Bluebird Microcreamery – Coconut Mint Chip Ice Cream

The Food

Bluebird Microcreamery - Coconut Mint Chip

Coconut Mint Chip – Made with coconut milk (vegan)
Price: $3.00 for one scoop

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Review

Now normally I shy away from anything that has “vegan” attached to it. Not that I have anything against vegans. I just find animal products to be tasty and so far I haven’t found a good substitute. So when I saw Coconut Mint Chip as one of the flavors at Bluebird Creamery I was excited and thought “Hey I like coconut and chocolate together. I wonder what that would taste like with mint?”  Then I saw (vegan) beside it and paused. This was my ice cream treat. Was I going to spoil it with something that lacks the main component in ice cream – the cream part? At this point I was so set on the flavour, I got it anyway.  On first taste I noticed it was icier than regular cream based ice cream but it definitely had a good coconut flavour and quality chocolate bits. The mint flavour was a bit overwhelming at first but mellowed out as I ate it. Would I go vegan again when it came to ice cream? I guess it would depend on how rich and creamy I wanted my ice cream. As far as flavour goes, this was a tasty treat!

Reviewers

M –  Coconut Mint Chip

Bluebird Microcreamery
3515 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 588-1079 http://bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

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Reverie BBQ – Sampler Plate for 1

The Food

Reverie BBQ - Sampler for 1

Sampler Plate for 1 - with pulled pork, pulled brisket, chicken, ribs, potato salad, hot slaw, baked beans, and cornbread.
Price $14.99

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

A few years ago we found ourselves stopping in Mt. Vernon doing some window shopping looking at travel trailers. We eventually came across a deal on a trailer we simply couldn’t pass up. While negotiating the deal a conversation about BBQ came up with the sales person. Several places were mentioned, some closed, some just opening up, and one that was just around the corner. It just so happens we couldn’t make it to the one around the corner that day but we said we would eventually get there. Two years later we finally have!

Reverie BBQ is an unassuming little joint tucked just out of the downtown area of Mt. Vernon. The décor is fairly simple with nice large tables to sit at, BBQ posters on the walls, painted windows, and country style curtains. But does décor really matter when it comes to BBQ? It’s all about the food!

We walked up to the counter and ordered the sampler plate for 2 and we were immediately asked if we were really hungry. It just so happens that we were not all that hungry at the time and was told then we should definitely order the sampler plate for 1 as it is quite large. Well, as you can see from the picture that was an understatement! Even the sampler plate for 1 was a tough struggle for both of us to get through!

The sampler plate came with 4 different meats, pulled pork, pulled brisket, chicken and ribs, and they didn’t skimp on the portions either. The plate also came with 4 sides as well, potato salad, hot slaw, baked beans, and cornbread. There was so much food that it had to come on 2 different plates! The first thing we noticed was how juicy all the meats were. In fact, I cannot remember ever having more juicy meat in a BBQ joint! Each table had several different sauces that could be put on the meats…most of the meats came au natural. Let me tell you the sauces were not really needed, the meat was that good.

The meat:

Pulled Pork –  Very juicy and tender, very nice pork flavour with a slight hint of smoke.
Pulled Brisket – Similar to the pork, in terms of being juicy and tender. Also just a slight hint of smoke, enough to tell it was there, but by no means overpowering at all.
Chicken – Not usually my favourite smoked meat, but chicken is starting to grow on me, and this chicken was good, very good. In fact, outside of the pork, it was probably my favourite, and even then it was only a close second.
Ribs – The ribs actually came on a side plate along with the cornbread, simply because the plate was so full there was no room for them. The ribs were decent. Juicy, and pulled clean from the bone without being mushy. I think my personal preference for ribs is to have a little more smoke, but others may like them the way they were.

The sides:

Potato Salad – Good homemade potato salad. Big pieces of perfectly cooked potato, large chunks of boiled egg, all tossed in what seemed to be a salad dressing type sauce (think Miracle Whip). When looking at the potato salad it looked like there may be a little too much sauce for our liking, but we were surprised to find that it was actually perfectly dressed.
Hot slaw –  This one we were wondering about since we originally read the menu. Was it actually served hot? We were wondering how it would not go soggy. Well, it turned out to be a typical cold coleslaw but with a little kick to it, which I believe came from horseradish. The slaw was good, but it wasn’t really “hot” per se. I am not a huge fan of horseradish, or slaw, so I could have done without it but I am sure others would love it.
Baked beans – Home made beans, very traditional Boston style, and very tasty. Nothing alarming or different, just good scratch made baked beans.
Cornbread –  Barely got to taste this as we were so full eating everything else, but felt it needed to be tried, especially when I love a good cornbread. This one was a pretty big piece, typical southern style served with some butter on the side. Not too moist, but not too dry, just the right amount so that the butter could easily melt into it.

Overall we would say this was pretty good BBQ. For the value, Reverie BBQ cannot be beat. The portions are simply massive, the meat tender and juicy, and everything seemed homemade. What more could you really want?

Ohhh, how about knowing that Reverie sells food all month so that it can provide free meals to those who need them on the last five nights of the month?? How about a restaurant that has won a humanitarian award from the Washington State Restaurant Association for its efforts to feed low-income and homeless residents? And what do you think they did with their prize money? Yup, bought fresh vegetables for the growing number of hungry people!

Now that really makes me want to go back. And I’ve heard their pulled pork sandwich is killer and their BBQ Sundae is pretty good too. I can’t wait to go back to try them!

Reviewers

M – Sampler Plate for 1 (shared)
B – Sampler Plate for 1 (shared)

Reverie BBQ
1300 South 2nd Street  Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Tel: 360.419.8227
http://www.reveriebbq.com/

 

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Thai by Thai – Basil Chicken Lunch Special, Pad Thai Lunch Special

The Food

Thai by Thai - Soup

Thai by Thai - Pad Thai

Pad Thai – with soup, salad and a spring roll
Price $7.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Thai by Thai - Basil Chicken

Basil Chicken- with rice, soup, salad and a spring roll
Price $7.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

The Review

** As a disclaimer this review is about the lunch specials that Thai by Thai has, we have been there on numerous occasions for their regular dinner menu as well, but trying to keep with the cheaper eats theme of our blog,  we decided to only review the lunch specials.

Many years ago we used to frequent a Thai restaurant on the corner of 108th and King George. It wasn’t that clean, it wasn’t in the best part of town but the food was amazing! It was the place where we first tried many of the classic Thai dishes. We were young and foolish, so we would get the dishes as hot as they could be. Tears would run down our red faces as we ate our Tom Yum soup.  Since that place shut down we’ve searched for the next best Thai food place. We’ve had Thai food all over the lower mainland and in many parts of the U.S. as well. Some were good, some were great, but many were simply a let down from our first Thai food love. The only one coming close was Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas, which many consider to not only be the best Thai restaurant in North America, but the best restaurant in North America period!

We found out that there was a new Thai food place on Scott Road. The location where Thai by Thai is has been many different incarnations of South Asian restaurants since the building was first built. However, this is the first Thai restaurant that has been at this location and we were excited to try it out!

During our first visit, which was not during lunch, we ordered our regular Thai staples, Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, Lard na, etc… I mentioned to the waiter that the Pad Thai we ordered was very similar to one that we used to have at the original Thai restaurant we loved so much. It turns out the reason for the similarity is because it is the same Thai chef! After many years of working for others, and over 10 years later, he decided to open up his own restaurant. We were in love again!

On the first visit to Thai by Thai we noticed the large banner hanging outside the building that mentioned the lunch specials  so we knew we would have to come back and try them out.

As the lunch special includes only one main entree with a side of soup, salad, rice, and spring roll, we decided to order two dishes and share them between the two of us. We ordered the Pad Thai and the Basil Chicken.

