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My birthday is in December, and as it was on his day off, he planned making 10-course birthday dinner for me. While I was working, he went shopping for those ingredients.

The course was served as tapas style first and then two mains and two dessert!

1st course: Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

2nd course: Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

The last time he made was much better, I mean, this was a bit watery.

3rd course: Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

This was interesting dish and delicious! I would order again! 😀

4th course: Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatoes (for two)

Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatos (for two)

5th course: Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

This was my least favorite. I loved the marinated eggplant as usual, but salmon was lukewarm, which he said it was intentional but it was weird to me.

6th course: Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

The lamb chop was beautifully cooked. We shared it, which is good, because I was getting full at this point.

7th course: Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

The salmon was nicely cooked, too. The crab mash was a bit softer than the one he made before, so that it lost the texture. I really liked the turnip hash.

8th course: Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

At this point, I was too full. I wished I can share, but he made this full size for himself as well. The taste was good, though.

9th course: Chocolate Panna Cotta

Chocolate Panna Cotta

I was too full to have two dessert, so he arranged this dessert, using both ingredients. Panna Cotta was a little loose, so it was like mousse.

This would be the last birthday dinner cooked by him, as he said he rather buy gifts next time. 🙂

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On a weekend after a craziest month went by, I went to Shiatsu in downtown Vancouver. As I had an appointment for a bank before that, I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. My Shiatsu therapist asked what I was doing after, and I told him that I was going to have lunch. Then he said there was a new restaurant soft opening in West End, so we headed there.

SPAGHeTEI is an authentic Japanese style spaghetti restaurant where has been open in northern Japan since 1975. They serve spaghetti with various sauce that Japanese people are familiar with. Because it was during soft opening, we got 30% off! There was a note on the sandwich board, saying cash only, which I don’t know if it is applied even now.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Complimentary Garlic Toast with Pesto

Complimentary Garlic Toast with Pesto at SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

Complimentary Soup

Complimentary Soup at SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

Both complimentary bread and soup was good. I wanted another cup of soup. 😛

Meat Sauce
(Minced Beef & Vegetables topped with a Japanese Bolognese Sauce, sprinkled with grated Cheddar Cheese)

Meat Sauce at SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

I tasted some from his. This meat sauce tasted different from what I have eaten. Theirs was more like demiglace base. Under the sauce, there was boiled shredded cabbage that was refreshing, in contrast with the rich sauce.

White Sauce
(Shrimp, Bacon & Spinach with their signature White Sauce with their specially blended spice mix, rich and creamy)

White Sauce at SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

As it is described, the sauce was creamy, but it wasn’t so rich. It was just right for me. There was some red and green peppers in the sauce, which wasn’t written in the menu and was giving stronger taste than spinach. I don’t even remember if I tasted spinach. Haha.

And, extra picture for the sandwich board outside.

SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

SPAGHeTEI

Address: 1741 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Denman and Bidwell streets)
TEL: 604-428-1014
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Tue – Sun] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00
*Closed: Mondays

Menu

Menu at SPAGHeTEI in Vancouver

Price Note
– Meat Sauce $11.00
– White Sauce $12.00
*These are regular price.

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My friend decided to move out of her place at the end of April, so our other friends and I was planning to help her move her stuff on a weekend. Before helping, I met her earlier to have quick lunch. As I had to work in the morning a bit and we didn’t have much time, she selected two places nearby.

We chose one in Marpole area, Cafe de l’Orangerie. They are a Japanese style Italian or French restaurant. food.

We ordered from their regular menu.

My choice, Shrimp Macaroni Gratin
(Served with Homemade Mashed Potato & Homemade Bun)

Shrimp Macaroni Gratin at Cafe de l'Orangerie in Vancouver

My friend’s choice, Japanese Style Neapolitan Spaghetti
(Ham, Mushroom, Onion, Red Pepper, Special Tomato Ketchup Sauce)

Japanese Style Neapolitan Spaghetti at Cafe de l'Orangerie in Vancouver

My macaroni gratin was OK. It tasted good, but the white sauce was a bit watery than I thought. Thinking about cooking myself, I appreciate they have it on the menu, though.

My friend didn’t like her spaghetti much. I think the tomato sauce wasn’t seasoned well.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Cafe de l’Orangerie

Address: 8636 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between West 70th and 71st street)
TEL: 604-266-0066
Facebook: page (Required to login to access)
Twitter: @cafeorangerie
Urbanspoon: page

*Their website is no longer accessible.

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
[Sun – Mon] 9:30 – 21:30
[Wed – Thu] 9:30 – 21:30
[Fri – Sat] 9:30 – 23:00 (sweets & drinks only after 21:30)
*Closed: Tuesdays

Menu

Menu at Cafe de l'Orangerie in Vancouver Menu at Cafe de l'Orangerie in Vancouver

Price Note
– Shrimp Macaroni Gratin $10.00
– Japanese Style Neapolitan Spaghetti $8.50

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