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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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Valentines Day Restaurants Perfect for Date Nights

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As soon as February 1st hits, we’re suddenly surrounded by all things lovey-dovey. It’s expected and unavoidable. From TV commercials to grocery store chocolate displays – the pressure of Valentine’s Day is everywhere we turn. Taken or not, there’s no better time to bask in the glory of chocolate, flowers and restaurant promos. With special offers and events that all promise to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember, it can feel daunting to know where to begin when trying to plan the perfect love-filled celebration. Keep reading to discover the hottest specials that you and your loved ones should take advantage of to guarantee a good time this Valentines Day!

Are you planning on catching a movie or turning in early to catch up on your favourite TV series? The temptation to stay in to Netflix and chill is real, but we promise that this Valentine’s day special is worth getting off the couch for. Pizzeria Farina is a Vancouver restaurant that’s jazzing up their regular pizza and creating something a little more romantic for this special occasion. Head on in for a dine-in meal on February 14th to enjoy a heart shaped margherita pizza anytime after 5pm while quantities last!

If you’re looking for a more formal, romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, try taking in the sea-side sights and sounds in Steveston. The Steveston Seafood House is putting a pause on their regular dining menu to focus on featuring a special seafood menu handcrafted by their renowned culinary team. If you’re a seafood lover, you and your date can enjoy a 3 course Prix Fix for only $59.00! It doesn’t get more romantic than sharing a meal with the one you love in front of a beautiful sunset, does it?

If you’re hoping for more of a traditional V-Day dinner, feast your eyes on JRG’s date night offering. If you’re in need of a DD for the evening, The Italian is the perfect route for you. Their shuttle service will be running all night, so take advantage of their Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for 2! The decedent 32oz AAA Canadia Beef Porterhouse with a starter, salad and desert is the perfect 3 course meal, and it’s just $99! We suggest splurging on their suggested wine pairing while you’re at it, especially if you plan on capitalizing on their shuttle service.

Are you in the mood for vegan food? BeetBox Veg, a 100% plant based Vancouver restaurant, is hosting a vegan wine and cheese mingler for the plant-based foodies in your life this Valentine’s day! Enjoy a modern spin on the classic charcuterie board and purchase your $25.00 tickets now for a chance to enjoy their deliciously conscious comfort food.

Whether you’re spending the evening with your pals or going all out on a fancy date night – delicious food and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. We recommend taking advantage of these local restaurant promotions that are right at your fingertips. Let loose and indulge in a memorable date night – you deserve it.

Pizzeria Farina
Steveston Seafood House
The Italian
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How One Family Brought the Flavour of Colombia to Vancouver, BC

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Aji Gourmet Products – The Story of How One Family Brought the Flavour of Colombia to Vancouver, BC

Aji Gourmet Products is a Vancouver company that offers delicious and healthy condiments, dips, sauce mixes, and marinades. Owned and operated by the Gonzalez Biagi family, Aji is as rich in family history as it is in authentic South American flavors.

Back in 1999, the Gonzalez Biagi family moved to Canada from their home in Colombia. A culturally rich country, Colombia is known for its heartwarming people, festive celebrations, and exceptional cuisines, including a traditional condiment known as Aji. Upon their arrival to Canada, the Gonzalez Biagi family (Dyana, Carlos, and their kids Allison and Nicholas) settled into their new home in British Columbia, making sure to bring a recipe for Aji with them.

The Gonzalez Biagi family continued to enjoy Aji in the privacy of their family home until one day Dyana was asked to bring guacamole to her hockey party. However there was one BIG problem – she had never made guacamole in her life. With no time to find a recipe, Dyana decided to add some fresh aji into a bowl of mashed avocados and brought it to the party. Much to Dyana’s enjoyment, her dish was met with an overwhelming response. The other guests loved it – they had never tasted anything like aji before.

It was no surprise when Dyana began getting frequent requests for her famous Aji. To keep up with increasing demand, Dyana began to look at ways that she could grow her flavourful Aji into a family brand. The opportunity came when she created Ají Gourmet Products in 2006 and sold her first jar to a local store in South Surrey, BC.

Today the company continues to be run as a family business – with Dyana, her husband, and their two children. Beginning with one original Aji, they have now expanded their brand to feature 10 unique products, including a new line of Aji Guacamole Pouches, which makes for a fast bowl of delicious guacamole. Aji has grown from a Gonzalez Biagi kitchen specialty to being available in more than 150 stores across BC, Alberta, and Toronto.

Experience the flavours of Colombia for yourself and take home a bottle of Aji Gourmet Products for your kitchen. Made with zero sugar, zero preservatives, and no artificial flavours, Aji is a healthy way to add some zip to your home-cooked meals. Available at various locations across the lower mainland.

