Toyama Sushi

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I have been here many times now, not because I want to, but because the organizer of the social group I am a member of  chooses this restaurant to meet up, I don’t have a choice sometimes.

The restaurant is fairly large and spacious. We usually seat about 20+ people in the group in 3 large tables put together. The server usually comes by to take our orders fairly quickly. Since I know that every time we’ve gome as a group, I knew better to order sushi instead of any cooked dish. They always take longer for those, or we’ve always had a problem with one person’s order being not made. Again, this time, the person sitting diagonally from me, his dish never came. When we had ordered, the waitress had told him that it would take longer , but after 40 minutes, he asked where it was. The manager came by to talk to him, but he was quite upset. Everyone had already finished their dinner. To make it up to him, the manager gave him a plate of 6 California roll pieces.

ÖI ordered the Negitoro roll, Spicy Tuna roll and Spicy Scallop roll.

The food was okay. We needed to ask for the tea several times…my friend had asked for a second glass of beer, but that also didn’t come until the manager had come.

I was sitting about 5 meters from the entrance, and it kept blowing cold air from the outside every time someone left or came in. I was really cold. By the end, I was wearing my jacket.

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The Hundred-Year Lie – Book

The Hundred-Year Lie:

How Food and Medicine are Destroying Your Health
Author of book: Randall Fitzgerald

This is an excellent book! It’s fascinating and frightening at the same time, being told about the dangers that we have exposed ourselves to throughout our lives. Whether you’re ill or healthy, this is a must-read!

I didn’t know that mandatory vaccinations that we receive as infants/child had mercury in them to preserve better. That recently, girls are starting puberty at the age of eight, and even cases of three-year olds!! The author believes that there has been an increase in male breast reduction operations, since the ‘Pill’ is getting into our water system, and well, we drink that water!

You will be amazed at all the hidden and coverups, how the FDA approves of substances – more likely for business and profit, rather than the safety of the citizens.

We are seeing an increasingly number of diseases that were rare just 50 to 100 years ago. Of course, back then, maybe the person died before getting diagnosis or treatment. Perhaps people couldn’t afford medical treatment, so by trying to treat it themselves, the numbers weren’t in the records.

However,  we are seeing a spike in the last couple of decades, such as cancer, Parkinson’s, immune disease and heart disease. What I’ve noticed after reading this book is that the media is focused on the ‘cure’ of many diseases, but not much effort is put in the ‘prevention’ of them. Of course, health books and workshops tell you to eat healthy and get daily exercise, but if we are being exposed to hazardous substances without knowing it, those preventions may not be enough.

I believe that the harmful chemicals in our food, environment (pollution, paint, house-hold cleaners, etc), hygiene products (toothpaste, cosmetics, perfume, soap, shampoo, etc) and even medicine, all add up, and they build up in our system. With the type of lifestyle that most of us have, we don’t have much opportunity to detoxify our body from these toxins – and that’s when problems begin. There is only so much the body can handle!

Don’t try to change over night. It’ll likely backfire. Take small steps. Try cutting out canned foods from your cooking. Then, switch to safer make-up the next time you purchase your cosmetics. Use lemon and baking soda for cleaning around the house – not only will it be safer and cheaper, it’ll leave your place smelling fresh and natural. Little by little, things will change, and it’ll make it easier for you to adjust to the changes.

Read! & Good luck!

Minato Sushi

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Went to Minato Sushi on a Sunday for lunch. As usual, this place always seems to be bare for a fairly spacious restaurant, and inexpensive, extensive menu.I had tried their sushi before, but since it was one of those low-quality sushi places, I wasn’t too eager on eating any raw fish there. Also, it was another cold winter day, so I opted for a hot nabeyaki-udon with tempura on the side.

 

ÖNabeyaki-udon with Tempura+sauce $8.95 + tax
(chicken, egg, spinach, wakame-seaweed, naruto-sliced fishball, green onions)

The meals came fairly fast – considering we were one of the few customers there, I guess that makes sense. The nabeyaki-udon looked really good. The soup lacked flavour in the broth, but overall I thought it was ok. The tempura on the other hand was terrible! I was only able to eat one piece before giving the plate to someone else. He also said they weren’t good. They were soaked in oil. The paper towel underneath was all soaked and yellow…I wonder if I can ask if it’s possible to substitute it with a roll next time. I doubt it, which means, I guess another different dish…or simply not go back…

There is pay parking up in front, but the restaurant will reimburse you if you dine there. It’s conveniently located on the corner of Oak St. and Broadway.

Gluten Free Bread

Ener-g is the company’s name. I happen to find this @ Safeway and thought I’d give it a try. The day after purchasing it, I thought I’d make some sandwiches. But blah! It tasted awful! Ok, not so much the taste, but the texture. It was like eating powder, or bread that’s gone bad – minus the mold.  I’ve eaten bakery made from rice that was super delicious (will blog about that bakery soon :) ) so I know it’s not impossible to make good bakery from rice.

