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Where to order a turkey

So I went with Windsor Meats, Caufield Village (I think that's the town). I got a 20 pound turkey, not an easy order to fill. The bird turned out amazing! I brined it for 24 hours in salt, sugar, water, and Wild Turkey bourbon (ironically), and high roasted it for 5 hours. It was juicy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Thanks for the recommendations, guys!

Dec 04, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Advice for First Time Thanksgiving Cook

People can be very picky about cranberries, so I try to have a couple of options. I usually buy the canned jellied kind for the old-school cranberry sauce fans. I also make a relish that I make three days ahead. You don't need to cook it, just give it time in the fridge so the flavors will meld.

1 12-oz bag of cranberries
1 orange - peel removed and cut into segments, avoiding the membranes
1 peeled and chopped apple

Put the fruit into a food processor and add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of allspice and 1/4 cup of sugar. Pulse until desired consistency.

It is tart and sweet, perfect for turkey, and it looks pretty on the table.

Good luck!

Nov 23, 2010
liza.calderon in Home Cooking

New favorite casual spot in the metro area - Commune Cafe

That's not good. I haven't been there for lunch, so I couldn't say if the portions are different. I had the seasonal salad when I went and found it to be large enough for dinner with the addition of some cheese from the platter I shared with my SO. Sorry to hear that it wasn't a good experience.

Nov 16, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to order a turkey

Thanks for the recs, guys! I will report back with a review.

Nov 05, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to order a turkey

American Thanksgiving is coming up, and I'll have family in town. The brined and roasted turkey is a must-have. Can you tell me from whom I should order a turkey? I would prefer for it to be local and large (about 18-20 pounds). The only other requirement is that it be delicious. Thanks!

Oct 30, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Lupo-report from our dinner there last night

I took my in-laws to dinner at Lupo last weekend, thinking that I couldn't go wrong with so many wonderful reviews. Well...there's no gentle way to express how terrible the service was. It's really too bad because the food was fantastic. We enjoyed the daily specials: a meatball appetizer with a light and savory polenta, the braised short ribs, and beef cheek parpadelle. But the service was some of the worst that I've had in Vancouver. I taker that back; it was some of the worst service I've ever had. We could hardly hear our waitress over the music and the din of nearby diners, the food runner pushed our drinks aside with the plates when she brought us our food, and we were berated for not ordering aperitifs by a waiter who was not taking care of our table. The one that really got me was when our waitress opened a new bottle of wine and served it in glasses that already had wine in them. At $100 a pop, you'd think that she would have had the courtesy to let us taste it and make sure that it was fine before it was served. It really was awful, enough that I wrote to the restaurant. Although I would liken my meal to the lovely one I had at Cioppino's, it is a shame that the chef did not have a staff that equaled the quality of the food. With as many wonderful places to dine in Vancouver as there are, you can be assured that we will not have a return visit.

Oct 30, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Midweek blunch at Jethro's in Vancouver

It's too bad about the huevos rancheros. I've really got to work on the search for real Mex food, which would include a good brunch menu with awesome salsas. I wanted to say, though, that Provence marina side has a lovely brunch with one of the most delicious egg dishes I've had since moving here in January. I had the baked eggs Florentine, and I just about died and went to heaven. It's not a light brunch, but I guess most of us don't go to brunch looking for something that will fit a diet. We had a party of 9 that day and everyone loved the restaurant and the food.

Sep 13, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Mexican Food a la Bayless?

Thanks, grayelf! I liked your review...some items look quite yummy. I thought I looked for threads related to Mexican but somehow missed that one. It is informative though it seems a few of those places have gone out of business. I will keep my eyes and nose open and add to the list when I can.

I suggest you just post the list and have people add info as they go. It seems to me that going to some of these "holes in the wall" might take some teamwork. ;)

I'm up for the job!

Aug 31, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Mexican Food a la Bayless?

Thanks for the info. I think I might try Cobre. I took a gander at the menu, and it looks like there are a couple of interesting dishes (the flank steak comes to mind) , though not exactly what I am looking for. It appears to me that they are trying to fuse a few too many cuisines. (Anyone else bothered by the pseudo Spanish or reference to "guac"?) I'd certainly be willing to give Don Guacamole's a shot. We'll see...

Anewton, I wish I had made it to Topolobambo. Was it just incredible?

Grayelf, I hope you'll share that list with us soon.

Thanks, all!

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Cobre Restaurants
52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

Don Guacamole Restaurant
1333 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E, CA

Aug 30, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Mexican Food a la Bayless?

Hey, guys! You've come through for me so many times before; I'm hoping you can help me again.

