BREAKFAST BUFFET RADISSON BLU ROYAL VIKING STOCKHOLM SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

GUTOM TRAVELS : SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM BREAKFAST BUFFET ALL YOU CAN EAT SWEDISH STYLE.

Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel located next to Central Station in Stockholm, Sweden has a nice All You Can Eat Swedish-style breakfast buffet featuring a large spread of hot food, cold food, meats, cheese, bread, cereal, fresh juice, fresh coffee, and more. The breakfast buffet is not included with your room, and costs extra.

In addition to the buffet spread, you also have a choice of A La Carte Breakfast dishes. On this menu you can get items made to order from the kitchen: omelet, eggs and toast, fruit smoothie, oatmeal, and a Vegan dish. So much food!

Lots of butters, cheese, and spreads in a Swedish buffet. There is also lots of bread, and crackers to choose from.

The self-service coffee machine is a neat idea too. It uses capsules and there are instructions in English on the machine.

Refreshing fruit smoothie to go with the breakfast.

Mugs with no handles.
Odd choice especially when the cup contains hot water.

Traditional Swedish cuisine.
Delicious herring, meats, cheese, and crackers.

This buffet has many healthy options! Trail mix, nuts, and seeds to go with yogurt and cereal.

PRICE:
$$$ Affordable. Add-on if you already have a room. A premium hotel in downtown Stockholm but you get good quality for the price.

QUALITY:
Good. Food replenished often. Foods are served warm and not hot. This is a Swedish way of food preparation.

SERVICE:
Good. Helpful when asking questions about the menu.

VERDICT:
Overall. SATISFIED. This hotel has a very convenient location next to Central Station, close to all central sight seeing. Clean rooms spacious bathrooms, and of course very good breakfast buffet. You will feel like a Royal Viking!

CARD. Sweden has gone CASHLESS.

Address:
Vasagatan 1, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden

JOEY BENTALL ONE STEAK AND SUSHI LUNCH – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

JOEY is a chain of casual ‘premium’ dining restaurants. They offer West Coast cuisine Western and Asian menu, burgers, steaks, sushi and more.

This style of restaurant is targeted to business people, and office crowd, tourists and students, and those looking for a casual dining experience in a hip restaurant bar setting with a fairly priced menu. It’s similar to Cactus Club Cafe.

Steak and Sushi $28
This is one of the popular items on the JOEY menu.
Tataki-style steak, ponzu sauce, seared salmon sushi. You have a choice of salmon or tuna + avocado roll.

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. Not cheap but not super expensive. Fair pricing for this type of restaurant and menu.

QUALITY:
Good. Steak is tataki style thin slices. Sushi falls apart easily but good portion size and flavours.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Chatty.

VERDICT:
Overall. SATISFIED. Nice place to have West Coast menu. Yes you could spend $28 at AYCE sushi restaurant but casual ‘premium’ restaurants like JOEY offer a different kind of dining experience and culinary quality.

TIP: It gets very busy at lunch. Sit at the bar to get served faster.

CASH CARD

CASH CARD

Address:
507 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V7X 8A8

HOHO WALNUT CAKE AND MINI TAIYAKI FOOD TRUCK COQUITLAM KOREAN PASTRY – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Korean Desserts

Hoho Walnut Cake & Mini Taiyaki Food Truck in Burnaby serves up delicious Korean pastries Walnut Cake (Hodugwaja) and Taiyaki (Bungeoppang). Hodugwaja are shaped like walnuts and the Taiyaki are shaped like fish! This food truck near H-Mart at Hanin Village plaza.

Walnut Cake (Hodugwaja) 15 pieces $10
Taiyaki (Bungeoppang) 10 pieces $5

 

Taiyaki aka bungeoppang.
In South Korea, Taiyaki are known as bungeo-ppang. Taiyaki are similar to imagawayaki (今川焼き), which are thick round cakes also filled with sweet azuki bean paste or custard. – Wikipedia

Walnut Cake aka Hodugwaja
It is a walnut-shaped baked confection with red bean paste filling, whose outer dough is made of skinned and pounded walnuts and wheat flour. Ones that are made in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, are called “Cheonan hodu-gwaja” and are a local specialty.
– Wikipedia

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Cheap.

QUALITY:
Good. Cooked fresh.

SERVICE:
OK. Slow when busy. Disorganized ordering with people standing around.

VERDICT:
Overall. SATISFIED. Nice place to get a sweet snack perfect after eating at a Korean restaurant in the area.

CARD ONLY.

