Tuesday, December 11, 2018

CHICKEN STRIPS - TIMMIES MINIS TIM HORTONS KIDS MEAL - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW - GUTOM.CA




Tim Hortons has Chicken Strips! Unfortunately these Chicken Strips
are for KIDS ONLY! New Timmies Minis Kid's Menu.

Hash Brown and Breakfast sandwich not included.
We ordered the Chicken Strips separately
from the Timmie Minis Kids Meal. It came with dip sauce.

Two piece chicken strips.
Tasty but small portion.

Will Tim Hortons put Chicken Strips for grown-ups on their menu?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

DELICIOUS HOMEMADE LATKES FOR HANUKKAH - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA




Happy Hanukkah!

Some delicious homemade latkes for Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the
Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt
against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
-Wikipedia


Latkes or latkas (לאַטקע) are potato pancakes that Ashkenazi Jews have
prepared as part of the Hanukkah festival since the mid-1800s, based on
an older variant of the dish that goes back to at least the Middle Ages.
Latkes need not necessarily be made from potatoes.

Latkes can be served with Sour Cream, and Apple Sauce, but not ketchup!

Friday, December 7, 2018

OH ZZHU SAM KOREAN RESTAURANT BEST LUNCH SPECIAL COMBO BURNABY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA




 THE BEST - LUNCH SPECIAL - OH! ZZHU SAM KOREAN




The Lunch Special at Oh! Zzhu Sam is a fantastic deal less than $10!
$8 for Tofu Soup w/ Rice! One of the BEST lunch deals in town!

Delicious Tofu Soup with beef. Large tofu portions, lots of meat,
and veggies. Plus an egg on top!

Fried Dumpling $10.50 (8 Pieces)
Delicious pork dumplings with nice fried wrapper.
Comes with cabbage, and vinegar dumpling sauce.


Total Spend at Oh! Zzhu Sam Korean Restaurant
Soon-Tofu Jjigae Beef $8.00
Soon-Tofu Jjigae Seafood $8.00
Fried Dumpling $10.50
Tax $1.33
Total $27.83

PRICE:
$ Excellent! Less than $10. What a great deal!
Best Lunch Special! (Dumpling are not in Lunch Special)

QUALITY:
Very good. Fresh, and hot. No skimping on portion size.

SERVICE:
Very good. Even during busy lunch hour.
Complimentary refill of side dishes.

VERDICT:
Good flavorful dishes, and excellent LUNCH price.
Limited parking at rear of restaurant.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
7506 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC V3N 1B4

Thursday, December 6, 2018

NO 1 BEEF NOODLE HOUSE TAIWANESE CUISINE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA




VIEWER REQUEST!

Is No.1 Beef Noodle House really NUMBER 1?

No.1 Beef Noodle House is located in a small strip mall at the intersection
of Willingdon and Moscrop. Tight space with very limited parking!

First page of the menu features some important info!

So many choices! You can customize your soup with different types of noodles!
Different noodles offer different textures and chewiness.

There are also noodle dishes prepared stir fried and
Add-On options for the perfect custom dish.

The large menu also features Hot Pot, Congee, Sizzling plates, and
of course Bubble Tea a must for a Taiwanese cafe!

Beef Shank Soup with Thin Noodle $11.50
Nice salty broth. Good amount of soft beef pieces, with veggies.

Soy Sauce Fried Rice with Pork Chop $12.50
Ok portion of fried rice. Could be bigger. Tasty.
Pork Chops contained bones, some pieces were fatty. Good flavor.

Pork Chops are served with a small side of pickled radish/cabbage?

Salty Peppery Chicken Pieces $8.25
Delicious, Salty not too pepper.  Good portion size!
Cheaper than J&G Fried Chicken!

Oreo Smoothie $7.70, Pearls .75
Topped with whipped cream. Nice blend of Oreo, and milk.
One whole Oreo cookie left in for decoration and eating!

Pearls were served on the side because they forgot to add it to the drink!

Total Spend for No.1 Beef Noodle House

Beef Shank Thin Noodle Soup $11.50
Soy Sauce Fried Rice and Pork Chop $12.50
Oreo Smoothie $7.70
Pearls $0.75
Salty Peppery Chicken $8.25
TAX $2
+ TIP $5
TOTAL $46.95

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable.
Over $10 for noodle soups seems expensive.
Oreo Shake while good seemed expensive.

QUALITY:
Good flavors. Salty broth.
Large pieces of soft beef in noodle soup. Nice thin noodles.
Good portion size for fried chicken.

SERVICE:
OK. Server seemed rushed.
They served drink and forgot to add the pearls to the drink.
Instead of redoing the drink, they served pearls on the side.

VERDICT:
Good flavorful dishes, but disappointed by the price
of Oreo Shake. Limited / Bad Parking spots.
CASH, DEBIT Over $25 ONLY.

Address:
4741 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H5

Monday, December 3, 2018

MUCHO BURRITO CANADIAN MEXICAN FAST FOOD - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



 Mucho Burrito is a Canadian Mexican fast food chain similar to Chipotle or Subway,
where the brand is focused on FRESH.
The Build Your Own burrito offers good value, portion and price.



So many choices at Mucho Burrito.
Meat, Veggies, Cheese, Garnish, Sauces. No skimping here!

First Trip to Mucho Burrito
- Mucho Size Half Chicken and Steak $13.39

Keep in mind a standard Burrito at Chipotle is around $10,
and Footlong Subway Sandwich is around $9.

Regular size vs MUCHO size.

Second Trip to Mucho Burrito
 - Mucho Size Shredded Beef $.13.60

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Can get expensive with Add-Ons.

QUALITY:
Very good portion size for burrito.
Delicious meats and veggies.

SERVICE:
Friendly.
Generous/fair scoops of ingredients at this location.

VERDICT:
Very good burritos, lots of choice.
The price is right, and the Mucho size is worth it.
Highly recommend Mucho Burrito over Chipotle.
HOWEVER: We prefer the steak at Chipotle for flavor.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address: Highstreet Shopping Centre,
 3122 Mount Lehman Rd D130, Abbotsford, BC V2T 5M1

Saturday, December 1, 2018

BAO BAKERY CHINESE STEAMED BUNS AND FILIPINO FOOD - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA




 Bao Bakery is the younger hipster version of Vancouver's
famous historic New Town Bakery & Restaurant.

New Town Bakery, and Bao Bakery serve Cantonese cuisine,
and also Filipino dishes.

Bao Bakery shares the same recipes for steamed buns, and pastries.
However, unlike New Town Bakery, there are no soups, wontons, or chow mein at Bao Bakery, but they do have Siu Mai Dim Sum.



