Why didn’t anyone TELL me about this place? Now we never claim to be culinary experts here at VIA but if I go to a place and I think it’s AWESOME…I’m sworn to share it with you.
While it’s a newer restaurant, Kimura has the feel of one of the original places in Vancouver like Koko or Aki, a throw back to the days when you brought seaweed for lunch kids, ridiculed you for the rest of the year. Admittedly, it is called Kimura Sushi, but the menu is pretty varied covering off all sorts of Japanese fare from robota to tempura. I find this comes in really handy when you’re dining with one of those ‘I don’t like sushi’ types, seriously, what is wrong with you? This is Vancouver! Kidding, you don’t have to apologize for not liking sushi, it’s OK….there’s tons of Japanese people who never eat the stuff.
The restaurant has a jazz theme which makes it feel almost like a scene from a Haruki Murakami book, except no talking animals. BOOOO! But they have the best ginger ever! I don’t know what they put in it, where it comes from, I quizzed the owner, nothing….but he brought me more. They also have Japanese rice which may sound super obvious, but apparently everyone in the city is using Californian rice, hopefully this won’t give any of you sushi fanatics even more of a complex.
Kimura Sushi is located at 3883 Rupert St in East Vancouver, a location which I love, if the foods good enough, people will travel, but I’ll hopefully never have to deal with a line up.
Try it! Props to G-Man’s Facebook for the tip…..
You might remember a while back we helped spread the word about BetterTogether.ca’s Hands-On Cook-Off Contest? Well the nice folks over there recently spoke to our very own Playground editor, Jason Landry, about family food trends for an article with along with some interviewees from Today’s Parent Magazine and Delish Magazine. Read their insights on what everyone’s talking about in the world of family and food HERE!
Vancouver is Awesome and ZenHouse Media are proud to present the first week’s winners in the The Granville Island Storytelling Contest. Go HERE to check out all the awesome submissions- the contest is going on until Feb. 10th with winners chosen every week, so get your story in soon!
Read on to find out why Amanda Sellers, Brianne Sheppard and Ocean Tang won this week’s prizes: an Insider’s Tour of Granville Island, earrings from Michael Dean Jewellery and a shopping experience at Edie Hats….
Grand prize winner: Amanda Sellers
Top 10 reasons of why I Heart Granville Island
1. It’s the first place I take out of town guests
2. It’s the best place to buy market fresh fruit and vegetables
3. I love to walk through the Art Gallery at Emily Carr
4. I love to sample the yummy Sake at Artisan Sake Maker
5. I am a singer/songwriter and some of my best shows have been at the Backstage Lounge:)
6. One of my favorite dates with my fiance was dinner at The Keg and then watching a play at Arts Club Theater
7. One time when I was parking on the Island, I bumped into my cousin who I had not seen for over 10 years!
8. The Ferry is by far the best means of transportation in the city
9. Sampling beers at The Granville Island Brewery is a must
10. I’m not a kid anymore, but the Children’s Market is a perfect stop after the brewery
My love for Granville Island is much too grand to write in 300 words.
Hopefully the fun in my pictures can depict some of my love, along with this video I made on Thanksgiving when my family was in town.
Second prize winner: Brianne Sheppard
It wasn’t your average, every day run of the mill love story… it’s a story of redemption and kindness and how a ferry driver stole my heart. After a long day of taking advantage of everything that Granville Island has to offer with my toddler, from counting the turtles in the pond, to going in and out, and in and out of the child’s door in the Kids Only Market we were getting ready to return to the “mainland”. Tyson was grouchy and tired and sticky and I was …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>
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It is I, Christine McAvoy, switching gears from my music posting and taking over Unplugged for two very special posts…
THIS IS POST #1!
Somehow I got the incredible opportunity to venture north of Vancouver up to Whistler, BC for 3 days of what the locals call DEEP WINTER. January is storm season in Whistler, which means SNOW SNOW SNOW, and boy did it deliver this year.
To celebrate this time, Whistler-Blackcomb holds a photo contest by the same name, the Deep Winter Photo Challenge.
“Professional photographers shoot in-bounds at Whistler Blackcomb for three days capturing athletes in their natural mountain habitat of powder filled bowls, trees, and après bars. This year’s contenders are: 10-year veteran, Ilja Herb; accomplished snowboard photographer, Tim Zimmerman; Whistler local, Blake Jorgenson; outdoor lifestyle photographer, Robin O’Neill; Snowboard Canada Photo Editor, John Scarth; and up and comer, Andrew Strain.
Their edited slideshows will be played in front of a live audience at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and judged by a panel of industry professionals. A prize purse of $6,000 and the title of “King/Queen of Storms” are up for grabs.” – http://deepwinterphoto.com
SO! WB brought me up there to experience Deep Winter for myself for 3 days and then check out what the pros shot.
Today’s post are some of my photos from the mountains. The weather was kinda of crazy…fog, rain, snow, wind…you name it, it happened. I did not envy the photographers trying to shoot with their gear in that. Check out my photos below to see for yourself, and then come back tomorrow to hear about what happened at the photo challenge!
Earlier in the week, Bob shared with us all those great recipes from the Cannery. Well….I’m not sure about you…but I don’t have those sort of skills, did you ever try the Salmon Wellington? You know how flaky that pastry was?!?! I’m getting tense and sweaty just thinking of trying to make one. I’m still emotionally scarred from the last time my pastry turned on me. I never thought I’d ever have to worry about breaking a window with a ball of dough, until I tried pastry. Yeah..yeah…cold temperatures.
Leave it to the pros right? Which is why you might want to try Eddy’s Pink Peppercorn which is on Kingsway near Dumphries. Eddy was one of the chefs at the Cannery so he’s got the Wellington wired, along with a bunch of other favourites from the Cannery. Of course the ambiance isn’t quite the same, but if the food’s good, I’ll take it. And for those of you who do have the skills to make some of these great dishes at home, you’ll be happy to know that Eddy sells lobster oil too!