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Moving to Calgary

South Silk Road for Chinese (Yunnan) food
Szechuan Restaurant for Szechuan food
Inti for Peruvian food

I moved from a East Coast city to Calgary about a year ago, and these restaurants I find to be as good as those in cities like NY/Toronto/Vancouver.

Not sure if you do any travelling for your job but there's this taco joint in Grande Prairie that makes the best tacos.

Mar 22, 2013
changy in Prairie Provinces

ISO seared foie gras

I've had it at bouley circa 2007. To this day it's the biggest I've had.

Nov 13, 2011
changy in Manhattan

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

Shake shack should be part of the poll since its technically a chain

Sep 27, 2011
changy in Features

Drinks for first date by Columbus Circle?

Robert, on the 9th floor of the museum of art and design has great view. The food is not good though

Dec 17, 2010
changy in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

Hmm not really. Here's a summary, note that I am not familiar with the name of the dishes in english, so some of them might be a little literal.

1. Legend (88 7th Ave(between 15th&16th) - Extensive menu. Authentic food. Popular dishes are fish cooked in pickled cabbage and hot oil and spicy/pepper chicken. Variety of small bites. Serves hotpot. Must have head chef cook, sous chef tends to oversalt. 5 stars
2. Grand Sichuan (2nd Ave & 55th, 56th St) - Pretty good with the spiciness and numbness. Popular dish: Fish cooked in hot oil. 4 stars
3. Szechuan Gourmet (21 W 39TH ST) - A few good dishes. Ok food. 3 stars
4. Ollie's 42nd (42nd st & 9th Ave) - Interesting decor, pretty authentic, declining quality. 3 stars
5. Lan Sheng (60 WEST 39 STREET ) - Chef used to work at szechuan gourment, similar taste. 3 star
6. Grand Sichuan, St. Marks (19 ST MARKS PLACE ) - The food is very inconsistent between stores. Good for take out at best. 2 stars
7. Wu Liang Ye (48 St & 5th Ave) - Average taste. Targeted towards westerners. Nothing special. Dirty. Mostly negative comments from forum posters. 1 Star

The rest are average, not very memorable.

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Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Szechuan Gourmet
244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Lan Sheng
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Dec 17, 2010
changy in Manhattan

Translated: Ranking of Sichuan Restaurant in Manhattan by People from Sichuan

Thanks. I chuckled at the comments for Wu Liang Ye. 狗眼看人低

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Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Dec 17, 2010
changy in Manhattan

What are the best street carts?

You can find the same cart on the SE corner during the day.

Dec 14, 2010
changy in Manhattan

Pate de campagne

Note that the degustation de charcuterie does not include the pate grand'pere, it has the grand'mere which is chicken liver. Also don't have the fromage de tete which is a personal favorite

Dec 14, 2010
changy in Manhattan

ISO seared foie gras

Thanks for the recs. Can't believe I didn't think of the modern, it's right by the office too.

Dec 10, 2010
changy in Manhattan

New to Korean food, need NYC recs

If you dont want to travel to flushing, you can go to kun jip and try their Kam Ja Tang. It's a spicy pork bone soup served with rice

Dec 10, 2010
changy in Manhattan

ISO seared foie gras

Now that Veritas has completely revamped itself, I'm at a loss on where to find quality seared foie gras without sitting through a 3+ course meal. I know that quite a few restaurants have it, but many of these require advance reservations and main dish etc, where I just want foie gras and a glass of wine. Any suggestions on where to go?

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Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Dec 09, 2010
changy in Manhattan

Weekend in Vancouver - Post Trip Review

fmed - the reason i didn't leave there and then is because i biked all the way from the west end, up a tedious hill and through traffic.

grayelf - tantakatan is a very light/fresh shochu. come to think about, it probably works great in a summer cocktail

Oct 03, 2010
changy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Weekend in Vancouver - Post Trip Review

I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend in Vancouver and dined at several famous/recommended establishments in the downtown area. I thought I would share my thoughts on these places for future tourists. Also, locals should feel free to correct me if you feel I had a off night.

Rodney's Oyster House - I visited Rodney's during low tide and had a dozen on the half shell. The oysters were fantastic though i must say that my waiter has an attitude problem. I asked him to recommend a sweeter variety to which he replies "buddy, they all come from the sea and are not sweet", the couple next to me asked for his favorite type and he simply answers "i like them all"

Guu with garlic - Automatic +1 for having tantakatan. The beef carpaccio and gyu tan were fantastic, tho more delicate than the usual izakaya fare that im used to. I can see the fried cartilage being a good drinks chaser, but for 1 person, its just too much fried stuff.

Banana leaf - Biggest disappointment of the trip. The curry for the roti canai is sweet instead of curry like. While singaporean laksa posts some resemblance to the original, it doesn't have enough coconut milk and the noodles are meesiam (skinny malaysian type) instead of the thick singaporean type.

Pour house - Fantastic bar with a focus on quality cocktails. I went on a Sunday night and they had a band playing. Extra points for having less common alcohol such as aperol. Highlight of the weekend.

Japadog - It was raining when I went so there's hardly anyone in line. I tried the kurobuta and okonomi. It is a very interesting take on hotdogs and vistors should definitely try it. Although I'm not sure if I would frequent the place if I actually lived in Vanoucouver. I do want to learn how to make the wasabi mayo, I can't imagine it to be very difficult.

That's my weekend trip in a nut shell. All in all a beautiful city and I can't wait to visit again.

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Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

Rodney's Oyster House
1228 Hamilton, Vancouver, BC V6B2S8, CA

Sep 30, 2010
changy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

CXG, Golden Spring or S&W Pepper House?

Hey Guys,

I ended up going to S&W Burnaby. Since i was alone, i only got 2 dishes, the shui zhu yu (water boiled fish?) and mao xue wang (pork blood and other stuff cooked in a pot). While the shui zhu yu looked very spicy when they brought it to the table, it's actually not too bad. I ended up putting some of the fish into the mao xue wang to make it spicier. The mao xue wang was pretty good, again not as spicy or ma (numbing?) as i hoped it would be, though u can definitely feel the peppercorns. The pork blood is actually real pork blood, unlike ny restaurants that mix in duck blood which gives it a weird texture. The dish could use more pork blood and less spam/intestine etc. Despite the short comings, its much better than what we have in ny. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sep 28, 2010
changy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

CXG, Golden Spring or S&W Pepper House?

Thanks!
9 dishes seems a little far from the subway station (no car), so i'll probably go to either S&W Burnaby or hotluck

Sep 21, 2010
changy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

CXG, Golden Spring or S&W Pepper House?

I'll be in Vancouver for one night next week and would like to get some sichuan food while I'm there. I did a search and these 3 popped up the most. Which would you all recommend for the most authentic?

Thanks

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S&W Pepper House
4500 Kingsway #1812, Burnaby V5H 2A9, CA

Sep 17, 2010
changy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where is the best pulut hitam in NYC?

Hmm not sure about best since i can only find it at Taste Good Malaysian in Elmhurst, but its pretty good there. Best Singaporean Laksa in NY there, hands down.

Aug 20, 2010
changy in Outer Boroughs