Shishinori: Healthy Japanese Food That Won’t Leave You Feeling Guilty

Forget the bento boxes, ramen, and sushi rolls for a second. Japanese food is being served the really healthy way at Shishinori. Here, salad bowls featuring lots of healthy ingredients will leave you satisfied without feeling guilty.

Ahi Tuna Carpaccio Bowl ($12): brown rice, spinach, ahi tuna carpaccio slices, 1/2 egg, edamame, carrot, radish and apple slices, grapes, and a side of ginger.

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Hawaii Ahi Poke Bowl ($12) : leafy greens, brown rice, sprouts, chunks of tuna sashimi, avocado, carrot and radish slices, and grapes.

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From my experience, all the ingredients were very fresh and I really enjoyed my salad bowl. You’ll be getting yummy protein from the sashimi, and the brown rice will leave your tummy satisfied and full. If dessert is a must for you, daily desserts (such as matcha mousse and matcha ice cream) are available!

Shishinori is located off Broadway and Cambie and also features subs, desserts, and breakfast options. The place is tidy, small, and especially busy during lunch hour.

Shishinori: 2328 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

On Yogurt: Vancouver’s first “ice-fried” yogurt

b7252370763209772da10123d917da79Recently I tried Vancouver’s first “ice-fried” yogurt shop, On Yogurt, in Yaletown. On Yogurt offers a wide selection of yogurt flavours, yogurt-gelato, and drinks.

While all their menu items looked delicious, I was most eager to try their signature “ice-fried” yogurt.

The “ice-fried” method sure is magic, and it is a popular method of making ice cream in South Asia.

“Ice-frying” yogurt takes a flash freezer and skills. Once yogurt is put on the flash freezer, the extreme cold temperature turns the yogurt crispy on the outside. This is when a metal spatula is used to scrape the yogurt into rolls.

This process was mesmerizing to watch!

The finished product: “ice-fried” yogurt rolls that are icy and crispy on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside.

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I had the Mango “ice-fried” yogurt, which had mango pieces and mango syrup mixed into the yogurt. It was super delicious and the perfect mix of sweet, creamy, and sour from the mangoes.

It was so fun eating these yogurt rolls!  I’ll be coming back soon to try their other flavoured creations.

Best part is, all of their yogurt selection is organic and gluten-free, and sourced from local organic farms in BC.

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Make sure to visit On Yogurt at 95 Smithe St, Vancouver.

BEST RAMEN in Vancouver: Kintaro

In the heart of downtown Vancouver, this famous restaurant serves bowls of ramen in a compact, unpretentious setting. Kintaro Ramen serves the tastiest ramen noodle soup with toppings such as BBQ Pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, corn, and green onion.

The place is small, simple, and always packed. Have they given much thought to interior decorations? Nope. But it’s not relevant because their ramen is the star of the show.

The three main ramen soups you can choose from include:

  1. Shoyu Ramen $9.95 (special soy-sauce soup with pork bone stock)
  2. Shio Ramen $9.95 (mild soup made from pork bone stock and sea salt)
  3. Miso Ramen $10.45 (known as “Kintaro’s BEST!!” features a soup with a blend of soy bean pastes and 12 spices)

All come with BBQ Pork (lean or fat), bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, corn, and green onion.

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Taking a look at the menu outside while waiting for seats.

Now for the special items of the menu: I’ve heard the Spicy Garlic Ramen is super popular, but I always order the CHEESE RAMEN. 

That’s right, I said cheese. As it says on the menu, Kintaro’s Cheese Ramen ($11.75) comes in an “exquisitely balanced special miso soup and two kinds of cheese. Ladies just lo-o-o-ve it!!”

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The melted cheese along with the perfectly cooked ramen noodles in the miso soup is amazing. The (lean) BBQ pork is fresh and tender. The miso soup is rich and savoury, and the toppings just add to this great combination. Once you taste this you will feel your soul melting into your stomach. It’s beyond good.

You won’t find Cheese Ramen anywhere else in the city, so make sure to try it here at Kintaro.

