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THE 5 BEST SUSHI PLACES IN SURREY CENTRAL

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Got a hankering for sushi, but you don’t want to go all the way to Vancouver for some divine tekka don? Well, I have the answer for you. I just found the best sushiyas in Surrey’s Central City area and I’m willing to share my findings.

I love sushi and I had a delicious time sampling this popular cuisine in the many restaurants scattered around the Surrey Central area. The following are my five favourites (in no particular order).

Sushi King • #102-10344 King George Boulevard

Sushi King is a newly opened establishment situated in the heart of the up and coming Central City area. Boasting trendy décor and an impressive menu including a varied drinks selection with beer, wine, sake and “saketails” such the Samurai or the sake-tini, a creative take on the classic martini.

Sitting in the restaurant, the ambience was unmistakably Yaletown chic, with a chalkboard menu on the wall, a high ceiling and minimalist tables and chairs. The wait staff, dressed in the de rigour black, set a contemporary tone.

The many choices on the lunch menu made for a prolonged deliberation on ordering, but my lunch companion and I finally decided on the Dyna Box lunch special. This box is served with miso soup, rice, green salad, tempura (prawn, squash, and yam), 6 piece dynamite roll and a choice of chicken, beef, salmon, or tofu teriyaki. That was a LOT of food — artfully arranged, and scrumptious. A truly satisfying lunch!

Sushi King is a great place to gather with friends to quench your craving for a little (or a lot) of Japanese specialties — try their unique “build your own” Sushi Cup.

Sushi & Roll • #103 – 10241 King George Boulevard

This restaurant is an unexpected delight — hidden in the heart of the city, Sushi & Roll has an extensive menu with several one-of-a-kind concoctions. I was tempted to try one of their special rolls, like: Burning Cheese which is spicy tuna, cream cheese with a special sauce and masago on top, or their Crazy Rabbit Roll: that is sweet potato tempura, crab, unagi, tamago and ebi all rolled inside cucumber but I decided to leave those for another visit and I order the Chirashi Don Buri instead.

I did not regret it. This dish features five different kinds of raw fish salmon, tuna, tai (snapper), tako, (octopus), and ebi served on a bowl of rice with tamago (egg). The assortment of fish was fresh with a firm texture and a subtle flavour complemented by the softness of the egg and the rice was tender. A satisfying and filling meal.

One of my two dining companions chose the Tuna Don Buri. She remarked that the tuna was exceptionally fresh and firm and the rice was perfect. She enjoyed it immensely but thought it needed a little something extra — instead of only sashimi and rice.

My other companion ordered the Veggie Bento Box. His meal came with a miso soup and a large lunch box filled with a combination of delicacies. A savoury tofu teriyaki gently fried with a mild sauce made a pleasing main portion. The box included a crisp salad, a potato croquette, a six piece avocado roll, pork gyoza and an orange half and was more than ample for a hungry diner.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meals from the palate pleasing food to the friendly and efficient service. We left the restaurant full and happy. Sushi and Roll is without a doubt a must try for anyone who loves sushi.

Fukuda Sushi • 10537 King George Boulevard

When I mentioned my quest to find the five best sushi restaurants in Surrey Central to a friend of mine, she immediately demanded that we go to Fukuda Sushi.

Fukuda is a small, cozy restaurant with a neighbourly feel. The server/hostess was friendly, chatty and helpful from the moment we walked in the door. We were in luck as we had just missed the lunch rush, and the restaurant had only a few other patrons when we settled into our seats.

Fukuda, although small, has a varied menu with a lot of choices ranging from the typical offering of sushi rolls, don buri and sashimi. It took me a while to decide what to order with so much to choose from. Finally, I opted for the Spider Roll: a mouth-watering combination of crab leg tempura, avocado, tobiko and a special sauce and an order of edamame. My friend ordered her usual — the lunch combo sushi — an amazing array of tasty sushi rolls with a miso soup on the side.

Even though Fukuda Sushi is a small establishment, the food is great — fresh fish, succulent rice and a friendly, unassuming atmosphere with great service. A must-try when a craving for sushi hits. Oh, and they deliver too!

Izumo Sushi • 13631 100 Avenue

Located in a small strip mall across the street from Holland Park and Central City Mall, this tiny restaurant is a cozy spot to enjoy an enticing lunch or dinner.

