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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
Miku

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.

Dinners
Roe
Levant

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

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

Breakfast:
Pine State Biscuits

Groceries:
Zupans
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)

Carts:
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

Hazelnuts

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

Hazelnuts

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

Hazelnuts

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.

https://www.google.com/blogsearch?gws...

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
L'Abattoir
Savary Island
Au Petite Cafe
Espana
Vij's
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)

CA + GA friends visit Vancouver for Asian food - need help!

Guu with garlic/Kingyo for lunch. Guu with Garlic for dinner.

Jul 29, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

There was Ajisen ramen in Richmond which is now Ipputan Ramen. Also Kintaro had a branch in Richmond which they have also closed.

Jul 22, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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

The bbq duck at HK BBQ Master is pretty good too. I don't know how it compares to ducks in the US though.

Jul 22, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

HK bbq master and Leeloy are my two favourites for chasiu. I had amazing cha siu fan at Kam gok yuen once but it was mediocre during my second visit. #9 is my idea of decent (and sometimes good). Most other places I have had cha siu are disappointing.

Jul 21, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What to do with pandan leaves?

Make a pandan and lemongrass iced tea.

We had this at Bolan in Bangkok and it was probably our favourite and most memorable dish we had there (if you can call it a dish).

It's quite easy - simmer pandan and lemongrass in water, and add sugar to sweeten (taste until you like the sweetness, it should just be slightly sweet). Strain out the pandan and lemongrass. Cool the liquid in the fridge. Drink.

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking

Cooking frisée?

I do similar a similar dish.

Fry the frisee at a temperature where it gets wilted and browns slightly but does not burn. I try not to overcook it as it is perfectly edible raw. toss with vinegar/olive oil, top with microplaned parmesan, top with soft poached egg, black pepper and salt on egg.

I do this with a lot of vegetables actually - broccolini, watercress, asparagus, etc.

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking

I need advice on cooking fish

Even processed canola oil can go rancid - I have had this happen. The unattractive flavours are much more noticeable when it is heated.

The other problem may be that you were using a raw/unprocessed canola (rapeseed) oil. Canola oil has a nutty flavour which is removed through industrial processing.

I do find that grape seed oil has a lighter, more water-like flavour to it.

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking

Home made salad dressing that lasts

Agree with earlier posters, your salad dressing will be safe after a week but may not have the same texture/taste as it did when you first made it.

I like storing my dressings in Mason jars. Easy to store and easy to shake to mix all the ingredients together before use.

non-aromatic oil, champagne vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, pinch of salt

sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, small amount of soy sauce

olive oil, champagne vinegar, dijon

I don't typically use distilled vinegar for salad dressings as it is too harsh in my opinion. Oil:vinegar typically 2:1 to 3:1 depending on how acidic the vinegar is and how acidic I want the dressing to be.

Rice wine vinegar is the vinegar I use most often for salad dressings lately. I also use champagne vinegar and some sweeter white wine vinegars (which I prefer but cost much, much more)

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking

Have LOTS of produce - help!

If you have smaller tomatoes (smaller than a golf ball) then I would recommend cutting in half, toss with olive oil and salt and semi-dry them in your oven (put your oven on the lowest temp and dry the tomatoes until they look wilted and half dried out). You can also throw some oregano or thyme in with the tomatoes while they are cooking. Put them in a jar with olive oil and keep in your fridge. I did this a few days and they are phenomenal. Try not to over dry your tomatoes like they do with canned sun-dried tomatoes.

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking