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By: Mary In Vancity  09-12-2011
Keywords: Restaurant, Frozen Yogurt

Posted: December 4, 2011 | |

Pinkberry had a special sneak preview on Thursday, Their store officially opened at Metropolis at Metrotown on Friday December 2nd.

The event (which included free yogurt), ran from 5-9pm and the line ups were constant. The staff worked the line-up by offering free samples of their most popular flavours.

Originally from LA, the popular franchise has only one other location here in BC and it’s located in Park Royal.

Pinkberry’s menu consists of Original, Green Tea, Chocolate, Mango, coconut, Watermelon, and Pomegranate  flavoured frozen yogurt  (Pomegranate is only available at the Park Royal location), and they come in 3 sizes: small (5 oz), Medium (8 oz), and Large (13 oz).

There are many toppings to choose from, cut fresh on-site: blueberries, strawberries, mangos, pineapples, the list is endless.

My favourite topping is called swirl pearls – they’re little bubbles that burst with either strawberry or peach flavour when you bite into them. Very unique!

They also have chocolate toppings as well as coconut and other nuts.

I tried 3 different flavours: The peppermint was delicious and very minty! They only have this flavour for December, so check it out before it goes. The coconut is delicious. I really liked it. And the chocolate.

I found the yogurt to be very creamy. It also has a distinct flavour that you can’t get from any other yogurt place.

Thanks to Sarah Wong for the event pictures!

Posted: November 12, 2011 | | Tags:, , , , |

Gosh I love Burnaby Heights. This is a fantastic neighbourhood.  Most of the restaurants here have been around for a long, long time. One restaurant that stands out is Romana Pizza.

Romana has been in business for 38 years, and it has the distinction of being Burnaby’s Longest Running Single Family Owned & Operated Pizza/Restaurant Establishment.

Let’s start with the Kalamari ($10). This dish was deep fried, but not greasy, and it was coated in a special blend of spices and served with a generous side of Tzatziki sauce. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t place the spice mix. I’ve never tasted anything like it. This dish totally lived to the hype I’ve been hearing!

When Poppy talks about her family her face lights up – pictures of her daughters and grandchildren are all over the restaurant.

We had a fantastic time at Romana –  this was not eating out, this was an experience. When I asked Poppy what is the secret to her success, she simply said “it’s not about the money, it’s about the relationships you make along the way”

And she’s right.

Posted: November 12, 2011 | | Tags:, , , , , , |

Orange Corner has two locations: One in Kerrisdale and one in Burnaby, in Station Square Mall. This is where we found ourselves for lunch on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

Orange Corner server a wide array of dishes – Taiwanese food, crepes, bubble tea, chocolate fondue… there’s lot of variety there!

Looking at the menu we decided to order a few appies, a crape and some Taiwanese food, this way we could get a decent idea of what the food is really all about.

For starters, we got the Crispy Chicken Bites ($5.29) and the Chewy Sweet Potato Balls ($3.79). These appetizers were so much fun to eat!

For our lunch, we had the Spinach and Cheese Crape ($6.50) and the BBQ Chicken with Noodle in Soup ($6.95). I am not an expert on crapes, but this one was very light and thin. The goat cheese and spinach filling was a fantastic combination. It also had a strong peppery taste, which I really liked. It was a good size portion. It also came with a small bit of salad with cream dressing, I’m assuming it was ranch. The salad was not much more than a garnish, so don’t count it as a side dish.

The chicken BBQ noodle soup was something else. For starters, the chicken came on the side, and it had a sweet, almost like a Teriyaki glace. It was moist and tasty enough, the noodle soup, even though it had bok choy and chives, it still had almost no flavour.

Posted: November 4, 2011 | | Tags:, , , |

It’s hard to find good food in a mall.

Metropolis at Metrotown has an excellent food court, but food court food still just that. They also have the gem that is Fortune House Restaurant, which makes a great dim sum, if you have the time.

