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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

Venison Steak Tartare

One of Ruhlman's recommendations is Au Pied de Cochon's Tartare. It was featured in the NYT:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

If you have access to the APDC book, then I would recommend also looking at the carpaccio recipes. I think their flavour and presentation is quite outstanding (picture attached is of the duck carpaccio).

Jul 19, 2014
quddous in Home Cooking

Need Vancouver Ethnic Restaurant for 10 on short notice

There are a few locations locations of Banana Leaf and they are all quite different. The newest location on Robson and Denman is modern and new. I have been to their Kits and Broadway/Oak locations and I have never felt either to be dirty.

The location on Denman does look too dark. I don't know about the cleanliness.

A business shouldn't be faulted for being busy. A busy business means that the owners are doing a good job.

I agree that the food at Banana Leaf could be better at times but I do like their food overall. My biggest complaint about their food is that they use thin cuts of meat in some of their curries; they overcook this meat which gives it a rubbery texture.

Jul 17, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

Great report, Dennis. Very informative.

It does sound like they are actually trying to get better so we may just need to wait for them to work out all the problems.

Jul 17, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

Yes, sorry. Tsuki is the sushi bar next to Taishoken.

Jul 17, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

We just passed the place on Davie and it is Koika. Would have tried it but they close at 10pm.

Jul 16, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need Vancouver Ethnic Restaurant for 10 on short notice

They do but only for larger groups.

Jul 16, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

Tsuki on Abbot near Pender is also new.

There is also another on Davie. I can't remember the name of that one.

I haven't been to any of the three yet but I have heard that Tsuki is mediocre.

Jul 16, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need Vancouver Ethnic Restaurant for 10 on short notice

Phnom Penh. call them and see if they have availability.

Jul 16, 2014
quddous in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

Thanks.

I haven't been to Aki yet.

We like Hamaei, Ajisai, Sushi Hachi. I used to like Yuji's but havent gone since they reopened. My brother and his friends have been raving about another "Sushi by Yuji" which is a different sushiya. Not sure if they are related or not.

The best straight nigiri I have had in Vancouver has been at Sushi Hachi. I went again recently and it was very good but not exceptional like it had been.

I used to be a huge fan of Miku but their quality has gone downhill. Their cooked dishes are still really good but the quality of their raw fish has been worse the last three times I have been.

Jul 15, 2014
quddous in Japan

Sushi-yas offering something comparable to "The Sawada Experience"?

Let's just say I am somewhat jealous of your sushi experiences.

What are your favourite sushi-ya (or restaurants in general) in and around Vancouver (including anywhere drivable ie seattle/portland)? I am also in Vancouver. I don't recall seeing you active on the BC board though.

Jul 14, 2014
quddous in Japan

Quick Help?

Gyroball: Yasuda was one of the top 5 sushi restaurants in NYC based off of my own research (I wanted to eat there but didn't have time). I would recommend following Ninisix's recommendations. Ninisix is one of the most well eaten on the Japan board.

Nini: What do you think of Kyubei? Also what are your favourite current Sushiya?

Jul 14, 2014
quddous in Japan

Quick Trip Report - May 2014 Tokyo

Great report, Adam.

Jul 11, 2014
quddous in Japan

Top 10 Izakayas in Tokyo - whats your suggestions

I always thought you were Robbie Swinnerton. I knew you posted at bento.com though. :)

Glad to see you still contributing to CH.

Jul 11, 2014
quddous in Japan