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TenTen Tapas
1010 Beach Avenue, on the sea wall
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 689 -7800
 
What a great way to end a fun birthday day … Fresh from a 3 hour Hustle workshop (think Saturday Night Fever! but not the line dance), I strolled along the False Creek sea wall to a small restaurant overlooking the water, to share tapas and wine with friends and listen to cool jazz.  
Glazed salmon
Carderos Restaurant
1563 Coal Harbour Quay, Although I have frequently eaten at the other restaurants in the Sequoia group, The Sandbar, The Teahouse and Seasons in the Park, this was my first time dining at Carderos. Our reservation was for 5:45 PM but the patio was already very busy so we opted for a small, but comfortable two seater booth inside. 
Both of us were tempted to try the soup special, an Arctic Char and Leek Chowder. I wanted to see the portion difference between a cup and bowl so while my friend sensibly ordered the cup, I opted for
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Sablefish

I love eating the grilled fish from the fresh fish sheet at Sandbar so it is crazy that the memory that sticks with me from our Mothers' Day dinner was not the perfectly cooked Alderwood-grilled, miso-marinated Sablefish, but the potatoes that I got as a substitute for the regular rice accompaniment. The sablefish was delicious but it was the texture and smoothness of the potatoes that kept me having just one more bite, till - so much for my carb-restricted eating plan - my plate was empty.

Gorgonzola fondue

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street
Yaletown

To entertain a visitor from Calgary who, like a true Albertan, enjoys a great steak, I chose the Hamilton Street Grill for dinner. It's a ten minute walk from my downtown apartment but on searching my reviews, it has been quite a while since I dined there.

Ironically, although a great steak dinner was in our plans, the gorgonzola fondue and mushroom tart on the starter menu caught our attention and almost simultaneously we both said "let's sample the appetizer menu rather than just having steak."

Lamb lollipops with butternut squash puree

Cabrito - Tapas Bebidas

2270 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, V5N 4B
Ph: (604) 620- 7636

Thanks to my friend hearing that on Sunday evenings Cabrito features flamenco music, we set off to Commercial Drive on a cold rainy night to try this new restaurant. We were so glad we did because the food was excellent, the service warm and friendly and we enjoyed the music.

The food is served tapas style - meant for sharing. Our server suggested 4 to 6  dishes for two people. We initially ordered four but ended up ordering a fifth, which turned out to...

I have never been partial to deep crust pizzas or pizzas with a thick doughy crust but thin crust pizza or flatbreads with interesting topping combinations make for a light, quick and easy-to-share meal.

Before heading to Main Street's Fox Cabaret for a show a group of us wandered round the corner to Eight½ Restaurant Lounge for a light pre-show supper,  and their thin crust pizzas just hit the spot.

Wild mushroom truffle omelette

Serving brunch seven days a week  from 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays and from 9 AM on weekends! For many restaurants 10 or 11 AM signals the "mandatory" time for switching from breakfast menu to lunch menu. So I was impressed when I learned that I could order an omelette even though I was only meeting my friend for lunch at Catch 122 at 1:45 PM. And the omelette I ordered turned out to be something special...

 

ham and cheese omelette

Since I seldom eat breakfast out on weekdays and my mid-morning meetings tend to be at coffee shops rather than at full service restaurants, I didn't know that Provence Marinaside serves breakfasts.  But searching for a location in walking distance from home, with a water view for a celebratory and farewell breakfast with family, I found that Provence Marinaside is open from from 8 am to 10:30 pm and has a great breakfast menu.

carrot and ginger soup at Heirloom

The pre-show dinner I enjoyed at Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant may have just changed my attitude about vegetarian cuisine. Enjoying fish and shellfish, meats, specially charcuterie, and having an aversion to the texture of many  grains and beans I have tended to avoid places serving only vegetarian foods.

But checking out Heirloom's menu on line, I thought it looked really different and interesting enough for me to try it out. Glad I did because the flavour and creamy texture of the ginger-carrot soup-of-the-day alone was fantastic enough for me to want to make a return visit to try more menu items....

Mushroom and bacon pizette

The Settlement Building on Dunlevy Street in the Railtown district east of Gastown, is home to the Vancouver Urban Winery and the Belgard Kitchen, as well as Fresh Tap, Postmark Brewing and the Roaring Twenties Wine Co.

This was my first visit and I was really happy to have found a restaurant that is only a 5 minute walk  away from the Firehall Arts Centre for a pre-show supper.  I liked the high ceilinged, light and airy atmosphere and our server was friendly and efficient.

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