Monday, July 2, 2012

Burgoo - A word that just sounds good.

Google 'burgoo', and you get the following definition:

bur·goo/bərˈgo͞o/


Noun:
  1. A stew or thick soup, typically made for an outdoor meal.
  2. An outdoor meal at which such food is served.

Map it, and you get four locations, three in Vancouver (Mt Pleasant, Kits, and Point Grey areas), and the one that we recently visited, in North Vancouver (near Lonsdale Quay).  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Honey Doughnuts and Goodies - Not so sweet

I still have yet to complete my tour of the doughnut shops around the lower mainland.  I did, however, manage to get out to Honey Doughnuts & Goodies in Deep Cove recently.  We have tried to sample their doughnuts before, but both prior times all the doughnuts were sold out.

This time was a success though, and I came out of the shop with a traditional, honey doughnut, and a chocolate covered one.  From what I saw, this was 2/3 of their total doughnut selection; the final option being a maple frosted one. 

This was the setting:

Deep Cove, North Vancouver - beautiful setting for a doughnut!

And the doughnuts are next.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pho 99 - Some say 'foe', Vietnamese say 'fuh'!

One of my personal pet peeves is when people don't even make an attempt to pronounce a foreign word correctly, especially if they are speaking to a person of that nationality.  In my experience, it is far better to mangle a word and give it a shot than to not even try.  I have found that in North America, there are those folks who will laugh when foreigners mangle English.  I have always had a suspicion that perhaps that is one reason people won't try and pronounce non-English words correctly - there is the fear that the native speaker will laugh or not understand.  I think another issue though, is assuming the romanization (spelling with English letters) of foreign words is correct.  At any rate, this is a review of some food, not a philosophical discussion around speaking foreign languages.

Why do I bring this up?  Much to my horror, I have just discovered that I have been doing this very thing - mispronouncing a common foreign word without any thought - for as long as I have been eating Pho.  It is actually supposed to be pronounced 'fuh'.  The look on my wife's face the next time I suggest going out for 'fuh' is going to be priceless, as she has always said 'foe' as well.

Let's get on with it.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hiatus

Well, I have re-discovered my blog. Let's see if I can't throw some updates on here in the next little while. Our little one is big enough that we can start enjoying going out again, so am looking forward to writing, and of course, trying new and fabulous restaurants!

Map of Restaurants

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