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Good Bread in Van

I like huge air pockets. ;)

Nov 28, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good Bread in Van

Terra Breads isn't Hipster enough to be recommended. I have asked many restaurants, whose bread I enjoyed, where they get their bread and it always ends up being Terra Breads (Restaurants include Thomas Haas and Espana among others).

I also really enjoy the Italian loaf from Savary Island. I like to scrape the excess coarse salt off the top of the loaf before using it as it is too salty otherwise. The bread is really amazing when fried in butter (they do this at the restaurant for their grilled sandwiches).

Nov 28, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy Ras El Hanout in Vancouver?

"The name is Arabic for 'head of the shop' and implies a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer." via Wikipedia

There are many, many recipes for Ras el Hanout. I have made my own using different ingredients many times - not sure where to buy it already made in Vancouver though.

Just a few more notes:

1) I would never recommend buying spices from Winners or Homesense.
2) South China Seas is the biggest ripoff in the world.
3) Silkroad in Calgary is pretty amazing.

Nov 28, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best ramen in Vancouver?

Santouka for their kara miso ramen with toroniku pork cheek.

I don't like Marutama that much but their broth is very different (chicken based) so it is very different. The last time we went, we ordered the grilled pork on the side. That pork is as amazing as the toroniku from Santouka. I am not sure if you can substitute the pork in the ramen for the grilled variety but I am going to try next time. I am not fond of the pork that normally comes with the ramen.

Kintaro is very good but usually makes me feel sick after because it is overly fatty and salty. I still recommend getting extra fatty broth with extra fatty pork. If you are going to go there then that is the way to go. (Yes, you can do light broth/lean pork but it does not taste very good)

Middle Eastern restaurants in Vancouver

We really enjoyed Jam Jar on our recent visit. Especially the starters which end up being a very good deal when done "sampler" style.

I also really enjoyed Lonsdale Kabab for Persian food the last time I went. Probably my favourite for Persian food at the moment.

I also really like East is East - their Main St location as it is one of the most interesting/different restaurants I have been to anywhere.

Afghan Chopan has better Kabuli Rice than East is East but I prefer East is East for the variety.

My favourite donair/chicken plate (I tend to go for the chicken plate) is at Babylon. Seriously amazing. Ask for the brown rice which is spiced and has a mix of different beans and veggies.

I am disappointed by Nuba every time I go. It really is weak food disguised as "ethnic". The food quality is about the same as the fast food court chain OPA.

Nov 28, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Park's BBQ vs Genwa vs Soowon vs ??? - Korean Food

From what I have read here, on other CH threads and elsewhere Park's seems to almot be an unanimous favorite.

What does everyone think of Kang Ho Dong? It's quite funny because I was researching them and on their own website it states that it is a "budget grilled meat store". That doesn't sound very good to me.

What would be the best for soup/non BBQ?

Nov 17, 2014
quddous in Los Angeles Area

Park's BBQ vs Genwa vs Soowon vs ??? - Korean Food

I have been to Park's before and it is better than anything we have in Vancouver (Korean here is decent but nothing amazing)

I was just wondering how Park's compares to Genwa and Soowon. My sister likes Soowon better than Genwa but I don't think she has been to Park's. Genwa looks like it has a very impressive amount of banchan.


Nov 17, 2014
quddous in Los Angeles Area

Vancouver and Whistler

I don't know if you have looked at Commis but it is one of the few places I have regretted not being able to go to (They were closed on the day we had free in SF). Currently $95 for their 8 course menu.

We also really enjoyed Kokkari Estiatorio. This was one of the places I was referring to when I said Vancouver doesn't have "good" greek food.

Oct 09, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver and Whistler

Our meal at La Folie was one of the best I've ever had anywhere. I couldn't recommend it enough.

Le Crocodile is a good example of a French restaurant but I don't view it as being that much better than the typical. It's good but not fantastic. I agree that portions are huge.

Oct 09, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pssst, secret banh mi in Kits, all you west side Vancouver Hounds...

I have been disappointed by banh mi everywhere other than Au Petite for the past year or two. I love their meatballs (included in the special banh mi as well) which are some of the most flavourful tenderest meatballs I have ever eaten. Better than the meatballs at most fancy Italian restaurants (including the mediocre meatballs I had at Bufala recently).

I used to think Tung Hing was just as good but it definitely isn't; ranging from dry to good but not excellent (I have been back a few times in the past year).

Sep 13, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Changes at The Parker and Bambudda (yes, that is the correct spelling!)

We haven't been to Bambudda yet but the gyoza we had at the golden dumpling festival was inedible. Weirdly fishy and we like fish.

