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I heart Japa Dog August 18, 2010

 I have to thank Anthony Bourdain for introducing me to the greatness that is a Japa Dog.  His Travel Channel show made a stop to this hotdog stand in Vancouver BC and I made a mental note to check this place out next time I was in town.  I’m not a big hot dog lover but I do respect Anthony’s opinions in all food related matters.  His expertise along with his sarcasm and charming wit managed to win me over instantly.  Call me a food groupie of sorts, I’ll follow his word and if he recommends it and I can eat it, then I’ll definately try it.  Yeah, I kind of heart Anthony Bourdain too but that’s for another blog on another site….

My first Japa Dog experience was the veggie version of the Miso Mayo (left) which was topped with kaiware (sprouted daikon radish seeds), miso sesame, japanese mayo and miso.  It was spectacular!!  I was hooked after the first bite.  I bought another one right after and I was debating on getting a third until my friend talked some sense into me.  Unfortunately, they no longer serve this one so my new favorite is the Terimayo (right) which consists of seaweed, teriyaki sauce, onions and japanese mayo.  Just as delicious and even messier than the Miso one.  Japa Dog is now a regular stop for me when I’m in Vancouver.  In fact, I’ll even eat one when I’m not that hungry!  Somehow I manage to eat them quite easily.  They are terribly addicting and I’m pretty sure I can eat three if my friends wouldn’t show their disgust for the idea the next time I’m there.  All hail the Japa Dog!!!

Locations: Corner of Burrard and Pender/ Burrard and Smithe/ 530 Robson St.

Cost: $4.75 for the veggie Terimayo

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You have to eat this…poutine!!! August 15, 2010

Filed under: Eat Anytime,Food,Fried!,My Favs — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
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This is what real poutine should look!

Poutine: pronounced “poo-teen” is comfort food to me. The mastermind to this heart attack on a plate is some crazy Canadian. Go figure.  I should both thank and curse the creator for making such a fattening meal.  Most of my American friends have no idea what this dish is and most have gawked at the idea until they have tried it.  The traditional variety consists of french fries topped with cheese curds (squeaky cheese!) and then smothered with brown gravy.  Unfortunately, it isn’t a common menu item in Portland yet. The places that do sell it don’t quite do it justice. I didn’t realize how easy it was to screw up this dish but some places have managed to do so.  How you might ask?  It’s only 3 ingredients but by choosing the wrong cut of fries (no shoestrings!), using small chards of curds (you need big chunks!) and bad tasting gravy (it happens), one can easily disappoint any Canadian that knows how it should look and taste.  So if you want good poutine, I must refer you to go just about anywhere in Canada.  Even the drive thru A&W’s will make it better than most places in the States.  When I’m in Vancouver, my poutine fix is satisfied by a trip to Belgian Fries on Commercial Drive.  They make a terrific vegetarian gravy that doesn’t have a weird aftertaste like the one served at Potato Champion here in Portland.  I don’t encourage eating this often but every once in a while it is good eats.


Cost: $5.69 + tax for a medium order of poutine

Belgian Fries on Urbanspoon