Author - Edmund C

Co-founder of Nomtrips.com. We travel as a family, with a mix of activities to go along with our foodie adventures.

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CenturyLink Field – Where the Seattle Seahawks Play. 5 Places to Eat and Drink within a 10 Minute Walk

1. Morning Coffee: Zeitgeist Art & Coffee (5 minute walk to CenturyLink Field)

Zeitgeist Art & Coffee is located in Pioneer Square. They serve local coffee, breakfast sandwiches, soups, and salads. While you’re there check out the local art on the walls. Don’t forget to check out the pastries as well.

171 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
Hours are Monday – Friday 6am – 7pm; Saturday 7am – 7pm; Sunday 8am – 6pm
Menu

2. Seattle Brewery & Pub: Pyramid Alehouse Restaurant (6-8 minute walk to CenturyLink Field)

Founded in 1984, Pyramind Alehouse Restaurant is a staple in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring craft beers, pub food, and their signature Pyramid Pale Ale.

1201 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, United States
Hours are daily 11am – 9pm
Menu

3. Seattle Brewery & Pub: Seattle’s Historic Triangle Pub (3 minute walk to CenturyLink Field)

Former hotel and brothel, Seattle’s Historic Triangle Pub has been a staple in Pioneer Square for over 35 years. Knowns as the “Best Dive Bar in Pioneer Square” this is a local favorite on game days.

553 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
Hours are daily 11am – 10pm; Happy hour 3pm – 6pm
Website

4. Cured Meats and Sandwiches: Salumi Artisan Cured Meats (5-6 minute walk to CenturyLink Field)

Cured right in the Pacific Northwest, Salumi offers many types of meats and sandwiches. From hot (think Meatball), cold (think Salami) and signature sandwiches (monthly specials – October 2019 shown below).

404 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11am – 3pm; Open Sundays 11am – 1:30pm only for Seahawks games. Otherwise closed Sundays.
Menu + Order Online

5. Seattle’s Newest: Momosan Ramen & Sake (6 minute walk to CenturyLink Field)

Opened September 2019, “Iron Chef” Morimoto opened his establishment only a few blocks from Century Link Field. Known for some specials like the gyukotsu ramen, a 7 hour braised beef rib, kale namul, black pepper oil, and aji-tama. They only serve 25 of these a day so get there early if you want to try it.

504 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
Hours are 5pm – 11pm Monday – Sunday.
First come, first served. No reservations.
Sake Menu | Ramen Menu

bubble tea addict tumbler by missy sippy tumbler

Interview with @missysippytumbler’s Bernice Cheng and her mission to be an eco-aware foodie

We sat down with @missysippytumbler ‘s Bernice Cheng to learn more about her aspiring reusable cup business inspired by the goal of raising awareness for the environment.

Nomtrips: Tell us a little about Missy Sippy Tumbler.

Bernice: Missy Sippy focuses on handmaking customizable tumblers that are eco-friendly for users. Our tumblers are great for storing beverages such as bubble tea, smoothies, milkshakes and more.

Our tumblers are assembled by yours truly. And customers have the option to get their tumbler customized. They can either send me their own design or I can design the decors based on their request.

To get the design onto the tumbler, we use a machine to cut the vinyl that sticks to the tumblers and then apply a layer of top coat (aka.Epoxy) onto the tumbler to secure the design. It requires at least 12 hours for the epoxy to cure. For this partial reason, our customer’s would usually need to wait roughly 2 weeks for the tumbler to complete.

Nomtrips: What inspired you to the idea?

Bernice: It all began with my annual Christmas DIY gifts for my friends. I enjoy crafting and it helps to keep my budget low during the festive season. During November 2018 while I was lining up at a Bubble tea shop, I saw a mountain of used plastic cups in the trash can.  I didn’t feel good looking at it. But that was also when the light bulb inside my head lit up. And that’s how I began my Missy Sippy journey.

Nomtrips: What do you want foodies to know about being eco-aware and plastics?

