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Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar
2118 Burrard St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 736-2220    or reserve online

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A single thin crust pizza accompanied by two fresh salads was the perfect quantity of food for three petite gals to share  for a casual supper before a movie....

Ruby's fish and shrimp comboA Deemers burger with extra avocadoEating out with a hungry toddler and pre-schooler can be challenging but in the many mini-cities of south Orange County there are plenty of diners where a "terrible-two's" unpredictable behaviour raises no eyebrows. On this short trip   I had occasion to try out two  kid friendly places; Ruby's...

Clam chowder and BLT specialRocking Horse Pub
2038 Sanders Road
Nanoose Bay

Nanaimo District, BC
Ph: (250) 468-1735

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As we drove up to the Rocking Horse Pub, I saw what  looked like a large house standing amidst green fields. The exterior did not hint at the comfortable English pub ambience that we encountered when we entered. Six of us were seated at a nice sized table. I chose...

Oyama turkey sausage appetizer Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio
1517 Anderson Road, on Granville Island
Vancouver

Ph: (604) 696-0739 or Reserve Online

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As a very regular theatre reviewer of productions at the eight or so theatre venues on Granville Island, who also writes about my pre-show meals,  I am always being asked for pre-show dining recommendations. So I keep a lookout for new places to eat on Granville island - especially those...

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Laguna Hills
24032 El Toro Rd.,
Laguna Hills, CA
Ph: 749 -848-3747

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When you are heading out for an early supper with an infant and a pre-schooler, the key feature you look for is not eclectic  contemporary cuisine but a family-friendly  environment and a children's menu.  Fortunately there seems to be no shortage of such style eateries in the several neighbouring communities of Orange County where...

East Fusion Food
1021 International Village
88 Pender Street, vancouver.
Ph: 604-568-6988

After a pleasant Sunday afternoon spent wandering around the neighbourhood of the new Simon Fraser University campus and the housing developments on the old Woodwards site, we decided to take in a movie at the Tinseltown cinema complex.
 
With an hour or so to while away before the film would begin,...

Crispy calamariThe Boathouse Restaurant
900 Quayside
New Westminster
Ph: (604) 525-3474 or Reserve Online

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On an icy cold day, when the wind whipped against my skin till it burned red as if scalded, a friend and I rode the Skytrain out to New Westminster Quay. We had spent the morning riding the new Canada Line to the Airport and back to the Waterfront Station. Our...

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