Egg Rolls also known as Lumpia to Filipinos
is served with a side of sweet sauce. $5.25 (9 Pieces)

Chicken filled steam bun $2.85.

BBQ Pork (Asado) filled steam bun $2.50
One of the most popular steamed bun.

Ube Bun $1.95
Soft and delicious.

Ube Puff $2.25
Not so much a puff, more like a crumble.

If you're craving wonton noodle soup with your steamed buns,  you'll have to go to New Town Bakery for that.


PRICE:
$ Affordable. Ok prices.
Nothing too expensive but not super cheap.


QUALITY:
Good portion size, and flavors.
Freshness depends on the time of baking.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Fast, unfussy. English speaking.

VERDICT:
Good steamed buns, pastries,
and Filipino snacks.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
5115 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8

Friday, November 30, 2018

OUT OF BUSINESS EFENDI UYGHUR RESTAURANT XINJIANG CUISINE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

So long, Efendi. You didn't last very long.

I guess the high rent, and lack of business was the reason for closing. The food was good, and offered a unique cuisine.

Here is out updated video on Efendi.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

J & G FRIED CHICKEN SOFT OPENING BURNABY THE CRYSTAL MALL FOOD COURT - VANCOUVER FOOD VIDEOS - GUTOM.CA


SOFT OPENING

First location in Western Canada.



J&G Fried Chicken is a international chain of Taiwanese Fried Chicken.
This is the first location in Western Canada at The Crystal Mall food court, Burnaby.

The menu: Taiwanese Street Food. Seasoned fried chicken pieces
There are also squid balls, fries, and veggies.

Entire menu was 10% Off during Soft Opening.

We were told the price is based on weight. The Popcorn Chicken is made from chicken breast, while the Chicken Bites are chicken thigh.

Chicken Wings $6.00 (2 Pieces)
Tasty salty seasoning. Non-spicy. Awkward to eat on a stick.
Ok portion. Seemed bigger than average buffalo wings.

Signature Popcorn Chicken $8.50
There's only one portion size offered.
Tasty salty seasoning. Pieces are small, snack size portions.
There is also a spicy seasoning option.

December 1st is the Grand Opening, and we were told that there will be a really special offer for the day.


PRICE:
$ Affordable. Could be cheaper for this style of snack-sized street food.

QUALITY:
Good quality. Fried fresh. Nice seasoning.
Chicken pieces vary in size, and amount of batter

SERVICE:
Friendly. Fast, unfussy. English speaking.

VERDICT:
Nice place to get Taiwanese chicken.
Soft Opening: No plates, trays, no napkins/tissue, no forks.
Served only in paper and plastic bags. No sauces/condiments.
CASH ONLY

Address:
4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1

Sunday, November 25, 2018

THE CRYSTAL MALL FOOD COURT TOUR ASIAN CUISINE HILTON BURNABY METROTOWN - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



FOOD TOUR


The Crystal Mall (also known as Crystal Mall) is an Asian shopping
center in Burnaby next to Metrotown Mall.

It is also connected to The Hilton Hotel of Burnaby. If you're staying at the hotel the food court is easily accessible.

Crystal Mall has a very popular food court featuring international cuisine.
It can be intimidating for people visiting the food court.

What to eat? 
At the time of this post you will find Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian cuisine. Vendors may change. Quality may vary throughout the day.

It's best to eat here at Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner time for freshest prepared food.

Fung May Chinese Cuisine - Meal

Lots of congee and noodle options!

Lots of fried rice, on-rice dishes, and stir fried noodle options!

FREE tea included with food. 
Most of the vendors have self-serve tea dispensers.

We Ordered
A1 Sliced Fish Congee with side of noodles Combo $5
Decent congee portion, and lots of fish pieces. 
The side of stir fried noodles is nothing special, no meat, veggie only but still tasty.

A full order of Chow Mein. Nice portion and toppings!


Delicious BBQ - Meal

We Ordered
BBQ Duck Noodle Soup $12

Delicious BBQ duck soup! Chewy noodles, and flavorful broth.


Shanghai Fortune Cuisine - Small Snacks

Xiao Long Bao $5.49 (+ $5 Deposit for orders served in steamer)
Rice cake $4.25

Delicious xiao long bao! Great price and portion!
Very popular vendor, be prepared for a line up at lunch.

Tea Plus - Beverage

Finish off your meal at Crystal Mall with some bubble tea. There are several bubble tea vendors in the food court. 

Tea Plus has reasonable prices, and a variety of options. Drinks are  also well shaken by the shaker machine.

We Ordered
Oolong Milk Tea with Ice, no sugar.

Or if you like crepes, Chef Rong Noodle House or Happy Ice House offer Chinese crepes.




PRICE:
$-$$ low - mid priced food.

QUALITY:
Good quality for a food court. 
Food freshly prepared. Food safe temperature.
SERVICE:
Friendly. Fast, unfussy. English speaking.

VERDICT:
Good value, affordable Asian food court
with lots of choices.
CASH ONLY


Address4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1



Saturday, November 24, 2018

HANNAM KOREAN SUPERMARKET ROBSON STREET WEST END - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

HanNam Korean Supermarket is located in the heart of Robson Street in the Korean district.

It offers lots of options such as freshly made food to-go, Korean snacks imported, even Japanese sushi.

 Address: 202 1323 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6

Friday, November 23, 2018

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - ALVAR AND IVAR SWEDISH BAKERY GOTHENBURG GOTEBORG - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

GUTOM TRAVELS: ALVAR AND IVAR


Alvar and Ivar a small artisan bakery in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nice pastries, and bread in a cozy space.

Worth checking out if you're visiting Gothenburg.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

RETURN TO TANDOORI FLAME LARGEST INDIAN BUFFET ALL YOU CAN EAT SURREY BC AYCE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

TANDOORI FLAME REVISITED - Improved!




 We revisit Tandoori Flame to taste and see what's changed
since our first trip to the All You Can Eat Indian buffet back in June.

Tandoori Flame in Surrey is ready for the Holidays with Christmas
decorations greeting customers at the entrance. (Still November!)

This visit was at Lunch on Remembrance Day Monday.
They charge the Weekend price $22.99 on Holiday long weekends.
We arrived right at Opening 11:30 AM, there was a short line wait.

After a short wait, we were quickly seated.
Very spacious dining area and large windows with nice natural light!

At opening time, some of the food was missing from the buffet but it was added
soon after opening. Better to have food FRESH, rather than
it sitting on the buffet for many hours.

There is a halal section on the buffet. Nice addition!
Halal goat curry, halal butter chicken, and halal tandoori chicken!

The authentic naan oven is fun to watch. Fresh naan bread!

Chutneys. What a variety of flavors!