Bernice: It’s all about getting into the habit of bringing your own reusable containers or shopping bags when you head out the door. Yes, sometimes it’s troublesome to bring it with you but long term wise you are creating less waste for the planet. It’s the small habits that make a huge impact. As cheesy as it sounds, we only have one earth and we need to treat it with care.

Nomtrips: Describe the reaction from McDonald’s, Coco and Starbucks when you asked them to use your own cup.

Bernice: It’s all about getting into the habit of bringing your own reusable containers or shopping bags when you head out the door. Yes, sometimes it’s troublesome to bring it with you but long term wise you are creating less waste for the planet. It’s the small habits that make a huge impact. As cheesy as it sounds, we only have one earth and we need to treat it with care.

When we asked a McDonald’s staff, his reaction was a little bit confused at first. But he asked his manager and he gave him an “okay” signal. They were nice about it. 

When we asked a Coco Fresh Tea & Juice staff to make us 10 drinks, we kept the drinks simple and try to go at the time that there are fewer people in the store. The staffs there were very nice. They gave me the feeling of, “Okay, large order coming up, let’s get it done!”, and within 10 minutes they were done with our order.

As for Starbucks, they were used to the concept of people bringing in their own tumblers. They were very open-minded about this idea. Therefore, we had no problem using our tumblers. Starbucks even encourages people to bring your own tumbler by giving 10 cents off to your purchase.

We had another interesting encounter a couple of days ago when we brought our tumblers to a restaurant. When we ask if it would be alright to put our drinks in our tumbler, the waitress looked confused and paused for a second. Her response was, “Yes! Of course! That way we can wash fewer cups!”. It was hilarious. I guess it was a win-win situation?

Nomtrips: Any tips to when you order?

Bernice: Always ask and be ready to take “No” for an answer. Always ask the staff to see if it’s alright to use your tumblers or containers beforehand. If they look confused, just explain to them your intention. If they say “No”, that’s alright too. Don’t be upset with the cashier or waiter because, at the end of the day, we as consumers need to respect the store’s decision as well.

Nomtrips: Where you’re hoping to go with it? A business… Do you have partners?

Bernice: Right now, I look at Missy Sippy as a hobby and hope to influence people to start bringing their own containers to restaurants or shopping bags to supermarkets. I find it important to slowly incorporate these habits into our daily life so we will be ready when 2040 zero waste takes into action for Vancouver.

I don’t have a business partner now but I am very blessed to have my boyfriend who helps me manage Missy Sippy’s Instagram account. He is the man behind the camera that takes all the amazing photos for Missy Sippy. He is also the one who comes up with all the interesting (to me but cheesy to most) captions for each post. He is a very supportive boyfriend who has given me a lot of great advice to help me get to where I am now.

In summary:
We wanted to help Bernice spread the word as we too believe in being an eco-aware foodie. Plastics are a worldwide problem, and we can certainly do our part.

Please give @missysippytumbler a follow to support their great cause.

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Bali Food Guide: 8 Local Street Food Dishes to Eat in Bali

Here are 8 Local Dishes to Eat When Visiting Bali

The island of Bali is immensely popular for its natural beauty and dramatic landscape. It is one among the 6,000 populated islands in the Indonesian Archipelago where you find few of the best diversified natural attractions and culture. Balinese are extremely cultural people and food is a part of their strong culture. Local street food dishes selling in Bali hold some delicacy in its taste and uniqueness in preparation. In case you are in Bali and want to try out the local street food dishes, stick to this food guide. Over here is a list of the best local street food dishes to try in the paradise Island of Bali.

