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Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

So true, though for a French meal, I do love Bistro Pastis (mean to visit their Left Bank sib on Denman one of these days soon).

Recent meal at Le Crocodile (SO's birthday dinner at the Gout de France event was terribly underwhelming and crashed our hopes for a stellar evening).

I was saddened by Campagne (Seattle) closure - that hit the right note for me.

Hey GE - I'll be in PDX in May too - our long weekend.

about 9 hours ago
kinnickinnik in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dream burger

I quite enjoyed the Koerner's burger! Simple, beefy, mine wasn't as rare as pictured or as I'd like but plenty moist anyway. Good bacon, I'd prefer processed cheese over cheddar. Side salad was limp (they must be dressing a batch then letting it sit) but the dressing was zippy. Decent selection of craft brews on tap.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

Or as we call it, the Lower Mainland ;-)

Second Dollar Meat's for the lap cheong, noting that you can get their vacuum packed sausages in T&T stores throughout the area and other grocers (if you're Yaohan Centre, the supermarket there is a T&T).

Boston hound visiting Richmond

LR, you mean AFTER 6:30 on weekdays for $2.75 fare from Richmond to Vancouver. Before 6:30 it's $4.00 as zones apply.

One $ saver if you plan a return trip across zones during the day, and don't want to worry about 90-min fare expiry is a day pass. $9.75 gets you unlimited travel on the Translink system (buses, skytrains, seabus) though the entire day

I like Aberdeen Centre's food court for Leung Kee's Cantonese, Mambo cafe's baked rice and other HK dishes, and Wu Fung Dessert's chicken wings.

En route to UBC, Hitoe sushi on w4th is very good, not cheapest but great value.

Sliders (new - Broadway @ Cambie)

Oh, La Taqueria needn't worry. Just means we'll orient ourselves toward Cambie more often for both them and Sliders. Nice to have two options for speedy, tasty dinners en route to our all-too-frequent Home Depot trips these days. Also want to hit up Shishinori soon too.

Sliders (new - Broadway @ Cambie)

Yep - at the Kits end of Fairview but walking radius for us is anything within a half-hour or so walk.

Service is counter service - friendly folks. They mentioned it was their 3 month anniversary since opening. Self serve fountain drinks (it's a Pepsi house), name called when food is ready, self bus back to a designated area at the counter.

They have a 'slider passport' with an icon for each variety to encourage sampling across the menu. I'm heading back soon to try the braised beef cheek one (yum!). They had a black bean special that sounded good but two were enough for each of us.

We were actually on our way to a taco dinner but sliders beckoned.

Sliders (new - Broadway @ Cambie)

SO and stopped in for quick dinner tonight. I had porchetta (lovely fennel flavour in the roast, nice crispy rind bits, pickled onion among garnishes) and chickpea patty (curry punched up with pickled onion). SO went for beef dip (generous bit of shaved roast with a jus dip) and cod bits (chunks of moist battered cod with coleslaw). All delicious and the 2 slider combos were satisfying for us for dinner. I had coleslaw with mine (freshly dressed, creamy with bits of pineapple). SO had great fries with his (crispy, creamy on the inside, great Kennebec flavour)

Big space, very quiet when we were there. I expect they'll have a good lunch trade - the combos are very good value IMO. Variety is not a bad thing for lunch regulars where too limited a selection can be tiring. Maybe they'll whittle it down a bit depending on how different options sell.

Not licensed .. yet - they say about a week to go. That'll hopefully draw folks in the evening.
We'll be back - it's in our walkable radius and sliders with a beer would hit the spot on many a night.

Quality cafes and coffee shops in Vancouver and nearish by

Strolling past Beyond Bread today, noticed their sidewalk sign advertising they're serving Heart coffee from PDX

Bon Appetite says Sirarcha's "Totally Over." Agree?

Along that downward spiral (of the trend, not sriracha itself - long live sriracha!)


Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

Ditto - love Jaeger's elegant and delicious cuisine. Pear Tree is a very rare trip for us as we like to indulge and that's not a transit nor cab friendly distance.

Lucky for me, he kicked off the new monthly Greasy Spoon Dinner series at Save On Meats. I had the great pleasure of attending this on Monday and loved it. Great food, great pairings of Deep Cove ales. Great cause. Win all around!
My phone died so had to hunt online for pics found this. I would love to find his pickled tomatoes again - utterly amazing. He plays so well with details of flavour and texture.

Ramen coming to Kerrisdale!

Yeah, saw that a while back on Jinya's corporate page. Can't wait!!

Finally some decent ramen on the west side that's more or less on the way home (with a little detour through K'dale).

Nutty cake, not too sweet?

Transylvania Traditions makes a number of cakes that are nutty. Sweet but not as much so as typical cakes (though some are syrupy which can be on the sweet side)


ISO Epazote

The Mayan gardeners at UBC farm grow it, available when in season at the UBC Saturday market (get on the farm's market mailing list for info on when the Mayan gardeners will have their sale on)

Possibly Los Guerros? http://www.losguerreroslatinfoods.com...

Or grow your own:

Black bean pasta

The red lentil pasta I saw in Costco was by Tolerant but the black bean was something else IIRC.

Black bean pasta

Was at Costco (downtown YVR) today and can confirm that the black bean spaghetti is still available there (at the end of an aisle near pastas). Ingredients are black beans and water only.

Also saw some red lentil pasta (rotini? fusili? can't recall) that was made from red lentils and water only.

