Aladdin Cafe and Chatime on Robson St, Vancouver

On the Friday before the Scotia Bank Half Marathon, Nanzaro went to downtown to pick up his running kid.

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This will be Nanzaro’s third half Marathon.

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After picking up his running kit, he went for lunch on Robson St. He went to Alladin Cafe as he loves middle eastern grilled meat.

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Girls Night Out at Nuba on W. Hasting St., Vancouver

Angie of Seasaltwithfood.com, Polly, Whitney and I met up again in downtown Vancouver for dinner.

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Whitney who works in Gastown, shortlisted a few places for us to pick for the meet up and the winner is Nuba. We were there at 5PM and Nuba is still not busy yet. I think Whitney told us that Nuba only takes reservation after 5:45PM, so we just walk in at 5PM.

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We decided to order from the sharing menu, one order of Le Feast (for 2) and one order of Le Grand Feast (for 2).  LeFeast is a vegetarian option while Le Grand Feast has meat.

We got 2 servings of the above which include hummus, taboulleh, baba ghanooj and pickled cabbage.

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The above was served with pita bread.

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Angie had wine while Polly had ginger beer. Whitney and I preferred just water.

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The above is the main platter for Le Feast. It includes (starting from the salad clock wise) fattoush salad, macedonian feta, olives, mujadara (a Lebanese lentil dish), a vegan stew, crispy cauliflower and falafel. (more…)

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Tibisti Foods & Grill on Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Tibisti Foods & Grill has been on our wishlist for a long while. Ben had been away for business trips a lot. Finally we managed to go to Tibisti before his long assignment to Beijing again.

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Tibisti Foods & Grill is an all day grill which serves Mediterranean food and middle eastern food. It is a halal restaurant.

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We should have come on a Wednesday as the Roast Lamb Meal is at promotional price of $9.99 on Wednesday.

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There is nothing much on decoration in this restaurant. Just some tables and chairs which are spaciously set. I came here for the food and I’m not bothered by the decor as long as it’s clean.

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Ben ordered the Lamb Chop Meal for $14.99.  All the meal here is served with biryani rice, Greek salad, Tzatziki sauce and baked potatoes. Somehow, Ben’s plate is missing the baked potatoes.

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Garden City Kabob Grill on Blundell Road and Garden City Road, Richmond

I got to know Ada and Heidi from A Taste of Community Kitchen event. They were born in Malaysia but grew up in Hong Kong. They are Muslims. We talked about eating out for Muslim which is quite limited here as there are not many halal restaurants that I know off. These are a hand full of those that served halal food: Kedah House, Seri Malaysia, Xin Jiang Delicious Food in Richmond Public Market, Darya Restaurant, Anatolia’s Gate Turkish Restaurant and Abdul’s Sharwarma. Beware that not all Malaysian restaurants are halal. The restaurant is deemed halal only if it gets it’s meat from a source which is certified halal.

Ada and Heidi wanted to eat out at Kedah House and invited me to come along. This is their second attempt to try Kedah House’s food as their first attempt failed because the restaurant was closed on the day they went. So, this time, I called up Kedah House to find out the days that they are closed before we went which is Monday and Tuesday. So, we decided to visit Kedah House on a Thursday. What a bummer, the restaurant again was not opened on that Thursday. Apparently, when we checked with a neighouring shop, we were told that sometimes Kedah House will closed if they have a banquet to cater for. What a disappointment to Ada and Heidi.

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So, we had to go for plan B. Fortunately, Adaand Heidi have another place that they can go to, which is halal, of course. It’s Garden City Kabob Grill on Blundell Road and Garden City Road. This place was previously owned by a Lebanese but it’s now taken over by a Filipino family.

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The sharwarma can be seen the moment you enter the shop. Sharwarma is made by skewing meat on a metal rod and slow roasting the meat on all sides by the rotating spit in front of a heat source for hours. In Turkish, sharwarma is known as doner kebab. The cooked meat is shaved off the stack and made into a sandwich wrap with a tortilla or pita bread and dressed with vegetables and dressing.

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Garden City Kebab Grill is a small place with a few tables and you help yourself with the cutleries and condiments located along a wall.

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Their menu is simple, some rice combo with kebab, wrap, fish and chips and even vegetarian spring rolls. Click on the image to have a large view.

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Ada ordered two items from the menu. The first item was Gyro Chicken Donair on Pita for $5.69. The donair is big and I’m surprised … (more…)

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Shawarma from Abdul’s on Kingsway

Shahdad swore that the bestest Shawarma in Vancouver is found in Burnaby’s Abdul BBQ, He brought us to try it out and it was simply fabulous. So, over the weekend, I simply had to bring Suanne and try it herself.

Abdul’s BBQ is located in the Crystal Mall on Kingsway and Willingdon. It’s a small shop located facing Kingsway. You will not miss it driving past the Mall on Kingsway.

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Abdul’s is a small shop with about seating for 12 on the inside. Abdul also set up a couple of tables outside his shop. Ordering is very simple because he had very big pictures posters of his menu plastered on the outside.

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Shawarma (sometimes also spelt as shawerma) is a middle eastern way of cooking meat. Common meat used are beef, lamb and chicken. The meats are cooked on a rotating machine with sources of heat over a period of several hours.

Abdul has three shawarma machines, each skewered with beef, chicken and lamb. He said that he normally will finish selling all these food by the end of day. His business had steadily grown since he opened his outlet in the Crystal Mall. He told me that when he started he had only a quarter of what you see above and today he often had to turn away customers at the end of day because his is completely sold out.

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