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Taste of Yaletown- Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar

Last night I went to Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar (1079 Mainland Street) for their Taste of Yaletown menu. This restaurant is owned by the Glowbal Restaurant Group which also manages Sanafir and Italian Kitchen.

As usual, I chose the outdoor patio seating, knowing that their heat lamps would keep diners toasty warm even in the coldest of nights. Maybe a little bit too warm – but the servers were quick to fulfill my request to turn down the heat! Glowbal has always been a restaurant I somehow “end up at” in Yaletown. I think it’s because of it’s uber-convenient location – smack in the middle of Yaletown, and the popular patio seating leads to a short wait time.

Between an appetizer of “seared autumn sea scallops” or a baby spinach salad, I had the latter option with a drizzle of vinaigrette, roasted tomatoes and candied pecans. (Although my friend’s choice of 6 mini scallops on skewers was an equally fulfilling choice.) For the main course, we both had the “rosemary crusted Australian lamb chops” (I don’t eat fish) with numerous references to the musical children’s TV show “Lamb Chops Play-Along (“This is the song that never ends…”) in our personal conversation.

By the time our food was served, the sun had already set and we were literally eating by candlelight with a soft neon green glow from the Glowbal sign and faraway street lamps as the only other sources of light. I couldn’t really see my food which was slightly disgruntling because I like to know exactly what I am eating. (This is part of the reason why I don’t have any photos from the night. *Note to self: take food photos before it gets dark!) The lamb was tender and juicy but the vegetables were quite salty which took away from the tastefulness of the lamb. If my sense of taste does not deceive me (since I have already lost my sight in the darkness), I believe there were small squares of red peppers, yam and baby potatoes, beans, carrots and a big, soft onion which was kind of fun to cut up and eat with the lamb and vegetables.

As for our dessert, the chocolate espresso tort looked so delicious that the diners at the table next to us leaned over and asked what we were eating. (Yes, our tables were that close together!) A chocolate-filled tart which looked like it came fresh from the display window of a bakery and would satisfy any sweet tooth with a thin layer of raspberry syrup lining the plate. It was super filling though, so be sure to leave room for dessert – even if it means eating less of your main course.

Overall, Glowbal is quite a social restaurant to go to, especially with their backroom lounge Afterglow for drinks after dinner. Its ideal location makes it a hotspot in Yaletown. Their unhurried service makes Glowbal a great place to chat over dinner. If you haven’t had a chance to experience Taste of Yaletown yet, the fixed-price, three course menus run until October 26th so you still have time! For more details, including restaurant listings and menus, click here for the official website. Otherwise, if you are checking out Glowbal not for their Taste of Yaletown menu, then I would definitely recommend their satay sampler for a comprehensive selection of what this restaurant has to offer.


Modern Mix Monday – Lickerish Restaurant and Lounge

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

I went to Lickerish Restaurant and Lounge (903 Davie Street) not once, but twice, this past weekend. It’s a small, two-floor restaurant with a tasty selection of contemporary tapas and drinks. When I went on Saturday afternoon, the patio seating was great for people-watching along Davie Street. Beer on tap and highballs were on special for less than $5. I also ordered a small dish of crunchy spring rolls with a creamy mashed potatoes with a red pepper and spinach filling for $8. I would recommend Lickerish as a convenient predrinking location, for an afternoon beer or an evening snack. Regardless, they need to step up on their marketing efforts as they “just ran out” of business cards when I went on Friday night, their website is still under construction…and there were only four people in the entire restaurant when we went on Saturday afternoon. Perhaps this would be a good time to check out Lickerish before it gets too mainstream and busy.

Lickerish on Urbanspoon

Moxies – new advertising campaign

As I was transitting to work this morning, I noticed that a new advertising campaign lined the walls of Burrard Station.  THINGS HAPPEN.  Racier and more daring than their classic, conservative website, ThingsHappen.ca is a summer promotion for Moxie’s.

There is a series of three advertising banners:
1) The magnetic force from a man (from a magnet company) is sitting at the bar and unconciously “pulls” the lady over to him.

2) The mere “hotness” from a firefighter causes a woman to seductively try to cool herself while leaning over the bar counter.

3) The wind from a man from a fan company causes a lady’s’ skirt to fly teasingly upwards.

The point is: things happen!  For Moxie’s summer menu, click here.

