Hot Lady Hotpot – Richmond, BC


Hot Lady Hotpot
#1185 – 8580 Alexandra Road
Richmond, BC
(604) 303-0086

I need to get this preamble out of the way first…This restaurant does not have an official English name. The banner in front reads 麻辣妞妞火鍋專門店. Urbanspoon translates these characters (perhaps via a contributor) to mean “Hot Lady Hotpot”. My Chinese friend prefers to call this place “Spice Girls Hotpot”.

The characters 麻辣 translate to “ma la” or “numbing and hot “, the signature spicy Sichuan flavour  combination. The next two characters 妞妞 “niu niu” both stand for “little girl”. The next two characters 火鍋 are “hotpot”. Finally the characters 專門 mean “specialist” and 店 means “inn” or even “place.”  So…this restaurant tis called “Hot and Numbing Little Girls Hotpot Specialist Place.” Hmm…

I think I’ll stick to “Spice Girls Hotpot” – Urbanspoon bedamned.

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Pizzeria Barbarella – Vancouver, BC


Pizzeria Barbarella
654 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 210-6111

It was a tough year for Terry Deane. He had sold Ah-Beetz in Abbotsford  (his first pizza joint) over a year ago now to open his dream pizzeria here in Vancouver. It took a lot longer than he expected. A couple of missteps with city permits have stretched his resolve and his finances to the limit. Zoning issues prevented him from building out at his original location – a former gelato store on Victoria Drive. This insurmountable hurdle finally forced him to seek a new place.

After a few months of active searching, he settled on a location near the corner of Broadway and Fraser. This dog-eared space that formerly housed a Chinese restaurant wasn’t any easier – it took months to get proper permits in order, and the conversion process took much longer than he had anticipated.  “It was a mess. Everything was covered in grease,” he said.”It was a lot of work.”

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Happy New Year! Top 11 Dishes of 2011 – Calgary, AB


Top 11 Dishes of 2011
Calgary, AB

Hi Everyone. Just wanted to wish you all happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming year.

I know I’ve been absent for quite a while, but i thought i’d throw out a small thank you to anyone from Alberta still reading. It may seem like we are a Vancouver-centric blog, but we started with Albertan roots, and it’s a part of the blog that is still very important to me. To be honest, the evolution, or de-evolution of the blog  is more because the non-Vancouver based writers have been negligent in their duties. I wish I had more to offer than that, but I don’t.

With changes in my life, i’m not likely to be back in Alberta anytime soon. This snapshot in time reflects how i feel today – and while it may not stand the test of time, I hope it serves you well in the near future. Please consider this a small offering from me to you – for everything you bring to Foodosophy, and to recognize some of the quiet greatness that exists in the city of Calgary today.

Much Love,

Foodosopher

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