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the better Dine Out Vancouver Manu?

Pretty much the same experience for me, but around 10 years ago. The very first year they did DOV we tried Brix and Raincity Grill and a couple others and it was very good. Very next year had some of the symptoms you mention and the year after they were all pretty bad. Similar progression to HopScotch and other things in Vancouver that start fun and turn crappy. Sigh.

Jan 06, 2014
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Your Top 3 restaurants in Vancouver

1. Wildebeest / L'Abbatoir (Hard to pick one between these two, so I'm cheating... sue me. :)
2. Vij's
3. Octopus Garden

Dec 11, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sea urchin fresh from the uni factory

Thought I would ping this thread and see if there are any great places to get Uni these days? I think the season is starting as I had some amazing uni sashimi the other night.

Is Sung Fish Co. still alive and well? Are there new and exciting places to get fresh uni? I'm in the Valley so if you know of any out this way please share.

Thanks ahead of time for any info.

Cheers.

Nov 22, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

vancouver trip report

On the Wildebeest thing I've been a few times since the changeover and it's been great. Also Mrs. Jzone tried http://farmersapprentice.ca which is David Gunawans new place and It is also apparently awesome and I'm looking forward to confirming that soon.

Aug 22, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

does anyone read / browse - Edible Vancouver magazine?

Here are the locations you can find them, or you could subscribe for $32+tx. for 6 editions/year.

Locations = http://ediblecommunities.com/vancouver/Distributors/

Subsciption = http://ediblecommunities.com/vancouve...

Jul 28, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

does anyone read / browse - Edible Vancouver magazine?

We have an annual subscription to help support local organic, free range, medication free food. Have found great suppliers from the mag like local mushroom guys, Island caviar, skipper otto etc. Pretty good over all.

Jul 25, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

GVA Curry recommendations?

If you're near a skytrain and head out to Surrey there is a place 5mins walk from the last stop that I like. http://tasteofpunjab.ca/index.html

Most of the time it is excellent. A couple times the tandoori was a little dry and the naan over cooked but that could just be a change of cooks for the day. Not sure. Usually very standard and they'll make it as hot as you like.

Jul 14, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for dried Limes on Vancouver Island

Just curious if you found your dried limes/lemons and how everything turned out?

Jul 08, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Right now where to?

Blue Water Cafe sounds like what you're looking for.

Jul 03, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any decent Asian supplies supermarkets in Abbotsford ?

Another note is my favorite Indian resto is in Abby. (http://www.mrindiarestaurant.ca/) Everything is good and the cliche butter chicken is the best I've had. Cheers

Jun 25, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Farmers Market Feedback

He had enokis and shiitakes etc, but no morels :( Looks like another bad morel season this year darnit.

Jun 25, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Farmers Market Feedback

I was at the kits market yesterday too and went for a few specific things...

- eggs (sold out everywhere)
- oyster guy (not there)
- wild mushrooms like morels etc. (none there)
- heirloom tomatoes. Got some nice ones at a decent prices.

Also picked up some leafy greens and stuff. But over all kinda underwhelmed. Sigh

Jun 24, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any decent Asian supplies supermarkets in Abbotsford ?

I don't know about the fruiticana, but the Chinese Tea and Pan Asian places are "ok" in the lowest sense of the word. They have some asian ingredients but are nothing like a TnT or H-Mart. Ok in a pinch though.

http://goo.gl/maps/uwhxF

Jun 24, 2013
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Vancouver Essential Restaurants- Can anyone point me to a list?

Great post fiopo, I love the insight and comparisons into the SoCal area and tend to agree completely except for the Sushi.

"Head to Tail, Offal, heart n' soul dining is just beginning to blossom." - I still thank FSM for this as I've been eating and cooking this way for 20 years and it's awesome to hit places like Wildebeest and L'abattoir for some new ideas on a very old theme.

Korean and Chinese (and Vietnamese IMO) are definitely standouts for me as well. Indian is pretty decent in many places as well. More hit and miss than the others though.

Fine dining isn't really my thing so I can't comment on it too much except to say I think I lot of people feel the same as I do which is why it probably has trouble in Vancouver.

Jun 18, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Essential Restaurants- Can anyone point me to a list?

If you're hitting the Capilano Suspension Bridge you might want to consider taking the gondola up Grouse Mountain if it's a clear day. (just a bit up the road from the bridge) The view covers all of Vancouver and is pretty sweet. You can grab lunch or drinks at the bar/restaurant at the top as well.

Getting in line between 4:30 - 5pm at Vij's will usually get you in the first seating for dinner. Highly recommend the lamb popsicles.

Some of my fav's not mentioned here are L'abbatoir and Wildebeest. They do whole animal and offal type stuff that I just love. And Fable which does FArm to taBLE type fresh stuff. Heard it can be hit and miss but always been great when I've gone.

Have an awesome time, looking forward to your impressions when you're finished.

Cheers.

Jun 04, 2013
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Looking for dried Limes on Vancouver Island

Here ya go. If there are a lot of differences to yours give me the high noes of what they are. Cheers.

http://www.andersonsonline.ca/cookboo...

May 29, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for dried Limes on Vancouver Island

Actually they are soaked in a brine solution then sun dried for weeks. This way they dry both inside and out and do some fermenting on the voyage. Quite unique really.

May 29, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for dried Limes on Vancouver Island

If you end up not being able to find them near you there are many places in North Vancouver (Lonsdale between 14th and 16th) that have them if you get to the mainland.

Also amazingly enough you can get them from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Sadaf-Dried-Oma...

)

I have a pretty killer Gormeh Szabzi recipe if you need one.

Cheers.

May 28, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Spot Prawns season started?

They were $14 lb. That might be because it was day 2 so they could hit $12 in the next week or two.

As a follow up they turned out perfectly and we all over ate just a little :)

May 13, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Spot Prawns season started?

Just got back from the GI docks with 6lbs. They are larger this year and look great! Gonna toss them in some oil with garlic and salt and throw them on a hot grill for moms day tonight. Woo Hoo! :)

Happy Mom's day to all moms out there. Cheers.

May 12, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner in Fort Langley, B.C.

Chamnamoo Korean, just directly on the other side of 88th from Mai's actually. Literally across the street :) It's fairly authentic and quite tasty as long as you like real korean and not Canadian korean. I can't even identify many of the small plates of pickles etc. :)

Chamnamoo: http://goo.gl/maps/fOUmS
Mai's: http://goo.gl/maps/L1cn3

Apr 29, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dinner in Fort Langley, B.C.

Sorry to say but as far as I have been able to tell there is nothing, absolutely nothing I would recommend in Fort Langley.

*Edit: After taking a look at their website (http://www.1827.ca/) it appears they have a new menu and look a bit better than the last time we were there. I won't go so far as to recommend it yet, but I guess don't read too much into my previous opinion. It might be worth a try? Good luck lol.

Walnut grove is about 10 mins away as well, just turn West down 88th and follow it to about 202nd to 204th-ish and you will find pretty good Thai (Bangkok Kitchen) and Vietnamese (Mai's). There is also Korean and East Indian that aren't too bad. Nothing seafoody I would recommend though.

Hope that helps.

Apr 29, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

2013 Fresh Produce etc.

Thanks for the info. BTB. Do you know where to get local/BC asparagus? White or Green?

As for the list at the end... are those local BC products? Or Mexifornian et. al.?

Cheers.

Apr 29, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

2013 Fresh Produce etc.

Hey all, I am always wondering when certain seasons will start and where to find them. For example asparagus season is in full swing, but I have no idea where to get them locally. All I can find is Mexifornian. So to that end, could anyone answer for the following products?

1) Spot Prawn Fest? Last I looked they hadn't posted a date yet.
2) Morel Mushrooms. Should be soon if the weather holds up. they've started in Oregan and parts of Washington.
3) Sea Asparagus/Sea Beans. When and where.
4) Fiddle Heads. When and where.
5) Asparagus. Local. closer to the Valley would be preferred please as I'm in Walnut Grove.
6) Strawberries. Local ones should be in a month or two, thought I'd put them in anyways.
7) Halibut. Should be soon. just curious when it starts officially so I can check Steveston.

Thanks for any and all info. Cheers and happy spring!

Apr 21, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Chicken stock - purine content and gout

Good call Monkey. I forgot to add that because I'm allergic to caffeine and can't drink any of that. Alcohol is the exception and it has more gout dangers than just being a diuretic :)

Mar 19, 2013
Jzone in General Topics

Chicken stock - purine content and gout

Like I listed above, dehydration was #1 for me, but I love your point as well. Keeping hydrated doesn't mean any liquid. I've always been a big water drinker so didn't make the connection on my last post, good call Timothy.

Mar 18, 2013
Jzone in General Topics

4 nights in Vancouver in April

Bit of a shame you won't be here a month or so later as May is a pretty good time with the Spot Prawn festival, fiddle heads, sea asparagus and morel mushrooms all great local fresh favs. I'll have to bow to the others as my Van vegetarian isn't up to date. :(

Feb 06, 2013
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The best thing I had today

Did Wildebeest for brunch and had the scrambled eggs and bone marrow with parsley salad as well as the special, a tourtiere with beef toungue, foie gras and ham. OMG.

Salad no dressing for dinner lol

Jan 26, 2013
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Kimchi

In Surrey, Il Uk Jo used to be a pretty good Korean resto. haven't been for a while though. It's at the corner of Fraser Hwy and 152nd. Their Kimchi Jigae (pork kimchi soup) used to be pretty good and the stuff they served with bulgogi was fine.

Jan 25, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Bites of 2012

Cool topic! We don't eat out a ton around Vancouver any more so most of my best bites of new things were travelling or made at home.

1) Oysters in Arcachon basin, France right off the dock. There are tons of little shacks on the docks and all they are allowed to sell are oysters, white wine, bread and pate. And trust me, that's all they need. Went for the little guys (#4) and they were just amazing.

2) Champagne tasting in Napa at 1313 wine room. What an amazing event. For the price of admission you get to try up to 75 champagnes. Not sparkling wines, all champagne from champagne including some big names (Dom, Crystal, etc.) and many boutique ones too. Just amazing. I was never a huge champagne fan, but being able to compare side by side mades a HUGE difference. Might even go back again next year.

3) Black cod fliet (approx 4oz.) done in a similar style to traditional unagi at Morimotos in Napa. It was pretty amazing. (Note: some of the worst bites of the year, everything else in that bento box at Morimoto's. It was terrible.)

4) Turducken made in my own kitchen for Xmas (first time ever) It turned out better than I ever imagined. Won't be the last time.

5) Duck Tasting plate in Eauze, France. Seared breast, confit leg, duck fat frites, and of course foie gras (Eauze in in the middle of L'Armagnac, the foie gras capital of the world... yum) http://www.hotel-restaurant-henri-4.fr/

6) First time I've ever been able to try a variety of armagnac's, and it turns out I'm quite the fan. lol. Who knew?

All I can remember at the moment. Cheers and here's to an equally amazing 2013!

Jan 16, 2013
Jzone in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)