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Dine Out Vancouver

So far we've done four DOV restaurants/events - DB Bistro was very good, both service and food were excellent. Note: We went on a Monday night, early sitting. Room was nearly empty. Second choice was Kits Daily Kitchen, on a Saturday night, again early sitting - results were mixed. Food was okay, but not better than, and service was spotty. Room was packed, and we were seated next to a very drafty window. We'll go to KDK again, but not for DOV. Then we did a lunch/cooking class at the Dirty Apron, which was fun, and pretty good value for $, but very, very basic (we're both very accomplished cooks, so class was way below our skill level). Last night we went to Chambar, and were delighted. Food was excellent, as was the service. Place was packed, so we did our part to eat and leave in a timely manner. Nobody pressured us, we could just see that our table could be turned over a few more times, so it was a courtesy on our part to be efficient customers. I love DOV, but then I live in the Fraser Valley where good restos are few and far between.

What do you make that is SOOO easy yet you impress yourself every time you make it?

I love spaghetti cooked and tossed with some unsalted butter and topped with finely chopped parsley, garlic and lemon zest. You can throw in an anchovy or two, or some caramalized onions, or dried chili flakes -- whatever. Simple, hearty, satisfying, and oh my, tasty...

Mar 06, 2010
pear tart in Home Cooking

What do you make that is SOOO easy yet you impress yourself every time you make it?

No-Knead bread is a real showstopper. Try replacing about three ounces of water with a bit of beer (cheap old Bud or other lager is best) for a really good, rustic bread taste.

Mar 06, 2010
pear tart in Home Cooking

Cooking Task You Detest the Most?

What IS it about unloading the d/w? I hate it too, but otherwise I love my d/w, and would marry it if that weren't illegal in all 50 states, 10 provinces and three territories.

Mar 06, 2010
pear tart in Home Cooking

Vancouver - What are your "Can't miss" dinning experiences?

I'd recommend C Restaurant over Blue Water any day - much more reasonably priced, less pretentious, and, in my experience, the food is simply better and more imaginative. Also, there's the view out over False Creek if you get a table downstairs.

Vancouver for one night, looking for real food

I don't think you can miss with Vij's at Granville and 11th. Get there by 5:15 if you want to be seated early - they don't take reservations. Otherwise, there are worse ways to wait for a table than standing around the bar in back and munching the free appetizers. Great Indian food (with a decidedly local twist), elegant service, homey atmosphere and not bank-breakingly expensive.

REAL free-range chickens/eggs?

We buy Rabbit River eggs too. They're relatively expensive, but worth it IMO, and available at our local Save On.