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Restaurant Review: Cazba

Location: 1103 Davie St, Vancouver, BC

*Note: Website is currently incomplete, there is little if any information on it*

This restaurant was a recommendation from my sister’s coworker because of it’s huge portion sizes. This was my first time having Persian food.

Ironically, it was just a block away from where we stayed. It was pretty quiet for a Friday night. We were promptly seated and presented with menus. The waitress wasted no time in coming to get our drink orders, though there was a mix up as to who was to be serving which table. Shortly after our drinks were brought, we put in our orders. My sister had the Barg, my dad ordered the Soltani, and I ordered the Koobideh Wrap. My mom originally wanted the salmon, but apparently they were out, so she switched to the wrap, like me. The Barg was a skewer of AAA Alberta Beef Steak served with Saffron Basmati Rice and a Grilled Tomato, the Soltani included a skewer of AAA Alberta Beef Steak and a skewer of ground AAA Alberta Beef with Saffron Basmati Rice and a Grilled Tomato, and the Koobideh Wrap was a wrap made from a skewer of ground AAA Alberta Beef and Garden Salad. My sister and father opted to have half salad (Greek) half rice instead of it being all rice. Originally, the waitress asked that of my mom and myself, but it turns out that she mixed up our order and with the wrap there is no such option (she reminded us several times she was new and apologized for the mix up, which was fine the first time she apologized, but after the fourth time it started getting redundant and annoying). I liked that they removed the meat from the skewers because that made it much easier to eat. The most unexpected thing for me was how flavourful and delicious the rice was. I had expected it to be unseasoned, plain rice with  a bit of saffron on top, but it wasn’t and I found myself unable to stop eating it. The only downside to the rice was that it was very oily and left my plate looking very shiny when I was done with it.

Overall the food was really good. For how much there was in the wrap at the price we paid for it, I’d say it was a really good deal (it was only $5 for the wrap, we all thought that was a typo, it wasn’t). I would certainly come back here again and it’s great for a casual lunch or dinner with friends and/or family. I would rate this place a 3.75/5.

val's dish



Koobideh Wrap

dad's dish (ground beef and steak)


Restaurant Review: Troll’s

Location: 6408 Bay Street West Vancouver, B.C

Having been sick for nearly the whole week, this was the first time I was actually eating something that wasn’t soup. This was an early birthday “celebration” with Julia and I met up with her, we heading out to Horseshoe Bay for the first leg of our adventure. A stroll around the quaint little area was enough to work up an appetite.

Between Troll’s and Olive and Anchor, we ultimately decided on Troll’s because as Julia put it, it was older and “had more character.”

To my annoyance, it took more than a little while for the hostess to notice us and even longer to get us seated. I was disappointed before I even had the chance to taste the food. We had already perused the menu before deciding on this restaurant, but that didn’t mean that we knew what we wanted to have. I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I decided to go with some lighter fare, but as this was BC, it would be a shame not to have something with seafood in it. I debated getting the Soft Shell Fish Wrap for a while, but ultimately decided on the Ocean Clubhouse since Julia decided on the Soft Shell Fish Wrap for herself.

The dishes came in a timely manner and we dug in. I appreciated that they put the salad dressing on the side, allowing me to control how much dressing I wanted and ensuring that the salad would not be overdressed. It’s been a while since I’ve ordered a clubhouse and completely forgot that they have three piece of bread, way too many carbs for me, even though I love carbs. I also learned how much I dislike crab/shrimp salad because it’s just mayonnaise and seafood (usually when we make it at home we add lemon/lemon zest, onions, celery, pepper, and salt). To be honest, I enjoyed the bacon, lettuce and tomato more than I enjoyed the seafood. And the fish wrap was equally disappointing. The fish wasn’t seasoned leaving one wanting for more (of something with flavour).

I unfortunately cannot attest to whether the waitress came to check in on us at all as I was on the phone for a portion of the meal. However, when she brought the bill and realized we needed separate ones, she wasn’t all that good natured about it; saying “Oh you need them separate” in a really rude tone.

The tagline on their website is “Amazing Food. Amazing Service. Amazing View.” Unfortunately I’d have to disagree with all three sentiments. The food was mediocre at best. The service was lacking. And the view, honestly could have been better (but of course then that would be reflected in the price and would have been closer to the price of something like The Boathouse, which was right on the pier).

I was very unimpressed by this place and will not be returning. Next time I’m in Horseshoe Bay, I’d like to give Olive and Anchor a try.

Based on my experience here, I’d give it a 1.5/5.


                                Back: Soft Shell Fish Wrap with Yam Fries                                                              Foreground: Ocean Clubhouse with Half Fries, Half Salad

Love Eternal

If I die here tomorrow
I want you to remember me this way
I want you to remember the smile on my face
And the way I glance at you when I think you’re not looking
The way my fingers dance across your skin
And the way my breath catches in my throat when I see you

If I die here tomorrow
I wonder if you’ll remember these times
Of the hopes and dreams we’ve made for the future
Of the laughter and joy
And the tears and frustrations
That made us who we are

If I die here tomorrow
I wonder if you’ll just move on
Forgetting all that we’ve built
In the sun lit dew mornings
And the moon dust clouded nights
Trying to erase all memory of the pain I will cause

Will you remember what it feels like
Lying next to me in the dark
Feeling me tremble
From the cold?

Will you remember what it feels like
To wake up in the morning
To roll over with me there by your side?

Will you remember
The lies we told ourselves?
The grand adventures we went on?

Or will you give up all you had?
Will you return to the death like state you once embraced?

You and I
Belong together
In life and in death
There will be no separation
For we can never go back
For nothing will compare
Nor fill the void
That we have now made for one another

You can try to replace me
Erase me
Forget me
But you and I both know
The day I died
You followed me

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