Sep 13, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Arms Reach? Best view/meal dinner (again)

Cactus Club Coal Harbour

Restaurants with views typically don't need to sell you on their food; They are selling you on their views. They also need to pay for that view, which in turn costs you more for the same food.

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

First visit to Bao Bei

I haven't been that early but I don't think they should be that busy. They usually recommend you go next door for drinks at the Keefer.

As for food - just get what suits your fancy - everything we have had was quite good. The owner is a bartender by trade so the asian inspired drinks are interesting as well. I think the one I had last time had beet juice in it.

In that area, there are Phnom Penh, Bambudda, Calabash, The Parker, Pizzeria Farina. I haven't been to Bambudda out of that list but all the rest on that list are very good.

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Tartex, empanada wrappers and huacatay, where are you?

Persia Foods took over what used to be Sureno Market at 1730 Commercial. They have the empanada wrappers (only that location). They also carry a lot of other Mexican products but I don't think I have seen the other two you are talking about.

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

SF Bay Area hound needs fun foodie stops near Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center

Santouka for ramen. Pay extra to get the the pork cheek.

I don't recommend any sushi inside downtown.

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

Maenam may be underrated in some ways (lack of line-ups), but I feel if it is very overrated at the same time due to lack of competition. It has won Gold for Thai for the past three years in the Vancouver Magazine Awards. Long Tail, Maenam's sister restaurant, won silver this past year. Maenam also won the Golden Dumpling Challenge this year.

It is our favourite Thai restaurant in Vancouver but I feel that it is the only one that exists in its class. Most, if not all of the other Thai restaurants in Vancouver fall into the Greek/Indian/Persian/Chinese/Japanese restaurant trap of doing the same old thing. I never give an answer when people ask me what the best Greek restaurant is in Vancouver because they are all almost the exact same - some are 10% better, some are 10% worse.

The two other Thai restaurants we frequent are Bob Likes Thai and Thai Away Home; they both provide tasty food but are quite mediocre when compared to Maenam. The Tom Ka Gai at Bob Likes Thai is almost as good as the one at Maenam and they do have some other interesting dishes but their quality overall is much lower than Maenam. Thai Away Home is an easy quick lunch.

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coffee by the gram

"The conventional wisdom on coffee is that green beans are good for 15 years, roasted beans for 15 days, and ground beans for 15 minutes." - from a chow.com article

Are you renting a unit out (airbnb)? If so I would recommend a capsule style coffee maker (eg nespresso).

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Portlandia Itinerary

Will be visiting Portland middle of the week.


Possible pre-dinner snacks
Screen Door (for fried chicken)

Lunch/daytime snacks:
Little T
Bollywood Theatre
Salt and Straw

Pine State Biscuits

World Foods
Shemanski Farmers Market

Others I found interesting/want to go to.
Wolf & Bears
Bunk Sandwiches
The Egg Carton
Meat Cheese Bread
Boke Bowl
Nedd Ludd

Any changes/recommendations? Any good breakfast restaurants (or carts) that are higher end or different?

Places which I can remember us going to:

Castagna (excellent)
Andina (great)
Le Pigeon (very good/great)
Nostrana (good/great)
Bluestar Donuts (great/excellent)
Little T (great)
Salt and Straw (good/great)
Tasty and Sons (good)
Ava Gene (okay/good)
Little Bird (good)

Clyde Common (good)
Veritable Quandary (okay/good)

Toro Bravo (okay)
Pok Pok (okay/good)

Tasty and Alder (mediocre)
Brunch Box (okay)
Broder (okay)
Tin Shed (mediocre)
Gruner (mediocre)
Lardo (okay)

Nongs Kao Man Gai (good/very good)
Frying Scotsman (good/very good)
Built to Grill (okay)

The ones I wouldn't really go back to are Tin Shed, Gruner, Lardo and Broder.

We had a bad meal at Tasty and Alder but that was a very limited meal and may have just been a bad experience.

Fried green tomato blt at Tasty and Sons was amazing; the rest of the meal was just okay though.

Le Pigeon had some high points but I was not as impressed as I thought I would be.

Ava Gene had one of the best pistachio gelatos I have ever had.

I forget what we had at Built to Grill but it wasn't their pasta. Artigiano looks much better from pictures I have seen and seems like it is what Built to Grill should be.

Rating scale - mediocre/okay/good/very good/great/excellent

Sep 01, 2014
quddous in Metro Portland


gh1618: The goods are commercial so I'd rather not risk having problems later. Thank you for the idea though. I might have given that a go if I were a little more desperate ;)

mrnelso: I am waiting for my supplier to be open so I can see what he recommends. If he doesn't have a solution then Fare Start sounds like a very good possibility. Thanks for the detailed information on them.

Aug 31, 2014
quddous in Greater Seattle


I'd like to sell them all to one person. I realize it is too large for most and too little for others. I've donated things which we had problems importing before but I'd prefer to sell the hazelnuts.

Thank you for the suggestion of asking my supplier if he has customers in Seattle. I think that is probably the best thing to do. I don't know why I didn't think of that myself earlier.

Aug 30, 2014
quddous in Greater Seattle


I'm not sure if this question is allowed but does anyone know where I can sell 5 boxes of raw Hazelnuts (25lb boxes)? (Oregon Hazelnuts) I had problems bringing them into Canada so need to get rid of them this coming week.

Aug 30, 2014
quddous in Greater Seattle

About Paris, France; Regarding sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc.?

I just remembered a really good tool I have been using lately.

It is Google blog search - if you are looking for pictures or reviews of a particular restaurant then it really helps.


Aug 30, 2014
quddous in France

Kouign amann - first foodie souvenir request

Funny, I was just going to add this to my recommendations on your other thread.

The KA from KA is the best. Sweet, salty layers, carmelized bottom. I have had Kouign Amann from some of the most notable places in Paris and many other prominent bakeries throughout North America and none were worth remembering other than the eponymous one at Kouign Amann.

My sister actually used to live right across from this bakery and it was her favourite. We actually took her some KA when we went to visit her in LA and it stood the flight and wait very well (she received it after 1 full day and it was still really good)

Their Almond croissant is my favourite to date, too. I have had crunchier, sweeter, more crispy ones but the ones at KA are just perfect. Thomas Haas in Vancouver is my second favourite but his are slightly too sweet when compared to KA's.

First real foodie visit to Montreal - some specific requests

APDC is heavy if you are eating full servings per person but it is great if you are sharing. The food is much more refined than it seems from the outside. Their carpaccio is the most elegent and best I have ever had. I really think this is the quintessential restaurant of not just Montreal but Quebec and possibly Canada. I have cooked many dishes from his cookbook and all have been amazing (I cooked the accompaniments from duck in a can just last night actually. buttered cabbage, balsamic reduction, celeriac puree and substituted the duck for wagyu)

We found Joe Beef to be the unrefined one out of the two and very disappointing.

Do not miss out on the soft serve from Kem Coba.

Smoke Meat Pete report

Very good and specific report. Thank you!

Recommendations for one mind-blowing meal.

Bob, you remind me a of a younger me. That's exactly the type of birthday I would have wanted to have.

If I had to choose one, I would pick APDC. Club Chasse et Peche and Filet have amazing food but I would prefer those with a smaller quieter group. (ie couple or two couples). Same with Bouillon Bilk.

First real foodie visit to Montreal - some specific requests

Schwartz's is amazing. I don't know what people have been telling you but I have not had anything that even remotely compares. Make sure you get a fatty cut.

I really enjoyed L'express when I was in Montreal. We still talk about how amazing their steak tartare was. Beware, it is huge.

Other things to not miss:
Au Pied de Cochon
Le Filet
Kem Coba (for their soft-serve)

Is there a (reasonably priced) or/and bulk nut store in Vancouver ..looking for RAW nuts..

Persia Foods. I can almost guarantee that they are cheaper than any of the places listed here (or Vancouver for that matter). You can find their locations via their website (persiafoods.ca). They have raw cashews, walnuts, and almonds (and sometimes pecans and hazelnuts) in bulk.

One thing to be wary of is places that mark anything per 100g. These places will usually be extremely overpriced if you calculate the price per kilogram or per pound.

Jul 30, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver eating suggestions please - Visiting from NYC

1) Search the forums. Put some effort in and do some research. There is plenty of information on everything. If there is something that you can't find an answer on then ask.

2) When you do ask, be specific. The more specific you are, the better suited the answers will be to your needs.

Phnom Penh
HK BBQ Master
Farmer's Apprentice
La Quercia
Guu with Garlic
Fisherman's Terrace
Savary Island
Au Petite Cafe
The Acorn
East is East

Looking for restaurant recommendations…visiting from Bay Area for 3 days

Homer Street Cafe is a decent restaurant disguised in beautiful decor. The restaurant itself is quite beautiful; while the food is good, it is nothing worth going out of your way for.

L'Abattoir is designed nicely in the modern style, well informed and friendly servers, good to great food plated beautifully. The back area is very nice, I would recommend asking to be seated there if possible. It used to be my favourite restaurant in Vancouver but I haven't been there for over two years.

I would recommend searching the forum - there are many posts (recent and old) where people have asked the same questions as you.

Jul 30, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)