The Pad Thai was, as usual, the best Pad Thai that I’ve had anywhere. It is a deep rich sauce that is spicy, tangy, sweet, and salty all at the same time. Of course everybody has their own interpretations as to what makes a great Pad Thai, but for me this is it. It has the usual accompaniments of chopped nuts, sprouts, and sliced green onion, but the winner is their sauce and the way the noodles are prepared.

The Basil Chicken was also very good with just the right mix of fresh veggies and chicken. Our opinion is it could use a little more basil, but we love fresh basil and could always use more! Along with the chicken are onions, red and green peppers, green onions, and of course fresh basil all mixed with a spicy sauce.

Did I mention the sauce was spicy? Well, something was definitely up the day we had their lunch specials. The spice level was off the charts. In fact, we were not the only table asking and mentioning the level of spice. The table directly behind us couldn’t even eat their meal it was so spicy. I think it must have been a new brand or a new jar of hot sauce or peppers as it was insanely hot. However, I believe this was a one time issue as all other times we have been, both before and after, we have never had that level of spice.

The sides were surprisingly good as well. Usually with this type of lunch special one is to expect half decent entrées, but lack luster sides. This was not the case. The soup was a very flavourful, rich broth with spinach and other veggies within. The spring roll was very good as well, not greasy as many places tend to be and came with a small dipping sauce. The only issue with the spring roll was that it was a tad on the cold side. I suspect they are prepared prior to lunch and just plated when lunch is ordered. However, this didn’t deter from the fact that the spring roll was better than many others. The rice was fresh, hot, and perfectly al-dente as rice should be…not hard and not mushy. And finally the salad was a fresh, simple salad consisting of iceberg lettuce with a little  cabbage and carrot thrown in for good measure. However, the house dressing was very good and left me wanting more.

We have taken several people to Thai by Thai, and ourselves have been numerous times for dinner, lunch, and delivery and it continues to be consistently prepared (other this one very spicy lunch!), have fresh ingredients, is reasonably priced compared to the quality, has great service, and is enjoyed by all who have gone.

Reviewers

M – Pad Thai
B – Basil Chicken

Thai by Thai
9164 120 St, Surrey, BC
Tel: 206.621.1090

http://www.thaibythaibc.com/

 

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Burger Burger – Bacon Cheeseburger Special

The Food

Burger Burger - Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon Cheeseburger
Special – Bacon Cheeseburger, hand-cut french fries, and a drink.
Price: $5.65

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

Having driven by Burger Burger for a number of years it was just one of those places that I just never had the chance to stop at. One sunny day I found my self driving into New Westminster after leaving work early and decided to give it a try.

The decor of the place reminds me of a 1970′s Chinese Restaurant, pretty outdated, a little worn, and simple (salt & pepper shakers on table, along with napkins, plastic ketchup & mustard bottles). However, this was not a turn-off, in fact it brought back a lot of memories and was a nice change of pace from all the cookie cutter fast food joints out there.

After looking at their menu I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted, when the lady (who I presume is the owner along with her husband) recommended the special to me, a bacon cheeseburger, fresh cut fries, and a can of pop. I’ll take it!

The burger had a fresh, thin patty with a good “meaty” flavor, the burger came with thousand island dressing on the bun and a choice of toppings, however I chose only lettuce. The meat patty was actually wider than the bun and the outside had a nice crispy texture as it was cooked on a flat top, just like in the good ol’ days.

The cheese was a single slice of american cheese. Obviously not the best quality, but what can you expect for this price? Because the patty was thin, you could actually taste the cheese on each bite, which was a nice little surprise.

The special also came with excellent fresh hand-cut french fries. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and served very hot. For the drink, I chose a can of iced tea. I also ordered gravy on the side, which tasted good, but was a little runny for dipping the fries.

Overall, a great meal for a great price. I can’t wait to drive by again so I can try some other items on their menu!

Reviewers

B –  Bacon Cheeseburger Special

Burger Burger
340 6th St., New Westminster, BC, V3L 3B1
Tel: (604) 525-4229

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