It’s my birthday! Went out to The Ramen Butcher for a birthday dinner with my family. The first things to arrive were the Kani Tsukemen and the Maze Soba, so by the time the ramen flights (black garlic and red hot chili) showed up, I was too busy stuffing my face to take photos 🤷🏻♀️ The Kani Tsukemen was mindblowing, with an intensely crabby broth that I couldn’t get enough of, so thank goodness for the soup-wari our server brought me when I finished the noodles, so I could chug that crabby goodness properly 🤤
After that, we went to my absolute favourite ice cream place in Vancouver… Earnest Ice Cream! They had a fantastic tiramisu sundae for their special sundae, and it was special indeed! 🍨💖
Today’s office lunch was at Gyoza Bar, so obviously I didn’t have any gyoza at all. 🤔 I’ve had the baos from here before, so today I had the Mini Pulled Beef Rice Bowl, which had a spicy soy glaze and was just the right size for my small lunch stomach. And then… I spotted the Chicken Skin Chicharrón and how could I possibly resist the siren song of fried chicken skin? Thank goodness for my lovely coworkers who helped me finish off that golden mountain of crispy chicken skin 🤪 Ooh and the nicely acidic tomato sweet chili sauce was great for cutting the greasiness too 👍🏻
Sashimi cravings plus a lunchtime errand = Ryuu Japanese Kitchen, which I’ve passed a million times without stopping in. Glad I did today though, because the sashimi (the usual combo of salmon, tuna, hamachi, and mackerel) was fresh and satisfying, and the tsukemono that came with the sashimi, miso soup, and rice was great. I love pickles and now I really want to learn to make proper tsukemono at home, too.
Had to pop down to Seattle for reasons of family, so we stopped at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner, and for me the absolute best part of every Cheesecake Factory meal has to be the cheesecake! This time, I had the Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and it absolutely lived up to expectations 👌🏻