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New on the Drive: Wishes + Luck

Ah, that's a shame, was looking forward to trying it.

New on the Drive: Wishes + Luck

We tried to stop by this place for dinner on Sunday but it was closed with a somewhat cryptic sign saying they would be returning the 1st of the month - Sunday was the 2nd. Anyone have any intel? Is it gone already?

Where is best to find mexican dried hot peppers?

Pacific Sun Produce in the Old Orchard plaza (Burnaby, Willingdon/Kingsway) has a good selection as well.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA on tap -- who has it in Vancouver?

Ah, I had no idea. I stand corrected...

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA on tap -- who has it in Vancouver?

I don't think Portland Craft and Stateside Craft are connected in any way other than the similarity in naming, FWIW. The latter is indeed a bit tucked away but it's a pretty good spot, 40+ taps and generally far less busy than similarly stocked establishments (St. Augs, Alibi Room, etc.)

Food is as passable as the rest, we just go there for the drink.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA on tap -- who has it in Vancouver?

Ack. Stateside craft! That's the one I meant, not Portland Craft. Stateside definitely had it last year. I always get those two mixed up...

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA on tap -- who has it in Vancouver?

Portland Craft definitely had it last year, but I haven't been down that way in a while. I also remember seeing it on tap at the Rogue on Broadway.

Banh Mi Saigon - new banh mi purveyor on Victoria Drive

The wife and I were probably in that same crowd with you two, GE.

Agreed that the sandwiches themselves are pretty top notch, but they need to work out a better system for pushing orders through. We'll be back once things settle for them a bit.

Omakase in Vancouver, or, The Tojo Conundrum

Kinome does omakase as well and is top notch. It's not a sushi joint however, more refined izakaya-style.

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Most of the equipment is the same, though I've never noticed the lack of ventilation myself. They did spend a ton of time cleaning the fume hood so perhaps that will have helped?

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

We had dinner at Kinome tonight - definitely a worthy successor to Dan. The soba, dashi-maki-tamago, and grilled baby bamboo shoots were highlights for us, but everything else was on point as well. Still feels very true to traditional Japanese cuisine, good sake list to boot. We'll be returning.

Vancouver wedding venues

We got married at the Arbutus club and were very happy. Food was good, service was great, and there's a great deck overlooking the surrounding area (primarily residential).

At the time (3 years ago) the prices were very reasonable as well compared to other options in town.

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Dan's last night of service was yesterday.

Ryoma is planning to do minor renovations and re-open as Kinome, possibly as early as February. We had his wonderful soba again last night so looking forward to trying out what else he has to offer.

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Got the scoop last night.

Dan will close as it currently is, but re-open after renos sometime in the new year under a new name - run by the current sous chef (whose name I keep forgetting).

We had some of his handmade soba last night - which was fantastic (as good as I've had in Japan), and reason enough to have hope it will remain a solid spot. It's the only place in the city making fresh handmade soba as far as I know...definitely a leg up.

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Last time I talked to Ken the plan was for his sous-chef to take over starting in January - so there's hope it will still be good (though perhaps with a different name...)

That was a month or two ago though so perhaps things have changed?

Best value happy hour in Vancouver

The wife and I popped by Merchant's Oyster Bar on the drive this weekend, and they have oysters at $1.50 per during happy hour and all day Sunday - a few different varieties. Didn't catch what the drink specials were though as we were there Sunday evening.

La Buca game and mushroom menu

We went on Friday.

The sage and brown butter taglierini was my favourite dish (how can you go wrong), but everything was pretty much top notch as per usual.

I did have and quite enjoy that scallop dish as well GE, based on that recommendation. Lots of chanterelles on the plate too.

Good place to buy meats for Chinese hotpot/steamboat ?

Glad to help, hope the dinner went well.

Candlenuts in the Lower Mainland?

Thanks Sam, I'll give that place a go next time I'm in the area.

Good place to buy meats for Chinese hotpot/steamboat ?

There's a Korean butcher shop called Hankook Meats on Kingsway, just east of Tyne (right next to the Cattle Cafe). I've bought beef and pork there before, as I recall the price was much better than T&T.

I think it is pretty common for Korean butcher shops to sell meat sliced this way so you may be able to find others if the location isn't convenient...

Candlenuts in the Lower Mainland?

Trying to find a source for these to make some Indonesian food, no luck at T&T or Famous Foods...

I gather I can substitute with macadamias as a last resort but the flavour just won't be the same.

Thanks!

Looking for a good Donair place in Vancouver

Abdul's makes a great Syrian-style shawarma, but yes, nothing even remotely resembling a proper Halifax donair.

Videos about Japanese cuisine, NON-sushi?

Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, but here's a series of youtube videos from Nihonryouri Ryugin that are pretty amazing:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TOKYOGAS...

Jul 23, 2014
jerkstore in Food Media & News

Where would you eat in Vancouver if you were visiting from LA?

Dishes at Pidgin are indeed small. My wife and I usually order 4-5 at least.

Source for Green Chickpeas?

Gah! I searched, but not for "garbanzo". Thanks for reminding me they have other names. Costco trip coming up.

Source for Green Chickpeas?

Noted, thanks for the heads up :)

Source for Green Chickpeas?

Had some of these on a great halibut dish at Yew yesterday, and now I must find more. Anyone seen them around anywhere in the lower mainland?

40th Birthday Dinner for a Group

Glad to be of help. Hopefully either their AC has improved or you get a relatively cool day.

40th Birthday Dinner for a Group

La Buca's Alla Famiglia dining is just a hair over your budget at $55/person, but worth it without question in my humble opinion.

http://labuca.ca/

Dried/fresh hot peppers(habaneros+) burnaby

Pacific Sun Produce in the Old Orchard plaza (Kingsway & Willingdon) generally has a pretty good assortment of dried peppers - habaneros, arbols, guajillos, and anchos the last time I was there. I've seen dried jolokia/ghost peppers there before too.

Less variety in fresh.