Thierry has, without a doubt, the most unreal macarons in this city. I bought the 7 pack and tried a few different flavours and must say that the Vanilla is good, but holy moly is the Raspberry to die for.
I highly recommend Thierry, but be forewarned - if you want flavour selection, make sure you go during the day because at night they start to run out!
I cannot recommend Ashlene enough...she made me feel so comfortable in probably one of the least pleasant waxes a woman can have. I was also really surprised how gentle their wax was. I have only ever used hard wax before and this was extremely comparable, if not better!
I love this place. The staff are always so welcoming and it is so nice and close to home.
As much as I hate to do this, I am going to reveal my waxing secret - Moira. If you are looking for the best waxer in the Lower Mainland, come to Opal for an appointment with Moira. She is so gentle, friendly and talks to me through the whole thing. Though waxing is not something that I generally look forward too, Moira makes me want to go.
Even better? Opal has been recently offering 50% off waxing on the first Thursday of the month!
I was surprised to see so many bad ratings for this place! I went on Friday night and absolutely loved it. The service was phenomenal - from the hostess, to our server, to the bartenders who were friendly and knowledgeable about their products on tap.
Speaking of beer on tap, what a selection! I would suggest trying the King Heffy and the Seedspitter, both are delicious.
As for food we had the truffle fries which were okay (nothing like the amazing one I recently had at Coast) but they nachos were really good and cheesey.
I work just down the block from this place, and frequent it for lunch because of their amazing deals! I usually do not go right at 12 because it tends to get busy but I find that the service is always good, and the food is fast and piping hot.
I HIGHLY recommend trying one of their $7.50 lunch special that includes soup, a spring roll and coconut rice. My absolute favourite is the Beef with Green Beans and Homemade Spicy Sauce. It is to die for, but make sure you have a full glass of water, because their spicy sauce is spicy!
This review is for Rogues, the small restaurant inside the Country Club).
Rogues is a hidden gem on Westwood Plateau. I cannot say enough good things about the recent meals I have had here. They have promotions on every night including a Pasta Night (that was Sunday, Monday & Tuesday nights) where I had a to die for Beef Stroganoff and caeser salad for only $13.95. They also have a nice wine list that is very reasonably priced.
The food up at Rogues is always fresh, the service is prompt and it is always extremely quiet inside because unfortunately, people seem to forget about it and don't visit. I was just checking their specials for the coming week and it looks like they have closed for the season with no reopen date. It's too bad as it has become a fast favourite of mine!
This place is usually smokin' busy, and for good reason. They have awesome deals, great produce and reasonable prices. Sure, it may be a little bit more expensive than Walmart, but is never quite as busy and to me, seems a lot cleaner.
I always hit Fred Meyer as my last stop before coming back to Canada because they have awesome frozen meals, cheap dairy and a great deli/bakery. I also usually pick up a $2 or $3 bottle of wine.
Tip: Be sure to sign up for a free rewards card, as you will earn points towards free groceries as well as a discount on gas at the Fred Meyer gas station. Very well worth it!
I was craving fresh, raw oysters and was with some girlfriends on Burrard street, so we decided to visit Coast. It is extremely loud inside so we decided to sit on the patio where the heat was on (note to self: wear layers next time as I almost died of heat exhaustion).
Our server was extremely friendly, but I am not sure if he was totally swamped with tables because it seemed like everything took 3 times longer than it should. Our drinks were tasty - I highly recommend the Coast Caeser!
Obviously, to start I had oysters. We chose the chefs selection and 2 of the varieties were excellent but one was extremely fishy and actually tasted like they had gone bad. They were also very poorly shucked and we all kept getting bits of shell in our mouths.
For my main I shared the Hot Platter with a friend which included halibut, black rice with edamame, salmon, scallops, prawns and assorted veggies. It was good, not great. The salmon was dry and overcooked which was disappointing. The scallops were EXCELLENT. We also had truffle fries. These are a *must eat* when you are at Coast.
