're in NYC in the east village, be sure to go check them out! We had biscuits to start as well as the cornbread soufflé which was ever so fluffy and delicious.  A whole chicken was worth it, as well as the braised short bread meatloaf dish - very flavourful and very filling. And to top it off, go for the macaroni and cheese. If you're missing great southern food, Root & Bone is the place to go.

Food: Biscuits and honey dip with salt and sesame seeds on the side, Cornbread soufflé, Deep Fried Chicken (whole), Braised Short Rib Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese.
Made by: Root & Bone
Location: 200 East 3rd St., New York, 10009

The Pig & The Lady | Dining in Honolulu

A new hotspot in downtown Waikiki, Honolulu. The Pig & The Lady serve up vietnamese fare and it's hot and delicious! Their pho was tasty, their chicken fat rice was super hot, and their appetizers were all delicious. A line up outside the door means this place knows what they're doing. You can definitely make reservations, so don't think you have to wait an hour for a table. The cocktails were inventive, the staff were lovely, and the restaurant itself was bumping. It's a little on the louder side, but you'll be busy eating and stuffing yourselves. 

At their chinatown location, located in Downtown Honolulu, the food was superb tasting, and the ambiance was lively. The cocktail featured in our first image below was a rum, coconut, chili pepper and lime cocktail, topped with a basil leaf. It was definitely a unique drink, be sure to ask for a straw... it's a little difficult to manoeuvre with the excess amount of delicious coconut foam. The caviar on ramen eggs were to die for. They were our absolute favourite of the evening. A soft, marinated boiled egg with fried chicken skins and pickled shallots and topped off with caviar - the perfect combination! Find out all the foods photographed at the bottom of this post.

Food & Beverage: All In The Reflexes Cocktail - kohana rum agricole, coconut, lime, chili pepper, basil. Shakshuka - a middle eastern spiced tomato and pepper sauce, soft egg, smokey eggplant, goat gouda cheese, zataar spiced baguette. Crispy Soft Shell Crab 0 inspired from the famous fish dish from Hanoi, marinated in turmeric-galangal, aromatic herbs of dill, shiso, rau ram and mint, house pickles, roasted peanuts, rice vermicielli, mam tom bac sauce. Special: Uni pasta - absolutely to amazing. Sides: Chicken Fat Rice and Chicken Fat Bread - WARNING IT IS EXTRA HOT as it is both made with hot chili oil. P&L Pho - 12 hour roasted brisket, rare beef, stewed bone marrow, fresh ginger, calamansi, scallions, sawtooth herb, chili pepper water, fresh rice noodle. Vietnamese Ice Coffee. Yuzu Semifreddo - cocoa coffee crumble, fresh strawberries, charred pavlova, sugar cured yolk, strawberry yuzu sauce.
Made by: The Pig & The Lady
Location: 83 N. King St / 808.585.8255

Anglers at Dolphins Resort BC | Dining in British Columbia

I had a pleasurable experience at the Anglers restaurant in Campbell River. It was a quaint spot with amazing views of the river, with optional seating outside on their patio. The food is fresh and unique. The ingredients are well prepared daily and the chef has a great eye for plating. Needless to say, I was surprised at how sophisticated Anglers really was, especially having come from Vancouver into the tiny town of Campbell River. (Don't underestimate!) All the flavours were there, the presentation was beautiful and the service was fantastic. Also be sure to have their house made bread (made daily!) It is absolutely delicious. 

Food: House Cured + Smoked Meats, Variety of House Pickles, Horseradish Aioli, Craft Beer Mustard, Celery Root, Lavosh Crackers. House Togarashi Crust, Smoked Strawberry Ponzu, Sesame Sticky Rice, Grilled Bok Choy, Wasabi Cucumber Pearls. Dark Chocolate + Espresso Torte with raspberry coulis, and a special of Pavlova. 
Made by: Anglers
Location: 4125 Discovery Dr, Campbell River BC.
 

Market Table | Dining in NYC

New Yorkers! If you’re looking for a fun, fresh and tasty place for lunch, Market Table is a great spot to hit up in the West Village.  Last October, I visited my family in New York City, and we had a fantastic lunch here. All the ingredients were in season and delicious. It was very much comfort food but with a twist of sophistication. We started with the quinoa hushpuppies, which were very hot to the touch but extremely unique and paired well with a spicy aioli. We all ordered our own dishes. I had the seasonal butternut squash risotto side dish that was being served at the time. As a side dish, it was a great portion and not over cooked, and the flavours were all there. That butternut squash really shined throughout the dish. Others had the cheeseburger, the grilled flatbread with truffle mushrooms and caramelized onions, and lastly the beef carpaccio with alfalfa sprouts and croutons. All very delectable! 

Overall, the restaurant was very accommodating and helpful with making wine and food choices. We enjoyed the large windows that surrounded the room; it was such a delightful experience.
I would definitely go back any day for a superb lunch. I would also love to try their dinner menu!

