Lets make a veggie pizza!

Here we have OTG’s take on the veggie pizza. This pizza worked well with the sweetness of the Ajvar base and tangyness of the artichokes with green peppers for that little bit of crunch.

1 Whole wheat dough portion (My local bakery sells them frozen. I keep a couple on had because they are easy and cheap)
Ajvar spread for the sauce base. Ajvar is eggplant and roasted red pepper.
pickled artichoke hearts -chopped
black olives -chopped
grape tomatoes -halved
green pepper -sliced
fresh basil leaves -sliced
mozzarella -grated

I’ve finally broke down and got a pizza peel because trying to fuck around with a 500F pizza stone and some gooey pizza is asking for trouble!

The Fish Monger’s Ramen

I was killing some time in North Van and figured I’d head over to Lonsdale Quay for a bite. I was browsing the market stands and came across the fish monger that sold ramen. (I didn’t get the actual name)  It was not authentic ramen but still very good. It was a tomato cream base with clear noodles, a scoop of shrimp, cod, and potato with seaweed on top. Hit the spot on a rainy Vancouver day.

This loud fucker was eyeing my bun the whole time. I felt kinda bad so I ended up giving the mooch a piece.

Au Petit Cafe


I avoided the call of the siren at Longs Noodle House and ventured next door to Au Petit Cafe. High noon when I arrived, it was busy but able to score a table. I noticed the very condensed menu, not a bad thing but narrowed my options quickly. Not much variety with pho, no dish offering either tripe or tendon! I’m already disappointed.

Settled on the beef balls and fresh steak pho. First impressions of the broth was very good. Good balance of spices/salty/sweet, each flavour complemented one another. I completely enjoyed my bowl even if I didn’t get the gan and sach I’m used to. This bowl was created with care, everything was the way it should be. Beef still rare in some parts, noodles were al-dente, clean/clear broth, generous with the beef balls.

Quality > quantity. Going to try a Banh Mi next time.

The Charlatan

I ended up at The Charlatan on a whim.

My father wanted his favourite, Howe Sound 4 Fruit Ale at Biercraft, but to our dismay they were out. The last few times in this neighborhood, I’ve been royally fisted with the hand of calamity. I think they should re-name Commercial Dr. to Condescending Drive.

The food at the Charlatan was very good. We started off with a basket of yam fries, roasted garlic aoli sauce was divine. I had the Grilled Chicken & Pancetta Burger (Grilled marinated chicken breast, red wine poached bosc pear, crispy pancetta, melted Camembert cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion) The sweet pear offset the savory of the chicken and saltiness of the pancetta to a tee. Pumpkin Thai Coconut soup had good flavour but lacking a dollop of sour cream.

I discovered a new favouite beer. Delirium Tremens. I was having a conversation with the pink elephant by the end of the evening.

My camera was having an off day.

Food Cart Fest

Made it to Food Cart Fest, on the last day. I’m disappointed in myself for not attending earlier. I came on an empty stomach and ended up stuffed for the ride home. Here’s some photos of my eats of the day…

Holy Perogy: Italian Perogies- Stuffed with mozza and potato, topped with fresh tomato’s, parmesan and pesto sauce.

Mogu Japanese Street Eats – Sweet Japanese squash croquette, katsu sauce, avocado, lettuce.

Pho Tam


Pho Tam is my go-to place in Surrey. In the heart of Whalley, the location is something to be desired. Surrey jocks and their hooker girlfriends are a common sight here, but good pho doesn’t discriminate (unlike me.)

Special A is a large soup and spring roll for $9. There not stingy with the essentials either; lots of tripe and tendon.

Tandoori Raj, The Original

We were debating if we should go to the Tandoori Raj, The Original or Tandoori King they were beside each other last time I checked. When arriving, our choice was obvious, Tandoori Raj because Tandoori King was burnt to the ground. Perhaps to eliminate the competition….

On the table: Butter chicken (lighter coloured dish), Lamb Tikka Masala, Naan, and rice. Not pictured was the spinach stuffed naan. One of the better Indian meals I’ve eaten. Quite spicy, just the way I like it. Would be returning again.



2 weekend’s ago I tried to come here but ended up getting shafted with the late night menu, at 6:30pm. Made it this weekend, and was able to order off the regular menu (Yay?) First fuck-up of the night was our appetizer platter. They were out of riblets so they substituted a second flavour of wings, fair enough. When our plate showed up, it was extra sausage. The waitress offered to re-make it for us. When we get it second time, it was extra wings but all the same flavour. Fuck it, by now were hungry.

Later when our entrees come, I had a Yucatan Chicken sausage wrap with a West Coast salad. Got a Caesar salad instead.

Seriously not impressed with the food or service. This place is run by hipsters for hipsters. Slight redeeming factor was the roof top patio. Take your money elsewhere.