Welcome to my new series, Mayumi & Mama Izumi’s Foodie Adventures! Today marks my first installment and I’m very excited to write about Fets Whiskey Kitchen. It was my second and Mama’s first time at the yummy eatery and bar.
Located in East Vancouver’s Little Italy on ‘the Drive’, Fets is nestled beside Havana and across the street from Grandview Park.
Mama and I ordered their Country Fried Steak and the Cooper’s Breakfast. Fets’ Country Fried Steak is crispy on the outside and the organic meat is moist and tender on the inside — the best I’ve had. It is accompanied by Maker’s Mark Bourbon white gravy, rosemary biscuit & bread, sunny side up egg, hashbrowns (with sauteed onions), and a dash of greens (with pickled onions). Delish!
The Cooper’s Breakfast is so tasty that my mouth is watering reliving my memories of it. It is comprised of braised local pork, black beans, sunny egg, and cornbread. All the flavours in both dishes enhance rather than compete with each other. It is gourmet comfort food and my gourmand compliments go to the chef.
Not only am I a foodie, but also a coffee connoisseur. Fets did not disappoint. They serve Western Canadian, Canterbury coffee that is filled with multi levels of roasted flavour notes.
A definite must if you haven’t already had the pleasure to nom at this wonderful Commercial Drive restaurant. Besides the yummy eats, the customer service is also top notch and they have a heated patio. Need I say more?
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To provide and build a warm, loving, and supportive community of CREATORS. Creators of art, a business, or a NEW YOU …
I first met Francisco Sonora, Owner of Tequila Cocina Restaurant at the Lonsdale Ave Magazine launch party as I did our first Male Boss Babe, Eamonn Duignan, when we were introduced by the magazine founder.
Francisco is affable, friendly and very easy to talk to. He is in the perfect industry …
M; What’s your story? Where were you born, where were you raised? What was your childhood, growing up years like?
F: I was born and raised in Mexico City and have an older brother. I grew up in an ordinary family, playing soccer in the streets and drinking water from the hose in the summer.Nintendo was also something I enjoyed playing back then.
I helped our family in a small restaurant, doing everything fromwashing dishes to cooking, and serving customers.
My mom who raised my brother and myself with a strong work ethic and morals, set a good example for us.
M: What did you want to do when you grew up?
F:Having my own restaurant was always one of my dreams because cooking is one of my biggest passions.
Also, I wanted to have my own family and I feel blessed now to have baby Ana, she’s my sunshine!!
M: Did you go to college or university? If so, what did you study?
F: No I didn’t.
M: When did you move to Vancouver? Why did you move to Vancouver?
F: I moved to Vancouver when I was about 20 years old and worked in construction for years (which I still do).
First, I visited on vacation and loved it and all theopportunities that are here. I’m lucky to get to live in thiscity.
M: When did you start your business? What was your inspiration?
F: We first opened on May 31st, 2019 but it took us about one year to build and renovate the place.
We are going to have our first anniversary in a couple weeks. It falls on a Sunday and we will be preparing a lot of specials for our customers.
M: What do you love the most about being a Boss Babe?
F: Well, I’m just the face of the restaurant but there’s a team of many people involved who I appreciateandhave to thank.
We have become a family at Tequila Cocina — from my business partner, Mami Matsumura, to kitchen and front staff and of course, my wife and baby who are my motivation to keep me going everyday.
M: What would your advice be for Boss Babes in the making? If they are contemplating leaving a secure 9-5 job with benefits – what would you say to them? Should they take the leap?
F: I’d say just go for it, everything is going to make sense down the road.
Vancouver is an open ocean full of fish and we are the fisherman. Martin Luther king once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
M: Any last words? What’s our favourite positive/motivational quote or book?
F: There’s a quote that I like and it goes something like,
“The key to success is start before you are ready. Don’t look for happiness, create it …”
Finally a foodie blog! It’s about time, rigghhht?! I have loved Andrea’s for a long time … Since high school. I even remember the very first time that I had their pizza – namely their 10 Rich Topping… I was 14 years old and I was sleeping over at one of my BFF’s and her step-dad worked a second job delivering for Andrea’s and got it for us.
It was a Friday pizza & movie night just like tonight… Many unsaid years later …. Hahhahaha… And the best part is it tastes EXACTLY THE SAME! I kid you not!!! The same chef has worked at Andrea’s for 30 years. It is a family owned & operated restaurant that has 2 locations: North Vancouver and Langley. BC. The North Van location has been a staple in Central Lonsdale for 35 years.
Andreas and Matina started their first restaurant in 1984 with a combination of PASSION for food, Andreas’ expert knowledge of butchering meats & Matina’s family recipes. Katie, Andreas’ and Matina’s daughter, who I met for the first time last night embodies the “… fundamental Greek custom (to show) friendship to guests, and the Ancient Greek concept of hospitality … “filoxenia”, translated as hospitality, generosity and courtesy shown to guests. ” – Andreas’ Website
To me, Andrea’s pizza and meals are nostalgic. There are many memories attached to their food, ordering take-out and dining in their restaurant over the years. And my intuition tells me there will be MANY MORE happy memories in my future with them and their delicious, Greek comfort food – said the foodie in ME!