Who doesn’t love a good Taco Tuesday? While we were in Arizona, we decided to have Tuesday evening dinner at the Barrio Queen. A cute and colorful restaurant with kick ass day of the dead decor. I instantly loved the vibe. We were told about the hundreds of different types of tequila they offered and were happy that the Taco Tuesday specials were so awesome. We had delicious margaritas and shots of smooth tequila. We also ordered some guacamole that was made table side. It really was the best guacamole I’ve ever had in my life. It was very different as they added cranberries to it. I was a bit weary, but yum! It was fresh and delicious. Our tacos were authentic and delectable. The service was great, the food was so freakin good and the prices were moderate.
For one of our date nights this past summer, we made our way over to try out the Holy Crab. Excited about the new-ish restaurant that opened in the area that offered “louisiana seafood boil” options, we were ready for a down and dirty seafood meal. I’ve always heard about the restaurants where they dump the seafood on the table for you to dig into, but I hadn’t seen or experienced it in downtown Vancouver before. I welcomed a new kind of dining experience happily. The restaurant offers a casual vibe and decor. I loved the chalkboard walls with instructions for de-shelling your seafood. There were throw away paper tablecloths and meals were offered in parchment paper. You’re presented with plastic gloves and for camera happy people like myself, they offer selfie sticks to make it easier to take photos in all your messiness. We ordered beers, bisque, lobster rolls, corn and some crab legs. We thought it would be plenty (especially for the prices), but we were a bit disappointed when we received three crab legs for the very high price. We made our way through and ended up ordering lobster as we were still starving. The service was awesome, the food was delicious and it was a fun vibe that made for a great, albeit messy, date night. I wouldn’t recommend it for a first date, but it was awesome. The downside is that I didn’t think the prices matched the vibe. I found it to be too expensive for the casual atmosphere offered.
Notch 8 has these wonderful themed Afternoon Teas. I’d heard about past ones such as Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Themed Tea and Game On Board Game Themed Tea. When I heard that the next one was “Silver Screen Hollywood” (ahhh-maa-zing!) , I jumped at the chance to check it out. Once I arrived, I was led into this “tea room” at the back of Notch 8 that I never knew was there. It was decorated super cute with old hollywood movie posters up, retro popcorn machines and a screen playing black and white movies. I was seated at a lovely decorated table and greeted by the waiter while I waited for my friend to arrive. The menu was already on the table and everything on it sounded delicious. My friend arrived and we chose our teas. Not long after, our waiter brought out an impressive three tiered stand filled with beautiful mini sandwiches and h’orderves, fresh baked scones and adorable old hollywood themed desserts. I ‘d like to think that I’m a bit of a “high tea” connoisseur as my mom and I have been going to high teas all over Vancouver together for years, but I haven’t experienced one quite like this. Notch 8 really get into their themes and it’s just awesome! Our waiter was telling us about ideas for future themes and I can’t wait to check out future afternoon teas with them. As far as the food goes, it was yummy and I loved the creativity of the items provided, but I will say that although it was the most expensive high tea I’ve ever attended, it wasn’t the most delicious I’ve had. It was still quite yummy and the experience was great so I would recommend it. I’m hoping to take my mom to one in the near future.
My girlfriends and I started off our girls night out at West Oak in Yaletown. I walked in to meet my friends at a dimly lit restaurant with a sexy ambience. I loved the vibe. Service was great. Our waiter was attentive, personable and witty. We never went long without our cocktails being replenished. The Rosé Sangria was refreshing and delicious. My girls and I shared the Chinois Prawns. Yum! Easily my fave dish of the night. For dinner I ordered the lobster linguine. I was pleasantly surprised. I often like to order lobster pasta, but a lot of restaurants are quite cheap with the amount of lobster they put into the dishes. This wasn’t the case at West Oak. The linguine was delicious with hefty chunks of lobster throughout the dish. Lastly, we ordered the fresh baked cookies for dessert. Prior to coming here, I kept hearing how amazing the cookies were and how I could not leave without trying them. Although we were pretty full, we ordered them. Perhaps my expectations were too high because although they were very good, I didn’t think they lived up to the hype. I’ve had better. The great food and atmosphere contributed to a fun night with great company. I will definitely be back.