(Disclaimer: Not meaning to slam any business but the truth is, well , the truth. Now the misses are subjective, as my tastes are different from yours. Hope you get some use out of the post.)
Depending on where you live, Burnaby, BC has pretty much everything a person could want. Close to the SkyTrain, bus, grocery, shopping etc. Lougheed Town Centre, right next to the SkyTrain and the bus. It's a nice place but at this point, isn't for me. I didn't get "that feeling". The food was probably one of the best, when it came to amenities, in Burnaby BC. Burnaby has nice hiking/walking areas to explore. This dragon sculpture was pretty neat. My best friend graciously hosted me and was an awesome tour guide for 2 weeks!
*Prices: Thifty ($), Mid-range($$), Pricey($$$)
-$$ Sushi Gen, takeout (9626 Cameron St ,Burnaby, BC ): Hit
Average cost per roll, $15. Amazing sushi & sashimi. Fresh ingredients, great presentation, wonderful owners and staff. Go there, it's worth it!
-$$ Red Robin, takeout (Burnaby, BC, 9628 Cameron St): Hit, sort of.
I had the bacon cheeseburger $8.99 (blue cheese), comes with fries. Tasty burger, not dry, nice flavour, not too salty. The fries were good, but I prefer, skinny or regular cut fries. The service, was not that great. They were training a new host, but I don't think it was going well for him. He forgot my order and had to check with me twice, about what I had ordered. The wait was ridiculous, just under 40 minutes, for takeout. There were a lot of other people waiting for tables and they were not impressed with the long wait either.
-$ Creative Nails & Esthetics: Miss
Eyebrow threading ($5). My eyebrow, hair removal of choice. I was happy at first, but then I had a good look. My eyebrows were not even, too far in on one side, & my natural arch was gone. A plus, the service was quick, it took less then 4 minutes. The owner was really nice and accommodating.
-$$ COBS Bread, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit
$3-ish per baked good. This bakery is everywhere and they are good. The owner of this particular location is super outgoing and friendly, along with his staff. The scones are the best thing, at this bakery. My favourites being the chocolate and blueberry scones. And yes, I brought some home, froze them and just enjoyed the last one 2 days ago. So good!
-$ Anna's Cake House: Miss
$2.10 each. The green tea cake was oddly textured. The flavour was good, not too sweet, but I couldn't get over the texture. I had a beef curry puff, the only thing that I had all day and my stomach let it go quickly. I did not go back.
-$$ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: 50/50
Average $3/chocolate piece. Okay, most of the chocolates were overly sweet. Although they had really cute Easter products. They also have fudge, and other confections.
-$$ Purdys Chocolatier, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit
Average $3/chocolate piece, $13.50/for 3 chocolate bars. Some were good, some of the fillings just were not my cup of tea. My favourites are the Peanut Butter Bar, Sweet Georgia Browns and the English Toffee. They also have ice cream, and other confections.
-$ Big Orange, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit
$4.75/one size, bubble tea. The best bubble tea place that I found. All locations are not equal. This location had the chewiest, non-slimy tapioca balls around. And believe me, I tried them everywhere. The tea was not overly sweet or watered down. And it lasted, tasting great, kept in the fridge, until the next day. Only downside, they ran out of the pearls often. Or did not have them until an hour after opening.
-$ Chipotle (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC) : Hit
Average entree price $8.95. Really good. Nicely flavoured. Great customer service. One of the employees was in line, as well, and helped us decide what to order.
-$-$$ Canada Post Lougheed postal outlet: Hit
Great service, friendly staff. Open on the holiday to take packages, even though they did not go out until the Tuesday, after the Easter holiday.
-$ BC Ferries: Hit ($16.85, one-way)
Great staff. Clean. Food and drinks available. Nice decks to relax on, inside and outside. Shopping and arcades for the kids. The only thing I don't like is that animals have to stay on the same deck with the cars. What if you don't bring a car? Do they just stay in their cages, blowing in the wind? They need to work on that. Otherwise great experience and I will travel with them again.
-$ I-Mart (9616 Cameron St, Burnaby, BC): Hit
Small grocer, international market. Friendly owners. Found Tapioca Balls.
-$ T&T Supermarket, Asian market (147-4800 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC): Hit
They have them in Ontario as well. You lucky people who have T&T near you.
-$ Hannam Supermarket, Asian market (4501 North Road, Burnaby, BC): Hit
Another great Asian market to check out.
Till next time,