Lastly, a few things to note:

  • There are long wait times to get seated and for your ramen to arrive. But be patient because it’s worth it!
  • The portions (and bowls) are pretty big here
  • Kintaro is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday

Kintaro Ramen: 788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L5

ONE OF THE BEST Burgers South of the Canadian Border

Tucked away at Exit 252 of Highway I-5S sits the best retro-looking burger joint and drive- in. Boomers Drive-In serves delicious burgers, world-famous waffle fries, and ice cream shakes that are to die for! No wonder this place has been voted Best Burger in Bellingham again, and again.

From Vancouver, Boomers is located a 1.5 hour drive away. Yes, you have to cross the border to get there. But I’m telling you, making the trip is worth it. I visited Boomers this weekend, and it was the perfect place to travel to on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

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Crossing the Canada-US border

Welcome to Boomers! As the sign reads: Anniversary Sale All Burgers $2.99. Loving the retro-look of this place.

You can choose to sit in your car and eat, but I’m not one to devour a messy burger all over the inside of my car. The drive-in experience is super fun, but I chose to dine in today. Due to its anniversary sale, the place was packed with people.

Cute looking and colourful menu inside. Look at all the shake flavours available!

If you are a first timer, go for Combo #1. This includes a Boomer burger, hard ice cream shake, and waffle fries for $7.79. Also known as the ultimate Boomer experience!

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The Boomer Burger is served on a toasted sesame bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a special sauce. The burger is juicy and the vegetables are super fresh. All the right ingredients to make the perfect, yet simple burger.

The waffle fries are perfectly seasoned and are so fun to eat. As for the hard ice cream shakes: they are creamy, sweet, cold, and addicting! So far I’ve tried Peanut Butter, Root Beer, Butterscotch, and Oreo flavour. Always go for the Oreo, but I heard the chocolate is really popular as well.

Boomers also offers unique burgers such as: Guacamole Bacon, Teriyaki Chicken, Fish, and Veggie burgers.

With their anniversary sale, I couldn’t resist but try the Honey Dijon Chicken Burger for $.2.99. Grilled chicken paired with lettuce, tomato, pickles, topped with sweet dijon sauce, and a slice of Swiss cheese.

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All I have is high praise for Boomers and its food which is fresh and so delicious. I only wish it wasn’t so far from Vancouver, but I guess it makes the visit that much more special. Boomers is the burger joint and drive-in to visit.

Visit Boomers Drive-In at: 310 N Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225, United States

 

 

Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ in Vancouver

Q Shi Q, offering “Yakitori” grilled to perfection, is a hip, Japanese BBQ restaurant in the heart of Olympic Village. It just opened up recently in October and I had the chance to try it after hearing about it from word of mouth.

This review on Q Shi Q is not biased, but I admit that I stand behind good food. Before we talk about their food, I want to point out the amazing interior and exterior design and look of the place.

The inside is small but cozy, featuring a long counter table beside an open kitchen and bar. The entire look of the place mixes wood, contemporary art, and modern music.

The menu is super fun and you can try almost everything on it because it is meant for you to order by individual skewers.

You can choose pork, chicken, beef, seafood and veggie skewers in Oishii (blend of green onion, garlic, ginger, sake, soy, lemon, and other authentic secret ingredients based upon a traditional Japanese recipe) or Shio (seasoned simply with sea salt).

The one skewer you must try is the 48 hour pork belly skewer! It is certainly the most talked about one, and is so tender and juicy.

One other notable item on the menu are the Nana Fries which are amazing!

For those brave souls or adventurous eaters, I recommend the chicken liver skewer, too!

Knowing me, I never leave a place without trying (at least one) dessert. The dezato we chose was the rare cheesecake: a rich and zesty Japanese unbaked citrus cheesecake with yuzu marmalade. Yummmmm!

Service was great and the waiters were very attentive and knew the menu really well.

IMG_4586Overall, really awesome and unique Japanese restaurant to eat at! Q Shi Q is definitely worth trying out.

Notes:

Price: $$ (individual prices are not bad at all, but they can add up depending on how much you eat)

Parking: There is a free visitor parkade and tons of street parking

Seating: You might be touching elbows with your neighbours, but hey, isn’t that a trend going around all the hip restaurants now?