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La Poutine Week Vancouver!

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On February 1st, 2020, La Poutine Week presented by SaputoTM is set to kick off its eighth year in a row, serving up even bigger, better and crazier poutines! Enjoy a cheese, gravy and fries extravaganza from February 1-7, and taste specialty poutines at participating restaurants across the country. Restaurants with their hat in the ring can use the annual week-long competition to showcase their famous dishes and longstanding recipes or toss in new creations. From fried-chicken poutines, seafood and clam chowder poutines, to Pou-tail pastries and other poutine desserts – there’s something for everyone to discover during La Poutine Week 2020!

The largest poutine festival in the world, with over 400 participating restaurants in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, La Poutine Week promises to push the bounds of poutine creativity once again! The week-long event and friendly competition aims to first and foremost celebrate our nation’s greatest delicacy and to provide restaurants an opportunity to be innovative, imaginative, and reach out to new audiences. Meanwhile, die-hard poutine lovers and newcomers to the delicacy alike get the chance to discover new creations, and vote for their favourite dish online. Visit the festival’s official website: LaPoutineWeek.com , to explore participating restaurants near you.

For the second year in a row, La Poutine Week is also giving back to communities across Canada. One dollar for every poutine sold at a participating restaurant during La Poutine Week will go to Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), an organization that guarantees free, immediate and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones. What’s more, in Winnipeg La Poutine Week will donating one dollar of every participating poutine sold to Agape Table; an organization working towards ending hunger in the Winnipeg community by offering weekday breakfasts and foodbanks twice a week. Find out more about ANEB and Agape Table on their websites; here and here

La Poutine Week was first created by co-founders Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam, also of the wildly successful fall food festival Le Burger Week, in 2012. After their success bringing a new kind of national burger festival across Canada, the Montreal entrepreneurs thought what better way than to expand the culinary horizons of Canada than with a poutine- focused festival! La Poutine Week was an instantaneous hit – with over 20,000 poutine-lovers flocking towards 40 participating restaurants across Quebec in the first alone! Now, eight years later, the festival includes six Canadian provinces and over 350,000 participants!

“If you scream poutine, people usually run towards the source of the sound”, says Rassam: “So having a festival revolving around poutine made our work easy and fun. Then of course, we’ve had partners and ambassadors that helped us grow the event in so many cities, making it the biggest poutine celebration in the world, nothing less!”

“What’s amazing about hosting La Poutine Week for so long is how passionate our fans have become”, continues Adam: “The level of seriousness that restaurants and poutine-lovers around Canada have for this fun and delicious festival never ceases to amaze me.”

On February 1st, poutine-lovers across the nation are called upon to get their forks ready and stomachs hungry as they get a chance to discover the countless delicious creations, and vote for their favourite on www.lapoutineweek.com.

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7-Eleven Canada Brings the Taste of Hawaii to Canadians During the Dreaded Winter Months

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7Rewards members can enter to win a trip to Hawaii
with every registered coffee scan

January is cold, dark and gloomy and Blue Monday, claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, has officially arrived. 7-Eleven Canada is here to cure the post-holiday blues, pulling customers out of their winter slumps. The retailer is now offering cups of their high-quality Hawaiian Kona Blend Coffee in a special Kona print 20oz cup, and with every registered coffee scan, 7Rewards members will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii.

Grown and harvested on the slopes of the Mauna Loa on the Big Island, Kona blend coffee is rich in flavour and fresh from the sun-kissed shores of Hawaii. Every winter, Canadians are invited to indulge in the warm comfort, balanced flavour and smooth finish of 7-Eleven’s exclusive Kona Blend, escaping the dreaded Canadian winters, even just for a moment.

“With a long winter still ahead, we want to make our customers days a little brighter by bringing that Hawaiian feeling home,” says Vice President and General Manager of 7-Eleven Canada, Norman Hower. “The majority of Canadians would like to escape the cold climate during the winter, so we are excited to provide our 7Rewards registered members with a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.”

Every hot beverage can be fully customized at 7-Eleven’s coffee bar with condiments at no extra charge – making morning coffee runs quick and easy. 7-Eleven’s coffee is made of 100% premium Arabica beans, hand-selected and small-batch roasted in Canada, making a consistent and delicious cup of coffee, every time.

For a chance to win, customers must be registered as a 7Rewards member. Every registered coffee scan is a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii. Customers who are not yet a member can enter in-store, download the 7-Eleven app, text KONA to 711247 or sign up at 7-eleven.ca/7rewards/ to get one step closer to winning the grand prize. Click here to learn more about the contest rules.

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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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