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Coffee by the gram

Are there any good spots to purchase small amounts of good coffee (50 or 100 grams) where they grind it fresh for you? Almost all of the good roasters around town seem to have only large bags available. I remember Yoka's used to do coffee by weight and did small amounts. But can't seem to find anything other than supermarkets now.

Any thoughts on this where you can find good coffee available in small by the weight portions to give as a welcome gift to visitors who will need it pre-ground?

1 day ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

Oh, and other spots (some of which have been mentioned) which are worth checking out include

Sal y Limon (try their huarache)

Tung Hing (try their banh mi and their custard buns)

Hai Phong (almost all of their food is great, I particularly like their bun bowls)

Koon Bo (classic casual Cantonese - I really like their Crispy Chicken)

Al Watan (great Pakistani)

Good Choice (solid dim sum)

Moon Cafe (classic HK cafe - baked pork chop rice a favourite)

Ho Yuen Kee (classic casual Cantonese - double baked ginger custard is a lovely dessert you need to order at the start of your meal there)

1 day ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

I would agree that Carano is ok for a neighbourhood spot, but not as strong as several of the other pizza spots which have opened up around the city. I find the Carano pizza to have way too much corn meal for my taste and the toppings on the white sauce, sausage, fennel, fior di latte, arugula pizza I had ($15) left me craving more fennel taste and much less salt. It was unusually overly salty for me.

1 day ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PAZZOChow Pasta

They have a single table inside and 2 outdoor tables. There is a small grocery section with a nice selection of pastas and other imported goods. They also serve up ice cream and a few savoury lunch choices.

I tried their special of the day - fagiolata ($10 per bowl) which was served with a piece of focaccia.

The focaccia was freshly baked, and fluffy. It had nice course salt and overall was a good job. The fagiolata was a bit different than any I have had before. It was topped with raw kale, and I believe the fagiolata itself didn't have any meat in it. (At least I couldn't identify any.) The base was white beans with a rich tomato sauce. They placed the raw kale and some shredded hard cheese on top. Then they drizzled a bit of sage oil. I found the fagiolata to be a bit one noted. It could have used some meat flavour to make it more complex, and perhaps a bit more garlic. I also would have enjoyed a bit more in terms of herbal flavours. It tasted very pure tomato. I felt that $10 was over priced for the quantity and simplicity of what was served.

Overall the place holds promise, and I hope they get their legs and a little bit of balance in the food - and perhaps adjust their prices or portion sizes to match.

1 day ago
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any good Burmese restaurant in town ??

P.S. They have a limited website with the menu on it: http://wahhteeburmeserestaurant.com/

Jun 15, 2014
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Any good Burmese restaurant in town ??

Started off with the laphet thoke (fermented tea leaf salad). It was a good sized portion, presented on a flat plate with the chili and raw garlic on the side so you could add to taste. There were 3-4 types of fried beans which added the classic crunchy texture, combined with the marinated tomatoes and of course the star of the dish, the fermented tea leaves. What a wonderful start to the meal, and reasonably priced at $5. They have a wide selection of Burmese salads, all priced for the same $5. I'm looking forward to trying them all!

They offer three different noodle soups, which are all available in small ($3.50), medium ($5.50), and large ($7.50). We ordered two mediums, and the serving was more than enough for us.

The mohinga had a classic fish broth, which was nicely balanced. The rice noodles were perfectly cooked. The sliced hard-boiled egg soaked up the broth nicely. The banana tree root, lemongrass, and cilantro all combined and rounded out the complex and well balanced flavour profile. Delicious.

The ohn no kyawswe (coconut milk noodle soup) had wheat flour noodles that had the perfect chew, and although I don't think they make them in-house tasted almost handmade. The chicken was boneless dark meat which was moist and flavourful. The broth had deep complexity with nicely balanced seasoning and herbs. It was topped with fried rice noodles for texture, as well as a sliced hard boiled egg. Delicious.

The friendly woman who runs the place gave us some complimentary desserts including sooji (semolina flavoured with coconut) and shwe htamin (sweetened sticky rice flavoured with coconut). Both were very good, with a slight preference for the sooji. Neither was overly sweet, and the flavours nicely finished off a wonderful meal.

Total damage for the entire meal for two people was a very reasonable $16.

Will definitely be back, and can't wait to try all of the salads, the curries, the fried noodles, and the biryani.

This spot is a keeper, and is definitely my favourite Burmese in Vancouver (over Amay, Original Bo's, New Bo's, etc.) based upon my initial visit.

Jun 15, 2014
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

I do have to get to Via Tevere. I've tried once or twice but lines scare me off. :)

Nov 08, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PIZZA!

