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Al-Watan Tandoori
6084 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC
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I am not sure about my fellow food bloggers but, more often than not, when people find out I food blog, the usual tendency is to ask for restaurant suggestions. Of course, the issue is that, what might be good for me, might not be good for the rest. So, rather, I give them a general blanket list of places with some caveats. For example, a week or so, I was asked for non-Japanese seafood lunch restaurant in Downtown Vancouver within a certain budget. Unfortunately, the only place I could think of were Joe Forte’s and Coast, so I mentioned it with warnings (i.e., Joe Forte’s being predictive, Coast being expensive and slow – among other things). What it is really odd is for non-blogger to check with me if I want to go to a restaurant. What? You want me to tag along, spend countless minutes taking pictures of the food while it gets cold? Well, that’s what happened when EC drop me a note for exactly that, as she wanted to visit Al-Watan Tandoori in Frasier Street…

Al-Watan Tandoori, Frasier, Indian, Pakistan, India, Pakistani, basmati, biryani, rice, naan, garlic, green, onion, lamb, chicken, beef, paya, aloo, palak, karahi, nehari, spice, curry, hock, foot, curry, butter, brain, masala, garam, ginger, spinach, potato

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Saffron Indian Cuisine

by KimHo on September 30, 2010 · 11 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant

Saffron Indian Cuisine
4300 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
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Another week goes and, once again, I get to meet with other food bloggers for dinner. Just like last time, I got to meet Mijune for some catch-up (let me tell you, she is a busy woman!). Alas, in this, I was caught unprepared in the sense I didn’t really think of a place to eat. Believe it or not, choosing places to eat is not a simple task: there are times where we have way too many ideas; at times, we just draw blanks. Fortunately for me, Mijune remembered Saffron Indian Cuisine, as the name suggests, an Indian restaurant in the Burnaby side of Kingsway. I have been there in the past for their buffet but that was years ago (read: before I started food blogging) so that gave me a reason to revisit it. And who better than with a fellow blogger!

Saffron, Indian, Cuisine, Burnaby, Kingsway, Vancouver, curry, korma, tandoor, chicken, lamb, shrimp, ground, meat, mango, lassi, yogurt, naan, bread, skillet

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Desi Dosa Madras

by KimHo on September 9, 2010 · 6 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant

Desi Dosa Madras
8859 120th Street
Delta, BC
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Wow… How long it has been? Starting from BC Day long weekend (to those not in BC, that would be August 2nd), I have written only 4 (yes, four!!!) British Columbia related posts: Minoas Greek Taverna, Mui NgoGai, Kimura Japanese Restaurant and White Spot Pirate Pack Day. Yes, the remaining 25+ posts during that period to now are from either Edmonton, Seattle/Tacoma and Portland! Yes, I have travelled a lot in the last two or so months but, in perspective, I didn’t do so much in the first half of the year. For the rest of the year, I still have one more trip (I can’t disclose the location but, for simplicity purposes, let’s call it “Location G”) and, after that, I hope to travel to San Francisco in November….

Does that mean I have a long queue of Vancouver restaurants posts? Well, I do have a small queue but not that long. When I was back, I ended up only going to some usual places, mainly because I was so busy I couldn’t take my time to visit some other. (I did go to one here and there, though). But, most importantly, I was able to finally catch up with some people. For today’s particular post, I was able to catch up with my dear friend Mijune after a long time. Sure, I did drop some goods (namely, Voodoo Doughnut and Saint Honoré Boulangerie) but it was mostly drop some goods, taste and leave. (OK, not really but that’s the general idea). So, one night, I asked Mijune to show me her part of town. Alas, it seems she goes so often to Vancouver that visiting her part of town would have been Vancouver. No, I asked for the physical location instead! I was given many options but eliminated most of them based on the fact I have eaten similar cuisine while on the different trips. However, given the location, with a huge concentration of East Indian population, I thought, hey, why not exactly that? And, rather than the usual curries and what not, we ended up going for dosas, aka, southern East Indian cuisine instead. And that place was Desi Dosa Madras.

Delta, Surrey, East Indian, Indian, dosa, curry, spinach, chicken, sambal, chutney, egg

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Madras Dosa House

by KimHo on June 14, 2010 · 8 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant

Madras Dosa House
5656 Fraser St
Vancouver, BC
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Ever since I went to House of Dosas, I have been wanting to try other similar shops. It is a case similar to that of Chinese cuisine – while we have Cantonese as the predominant one, we know there are other dishes outside from Guangdong. Take for example xiao long bao, a dish that has taken the inverse route, to the point that even Cantonese dim sum places offer it, while we know it is not originally from Guangdong (it is from Shanghai). In the case of dosas, it from the southern region of the Indian subcontinent, while a lot of Indian dishes some of you like (and, in some instances, love) – for example, tandoori chicken and a lot of curries – are from the northern region. And, of course, chicken tikka massala is British… One that I had in my target for some time was Madras Dosa House in Frasier Street for no other reason that it stood out in its own odd ways…

Madras Dosa House, Vancouver

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East is East
4413 Main Street
3243 West Broadway (location visited)
Vancouver, BC
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Sherman (of Sherman’s Food Adventures) is “the man”. It was his turn to organize the next Vancouver food bloggers gathering and he managed to pull out the largest one ever. How large? I was able to get 8 food bloggers (plus guest) us in a Long Table Series at the Irish Heather. This time, he was able to get writers of 15 blogs (plus guests) of us! In attendance….

Sherman of Sherman’s Food AdventuresPost is up!
Mijune of Follow Me Foodie Post is up!
Kevin of 604 Foodtography
Jenny of My Secret EdenPost is up!
Victoria of Victoria’s Food SecretsPost is up!
Jonathan of Food and Tell
Jessica of Yum-o-RamaPost is up!
Joyce and Frank of Van Foodies
Wilson of La Petite Vancouver
Anita of La Petite Foodie
Darina of Gratinée – Musings on Food & Culture
Melody of Gourmet Fury
TS of [eatingclub]Vancouver
Angie of Sea Salt with Food (home of the infamous Hasselback potatoes recipe!)

Of course, myself… :)

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House of Dosas

by KimHo on December 30, 2009 · 4 comments under: British Columbia,Food,Restaurant

House of Dosas
1391 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
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It was one of those late nights where I am driving through Vancouver where that usual question pops… Hungry, food… Where??? By sheer coincidence, I was in Kingsway when I remember a restaurant said to be open 24 hours. Whether that is actually true or not I did not double check; but I was hungry and it was open when I arrived. That was good enough for me!

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Pooja Cuisine

by KimHo on November 26, 2009 · 4 comments under: Food,Restaurant,Travel

Pooja Cuisine
1075 Easton Avenue
Somerset, NJ
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As mentioned previously, in this trip, I wanted to try different types of cuisines. So far, we have had diners, burgers, Latin American (Cuban), Southern/Soul and BBQ – in that order. For this post, though, I will have to break that sequence because of tomorrow’s post. As a sneak peak, it is about burgers (yes, again but… Let’s just say wait until tomorrow). But, other than that small burger detour, I kept that different cuisine line of thought. In this case? Indian food in Pooja Cuisine.

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