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Where to purchase large white dinner plates in Vancouver?

Check out Ming Wo's too. Great kitchen shop and I got some nice white charger plates there.

Granville Island Goings On

Not really a loss. Inconsistent quality and overpriced. Hope they use the space wisely.

Where to buy de Buyer Mineral "B" Cookware in & around Vancouver?

I was just there last week and yes, WS does carry de Buyer.

Unicorn Magnum pepper mill

No you can't buy it at any retail stores in Vancouver. I have seen them at Sur La Table in Seattle. I ordered mine directly from their website. Best pepper grinder I've ever owned and highly recommend. My much more expensive Peugeot just sits on the counter looking pretty now and I rarely use it.

Bon Appetit Magazine Going Totally Downhill

As a long time subscriber, I just received my October 2011 issue of Bon Appetit yesterday. It's been going downhill for awhile, but I was shocked to see the number of advertisements in this issue - most not even food related - it was quite shocking. A little BA content on the left page and then ads on the right page in almost the entire issue! What BA content that was there was totally boring and I was done with it in 10 minutes or so. My subscription was just renewed as a gift, but if this keeps up I will not be renewing it again! Has anyone else noted that it looks more like GQ magazine now that a food magazine. Food & Wine and Fine Cooking are far superior!

Where can I find a cheap pasta maker in Vancouver/Richmond :) ! price range of 15-20$

Pay a little more and get an Atlas from Italy. I think they are around $50 at Bosa Foods and much better than the ones you will find at London Drugs, etc.

Bosa Foods
1465 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

Guy Fieri in Vancouver - I'm sure you've all heard! [moved from BC]

It does pretty much suck - overpriced and I swear their hashbrowns are the frozen variety. Just another old restaurant with all the hype but when you go there it's rather a disappointment.

Aug 30, 2011
lominator in Food Media & News

Go Fish News

I've eaten at the Fisherman's Wharf location 4 or 5 times since it opened and have always thought the place is totally overrated and don't get the line ups!

The Ringside

Went there around this time last year on a road trip from Vancouver, B.C. - they were in a temporary space while the original restaurant was being renovated. One of the best steaks I've ever had and the onion rings alone are worth a trip back - amazingly good. Will be going the next time I'm in Portland.

Jul 31, 2011
lominator in Metro Portland


Visiting the Sunshine Coast in the next few weeks. Any recommendations where to go for good food for both lunch and dinner?

I think I just got ripped off!

This is not the first time I have heard of this happening at that store. Best way is to take the crabs home alive and clean them yourself. Very easy.

Your favorite Le Creuset color

My blue round french oven pitted and had opaque round spots on the lid after about 7 years - they replaced it with a new one, no questions asked, but that was a few years ago. I treated the pot very well and they just suddenly appeared for some reason. I've since moved to the red colour with no discoloration problems.

May 31, 2011
lominator in Cookware

Do you think its worth joining Costco in Vancouver?

Yes, the price for their beef is good and the beef is good quality - triple A and you sometimes can find Prime. Their butchering is not as pretty as you would get at a good butcher shop, but for the savings I get I don't mind and you can buy a whole filet or strip loin and cut the steaks yourself. Their roasts are really good too. Very good prices on pork as well - their back ribs are great!


Going to Vegas with a group in early June and they really want to go out for an amazing steak dinner. Can anyone recommend a good place to go? I'm thinking Craft Steak, but if there is something else that you can recommend, please let me know.

Thanks all.

Apr 20, 2011
lominator in Las Vegas


Hi. Bought some very fresh Spanish breakfast sausage today - left them in the car and then in my unheated living room - didn't get them in the fridge for 3 hours. Not hot out today - maybe 10 C or 50 F.

Can I still eat them or should I toss them? They were still a little cool to the touch in the bag. I'm leaning towards eating them, but just want some other possibly more knowledgeable opinions.


Apr 09, 2011
lominator in Home Cooking

GOOD PLACE TO EAT [Vancouver to Lynnwood]

Thanks for the tips. I am traveling from Vancouver to Lynwood, Lynwood for the mall, not for the food - LOL.