I'd suggest it - I actually really prefer it.

Nov 08, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PIZZA!

LOL

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PIZZA!

Yes. I've found the quality of the slice at the downtown one to be a bit better than the Commercial Drive one from my experiences as both. Have you noticed differences too?

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PIZZA!

Did the food change at all with the rename?

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

PIZZA!

Cotto's carbonara and margherita pizzas. What happens when you take a chef that has worked under Jean George, Daniel Boulud, Christian Delouvrier, and Frank Dodd who then worked at Cioppino and stick him out in the burbs owning and operating a pizza place?

The answer is simple: Cotto.

This suburban pizzeria has the feel of a family dining restaurant chain like Earl's or Cactus Club complete with multiple young hostesses standing by the door not doing much while waiting to seat people. It seems they put some money into the place, yet it feels very corporate. Let's just say it felt like a chain, and I was surprised it wasn't. Perhaps there are big plans ahead.....

We started with the complimentary fresh baked bread which was served with a white bean dip. The bread had a nice crust, and the dip was smooth and flavourful, as it was sitting in a bit of nice oil.

Our Insalata Rucola then arrived. It had arugula, Gorgonzola, crispy pancetta, pickled cucumber, pressed cantaloupe, pinenuts, with a red wine vinaigrette. Everything worked really nicely - including the pressed cantaloupe which added a pleasant sweetness - with the exception of the pickled cucumber. It was jarring and the salad would have been better without it. Overall a nice salad with some interesting components and nicely dressed.

The pizza margherita had a pleasant char and leoparding. It may have been about 15 seconds too long in the oven for my taste - but that is a personal preference as I prefer my pizza slightly softer than many people do. The tomatoes had a heartiness that really worked well. A very solid job on this pizza, with the exception of the basil leaves being a bit burned and not having a strong basil taste.

The pizza carbonara was a real treat. This one was cooked more to my liking - perhaps the toppings protected it a bit - or perhaps they took this one out first? It had guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, fonduta, roasted garlic, and a 63° egg. The guanciale really gave a carbonara feel to the pizza. It was a delicious local one. The egg was perfectly cooked, and breaking it and spreading it over the pizza really enhanced the overall flavours. A delicious pizza!

Overall the pizzas and salad were very good. I'm not a fan of the atmosphere - I'm not a fan of the family dining genre. But their pizza has pulled me back several times.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Verace's diavola. This spot comes in right about average among that new pack of places. I ordered the Divola, which they describe has having fresh tomatoes, spicy genoa salami, capicollo, roasted red onion and peppers, topped with grana padano, fresh basil and evoo. The capicollo was very good - it had the proper aged flavour and was definitely the highlight of the toppings by far. The spicy genoa salami was a disappointment - it had almost no flavour, no spice, and was rather uninspired. The tomatoes had a nice strong flavour. There were very few onions and peppers so they didn't contribute much flavour wise. The crust itself had a good chew, but had already cooled substantially by the time it made it to the table unfortunately. It came with two bottles of oil - one chili oil and one garlic oil. The chili oil had almost no flavour to it. I don't think the chili had been sitting in it long enough. The garlic oil was very good.

The pizza came with a complimentary side caesar salad, which had crisp leaves but was slightly overdressed.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Novo's diavallo (sic). Neapolitan style served with hot capicollo, onion, chili flakes and basil. Granted I've never seen it spelled that way, but I digress.

The cooking was a bit uneven with one or two chars that were past char and into charcoal range on the crust. But I digress, as barring the charcoal bits the crust was otherwise good. It was thin, crunchy on the outer parts and softer in the centre as it should be.

The toppings were of decent quality. I would have liked a bit more heat.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Mercante's Alla Salsiccia. Unlike several years ago, clearly Neapolitan style is popping up all across town - even in some VERY unlikely locations like this. I had heard that a new Neapolitan spot opened up in the unlikely location of the UBC campus. Huh? Really? Couldn't be. So I hightailed it over there (to hell with difficult parking!) to try it out.

Based upon the huge line it was clear something different was going on here. Seems they have plopped an Italian cafe right in the middle of what would normally be a decent quality food vacuum filled with generic cafeteria style food outlets and fast food chains. Go figure.

The menu has a nice variety of Italian options including breakfast to the tune of Uova in Camicia in a breakfast sandwich format (poached egg in fontina fondue with choice of toppings), lunch/dinner options ranging from freshly made Neapolitan pizzas to pastas, and dessert options including affogato, tiramisu, and torta di cioccolato amaro. Had to check where I was after reading the menu.