Tequila Kitchen – Mexican food in Yaletown Vancouver

Not too long ago, I went to Tequila Kitchen for dinner on Sunday night, a Mexican restaurant which only opened three months ago in the heart of Yaletown on Mainland Street. A true fusion of the industrial feel of Yaletown and the colors of Mexico, the back walls of Tequila Kitchen are painted a dirty brick orange while bubbly paintings in bright colors also lined the walls. However, from my observations, the decorations seemed too cultural and not streamlined enough to be your typical Yaletown restaurant.

With regards to food, I ordered from their “Botanas” menu – their sharing platters/appies/tapas list. The Queso Fundido al Tequila and Queso Fundido con Hongos o Chorizo were your typical mexican dishes – a cheesy fondue (with ingredients including chorizo sausage, tomatos, onions, chile, etc.) with warm, soft mini corn tortillas to make your own wrap. For dessert, we had the Walnut praline topped with ice cream and mexican chocolate and milk caramel sauce split between two people and it was delicious! Reminded me of crunchy Almond Roca chocolate with ice cream.

From a marketing perspective, Tequila Kitchen is doing a wondering job of niche marketing has found itself a specific target market of the growing Mexican population in Vancouver, BC.

Lastly, out of my disgruntlement, I would like to point out that I emailed four members of the Tequila Kitchen management with regards to this entry and none of them responded to me.

Tequila Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Starbucks drink launch – Vivanno Nourishing Blends

When you’re living in downtown, it’s hard not to notice the promotional efforts by the countless Starbucks in the core of Vancouver. Yesterday, Starbucks introduced a new drink line for the health-concious across the US and Canada! The Vivanno Nourishing Blends (aka. fruit smoothy) is currently available in two flavors: “orange mango banana” and “banana chocolate”. If you walk by the corner of Robson and Thurlow, chalky pastel colors mark the sidewalk tempting shoppers to head inside Starbucks for their new drink.

Around 5pm, they were giving out mini samples of the banana chocolate flavor. How does it taste? Exactly as you would expect a banana chocolate smoothie to taste like! It’s not too rich or thick though so you won’t be stuffed after drinking a full sized blend.

Click here for the official press release from Starbucks.

Taste of The City (July 19, 2008)

 On Saturday July 19, from noon to 8pm, check out CityTV’s “Taste of the City” at the PNE Fairgrounds (Hastings and Renfrew).  Purchase “taste tickets” for $0.50 and sample delicious nibbles (ranging from $1 to $4) from some of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants as they showcase bite-sized portions of their signature dishes.  Restaurant exhibitors include Zin Restaurant & Lounge, Sip Resto-Lounge and Maurya.

UVA Wine Bar

UVA Wine Bar (900 Seymour Street) was opened just over three months ago. Despite its modern, refurbished feel, with bold, black double doors at the entrance contrasting the light-colored interior German wallpaper, this venue has managed to keep it heritage roots, subtly incorporating aspects of its history such as the original floors from 1908. UVA Wine Bar is obviously influenced by an European allure, perhaps because of the French roots of the general manager Sebastien Le Goff. In fact, the ambient lounge melodies played in the background of UVA Wine Bar can be traced to the Parisian musical influences of the Hotel Costes in Paris.

Tonight, on a quiet Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of sampling Lemon Cello, an Italian Liquor and one of UVA Wine Bar’s in house concoctions made by the bar manager Dave Yates himself. To sample this liquor in a cocktail, you may want to try Under The Tuscan Sun for $9 with homemade limoncello, absolute mandarin and grapefruit juice with a touch of cinnamon syrup and lemon juice served over crushed ice. Other citrus cello flavors in the making included orange, lime and grapefruit.

Also made in-house is their chocolate infused vodka. The magic ratio of three bars of Lindt 70% Cacao chocolate to five cups of vodka to one cup of sugar water melted on a double broiler yields a tasteful syrup with the final consistency of a thick chocolate milk. However, do not be fooled – it has a very strong alcoholic flavor! To sample this concoction in a cocktail, try the Tiramissuva for $10 with the house made chocolate vodka, cointreau, a splash of vanilla syrup, a shot of cream and a hint of espresso.

All in all the UVA Wine Bar is a lovely place to visit. Its clean architecture, mellow music and convenient location makes it a great place to relax and drink unique cocktails, a variety of wines and import beers available on their frequently changing menus.

PS. Cibo Trattoria (900 Seymore Street) is expected to have a low-key opening this weekend in the same building complex.

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