JALAPENO AND CHEESE OMELETTE BITES AT TIM HORTONS – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

NEW at Tim Hortons Jalapeno and Cheese Omelette Bites!

Nutrition Facts Revealed!

NEW at Tim Hortons! The third flavour choice in Tim Hortons popular Keto friendly Omelette bites is Jalapeno & Cheese. Contains real pieces of Jalapeno pepper. Price $3.09 for 2 pieces.

Jalapeno means spice. These Omelette bites have a Mild spice. No lingering burn.

OFFICIAL NUTRITION FACTS FROM TIM HORTONS
1 Jalapeño & Cheddar Omelette Bite

90 Calories
6g of Fat
2g of Saturated Fat
0.1g Trans Fat
115mg of Cholesterol
260mg of Sodium
3g of Carbohydrates
0g of Fibre
0g of sugar
6g of Protein
0% Vitamin A
0% Vitamin C
8% Calcium
4% Iron

 

PRICE:
CHEAP! $3 for Two Omelette Bites.

QUALITY:
Good. Mild spiciness.
Depends on the location and time the Omelette Bites were prepared. Ideally you should get them hot.

SERVICE:
It’s Tim Hortons.
REMEMBER TO ASK FOR KETCHUP!

VERDICT:
Good alternative to bagels, and donuts, sandwiches and wraps. If you want to skip the bread and bakery, this is a good protein choice on the Tim Hortons Menu. Good for Keto?

CASH CARD

Address:
Various Locations

TIM HORTONS CINNAMON PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE POCKETS – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

NEW at  Tim Hortons CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE POCKETS!

These little things are .99 cents a piece, and are filled with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

Tim Hortons has a new item. Similar to the Donut Sticks (Churros) the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pockets are covered in the same sugar as the donut sticks, but they are filled with Philly Cream Cheese!

The Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pockets are a soft but have a tough outside. They don’t break easily!

At .99 cents a piece these cream cheese pockets are a little pricey. More expensive than Timbits. However you’re getting more flavour than a regular timbit.

 

PRICE:
$ Cheap! However more expensive than Timbits.

QUALITY:
GOOD. It’s a strange tasty combination of texture and flavor.

SERVICE:
It’s Tim Hortons! Fast-Food.

VERDICT:
A nice addition to the Tim Hortons menu. It’s sweet and has cream cheese filling. These can get addicting!

CASH, CARD.

Address:
Various Locations

CAFE DE L’ORANGERIE JAPANESE SPAGHETTI DESSERT AND TEA CAFE – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

What a fancy name! Fancy prices! But is the food any good?

 

Cafe de l’Orangerie located off SW Marine Drive on 73rd street in Marpole is
a unique little restaurant serving Japanese comfort food, and Japanese style
spaghetti dishes. Some say it’s Japanese-French, or Japanese-Italian, Cantonese-Japanese, but whatever it is Cafe de l’Orangerie offers
something different.

Japanese dishes you’ll find are karaage, croquette, curries,  dishes on steamed rice, and variety of spaghetti prepared differently. They are also known for their dessert Tarts and teas popular for Hong Kong Tea Time. The menu has a ok selection but note pasta is limited to spaghetti. SPAGHETTI only.

Chicken Karaage $8
This style of Chicken Karaage is like popcorn chicken. The pieces of chicken vary in size. Comes with mayonnaise and a wedge of lemon.

Croquette 2 Pieces $6
The croquette is filled with rice. Italian style croquette?
Different from potato croquette at a Japanese restaurant like Hi Genki in Burnaby.

Salmon & Chips $14.00
2 pieces of fried fish. Surprisingly good. Comes with lemon wedge, coleslaw, and pickle.

Pasta Hayashi Spaghetti (Beef Stew) w Hamburger $16.00
Interesting presentation. Beef stew sauce, with a side of pasta, and a burger on top. The burger was hot, and the combination of noodles and stew was good.

Matcha Tart $5.75
Fair portion of Matcha Tart. Tastes like Matcha tea, light texture, good crust. There is some noticeable bitterness to this tart.

Blueberry Cheese Tart $5.75
The server said the tarts are made in-house.
The Blueberry Tart is no surprise sweet. Fair portion size. Good crust.

Detox (Caffeine-free) Small Tea $3.50
Loose leaf tea “Owner’s Blend”
Comes with tea pot. Good for 2 people. You can ask for water refills.

Total before tax and tip

$59.00

PRICE:
$$ Affordable but pricey. Under $20 for main dishes. Expect to spend around $20 – $30 per person with appetizer, drink, dessert.