Have not tried either so can't speak to quality.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

"I figure it's just some kind of old-school chefs club where all of the older guys vote for one another."

Yah, somewhat, some younger chefs too, and restauranteurs. With assorted other personalities thrown in. Though wonder how many have eaten at all, and how many votes are given based on reputations and such.

I sure wouldn't put Hawksworth at #2. Not even #200 based on my experiences there.

Quality cafes and coffee shops in Vancouver and nearish by

Great Dane coffee tucked in behind Gage Tower on UBC campus (or behind law library if coming from that direction) is a great little spot hidden away from campus hordes. Service friendly, tasty grilled sandwiches (haven't tried other eats).
Coffee is from Victoria's Bows and Arrows.


Kishimoto Sushi to close for Spring break (March 9th-23rd)

Oh sure, right after Dennis puts this out and has me Jonesin' for it

Asian Lunch downtown Saturday

*happy dance* :-D

Good news - thanks!

Storage Containers For Freezing Food That Are NOT Plastic

What an excellent re-use idea for milk cartons. Thanks for that tip!

Feb 25, 2015
kinnickinnik in Cookware

Yaletown lunch on a Sunday in March with gluten free options?

Might have to do with Josh Wolfe leaving last summer. Didn't visit after so can't say if things took a slide but his leaving the restaurant bearing his name may well be a factor.

It was a bright light in Yaletown and a great place to go with a group.

UBC Asian food court - the forgotten international food court in GVRD

I mentioned My Home Cuisine above too - friendly folk and great value. Glad to hear Pizza Garden is good. Funny, it's my pick of pizza-by-slice downtown but I haven't checked out the UBC one yet.

Delly sandwiches made to order are great, though I find myself hungry very soon after due to stinginess with the protein.

I have to say, the Moon has improved a tad since its operating management changed. Still not great, but in a pinch between meetings, I'll run their for an (overpriced) rice and whatever bowl.

UBC Asian food court - the forgotten international food court in GVRD

One More Sushi is where I and my colleagues often gather for group lunches. It's OK but I wouldn't make a point of going there otherwise. Just one of very few destinations for groups on campus.

Kobob Rice Burgers on Main St

I was eyeing this while noshing on my burger at Camp-Up this week (burger thread got me a powerful burger craving so needed a fix). Thanks for the report - sounds like a gooder (and I see they have pajeon (pancake) on offer too).

I see Dennis was right on top of it. I should catch up on his blog posts!


Dream burger

Oh yeah, forgot about Stackhouse - that's a gooder!
Remember you can ask for extras on CU's - a double patty amps the beefyness big time.

Romer's falling apart Brioche Buns and all too often overcooked and dry burgers ruin them for me.

Dream burger

Hmm, maybe a consistency issue (or my judgement clouded by one too many a fab cocktail ;-) )

I'll have to go retest soon, think it's been about 8 months since last visit (I don't head out for burgers too often, and when I have lately have made beelines for CU).

What makes CU soooo good for me is the synergy between bun, melty processed cheese and just right burger (with chicken skin when the mood strikes).

I'm contemplating a trip back to Chicago for another stellar burger at Au Cheval - that was my idea of burger perfection ;-)

Dream burger

While definitely denser than the loosely packed patties at CU, I can't say I find the Pourhouse burger sausage-like. I quite like the seasoning and texture of it and find it reads good, beefy and toothsome (figure the brisket component contributes to that texture). I don't like too-loose a patty and a falling apart patty would not appeal (CU's teeters but doesn't fall over the falling apart degree of looseness). If I want steak-tarter, I'll order that :-)

UBC Asian food court - the forgotten international food court in GVRD

I work on the UBC campus and the village food court is one of the few passable options in the food wasteland that we have.

I usually bring a lunch but if I don't I'll usually get a small combo from the "My Home Cuisine" stall in the food court - it's the one at the back straight as you arrive downstairs. Nice homey stuff - liberal use of chilis where applicable and fast turnover (huge lineup at lunch) so generally fresh.

The Donair Town on your right as you enter is alright too.

On campus - grilled items from the Gallery Lounge (formerly downstairs as Pendulum) are good though a bit of wait involved when busy. I like the T-bird breakfast sandwich.

Recently opened in the Ponderosa commons - Mercante is making pizza in a stone oven - great when fully baked but last visit was underdone. Will ask for extra dark crust next time. Gnocchi with cheese sauce is pretty good and very cheesy. Far and away better than most of UBC food services offerings.

Behind the law school, Great Dane coffee makes some tasty grilled sandwiches and offers a nice space away from the trongs of students.

I'm looking forward to the new AMS and Alumni buildings opening. Granville Island's Stock Market will have a spot there and I'm hoping the Korean rice bowl place will be back in action there.

South Granville dining - last minute

Seina? I think they leave a few spots for walk-ins.

Dream burger

My burger itch is most satisfied by:

1. Campagnolo Upstairs - perhaps not as thick as you wish, but adding an extra patty will amp up the beefyness. Grilled bap bun holds together with just the right burger/bun balance. Burger is house ground, gently hand shaped and super juicy (and done to your liking). Fries are good, not the best, but very good. I prefer their pickles (when avail) as a side. Veggies are simple lettuce, tomato (and when the latter are ripe and in season, utterly sublime).

2. Pourhouse - simple plump juicy beefy burger (done med.) with excellent fries. Bacon and cheese w/o veg may not meet your #3 but it's a highly satisfying burger.

Both offer superb cocktails and craft beer.