Mar 15, 2011
lominator in Pacific Northwest

GOOD PLACE TO EAT [Vancouver to Lynnwood]

Heading down to Washington State as far as Lynnwood on Friday for a day trip and wondering is anyone can recommend a good place to eat lunch and/or dinner. Looking for something besides the usual Bobs Burgers, etc. Don't mind driving off the beaten path a little. Thanks.

Mar 13, 2011
lominator in Pacific Northwest

Looking For Great Onion Rings in Seattle Area

It's a bit of a drive but the best onion rings I've ever had are at the Ringside in Portland.

Feb 27, 2011
lominator in Greater Seattle

taking the plunge into le creuset

I would go with the bigger size 7.25 quart round. I have a 5 quart Staub and find it just a wee bit too small for many recipes. Love them both, but use the larger one more often.

Feb 22, 2011
lominator in Cookware

Christmas Day grocery shopping

Super Value in the West end is always open.

Is Le Creuet worth the price?

Your really can't compare LC and Staub to the cheap Chinese knock offs. I agree totally with Jay's post. I'd rather pay a little more for quality cookware that will more than likely pass on to my grandchildren that buy something cheap that i'll have to replace out of my pocket in a few years. The old adage - you get what you pay for and LC and Staub are definitley worth the money especially when you pay the outlet price.

Nov 14, 2010
lominator in Cookware

Le Creuset- Your most used size?

I have two of the small gratin pans (#28) which I purchased because the outlet store was out of the larger ones - glad I got these two as they have been discontinued. They make the most fabulous gratins and scalloped potatoes and are the perfect size for 2 - 3 people. The larger roaster is great for a crowd, but I use the smaller ones all the time.

Nov 13, 2010
lominator in Cookware

Le Creuset- Your most used size?

Yes, excellent for roasting veggies, etc, making gratins, lasagna, etc.

Nov 13, 2010
lominator in Cookware

Le Creuset- Your most used size?

The large cast iron roasting pan or the gratin pans are great. Use mine all the time!

Nov 13, 2010
lominator in Cookware

"Budget" knife recommendation needed for holiday gift

Victorinox all the way. I have several Japanese knives but go to this one often as you don't have to treat it with kid gloves about cutting certain things without damaging it. I actually would take one of these over Henckels - had one years ago and vowed I'd never buy another.

Nov 02, 2010
lominator in Cookware

6-qt Kirkland dutch oven - $50

Gave one to friends last year for Christmas - they love it and use it constantly. However just recently they've noticed a tiny chip. You get what you pay for but I still think it's a good deal.

Oct 31, 2010
lominator in Cookware

Le Creuset vs. Staub

I think it's a bad marketing strategy on both their part. I have both Staub and Le Creuset and love them both, but if I had to go with just one brand it would be LC all the way - stains and dulling be damned! The classic line though - LOL.

Oct 24, 2010
lominator in Cookware


i just made a big pot of turkey stock and topped it up with a couple of bags of frozen chicken stock I had on hand to make my soup. I'm wanting to freeze some of this soup, but am wondering if I can do so as the two bags of stock were previously frozen before. It's mixed in with the huge amount of new stock, so I'm hoping there won't be a problem freezing the new soup. Does anyone happen to know if this is a problem, or am I safe to freeze the new soup with the previously frozen chicken stock mixed in with it?


Oct 14, 2010
lominator in Home Cooking

First time in Vegas. My line-up and need some recs

B&B restaurant. One of the best meals I've ever had.

Oct 04, 2010
lominator in Las Vegas

Le Creuset enameled finish ruined!

Same thing happened to me last year - they said it was misuse so they wouldn't replace it - gave me a new one at a discounted price, but it was still pretty expensive - probably could have bought a new one cheaper at the LC outlet store. I think the days of replacing the pots with no questions asked are long gone unless it's something that is actually defective with the pot. They did replace a 10 year old plus DO that suddenly started getting opaque spots on the enamel on the lid a few years back, but they are getting more strict when the damage is heat related.

Sep 25, 2010
lominator in Cookware