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Where do you get your meat?

Just curious.

I usually get my:

- Hamburgers from Save On Meats. I find $6 for a pack of 6 delicious store made burgers a pretty good deal. I mean I should make them myself but I find this the next best thing. I also find anything else at the store hilariously expensive. Maybe I should look better.

- Stewing beef from Costco. My chili batches are big enough that Costco's bulk sizes are too small. Haven't calculated it but I assume this is the cheapest I can buy 4-5 kilos of decent stewing beef.

- Steaks, pork, whatever good is on special: T&T on Abbott. As a broke-ass grad student I'm naturally attracted to the cheapness. And their steaks are surprisingly good.

I'm always on the lookout for good meat sources, so tell me about your favorite place.

PS: Other than the stewing beef, which I buy in enough bulk that it's justified, I just don't find Costco that cheap for meat. Am I wrong here?

PPS: I was so excited about the butcher shop that opened across the corner from Sunrise Market on Powell and Gore. But then I saw their prices. Even tried going there twice but never could force my hand into my pocket to get the wallet. It just wouldn't do it.

Save On
2838 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K, CA

Sunrise Markets
300 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

Sep 01, 2011
Zedlic in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Major disappointment - Vera's in Gastown

I feel exactly the same. Lived next to Vera's in Gastown for a year, was really stoked when I moved there and read about the place. Went there twice, got dry overcooked burgers twice. Didn't bother with it again.

Sep 01, 2011
Zedlic in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dried chiles in bulk?

I don't know why I didn't ask here before. Went to both El Sureno and Dollar Groceries on Commercial yesterday, and both are amazing. I think Dollar Groceries is my new favorite grocery store. Just cut my dried chile costs by 75%.


Aug 26, 2011
Zedlic in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dried chiles in bulk?

Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. Stopping by at El Surreno asap.

Aug 24, 2011
Zedlic in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dried chiles in bulk?


Where can I find dried chiles? The only store I've found so far with a decent selection is the spice store over in the Lonsdale Quay market, but the bags are small and not so cheap. The selection is good though: Ancho, Guajillo, Pasilla, Habanero, Chipotle, New Mexico, California, Arbol and more, all dried whole.

Where can I find this kind of selection but cheaper and in bigger bags than 50 grams each? Does this place exist?

As a backup, where do you dried chile fans order your stuff online?

Aug 23, 2011
Zedlic in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)