But sometimes you need something fast, something good, something with enough substance to help you make it thru the day: Enter Manzano Bakery.

Yesterday, being National Sandwich day, we decided to check out Manzano for lunch. Located on the ground level of Metropolis, near The Bay, this place is very convenient for the office lunch crowd looking for some good food.

Manzano makes their own breads, cakes and they have gluten free breads and sugar free cookies as well. I ordered the turkey sandwich and soup combo. With a drink, my lunch came to around $8.

I also had the vegetable soup. It’s made in house. The soup was a tad salty, but tasty nevertheless. Overall a satisfying lunch.

There’s a couple of things Manzano is famous for: Their tiramisu, which I’ve tried and I can testify that it is good. Their chocolate chip cookies, and the lamb sandwich.

My friend Anne loves it. She orders it all the time. The lamb is not gamey and it’s very tender and moist. They also use a dijon mustard sauce that compliments it quite well. They use potato bread.

There’s lots of seating outside the bakery,  a great place for people watching.

Posted: October 23, 2011 | |

Greek food, who doesn’t love Greek food?

Located in Burnaby (Burnaby Heights to be exact), Sfinaki has been serving good food for around 15 years. You can’t be in business this long without doing a few things right. This Greek restaurant is owned and run by the Karass family.

It was my friend Tiffany’s birthday and she suggested this place. I’m always in for some good Greek, so off we went!

The place was very quite when we got there (around 5pm) and we were seated right away. The servers are very friendly and very accommodating! We were a group of 6 and we had so much catching up to do, our waitress was very patient with our orders, it took a bit of time for us to get settled in and ready to get our eats on.

We started with the Humus ($7) puree chickpea dip made with tahini, lemon and garlic and served with warm pita bread drizzled with olive oil. The portion was plenty to share and it was so good! Very tasty and nice and garlicky. I loved their pita bread, it was doughy, not hard like some places.

Each entree comes with greek salad, rice and lemon potatoes and tzatziki sauce. The portions are very generous! There was plenty of food to make two meals out of the lamb.

Another thing I noted was the freshness of the food. Our salads were nice and crispy, and our pita bread was fluffy and warm. The entrees range from $16 to $22 – not cheap, but you do get a lot of food for your money. And quality. There are also smaller plates that range from $10 to $16. I ordered a chicken gyro sandwich for $12, and it was very good!

The menu has a nice variety – aside from Greek food, they also make pastas, and they also have vegetarian options.

Posted: October 12, 2011 | | Tags:, , , |

The new H&M flagship store opens its doors October 13th at noon. I had a chance to check it out before they open their doors:

The store is gorgeous. 25,000 Sq. Ft. of everything fashion. First floor is men’s and children’s apparel. Second floor is ladies. Fantastic selection.

The store is located on the Ground and Lower Levels of Metropolis at Metrotown, close to the Grand Court elevators, across from Forever XXI.

One thing about H&M: the prices are UNBELIEVABLE. I bought three sweaters, hair accessories and 5 pairs of socks for $100. And that includes tax!

For tomorrow only: Be one of the first 200 people in line and receive free giveaways and up to $300 off your purchases.

Posted: September 21, 2011 | |

This restaurant is located in Station Square shopping centre near Metropolis at Metrotown. Thai House’s menu offers traditional Thai dishes as well as some original creations. It’s been voted Best Thai Restaurant in Burnaby 13 years in a row. It gets pretty busy during lunch and dinner peak hours, so I recommend getting there early.

With so many tasty dishes to try out, a good way to do it is by ordering from their combinations menu. The larger the group the better the menu variety – e.g. you get more options.

For our group, we ordered the combination for six. For $108 you get generous portions of their most popular dishes: Thai spring rolls, chicken satay with peanut sauce, red chicken curry with coconut, stuffed eggplant, pad thai, prawn stir fry and beef marinated with white pepper and garlic.