I am looking for some good, authentic but slightly upscale Mexican food in the metro Vancouver area. I have been to Salsa & Agave and enjoy the casual food they serve there. It is authentic and very good, but I was hoping to find a good Mexican meal somewhere other than my aunt's North Van home.

I've had the good fortune to go to Frontera Grill and was hoping for something in the same tradition: real Mexican flavors with a little contemporary twist. It would also be nice if the spot had servers as opposed to counter service. Any input would be appreciated.

Cheers!

Aug 30, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cucina Urbana - Winemaker tastings

Nice! I love Cucina - one of my faves in SD. They do know how to make one feel at home; glad to know they provided enough food. I will definitely try to make one of their wine tastings next time I'm in town.

Cheers!

Aug 30, 2010
liza.calderon in San Diego

who has the best selection of salsas in Van

I love the Rick Bayless salsas; he has about six of them, some Mexican style ones, some southwestern. Whole Foods used to carry them, but I've recently only found them at the Urban Fare in Yaletown. Pair any of the salsas with local chips, Salsa & Company, and you'll find yourself going back for more as soon as you're out.

Aug 23, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

We went to Tyler's and loved the American fare. Thanks for the rec! Our new favorite, however, was Cheeky's on the Strip. It is on a corner with a lovely patio where the kids ran out their wiggles. The food was fresh and interesting - not your usual pancakes and salads. We went there after renting bikes at the PS Bikes on the corner. Really great experience...I hope it will do well because we plan on going there every time we return to Palm Springs.

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Cheeky's
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Aug 23, 2010
liza.calderon in California

New favorite casual spot in the metro area - Commune Cafe

Hey! I am so thrilled to have found a family-friendly, food-conscious eatery a few blocks from where I live. Right on the corner of Seymour and Nelson is a brand new cafe with a rather forgettable name. Commune Cafe offers organic, local foods at very reasonable prices. The menu is a bit limited, but what I have tasted is delicious. They have sandwiches and paninis, salads, and...I guess I would call them tapas. You can even get a plate of cheeses from Les Amis du Frommage with cured meats from Moccia. I paired that with a market salad, and a cider from the Okanagan. Ah-MAY-zing! They have a nice list of local wines and beer as well as your regular cafe offerings. Don't be turned off by the "order at the counter" organization of the place. The service is really fantastic. The staff helps you find a seat, take your drinks, and makes sure that everything is to your liking. There was really no downside for me or any member of my family, little ones included. They have a few kid's dishes such as cheesy pasta or a simple mozzarella panini. All said, it was a great experience, and I am so happy that such a place exists - and right around the block!

P.S. They have an sweet patio, perfect for those last few summer days. Cheers!

Aug 20, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Thanks for the suggestions! I will add them to our list.

Apr 27, 2010
liza.calderon in California

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Thanks! I'll check it out.

Apr 23, 2010
liza.calderon in California

Where are some of your favorite places to have lunch in SD?

I had forgotten about Rimel's! I LOVE their rice plate with the rotisserie turkey! The sauces that come with it are so complex and wonderful. Yum!

Apr 19, 2010
liza.calderon in San Diego

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Hey, CH people! We are heading to Palm Springs for Mother's Day weekend, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations for dinner places that would be good for little ones and adults that are suckers for good food. We'd try for an early seating so as not to bother serious diners. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we are looking to avoid Olive Garden and CPK type corporate food.

Thanks for the input!

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Olive Garden Restaurant
1025 Dana Dr, Redding, CA 96003

Apr 16, 2010
liza.calderon in California

Best Restaurant For a Proposal (Lunch or Dinner)

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Trattoria Acqua in La Jolla. If it's not a busy Saturday night, the place can be very intimate. You can propose there or go for a walk down by the cove and find a quiet little spot on the rocks or covered bench to ask her privately. Good luck!

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Trattoria Acqua
1298 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037

Apr 16, 2010
liza.calderon in San Diego

Where are some of your favorite places to have lunch in SD?

Dobson's downtown. It is so old school, but they have the best sourdough bread and delish comfort food. The bartenders are awesome and Mr. Dobson himself is always around to greet you.

Apr 16, 2010
liza.calderon in San Diego

Free range meat near Vancouver?

Sebastian & Co. in West Van is my favorite. They only carry free-range and organic. They will cut up anything to order and can have it ready for you if you call ahead. Everything I have gotten from Sebastian has been melt-in-your-mouth good.

http://www.sebastianandco.ca/

Apr 16, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dine Out Vancouver - Where would you go?

Thanks! I knew I could count on you to set me straight.

Apr 14, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dine Out Vancouver - Where would you go?