Salad bar, Soup, salads, fruits, and veggies.

Make Your Own Chutney! A cool feature of the buffet!


Finish the meal with chai tea! No free refill.

PRICE:
$$ Not the cheapest but still affordable.

QUALITY:
Excellent selection. Delicious flavors, and good food temperatures.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Water refills, and clearing plates.

VERDICT:
All You Can Eat. Large selection. Very good quality.
Clean restaurant, and friendly service.
Recommend going during lunch. After lunch
buffet may not be fresh.
Cash, Debit, Credit accepted.

Address:
11970 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8

Friday, November 9, 2018

SWEET JESUS SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM BURNABY METROTOWN - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



 Sweet Jesus is a soft serve ice cream chain originally from Toronto.

This is the first Sweet Jesus location in BC and Vancouver,
at Metrotown Burnaby.

The ice cream is covered in a variety of toppings, like Cookies & Cream,
Brownies, Nutella, and more.

Prices start at around $5 - $8 after tax and tip, and any extras,
expect to pay at least $10 for this soft serve ice cream.

We ordered Cookies & Cream $7.50, in a Waffle Cone $1.

How much?
$7.50 Regular Cookies & Cream,
$1 Waffle Cone + Tax = $8.93
+ 12% Tip $1.07
Total $10

PRICE:
$-$$ Not the cheapest ice cream soft serve.

QUALITY:
Lots of toppings. The ice cream itself doesn't
have much flavor. Regular size is a lot!
Recommend sharing! Waffle cone not made fresh.

SERVICE:
Friendly, helpful.

VERDICT:
Nice sweet treat for yourself, friends, and family.
The kids will love it.
Pricey soft serve but the portion is generous.
Lots of toppings variety to choose.
Cash, Debit accepted.

Address: Inside Metrotown across from Real Canadian Superstore
Burnaby, BC V5H 4L9

Monday, November 5, 2018

Oh! Zzhu Sam Korean Restaurant Burnaby Edmonds - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA




 Oh! Zzhu Sam in Burnaby has an odd name but the menu
is very good! Sizzling dishes, stews, and Korean food favorites.

There are 3 banchan side dishes offered.
Radish, kimchi, potato.



Tofu Soup
Steaming hot bowl of Soon Tofu Jjigae $9.50
Comes with a side of rice served in metal bowl not stone pot.

Nice amount of Tofu, beef, and veggies! The flavor is very good.

Steamed Pork Dumpling $10.50 8 Pieces.
Comes with a side of dipping sauce.

On this visit, the side dishes were replenished once
without extra charge.


HOW MUCH?
Dumplings $10.50
Tofu Soup $9.50
Side of Rice $2.00
TAX $1.10
TIP $3.47

TOTAL $26.57

PRICE:
$$ Typical pricing. Not cheap.

QUALITY:
Delicious! Very good Tofu Soup.
Lots of ingredients, meat portion, and flavor.
Small rice portion. Had to order extra rice.

SERVICE:
Friendly, helpful.

VERDICT:
Nice place for Korean food favorites. Flavorful and filling Tofu soup
Dumplings are decent portion size.
Cash, Debit accepted.

There are sizzling dishes on the menu that require 2 or more people before ordering.

Address:
 7506 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC V3N 1B4

Saturday, November 3, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUTOM! 1 YEAR ONLINE NOVEMBER 4 - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

November 4 is our domain registration and Youtube channel's birthday! One year online!

Thank you to all who watched, liked, subscribed, shared, and commented on Gutom's content!

More to come, so stay tuned!

 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

RAMEN HORIN AND SAKE SOFT OPENING ROBSON STREET JAPANESE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

RAMEN HORIN + SAKE SOFT OPENING



Ramen Horin is a new ramen shop on Robson Street.

Ramen Horin specializes in Fukuoka ramen Tonkotsu broth, but it has spicy chili sauce.

Soft Opening Menu - Simple menu, with option for
customization and toppings. No Sake or Gyoza. Limited toppings.
Note: We were told they are considering putting gyoza on the menu.

Ajitama Ramen $12.40
Plus Extra Chashu (4 Pieces) $4.50
Total $16.90

Chashu Ramen $13.95

Be careful!
There is a scoop of spicy chili sauce under the green onions.

The noodles at Ramen Horin are thin.
You can customize the firmness, soft, standard or firm.

You can also customize the fattiness of the broth.

The restaurant provides Tall water glasses to wash down the spicy chili flakes.

PRICE:
More expensive than Kintaro Ramen.

QUALITY:
Ok broth flavor. Thin pork pieces.
Green Onions were too strong.
Spicy Chili sauce may cause coughing.
No bean sprouts.

SERVICE:
Soft Opening. Friendly, helpful.

VERDICT:
Not cheap. Not the best.
Limited toppings, menu. Ok customization.
This style of ramen is not for everyone.
Busy at Lunch. Cash, Debit accepted.

There are better options in the area.

Address:
1226 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C1

Friday, October 26, 2018

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - SEGA GUBBEN GIANT CANDY SHOP GOTHENBURG GOTEBORG - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS GUTOM.CA


"Sweden's most beautiful candy shop!"

SEGA GUBBEN is a candy shop in Gothenburg Sweden
that features a large selection of bulk candy, sweets, chocolate,
ice cream, popcorn, chips, and more.

Sega Gubben is not associated with the videogame company SEGA.

The shop features a massive selection of bulk candy. Assorted flavors sour, sweet, salty.

Did you know? Salty Liquorice is very popular in Nordic countries.

The shop is nicely designed, perfect for families, and big kids.

There is also a self-serve soft serve ice cream, and slushes.
The soft serve ice cream is called Mjukglass. Pay at the counter.

Many brands of speciality chocolates!

There is also a selection of specialty chocolates, chips, popcorn.

This is the kind of place where you can easily get carried away putting stuff in the basket.

Definitely worth checking out this candy shop
if you live in or are visiting Gothenburg Sweden!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

OUT OF BUSINESS YOGI KOREAN SNACK BAR IS NOW CLOSED - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


So long, Yogi Korean Snack Bar!

The Kimbap was very good. Unfortunately, the high rent in Vancouver must have been too much for the business to handle. Sad to see businesses close.

Here is our updated video on Yogi Korean Snack Bar.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - GOTHENBURG CULTURE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL FOOD MARKET 2018 - GUTOM.CA





GOTHENBURG CULTURE FESTIVAL

Over 1,200 activities that are free of charge

In August each year streets and squares turn into party venues where you can indulge in a rich palette of culture, including opera, art, music, carnival, street performances, crafts, theatre, literature and films. The Culture Festival is a chance to sample cuisine from around the world, and listen to global performers and local bands.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

PHO LONG RESTAURANT VIETNAMESE CUISINE EAST VANCOUVER FRASER STREET - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


GOOD QUALITY AND CHEAP!



The Price is Right
Pho Long is one of the rare restaurants in Vancouver
offering a Large Bowl of Pho Beef Noodle soup Under $10. Too good to last forever, right?

 The space is large and is good for families. There's a large TV with Vietnamese entertainment, and lots of neon lights.

We noticed that this restaurant has a funny smell in the dining area, like bathroom cleanser or worse. Something off-putting. It stinks!

What We Ordered

#1 Pho Long Dac Biet Special Combination $9.55 Large
Rare beef, well done brisket, flank, tendon, beef ball, tripe.

Delicious combination of ingredients!

#27 Cha Gio Spring Rolls
Per Piece (1 Roll) $3.49 (2 Rolls) $6.98 (3 Rolls) $10.45

#30 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio $10.55
BBQ Pork, spring roll on noodles, no soup.

On a second trip to Pho Long.
#1 Pho Long Dac Biet Special $9.55 Large
Rare beef, well done brisket, flank, tendon, beef ball, tripe.

#23 Goi cuon Salad Roll $3.55
Pork, and Shrimp with noodles.



PRICE:
Very affordable. Good prices!

QUALITY:
Good portion size. Delicious light flavored broth.

SERVICE:
Straightforward service. Nothing fancy.
Good portion of bean sprouts, basil.

VERDICT:
Good prices, and portions. Generous noodles,
meat, and veggies. Tea, water, provided.
CASH ONLY.

Address:
3370 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 1B8

Friday, October 12, 2018

TIM HORTONS BELGIAN WAFFLE BREAKFAST SANDWICH - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



 Tim Horton's Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
is a new item $4.19.

The Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich features
sausage, egg, cheese, and maple syrup!

Sweet and salty. This small sandwich is surprisingly GOOD!
Waffle was slightly burned, but would definitely order again.
At $4, it is an ok price! Could be cheaper.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

GRAND VILLA CASINO FREE THANKSGIVING BUFFET AYCE HOLIDAY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

FREE BUFFET WITH A CATCH...




Grand Villa Casino, offered a FREE Thanksgiving
Buffet for Encore members on Oct 7, and Oct 8.

Basically, you have to spend money at the casino to get the complimentary buffet. Your dollars/ points are calculated each time you use the Encore Player's card in a slot machine or table.

The free buffet was/is VERY POPULAR.
Free food, a perfect way to get people in the casino.

The problem: Over 1-2 Hour wait to put your name on a wait-list,
followed by a 2-hour wait to get a table.



 While waiting for the 'FREE' buffet, you end up spending money. Like a $6 beer at the bar or playing slots or tables.

The buffet opened at 4pm and at 6pm
the line was cut off and people were turned away!

Inside the FREE buffet, a nice variety of holiday dishes.
Ham, turkey, salmon, pork chops, and more. No Beef Roast.

The Buffet at Grand Villa is small, with limited seating.
The amount of food is ok. Desserts, drinks, cold, and hot food.
No sushi at this buffet.

PRICE:
The buffet is valued at $20. FREE with Encore Membership (Player's card).

QUALITY:
All You Can Eat! OK sized Buffet. OK quality.
Turkey and pork chops were dry.
Ham, salmon, pasta were good.

SERVICE:
Extremely slow getting a table.
Food was replenished.

VERDICT:
Not the best quality but it is 'FREE' All You Can Eat Buffet,
Membership required. Very busy. Good for stuffing your face.
Show up very early before dinner hour 4pm.

Address4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

BEST APPLE PIE AT THE PIE HOLE CAFE THANKSGIVING CHRISTMAS VANCOUVER BURNABY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



Sweet and Savory pies in a retro cafe setting.
There are two locations, one in Vancouver, and Burnaby.

There are also Vegan options.

Apple Pie from The Pie Hole $28
with Thanksgiving packaging.
Can feed 4-5 adults. depending on slice sizes!

Definitely add vanilla ice cream! (Not sold at The Pie Hole)

PRICE:
$$ for family pie. Not cheap!

QUALITY:
Nice flavor, crust, and spices. Good selection.
Good coffee.

SERVICE:
Friendly, and answered questions.
Offering food, and drink.

VERDICT:
Unique and popular pie place. Recommend pre-order
for Holidays.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.


Address:
 3497 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4C3

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CHURCH'S CHICKEN VERSUS KFC FRIED CHICKEN GUTOM BATTLE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

GUTOM BATTLE CHURCH'S CHICKEN VERSUS KFC - FRIED CHICKEN BATTLE / COMPARISON



KFC (Total $17.21)
6 Piece Chicken Regular and Spicy ($10).
3 Piece Chicken Tenders  ($6.39) 3pc is the minimum order.



 Church's Chicken (Total $20.42)
10 Piece Chicken Regular and Spicy ($12.50 Promotion).
5 Piece Chicken Tender ($6.95) 5pc is the minimum order.

Chicken Tenders Comparison!

KFC Chicken Tenders, are consistently shaped,
seasoned with spices, and are lightly breaded.

Church's Chicken Tenders, vary in size, and shape.
The breading is thicker, and crunchy.

Chicken Drumstick Comparison!
KFC drumsticks are smaller. The skin/breading is soft and not crunchy.

Chicken Thigh Comparison!
KFC thighs are smaller. The skin/breading is soft and not crunchy.

Church's Chicken is more meaty, crunchy, has more batter.

KFC has the seasoning flavor. The breading, and skin are not crunchy.

KFC pieces are noticeably smaller than Church's Chicken.

Church's Chicken is the clear winner here. The portion size is larger. The breading is crisp, and crunchy, the chicken is moist, and you can tell that the chicken tender pieces are less manufactured / uniform looking, like they are cut organically by a human. The spice heat on the chicken was not hot at all, and easily tolerable.

Sure you can spend less at KFC, but the you get less quality.

KFC has the seasoning but not the freshness. The skin/breading of the chicken didn't seem crunchy, the chicken meat has a funny flavor. The portion size is small. he spice heat on the chicken was not hot at all, and easily tolerable.

Winner of this Gutom Battle is CHURCH'S CHICKEN!



Saturday, October 6, 2018

TIM HORTONS PUMPKIN SPICE ICED CAPP HALLOWEEN - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW - GUTOM.CA

Tim Horton's Pumpkin Spice Iced Capp promotion for October, Halloween, and Canadian Thanksgiving.


Pumpkin Spice Iced Capp
Small $3.09

Nothing mind-blowing.
It's an Iced Capp with pumpkin spice syrup.