QUALITY:
OK. Light spaghetti not too heavy sauce or big portion. The pastas are not made in-house. Your choice is limited to spaghetti, fries or white rice.
The dessert tarts are made in-house and are a highlight.
Had better karaage and croquette elsewhere.
Salmon and chips were good but portion seems small.

SERVICE:
First server who took our order didn’t know much about the food preparation, limited English. Second server was friendly and talkative.

VERDICT:
Nice place, popular with the office crowd and those looking for Japanese curries, noodles, and tea time dessert. Ok spaghetti if you like this style. Looks like menu is limited to spaghetti, rice dishes, or fries. No pasta variety.

CASH, CARD. Limited street parking.

Address:
1320 W 73rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6P 4R3

THE FRYING PAN BY CHEF J FOOD TRUCK FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH COLUMBIA STREAT 2019 – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

The Frying Pan by Chef J. is a Korean Fried Chicken food truck at the 7th annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival in New Westminster.

What We Ordered

Spicy Chicken Burger $12

REAL Cheese Chicken Burger $12

Bulgogi Fries $10

Lemonade Blue $5

Spicy Chicken Burger $12
Big piece of fried chicken. Mild spicy flavor.
Nice toppings sweet pickles, and toast bun.

REAL Cheese Chicken Burger $12
Marbled cheese on chicken. Big chicken portion. Sweet pickles, with a toasted bun. Delicious!

Bulgogi Fries $10
Delicious but missing Kimchi spice.

Lemonade Blue $5
Tastes like lemonade. A little sour. A little sweet. Five bucks 🙁

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. $12+ for a burger. Cheaper than Denny’s, Cactus Club, Red Robin but higher price than regular fast food like McDonald’s. Lemonade seemed a little expensive.

QUALITY:
Good. Big chicken portion! Nice fried crunch. Lots of toppings. Nice toasted bread.
Fries were good but it needs Kimchi. Beef in bulgogi not as good as fried chicken.
Lemonade ok.

SERVICE:
A noticeable wait to get food.

VERDICT:
Premium chicken burger at over $10 but still affordable and filling. This is a good option if you’re a fan of fried chicken burgers.

CASH, CARD.

 

Address:
New West, Vancouver, Port Moody. Check their social media.

TWISTED CREAMERY ROLLED ICE CREAM FOOD TRUCK COLUMBIA STREAT 2019 – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Twisted Creamery Rolled Ice Cream food truck at the 7th annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival in New Westminster.

Twisted Creamery puts on quite the show with their Benihana-style performance. Rather than soft ice cream like Marble Slab, Twisted Creamery flattens and rolls the ice cream and ingredients.

Prices for Twisted Creamery start at $7.50 and go up the more ingredients you add.

The liquid cream is placed on a very cold plate and quickly solidifies.

$7.50 Twisted Split

Banana, strawberry, pineapple, vanilla ice cream, chocolate cherry.

$7.50 Polar Bear
Mint oreo cookie, peppermint, chocolate ice cream, mini oreo on top.

PRICE:
$ Affordable. Higher price compared to similar ice cream shops but includes whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. La Casa Gelato is cheaper and includes waffle cone.

QUALITY:
Good. The ice cream is more firm and doesn’t melt as fast as soft ice cream. The portion size is small.

SERVICE:
Friendly, and fast.

VERDICT:
Fun to watch them make the ice cream. The texture is unique and presentation is fun but the price seems a little high and portion size seems small.

CASH, CARD.

 

Address:
Vancouver and Port Moody Locations or at special events.
Check Website for location.

VANCOUVER GREEK SUMMER FEST 2019 ORTHODOX CHURCH BOUNDARY ROAD 2019 – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

VANCOUVER GREEK SUMMERFEST 2019
Saint Nicholas & Dimitrios
Greek Orthodox Church!

Vancouver Greek Summer Fest at the Greek Orthodox church on Boundary Road is over a week long celebration July 4 – 14, 2019. It is very conveniently located not too far from Skytrain with lots of street parking. This is the 33rd annual event, with good food and entertainment.

BBQ LAMB DINNER $19
Comes with Greek salad, rice, Tzatziki and bread. They forgot the bread! The rice was not ready at the time so they prepared fries instead.
The pieces of lamb are vary in toughness/tenderness.

Kalamari with Tzatziki $10
Hot pieces of fried squid. Good portion size. Some lemon and onion seasoning.

Greek Coffee Frappe $4
Delicious! The consistency of the drink was very smooth, foamy. Never had a frappe like this before and for $4 it is one of the best deals at Greek Summerfest.

