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Current fave inexpensive to moderate Victoria restaurants?

Don Mees in Victoria Chinatown.
'Old school' Dim Sum served on carts.
Very excellent IMO.
Be there sharp at 11:00 AM though. Monday is the best day. All the Gov. workers are too busy trying to organize their work load for the week. HA HAAA!
But they'll be back in hoards on Tuesday.

Jul 23, 2015
Puffin3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

How would I like my salmon? PERFECT

All tuna used for sashimi has been previously frozen. Freezing kills any parasites. Fish going through the freezing process enhances the flavor.
99% of salmon served in restaurants has been previously frozen unless the restaurant can get VERY fresh salmon which is a lot more expensive due to air cargo charges. West Coast restaurants can get fresh salmon but in the rest of the country salmon is transported frozen by truck/rail.
As for cooking I rarely cook salmon. I don't like it. Any of it.
If someone gives me a fresh salmon I invite them for dinner and they can eat it. I always poach any fish very low and slow in a tasteless oil until just cooked through so it's just barely flaky. A little carry-over heat finishes the cooking.

Jul 23, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

What to do with too many cans of refried beans?

Whenever I make chili I add a tin of RBs.
They add a nice texture and flavor to the chili

Jul 23, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

Leftover Bow-tie/Farfalle pasta

Last night I made a basic potato salad using boiled eggs etc. I used the cooked /cooled leftover bow ties in place of the potatoes.
Yummy

Jul 23, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

Masterchef Australia Season 7 starts up

My $ is on Billy now that Sara has been eliminated.

Jul 23, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Your approach is pretty much my approach and the author's approach.
The author is basically saying don't allow food to become any part of the inevitable power struggle all kids go through even as toddlers.
I highly recommend the book to parents with babies.
You can buy one used off Amazon for cheap.

Jun 28, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Musty flavor in organic honey

Unless the producer can prove every honey bee never collected any pollen from any flower that was sprayed with God knows what the honey is not organic.
That fact the honey was from Brazil and 100% guaranteed chemically refined to remove any trace of pollen (which is in fact the healthy giving part of honey) should be a red flag.
It's not possible to prevent honey bees from bringing pollen to the hive from flowers that have been sprayed. Honey bees can travel 6 KM from the hive.
The spray in Brazil is likely to contain DDT or something just as nasty.

Jun 27, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Now I know you haven't read the book.
Nowhere does it claim 'all' French women aren't fat. Nowhere does it say 'there are no picky kids in France. The whole premise of the book is to offer simple common sense advice on how to have a positive approach when kids inevitably go through the picky eater stage.
Before your make another 'sweeping generalization' about the book how about you read the damn thing!
As to your 'friends' having negative opinions about the author there are some of JC's acquaintances who didn't find her all that great/nice a person.
In normal society we don't shoot the messenger.

Jun 27, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Have you actually read the book?
Nowhere in the book does the author claim French children aren't picky.
In fact the point of the book is to help parents develop positive approaches to deal with the inevitable 'picky eater' stages most children go through.
Not reading any "sweeping generalizations" in my copy.
Your sentence: "the infallible perfection of the French...." speaks volumes.
I'm sorry you are making such a "sweeping generalization" about the French.
Ironic.

Jun 27, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Does anyone have a good macaroni and cheese recipe?

Your recipe sounds delicious!
Maybe try using a little ground nutmeg next time.

Jun 26, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

When to get lunch/a snack on this trip?

+1!!!

Jun 26, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Buy the book 'French Kids Eat Everything'.
Gold standard on how to raise kids without them developing 'eating problems'.

Jun 26, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

Recently I gave my order. One Teenburger. That's all. Lunch time.
Was asked to go park and wait. Which I did. The guy behind me was also asked to go park which he did.
We were parked side by side. He looked at me and said: All I ordered was a Papa Burger and a coffee".

Jun 26, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

The irony is pretty much all the contestants wouldn't last a week in a busy screaming hot kitchen with spilled food all over the mats being yelled at by the Chef. And yes Chefs do yell. Being told when to do double shifts. Shitty pay........sometimes not being paid on time. Yes that happens.
The ever present lingering smell of a commercial kitchen makes me gag now.
Commercial dishwasher detergent/butter/garlic/old fryer oil.

Jun 26, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Does anyone have a good macaroni and cheese recipe?

I note that MS calls for making a 'white sauce' which is essentially a roux ie flour butter milk.

Jun 24, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

What drives me crazy is when I place my lunch order AT TWELVE o'clock noon and I get to the window and pay and someone says "Would you mind pulling into the parking lot and someone will bring out your order". I haven't ordered anything 'special' or not on the lunch menu.
It's effing lunch time! My order is simple. They KNOW it's lunch time. Throw some extra frozen patties on the flat top for Christ sake!
The last time this happened I said "Nope. I'm not going to drive to the parking lot. I'm staying right here until I get my burger." This was not well received but funny enough I got my burger in record time.

Jun 24, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Does anyone have a good macaroni and cheese recipe?

"Start with a roux".
Dextrinize the flour first for a smoother more easily digestible sauce.
Use whole milk not cream.
Don't use 'processed' cheese.

Jun 23, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

Is Local Garlic now a Thing?

why always with the snark pal?
The Gabriola Gourmet Garlic Farm has been growing garlic for decades. It's one of the largest garlic farms in BC.
The "superannuated hippie" passed away last year.
He was in his late seventies.
Have a good day.

Jun 22, 2015
Puffin3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Masterchef returns with new judge

My guess.
If the reason is/was something innocent/innocuous someone would have told the reason. No problem.

Jun 22, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Crab with Ammonia Odor Question?

Go ahead and eat all the crabs you want.
I just "made up" the part about the gills of crabs filtering heavy metals.
The dude who wrote this study actually "made [it all] up"too.
We're both sorry.http://biopublisher.ca/index.php/ija/...

Jun 22, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Pondering silverware...

You only live once.
Why not put it in your cutlery drawer and start using it?
My MIL won't even use her good china for Christmas diner!
She never looks at it. Never uses it. What's the point?

Jun 21, 2015
Puffin3 in Cookware

Crab with Ammonia Odor Question?

Ya. I "just made [it] up". By all means go ahead and boil your crabs with the gills on. Happy now?
YFSAH.

Jun 21, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food

Cooking Channel going down the Food Network drain?

You can watch some of the great old shows on Youtube.
Keith Floyd is great.

Jun 21, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News
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How to eat fresh tomatoes?

Classic BLT with homemade aioli.
Lately I'm on an 'uni' kick.
This morning's breakfast will be pan fried beefsteak tomatoes in clarified butter. Over lightly scrambled eggs with a garnish of uni.
Homemade toasted bread.

Jun 20, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics

Dipping sauces for steamed artichokes

uni mayo. No garlic.
Stunningly delicious. Even the colors compliment each other beautifully.

Jun 20, 2015
Puffin3 in Home Cooking

Masterchef returns with new judge

'Inappropriate behavior'.

Jun 20, 2015
Puffin3 in Food Media & News

Undercooked Salmon

That's your opinion.
Do you think 'Amy and her mafia-boss husband' should get away with their 'ugly behaviour'?
The rest of the world doesn't.

Jun 19, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics

Undercooked Salmon

That there is funny. In my neck of the woods it's called 'theft of services' when a restaurant doesn't provide the 'services' they charge money for.

Jun 19, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics
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Undercooked Salmon

Not quite. I'm a customer.
I've had one too many occasions in restaurants where the staff/owners think they can sell poor quality ingredients and or poor quality cooking and or poor quality service thinking no one will dare say anything. Those are the places where no one should dare send back food.
I could write a large book about these dumps.
Here's one:
We went into an average priced restaurant without reservations. The place was mostly empty. We were seated in a booth.
The light on the table wasn't working. I called the hostess over and mentioned this fact. She rolled her eyes and huffed there was nothing she could do about it. I said why don't we move another booth?
She said I can't reseat you now" and huffed away. I got up and unscrewed the bulb from an empty table nearby and replaced the burned out lightbulb.
This was a mistake.
We then waited twenty minutes for a waitress to bring us an effing glass of water and menus. We then waited another ten minutes for our order to be taken. We then waited 30 minutes for our first course to arrive...........cold.......no seasoning. All the time the 'hostess' was standing behind a screen grinning at us.
I took the first course and turned them upside down on the tablecloth and we walked out.

Jun 19, 2015
Puffin3 in General Topics
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Pho Attack

You are having a mildly severe allergic reaction to something.
The feeling of having your throat constricting is a 100% indicator. Not to mention the libs numbing. If Benadryl works that's another 100% indicator.

Do you have any allergic reactions to seafood?

Jun 19, 2015
Puffin3 in Not About Food