Things to know (and appreciate):

  • In Indonesia, there are more than 5,000 traditional recipes available and they form a part of the local street foods.
  • Indonesian cuisines are greatly influenced by the Indian, Chinese and Dutch because of colonial history.
  • In Indonesia across all the Island including Bali, you find a small chilly used in local foods and that is the hottest.
  • Soto, the most famous traditional Indonesian food has over seventeen varieties.
  • Balinese people love eating rice and they start enjoying various rice dishes right from breakfast.
  • You can taste a special coffee produced from animal poop in Bali and it’s famous because of the uniqueness in its preparation.
  • Let’s dive in:

    1. Satay
    Sate or Satay is a popular local street food dish in Bali and widely available across the island. It has a melt in mouth taste and served with spicy homemade sauce. The Satay available is Bali is unique as it’s prepared with minced meat of beef, chicken, fish, pork, etc. and then marinated with grated coconut, coconut milk and variety of local spices. It is then wrapped around bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass sticks and slow-cooked over charcoal. Sometimes it is served with ketupat (rice cakes). Enjoy eating this dish while you explore the island as the taste is divine.

    2. Nasi Goreng
    Nasi Goreng is not only one of the popular local street foods in Bali, but it’s also the national rice dish of Indonesia. Nasi Goreng Platter is available in any local food stall and even included in the restaurant’s menu. This is basically Indonesian fried rice with the uniqueness lies in its preparation and plating. A special variety of rice is used to prepare this dish. The rice is first pre-steamed and then mixed with vegetables, meat, chicken, beef and seafood. A special variety of home-made soy sauce is used while preparing this dish. The plating usually takes place with the rice in the centre, topped with a half-fried egg. Two chicken or meat skewers, carrot pickle, shrimp krupuk crackers and salad are served along.

    3. Nasi Jinggo
    Nasi Jinggo is a popular Balinese food available across every main street in Bali. This is basically rice with vegetables and condiments wrapped together inside a banana leaf. This is an on-the-go meal and sometimes side dish like fish, beef, chicken, seafood, or eggs are also packed along with the wrapping. It is not only tasty but fits within your budget. You cannot miss this local street food so give it a try.

    4. Bebek
    Bebek is a traditional Balinese food and prepared in a unique way. At first, the whole chicken or duck stuffed is with local spices and then wrapped in a banana leaf. After that, it is enveloped tight in banana trunk bark and slowly cooked over charcoal for at least six to seven hours. The meat becomes tender, juicy, and it’s served along with rice and vegetables.

    5. Babi Guling
    This is something exclusive in Bali, the whole stuffed pig roast. This dish is extremely popular among the locals and equally among tourists. A special kind of stuffing using traditional spices, vegetables, cassava leaves, etc. is used while preparing this dish. The stuffed Pig is slow-cooked over charcoal by rolling it over on both the side until the meat gets tender and juicy. There are several restaurants in Bali specialized in preparing this famous food but you also find it at many local street food stalls, so go for it.

    6. Nasi Campur
    Nasi Campur is a local Bali favorite dish which is basically mixed the rice. The dish is plain and simple yet extremely popular as its nutritious. It consists of a small portion of white steamed rice served along with vegetables, fish and meat all prepared using local spices. This is also a popular local dish and widely available across the streets in Bali.

    7. Jimbaran Seafood
    Jimbaran is a small seaside village in Bali and a famous tourist spot too. It is rare for anyone in Bali to miss the opportunity to taste freshly caught grilled seafood which is a specialty for the food stalls at Jimbaran. Over here you find fresh seafood ranging from shrimp, clams, crabs, calamari, lobsters, etc. marinated in a unique local sauce and then grilled over coconut husk. You can choose the seafood you want and even the homemade sambal (local sauce) of your choice typically used during grilling.

    8. Gado-Gado
    Gado-Gado is local street food in Bali and a vegetarian specialty. It is basically a vegetable salad dipped in a homemade peanut sauce. A wide variety of vegetables are used in its preparation ranging from spinach, potato, corn, bean sprouts, cucumber, etc. The homemade peanut sauce is the secret to this dish for its rich and unique taste.

    Final Thoughts
    A culinary tour is important to understand the cultural heritage of a place. The food hunt in Bali is a large expedition and the local street food dishes are extremely popular among tourists. You find street food stalls in all tourist’s places spread across the island. Therefore, enjoy the food along with the Island’s natural beauty while you are at Bali.

