Went to Base, a Korean lounge off of Robson St. This was my first experience at this place. Upon first entering I find out we were the first people there, and were the first and only people for quite some time, about 2 hours. Maybe this was a sign…..
Being as this was my first time there I really had no idea on whats good or what to avoid at this place. I ended up ordering seafood yaki udon because I had a craving for seafood. This dish was not really up to my expectations. It was mostly bland and had very little seafood in it. So being adventitious, I ended up disappointed.
We had some drinks, Asahi draft beer and some shooters. They did have a good deal on shooter at this place. 10 drinks for $50. The catch is you have to order from their list, of approximately 14 different ones. We ended up getting some Jäger bomb’s, tequila, and Rockey Mountain bear fu*kers. One thing I noticed is they gave a lemon wedge with the tequila, rather than a lime. Which was fine by me because I didn’t have them. We offered one to the waitress, who reluctantly took it.
It was an alright place nothing special, I wouldn’t visit again in the near future. Perhaps at a later date, if nothing else was open.
Went to Longs Noodle House for lunch. It was super busy this time had to wait a few minutes for a table, which is not too bad. The place is quite small inside only about 10 tables so it can fill up quickly. The food is worth the wait.
I had xiao long bao and tan-tan soup. These are some of my favourite comfort foods. The xiao long bao is made fresh in house by the lady that works there. In between orders she is behind the counter making the delicious buns. Tan-tan or dan-dan soup is definitely one of my latest noodle dishes to try. The sweet of the peanuts in the soup an the savory of the steamed bao make for an excellent combination.
Last weekend I attended KARMADELIC, a psytrance show, at the W2 media cafe. This was very different than any other event I have ever been to. The music was very deep and was quite a bit faster than anything I was used to ranged somewhere between 140 and 150 BPM. The floor was full of UV decorum which added to the experience. A few memorable acts were: Space tribe (DJ) and the group Inject (live instruments)
There were some very cool costumes. Everything from neon tracksuits to Space tribe’s own style of UV cyber clothing. The vibe from the crowd was excellent as well, one of the best actually. I sincerely enjoyed this show, it was something totally new to me.
(Photo of Inject)
I’m finally posting a review of my favourite pho place in the tri-cities, Pho Huy. Every time I order from there I’m never disappointed. This time I had the roll combo and the beef pho with fresh steak, tripe and tendon (phở bò, sách, gân). I did not make note of the item numbers as I usually do, I will update next time I visit.
The roll combo was excellent. This was my first time having it and I will definitely have it again. It included a shrimp salad roll, a BBQ chicken salad roll and a freshly fried spring roll. I would of like to have the fish sauce to dip the spring roll in rather than just the satay sauce.
One note about this place is they add the cilantro on the side with the bean sprouts and basil. Which I can understand because some “despise that vile plant” -quoted from my friend.
Attended a live set last night with Sander van Doorn, Arty, Benny Benassi at Vancouver Convention Center. This was my second time at a show at Vancouver Convention Center. The venue is quite grand, it has a modern yet timeless design with lots of open space. It was better organized this time compared to the Avicii, Cazzette, R3hab show.
Outside of VCC, looking towards North Van:
Arty was amazing! He played some awesome mash-up’s and kept a good flow going throughout the set. Even came out and addressed the crowd on a few occasions. His set can be heard here: http://soundcloud.com/edmtunestv/arty-bbc-essential-mix-11-02-2012
Sander van Doorn put on a excellent show, as usual. Threw in some new beats and a couple of his classic signature songs. When he played a dirty version of ‘Love is darkness’ I had quite the eargasim. This was my 3rd time seeing him play and he really can get the crowd into it. First time was a Gossip night club and second time was at Electric Zoo, NY.
Benny Benassi’s set did not impress me. He played too much dub-step for my taste. There was a couple good tunes throughout his set. I did not take any pictures of his set because I was taking a break and preparing my self for Sanders closing set. But I came across a video on Youtube that someone took of Benny’s set.
This is one of my regular places I go for Vietnamese food. I first heard about this place from a friend of a friend, who recommended it to me after my failed attempts of finding a quality phở restaurant. After my first time here, I was hooked!
The #1 Mi quang and the #2 Mi cau lao (my favourite) are their signature dishes. They are both a dry noodle dish. The #1 has shrimp and the #2 uses pork, similar to a cut of bacon. The garnishes that come with these dishes are: lettuce, mint, lime wedge and julienned banana leaf. I enjoy how the greens offset the noodles and sauce. Really makes a good combination. Each of the signature dishes come with rice crisps, which can be used to soak up the broth left in the bottom.
The restaurant can be busy at times but the service and quality definitely makes it worth the wait. It’s a family run business and the staff are always friendly. Closed on Tuesdays.
(I had almost forgot to take a photo, as I was so excited to eat!)
Went to Red Wagon for lunch. Had the famous Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels syrup. I was suspicious of this combination at first but after a few bites, I was now a believer. Servers were friendly and attentive, my coffee cup was never empty for long. The diner had a rustic vibe with its decor: old pop sign’s, glass milk jug for water, and of course, a kids red wagon.
I had a picture of the exterior but it did not save. Fail.