Last week, we got to take out the 2014 Ford Focus Titanium for a week for an extended test drive. Having already driven several Ford models recently (see Ford Escape post), and visited their factory and headquarters in Michigan (see Ford factory tour post), I was already quite familiar with their lineup of vehicles and innovative technologies. As a small but sporty hatchback, the 2014 Focus was definitely fun to boot around in, and its GPS navigation (which came in handy in getting us to the UBC farm-to-table dinner) and Active Park Assist (yes, it actually parallel parks itself) makes it a very practical car for city slickers like us. It 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection flex-fuel I-4 engine also boasts great fuel economy, rated at 27 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. Starting from $15,999 MSRP, the Focus Titanium that we tested has a sticker price of $25,899 (MSRP). Other competitors in the same segment include the MINI Cooper Paceman (less power) and the Volvo C30 (more expensive).
Watch as the Focus magically parallel parks itself. Amazing!
We also made use of the large trunk space and hit up the recycling depot to return all our bottles and cans.
Since we both love Japanese food and we commonly get asked for recommendations on where to go, we decided to visit a few and compile a list of our favourite Japanese restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Of course, with so much diversity in Japanese food, we had to break this up into a few different categories.
Best Sushi in Vancouver
1. Ajisai Sushi Bar
2. Toshi Sushi
3. Sushi Hachi
Best Cheapo Sushi
1. Sushi Nanaimo
2. Sushi Garden
3. Momo Sushi
Best high-end Japanese
1. Miku Restaurant
1. Rajio Japanese Public House
[Top left] Tuna, yellowtail, & sockeye salmon carpaccio (with sesame soy dressing, yuzu zest, tobiko, garlic chips, wasabi mayo); [Top right] Kushikatsu Set (deep fried chicken, scallop, & lotus root skewers); [Bottom left] various tapas (edamame marinated with garlic, sesame oil, anchovy); [Bottom right] half rack of stewed pork ribs with balsamic vinegar, sweet & sour sauce; [Centre (not included)] Mentaiko kimchi udon mixed with spicy cod roe topped with scallions & nori; Aburi shime-saba sushi (seared cured mackerel press sushi with mustard soy dressing).
3. Guu (various)
1. Motomachi Shokudo
2. Marutama Ramen
3. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Other notable mentions
Zakkushi Charcoal Grill
Great value and presentation. There’s always a lineup, but it’s worth the wait.
Left: Caterpillar roll – unagi, unagi sauce, wrapped in avocado with mayo & ikura on top; chopped scallop roll; Top: Ebi okonomiyaki – Japanese cabbage pancake with shrimp; Middle: Toro & ikura nigiri; Bottom: Salmon oishisushi
There’s no question that Vancouver boasts a great selection of Japanese restaurants. This is just a list of our personal favourites. What are some of yours? Feel free to comment below.
Disclaimer: Although some of these meals were paid for by Ford Canada, the views and opinions reflected in this blog post are those of our own.