I am not sure how quickly I will be back to Coast. We were in the restaurant for over 2 and a half hours because of how slow it was. It was painful. Coast is also extremely expensive and for the quality of my meal, I am not sure the price was justified.
After a long week at work, there is nothing better than relaxing late Friday afternoon with a nice foot (sc)rub. Located in New Port Village, this place is nice! They have comfy couches and the lighting is spectacular to look at! It almost feels like you are at a downtown spa with the decor.
As a self proclaimed pedicure connoisseur, I have to say that I was not impressed with the service at Citrus. I really felt like the lady doing my toes was rushing through it because it seemed like they wanted to close up shop (even though I had an appointment). As a runner, my feet tend to get quite rough on the bottom and none of this was removed and I barely received any massage!
Despite receiving many compliments on the nail art that I had them do, I have to admit that the process was painfully slow (AND NOT CHEAP!). I had my toes painted and wanted some white polka dots on top of the big toe. First off, the girl who was doing my toes had no idea how to use the dotting tool, and when she was shown, she had so many problems that she had to take off all of my polish twice before it looked decent. The polish part of the pedicure (say that 3 times fast HA) took almost 30 minutes. Not to mention that the 4 polka dots that I finally did have done, cost me $5 PER TOE! Totally not worth it.
If you do chose to visit here, be sure to take advantage of their meni/pedi deal that is $42.... but don't expect anything big.
I could not be happier with the service provided by Roam Mobility. So long abso-freaking-lutely outrageous cell phone bills.
I unlocked my phone on my own (which is super easy, I have done it many times... just search for your phone model and provider with "unlock code" on eBay, send them a bit of info including your IMEI, and it will cost you less than $5 usually. They will send you VERY detailed instructions on how to unlock plus if you have problems provide support!!)
All I had to do was get a new SIM card from Roam stick it in and boom! **Note: Make sure you read the 'Getting Started' guide that comes with your SIM card, takes about 5 minutes and you will know how to update your APN, which is essential for data coverage.** You just go online, or call their customer service and top up your account. I chose the 1 day option to try it out. This cost me $4.95 for 100 mb of data, unlimited talk and unlimited text. If you go away for longer they have a selection of tiered plans. You even get your own US number to keep (for the life of your SIM card), voicemail and caller id!
If you work that out --- each incoming text with my Canadian provider is .60, each minute of talk is $1.30 and each mb of data is $6, so essentially, I could have sent and received 8 texts or talked for 4 minutes or used less than 1 mb of data... Hard decision, isn't it?
Before buying, I read quite a few reviews and took some advice from here and worked out the difference between Roam Mobility and purchasing an American carriers SIM card. The biggest difference for me is that I could buy as I needed, knowing that it wouldn't expire after 100 days or so, plus the tiered pricing made Roam cheaper when on longer trips... Also, the American carriers made it difficult to open even a pay as you go account if you do not have a valid address in the USA.
I would recommend to ANYONE who wants to have cellphone access when across the border, to check out Roam. They have REALLY cheap packages if you are just looking at Text & Talk!
Sushi garden is a great sushi place located on Kingsway, right across the street from Metrotown.
Despite a few strange things, such as all of your party has to be there before you can be seated, the sushi here is fresh and cheap. I would highly suggest you try their Alaska roll, the dynamite combo and the spicy tuna sashimi (you probably only need a half order, as it is massive!).
If you are visiting for lunch time, arrive well before noon as it gets smokin busy.
When people ask me where my favourite place to eat in Vancouver is, I always tell them at Bistro 101. I love that you can go somewhere that is training future Red Seal chefs, and get an outstanding 3-course meal for $24 (or on Friday evenings, they have a buffet!).
The first time I visited was for Dine Out Vancouver, and I have been a repeat customer ever since. Make sure that you make reservations well in advance as they book up very fast.
I love the bread selection that you get to start. So many unique types and all so fresh! Wednesdays also feature 50% bottles of wine (and they have a great list of local wines to boot). The menu here differs almost every day which I see as an additional plus - new choices!
I always notice the great private space they have at the back of the restaurant which is fantastic for larger groups which is an additional plus for Bistro 101
This was my first experience at a Cheesecake Factory and I had high expectations.
I visited with a group of about 25 as we were in town to run the Nike Womens Marathon. It's a good thing we had a reservation because they were really lined up! I tried to order 3 different beers before I found one they had in stock. Kind of annoying...
I was very happy with my meal. I had the Crab and Artichoke dip and the Margherita flat bread (both on the menu as 'Small Plates' but either one on it's own could have filled me! The flat bread was the winner on taste. It was delicious.
Unfortunately, when it came time for the bill all hell broke loose. Despite telling our server a needed separate bills, he did not do it (I was a server for 8 years and I know that, although a tad time consuming, it isn't hard and makes payment much simpler). We had to wait an additional 20
minutes before he came back. So annoying!
I'd be back for sure, just nor with more than 6 people.
I stayed here while running the Nike Womens Marathon with a very large group. The staff here are fantastic, even allowing us to check in to our rooms at 9 am.
The hotel is located in a great location, just a block away from Macys and the other big department stores in Union Square.
I was surprised by the amazing selection of restaurants within 300 meters. Sushi, Chinese, Italian and a ton of quaint little diners.
I would suggest requesting a hotel room on the back side of the hotel, as the street is quite noisy... But we are in the back and only can hear faint sirens.18/10/2012 Thank you for choosing our hotel as your base for the Nike Women's Marathon. I hope you enjoyed the… En savoir plus
What an unexpected surprise this place was! Waiting for lunch with a friend, we stumbled into the Ferry Building which was FULL of quaint little shops, artisans and restaurants.
I was a huge fan of the mushroom place. They had the coolest DIY mushroom farms that you can take home. Also, an unreal selection of gourmet mushrooms.
What pretty much made my Ferry Building visit complete was the fact you can do fresh oyster shooters in multiple places. Nothing says, 'Today is going to be a good day' like some raw oysters for breakfast.
Check out Marketbar for their 3 delicious bacon selections - amazing.
This is always a go to when we visit Bellingham. They have massive portions and good food, and even better specials.
From 4 until 6 they offer early bird specials including their ribs, steak and fish options from 10.95 to 14.95. They even include dessert. My personal favorite is the 6oz to sirloin.
Situated right across the street from my hotel near Union Square, I was really excited to visit Puccini & Pinetti for their amazing happy hour deals.
It was great that if you sat in the bar area, that you have the option of either the full dinner menu or the happy hour menu or both! We opted for some tapas and went with the Happy Hour menu. The $6 Long Island Iced Teas were great, and no shortage of alcohol in them either! We shared a few appys - Margherita Pizza, Fritto Misto, Crab Cakes and of course, I had some oysters.
I would recommend definitely getting the Fritto Misto (deep fried squid and rock shrimp). It was lightly battered, perfectly cooked and the tomato aioli was delish!!!
The oysters were to die for... but then again, I could eat oysters for every meal, every day. But take it from me, these ones were good. Served simply with lemon and a spicy marinara. Yum.
The crab cakes were tasty, nicely cooked and served with the same tomato aioli that the Fritto Misto was. They were nice and crabby (for lack of a better word), with not too much breading.
I was not a huge fan of the pizza, it was quite simply but still tasty. Next time, I would def get the sausage pizza.
I am really not quite why I go to this place so much...it must be because they are the closest eating establishment to my work.
They are consistently inconsistent, I have to give them that. One day I will be in and out in 15 minutes, while on other days for a dynamite roll and a couple of pieces of nigiri it could be an hour and a half.
None of the food is particularly good here either. Their nori always tastes stale and chewy, the sake (salmon) seems to always have skin left on it, which is quite disgusting and the agedashi tofu is served in what seems like bland miso soup.
What can be worse here than the so-so food you may ask? The awful service. You get ignored once you are seated and have ordered. Refills of green tea? HA! You wish. Do not even expect to ever have your bill presented to you at your table either - it simply doesn't happen.
Again, I am not sure why I keep going back.... maybe that the prices are somewhat reasonable, but honestly, if you want good sushi and decent service, walk the 400 meters down Kingsway to Sushi Garden.
I actually visit this place frequently for oil changes and until yesterday I would have given them a higher rating... However, I bought a Groupon and I really feel like I got the shaft when I visited them yesterday. My Groupon was $50 for 3 oil changes (plus each time you have to pay 12$+ for taxes, filter, enviro fee, and whatever else...)
As I visit this place for all my vehicle maintenance, I am pretty familiar with their routine, and I can virtually guarantee that it was different for my Groupon service. I was actually left wondering if they even changed my oil? I was in and out of the place in 6 minutes. None of the usual 'noises' when they are added the new oil were heard either.
The other problem I experienced was that apparently Groupon set up their system wrong so once Castrol scanned the coupon it marked the ENTIRE thing as redeemed. So now, I have to take back my receipt from my first service each time. Such a pain in the butt. I am not too sure why they couldn't just make a note of it in their computer system?
Anyways, I am not sure if I will be back after my Groupons are all used. On the bright side, they never try and sell you things that you don't need...
This location must be the worst in this chain...because I am yet to have a good experience here.
I visited recently for a friends birthday lunch and our experience actually started off very well. Server was attentive, drinks came fast and order was taken promptly. However, we arrived just before noon and right at 12, all hell broke loose. They clearly have no idea to schedule an appropriate amount of staff for a lunch shift because our server was in way over her head.
Drink refills took 15 minutes and our server was no where to be seen! Whats worse is that our food to close to 50 minutes and once it came, quite a few items were not as ordered. So frustrating, especially when you are on a lunch break from work!!
I had the chicken dippers with spaghetti and meat sauce. They were okay, I have had much better, even from this location. We best described them as being twice deep fried because they were a little too 'crunchy' (burnt) for our likings.
Plates were never cleared off of our table, so we sat there with a complete mess on the table until she brought our bills (and left our table without touching a dirty dish on the table). Payment was a gongshow. She was too busy to help us with taking cash, credit cards or debit cards so we physically had to go up to her computer to get some attention.
I can promise I won't be back...
The 3 * rating is for only the cruise part of my Alcatraz experience. My actual on island experience was, without a doubt, a 5 *.
To start, make sure you get your tickets well in advance. If you want to do the night tour (which is apparently unreal), it seems like you need to buy MONTHS in advance. I went so far as to try and buy them on Craigslist... with no success.
Once you arrive at the Pier to board your ship there is a little cafe, and a crumby little gift shop. If you are looking for a souvenir, take my advice and wait until you GET to Alcatraz - the stuff sold by Alcatraz Cruises is not good - at all. You are then herded like cattle into corrals where you have a picture taken in front of a low res, pixelated image of Alcatraz. Funny because you could literally turn 45 degrees and be standing in front of the real thing? Seems strange... They will later try and charge you $22 for this outstanding image they took of your party. And hey, I am not one to usually laugh at these types of photos. I do own my fair share, but the ones I do own, are not a picture in front of a picture.
Once boarded onto the 'ship' you sit in uncomfortable chairs on the inside or wooden benches on the outside. We opted for inside on the way there and outside on the way back. But beware, if you are outside on the way there, it will literally take you 15 minutes to get off the boat. Then a wonderful (HA!) voice recording about history of the area starts. It actually drove me nuts how slowly the guy spoke. It was like he had a limit of 1 word every 15 seconds. Ugh.