Spinach Pie $6
Nice filling, and flaky.

PRICE:
$$ Affordable.
Fair price for Kalamari, and Greek Coffee Frappe.
Lamb Plate seems a little expensive.

QUALITY:
Good. Greek Coffee Frappe is delicious.
Kalamari delicious and good portion size.
Lamb Plate is good. The pieces of lamb vary in tenderness. The Greek salad portion seemed small.

SERVICE:
Rice was not ready with lamb plate order. Fries substitute was ok. No bread. They forgot to add bread to the lamb plate.

VERDICT:
Greek Summerfest on Boundary road is a nice event that goes on for almost 2 weeks. The food is good, and lots of entertainment. Good for the whole family. Free admission.

CASH, CARD. Parking in neighbourhood.

 

Address:
4641 Boundary Rd Vancouver, BC V5R 2N5

SIMPLE BITES JAPANESE ASIAN FAST FOOD FRASER STREET – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

SIMPLE BITES SIMPLY GOOD!

 

Simple Bites is a unique fast-food eatery featuring Japanese-style Asian mini-dishes/snack size. You will find sushi, rice bowls, burgers, desserts and more. You might be a little overwhelmed with the selection but impressed by the variety.

You can either order at the counter or via the self-serve kiosk.
The touch screen kiosk is a fun way to see the menu and place an order.

What a variety!
Cold drinks like Genmaicha, Hoijicha, and Matcha Frappe. A variety of burgers like Michaoacan, Ocean Burger, and also a Soel PORK burger. You will want to try everything.

Kyoto Matcha Frappe $5
Delicious! Perfect flavor and guaranteed BRAIN FREEZE! Portion size may look small but it is filling. Nice blended ice slush texture.
Not overly sweet. You will never order a Matcha Frappe from Starbucks ever again! Starbucks is full of sweetener, and bad chemicals.

Teriyaki Burger $5.50
Good portion size. Pretty big beef patty. Better than typical fast food burger.

Churro Donut $1.50 plus Vanilla Ice Cream $1 (1 scoop).
Did not expect to find churro at Asian fast-food but this is a nice treat. Soft and sweet. Highly recommend getting the ice cream which costs extra.

Matcha Glazed Donut $2.50
The glaze is made in-house. The donut is provided by a supplier.
This is a sweet donut. Sweeter than the churro!

Kyoto Hojicha Frappe $5
Delicious! Perfect flavor and guaranteed BRAIN FREEZE! Portion size may look small but it is filling. Nice blended ice slush texture.
Not overly sweet. Where else can you get Hojicha Frappe in Vancouver?

Kyoto Matcha Frappe $5
Teriyaki Burger $5.50
Churro Donut $1.50
Vanilla Ice Crea $1
Matcha Glazed Donut $2.50
Kyoto Hojicha Frappe $5
Total $21.28

PRICE:
$ Cheap! Fair Price. Less than $10 menu items.

QUALITY:
Good. The burger is quite filling, good portion size.
The Matcha Frappe is a MUST try.
The churro and matcha donut are very sweet.

SERVICE:
Self-Servce kiosk. A bit of a wait to get the food, and to order if it is busy. Friendly when they bring you food. Free water dispenser. Clean, spacious.

VERDICT:
Unique business offering something creative, different and delicious. So much on the menu you will want to try everything. The best Matcha Frappe in town.

CASH, CARD. Parking in neighbourhood.

 

Address:
5932 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z7

GREAT WALL MONGOLIAN BBQ GRILL KITSILANO ALL YOU CAN EAT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS

AYCE! ALL YOU CAN EAT MONGOLIAN BBQ GRILL AT GREAT WALL MONGOLIAN BBQ!

Great Wall Mongolian BBQ is on West Broadway in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. It is a popular destination for AYCE fans, families and students looking for a cheap AYCE deal. Mongolian BBQ is stir-fry meat, noodles, and veggies with choices of seasoning and sauces.

All You Can Eat LUNCH $18.99 and All You Can Eat DINNER $20.99
You can also order a single bowl but if you go for seconds you will pay the AYCE price.

Wow, what a variety of sauces, veggies, noodles and meats to choose!

At Mongolian BBQ you fill up a single bowl or you can get two bowls — one bowl for meat and one bowl for veggies. There is Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Lamb. There is shrimp as the only seafood option. If you choose seafood the price goes up each time you get a new bowl.

 

The AYCE deal includes a bowl of rice and a choice of soup: Miso or Hot and Sour.