The considerable menu offers an array of Japanese fare ranging from appetizers to dinner boxes and everything in between. Once again, I was torn as to what to choose — with so many choices, it was difficult to choose! Finally, we decided to share a few dishes and ordered Spicy Agedashi Tofu, Tuna Tataki and the Fall in Love roll.

The server took our order and brought our tea with a friendly smile and pleasant demeanor. Since it was mid-week and just before the noon-time rush, the restaurant was quiet and soothing. We did not have to wait long before our meal appeared at our table.

The tofu dish was superb the delicately fried batter enclosing the soft texture of the tofu. The dipping sauce enhanced the subtle flavour of the dish. Agedashi tofu is a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint.

I had never had Tuna Tataki before, but now that I have, I highly recommend it, especially if you love tuna! Lightly seared with a smoky flavour, the tuna cuts rested atop a fresh, crisp lettuce salad, garnished with a lemon slice. The tuna melted in my mouth and the bright salad complemented the fish well.

Izumo Sushi offers more than 15 special rolls with unique names like: Tomato Princess roll, Knock Out roll, Goldilocks roll and Oh My Gosh roll all intriguing choices. The Fall in Love roll that we ordered was a stellar choice, Smoked salmon, smooth avocado, cream cheese and yam tempura rolled rolled inside a deep-fried yam sweet chili-mayo coating. Heaven in every bite.

This quaint sushi place is worth a try and I will most certainly return (if only to sample the other special rolls!!)

Tokachi Japanese Restaurant • 10767 King George Boulevard

Stepping into Tokachi is like entering a sushiya in Tokyo. From the minimalist décor to the authentically dressed servers, Tokachi is an unquestionable experience. Offering seats at simple tables or in traditional tatami rooms, with a wide-ranging menu — this restaurant has something to please every palate.
The server was very helpful, answering our questions and explaining some of the unfamiliar items.

The Umeshiso Maki roll (pickled plum & Japanese basil) intrigued me but I decided to pass on it when the server pointed out that the plum was very sour and was an acquired taste. I settled for the Special roll (tuna, smoked salmon egg and tobiko). My lunch companions ordered Edamame and Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with ponzu sauce); and Deep-fried Roll (salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in tempura batter) with an order of gyoza.

The dishes, from the appetizers to our main choices were amazing fresh, appetizing and delicious! The Tuna Tataki, while satisfying was not quite as flavourful as the same dish from Izumo, but the presentation was outstanding. My Special Roll was beautiful — an innovative fusion of tuna and smoked salmon. The star of the meal, though, was the Deep-fried Roll.

The creative combination of salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in the delicate deep-fried batter was artfully displayed on the plate and tantalizing to the taste buds. It is easy to see why Tokachi Japanese restaurant has been one of the most popular sushi places in Surrey for 22 years! A must try place if you love sushi.

Catherine Johnston is a Marketing Coordinator with a love for all things social media. She enjoys crafts, cooking, exploring the Lower Mainland, and is big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is passionate about reading and has been a member of the Novel Thinkers’ Book Club for 20 years. You can read her exploits on her personal blog wordsartlife.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @CateGJo

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The Surrey Eats New Years Social at The Clayton Public House

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Join Us For THE New Year’s Celebration

The Surrey Eats New Years Social
COCKTAILS + CANAPES
Benefiting The Surrey Food Bank + My Cloverdale Kitchen

PRESENTED by:  Z95.3, Robbie Johal + The Clayton Public House

The new year is coming; the party is near.

We are sure looking forward to lots of good cheer.

Get all dressed up in your snazziest best, So you can win the prize + beat out the rest.

We will have the Z95.3 Street Squad, Games, Prizes, Raffles, Giveaways + A prize for the best dressed as voted on by the other party goers! This will be one for the books!

The tickets are $35 (or 4 for $125)/

This includes Canapes all night + a GLASS of FREE Champagne at MIDNIGHT!

Take a picture at our STEP + REPEAT, tag all the participating sponsors and you will get 5 free entries into the BIG PRIZE draw!

Sponsored By:

Z95.3, Robbie Johal – Clayton’s #1 Realtor, The Clayton Public House, Ultra Digital Printing, Surrey604.

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There’s a New Pizzeria in The Neighbourhood…and It’s Inside 7-Eleven Stores Across Canada

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7-Eleven launches new lighter, crispier hand panned pizzas – made in
Canada with quality Canadian ingredients.

7-Eleven Canada invites Canadians to visit the new pizzeria in their neighbourhood – featuring hand panned pizzas made with quality Canadian ingredients.

The brand’s newest offering strikes the perfect balance between authentic Italian heritage and Canadian traditions. Knowing that the dough is the most important element to customers, 7-Eleven developed a light and crispy crust made from 100% Canadian wheat using authentic natural sourdough from Puglia, Italy. The dough is then hand-stretched and panned in B.C. to provide the lightness and crispiness reminiscent of an Italian pizzeria.

Quality Canadian ingredients top these flavour-packed pizzas including traditionally slow-dry cured pepperoni from Montreal. Three types of 100% Canadian milk cheeses bring the flavours together, including provolone and parmesan from Ontario and mozzarella from British Columbia.

“Our goal for our new pizza recipes was to provide a quality, delicious pizza hot from our store ovens in minutes 24/7 – or delivered to your home,” explains Norman Hower, VP and GM of 7-Eleven Canada. “The crust is arguably the most important piece of the pie, so we took our time to develop an authentic tasting dough that we knew people would love.”

For the month of December, Canadians are able to sample the new pizzas for free every Friday from 2-4pm! Whether you’re in a crunch for a kid’s party, tomorrow’s breakfast, or craving some late-night munchies, 7-Eleven Canada has you covered with late-night deliveries in over 350 stores and over 410 on December 16. To see if your local store delivers, visit www.7-eleven.ca/delivery.

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Province Brands of Canada Inks Deal to Distribute First CBD Beer Nationwide In Ireland

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First Step in Opening European Market in 2020

Award-Winning, Cork-Based Barry & Fitzwilliam Named Exclusive Multi-Year Distribution Partner

Province Brands of Canada, a leading researcher in cannabinoid science and the developer of first-of-its-kind luxury beverages powered by cannabis, is excited to announce today the selection of its exclusive distribution partner to bring the first nationally available nonalcoholic CBD beer to the Irish consumer.

Following an extensive search and competition, Province Brands of Canada announced that Barry & Fitzwilliam has been selected as exclusive distributor across the Republic of Ireland for Province Brands of Canada’s superior line of CBD beer in a multi-year relationship between the two firms. Barry & Fitzwilliam is Ireland’s largest independent premium drinks distributor, with a portfolio of more than 120 top-brand beers, wines, and spirits, a commitment to nationwide distribution, and an emphasis on high-level customer care.

“Province Brands of Canada is very excited to be working with the fine team at Barry & Fitzwilliam to bring the first nationally available CBD beer to the Irish consumer,” said Dooma Wendschuh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “Three years ago, we began our journey. To be preparing to bring our first beers to Ireland and to be entering the European market is a breakthrough step for Province Brands of Canada and our approach to research, development, and innovation.”

“Barry & Fitzwilliam is delighted with our new association with Province Brands of Canada,” said Michael Barry, Managing Director of Barry & Fitzwilliam. “Province Brands is at the leading edge of CBD-infused and other cannabis powered beverages internationally and we are excited to be at the forefront with them in Ireland.”

Ireland ranks 6th in the world for beer consumption per capita and the new venture between Province Brands and Barry & Fitzwilliam is expected to begin offering CBD-infused, barley-based, non-alcoholic beverages across Ireland in February 2020.

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Holiday Plant-Based Recipes | Celebrity Chef Craig Harding shares untraditional plant-based Thanksgiving Menu

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The President’s Choice® Brand Puts a Plant-Based Twist on Beloved Thanksgiving Classics

PC® Test Kitchen teams up with Celebrity Chef Craig Harding to create an untraditional holiday menu, incorporating an exciting new line-up of PC® Plant-Based products

The team at President’s Choice® (PC®) is helping overwhelmed hosts tackle Thanksgiving menu planning with recipe ideas and new plant-based products that will suit any palate, revealing that plant-based meal options may be easier than you think. A recent survey* found that 38 per cent of Canadians are looking to integrate more plant-based foods into their diet, but many Canadians aren’t too sure where to start.

