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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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!