Japanese ‘Guu’dness

When I first lived in Vancouver, a lot of my friends told me I would be a “waste of a plane ticket” because I don’t exactly like seafood and I can’t stand raw fish. I’m that girl who goes to all-you-can-eat sushi places and eats monstrous amounts of teriyaki chicken and tempura shrimp while everyone else enjoys plate after plate of salmon/tuna sashimi, handrolls and other various sushi servings.

Drink Menu at Guu

After trying out a few Japanese restaurants on the west coast, I fell in love with one in particular. It’s called Guu. (They recently opened one in Toronto!) They don’t serve traditional westernized Japanese food, but rather a fusion of more authentic dishes (or so I’ve been told). The only traditional dishes on the menu, like sashimi, have a (good) twist to them… extra sauces, large amounts of garlic chips, etc. Although I didn’t eat any of the raw stuff, everyone else loved it.

White Tuna

Salmon Sashimi

The next dish was a complete surprise for me. Thanks to my picky nature, I’m not a fan of pumpkin. When I heard that we were ordering eggs covered in mashed pumpkin, I was pretty skeptical that I was going to enjoy it. I’m not sure if it was the mushy textures of both the egg yolk and the pumpkin, but something about this mix appealed to my usually bland taste palette.

Pumpkin and Egg

I saved the best for last!! So as much as I am not the biggest fan of seafood, there are a few things I absolutely ADORE. Eel is one of them. I cannot get enough of the BBQ Eel rice dish at Guu. If I could, I would want to eat this stuff all day! Ok, that’s a little gross, but I think you know what I mean. Mmm… just looking at this photo again is making my mouth water… just a bit. haha

BBQ Eel Fried Rice

… i’m done drooling now!! lol

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Panda Love

One unexplained thing in life that I have a soft spot for is pandas. I don’t know why. Their lazy nature, adorably chubby faces and bamboo diets… something about them just makes me want to hug everything that comes in panda form.

Recently, I made a purchase from Fred Flare and requested a doodlebug. Mo, one of the their shipping staff, handles all the doodlebugs and blogged about my request. I thought it was hilarious how accurately I was depicted in this doodle! Having never met anyone at FF in person, I was quite impressed! Fringe bangs, semi-poor posture, dancing-panda-demanding face… I love it all! Not to mention, the panda is freaking adorable with his top hat and cane.

dancing panda

Speaking of adorable panda-related things, on my recent trip to Vancouver, I stopped by Daiso (a store completely dedicated to selling imported Japanese goodies) and saw these sponges:

panda sponges

No joke, I must’ve thrown all of the panda-faced loofahs into my basket and then 20 seconds later, after realizing that I was being ridiculous, put them all back on the shelf. Now that it’s been a few days since I left that army of panda loofahs at Daiso, I’m regretting not bringing at least one of them home with me.

ok. this was an impromptu post. I had a bunch of photos ready to post but got sidetracked when I saw Mo’s doodlebug. Brace yourself for the largest serving of curly fries you’ve ever seen!!

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Motomachi Shokudo

I recently traveled back to Canadaland (Vancouver, to be specific) to revisit old places I fell in love with when I used to live there. Vancouver is well known for their Japanese food, specifically sushi, and I can’t say no to ramen! I’m actually a huge fan of instant noodles of all sorts, but freshly prepared ramen in a kitchen prepared soup (versus a prepackaged, MSG-filled soup base) will never be a meal in my life that I refuse.

Although I’ve never been to Motomachi Shokudo before, I was drawn to eating there after seeing the super cute decor in the petite space coupled with the sweet presentation of food.

Thanks to my not-so-adventurous palette for spicy foods, I went with a traditional bowl of (original) ramen:

Original Ramen

Another great option is the ramen in blackened charcoal broth:

charcoal broth ramen

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