Top Tips for Perfect Sushi Rice

Sushi rice is the foundation for good sushi. For home cooks, there are five top tips to making sushi rice at home, and Kazuhiro Hayashi, Executive Sushi Chef at Miku Restaurant, has given us this insider knowledge. Continue reading:
Top Tips for Perfect Sushi Rice

Celebrate International Sushi Day with These Vancouver Restaurants

The Japanese community in Vancouver was one of the first in North American to introduce sushi to Western palates, and now, sushi restaurants are about as common as coffee shops. Visitors would be hard-pressed to walk a block or two in any direction and not wander past one. In fact, at last count, there were over 600 sushi spots in Metro Vancouver. Thanks to an engaged Japanese community, access to top-quality fish and seafood, and ever-growing popularity for Japanese cuisine, Vancouver is considered to have some of the best sushi outside of Japan, and has been dubbed the “sushi capital of North America”.

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Celebrate International Sushi Day with These Vancouver Restaurants

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Hello Vancouver! As you all know, I’m a Vancouver newbie. I’ve lived multiple places around Canada, and I’m pleased to say I’ve now landed in this lovely city. I’m stumbling upon new reasons to love this city on the daily, and I could not be happier to call it home! Follow me and my column, New-B, as I get to know Vancouver and, inevitably, fall in love with it.

Before moving to Vancouver I had dined on what I thought to be some pretty acceptable, if not pretty delicious, sushi. Many cities I’ve lived in or visited have had their roster of “best” sushi hot-spots Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2015? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: Alpha | Flickr

Photo credit: Alpha | Flickr

According to a report last year in the Vancouver Sun, Metro Vancouver has no fewer than 600 sushi restaurants (not counting grocery counters serving sushi). By some estimates, the city boasts the most sushi outside of Tokyo.

And, to the delight of local sushi lovers, lots of it is very cheap. Whereas sushi is a luxury food in other cities, in Vancouver it’s possible to get 18-piece boxes for under $10 (actually, under $5 if you know where to look). Alas, much of this cheap sushi is pretty mediocre, if not downright terrible. However, in-the-know sushi-philes generally all have their favourite cheap sushi joint – the mom-and-pop place on the corner where you can get fresh, well presented sushi for a decent price.

So I’d like to hear from you: Do you have a favourite cheap sushi restaurant in Vancouver?  Share your bargain secrets by leaving a comment below.   Continue reading:
Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2015? You Make the Call!

Vancouver Private Dining Room Guide: 6 Spots for Your Next Intimate Meal

Miku Restaurant's Blue Sky Room - stunning views paired with your food.

Miku Restaurant’s Blue Sky Room – stunning views paired with your food.

Sometimes your group just needs a little privacy. Whether it’s for a hush hush surprise birthday or an ultra important business meeting, Vancouver has plenty of great rooms for private party planners to pick from.

If you’re like an event-minded extrovert like me, you’ve likely been ‘volun-told’ to organize your staff Christmas party. Friends often approach me for suggestions so I thought I would round up my picks for this season’s private, winter shindigs.

Whether you want to nibble innovative sushi, share pedigreed pub fare or feast on rich Italian fare, Vancouver restaurants have you covered.

Below you’ll find a short list of some of new, and tried and true private dining spots in our foodie-filled city.

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Vancouver Private Dining Room Guide: 6 Spots for Your Next Intimate Meal

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: tomek strabski | Wikimedia Commons

It’s no secret that Vancouver is sushi central.  Literally thousands of restaurants around the city serve up maki, sashimi and other sushi staples.  And, as Vancouverites know, lots of it is dirt cheap compared to other cities around the world.  In fact, it’s hard to walk two blocks without seeing a sandwich board advertising a $5.99 18-piece special (with miso soup).

With so many budget options, it’s hard to know where to start – which is why I’d like your help.  Do you have a favourite cheap sushi joint in Vancouver?  If so, leave a comment below and help out all the hungry, bargain-seeking sushi lovers out there.

But cheap, of course, isn’t everything – especially when it comes to raw fish.  Maybe it’s worth diving a little deeper into what makes a great cheap sushi restaurant. Continue reading:
Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver 2014? You Make the Call!

Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons | Think Draw

Naked sushi has come to Vancouver.

The Japanese practice of nyotaimori – serving sushi on a naked body – is said to have its origins in the samurai period in Japan.  Of late, it’s spread to North America, with restaurants and caterers from Toronto to Las Vegas offering diners the chance to pluck their maki and sashimi off of models.

And now even Vancouver is getting in on the act, according to a story by Mia Stainsby in the Vancouver Sun.  A unique catering company is offering the service to clients in the city interested in experiencing the practice.  Of course, it’s not without controversy. Since the Vancouver Sun article was published, the blogosphere has come alive with posts and comments criticizing nyotaimori as degrading to the models and possibly even in violation of health standards.

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Naked Sushi Makes Waves in Vancouver