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Best Vietnamese Vermicelli w/ pork & springrolls (Bún thịt nướng chả giò) in Calgary?

Went to Pho Pasteur last night. It was good, but I still have to give the nod to Minh Chau. I prefer Minh Chau's pork, as well it also has pickled carrot, and chopped peanuts, and this might just be my imagination, but I believe the bowls are bigger at Minh Chau, not to say you get more food, but it's easier to mixed the ingredients up without worrying about food spilling out over the brim of the bowl. Of course that's just personal preference. Two points for Pho Pasteur though: I think you get more, perhaps twice as much pork as Minh Chau, and the price is $7.50 vs $9.50 at Minh Chau, so for value per dollar, Pho Pasteur is pretty good.

Dec 06, 2010
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Best Vietnamese Vermicelli w/ pork & springrolls (Bún thịt nướng chả giò) in Calgary?

Yeah, I've found at some other places the grilled pork is just that, strips of pork grilled, whereas minh chau grilled pork has some sort of yummy bbq sauce grilled onto the meat. Yum.

Dec 05, 2010
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Best Vietnamese Vermicelli w/ pork & springrolls (Bún thịt nướng chả giò) in Calgary?

I've discovered that although there are many many reviews of the best Pho in Calgary around the web, I have yet to find a listing of the best vermicelli.

Currently my faves are at Minh Chau in Inglewood and Lotus in the Beltline.
The worst I've had is Giang Nam on 16th ave, compared to Minh Chau the vermicelli dish was like kraft dinner.

Anywhere better?
Attached is a pic from Minh Chau

Dec 05, 2010
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Mail order olive oil? What's the best?

If anyone knows of a source of Bariani which will ship to Canada please let me know! I've been looking the past week (and now even more so after buying another unfiltered olive oil at the local Italian market, deeelicious.. but way overpriced ($25/500ml)). So far haven't found a source, the Canadian 'distributor' is a home grocery delivery company almost 1000 miles away which only does local home delivery :(

Apr 12, 2010
DizzyEdge in General Topics

Kingsland Market - new honest to goodness farmers market in the works (Calgary)

I'm pretty excited as well. A downtown one would make me absolutely giddy, but the fact that the location is only a 20 min walk from the Chinook and 12 mins from Heritage C-train stations is almost as good. Along with density plans for the Chinook area this would be a welcome addition.

Apr 11, 2010
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Domino's New Pizza

What I find ridiculously funny is the fact that Domino's Canada has NOT come out with new pizza, so they're basically competing against a USA ad campaign that says what they're still selling is total garbage haha.

Jan 25, 2010
DizzyEdge in Chains

Good balsamic vinegar in Calgary?

Thanks everyone, I'll be sure to check these all out

Jan 01, 2010
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

5 Guys Burgers in Calgary?

Has anyone had both 5 guys and Fuddruckers? Fuddruckers is still the best burger I've had, although it was so long ago perhaps sentiment is getting in the way of memory.. and I've had In-n-Out too.

Dec 27, 2009
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Any sidewalk grocers in Calgary?

When I was recently in Vancouver it seemed every few blocks had independent grocers with fresh produce out on sidewalk stands and it occurred to me that I had never seen that in Calgary.. sure one can blame it on the weather, but the temperature the whole time I was in Vancouver was only about 7C and there's a lot of days in Calgary warmer than that. Does such a thing exist in this city?

Dec 26, 2009
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Good balsamic vinegar in Calgary?

I was wondering if anyone has any favorite bought-in-Calgary balsamic vinegars? Both the 'fake' Balsamic Vinegar of Modena that you get in all grocery stores for everyday use, and some real Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, or at if not actual Modena or Reggio Emilia, then at least vinegars made according to the same way (12+ yrs aged, etc) but not from those regions (similar to a good 'sparkling wine' but not actual champagne).

I'm trying to get away from grocery store balsamic, and am intrigued about seeing why authentic Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale can cost hundreds of dollars for only 100 mls.

Dec 26, 2009
DizzyEdge in Prairie Provinces

Pine Mouth: Mysterious, bitter aftertaste from pine nuts

Me! A few days ago (week?) I woke up in the morning and had a weird bitter taste in the back of my mouth, sort of like the rear 1/3 of my tongue. I figured it had to do with a lozenge I had taken (which I had taken because my mouth had been weirdly slightly inflamed for a few days). Anyway, it didn't go away a couple days later and I noticed things like a chocolate bar seemed to enhance the bitterness. So onto google I went and read about pine mouth, and I had been cooking with, and randomly snacking on pine nuts the week or so before that. Safeway brand "Whole Pine Nuts - Baking nuts". Product of China. The bitterness has probably decreased to about 1/2 in the 3-4 days since I looked it up, and unlike some of what I've read my affliction wasn't *terrible* just slightly annoying.

Sep 24, 2009
DizzyEdge in General Topics