Fish Tacos with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

I’m such a fan of fish tacos. I have yet to find an amazing fish taco place in Victoria. I’ll keep an eye out. But for now, here is a refreshing and delicious recipe to make at home!

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The Noodle Box

I’m personally a huge fan of Noodle Box. It’s not cheap, but it is delicious. And relatively healthy.

The Culinary Adventures of a Greedy Guts

1867 West 4th Ave
Vancouver BC
V6J 1M3

T: 604-734-1310
www.thenoodlebox.net

Brief Description: TheNoodle Box chain serves yummy pan-Asian food, such as curries and stir-fried noodles and rice. Prices are a little on the higher side but still represent good value.

When I’m too tired to cook and I want fast food, I don’t crave traditional fast foods like fried chicken, or burgers and fries. My idea of fast food is fresh, made-for-you, noodles. I lived in South Australia for a number of years and one of my favourite things about the food scene there was the countless number of stores called “Wok in a Box” that were popping up everywhere. Basically, you could swing by on your way home from work and grab a box of fresh stir-fried noodles for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. The benefits were numerous; it was quite affordable (about $8 a box), it…

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My Addiction: Mussels De Cha Cha Cha at Tapa Bar

My cousin introduced me to Tapa Bar last October. One night after hot yoga we decided to go for something light and she suggested Tapa Bar. I found it tucked away in Trounce Alley on Broad and Yates downtown, lit up with romantic tea-lights. Inside I was immediately tranfixed by the ambiance. I felt like I had just stepped onto the set of Vicki Christina Barcelona and I half expected Javier Bardem to join my cousin and I at our table. The lighting was dim but intimate with candles at each table and the spanish music complimented the setting perfectly. Being starved after burning so many calories at hot yoga, we devoured the complimentary roasted sun-flower seeds on the table. And then, it happend. We ordered the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha. I have never tasted anything quite as delicious. The “fiery pepper sauce” doesn’t even begin to describe the delight of these mussels, or the ectasy of dipping the fresh (and unlimited) foccacia bread into the sauce and savouring each bite. The sauce is the perfect combination of white wine, garlic, parsely, sambal, and tomatos. I’ve tried numerous times to recreate it at home, but I’ve never achieved the astonishing taste of this sauce. The mussels are always fresh and succulent, and they don’t cheap out on the amount of them either.

And ever since I tried them, I’ve been addicted. One Monday a few friends and I went to Tapa Bar for Martini Monday, and I  ofcourse orderd the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha. Later on, my boyfriend (at the time) joined us, and we shared another order. Yes, they were so nice, I got them twice… in one sitting.

There are also many other amazing options on the menu. Another favourite of mine is the Grilled Carrots (in sweet mustard sauce). When I first saw these on the menu I was skeptical… grilled carrots? How exciting can those get? I was suprised to find them absolutely astounding. The sweet mustard sauce is a unique flavour and can also be eaten by the spoonful. I also suggest the Chorizo Fondu – its warm and smoky and delicious.

Looking for a Friday night dinner before going out? Put on a little black dress, your best Spanish accent, pretend you’re Penelope Cruz and strut down to Tapa Bar in Trounce Alley and experience the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha with some good friends and good wine.

Welcome

I will be telling of my experiences dining in Victoria, British Columbia as a starving student. I’ll be doing profiles on restaurant owners, as well as interviews with other people involved in the food service industry for a behind-the-scenes look into restaurant life. I’m hoping to delve into the inner workings of restaurants in Victoria and tell honestly and accurately of my adventures and discoveries.