“This weekend, millions of families across the country will be sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast – full of turkey, gravy and stuffing,” says Kathlyne Ross, VP of product development and innovation at Loblaw Companies Limited. “And, at many of those tables, someone will be looking for a non-meat option for dinner. Our expanded line-up of President’s Choice products that are meat and dairy-free will help make plant-based eating easier and more delicious than ever, particularly this holiday weekend.”

To provide much needed support to the almost one-third of Canadians who find it challenging to accommodate guest and family member food preferences during the holidays*, the team at President’s Choice® has collaborated with celebrity Chef Craig Harding to re-imagine festive classics, incorporating an expanded line-up of PC® Plant-Based products. These delicious recipes showcase that creamy soups and dressings, hearty mains and decadent desserts are a possibility for all food lovers around the table:

  • Kale, Delicata Squash and Kohlrabi Salad featuring PC® Cucumber and Dill Cashew Dip
  • Roasted Celery Root and Pear Soup with Red Pepper and Cashew Crostini featuring PC® Plant-Based Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Dip and PC® Dairy-free Kefir Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk
  • Mushroom and Chickenless Chicken Wellington featuring PC® Plant-Based Chickenless Breasts with Vegan Charred Gravy
  • Citrus Roasted Heirloom Carrots and Avocado with Toasted Togarashi Seed and Nut Blend on a bed of PC® Organics Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Vegan Tiramisu featuring PC® Dairy-Free Plain Cultured Coconut Milk Probiotic Yogurt Alternative and PC® Dairy-Free Kefir Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk

“Plant-based cooking doesn’t need to be overwhelming, especially with all of the newest options available right at the grocery store that will help food lovers reinvent their holiday favourites,” says Chef Craig Harding, executive chef and owner at La Palma and Constantine in Toronto. “Taking some of my favourite recipes and putting a plant-based twist on them was incredibly easy, especially with the broad range of PC® Plant-Based products.”

As Canadians plan their menus for a busy season of holiday entertaining, the PC® brand is stocking shelves with new additions to the quickly growing PC® Plant-Based line-up of products. To make the PC® Plant-Based products easily identifiable, the line’s unique branding includes a clearly marked Plant-Based logo. Plant-based products will be dispersed throughout the store, alongside traditional products reinforcing the PC® brand’s commitment to offering Canadians variety when it comes to grocery shopping for items that suit their lifestyle and dietary preferences.

PC® Plant-Based products are now available at Loblaw stores across Canada, including Loblaws®, No Frills®, and Real Canadian Superstore®.

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7-Eleven Canada Now Offering $1 Coffee Every Day

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$1 small, medium or large hot beverages now available to 7Rewards members

VANCOUVER, BC7-Eleven Canada’s 7Rewards loyalty members can now score delicious hot beverages for only $1 every day of the month. In addition to this new limited time offer, every 7th coffee (any size) is still free and members can earn points with everyday purchases. Points can be redeemed for perks and rewards including free food and beverages as well as access to exclusive deals, contests, and events.

7Rewards members can explore the store’s incredibly rich and flavorsome 7-Eleven Brewed Coffee and hot beverage menu. This autumn’s menu includes Hershey’s SKOR Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the new Mexican Hacienda Miravalles Organic Coffee. 7-Eleven Brewed Coffee is ethically harvested, locally roasted and made of 100% Arabica beans. Customers are invited to stop by their neighborhood 7-Eleven every day to try these comforting fall beverages with endless combinations. Whether it’s a freshly brewed morning coffee, an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening treat, customers will find exactly what they’re looking for at the 7-Eleven coffee bar.

To learn more about 7-Eleven Canada’s hot beverages, click here.

Who: 7Rewards registered members

What: $1 Coffee Every Day – small, medium or large 7-Eleven Brewed Coffee or hot beverage

Where: Participating 7-Eleven stores across Canada

In addition to coffee being only $1, 7Rewards members who stop by on the 7th and 11th of every month will get their small hot beverage of choice for free. With every cup, 7Rewards members will also get one step closer to receiving their 7th scanned cup for free.  Customers who are not yet a 7Rewards member can download the 7-Eleven app, text APP to 711247 or sign up at 7-eleven.ca/7rewards/ to start claiming their $1 Coffee today.

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