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We think we probably needed a full day of recovery before we could sit down and write about it. So, here it goes…

This past Sunday we experienced Noodle Mania YVR, presented by Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster. The tasty event included 10 venues all over the city of Vancouver, from Commercial Drive to Kerrisdale, and everywhere in between.

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We started by popping in at the cute and quaint Shaktea on Main Street, to register and beat the crowds. Luckily we got there early, because by the time we left there was a line down the block!

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Shaktea had some nice teas to sample while we waited for registration to open. Our favorite was their Rooibos, which was rich and beautifully fragrant. Rooibos tea is one of our all-time favorites at home, so it’s no surprise we loved it. We had a taste of the Black Vanilla and the Spiced Pear, and were nice and warmed up from the chill outside.

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Here’s Jeremy enjoying his tea and posing for the camera.

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It was a grey and crispy afternoon, but we were layered and prepared! We headed down 21st avenue for a brisk walk to Cambie Street for our next stop, Soho Tea Room. Let the noodles begin!

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We were the first Noodle Mania guests to arrive at Soho, and they seemed a little surprised we were there already. We were seated in a corner booth, and shortly after loads of people entered through the door.

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Here’s their DIY Fish Soup with Lobster Bisque broth and rice noodles. We’re not too sure what exactly was “DIY” about it — but none the less it was delicious!

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Adrian opted for the Satay Vegetarian Ham and Enoki Fried Rice Noodle, above, which he enjoyed. We thought the portions were quite big at Soho, which isn’t a bad thing — however with so many places yet to come on our journey, we resisted clearing our plates.

The staff at Soho Tea Room were super friendly. Harmony, who runs the restaurant’s social media, took the time to come say hello and chat with us which was lovely.

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We hopped on the Cambie Street bus and headed to Yaletown for our next stop, Urban Thai Bistro. This was our first time here and we were looking forward to what they had planned.

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The restaurant is quite big, like most Thai restaurants in Vancouver. They had a buffet style set-up towards the back of the space, where two lovely servers welcomed us. We’re not sure if Urban Thai normally do lunch service on Sundays, but it was just us Noodle Mania go-ers who seemed to be there that afternoon. 

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We got one of each selection, the Pad Thai and Pad See-Ew. Both were tasty, with the Pad Thai being our favorite of the two.

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Next was just a block over to Yaletown L’antipasto, a space which we’ve been curious about for some time. We’re only in this part of town on the weekends, and they never seem to be open when we pop by. Today was our day.

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The space is small, and has an intimate and warm atmosphere. The kitchen is open to the entire restaurant, which we love — so you’re free to gaze at the preperation of your meal, and eavesdrop till your heart’s content. 

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Yaletown L’antipasto served two tastings. Pappardelle Rosse, which we adored, and the Spaghetti in Pinot Grigio, which is usually served with fresh clams. The Spaghetti was slightly too al dente for our taste, but we still loved everything about this place, and we’re hoping to come back during Dine Out Vancouver.

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We hopped on the Canada Line and headed to our next stop, Bob Likes Thai Food.

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Located on the busy stretch of Broadway and Granville, we stopped into the tiny eatery for our Kanom Jeen (not really our favorite on the journey), as well as another helping of Pad Thai, which was quite tasty.

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Kanom Jeen from Bob Likes Thai Food

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Adrian walks so fast. Look at those little legs go!

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We walked down to our next stop, NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar. By this point we were getting pretty tired, so it was nice to sit down and chill for a bit. It kind of seemed like we were speeding through this at lightning speed!

We hadn’t been here since it used to be Incendio’s.  

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We didn’t really see anyone we knew so far during the tour, but finally bumped into fellow blogger Kelly Marion and her friend at NOVO, who were just getting started on their Noodle Mania journey.

The Speghetini Campana was good, but was slightly oily for our taste. Their space and service, however, was lovely. We thought it was nice that they gave away giftcards to guests too, as an added incentive to come back.

We like doing Tuesday movie dates some weeks, so next time we’re at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, we’d like to come again. 

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The sun was getting low by the time we got to Fet’s Bar & Grill on Commercial Drive.

We’d made the decision to skip out on a few of the spots on our map — Hai Phong Vietnamese, Chau Veggiexpress, and The Mac Shack — as we just didn’t have the stamina to make it up-town in rush hour.

Amateurs, we know. 

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Fet’s served up a pasta duo of Makers Mac n Cheese infused with Whiskey, and Cajun Cream Chicken on Linguini. We loved the taste of the linguini, but didn’t care so much for the Mac n Cheese — that whiskey flavour in food really doesn’t do it for us, personally.

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Here’s Adrian, lost in somewhere in the Twittersphere.

We had a great time at Noodle Mania YVR. We wished we could have sucked it up a little at the end, no pun intended, and been able to hit all 10 destinations. But hey, there’s always next time. And knowing Vancouver Foodster, it surely won’t be too long before we’re schlepping it all over this fair city in search for our next meal.

XX – The Food Gays

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