I ordered the Pizza Alla Salsiccia, which was a very reasonable $9.50 - perhaps the least expensive Neapolitan place around town? It was described as having chorizo, tomato, basil, oregano and mozzarella. After ordering they prepared it fresh in the open kitchen and threw it into the large open oven to bake it off. The pizza was composed well, and properly baked off. The dough had a good amount of chew and was softer in the centre as it should be. It was slightly too thick overall though so it was a bit too doughy for my preference, but I'm nitpicking. The toppings are where it differed from the newer places around town - they were decidedly lower in quality - everything from the tomato sauce to the cheese to the sausage. They weren't terrible, but the quality difference was noticeable. Also as a stylistic preference, I prefer when they don't fully bake off the basil leaves and leave them fresher on top in the last minute. These were baked down to brown/black. Overall the pizza was decent - not at the level of several of the other newer spots around town, but if this was 8 years ago it could have been categorized as one of the better pizzas in Vancouver.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Bibo's Margherita. Neapolitan style. The pizza arrived nice and hot with a wonderful char on the crust. The outside edges were crunchy with a softer centre - like it should be. It had a very light overall flavour. The cheese was a bit light for my taste, and seemed to be slighter lower quality than many other places around town.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Campagnolo Roma's diavolo. Was well executed. The crust had a nice chew and char. The spicy salami added just the right amount of heat to a rich yet not overpowering sauce. Considering this is not a pizza specialist they did a superb job on it.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Pizza Garden's regular slice (AKA Margherita). This is a typical NY style slice shop. It is right off of the Granville entertainment district and was a really pleasant surprise. They use a Wood Stone open oven, and producing a very VERY respectable NY style slice for a reasonable price ($2.25/slice, or $5.50 for 2 slices and a drink).

The key here clearly is getting whatever is coming fresh out of the oven, as the slices sitting in the warming tray did not look anywhere near as good.

Luckily the friendly guy behind the counter was just taking out a basic no fancy schmancy toppings pizza from the over so I got to enjoy my favourite - a regular slice. The crust was very good, with just the right chew while still being crispy and light. It folded perfectly. The bottom had a nice leoparding with a slight char. The sauce was rich and flavourful, the cheese just right, and there was a little bit of olive oil on top just like in NY.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Trilussa's arugula, sausage and mozzarella. This spot serves pizza al metro style (the type where you say how much you want and they cut it off to that amount). The crust had a nice chew and was perfectly charred on the edges. The bite of the arugula combined nicely with the other ingredients. But the highlight was the sausage, which was a perfectly seasoned non-commercial tasting sausage. So many places put a nasty commercial tasting sausage on their pizzas. Not here. Good stuff! My only wish would be if they would use just a fraction less olive oil in it. It was delicious, but could have been just slightly less oily (not a lot, just slightly).

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Pizzeria Barbarella's Salsiccia. It was topped with tomato, fior di latte, aged mozzarella, fennel sausage, house pickled peppers, basil, parmigiano reggiano and extra virgin olive oil. The fennel seeds in the sausage added the perfect flavour punch to each bite. The crust was perfect for this style - the centre was softer, but not falling apart, and the outside was crispy but not burned. It was easy to pick up a piece, fold it, and eat it without things falling apart. The bottom of the crust had a nice leopard spotting from the perfect char.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

Been to a lot of them. I'd also add a few more to the mix for discussion:

- Campagnola Roma (Good)
- Pizza Garden (NY style - very good)
- Cotto (Good)
- Brick Oven Pizzeria (Decent)
- Verace (Did they rename recently?)
- Famoso (Just ok)
- Mercante (Just ok - but for the location a great option)

I've got some photos that I'll post below in case people want to see them for themselves.

Nov 07, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Yama Tower Iced Coffee in Vancouver?

I just recently tried an iced coffee made with a Yama Tower cold brew drip tower down in San Francisco at a cafe called Jane that was phenomenal. Are there any places in Vancouver that make iced coffee with one of these? Details:
http://gizmodo.com/5938277/yama-cold-...

Oct 02, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best HK Cafe Baked Pork Chop Fried Rice?

Dragon Lord Cafe was a regular favourite of mine for their Baked Pork Chop Fried Rice. The rice had good wok hei, the pork chop was crispy and not overly breaded. They had a few little extras mixed in with the rice, and overall had my favourite. But they changed to the Moon Cafe and since then it has slipped a bit for me so it got me wondering what is the best location for a great one with good wok hei on the rice?

I've already tried BT Cafe (not bad), Kam Do (decent), Benss (ok), 54th Ave, Silver Tower, Mui Garden, Ken's, Qoo, Seahorse, Bauhinia, La Amigo, and Angel. (Yes, I've been searching hard!)