Friday, October 5, 2018

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - EGG AND MILK RETRO AMERICAN DINER IN GOTHENBURG GOTENBORG - GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - BRUNCH AT EGG & MILK DINER GOTHENBURG



Egg & Milk is a retro American style diner in the heart of Gothenburg (Göteborg). It's a fun looking restaurant with a variety of brunch and lunch options. This place is popular, especially when the sun is out, the patio is full.

So how does the restaurant stack up to diners in North America?

What We Ordered:

Included: Minnesota Maple Flavored Syrup. (Though Canadian Maple is better.)

Blueberry Pancakes
4 pancakes 80 sek ($11.50 Canadian)

Free strawberry sauce.

Pancakes are fresh, hot, and very good!
Nice cake thickness, and potion size.



Ham and Cheese Omelette
70 sek ($10 Canadian)
Comes with toast, and salad.

Pretty healthy Ham and Cheese omelette!
Salad, and toast. No fries, hash browns or taters.


PRICE:
Ok value, but not too expensive.

QUALITY:
Very good Blueberry pancakes. Good omelette portion.

SERVICE:
Friendly. OK food service.

VERDICT:
Not an authentic greasy spoon. Order at the counter,
no table service, and no fries, hash browns, taters. Combos are limited in choice.

Egg & Milk is a breakfast diner with a healthy Swedish twist. Fun for the family.


Address:
Övre Husargatan 23, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden

Thursday, October 4, 2018

SYMPHONIE RESTAURANT DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER BREAKFAST LUNCH FILIPINO CAFE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

FILIPINO FOOD


Symphonie Restaurant is a breakfast and lunch cafe  in downtown Vancouver. It is on the ground floor of an office complex facing Pender Street.

This is a unique place with Western sandwiches, Filipino, Indian and Asian dishes. Very international! The variety is very good.

 Tocino Combo $10
Pork, Rice, Eggs, and Tomato.
Includes vinegar dip.

Side of Chicken Afritada (Complimentary)
Tomato Chicken Stew.

Sweet Spaghetti (ordered by another customer)

Dessert
Leche Flan
Caramel custard. (Complimentary)


PRICE:
$-$$ Ok prices for downtown Vancouver.

QUALITY:
Flavorful Filipino home cooking cafeteria style.
Nice ingredients.

SERVICE:
Friendly, and fast.

VERDICT:
A restaurant in downtown Vancouver
serving Western, Filipino and Asian dishes.

CASH, CARD. Open Breakfast and Lunch only.





Address:
1140 W Pender St Unit #120, Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

COMEBUY BUBBLE TEA TAIWANESE CRYSTAL MALL BURNABY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


Comebuy Bubble Tea is another chain Taiwanese Bubble Tea shop
that has popped up in the Lower Mainland. This one is in
Burnaby at Crystal Mall (outdoor access).



There is also another location in Kerrisdale.

One size offered, All large sizes.
Limited English on menu. Ingredients in Chinese?

 What We Ordered

QQ Milk Tea $5.50 - Large (One size offered)
Konjac Jelly at the top, and Pearls (boba) at bottom.
Some ice, but it was mostly milk and tea.

PRICE:
Typical bubble tea prices $5+. More than Starbucks.

QUALITY:
QQ Milk Tea was good. A bit sweet.
Recommend reducing sugar.

SERVICE:
Friendly, fast preparation.
The menu is mostly in Chinese but explanation
in English was helpful.

VERDICT:
Unique flavors, small menu with limited English.
Small shop, cramped, limited seating.
One drink size only. CASH, DEBIT.

Address1610 - 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2A9

Monday, October 1, 2018

COCKROACHES! POPULAR VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT BUN CHA CA HOANG YEN | Vancouver Food Reviews - Gutom.ca

Would you still eat at a restaurant if you knew they had a pest problem?

A popular restaurant in Vancouver called Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen, draws crowds for their authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Everyday people line up to eat at this small cramped establishment on Victoria Drive in South East Vancouver.

We've been to this restaurant several times and have always had a good meal. On one occasion we were shocked to see a cockroach on the wall right next to our table.

If there's one roach, there's probably many more!

We've reviewed this restaurant before and think the food is pretty good, however roaches in plain sight is not acceptable!






Read our previous review here.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - SWEDISH MATCH SNUS TOBACCO CAFE GOTHENBURG GOTEBORG - GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - TOBACCO CAFE GOTHENBURG

Swedish Match is a brand and manufacturer of smokeless Tobacco, and Snus.


Snus is commonly sold in the Nordic countries but sale is illegal
in all the European Union except Sweden. - Wikipedia



 At Swedish Match Cafe locations they serve drinks, 
and a variety of snus.

You can also blend your own snus,
and purchase individual pouches or containers.

The price of snus and drinks are on the Menu (Meny)  
Espresso 15 sek ($2 Canadian).

Snus is a moist powder tobacco product originating from a
variant of dry snuff in early 18th-century Sweden.
It is placed in upper lip for extended periods. - Wikipedia

Friendly and knowledgeable staff explain the various tobacco
blends for you to choose.

We tried the popular one Göteborgs Rapé.

The tobacco is in a special area!

Espresso and Snus total 35 sek ($5 Canadian)
Chocolate is included with the coffee!


PRICE:
Very affordable.

QUALITY:
Good coffee. Snus has a salty flavor like liquorice.
It also has a tingling sensation on the gums. 

SERVICE:
Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.

VERDICT:
A unique cafe experience for locals and tourists. 
You may feel lightheaded from snus.
Note: Increase in risk of Cancer warning. 


Address: 
Kungstorget 10, 411 10 Göteborg, Sweden

Saturday, September 29, 2018

BEST BUDGET BREAKFAST HONOLULU CAFE HONG KONG STYLE CHINESE CANTONESE CUISINE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Is this the best budget breakfast in Vancouver?



Honolulu Cafe specializes in Hong Kong Cuisine.
Chinese food with a Western twist.


Despite being called Honolulu, there are no Hawaiian
dishes on the menu.

Breakfast at Honolulu Cafe is less than $10,
and you get a main dish, side, and drink.



 What We Ordered (Breakfast)

Spanish Omelette, French Toast.
Fish Ball noodle soup,and HK Coffee.

The French Toast is soft, chewy and VERY GOOD!

Scrambled egg, corned beef, and French Toast.
Satay beef in noodle soup.


Dinner menu at Honolulu Cafe is more expensive than breakfast,
but there is a set menu that includes rice.

What We Ordered (Dinner)

Steak on sizzling platter with fries and veggies. 
Side of spaghetti noodles.

Pork on rice with cheese, and tomato sauce.
- Strange dish, but unique combination.