I am actually not sure how historically correct some of the facts were either, but who am I to say.
Anyways, as for a ride, the 28$ that we paid seemed fair. I would, however, like to know if Alcatraz donates any of that to the National Park fund to preserve the island.
For a smaller airport, this place is quite alright. Though the security line took much longer than one would have imagined, they did eventually open a new line to help expedite the process.
There are a number of food stands located within Terminal 1 (the non-Southwest side), including a couple of Starbucks, a Chilis, a Chilis To-Go, a Chinese food place and a couple others. Not to mention the usual Hudson News and Sees Candy.
We saved a ton of money by flying Oakland to Bellingham ($78 including a checked bag) vs flying San Francisco to Vancouver (over $400)... It was very easy to get to the airport from Downtown San Francisco via BART and cost less than $7 one-way.
Sometimes you wanna go.... where everybody knows your name
Dun dun dun
And they're always glad you came...
That is always the song that plays in my head when I go this this Starbucks. They have great service, know you by know and what your drink of choice is and are on top of it all, quick.
I love that they are quite enough in the morning that I can run in, grab my coffee and breakfast sandwich and not have to wait for 10+ minutes.
Visited for a bachelorette party over the weekend. When you think bachelorette in this city, it is pretty much synonymous with Society. Just so Sex and the City!
Our server, Paulina, was EXCELLENT. A group of rowdy/partly inebriated girls is not always the easiest table but she was attentive, and friendly. With exception of a slow bartender, our drinks (mostly full of cotton candy (!!!!) ) came quickly. Our bride-to-be was treated to an interesting shaped cotton candy sculpture, which was an awesome touch.
The food was okay but unfortunately, took FAR too long - over an hour and 10 minutes to be exact. I shared a braised short rib appetizer served with crostini, and the short ribs were very tender but far too salty for my taste. For my main I had a Baja Shrimp Quesadilla which was actually very good. Others in my group had dishes including the Fried Mac n Cheese Balls, which were an absolute hit with our group, and the Truffled Mac n Cheese.
My only other gripe about this place is how packed it was. Because our table was right infront of the bar there were a lot of people standing around, and it was actually almost impossible for my to push my chair back to get up and people who were sitting/standing at the bar actually went as far as to spill drinks down a couple of our backs. And, obviously as we were packed in this place like sardines, it was nearly impossible to hear anything.
Overall, I would be back for a bachelorette party or a girls night out. This is not the place where I would go for a romantic dinner, or for any occasion where I actually wanted to have a conversation with people. I know a few Glowbal restaurants are this loud, but in my experience, not quite THIS loud.
This is one of my favourite places to go to good, cheap Chinese food in the TriCities. They are always quick, the food is fresh, hot and, generally, VERY consistent.
My boyfriend and I actually visit Hon's when we are in a rush, that is how quick they are! It is very rare that the process of ordering until food on your table takes longer than 6 minutes.
- House Chow Mein
- Beef and Broccoli
- Yeung Chow-style Fried Rice
- Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Rock Salt
- Lemon Chicken
- Chicken Potstickers
They also have quick and free delivery services available, which is great for those nights you don't want to go out.
What is a tire gauge? Uhh... That was my response when my low tire pressure light came on in my car. So I bought a 'tire gauge' and then figured out how to use it (by watching a YouTube video of course!). Everything seemed fine to me, but what do I know about cars? Nothing!
So on my way home from work, when the pesky light wouldn't go off, I dropped by the Carter Service Centre to have my Jeep looked at. Elton could clearly tell that I am not car savvy (one time I needed help popping the hood...) and took my vehicle into the shop to check my tires.
About 6 minutes later Elton returned, explained that while I was right and the readings were 'close' they needed to be a bit closer and that next time I needed to look for about 36 psi. That, I can do!