PS: Their cocktails are very good and at the time they had a special cocktail of the day! Be sure to make reservations as they do get booked up very quickly. Bon Appetit! 

Food: Quinoa Hushpuppies, Cheese Burger, Truffled Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions Flatbread, Butternut Squash Risotto, and the Beef Carpaccio. 
Made by: Market Table
Location: 54 Carmine Street, New York, NY

Kinome | Dining in Vancouver

One of my favourite spots for traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is on West Broadway called Kinome (Kee-no-may). It is a gem found here in Vancouver, where there’s sashimi, sushi, and classic hot dishes like tamago (which is freshly made to order) and chawanmushi (also made to order).  The great thing about Kinome, is that you can order Omakase – a menu set by the chef, serving their best and in season ingredients.

They make their own soba noodles and they are very tasty and have great texture to them. The menu has a variety of specials and is always changing.

The sake list isn’t extensive but offers a great and exquisite collection of sakes.

The food is locally sourced from throughout BC and the seafood is Oceanwise.

Kinome is a great place for a romantic evening, and a journey through proper Japanese fare.  Be sure to make reservations in advance.

Food: Chawanmushi, Fresh Sashimi, Homemade Soba, Freshly Made Tamago,
and a Special of Seared Tuna.
Made by: Kinome Japanese Restaurant
Location: 2511 West Broadway, Vancouver

Chambar | Dining in Vancouver

If you're looking for a great place for brunch, lunch and dinner, well Chambar is one of the many options in Vancouver. It's great for those who are about to see a show at Rogers Arena, as it's just minutes away from the restaurant. Perfect for cocktails and a great meal.

The menu isn't always changing but it's definitely always consistent with their flavours and service.

The restaurant had a huge makeover - and I mean enormous, as it's now got a huge patio and two floors to the public.

The old fashion is always a great drink at Chambar, as well as their seasonal cocktails that they offer. The frites are real yummy with the aioli that it comes with. With a French influence throughout the cuisine, mussels are always a staple at this restaurant. There seems to always be a duck dish whenever I go, and that's exactly what I get. This one particular time, they served the best cherry clafoutis I've had... it was to die for.

There are plenty of small plates for sharing as well, like the shrimp you see below in a delicate sauce. Overall, the menu is filled with choices for everyone and their tastebuds.

Totto Ramen | Dining in NYC

As I am prepping to leave for my trip to the Big Apple in the next couple of weeks, I thought to write about one of my favourite places for ramen. Totto Ramen is comfort food, unique and fun. The broth is chicken based and the combinations you can get aren't overwhelming, but you can get special bowls: like the mega paitan for a hefty meal, or the curry paitan which I have yet to try and they can all be made extra spicy for you hot fans.

They have your typical appetizers, like the smaller rice bowls and extra char siu pork, or if you like they offer fried chicken as well as seaweed salad. They even offer their homemade kimchee (strange because that's korean and not a japanese dish...) 

Of course, you can add extra toppings like scallions, a poached egg, bamboo shoots and more.

My favourite location in NYC is in Hell's Kitchen between 9th and 10th avenues on 51st street. It's a lot more cozier and your not sitting on bar stools huddled up against one another like some of their other locations. Find out more about their locations and hours here.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with Totto. It is different for all you ramen snobs out there (Ippudo is also a fantastic place for ramen in the city), however if you're feeling for down to earth, and comforting and not crazy expensive noodles, Totto Ramen is the right place for you.

Keep an eye out for specials too! Typically they offer seasonal specials like the one you see below features uni in a cold ramen bowl - superb!  

Food: Special: Uni Ramen, Miso Paitan with extra scallion
Made by: Totto Ramen
Location: 464 West 51st Street between 9th and 10th Avenues

Flashback Friday! Pasta pasta pasta… | Dining in Seattle, WA

Pasta, pasta, pasta… that’s what it’s all about today! The best kind of pasta: handmade, fresh, served al dente. That’s what Il Corvo is all about. This restaurant is now one of many an institutions in downtown Seattle. They create magnificent, handmade pastas for all the lunch goers in town. Only open from 11am – 3pm, they manage to sell out almost every day. It’s insane how amazing their rigatoni tastes and any of their daily specials do not disappoint. The sauces, the texture of the different types of pasta served; they have the power to bring you the tastes of Italy (but in Seattle.)

Currently, they are serving a very simple pappardelle alla Bolognese (which is always delicious, as you will see in the photo the Bolognese is served with rigatoni) as a special and Gigli pasta with spicy pancetta tomato sauce and dandelion greens – talk about yummy!!

Make sure you get there right at 11 to beat the usual lunch rush. The line can be long and you can save a seat if your friend is waiting in line. But the wait is absolutely worth it – it CAN be very quick if you get there before the rush!

Bon Appetito! 

Food: Rigatoni Bolognese, Casarecce with spicy tomato and greens.
Made by: Il Corvo
Location: 217 James St, Seattle WA