Address:
329 North Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N 4J5

YEWON CHICKEN AND NOODLE KOREAN RESTAURANT COQUITLAM – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

KOREAN FOOD COQUITLAM

Yewon Chicken and Noodle is a Korean Restaurant in Coquitlam offering Korean cuisine beyond typical Korean BBQ and Tofu Soup. Their menu could be described as late-night party food! Their specialty being Chicken and Noodles.

Hangover Instant Ramen Spicy $10
Instant noodles with seafood and spice.
This is the type of soup definitely for a hangover.

Sausage and Rice Cake Skewers $10
Chewy slightly spicy snack that goes good with beer or Soju.

Noodle Soup with Chicken $11.99
Kal-guksu Korean Chicken Noodle soup. This dish is hard to find in Vancouver! Not many Korean restaurants make this kind of soup! Delicious and filling portion size!

Kal-guksu is a Korean noodle dish consisting of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl with broth and other ingredients. It is traditionally considered a seasonal food, consumed most often in summer. Its name comes from the fact that the noodles are not extruded or spun, but cut. Wikipedia

Fried Chicken (Half) $13.99
Chopped chicken pieces homemade-style fried chicken. Different from mass produced chickens you’d find at KFC or Church’s. Some pieces are meatier than others. The breading doesn’t have seasoning.

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. Not the cheapest menu but the prices are in line with similar Korean restaurants.

QUALITY:
Good. Portion size varies depending on what you order. Large soup with lots of noodles. Fried chicken fried fresh but lacked seasoning. Definitely order a side of ketchup with the fried chicken.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast. Not too busy at the time of this video.

VERDICT:
Overall. SATISFIED. Yewon is a unique choice for Korean cuisine, good for groups looking for hearty soups, fried food, and alcoholic drinks!

CARD and CASH. Free parking lot in front of restaurant.

 

Address:
341 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V8

COME ALONG SEAFOOD CHINESE RESTAURANT DIM SUM MENU – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Giant Dim Sum Portions! Better than Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant?

Come Along Seafood Chinese Restaurant on Kingsway in East Vancouver serves up a morning (9AM – 11AM) Dim Sum menu, with good portion sizes and fair prices. A nice alternative comparable to the popular Western Lake Dim Sum for ‘giant’ Siu Mai.

Dim Sum is a style of Chinese cuisine of small bite-sized portions, dumplings served with tea usually in the morning before lunch.

Steamed Jumbo Prawn Dumplings $6.75
Steamed Shiu Mai Dumplings with Chinese Mushroom $6.75
Deep Fried Eggplant with Shrimp $6.95
Shrimp and Scallop Dumpling $6.95

Steamed Shiu Mai Dumplings with Chinese Mushroom $6.75
Wow large portion size similar to the ones served at Western Lake.

Deep Fried Eggplant with Shrimp $6.95
Nice portion size, with good amount of shrimp paste.

Steamed Jumbo Prawn Dumplings $6.75
Nice portion size!

Shrimp and Scallop Dumpling $6.95
Wow delicious! Wish there was four pieces in this order instead of three.

 

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. FAIR pricing for Dim Sum. Items less than $7 is a good deal!

QUALITY:
Very Good. Large portion size served hot and fresh.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast. Not too busy at the early morning Dim Sum.

VERDICT:
Overall VERY SATISFIED. Solid choice for satisfying Dim Sum cravings.

CARD and CASH. Street Parking.

Address:
2550 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5H2

VANCOUVER TO AMSTERDAM KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES IN-FLIGHT MEAL – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

 

VANCOUVER TO AMSTERDAM ROUND-TRIP MEALS

In-Flight Food on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Departing from VANCOUVER Canada and going to AMSTERDAM Netherlands! This was filmed December 2019. The cuisine is traditional Dutch. The flight time is around 10 hours.

Meal #1 Lunch
Main is chicken, rice, and veggies. Side of chickpeas and lettuce. Dessert is a chocolate brownie. There is also a dinner roll bun with butter and crackers. For drinks water, and white wine.

Snack during flight Stroopwafel.
Traditional Dutch wafer sandwich cookie. Delicious!

Meal #2 Breakfast!
On the flight you’re also served breakfast as you approach Amsterdam. There is Fruit bowl, yogurt, bread and butter, egg over potatoes. Not bad for a In-Flight breakfast.

Return Flight
Departing Amsterdam Netherlands and heading to Vancouver Canada. This was filmed in January 2020.

Nice detail on the KLM cups! Dutch love bicycles.

Mid-flight Snack #1
Traditional Dutch cake.