    Shanghai Grill Soup Pork Dumplings

    Quick Eats: Shanghai Grill – Edmonton Pork Soup Dumplings

    The pork soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, is literally bursting with flavor.

    Shanghai Grill in Edmonton, Alberta

    Pork Soup Dumplings (xiao long bao)

    In a previous guide, one of our Nomtrippers ate at Ding Tai Fung in Glendale, CA. Since we’re not in California right now, we visited Shanghai Grill, just 15 minutes north of West Edmonton Mall. If you’re looking for Chinese food, all-day dim sum, or pork soup dumplings, Shanghai Grill is a great choice. The restaurant is conveniently located by both West Edmonton Mall and Telus World of Science, two major tourist destinations in the city.

    Pork soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, are small handmade dumplings filled with pork and hot soup broth. Traditionally these are made to order to ensure freshness and carefully presented in a steamer basket to keep them warm. Shanghai Grill’s version is exactly that. Our batch came out perfectly steaming and ready to enjoy. Chef Howard at Shanghai Grill served us our fare, and advised us not to wait for the dumplings to cool, they must be enjoyed fresh and hot. Chef Howard also treated us to a dumplings 101 course, showing us how he rolls the dough by hand. We enjoyed our dumplings that much more knowing how much care and detail go into each savoury mouthful.

    If you’re in the areas of West Edmonton Mall, TELUS World of Science or Mayfield Inn, give them a visit. It’s a good place to go for soup dumplings (and other good food) in Edmonton.

    Nomtip 1:
    The have a huge menu with pictures, but if you get confused which dumplings to get, order like a pro and say ‘xiao long bao’. They’ll direct you to the right one.

    Nomtip 2:
    Dumplings come out very hot. Be extra careful when you bite into it.

    Nomtip 3:
    Ask for some vinegar. You can either bite a piece of the long bao and pour some in it, or just dunk and one bite like a boss.

    Shanghai Grill Location


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    Jamaican Meat Pie - Meat Street Pies Edmonton

    Quick Eats: Meat Street Pies – Edmonton Food Truck

    These addictive handheld pies come in all sorts of fillings, including chicken, beef and gluten-free spinach.

    Meat Street Pies Food Truck in Edmonton, Canada

    Jamaican Meat Pie
    Jamaican Meat Pie - Meat Street Pies Edmonton
    Jamaican Meat Pie, Meat Street Pies.

    Found in various hotspots throughout Edmonton, Meat Street Pies Food Truck provides a vast menu, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. It’s served warm in a handheld paper wrapper that’s easy to carry around the market or down the street. Everything is home-made and you can taste the freshness. Check their Twitter feed below for their current location.

    We ordered the Jamaican meat pie, with its flaky crust and enough filling to give you the “oohs and ahhs” as you bite into it. The beef meat filling has a nice jerk seasoning, not overwhelming, not too spicy, just right to know you got the Jamaican pie. Dip it in their homemade jerk sauce and you’re smiling as you walk through the farmer’s market with pie in hand. Look for the colorful truck and give them a try!

    Nomtip 1:
    They take Visa, Mastercard, Debit, and Cash. They also move around so be sure to check their schedule on their tweets.

    Meat Street Pie Locations
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    New York City Street Food Guide – 500 Years of History

    From the first settlers to today’s food trucks, this history lesson gives us reason to appreciate the New York City food vendors.

    New York City is well known for its fast-paced lifestyle, its crowded roads, its iconic skyline, and its food. The metropolis is a cultural hot pot that caters to every conceivable diet, 20,000 street vendors cover every cuisine imaginable; the best pizza, the best tacos, the best halal, it’s all here. New York City’s street food vendors are as fiercely competitive as brokers on Wall Street.

    The First Settlers

    The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle around the harbor around the year 1600. The explorers found that New York City’s harbor was home for millions of oysters. Native Indian’s joy for the shellfish permeated into the settler’s colony soon. Wrapped and thrown to the fire, oysters are unquestionably the first street snack of the newfound land.

