Thursday, April 28, 2016

SPAGHeTEI interesting and varied

Spaghetei Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Finally got around to trying SPAGHeTEI, the Japanese take on spaghetti.
It's a small space that can get quite popular. Even so, seat spacing is really quite good, and you don't get a squashed-in feeling common to many places now.
Went on a Thursday night and there was just one frantic waitress on the floor.

English over the phone while making my reservation was also quite poor and my reservation ended up being scrambled from 8 persons to 8pm. Best to show up in person to make a reservation unless you're speaking Japanese.

Apparently you can't get a pot of tea here, but hot green tea is complimentary.
Of the spaghetti I tried, each has a very different character, so if you can, go in a small group and try various types. In the end I found the taste mediocre, but bonus points for interestingness and a lunchtime happy hour when you can get their most popular spaghetti at just under $10, plus other discounts.

Green Garlic Bread
  • You get one piece per person for free of this once you've placed your order.
  • The green part doesn't taste like anything at all.
  • Tastes like butter plus something sweet melted in there. Sugar maybe.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - complimentary garlic bread

Double Meat Sauce ($12) Our signature meat sauce with sliced beef topped with diced boiled egg.
  • Of the ones I tried, this sweet sauce made it closest to a "normal" spaghetti. A safe choice but also boring as a result.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - double meat sauce

The Small Barayaki (-$1; on the left) isn't significantly less than the Large Barayaki (+$1; picture on the right), so super-sizing an order didn't seem worth it to me. However, downsizing to get it at $1 less generally just loses you some pasta, which isn't a bad idea. Doesn't look like a lot of meat/toppings lost.

2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - barayaki - small (left), large (right)

Barayaki ($13) Pan fried beef and onions with barayaki sauce (teriyaki-like sauce).
  • Some flavour to the noodles but not enough so that it's somewhat bland. You could try the spicy chili powder or parmesan available at the table if you run out of beef to accompany each bite.
  • Quite sweet beef, tender and thinly sliced. The highlight of the dish and tasty.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - barayaki (large)

Mentaiko ($13) Mentaiko (cod roe), shrimp, and assorted muchrooms topped with dried seaweed.
  • The cod roe is extensively mixed into the noodles.
  • For me, this was more interesting than tasty. Wouldn't order it again now that I've tried it.
  • Texture has basically no sauce in the noodles.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - mentaiko (regular)

Crème brûlée ($4.80)
  • Sizable deep-dish portion for a low price, compared to crème brûlée you could get elsewhere.
  • Tasted like a decently done crème brûlée. Nothing wrong here and price is excellent for portion.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - creme brulee

Powder Snow Milk Syrup ($4.50)
  • How the frozen milk is shaved makes it like powdery snow.
  • Fun to eat and price is OK but toppings are quite boring.
2016-Apr-24 SPAGHeTEI - powder snow milk syrup

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tonight for Tomorrow charity dining event

Just got an e-mail from Mealshare today regarding their charity dining event on May 18th! Here's the blurb:
I hope all is amazing on your end. Have anything new or exciting to report?
I wanted to reach out and tell you about, Tonight For Tomorrow, Mealshare’s first ever fundraiser/our biggest event ever! It will be a decentralized fundraiser happening on May 18th across 12+ restaurants in Vancouver (and a bunch in Calgary). For every dollar spent on dinner that night, one dollar will be donated to Mealshare to help us grow. How amazing is that?!?! This event will have a massive impact on Mealshare and the youth we help, so I’d really LOVE your help spreading the word.
Many of Vancouver's most prominent city landmarks and buildings (ie BC Place, Science World, and many more) will be light up orange in support of our big event. It will be an evening of delicious food, prizes, and impact!
To help generate a buzz, we've created "The Most Delicious Petition Ever" where people can sign up and commit to dining out that night to help fight youth hunger. Here’s our pop-up site and the petition is near the top of the page. http://www.mealshare.ca/tft
Ideally, we'd love it if you'd share our link to the petition through your mailing list and/or your social media handles (I’ve attached a resource package, which will make this very easy). And, if you're in town on May 18th it would be awesome if maybe you and a group of people could go and eat at Fortune House as they are actually creating 3 different Mealshare set menus for the evening!
Here’s the FB event link, please feel free to invite friends and family. http://bit.ly/1rdj7sl 
Thanks so much in advance for all your support!
The 12 participating restaurants in Greater Vancouver at this time are:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)

Bought a pack of Yves Veggie Cuisine Family Pack Veggie Burgers from Save-on-Foods on sale at $8 -- which works out to $1 per patty. Patties are acceptably moderate sized and don't shrink when heated up.

Aroma of pan-heated burger is strangely like dried shrimp, flavour was sort of wheaty and like cornmeal. Texture was very good as a burger substitute, however, and was like a tender patty.

Overall I would bury this under other tasty burger fillings as the patty itself isn't very tasty. If you want a tasty patty, go for something more exotic like mushroom or that is curried (like Relish, which has a really decent one). Alternatively, Yves Veggie Cuisine does have a line of gluten-free burgers of different flavours.

Note this particular product is not gluten-free. Probably last of the stock being sold in preparation for getting the new gluten-free flavours.

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)

Yves Veggie Cuisine - Family Pack Veggie Burgers (vegan)