I was so impressed with how quickly they were able to help, even without an appointment! Elton also didn't make me feel like an idiot for not knowing how to fill my tires, even though I am sure that my family and friends do... I will choose Carter to do my next vehicle service, no question.17/06/2014 Thanks for your review Ashley. It is our pleasure to help with absolutely anything big or small, and… En savoir plus
Overcoupon (is that a word? It should be with some of the customer I've seen here...)
If you want to pay more for a lot of stuff that you can find at Walmart, Staples, Target, etc., then visit Michaels. And, maybe it is because I am not super crafty, but the sections in this store make about ZERO sense to me, as do the way the aisles are setup. Plus, I asked for help finding glue sticks (the ones for glue guns) and low and behold they are not kept with the other glue. Why? Beats me!
Then you get in line and wait, and wait, and wait for the people in front of you to use all 47 of their coupons. There must be a more streamlined process than what they currently do.
Michaels? I am over it.
Absolutely love this place. It is a tranquil location located within the city limits and a great spot to visit for some quiet time. There is both a free section, and a paid area that comes complete with a tour of the garden.
I visited last night and participated in the Judge Dee Murder Mystery. A very enjoyable experience, and a different kind of Halloween activity. I highly recommend!
Randomly went on Groupon Now today and discovered that Pearl Fever is on there! Any drink with one add-in for only $3. What a steal!This is my favourite place for bubble tea, not just in Coquitlam but in general. They are always… En savoir plus
I visited her for an RMT massage and I could not have been happier. What an amazingly beautiful place this is and the service is unparalleled.
My RMT was Kirstie and she was fantastic. So accommodating, friendly and clearly passionate about her job. I was given a mini-tour of the spa and could not get over the size of the rooms and how beautiful they were. The hour long massage I had was relaxing and I left with my back feeling far better than when I arrived.
I cannot wait to visit again in a few weeks for a follow up RMT session!
Visited this location for lunch last week. A co-worker and I were on our way to a workshop close to this location so we stopped in for a quick bite to eat.
We both had the fish and chips and they were okay. There was a TON of breading compared to the amount of fish on the inside. I would not return for this dish ever again, I guess I should have stuck to a burger?
Our server was so awkward that it was painful. He literally stood 4 feet away from our table when we were ordering, I wasn't even sure if he was talking to us he was so far away. When it came time to pay he wanted to know if we wanted anything wrapped up (we were on our way to a workshop and had no access to a refrigerator so obviously we didn't want our food to go) and when we said no he took this as that our food had been awful. He was so weird about it, especially since we explained why we didn't want it wrapped up....
When I saw the sign go up that Vera's would be opening in NewPort Village, I could not believe my luck! This is my favourite place for a burger and now I wouldn't even need to venture outside of the TriCities.
I visited Vera's on Thursday night and was not disappointed. I ordered the Canuck burger (patty, cheddar and bacon) and added my faves (mayo, lettuce and pickles). It tasted just like I remembered it to. Amazing.
They also do takeout and have a crazy assortment of goodies that you can add to any burger. All burgers are cooked to order so they are extremely fresh.
This is my go to for comfort food or a hearty breakfast. I love this place! The food here is very consistent, the staff are awesome and overall, I really enjoy visiting the Grill.
The Coquitlam Grill has great daily specials, one of my favourites being the half rack of ribs and lasagna. This is the most generous portion and its regular price is only $14.99.
They also have gigantic breakfasts, one of my favourite eggs bennys, and their pancakes are to die for!
Don't be thrown off by the size of their menu, they do almost everything very well.
I needed some bright neon tights for a Halloween costume and I walked this place and it looked like the 80's threw-up... I knew I had found my solution.
On the bright side? I paid $1 for neon tights
On the down side? I waited for 18 minutes in line to pay, with approximately 20 other people. The teenagers running this store have ZERO clue about customer service. There were at least 7 other employees working hard at stocking shelves and cleaning up. Come on! Put someone else on cash, obviously 1 staff member isn't enough!