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At what point would you not pay?

I rarely have cash, certainly not enough to cover a meal of any size. Am I to wait 20 minutes? 45 minutes? How long is reasonable?

(FYI, I waited 20 minutes recently to be brought the bill, after asking 4 times - I am not one to run out, but there has to be a limit!

Aug 20, 2015
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

At what point would you not pay?

Is it running out on the bill when numerous efforts to receive it have been ignored?

At what point would you not pay?

I'm not sure on a timeline, but I disagree that it is *never* okay to leave before paying. If you have asked repeatedly for the bill, gotten up and made a show of gathering belongings, and approached the host stand/register, why should you have to continue to give up your time?

I've never left without paying, but I've been close a few times.

EDNA - outstanding restaurant!

Awesome spot.

Aug 19, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Food Festivals

We had been discussing going - looks like it's good we didn't!

But, is it a food festival or a general cultural festival? I don think of it as a place where there would be exciting food, but I've never been.

Aug 19, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

I would find it odd to say "soda", because it's always been "pop" to me. There has been, while I've been travelling, the occasional server whose judgemental/rude reaction has seen his or her tip affected!

Aug 08, 2015
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

New to using Sesame Oil, how should it taste, how and how much to use?!

Kadoya

Aug 07, 2015
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

Where I live (Nova Scotia) it is always referred to as "pop", or by a specific brand name. If you said "soda" everyone would know what you meant, but it would indicate you aren't originally from here.

If someone asked for a "diet soda water", they would be asked for clarification. As others have said, I would think of club soda or the like, which is already sugar free.

Aug 07, 2015
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Elderflower liquer sub

I was wondering if anyone has used an elderflower cordial (I really like Bottlegreen) in place of St. Germaine or the like. If so, I have a few questions:
1. How did it work out?
2. What ratio of syrup to water did you use?

I love elderflower, and am intrigued by St. Germaine, but if I can get good results with the cordial, I'd rather do that.

Aug 07, 2015
CanadaGirl in Spirits

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

I think it would be fine. My children play sports, and they and their teammates call all sports drinks Gatorade, whether it's actually Gatorade, Powerade, Costco brand, or whatever.

Aug 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Is Gatorade an acceptable generic name for sports drinks?

Agreed. Where I am, "Coke" means Coca-Cola and only that.

Aug 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Not About Food

Kale-Apple Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

Excellent. It really like the salad as written, but find it takes well to simple additions. I've added, variously, shaved Parmesan, pepitas, walnuts and dried cranberries. Fabulous every time. I think I'm going to try a little blue cheese next. Yum.

Jun 27, 2015
CanadaGirl in Recipes

Vinegar on Fries...a dying tradition

Yep. Standard fare. I can buy these at about any spot that sells kitchen stuff, including the limited selection at the grocery store.

Jun 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Nova Scotia Trip next week

6. With eleven locations on PEI and one in Halifax, Moo offers some of the best ice cream in North America. Try their maple walnut and their strawberry sorbet.

Do you mean Cows? If so, I agree. If not, what is this Moo I need to know about?!

Jun 03, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia Trip next week

In Wolfville I really like Le Caveau (it's actually just outside Wolfville at Grand Pré winery).

I'm in Halifax, so:
Obladee in Halifax is a nice spot. I like their charcuterie platter as a light lunch/hearty snack. The staff is quite good at recommending pairings based on your wines.

Many of the waterfront spots have opened on the Halifax Boardwalk, so that can be a pleasant time.

I really enjoy Morris East or Mothers Pizza for pizza. Creative, not traditional.

A donair in Halifax is a great idea. Just don't go to Greco or Pizza Pozza, as they won't be authentic.

Scan way makes Doughsants, which is there version of a cronut. Yum.
Any other specific ideas?

Jun 03, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Things you can't get in the UK

If those are available in Canada, it isn't in my part :)

Jun 03, 2015
CanadaGirl in U.K./Ireland

Bumbu Gado Gado - help!

Sounds good! Will try this and report back.

May 13, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Bumbu Gado Gado - help!

So I bought this package labelled "Bumbu Gado Gado" on a whim, figuring Google would let me know what to do with it. It did not! Does anyone have any advice on how I can use this?

May 12, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

Four days in Nova Scotia/PEI/NB

Halifax has a pretty good retaurant scene. I tend not to order seafood often, but Five Fisherman is quite popular. The Press Gang is known for their oysters.

What else do you prefer? The Coast newspaper (small, local) has a pretty thorough restaurant review section that may be helpful.

Apr 29, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Four days in Nova Scotia/PEI/NB

Are you heading straight to PEI, or will you be heading to Hailfax first (the airport is a bit outside the city)?

Apr 25, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

Yes, I did put the parchment with the bread into the pot. I make sure the parchment is long enough to act as a sling to lower the bread in without burning myself. I do this as it ensures the shape of the bread doesn't get deformed. Absolutely no problem with browning or crisping.

Mar 23, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

I always use the parchment to transfer my dough to the pot. It still turns out very crisp, and I do not think the parchment has any negative effect.

Mar 20, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

No-knead bread -- I'm confused!

I have also doubled it. Worked great.

Mar 07, 2015
CanadaGirl in Home Cooking

East Coast Style Potato Skins

I lived in Ottawa for a few years - it saddened me that potato skins were unavailable! There were some places that served wedge potatoes with cheese and bacon, but not the thin, wide ones we have here.

However, I can't remember the last time I ordered any - I want to know where people are having them!

Feb 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

West Coaster Heading East

I'm in Halifax, so about 4 hours away from Saint John. However, NS and NB have the same big chains: Sobeys and Superstore (owned by Loblaws/Weston family). I do not know what the overall food scene is like in Saint John though. I'm pretty sure that most places are a step down from Vancouver though!

FYI- It's usually Saint John, not St. John. Makes it a bit easier to differentiate between Saint John and St. John's :)

Feb 06, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

West Coaster Heading East

You may want to occasionally post on this again to bump it - most of the action on this board is for Halifax :)

Feb 02, 2015
CanadaGirl in Atlantic Canada

Cost of Scallops Nationwide?

I could give an academic explanation using price elasticity of demand, but that's probably not what you were looking for :)

Feb 02, 2015
CanadaGirl in General Topics

Are crispy eggs a culinary no no?

I like the crispy edges as long as the rest isn't overcooked! Which, to me, means a soft but not runny yolk.

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

I live in Halifax, which was one of thE earliest cities in NA to introduce mandatory compost. I refuse to pay money for bags that will be composted, so I just line the small bin the city gave us with newspaper and keep it under the counter. If it does get gross inside the bin, I just throw it in the dishwasher. I probably put it inh the e dishwasher every 4 or 5 days, and it is perfectly fine after YEARS of doing so. If I didn't have under sink space for the bin, I would get an attractive can and do the same thing.

Canadian treats for delivery to the UK

I also think Laura Secord is not great quality.