    New Amsterdam was properly established in 1652, but the Dutch didn’t have much time to savor their new acquisition. The British absorbed the colony soon after, and the city became part of the British rule definitely in 1674.

    The American Revolutionary War changed the scenario altogether; so did a couple of massive fires that turned the city into ashes. All this made the city reinvent itself, but street food always comes back. As long as people live in NYC, there will be something to eat on the roadways.

    The First Immigrants

    Fast forward to the nineteenth century, the German immigration that gave the next push in the city’s street food history. No one makes better sausages than the German, and their staple food eventually became New York City’s own iconic hot dog. Germans sold Sausages along with milk rolls and sauerkraut from carts through the city. Pretzels anyone?

    Around the same time, the first big wave of Ashkenazi Jews landed in New York City. The delicatessen concept, based on cold 2 meats, bagels, and pickled goods established itself as a pillar for NYC cuisine.

    The new settlers made an entire economy based on pushcarts that sold every good imaginable, including various snacks still common today.

    Well-established pushcart markets became popular on the Lower East Side and had a reputation for fair prices and great food, the open markets were crowded and loud, not very different from today’s touristic landmarks.

    Did You Know?

    Did you know the hot dog as we know it, is credited to Charles Feltman, who allegedly made the first sausage on a bun in 1867?

    The 20th Century

    The twentieth century brought bad news for the thriving hawker community. The prohibition of street food vending pushed businesses indoors, in what would later become New York’s famous food halls, but no one could prepare the city for the next tough years.

    The great depression pushed thousands of unemployed men to sell apples from street carts by the penny. Although, quite a successful program, it was sadly the only thing available to eat in the impoverished, gray streets of New York.

    The First Chinese Wave

    Let’s look back for a moment. The resurgence of today’s NYC thriving food scene came from the help of vital communities, now part of the heart and soul of the city.

    During the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants established in today’s Manhattan Chinatown. Chinese restaurants are iconic, but it’s street carts, offering both, fried and steamed goods are legendary.

    The Latin Incursion

    Latin America also holds a big part of The Big Apple’s street food scene. The beginning of the 19th century saw significant changes in the American continent.

    As Latin America Spanish colonies broke free in a wave of fierce, bloody independent movements, many found in the land of the free an opportunity to start a new story.

    Cuba first took hold on NYC. Its sumptuous cuisine permeates the streets, now also merged with Chinese in a Chino-Latino spectacle that holds a special place in New Yorker’s hearts.

    Food Trucks

    The first ice cream truck, the father of food trucks began rolling just in the 1950s. The food truck craze began in Los Angeles when Raul Martinez converted an ice cream truck into a taco truck and parked it outside a bar.

    The movement soon cached on and stormed the entire country. New York has released around 5000 street food vending permits, and food trucks own 500 of them.

    There are no two food trucks alike, from Bangladesh chicken over rice to fish tacos, everything goes. These are the modern pushcarts, and with the help of social media, street food is back in the forefront of good eating.

    New York city is vibrant, from Michelin-starred gastro-temples to the humblest street food stalls. There’s something to please every palate, and there’s a history behind every hot dog, every pizza slice and every taco.

    The next time you’re in the Big Apple, pay your respects for the hard-working men and women that keep the bountiful streets alive and well; each from its jealously guarded corner.

    Now, let’s take a look at one of our food day guides starting with Midtown Manhattan.

    Food Guide Summary

    This summary on the history of street food in New York City is a good way to learn about how culture and hard work has influenced the street food scene today.

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    Corn Pizza and Raspberry Shake Krause Berry Farms

    Family Food Guide – Vancouver Day 1 (of 2) Krause Berry Farms and Authentic Indian Food in Surrey

    Piled High Berry Pie and Some of the Best Indian Food in Surrey, BC.

    If you’re planning a vacation to Vancouver this summer, a great little (side) road trip is to visit the Krause Berry Farms in Langley for some fresh pies, good eats, berry picking, and fun leisurely activities for the whole family. Then on the way back, it’s worth a trip to Surrey for Indian food. Let’s start with lunch at the farm!

