L.A. Trip 2019: The Habit Burger Grill (LAX)

I was in Los Angeles in January 2019 for a week – and on the way back to Vancouver, I had a burger at The Habit Burger Grill at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

It was a good thing I checked in fairly early. It literally took 25 minutes for the order to be ready – even though they had said “15 minutes” when I placed the order.

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I had never heard of this franchise before – but the staff was friendly. The only issue was the speed of the service.

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This is pretty standard nowadays – an electronic device given to the guest to let him/her to know when the meal is ready. Yes, this was order #5, but as I said, it took 25 minutes. Perhaps the number is random…

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After that, it was time to board the flight and return back home!

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Korea Trip 2018: Day 2 (Cont’d)

Monday morning, September 10, 2018 – Day 2 of Korea Trip 2018: Sights from around my hotel area… I was staying at the Center Mark Hotel in Seoul…

After breakfast, I took a walk outside the hotel – this was 8:30 a.m. and there were many people commuting to work (or school). It was WARM…. holy cow…

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The walk had come after my breakfast at the hotel:

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20180909_143641[1].jpgView from one of the top floors in the hotel – looking out the window…

IMG_7886Then, to a temple near the hotel… Man, tons of people were here – it was now after 10 a.m. … I guess these folks don’t have to work!

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Then, in the late afternoon, street food…

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(More to come later…)

Triple O’s – CBC Building

(This was originally posted on my other food blog, “Let’s Eat Out Once A Week.”)

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I check out Triple O’s website once in a while to see when they would have specialty items, and I saw that this week they had a new Whiskey BBQ Burger available for a limited time.

I was downtown and decided to check this burger out at the Triple O’s location in the CBC building (700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver). On this day, it was apparently “Kids’ Day” and so there was a big group of kids with their parents enjoying some sort of a musical festival outside the building. Inside, it was packed too with kids and their parents, and so the lineup was very long.

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I thought that it was worth the wait because the burger was delicious. By itself, it was C$7.49 and I got the combo with their Garlic Parmesan Fries – which ended up being an extra C$4.99. The Garlic Parmesan Fries had garlic seasoning served with Caesar dressing. It also came with a side of Caesar for dipping, which I guess was really too much. The first few bites of the fries were certainly great but the more I consumed, the less appealing they felt.

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As for the burger, it was a beef patty topped with Forty Creek BBQ glazed onions, smoked bacon, frizzled onion tanglers, lettuce, and mayo. Obviously, if you’re eating this burger, be prepared for the mess because things will fall out left and right. The bun was soft and didn’t fall apart, which was great.

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Of course, as mentioned, there were a lot of kids on this day and so if you wanted a quiet meal inside, you would be disappointed. Kids were screaming left and right and their parents were trying to get them to use “inside voice” but of course, kids being kids, they kept making loud noises, etc. Just one of those days.

The Dunbar (Re-visit)

I was just clearing out old photos from my phone and then I realized that, for some reason, I hadn’t posted a visit from a few months back at The Dunbar. I suppose it’s because I’ve posted several times about them already.

Anyway, The Dunbar is located on Dunbar and West 29th Avenue in Vancouver, and it’s a cozy little place for some decent food and sports.

On this particular visit, I had their Sliders (C$11.00) and Poutine (C$10.00) while watching Sunday Night Football on one of their flatscreens (Yeah – that visit was a long time ago).

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Since I’ve been to The Dunbar several times, you can guess that I recommend it to those of you who like pub food and want to hang out with a group of buddies or watch sports in a cozy environment.

Fatburger Specialty Burgers

At the Harbour Centre a couple of times within the last couple of months, I had two different Fatburger “specialty burgers.” These are all C$9.99 burgers and a combo costs at least C$16 including taxes. Pricey!

Here was the Mushroom Swiss Specialty Burger: 

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The burger was a 6 oz AAA Angus beef patty in butter grilled mushrooms and Swiss cheese with mustard and mayo. It was very tasty but obviously could get messy as the juice kept dripping all over.

The second burger I tried a couple of weeks later, however, was not as good. It was the Ultimate BBQ Burger, which also had a 6 oz AAA Angus beef patty but with two onion rings and bacon too. I didn’t like it that much.

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Anyway, just a couple of specialty burgers from Fatburger… as mentioned, the combo gets pricey and you do get refillable pop – but that’s not necessarily a good thing.