Cost: $3.99 @ Safeway
Taste Rating: sorry none…
Price Rating: carrot3carrot3
Free of: gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, egg, soy, nut, low/no sodium
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Brown Rice Flour, Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Pear Juice Concentrate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Yeast, Methylcellulose, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Orange Citrus Fiber, Baking Powder ( Glucono Delta Lactone, Calcium Carbonate & Magnesium Carbonate),Calcium Phosphate. Enriched with Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2),Niacin, Iron ,Folic acid and Vitamin D.

I don’t know what to do with the rest of the loaf….T_T…I couldn’t finish one slice! Argh. Definitely wont be buying it ever again.

Glutino Bars

It use to be really difficult find nutritional, healthy food when you’re allergic to peanuts, have Celiac, gluten sensitivities, and/or lactose intolerant. Ever try finding a snack that doesn’t have all of them? It’s very difficult! Some may have no peanuts, but they’ve got milk. Others may not have gluten, but they may be filled with nuts. Argh! However, alternatives are gaining popularity, not just amongst those that may have a limited diet, but everyone else as well. And the manufactures are listening to the needs of the customers. One of them is  Glutino – Gluten Free Organic Bars. They are made from rice. (sorry for those who can not have rice…)

The first one up is a bar from Glutino.Yup, rice bars :)

# of Bars: 5 (140 g each)
Cost: about $6.99 @ Safeway
Available flavors of boxes: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana, or Wildberry (as seen in photo)

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There are other bars that Glutino sells, but these 3 are organic – it also means a little more pricey as well.

Glutino also sells other products, like bread, waffles, cookies, etc. so check out their website!

MAY CONTAIN: Traces of peanuts, tree nuts,milk, eggs, and soy. If you are extremely allergic to any of these, it’s best to avoid this product!!!

Ingredients: Organic brown rice syrup, organic rice crisp (organic rice, organic evaporated cane juice, salt, organic brown rice syrup), organic corn flakes (organic corn meal, organic concentrated grape juice, sea salt), organic honey, organic evaporated cane juice, natural wildberry flavor, organic quinoa, organic buckwheat, organic flax seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic blueberries (organic wild blueberries, organic cane juice, organic sunflower oil), organic dried strawberries (organic strawberries, organic cane sugar, organic canola oil).

Merry Christmas!!

Happy holidays! I hope everyone will be enjoying some time off from work, and spending time with family and friends. I’ve been very fortunate this year with a lot of things. Started my full-time career as a graphic designer, better health, upgrades to furniture and home, spending time with friends and loved ones.

I would like to thank all those that follow my blog, and also to those that take the time to ‘like’ my post. It’s very encouraging – especially since my audience is still very small. It’s an odd feeling to know that somewhere out there in the world, someone is actually taking the time to read what I want to share.

THANK YOU for all the support! I appreciate it very much. Wishing you all a happy holiday and enjoy the last week of 2012!! 😀

Burgoo – Food for Comfort

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I had always wanted to try out this place cuz several of my friends had mentioned it was really good. Also, my former classmate’s uncle owned the restaurant, so I was interested in checking it out. There are several locations, but I went to the one in North Vancouver. (3 Lonsdale Ave. right by the Lonsdale Quay Market + Seabus Terminal)

We got there around 6:30pm, on a very cold and rainy day. Still, there was a lineup inside. We were greeted by a friendly host and we waited for about 10 minutes. I thought it would take longer, so I was a bit surprised that we got in so quickly.

I ordered the Hungarian Beef Goulash (Hungarian dish – beef simmered in paprika caraway gravy with rutabaga, cabbage and homemade potato dumplings) $18 and my friend ordered the Macaroni & More, ( USA dish – chock full of aged white Cheddar, onion, thyme, bacon and peas, baked with seasoned breadcrumbs) $15

ÖAt the entrance where the host takes down our names

ÖCandle and flatware. Beautiful wooden table. Dark in the restaurant.

ÖHungarian Beef Goulash $18

Despite being very busy, the food came fairly fast too. They both came on a wooden square board and smelled really delicious. The look wasn’t much, and it seemed small, but it was more than sufficient. I couldn’t almost finish it. Both dishes were really good. The spices and flavour was rich. Since my sauce was so rich like gravy, I almost wanted some rice with it…

It is definitely out of my normal price range, but it was nice to try something different. Great atmosphere, and although the sever brought out the wrong size of the salad my friend ordered, she quickly fixed it. She also brought out the wrong bill, but she fixed that as well.

When we got up to leave, there were still many people waiting in the entrance. I can see why. Because of the price, I’m not sure if I’ll be going back that often – but I’d certainly recommend it to everyone 🙂

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