    Lunch in Langley

    Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery

    Depending on where you’re coming from in and around Vancouver (we visit family in North Delta), Krause Berry Farms and Winery in Langley will take you about an hour to get to. It’s definitely worth a trip if you’re into fresh berries, market goodies, berry picking, and outdoor eats. All made in-house.

    What we ate:

    Their outdoor Porch Restaurant has a variety of food including their famous corn pizza. Served on a pizza crust, the corn is piled high with cheese and then baked. One pizza may look small, but we had plenty to take home for a family of four. Of course, it didn’t help that we also ordered some fresh raspberry shakes to go with our meal. To take home, we ordered one of their famous berry pies. I don’t think the picture above does it any justice because again, it’s a massive work of art.

    What we did:

    This place is FUN! They have outdoor activities including plastic duck racing, a jumping pad, various tossing games and my favorite, GO CARTS! Once you’ve had your fill of games, hit the marketplace or the U pick berry fields. We spent about 4 hours at Krause and the kids (7 and 4) had a great time. For a small fee (under $20cad for a family of 4) we got to use the games area and U pick berries is purchased by weight. We got two huge piles of blueberries for $27cad.

    Nomtip:
    It gets hot in the summer. Make sure you bring a hat and water if you are going berry picking. Some of the berry fields are a short bus ride away.

    The pies sell out on busy days! To avoid disappointment, buy your pie while in the bakery and ask to keep it cold in their cooler for pick up when you’re done at the farm.

    The Verdict:

    This a great place to go if you have little kids and to experience the berry farms in British Columbia. I would drive an hour just to get a pie if nothing else.

    Directions to Krause Berry Farms

    6179 248 St, Langley City, BC V4W 1C3

    Dinner in Surrey

    Tandoori Flame

    If you like Indian food, Surrey is the place to go to in the Vancouver area. Because Surrey was on the way back to where we were staying (North Delta), we decided it was time to order some Chana Masala (chickpeas) and Lamb Vindaloo with some naan. It was only a 40-minute drive from Krause Berry Farms.

    What we ate:

    The chana masala and lamb vindaloo were perfectly spiced. Not too hot, just a perfect blend of Indian spices and ingredients. Enough meat and chickpeas with plenty of sauce to dip the naan. We decided to order in and use Skip the Dishes, but if you decide to dine in, I’ve heard the grand buffet is quite a feast. They advertise it as the largest Indian buffet in North America. At under $30 cad per adult and $13 for kids, I’m on a mission to eat in next time.

    Nomtip:
    Save some time if plan on taking out by using their online ordering.

    The Verdict:

    A must try if you’re in the area and next time we’re there it’s buffet time!

    Directions to Tandoori Flame

    11970 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8

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    Family Food Guide – Vancouver Day 2 (of 2) Pho in Richmond and Fish and Chips at the Beach

    Richmond, BC’s Best Pho and an afternoon eating Fish and Chips.

    We usually spend our summers with road trips to Vancouver. We have family in Richmond (foodie hotspot), and North Delta. Luckily, these two areas are quite close to each other and we can maximize our time eating and visiting. In my previous day 1 post, we spent a day at Krause Berry Farms, and had Indian food in Surrey. Today we explore another day of eating with Pho in Richmond, and fish and chips at Crescent Beach in Surrey. All family friendly restaurants, and easy to navigate parking.

    Lunch in Richmond

    Pho Lan Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant

    Pho is a go-to meal for our family. The kids love their Vietnamese beef noodle soup! It’s fast, delicious and affordable. We like Pho Lan for their generous servings, yummy spring rolls, easy parking, and friendly staff. They also have a pretty big menu if you’re craving vermicelli bowls, rice plates or combo plates.

    What we ate:

    I ordered a large bowl of their #7 pho special, which included a variety of meats, tendon, and tripe. The broth is clear, flavorful, and spot on in terms of taste. Temperature is perfect as well. If you’ve ever visited Edmonton’s Tau Bay, this is as close as it gets. My wife had the streak and tripe, and kids ordered the regular steak. We also ordered a side of spring rolls and Vietnamese coffee. With 3 bowls of pho (kids shared) and spring rolls it was the perfect lunch.

