Die Sushi Monster Die.

Written by Esquire
January 4, 2011

A Spam Roll? I thought I was in Hawaii or something, because that is the only other place I have seen this mystery meat on any menu. When it was explained to me that Spam is a canned hot dog of sorts, I figured I had to check it out. No soy sauce needed here friends, this roll was salty as, yet very interesting non the less. It is a small spot, and they desperately need a liquor license, but Sea Monster Sushi was alright with me.

Note: No booze = you loose...Customers. Sea Monster Sushi. Gastown, Vancouver. ♬ Die. [audio:Die Monster Die.mp3]

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I Gotta Stay Fry I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I Till I Die I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I.

Written by Esquire
January 16, 2010

I tried this little gem last night. Yam Tempura. You wont shape your tempura like the white man's french fry? Oh but they will. The presentation is outstanding,  as it always is at Sakana. Balsamic reduction even. The sake has dry erased most of my memory of the eve, but thank god for the trusty iphone.  This Omar Ep-ic picture reminds me of the good times.

Tempura is to Fries what Aioli is to Mayonnaise. Tempura is the new "Black". Sakana. Yaletown, Vancouver. [audio:Stay High.mp3]

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Domo Arigato, Tuna Bintoro.

Written by Esquire
December 9, 2009

This place makes me feel like Ralph Macchio, specifically when he filmed Part 2 of the Karate kid. Much like the small village of Okinawa, at Hapa there is a plethora of beautiful asian women walking around, always carrying things. I often long to be like Daniel San. Perhaps one day I too will find love in the tiny village. The Bintoro tuna, the Ishi- Yaki rice bowl, and a Japanese Pizza are featured in this episode. Stay tuned, as there is no shortage of fine dishes at this wonderful establishment.

Note: Regrettably, they actually made a part 3 of the Karate Kid Saga. Never ever watch that film.

Hapa Izakaya. Vancouver.


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Honjin, Back Again. Check Baby Check Baby Let’s Begin.

Written by Esquire
November 23, 2009

Beef Sashimi. The best in the business can be found here at Honjin Sushi. How is it the best you may ask? Simply because they slice the beef so fine, similar to the width of rolling papers. Also of note is the delicious garlic and ponzu sauce that accompanies the dish. Most beef sashimi/tataki is often cut thick, producing what resembles beef flavored Hubba Bubba. Not here mates. Some would go so far to say Honjin's version is "the desert of meats" .

Honjin Sushi. Vancouver.

[audio:Whoop There It Is.mp3]

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Sakana-Hey. Ho. Hey. Ho.

Written by Esquire
August 20, 2009

First off, Spinach Gomae. A staple, good start.  Then try the tuna roll, i forget what its called, some sort of tempura sashimi roll I think? Either way It's awesome. Also, be sure to try the prosciutto roll. Its ridiculous. It tastes so good its not even fair. I think there are mangos in it, maybe even some cream cheese. Share it with someone, as its flavor overload bro. Brosef. Brodizifa.  It's worth checking out Sakana for their presentation alone.

Sakana. Yaletown, Vancouver.

[audio:Hip Hop Hooray.mp3]

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Written by Esquire
July 5, 2009


If you ever make it to Whistler, BC., then god have mercy on your soul. They say It's the best of times...... it was the worst of times. Here is a list of the top items you are likely to try while carrying on up there.

  1. A Zog's Dog. Hot dogs, yes, however they also serve late night poutine.
  2. An Australian. Usually sighted at Mo Jo's and/or the Staff housing district.
  3. The Scabie Mite. Also native to Staff Housing, but as of late have been spotted beyond it's boarders.
  4. Viewing a film at Whistler Balls Theatre.
  5. Ahi Poke. A fine bowl of Tuna.

The Ahi Poke, a famous dish that helped put Sushi Village on the map. It certainly is delightful. The marinade is one of those secret concoctions that only the head chef's know how to prepare.  The first time I ate raw tuna, it was this very dish. It has since sent me on a quest for only the finest cuts of fish that don't taste fishy.  It truly is the chicken of the sea. Sushi Village has a bunch of other innovative rolls and dishes that I will get to, but this one is a mandatory order.

Note: Regrettably, Whistler "balls" Theater is no more. Apparently it's been turned into a community center. It once smelt precisely of stale balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Sushi Village. Whistler, BC.

[audio:Poker Face.mp3]

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Im Going Back To Bali. Bali. Bali.

Written by Esquire
June 27, 2009

There is a place called Azia right by the movie theatre. They have a wide variety of  food from all over Azia. Wait, Asia? No. Azia. Right. Very clever. The dish they call the Nasi Goreng comes with a fried egg on top. I recall eating this very meal daily whilst on my travels in Indonesia so many moons ago. We also tried the Szechuan Ribs, which were quite nice. On the special menu was a Tuna Sashimi Trio.  3 types of tuna, 3 sauces,  2 dudes. Also worth ordering. Next time I will check to see if they serve Indonesia's most recognizable product,  and finest Pilsner: Bintang. They must, their menu is huge. I could eat here for weeks and still not try everything. Impressive. I am impressed, but to be honest I would rather go back to Bali.

Azia. Vancouver, BC.


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Sushi Shooter. McGavin

Written by Esquire
June 20, 2009


If you ever find yourself at Honjin Sushi, this little gem is a must order. The Sushi Shooter is one of the finest pieces of tuna in Vancouver. As soon as your seated order  two each to get the ball rolling. If you have not had enough tuna after those shots, be sure to order the Roundhouse roll. Its pretty much the very same tuna, only this time  with lemon over an avocado roll.

Honjin also has the best beef sashimi in town. Patience, I will leave that report up to my Tataki expert Desmondo Gelato. He claims that even though its technically meat, Honjin's  beef sashimi could easily be served as a dessert. Stay tuned for a full once over of Honjin's appies menu. They have some real bangers. Not anthems. Honjin Sushi. Yaletown, Vancouver.

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I’ve Got One Hand In My West Coast Pocket.

Written by Esquire
June 17, 2009


These little pockets are amazing. I don't even eat salmon, or so I thought. An ideal combination of the salty sweets, the casing is some sort of soya based tofu pocket. Sweet in flavor, yet the soy and wasabi adds a salty taste. The Cactus Club has quite a few items on their appies menu that are worth trying. In fact,  eating "appies style" is pretty much mandatory at the Club, as they have a plethora to choose from. Their staff are certainly something to be desired. As are their celebrity-like cliental. I just saw the guy who looks like Magnum P.I in there  not more then a week ago. I think he's in a Jack FM commercial. His shit is blowing up.

Cactus Club. BC.

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Goodbye, Karubi Tuesday.

Written by Esquire
June 14, 2009

karubiFor upwards of one week, we will be showcasing appies exclusively from Honjin's menu.

Today's feature is the Karubi. This word "Karubi", clearly Japanese for "tender and of supreme flavor". At just $4.95, every table is certainly priced in (thats poker language, meaning: committed). Im not quite sure how long they marinade the beef for. Judging from the flavor overload at first bite, its probable the marination process begins whilst the animal is still alive. Try it. You will be entertained. Are you not entertained?

Honjin. Yaletown, Vancouver.

[audio:Ruby Tuesday.mp3]

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Appies All The Time. Snack well, friend.