The Badali’s – Toronto

Yum yum yum!!!! Italian!~~ This place was super close to the Raptors game and it wasn’t too packed surprisingly… Maybe because we came slightly earlier than the rush?

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – There’s a lot of different kinds of pasta that you can try. But there’s also a lot of appies and meat dishes that you can choose from.

Service – 9/10 – I thought the service was excellent. They were quick… Even when we were kind of rushing, they were able to meet our needs. Friendly and everyone is full of smiles there.

Taste – 8/10 – I thought everything was delicious. The beef carpaccio was pretty

Atmosphere – n/a 

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – It was decently priced for the venue, taste, and quality of the food. Not to mention that you also get free bread and balsamic olive oil!!! Yummm bonus!!~

Would Recommend  10/10

Overall, I would come here again if I was in the area…. but I live in BC so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

yours truly,

tb ❤

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Tae Yang Gak – Surrey

It happens every single time we watch Wok in Love – we get hungry!!! Frantically looking for a Korean Restaurant that would still be opened, we found Tae Yang Gak.

 

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – Rice, Noodles, Chicken!!~ (all Korean style dishes) They actually have black bean noodle here!!!!!!!!! I finally found a place other than Sunny Dragon that has jjajamyun!!~

Service – 9/10 – Server was friendly. Tried to be fast? The food took a little bit long, maybe because they were already starting to do their clean up routine. We were their second last customer – I think…

Taste – 9/10 – Everything was delicious!!! Saucy but not TOO saucy? This is probably the best jjajamyun in Surrey. It is much more flavorful than Sunny Dragon’s…. Highly recommend!!

Atmosphere – n/a 

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – It wasn’t too expensive. The average Korean cuisine price. You are definitely getting the bang for your buck.

Overall, I would come here again and I would recommend.

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

Piva – New West

A cute modern Italian restaurant in the corner of Columbia and 8th. Literally across from the New West station.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – There’s quite a variety that you can get here. Your typical Italian tapas like meatballs or Arancini (and more) then you got your Pizza/Pasta and main dishes like Steak/Lamb etc.

Service – 10/10 – Super nice staff – waiters/waitresses and the door people …  They were funny and conversational. They were quick and did not move like a Sloth (A++++).

Taste – 9/10 – It was quite delicious / cheesy / creamy.  Majority of the dishes were soft (except pizza ofc) and it just melts in your mouth. There were herbs to complement the taste but I hated the giant crispy Basil leaves so I picked it out… Even without the herbs, I thought it still very Italian-tasting.

Atmosphere – 9/10 –  The ambiance was nice. The interior design was modern, semi-classy, but always cozy in a way? The atmosphere just seemed like everyone was super happy and actually liked their jobs? Or maybe the staff just gets along with each other very well?

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It is a little expensive, but it was totally worth it for Happy Hour. We were able to grab a lot of dishes on the Happy Hour menu to share and I think we were all pretty full off those dishes!

Overall, I would definitely come here again!

yours truly,

tb ❤

Anjali’s Dosa Garden – Surrey

A South Indian restaurant. Something that I’ve never actually had before. It was a very unique experience. Thankful Nikki brought me here.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – Wow. I did not know there were so many different things you could get for South Indian cuisine. There’s a LOT of variety for “DOSA”….

Service – 8/10 – the lady who served us was nice. We were the only ones there …. so it was quick .. LOL

Taste – 9/10 – Since it was my first time, I have nothing to compare it to. The Mango Lassi was quite delicious. It wasn’t thick like a milkshake, but it was thicker than regular Mango Juice… It’s like a yoghurt drink. The main dishes we got were crispy and quite interesting. I wasn’t sure how to eat my dish so everything was falling all over the place.

Atmosphere – n/a  

Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – I would consider what we got to be very cheap! It was worth the price considering I would be very skeptical about trying something new and having to pay for it if I didn’t like it …

Overall, I would probably be back here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤

giovane cafe + eatery – Vancouver

A very rewarding treat after biking the seawall. We were a little concerned that it would be sold out by the time I got back, but luckily there were still a lot of the original flavor left (but only 2 matcha ones left)!

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V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – You can have dessert, soups + salads, breakfast, power bowls, paninis, meat & cheese platter, pastas, pizzas, and desserts/pastries.

Service – n/a – order and take your things and find an empty table

Taste – 7/10 – the sugar buns were pretty good except it had A LOT of cream. Possibly too much cream. It was really overwhelming after a few bites.

Atmosphere n/a –

Reasonably Priced – 5/10 – everything is really expensive here except for some pastries and i guess pizza is normal … but the breakfast, bowls, paninis, salumi + formaggi etc are over the top!

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again or dine here. If I did come here again, it’s probably because I wanted a sugar bun – but that won’t be for awhile…

yours truly,

tb ❤

The Gray Olive Cafe – Burnaby

Even though it’s ‘Burnaby’, I would consider it Vancouver. Super cute and small but can get packed very quickly.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – They have sandwiches, 1 burger, toast, oatmeal, salads, benny, and chicken & waffle. Their menu only has Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Drinks and they close at 3 so you best believe everyone would be coming here at roughly the same time.

Service – n/a –  Order and sit down. Then they bring it to you. You are expected to get your own cutlery or other condiments from the ‘help yourself bar’.

Taste – 9/10 – I thought it was pretty good. But most of the dishes we got, the taste started to get repetitive and I think I was unable to finish mine completely.

Atmosphere – n/a – other than the fact that it is really cramped in there.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It is pretty expensive if you want the more interesting dishes. The plain jane dishes are decently priced.

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again. It’s too hyped/crowded. I would just go closer to home like West Village Cafe.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Pizzeria Lucida – Vancouver

Food? Pizza? Boardgames?!?! All in one place?!?!?! YESSSSSSSSS!

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – well it’s a pizza place so their specialty is stone-oven baked pizza and some pasta. That’s all you can get I think and some Italian appetizers… (that are overpriced)

Service – 8/10 – they were quick to seat us (there was only 1 table there), our food took time to arrive (probably because of the method and it also gave us time to play our games?), the game helper was super helpful and approached us first to see if we needed help with any games that we were unfamiliar with… (we had one game that we could not figure out how to play…)

Taste – 9/10 – Pizza & Pasta was really good…. maybe because I was hungry, but everything was perfect to the taste buds.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – super cozy feeling

Reasonably Priced – 7.75/10 – some things are way too expensive for what you get… like really? over $7 for olives…???  RIP.

Overall, I would come here again to play more board games and if I got nothing else to do…

yours truly,

tb ❤