    Nomtip:
    Parking is out back, but small. Street parking is readily available for a small fee. Also, bring cash.

    The Verdict:

    This is our go-to place while visiting in the Vancouver area. We’ve tried a few different pho places in Richmond and Surrey, but this one always hits the spot.

    Directions Pho Lan Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant

    6950 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C5

    Dinner in Crescent Beach

    Hooked Fish Bar

    Hooked Fish bar is a favorite for its location, atmosphere, and of course the food! It’s located in Crescent Beach, overlooking the beach, just 30mins south of Richmond where we had pho. A fairly close drive to enjoy the beach and BC coastline. Also, a good place to go for a long walk and play in the sand! It’s quite amazing how close you are to the US border, but don’t worry your cell reception won’t go in roaming.

    What we ate:

    Fish and Chips of course! I also ordered a Fried Oyster Po’boy and calamari. The fish and chips were fried well. Not too oily, nice golden color and the cod was still moist. The fries are fresh cut, and perfect with a little vinegar and salt. The po’boy was served on a nice white bun, same fresh cut fries, and a little jalapeno jelly sauce on top. Calamari followed the same pattern. For sides, if you’re not into fries, you can also choose their lime cilantro coleslaw or a salad.

    Nomtip:
    Don’t miss the cute little stores leading up to the restaurant. You’ll get the full beach town feel here.

    The Verdict:

    We love this place because it’s the perfect combo of good food and location. We can go for a walk on the beach, visit the stores, and walk right up to the restaurant.

    Directions to Hooked Fish Bar

    12157 Beecher St, Surrey, BC V4A 3G2

    Trip Summary

    If you have 2-3 days in the Richmond or Surrey with kids, this would be the right mix of both beach and inland food and activities.

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    Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue Quick Lunch Food Guide – Route 99 Diner and Yelo’d Ice Cream

    Vegetable Omelet and Ube (purple yam) and White Rabbit Soft Serve Swirl.

    I had a simple lunch errand to run. Yelo’d Ice Cream and Baked Shoppe was making an Ube Cheesecake for Easter and today (April 17) was their last day to preorder. They didn’t open until 1 pm and since I was coming from downtown Edmonton, I stopped by Route 99 Diner on 99th Street to grab a quick bite. A good little lunch hour trip to get some good comfort food and soft serve.

    Lunch

    Route 99 Diner
    Vegetable Omelet and Fries.

    Route 99 Diner is one of my favorite Edmonton’s iconic diners (Hap’s is another one) serving up just about everything you can imagine. So iconic in fact, that if you’re a fan of Netflix’s Riverdale, it was one of the diners across Canada that were transformed into Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe to kick off the second season (now in Season 3).

    The menu is vast. From pancakes, eggs, omelets, burgers to pizza, the choices are a plenty. You honestly can’t go wrong, as it’s one of those places that just get’s it right. No fancy menu’s just good comfort food all day long.

    What I ordered:

    Vegetable Omelet – Breakfast is good any time of the day. This three egg omelet consists of tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. No frills, just simple good, and filling. Add some ketchup and hot sauce and off you go. I got mine with a side of fries.

    Nomtip:

    Instead of fries, you can also get a choice of a pancake or toast as a side.

    NomTip #2:

    They have their own dedicated parking but it can get busy. Street parking is available too.

    Directions to Route 99 Diner

    8820 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3V4

    Lunch Dessert

    Yelo’d Ice Cream and Bake Shoppe

    Yelo’d has become of the most popular destinations in Edmonton and for our other Nomtrippers. They serve Filipino inspired ice cream and baked goods. Being born in the Philippines, when you see ingredients like Milo and Ube (purple yam) you get kind of excited. Oh did I forget to mention they have White Rabbit soft serve on tap? Oops.