Bitter Melon and Fish with black bean sauce.
- Good not overly bitter. 

Tofu, pork and Seafood hotpot. 
- Nice variety of ingredients.

PRICE:
Very affordable for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
Good Value. 

QUALITY:
Asian fast food. Pretty good quality, and portion size.

SERVICE:
Generally fast, but servers often mix up orders/tables often. Servers can be rude. 

VERDICT:
The price is right. Quality Asian and Western food.
CASH ONLY.

Address3340 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L1

Friday, September 28, 2018

CHING PALACE GOTHENBURG SWEDEN ALL YOU CAN EAT LUNCH BUFFET ASIAN MONGOLIAN GRILL

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - CHING PALACE BUFFET MONGOLIAN GRILL

#AYCE


Ching Palace is an All You Can Eat Asian buffet in the center of
Gothenburg (Göteborg) Sweden.




Follow the rules, and don't waste any food!


Lunch Buffet Price Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm
119 Swedish Kroner ($13.46 USD, $17.50 Canadian)

There is also a Dinner and Weekend price of 169 Swedish Kroner.

Swedes love a good SMÖRGÅSBORD! 
So much food! Raw meats, veggies for Mongolian grill, fried cooked food,
sushi, salad, desserts, coffee, tea, soda.

Ok selection of sushi and cold dishes. Not the biggest selection of sushi
but it's good to have the choice.

The Mongolian Grill is very hot and cooks very fast!
You get your food within a few minutes. While waiting you can get
drinks, and more food!

Desserts
Pastry tart, and Fried banana. Coffee, Tea.

VALUE:
Affordable All You Can Eat Buffet.

QUALITY:
Good variety. Raw food was cooked well, and hot.

SERVICE:
Somewhat friendly. Fast cooking, clearing plates. 

VERDICT:
Very good price, and lots of food. Very busy
at lunch. Perfect for tourists, office crowd.
Baby Strollers may not be welcome.

AddressSödra Hamngatan 2, 411 06 Göteborg, Sweden

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SHARETEA BUBBLE TEA TAIWANESE DRINK KINGSWAY JOYCE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA



ShareTea is a popular international Bubble Tea chain.
This is the soft opening of the fourth location
in Vancouver.

Bubble tea (Boba) is a drink invented in Taiwan.
Containing chewy tapioca balls, tea, milk, and more.

Sharetea prices range $3.80-$6.30.
Add toppings .50 cents each.

Sharetea prices range $3.80-$6.30.
Add toppings .50 cents each.

VALUE:
Costs more than Starbucks.

QUALITY:
It tastes like bubble tea.

SERVICE:
Soft Opening means slow service.
Staff figuring things out.
They made a mistake with customer orders.

VERDICT:
Another bubble tea chain offering
drink customization. Big space, lots of seats.
Free Wifi. Cash, Debit accepted.

Address:
3619 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5M1

PHO THAI HANG 2 VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

For the adventurous eater.



Pho Thai Hang 2 sounds like a funny name for a restaurant.
The outside of the restaurant is plastered in Vietnamese
language so it seems very intimidating.

If you can get past the store front, the menus inside are in English and you will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of authentic food.

This place offers a variety of authentic Vietnamese food,  not just your standard Pho Beef Noodle soup. While the Pho is fine in itself, there are plenty of other dishes worth trying on repeat visits.

The restaurant is large, and has been around many years. It is popular with real Vietnamese families. It was pretty clean on the times we've been here.

What We Ordered

The #32 Pork Skewer and Deep Fried Spring Roll over vermicelli. No Soup.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee.

Lemon Grass pork and rice comes with a side of soup.

VALUE:
Good prices, combos, and portion size.

QUALITY:
Fresh veggies, hot BBQ, and fried spring rolls.

SERVICE:
Basic, fast, friendly. Can be slow during peak times.

VERDICT:
Authentic Vietnamese eats., and good prices.
Large menu, and lots of seating. CASH ONLY.

Address:
 1962 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 4N8




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

DOSA FACTORY INDIAN CREPE SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE ON KINGSWAY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

DOSA FACTORY SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE



Dosa Factory on Kingsway serves authentic South Indian Cuisine.
Specializing in Indo-Chinese North Indian, and Tandoori dishes.

Dosa Factory serves more than 100 varieties of Dosas. That's a lot of Dosa!

 What We Ordered
Lamb Dosa
Lamb Biryani

They also have daily specials like Monday Dosa for $6. Prices have gone up so check the website.

VALUE:
Good prices.

QUALITY:
Nicely cooked dosa, and rice dishes.

SERVICE:
Good service. Nothing special.

VERDICT:
Good place to get some quality Dosa and
South Indian Cuisine.

Address:
1345 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E3

Sunday, September 23, 2018

MCDONALD'S SWEDEN SWEET POTATO FRIES AND CHICKEN HOT WINGS - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - MCDONALD'S SWEET POTATO FRIES

McDonald's in Sweden has a few menu items that you can't get
in Canada. Sweet Potato Fries, and Hot Wings!



On the first Trip to McDs
Sweet Potato Fries and Filet-O-Fish.

Sweet Potato Fries
25 Swedish Kroner ($2.84 USD, $3.68 Canadian)

Sweet Potato Fries were nice and crispy. Sprinkled with big salt pieces.
Maybe a little too salty.

Filet-O-Fish was good, and had real fish. The sandwich seemed smaller than North American size.

On the second Trip to McDs
Sweet Potato Fries and Hot Wings.

Hot Wings aka Buffalo Wings
20 Swedish Kroner ( $2.28USD, $2.94 Canadian)
3 Pieces

The Hot Wings were good but not spicy.


BA LE DELI & BAKERY BANH MI SECOND LOCATION AT BROADWAY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

BA LE DELI & BAKERY BANH MI SECOND LOCATION AT BROADWAY -  VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Popular Vietnamese sub sandwich shop Ba Le Deli & Bakery, a Vietnamese sandwich shop (Banh Mi) has opened a second location. This one is on Broadway.



This location is cleaner, more modern, but not as busy as the original
location on Kingsway.

The prices are the same, but the service seems to be less friendly.

We ordered
Special  #5
Meatball Special #11

VALUE:
Ok. Less than $10, but more than $5.

QUALITY:
Good sandwich veggies, deli meats but the bread
didn't taste as fresh at this location.

SERVICE:
Unfriendly at this location.

VERDICT:
Go to the Kingsway location for better service
and Banh Mi.

Address:
691 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1X7

Saturday, September 22, 2018

COMING SOON MICHI CRAFT KITCHEN AT KINGSWAY AND BOUNDARY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS GUTOM.CA


Michi Craft Kitchen. Sounds interesting.


