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Restaurant Review: NOSH


Last night I went out for dinner with a couple of friends. We decided to try a little cafe-type restaurant called NOSH. I found out about it through Dineout Vancouver, but I never had the chance to go during the festival ūüôĀ It opened up just a couple months ago, but it had lots of good reviews!

The restaurant is located near the corner of Trafalgar Street and West Broadway; for UBC students, this translates into the Macdonald Street stop on the 99 B-line. Of course, you have to do a little walking.¬†What’d you expect?

NOSH is pretty casual, but it has an intimate atmosphere‚ÄĒprobably due to the small dining area. It’s nice and fresh-feeling, with wood floors and furniture.

I had a duck confit dish, which is served with a pot of roasted veggies and brussels sprouts. The sauce was salty and delicious, and I even ate the brussel sprouts‚ÄĒwhich is impressive, because I am not usually a sprout-eater. But omnomnom.

Also there are unidentified purple things that were sort of crunchy and very edible.

Looks pretty fancy, doesn’t it?

For dessert, I had something called a Caramel Budino. It was something like a creamy custard dessert, except 109482091238 times better because it was caramel and toffee and unidentified cake bottom. And it came in a little glass jar. So cute.

I ate a spoonful before remembering to take a picture. I’m new at this foodie thing, okay?

The best part is that for something that looked and tasted high-class, it was cheap! Tax-included, I spent barely over $20. Definitely an affordable meal for any student! So if you’re looking for somewhere new to eat, I suggest NOSH ūüôā

Midweek Recap: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Why the past two days have been good:

  • I’m pretty sure I did well on my first ever midterm! It was easier than I anticipated, so I finished it in 20 min. Too bad it was only worth 10% of my KIN 190 (physiology) ¬†mark.
  • I downloaded new music and it makes me happy.
  • I can do a cartwheel almost perfectly now! Yay, gymnastics class!
  • I got all my chemistry lab work done last night. ¬†In less than 4 hours. ¬†Yeah, I’m pretty impressed with me too.
  • I drove to school today, and I snagged the last cheap parking spot this morning. ūüėÄ

Why the past two days have been bad:

  • I’m exhausted. ¬†I stayed at school late last night to finish my chemistry lab, and so I didn’t get home until 11. ¬†I’m definitely not getting enough sleep; the dark circles under my eyes feel permanent.
  • I opened up a juice box today, took a sip, and realized it tasted like pineapple. ¬†I’m allergic to pineapples.
  • Also, the job action is confusing me. ¬†I thought we just went through this in highschool…
Something ugly:  
It turns out I completed the wrong pre-lab last night. ¬†Suddenly, I’m not so impressed with myself, the lab professor is not impressed, and I’m realizing why¬†it’s a really bad idea to do your lab work the night before.¬†So for all you chemistry students: CHECK YOUR LAB SCHEDULE!

People-watching on the 99

Things I’m not doing: Preparing to move.

The other day,¬†I took public transit to Cambie and Broadway, where my orthodontist’s office is.

That means I took the 99 B-Line Express bus, which is probably one of the busiest bus routes (the only other huge bus I can think of is the 135 on Hastings Street).¬† Even on a supposedly non-busy hour like 10am, the bus gets pretty full.¬† It runs from Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station all the way to UBC, stopping only at major transit stops.¬† It’s supposed¬†to come every three minutes, which is handy because there are¬†so many people (both students and professionals) coming from all over Greater Vancouver.


On the bus down to the Skytrain, I saw a girl, and someone who presumably was her father, carrying lots of bags and a¬†huge hot¬†pink suitcase.¬† It was one of those shiny, plasticky suitcases, and it was at least half the girl’s size.¬† Automatically, I knew she was heading off on a long, extended trip.¬† It turned out to be that GWAPS and I were heading in the same westward direction (“GWAPS” is the Girl With A Pink Suitcase).¬† When we got onto the same 99 B-line bus, it finally occurred to me that GWAPS is actually another UBC student! And I’ll bet that she was a fellow first year, too. Question: Are non-international students only allowed to move in on September 1st?

Immediately, I¬†started to notice other potential UBC mates.¬† There were the twin sisters with long braids; they looked about my age.¬† And then there was the glasses-wearing, Emma Stone look-alike.¬† In addition, there were lots of people wearing heavier school¬†backpacks; typical of what you’d see on a normal school day.¬† I’m pretty sure I accused (all in my head, of course) about a dozen people of being UBC students before I even got off at my stop.

To be honest, I don’t know where I’m going with this.¬†Maybe I’m saying that there will¬†probably always be at least one UBC student on the 99 bus at any time.¬† I’ll just have you all know; if you see a small Asian girl squinting at you on the bus, it’s probably not me. That is all.

PS. Good luck this school year, GWAPS! I liked those shoes you were wearing!