Meal #1 Lunch
Main meatball and mashed potatoes, a side salad, with
bread and cheese, and a muffin for dessert.

Meal #2 Breakfast
Main Pizza, Orzo Pasta, and a sweet crumble dessert.

 

PRICE:
$$$$ Not Cheap. This flight costs over $1000 for Economy during December holidays.

QUALITY:
Good. Some nice dishes here however the flavours may not be very memorable. Some desserts were too sweet.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast. Good selection of movies.

VERDICT:
Overall SATISFIED. Dutch food is nice but the meal flavours are hit or miss.

Highlights: Stroopwafel, Ice Cream, Wine, and Beer!

Seems like KLM has more legroom than other airlines. Is it because Dutch people are tall?

 

Address:
IN THE SKY!

TSUJIRI JAPANESE MATCHA CAFE SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM DRINKS AND DESSERT BURNABY METROTOWN – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

TSUJIRI BURNABY NOW OPEN AT METROPOLIS METROTOWN

TSUJIRI MATCHA GREEN TEA DRINKS AND DESSERT

Tsujiri is now in Burnaby! Tsujiri is a global chain of Matcha Tea dessert cafes based in Taiwan. This is the second location in BC. The first BC location is in Richmond. Previously Sweet Jesus ice cream occupied this space which closed last year.

Tsujiri Metrotown serves Matcha (Japanese green tea) in a variety of styles, hot and cold drinks, soft serve ice cream, frappes, floats and shaved ice. At the time of this video their menu is only drinks, and soft serve dessert. Other locations feature dessert pastries like cakes.

Prices range from $4.25 – over $10 depending on what you get.
In addition to Matcha they also have Hojicha.

Unique items like Parfaits at this location.

Burnaby is very diverse and a good fit for Tsujiri.

Tsujiri was founded in 1860 by Riemon Tsuji.

Authentic Matcha is not cheap! It is premium green tea!

Macaron Parfait $9.50
Macaron, Matcha Mochi, Matcha soft serve on red bean and corn flakes. One size only.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. It is not super cheap but not outrageously expensive. The Parfait is more expensive than DQ Blizzard.

QUALITY:
Good. The taste of the matcha ice cream is just right and not too sweet. The Parfait is the best choice for chewy and crispy textures and combo of flavours. The matcha mochi is delicious. The macaron is soft and crispy.

Not so good. Small portion size. Very little whipped cream.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast.

VERDICT:
TSUJIRI is not cheapest dessert. but they offer quality matcha flavours with a simple delicious menu and quality toppings like macaron. Despite the small portion size, the Parfait offers the best bang for the buck but definitely go for anything with the soft serve matcha.

Expensive but good. Nice treat if you have the cash.

CARD. AND CASH.

 

 

Address:
BURNABY INSIDE METROPOLIS METROTOWN
(Across from Superstore)

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – AUTHENTIC IKEA JULBORD CHRISTMAS BUFFET ALL YOU CAN EAT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

GUTOM TRAVELS – SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE

When visiting Europe specifically Sweden during the holiday season, be sure to stop by IKEA (yes IKEA THE Swedish furniture store) to experience their All You Can Eat Christmas Buffet: JULBORD.

IKEA has a Christmas Buffet! The ‘Julbord’ is a large buffet, with traditional Swedish cuisine. You’ll find Julbords all over Sweden during the holiday season.

IKEA is one of Sweden’s biggest brands and they put on quite a Christmas Table for customers.

The IKEA Julbord is 149 Swedish Kroners or $20 Canadian for Adults, 39 Swedish Kroners for Kids (with IKEA Family membership). A Fair price for an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet and compared to other buffets in Canada $20 is actually cheap!

Julbord Christmas Table
So what’s in the buffet? You will find a variety of Swedish foods. Bread, crackers and cheese, veggies, kale salad, cold cut meats, pate, eggs, potatoes prepared a few different ways, meat balls, salmon, herring and desserts! Alone the items might sound not very exciting but together it is truly a Swedish feast.

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. FAIR pricing. Around $20 Canadian for AYCE.

QUALITY:
Very Good. Lots of food replenished often. Freshly prepared. Lots of veggies and fish. Flavours are unique but sometimes salty depending on what you get.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast. Very busy at the time of this recording.

VERDICT:
Overall VERY SATISFIED. There’s something special about having IKEA Christmas Buffet in Sweden. It is a nice way to experience Swedish cuisine surrounded by Swedish locals.

(NOTE: The quality and menu may be different at IKEA’s outside of Sweden.)

CARD. Sweden is CASHLESS.

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