EPIC SMÖRGÅSBORD BRUNCH BUFFET AT NORDA GOTEBORG CLARION HOTEL POST GOTHENBURG SWEDEN TRAVEL - GUTOM TRAVELS GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE - CLARION HOTEL POST BRUNCH

EPIC SMÖRGÅSBORD BRUNCH BUFFET AT NORDA GOTEBORG CLARION HOTEL POST - GOTHENBURG SWEDEN TRAVEL


Clarion Hotel Post is located across from Gothenburg's Central Station in a historic former post office.

Art Deco meets Scandinavian style, the hotel was designed by Semrén & Månsson Architectural. It features a conference center, restaurant, bar, lounge and rooftop pool.

For locals and travellers to Göteborg (Gothenburg)
Norda offers a unique brunch experience in hip surroundings.

 The Brunch at Norda: An impressive All You Can Eat cold salad bar, charcuterie, and dessert buffet. The Brunch includes one warm entree from the kitchen. Choose from flank steak, burger and fries, cod fish and potatoes, and more.

At 315 Swedish Kroners ($36 USD, or $46 Canadian)
it is definitely not a cheap brunch, but the variety and quality make this buffet well worth it.

Cheeses, meats, bread, veggies, pickled herring, raw salmon, cakes, cookies and more. This is the perfect example of the Swedish Smörgåsbord!

There is a strictly enforced 2 hour sitting/eating time limit.
However, you are allowed to continue enjoying the dessert bar,
tea and coffee in the lounge area.


The space is very large, and at night it is turned into a nightclub bar.

What We Ordered
Entree - Hamburger (Slider Size) and Fries.
Cheddar cheese, tomato, chipotle mayonnaise, salad, and fires.
- It was good. too small portion size, a little overdone.

Entree - Flank Steak
Spinach, mushroom, red wine sauce & fries.
- Dry on outside, but moist on the inside.

Entree - Cod Fish and Potatoes
Dill, mussel, & roe cream sauce.
-Very good, tender.

VALUE:
All You Can Eat and not cheap but not overly expensive.

QUALITY:
Excellent variety, and attention to fresh quality.

SERVICE:
Friendly, fast service at the time of this visit.

VERDICT:
Very good brunch for special occasions in a
historic building.

OBSERVATIONS:
There were no eggs in the buffet. No Scrambled eggs, no hard boiled eggs.
Eating / Sitting time strictly enforced to 2 hours.

TIP
Definitely make a reservation.

Address:
Drottningtorget 10, 411 03 Göteborg, Sweden

Monday, September 17, 2018

KINTARO HANDMADE TONKOTSU RAMEN JAPANESE NOODLE SOUP - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


Kintaro Handmade Tonkotsu Ramen is a popular authentic Japanese noodle soup restaurant that has been in Vancouver's West End for many years. Located in small space at Robson and Denman across from Stanley Park, Kintaro's popularity never seems to fade, despite other ramen shops opening up all over the area.

There is always a line to eat here because the food is consistently good. It's ramen you can rely on when you have a craving for authentic good noodle soup.

On the menu, many delicious pork ramen varieties to choose from with good prices.
Choose your soup base fat level (Rich, Medium, Light), and pork style (Fat or Lean).


Customize your ramen with more toppings like kimchi, seaweed, egg and even butter!

Be sure to read the RULES! 

Tip: Ask to sit at the bar for the best seat in the house!

What We Ordered

BBQ Pork Shoyu Ramen $12.95
Half & Half Fat and Lean Pork

The egg and toppings offer a nice variety of textures.
The noodles are cooked perfectly, and delicious!

Gyoza (5pcs) $4.95
Nice pork filling and crispy outside. So good with gyoza sauce!
Sprinkle Japanese chili seasoning shichimi for extra flavor.

Kintaro also offers a loyalty card. Buy 5 Ramens get a free gyoza. Buy 10 ramen get a free ramen!

VALUE:
Good portion size, and pricing!

QUALITY:
Excellent handmade, fresh, full of flavor, and textures.

SERVICE:
Friendly, fast service at the time of this visit.

VERDICT:
Kintaro Ramen is awesome and worth
repeat visits. Get there early. You might have to wait in line during
lunch, dinner, weekends.


Address: 788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9



Saturday, September 15, 2018

GUTOM TRAVELS - BOROUGH MARKET LONDON ENGLAND UK PAELLA DUCK CONFIT

What's up Gutomers! Celebrating our 100th Video.

Have a short layover in London? Check out our video from Borough Market, in London, England.

Getting to BOROUGH MARKET FROM GATWICK AIRPORT is easy.

Take Thameslink to London Bridge. Walk a little bit from London Bridge station and you will find the market. You will need an Oyster Card to purchase your train ticket. An Oyster card contains your electronic funds for transit. There are Oyster Card vendors in the airport.



BOROUGH MARKET established in 1014 is at South End of London Bridge.

A perfect place to grab lunch if you're passing through London
on a Layover or Stopover.

The ART DECO style transports you to a different time!

You'll soon notice that cooking in large woks is very popular in the market!

The market has a large variety of food vendors, and artisan shops.
Choosing what to eat can be a challenge. The food is very international.


What We Ordered:

Bomba Paella £7 ($12 Canadian)
Chicken, Seafood, and Chorizo.

A nice combination of seafood but a little difficult to eat with a fork!
The paella was hot, and fresh. Careful you might burn your mouth!

Duck Confit Sandwich £6 ($10 Canadian) at Le Marche du Quatier.
This was a ok sandwich. The bread was hard, and the duck was a little overcooked.
Perhaps a bad batch?

During the busy lunch hour be prepared to queue up for popular eateries.

There is something for everyone here at Borough Market.
Prices seem reasonable, even local office workers and students eat here.

Take a walk over the bridge to Liverpool Street Station
to catch a train to Standsted Airport if you have a connecting flight.

This is a great place to visit!

Address
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK

Fact: London Bridge Attack of 2017
 On 3 June 2017, a terrorist attack involving vehicle-ramming and stabbing took place in London, England. A van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing on the south bank of the River Thames. Its three occupants then ran to the nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs. The attackers were Islamistsinspired by Islamic State (ISIS).[8] They were shot dead by Metropolitan Police officers and were found to be wearing fake explosive vests.[9] Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants. via Wikipedia

Friday, September 14, 2018

GUTOM TRAVELS - AIR PLANE FOOD IN-FLIGHT MEAL AIRTRANSAT VANCOUVER TO LONDON GATWICK GUTOM.CA


Gutom Travels is back! After 4 weeks away in Sweden we are ready to post more videos. Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel and Twitter for updates.

This video is the first in the new series of new Gutom Travels.