We started with the Thai spring rolls which were very tasty and not too oily. Lots of delicious toppings under the crispy layers. My favourite dish were the chicken satays. They were delicious: tender, juicy chicken; served with a thick and creamy peanut sauce. They were really good.

What can I tell you about the chicken curry? The chicken was juicy and there was lots of it! The curry sauce had just a hint of spice, and it was creamy and sweet. It was served with a generous helping of coconut jasmine rice.

The one dish I didn’t quite enjoy was the eggplant. I found the skin of the eggplant to be very tough, which made it hard to eat. It was also a bit too oily for my taste.

To drink, I had a Thai iced tea. This is a very creamy and tasty drink. Very sweet. This version was a bit stronger than what I’m used to, but still very good.

The service at Thai House Royale was very good. Our server was very attentive and did several checks. We were never without water or anything else.

I found the portions to be quite large. Even with our big group, we had plenty of leftovers. The bill came to a little over $20 each with taxes and tip. Not bad for a tasting menu.

Posted: September 10, 2011 | | Tags:, , , |

I work pretty close to this restaurant and I eat there a lot. It has two sides to it, the noodle house side and the Japanese restaurant side. Located inside of Metropolis at Metrotown, Kawawa is one of only maybe four sit-down restaurants in the mall.

I’ll be the first one to admit that Kawawa’s menu is not original. It’s your regular, run-of-the-mill, average, Japanese ramen. If you’re expecting life-changing food here, well…

Before I started my meal I ordered some gyoza. It came after my ramen, so I was a little dissapointed, as I was hoping to have it as an appetizer.

The gyoza they serve here its tasty enough. It’s a little doughy for my taste, but it’s not the best nor the worse I ever tasted.  It will do in a pinch. They’re nice and big dumplings, so one order is big enough to share.

Now to the tomato ramen: I know it’s not traditional, but I know what I like, and it was tasty.

The pork was nice and fatty, and the noodles were cooked well. I found that my ramen had plenty of toppings and I was fully satisfied with the price and the quantity. The service is friendly enough, again, not stellar, but not the worse I’ve ever experienced.

I think the location for this restaurant is pretty good; like I said before, Metropolis doesn’t have a lot of sit down restaurants, and this one is open late and it’s right below the movie theater.

Posted: July 22, 2011 | |

There are a lot of great restaurants on the Kingsway/Metrotown area. Across from Metropolis at Metrotown is one of them: Sushi Garden.

When coming here, expect a bit of a wait. This place is always packed. It’s not unusual to have a 5-15 minute wait, especially at lunch time.

I found the prices very reasonable and the portions generous. Their lunch time combos are a great value – my favourite: The California combo: a large California roll with salmon, tuna and shrimp sushi. Only $7. Can’t beat that value.

The rolls are really good too, always fresh, and tasty. They have some items that are a must try: Their Alaska rolls are great: Avocado rolls topped with salmon sashimi and a special sauce. Very tasty. Also the spicy tuna sashimi is delicious. A warning: it’s very, very spicy.

Posted: July 18, 2011 | |

I find that Green Basil on Kingsway offers one of the best values for Thai Food in the city, especially at lunch time. For $6.99 you get to choose from a variety of dishes that also come with salad, soup and spring rolls. Crazy value.

I’ve been coming here for a while now, and I find the service and the food to be consistently good. Their menu has a large variety of pork, chicken and beef dishes. There’s also a good variety of vegetarian dishes as well.

I love their currys – always perfectly seasoned and spiced to taste by request. Their chicken curry is so tasty, that and some of their coconut rice, and you’re in heaven.

I usually have the Haw Mok Ma Phraao (Red curry with coconut, your choice of chicken, pork, beef, prawns or vegetables)

The service is attentive and quick – Your water will always be refilled and your food will arrive in a timely manner.

If you’re coming here with a party of two or more, they have pre-set menus that you can order – They vary in price, $39 for two people, $78 for four, and so on. It’s a great way to taste the menu.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Frozen Yogurt, Restaurant

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