    What I ordered:

    Ube and White Rabbit Soft Serve Swirl – My plan was to originally just get one flavor – White Rabbit. But after seeing the person in front of me order Ube, I had to get it mixed. I was not disappointed. It tasted perfectly, with more Ube than White Rabbit, but I didn’t mind. The Ube was spot on and just got a hint of the vanilla White Rabbit candy flavor. Of note, they literally open each candy and make the flavor. This isn’t some syrup they get. Kudos to Yelo’d.

    Nomtip #1:

    If you’re walking or driving (like me), get the soft serve in a cup so it doesn’t drip all over you.

    Nomtip #2:

    There’s a parking lot right beside it in case you can’t find any street parking. They are both paid and take cards.

    Directions to Yelo’d

    10152A 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z4

    Food Trip Summary

    This itinerary is great if you’re headed to the east side of Whyte Avenue near 99st. You can swing to both places, with easy parking during your lunch hour.

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    Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue Dinner Date Food Guide – Narayanni’s South African Indian Buffet and Snowy Dessert

    A unique South African inspired (mostly vegetarian) buffet, topped off with some sweet Korean shaved ice (bingsoo) for dessert.

    It seems to be a pattern in my household for last minute date nights and babysitting services from your parents. Since our kids are pretty picky eaters, we opted to find a new place for dinner and dessert where we normally wouldn’t go.

    Dinner

    Narayanni’s Restaurant
    Vegetable curry soup and salad to start.

    Narayanni’s brings a South African influence to their Indian cuisine. It was also voted best Indian restaurant by Avenue Magazine, so we decided to give it a try. Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll notice it has an extremely relaxed atmosphere. It’s somewhere you want to go if you want a chill dinner and just chat. That’s exactly what we did and other’s had the same idea. Parking is easy and once you see the big red door, you know you’re at the right place.

    What we ordered:

    Buffet ($15 per person) – We opted to have the weekday buffet. They had 5 main curry dishes, 4 vegetarian and 1 chicken. The veggie dishes included lentils, mushrooms, cauliflower and butternut squash. They also had one vegetable curry soup, and a salad. For dessert, a vegan rice pudding. Overall the food was excellent. Good depth of flavor without being too heavy. The roti was perfect for dipping and a worthwhile side order. This is a nice change of pace of the other Indian buffets in Edmonton which are more meat heavy. The vegan rice pudding was a nice touch to end the meal.

    Nomtip #1:

    Roti is not part of the buffet. An order is $2 per roti and one per person is perfect for dipping.

    Nomtip #2:

    The signs and menu mention cash only. We paid by credit and it wasn’t an issue.

    NomTip #3:

    Check out the historical plaque on the way out or in. Pretty cool story about the building.

    Directions to Narayanni’s

    10131 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1W9

    Dessert

    Snowy Dessert
    Mango Cheesecake Bingsu, or Korean Shaved Ice Dessert.

    Snowy Dessert serves Bingsu, or Korean Shaved Ice Dessert. I’ve personally never had it before, but with the recent explosion of Korean desserts in Edmonton, this was a must try since it was so close (5min walk) from Narayanni’s. It’s a pretty cool place. Lots of seating, (probably because it was in the middle of the week), friendly staff, and easy to read (pictured) menus.

    What we ordered:

    Mango Cheesecake ($15) – Served in a metal bowl, the bingsu was layered with finely, crumbled graham crackers, then topped with mangoes, whipped cream and chunks of cheesecake. The shaved ice itself is flavored, finely shaved, and worked well with the rest of the toppings. Good balance all around. This left a good impression for being my first time. I’ll definitely have to try other flavors and also other restaurants around Edmonton.

    Nomtip:

    One order is plenty to share for 2. You can probably share this with a family of 4. Just ask for extra spoons!

    Directions to Snowy Dessert

    10209 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

    Food Trip Summary

    This itinerary is great for the casual evening date where you just want to feel relaxed. Plenty of parking and walking distance between Narayanni’s and Snowy Dessert make it a nice out without having to drive between restaurants.

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