Sipping & Supping

p1130139-w500-h500.jpgThe S'parks restaurant is the main restaurant at the Hilton Vienna for lunch and dinner and where the breakfast buffet is served.

p1130137-w200-h200.jpgWe had dinner at S’parks Restaurant twice. The first time was our first dinner in Vienna on the evening of the Johann Strauss Ball. We had an early dinner in the hotel restaurant before getting ready for the ball. I managed to resist the delicious looking breads brought while we were waiting.

I found the smoked fish very delicate and light. A nice appetizer before the schnitzel.

p1130093-w500-h500.jpgThe Kettle Restaurant
1138 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, California
Instead of spending a 6 hour layover in the not-so-comfortable International departures area of LAX, I was lucky that my family came to pick me up at the airport to take me out for lunch. We drove out to Manhattan Beach and enjoyed a nice lunch at The Kettle restaurant a couple of blocks up from the beach.

Minami Restaurant
1118 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Ph: (604) 685-8080 or reserve online

p1130062-w500-h500.jpgp1130056-w500-h500.jpgTo celebrate two January birthdays, three of us picked dinner at Minami, since we had all enjoyed previous dining experiences there. (Minami Restaurant  and Minami Reprise). We all chose to sample the special Dine Out menu for $38.00. It sounded great and proved to be excellent value.

The first course was a sampler of aburi sushi. Aburi is the signature sushi at Minami and it's sister restaurant Miku​, which incidentally has moved from the location it was in at the time of my review, to 70-200 Granville street. The raw fish is lightly seared with a blow torch allowing the juices and flavour to seep into the rice of the nigiri sushi.

Second course of Zen dishes: This was beautifully presented in a  four compartment box.

The Buy BC Food Campaign is an initiative to help consumers easily identify foods and products grown or produced in British Columbia. This new program of the B.C. Food Processors Association (BCFPA), was launched yesterday with a Food Cart Race, at Safeway on Robson Street, that highlighted the range and variety of BC made food products. Safeway  has over 1600 such products currently available at their 76 retail stores throughout BC and is partnering with the BCFPA to promote this program.

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Yaletown L'Antipasto
1127 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

Phone (604) 558-1174  or book online at Opentable
Yaletown L'Antipasto on Urbanspoon

After seeing a matinee performance of Except in the Unlikely Event of War at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, it was just a few minutes walk up Davie and past the Canada Line Station to Mainland Street, to find Yaletown L'Antipasto.

We almost walked right past the restaurant as the entrance was tucked away between the coverings of their patio  and that of Sakana.

 

Absinthe Bistro
1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ph: 604 566-6903

Absinthe Bistro on Urbanspoon

We were going to see The God that Comes at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Looking around for a different restaurant in the vicinity of the Cultch, I came across the Absinthe Bistro and thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. A cosy, friendly, very busy restaurant, they offer a fixed price menu although you can also order the items  a la carte.

Kamei Baru
990 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 559 8588     Kamei Baru on Urbanspoon

It is very rare that I dine at the same restaurant twice within a week but the recently (6 months) opened Kamei Baru is conveniently located a few doors away from the Scotiabank Cinema complex where I just happened to see two films set in space, two days apart. The first night, on a rainy Halloween, after seeing Gravity with a friend, we decided to drop in and try Kamei Baru for a light supper.

Portobello Ristorante
1429 West Broadway (cross street Granville)
Phone (604) 734-0697 or reserve online through OpenTable

Portobello Ristorante on Urbanspoon      Portobello Ristorante Ltd on Foodio54

 With a planned visit to Pacific Theatre on West 12th for the opening night of  Daniel McIvor's play, Communion, we decided on a pre-show dinner at Portobello Ristorante. Although we were quite a bit earlier than our Open Table reservation time, we were seated promptly and offered ice water while we perused the menu. We both decided to try a glass of the house white wine, a Trebbiano wine from Citra winery in the Abruzzo region of central Italy - a crisp dryish wine with a citrus flavour.

Vancouver Canucks  Bar and Grill
at Vancouver Airport US Departures

With a mid-morning flight to the US, as always I got myself to Vancouver International Airport with lots of time spare before boarding. Not wanting to succumb to the awful snack choices on board, I usually treat myself to a light meal at one of the restaurants. My favorite is Vino Volo, although I go for the appetizer plates rather than the nice wine selection but today I really wanted a breakfast omelette.

I asked the helpful server if there was anywhere serving a decent omelette in this section of the airport and she mentioned that a new restaurant had opened yesterday, a little further towards my boarding gate, although she did not know what type of menu they were offering. Deciding to check it out, I wandered along to see the Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill. This was in fact the new restaurant and in the breakfast part of their menu was exactly what I wanted - a bacon and cheese omelette.

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