Reservations for this event can be made starting next Monday, so I was wondering if any of you Chowhounds have a recommendation for the places that are offering the prix-fixe menu. I don't recognize too many of the restaurants, which is why I am hoping for a little guidance.

Thanks for the input!

Here is the list:
Cobre
Dockside Restaurant
Beyond Restaurant
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Central Kitchen
CinCin Ristorante + Bar
Coast
CRU
Glowbal Grill
Goldfish Pacific
Italian Kitchen
Joe Fortes
O'Doul's Restaurant
Players Chophouse
Saltaire
Sanafir
The Fish House in Stanley Park
The Smoking Dog
Burgoo Lonsdale
Burgoo Main
Burgoo West 10th
Trattoria Italian Kitchen
Figmint Restaurant and Lounge
Chambar
West Restaurant + Bar
Showcase Restaurant and Bar
Provence Marinaside
Elixir Bistro
Hamilton Street Grill

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Cobre Restaurants
52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

Trattoria Italian Kitchen
1850 4th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3, CA

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9, CA

CinCin Ristorante + Bar
1154 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5, CA

O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar
1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, CA

Sanafir
1026 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, CA

Italian Kitchen
, Vernon, BC V1T, CA

Apr 12, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What one order will expose the expertise of the kitchen?

When it comes to quality Mexican, it would have to be the tortillas.

Apr 12, 2010
liza.calderon in General Topics

Downtown Birthday Dinner

I am so grateful for your recommendation! We went to Cioppinos on Friday night and had a truly marvelous meal. The whole experience validated the fact that I am a complete sucker for good food.

We had some wonderful starters...I especially loved my warm goat cheese with micro greens and caramel sauce. The scallops were delicate and briny and everything they should be. I had the sablefish for my main course and found it to be hands-down way better than Nobu's famed black cod dish. When our waiter passed along my compliment to the chef, he came over to chat and boasted that his dish was also a much bigger portion and, therefore, a better deal. I guess that made up for the crazy high wine prices. Nevertheless, the wine that was recommended to us by the sommelier was lovely, and it paired very nicely with our food. (My husband had the osso bucco - to die!) We ended the meal with a delish chocolate and banana dessert - the banana ice cream made my head swirl. Yum!

The whole experience was perfect. Really. Our cute French waiter was attentive but not overly so. The chef made his rounds, and I appreciated that he made the effort to touch base with all of his customers instead of only the ones who were clearly regulars. The ambiance was comfortable, not stuffy. I can't thank you enough for the tip...

Cheers!

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Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
1133 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B5P6, CA

Apr 11, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Birthday Dinner

Thanks for the guidance! We are going to try Cioppinos. Looking forward to it! I will let you know how it goes...

Mar 16, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

A "big" California Red for my French cousin

I know that I may be roasted for suggesting this, but I would take a bottle of Silver Oak. It is my hands-down favorite for both sentimental and practical reasons. I mostly love it because it is consistently good, has a reliable cork, and is unique in its overwhelming oakiness. If American oak is not your cousin's style, I would take a bottle of Caymus Special Selection - depending on the year, it is a blockbuster wine. Bon voyage!

Mar 10, 2010
liza.calderon in Wine

Downtown Birthday Dinner

I had issues with posting a little while ago, too. :)

Price is not a factor. 35! It's a big one...lol.

I went to Blue Water when I first visited to see if I could make the move from San Diego to Vancouver a year ago, January. It was delish! I will go back there if the other restaurants don't catch my fancy.

I will def check out La Buca. I do have a fondness for brasato and super tuscans.

BTW, I went to Uva last Saturday and loved the ambiance. You can get Cibo's full menu at the bar, but it's not quite as cacophonous. I had a few small plates that went very well with my wine - tapas style dishes and a lovely Chianti. The highlight, however, was the bartender's recommendation to try a Japanese whiskey. I had ordered a glass of Talisker, but I took a chance on the Nikka and was pleasantly surprised to find it smoky, oakey, and deep. They can't call it scotch for obvious reasons, but the Nikka now rivals my favorite Glenmorangie. Just thought I'd throw that out there for my fellow scotch drinkers. Just a word of warning: it is cask strength, so don't ask for a double. ;)

Mar 10, 2010
liza.calderon in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Le Bernardin & My NYC Restaurant choices. Help?

I would try Gotham Grill for lunch instead of Craftbar. Nice prix-fixe menu and surprisingly inexpensive...great wine pairings, too.

Mar 10, 2010
liza.calderon in Manhattan

Le Bernardin & My NYC Restaurant choices. Help?

I would try Gotham Grill for lunch instead of Craftbar. Nice prix-fixe menu and surprisingly inexpensive...great wine pairings, too.

Mar 10, 2010
liza.calderon in Manhattan