So which have I missed that I shouldn't have?!?!?!?

Sep 21, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

Did you forget the "wink wink" part? :)

I had one there once that was too coarsely ground as well. The issue I have with the place is that they simply are not fully consistent. But sometimes it has been VERY good.

Sep 17, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Suggest a food crawl

I should clarify a bit.

"The tendon factory is closed." is what the friendly man who sat me down and took my order told me when I ordered the beef tendon noodle soup. I didn't know tendons had their own factory. I can only imagine what it must look like. Perhaps it is good it is closed. But then again, it isn't - because I couldn't get my tendon craving satisfied!

The broth of the beef noodle soup was extremely flavourful, not greasy at all, and didn't taste overly salty or MSG laden like it does at many other spots. I really loved the broth. The noodles were cooked perfectly so they still had some chew. The pickled veggies were also a treat - they were still a bit crunchy, slightly sweet, and not salty at all. The beef was a little bit chewy to start - but got much better as I let it soak in the broth and it softened up nicely. I didn't get any fresh veggies on the soup, but I think in addition to the tendon factory being closed perhaps the fresh veggie farm is shut down as well! I think they normally do provide fresh veggies too from what I understand.

The wontons in chili sauce were a tender wrapper that was perfectly cooked surrounding a generous filling. They were topped with a spicy chili sauce that gave my brow a nice sweat as well as crunchy green onions to round out the flavour. Nice dish!

Overall a really nice version of Taiwanese Beef Noodle, and I looked forward to returning when the farm and tendon factory were back in business! But now it looks like that won't happen!

Sep 17, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Don't Argue Pizzeria on Main St

I have to try this new one out. I agree with LotusRapper about Pizza Garden making a decent NY style slice. I think their location on Smithe just off Granville has a slightly higher quality than their Commercial Drive location. The photo is from their Smithe location.

Sep 17, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Suggest a food crawl

Accord closed?!?!?! Oh no! When?!?!?!? I still remember the first time I went there and I ordered the beef shank and tendon soup and the guy explained to me that the, "tendon factory was closed." Guess now the whole factory is closed. Too bad.

Sep 17, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

Will be curious to read your impressions! I've been a few times and when they are good they are very good. I've found that asking for it "as rare as possible (wink wink)" helps quite a bit.

Sep 16, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Suggest a food crawl

Glad we found one you want to explore. Looking forward to reading your write-up of it!

Sep 16, 2013
YVRChow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

One more to throw in for consideration is Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive. I like the idea of this place. No, no, no, not a place for cannibals to enjoy dining on their own kind (it is named after the old punk rock song actually). But a place grinding its own meat to make fresh burgers that they can cook a bit on the rarer side (give a wink and a nod and they will go towards the rarer side) and serve it up in a casual atmosphere with walls lined with punk rock posters. Great idea (the grinding the meat fresh, I'm agnostic as to the poster choices)!

They get their beef from the Texas of Canada - Alberta - and do a daily custom grind of brisket, short rib, and chuck. Great idea!

When you order your burger you get your choice of how you want your 6 ounces of meat - either as two thinner patties (they call that "old school") or one thick one ("juicy"). Great idea!

There are a variety of pre-selected combinations of toppings, or you can have the freedom to build your own. Great idea!

I opted for the build your own, and added smoked gouda, applewood smoked bacon, and sauteed mushrooms to a "juicy" which was served on a brioche bun. They have a bunch of other toppings ranging from fried eggs to avocado to kimchi to basil pesto. Great idea!

They rest their burgers for a good amount of time to keep them nice and juicy inside. Great idea!

Their fries are dusted in herbs and served in a nice mini metal basket. Great idea!

So with all of these great ideas, I still have some good ideas for them to make the experience better:

1) While I'm really happy that they rest the burgers for a good amount of time to maintain the juiciness, I wish they wouldn't rest them on the bun (they only do this sometimes). That is a very bad choice as the bottom bun gets soaked in grease and juice that shouldn't have been there - making it mushy and starting to fall apart. When they rest the burger separately and then added them to the bun all is good.

2) I wish they were more careful on the amount of herbs added to the fries - there was one that was rather overpowering. I believe it was thyme. Just a bit too much, and a little bit goes a long way.

3) The bacon on the burger was a bit over-fried for my taste - perhaps a personal preference, but it was at the point of crumbling.

4) The cheese on the burger could have been melted more as it was still a bit too solid for my taste.

So all of the great ideas with this place have a really great potential. I think with a few minor tweaks and a bit more consistency this could be my favourite burger in Vancouver!

Sep 16, 2013
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