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Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoWe had driven by this cafe a few times, and seen the nice interior and charming character of the cafe, so we finally decided to check it out.

The cafe is very spacious, with lots of space in between the tables, so you get some privacy.

idearabbit_aphrodite1 idearabbit_aphrodite5 idearabbit_aphrodite4 idearabbit_aphrodite3 idearabbit_aphrodite2idearabbit_aphrodite6I ordered the Vegetarian Chili $16 which came with whole wheat bread, a side of salad and a bowl of chill. For a ‘healthy’ dish, I was surprised at the huge block of butter. After I switched to a healthier diet, I stopped buying butter, but I do have a bit when I do dine out (indulgence! lol). There wasn’t anything extraordinary with the dish.


Sheepie ordered the Chicken Quesadilla $18. The tortilla was super thin and a bit burnt. It was too crispy and brittle that it was impossible to eat without the thing falling apart.

I would say that it’s on the pricier end, but then again, they use local Oceanwise fish, organic poultry and vegan and offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. They aim to work directly with local organic farms to ensure that their menu has the smallest ecological footprint possible.

We weren’t ‘wow-ed’ by it to think of coming back again, but maybe it needs a second assessment.

Satisfactory service.

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Birthday Goodies and Freebies

Is your birthday coming up? Do you want some good deals or freebies? Then check out the list below for some really good offers. I’ve ★ for ones that doesn’t require to ‘sign up’ to anything. Let me know if any of the offers are incorrect, have stopped offering, or any new ones you know about!


Where: The Body Shop
What: Discount of up to $10 toward your next purchase
When: Your birthday month
How: Sign up for The Body Shop’s Love Your Body™ card

Where: RW & Co.
What: 25% discount
When: Your birthday week
How: Become a member of “My RW & Connection”

Where: Sephora
What: Surprise ‘what’s new’ gift (that’s how they promote their new products)
When: Your birthday month
How: Sign up for a Beauty Insider card

Where: Old Navy Canada
What: Surprise gift
How: Subscribe to Old Navy’s e-mail list

Where: American Eagle Outfitters
What: 15% discount
When: Your birthday month
How: Join AEREWARDS, the American Eagle Rewards Program


Where: Red Robin
What: Free gourmet burger and fries
When: Your birthday week
How: Join the online eClub and receive an e-mail voucher once a year

Where: Vera’s Burger Shack
What: $10 voucher
When: Your birthday day
How: Join the Vera’s Club online

Where: Pajo’s
What: Free small fish and chips and drink or burger, fries and drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Register using the Free Birthday Meal Online form

Where: The Boathouse Restaurant
What: $25 gift card
How: Join the Westcoast Club, receive the gift card and make a reservation for two or more

Where: Boston Pizza
What: Free appetizer
When: Your birthday week
How: Sign up for the birthday club online

★ Where: Mosaic Grille at Hyatt Regency Vancouver
What: An enormous chocolate cake!
How: Tell them it’s your birthday at the start of your meal

Where: Coldstone Creamery
What: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Creation coupon
How: Sign up for the mail list online

Where: Baskin Robbins
What: Free 2.5 oz. scoop of ice cream
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for the birthday club

Where: Starbucks
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Register your Starbucks card, add your birth date, and receive a birthday postcard and/or email

Where: Marble Slab
What: Free ice cream
When: Your birthday week
How: Join the mailing list

Where: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
What: Surprise birthday gift
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for a Rocky Card (can also be artistically personalized)

Where: Blenz
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up with the Friends of Blenz Club

Where: JOEY Restaurant’s
What:The percent equivalent of your age off the entire table’s bill up to a max of $25 (if you are turning 25, 25% off, to a total max of $25 off)
How: You must show them your ID and you must join their E-Club

★ Where: Swiss Chalet
What: Free dessert
When: Your birthday day
How:You must show them your ID

★ Where: Steamrollers (some locations – ie. Robson + Bute)
What: Free burrito
When: Your birthday day
How: You must show them your ID

Where: Tarts Bakery at Broadway & Granville
What: Free tartlet
When: Your birthday day
How: Sign up for their email newsletter

Where: Booster Juice
What: Free drink
When: Your birthday day
How: Need to sign up for Booster Nation at least 24 hours prior to your birthday

Where: Dairy Queen
What: A free ice cream treat
How:  You must join the Blizzard Fan Club

Where: The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
What:  A free slice of Billy Miner Pie
How:  You must have purchased food and you must show them your ID

Where: IHOP Restaurant
What: Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Meal
When: Right away (just for signing up), every year on your anniversary of joining and every year on your birthday
How: Need to sign up

Where: David’s Tea
What: Free tea
When: Your birthday day
How: Join David’s Tea Frequent Steeper Club

Where: participating Denny’s
What: Free Grand Slam Breakfast
When: Your birthday day
How: You must provide a valid ID

Burgoo – Food for Comfort

Burgoo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoI had always wanted to try out this place cuz several of my friends had mentioned it was really good. There are several locations, but I went to the one in North Vancouver. (3 Lonsdale Ave. right by the Lonsdale Quay Market + Seabus Terminal)

We got there around 6:30pm, on a very cold and rainy day. Still, there was a lineup inside. We were greeted by a friendly host and we waited for about 10 minutes. I thought it would take longer, so I was a bit surprised that we got in so quickly.

I ordered the Hungarian Beef Goulash (Hungarian dish – beef simmered in paprika caraway gravy with rutabaga, cabbage and homemade potato dumplings) $18 and my friend ordered the Macaroni & More, ( USA dish – chock full of aged white Cheddar, onion, thyme, bacon and peas, baked with seasoned breadcrumbs) $15

idearabbit-burgoo2At the entrance where the host takes down our names

idearabbit-burgooCandle and flatware. Beautiful wooden table. Dark in the restaurant.

idearabbit-burgoo3Hungarian Beef Goulash $18

Despite being very busy, the food came fairly fast too. They both came on a wooden square board and smelled really delicious. The look wasn’t much, and it seemed small, but it was more than sufficient. I couldn’t almost finish it. Both dishes were really good. The spices and flavour was rich. Since my sauce was so rich like gravy, I almost wanted some rice with it…

It is definitely out of my normal price range, but it was nice to try something different. Great atmosphere, and although the sever brought out the wrong size of the salad my friend ordered, she quickly fixed it. She also brought out the wrong bill, but she fixed that as well.

When we got up to leave, there were still many people waiting in the entrance. I can see why. Because of the price, I’m not sure if I’ll be going back that often – but I’d certainly recommend it to everyone :)

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