Air Transat
Departing Flight Vancouver to London (Gatwick)

$6.75 Vodka Soda (Canadian Dollars)
 Coffee, Tea, Water, Juice, were included.

Chicken Provencal - chicken, sauce, orzo (pasta), veggies.
Comes with side dish, bread (dinner roll/bun w/ butter), and chocolate covered berries.

There is a complimentary Wine or Beer with the meal.
All other alcoholic drinks you must buy. Coffee, tea, water are usually
included with the meal service.



Air Transat
Returning Flight London (Gatwick) to Vancouver. Around 10 Hours.

$6.75 Vodka Soda (Canadian Dollars)
 Coffee, Tea, Water, Juice, were included.

Garlic and Ginger Chicken - chicken, sauce, rice, veggies.
Comes with side dish, bread (dinner roll/bun w/ butter), and chocolate covered berries.

The Garlic and Ginger Chicken was very good. It was just the right food temperature, fresh and hot, with mild garlic flavor.

Like the first flight there is a complimentary Wine or Beer with the meal.
All other alcoholic drinks you must buy. Coffee, tea, water are usually
included with the meal service.

Complimentary snack before landing.
Pizza Bread, tomato sauce, cheese. (meatless)

Overall the food was good. Small portion size typical of airplane food. The ingredients used looked good and tasted like a real meal.

The chocolate blueberries were addicting.

The service on this flight was very good and friendly. Came back with refreshments, and to take trash.

Payment
They don't take Debit cards, or cash. Only Credit cards are accepted.

TIP: If there are extra meals/snacks like the Pizza bread the flight attendant may or may not hand them out. You can always ask. On this flight, the flight attendant let passengers know there was extra.





Sunday, August 12, 2018

KOREAN CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2018 - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Korean Cultural Heritage Festival at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby August 4, 2018. A fun family event with entertainment, and food! There was Kukkiwon Taekwondo demonstration, traditional music, and even modern kpop.

What We Ordered:

Bulgogi $10
Beef and Rice. It was ok. Not the most flavorful, and the portion size was small for $10.

Deep Fried Dumplings (Pork, 5 Pieces) $5
Originally the vendor advertised 4 Pieces for $5 but they decided to add another dumpling. Good portion size, and at $1 a piece, good deal.


Unlike previous years at Korean Cultural Heritage Festival, the City of Burnaby didn't have a drinking water station. One of the city employees at the venue said that all the water pipes were used by the vendors, thus no drinking water station. Very bad especially in the heat! There was only 1 drinking water fountain at the back of the stadium and a line-up.

Maybe in 2019, they will have the water station back. Buying bottled water from the vendors is not good.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

POWELL STREET FESTIVAL 2018 JAPANESE FESTIVAL - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Powell Street Festival is a celebration of the Japanese-Canadian culture in Vancouver.
It is held at Oppenheimer Park in East Vancouver.



A 2-day event with martial arts, family activities, historical walking tours and of course FOOD!

What We Ordered:

BBQ Salmon Dinner Plate $10
Comes with rice, and coleslaw.

Salmon BBQ was slightly salty. Cooked well and not burned.
It fell apart very easily.

Watch out for the bones in the Salmon BBQ!

Spam Musubi
1 Piece for $3
Spam on rice wrapped with seaweed.
Spam and rice is a simple combination, popular in Hawaiian cuisine.


Takoyaki
Octopus or Squid
 6 Pieces for $6

Takoyaki octopus was very good. Maybe a little doughy and soft.
Nice toppings, and sauce. Good portion size and price.

There's also a Sumo Tournament!
Sumo Tournament also had women competitors.
Winners get a bag of white rice from Fujiya Japanese Market!

Powell Street Fest is a nice way to spend the BC Day Long Weekend. The street parking is limited so walking to the park is a good a idea.

It is located in the downtown east side, so be aware of your belongings. The organizers do a good job of cleaning up the park for the event.

CASH ONLY. Bring cash. No debit or credit accepted by the vendors. There is an ATM in the Buddhist Temple open to the public.
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH AT RE-UP BBQ RIVER MARKET NEW WESTMINSTER - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


Epic Fried Chicken Sandwich at Re-Up BBQ.

Re-Up BBQ at River Market in New Westminster is a popular eatery known for their Southern BBQ and Fried Chicken. They use ingredients made in-house, and sandwich buns sourced from a bakery in the same building. They started in 2010 as a food truck and eventually got a space in the River Market.



The previous owner was inspired by the TV show 'The Wire,' so he named the business Re-Up. 'Proposition Joe' Platter on their menu is named after the character from the show.

Note: We were invited to River Market to try the chicken sandwich. The meal in this video was complimentary. As a new low budget blog, we appreciate the kind gesture. However, as you can see from the video, the Chicken Sandwich is pretty awesome, so we will be making repeat visits to Re-Up using our own hard earned cash.

Famous Fried Chicken Sandwich
- Chicken Marinated for 24 hours
- Homemade Guac
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Homemade Chipotle Mayo
- Homemade Spicy Coleslaw
- Cheese
- Jalapeño Chili Pepper
- Bacon Smoked and Cured in House!
- Kaiser Bun from Pamola Bakery & Deli

This chicken sandwich is fully loaded with flavor and ingredients made in-house. Now that's EPIC!

The chicken was tender, and the batter has a nice crunch with the bacon. The cheese, guac, bacon, coleslaw and sauces are an awesome combination.

The Kaiser bun was soft and holds all the ingredients well enough before getting messy.

The spicy coleslaw, and chili pepper has a mild spicy flavor and had no lingering burn. The other ingredients like cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, mayo, and guac, overpower the spice which is good because you want to be able to enjoy the sandwich without a burning mouth.

Regular Fries
Pretty good, with some seasoning. The fries are thin cut with no potato skins. They also have Poutine Fries.

Sweet Tea
Very good. Definitely sweet. Order the lemon soda if you're not a fan of sweet drinks.

Chicken Sandwich $9.75
Fries $4.75
Sweet Tea $2.75

Re-Up offers discounts everyday of the week for students, teachers, police and firefighters,
goofy outfits, and more. Be sure to ask about the weekly deals before ordering.





Kaiser Buns used at Re-Up are baked fresh and delivered  from Pamola Bakery & Deli
in River Market!

VALUE:
Generous portion size, and good price.

QUALITY:
Excellent ingredients made in-house.
No skimping on the good stuff!

SERVICE:
Very good. Friendly and fast.

VERDICT:
Good menu, very good price, portion size,
and ingredients. Re-Up BBQ is a two thumbs up!




 Address: 810 Quayside Dr,
New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9
Visit
https://reupbbq.com/

http://rivermarket.ca/

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