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. Fair Price. Over $15 for ALL YOU CAN EAT. Around $20 with tax and tip.

QUALITY:
Very good! Raw ingredients that will be cooked on the Mongolian Grill. Pick your own seasoning and sauces.

SERVICE:
Very good. The servers are friendly and helpful. A bit of wait to get food cooked when busy.

VERDICT:
Fair priced and generous AYCE. It seems like Mongolian Grills are disappearing from Vancouver, but Great Wall Mongolian BBQ is worth supporting and keeping in business.

CASH, CARD. Free Parking in the back.

Address2897 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G6

MAX’S RESTAURANT FRIED CHICKEN BEST HALO-HALO VANCOUVER KINGSWAY – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Max’s Restaurant is a popular Filipino restaurant with many international locations. This is the only location in BC.

The menu at Max’s Restaurant is large. Lots of popular Filipino dishes. What Max’s is known for is their Famous Fried Chicken. The fried chicken is very different from KFC and Church’s because it’s not breaded but has crispy skin.

We Ordered

Max’s Fried Chicken (Whole) $20.99

Sisig Lechon Pork $17.99

Noodle Dish
Pancit Bihon $13.99
Pork, shrimp, veggies with noodles.

Max’s Restaurant Halo-Halo $8.99
Shaved Ice dessert with beans, milk, Ube (purple yam) ice cream, sweet banana, cheese, and rice flakes.

 

PRICE:
$$ Seems Expensive. Some dishes are Overpriced!

QUALITY:

Very good Halo-Halo .
Good. The pancit was the freshest dish. Steaming hot.
Not so good. The sisig was dry and tough.
Not so good. The fried chicken was dry. Only 4 pieces, is that a whole chicken? Overpriced!

SERVICE:
Ok. Provided Water refills.

VERDICT:
Max’s Restaurant is popular and offers a variety of dishes but the prices and quality of some dishes at this location will make you feel disappointed.

CASH, CARD.

 

Address:
3546 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L7

THE BEST ICE CREAM LA CASA GELATO 200+ FLAVOURS VENABLES – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Family-Owned Local Favorite Must Try!

La Casa Gelato is THE place to get gelato with over 200 flavours. This
is a favorite spot for locals and tourists visiting Vancouver. The location is in a industrial area, not far from Chinatown and has been in business since the 1980s.

Free parking, and a outdoor seating area are a bonus!

Gelato is a popular frozen dessert of Italian origin. It is generally made with a base of 3.25% milk and sugar. It is generally lower in fat than other styles of frozen desserts.[1] Gelato typically contains 70% less air and more flavoring than other kinds of frozen desserts, giving it a density and richness that distinguishes it from other ice creams. -Wikipedia

La Casa Gelato is known for their large selection of Gelato with over 200 flavours to choose from. They also have cookies, gelato cakes and other sweets for sale!

CASH and DEBIT only! No Credit Cards.

La Casa Gelato is very famous!
Newspapers, and food shows have featured this business. Even Martha Stewart visited the ice cream shop and the owner put up letters and photos on the wall with celebrity guests.

The Waffle Cones are made in-house!
You can watch them make waffle cones and it doesn’t cost extra to get a waffle cone with your gelato.

You can sample all the 200+ flavours. When you’re ready to order pay at the counter! You will get a casino chip that you need to give to the server in exchange for a gelato! Don’t lose your chip!

1 scoop at La Casa Gelato is $6.
For 2 scoops it is $8. For 3 Scoops $9.75. 1/2 Litre $12.00, 1 Litre $22.
You can choose a cup or waffle cone at no extra charge.

La Casa Gelato has many international flavours. A few of the unique flavors are Durian, Jackfruit, Apple Wasabi Sorbetto.

We Ordered
1 Single Scoop Mango Mashti w/ Waffle Cone $6
Half Litre to take home! $12
Akbar Mashti Saffron. DELICIOUS!

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable! Fair pricing. $6 single scoop with waffle cone. $12 Half Litre (Pint)

QUALITY:
Excellent! Everything made in-house! Delicious, clean tasting flavours. Delicious waffle cone. Good portion scoop.

SERVICE:
Friendly, and helpful. Lots of FREE sampling!

VERDICT:
This is the best gelato ice cream experience in Vancouver. From the presentation to service to quality of the product. La Casa Gelato is a MUST. Great for the whole family. Truly, LA CASA (THE HOME) OF GELATO!

CASH, DEBIT ONLY. NO CREDIT CARD.

 

Address:
1033 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3R9