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Updated Okanagan Thread

We were there a year ago, celebrating our 6th anniversary- Seattle to Kelowna to Vancouver. (We got married in Kelowna!) We're currently doing research for my in-laws, who will be traveling to Kelowna and Vancouver. :-)

Updated Okanagan Thread

You're probably thinking of Blue Moose Café, which we liked very much on our way from Seattle to Kelowna. We stopped for mochas and chais, and were happy! It's kind of a cute little downtown, too. http://www.bluemoosecafe.com/

Izakaya help

Okay, I guess I was looking at Vij's Twitter feed that said they were open for dinner some of the days and Kaboom Box's hours say Tues. thru Sat. until 6:30, but maybe that's not a regular thing. We already have lunches slated for Go Fish, Dim Sum, and Edible Canada Bistro, and then one of our days, the boys will be fishing. Argh... decisions, decisions!! ;-) Might just have to graze our way through a few places for a lunch!

Izakaya help

Now, see, I thought from the other thread that you guys were saying that the food wasn't that great at the night market(s)! ;-) We were thinking an early dinner at one of the food carts and then snacking at the market(s). I mean, how can I tell the man no when he said that is his one major regret?!

Izakaya help

Well, I think we're going to do food trucks instead! My dad mentioned this weekend that that was the one thing he regretted that they didn't do in Portland when they were there. So, I think we will hit up some of the food trucks for dinner and then head to one of the Richmond night markets, though I still don't know which one! :-) Thanks for the help! Will report back on all of our meals when we get back!

Izakaya help

They're fun parentals, not very old in the grand scheme of things. :-) They are pretty much up for anything- they better be as I've planned every activity and meal! They like their beers too!

Izakaya help

Six years ago, my husband and I went to Guu with Garlic on our honeymoon. While we really enjoyed the food, I would say that we felt a little... well... neglected. We sat at the bar, and ordered a few things right away and had planned on continually ordering as needed. The Japanese lady, and I assumed her daughter, sitting next to us seemed to never actually order but food kept appearing in front of them and they were done eating maybe their 7 dishes before we even had any food. It probably took us about 45 minutes to get our 3 dishes. So, we left after we ate feeling a little uncomfortable, a little unwanted, and hungry! This summer, we're coming back with my parents and I would like for them to have the izakaya experience, however, I'm a little hesitant to go back to Guu with Garlic even though that gets recommended the most. So, can you A.) provide me with tips on ordering or otherwise at Guu with Garlic or B.) provide me with an izakaya alternative that you think stacks up to the food at Guu with Garlic, because we did really love the food and I can't quite get the whole crab out of my head?! (I looked at the Kingyo menu, and it just doesn't excite me as much, unless there are items that are off-menu?) Thanks for your help!

Which Richmond Night Market is optimal for food (of course)?

Is there a good izakaya in Richmond? That is the one thing I haven't been able to fit in yet. Is the Guu good there?

Which Richmond Night Market is optimal for food (of course)?

That could be a potential plan... I'm having trouble narrowing it down anyway! :-)

Which Richmond Night Market is optimal for food (of course)?

So... if you were going to be vacationing in Vancouver for 4 nights, would you spend a precious evening at one of the markets, or is it not really worth it? Is it too touristy? I was kind of thinking it was a no-brainer, but after reading some of the comments on the article and here, I'm not too sure!

Thoughts on First Nations' restaurants?

Thanks for the feedback! I've add VCC to my Pinterest page for our trip planning! It's so hard to narrow down all the restaurant options! :-)

Thoughts on First Nations' restaurants?

We're headed to Kelowna/ Vancouver again... 6 years after we got married in Kelowna and honeymooned in BC! :-) I received an e-mail today from the Canadian Tourism Commission (which I take any tourism e-mail with a grain of salt) about "Contemporary twists on First Nations food". Does anyone have any thoughts on the places recommended in Vancouver and they say Kelowna, even though the address is Westbank? Or any thoughts on other restaurants with First Nations food?

Kekuli Cafe, #505-3041 Louie Dr., Westbank, BC V4T 3E2

Salmon n' Bannock Bistro, 7-1128 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Cafe, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

April 2012 COTM: Melissa Clark Month, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: Chapters 6, 7, and 8

Don't fall over... I actually made something! Can't believe I'm the lone poster on this thread either!

Chic Quiche, p. 220
I made as is, except, I did add some sauteed leeks and corn... I'm sure Melissa and/ or Julia would slap my hand! But, I was just craving that combo with the bacon. I used Lucinda Scala Quinn's Cream Cheese Pastry Dough for the crust, as I was also using it for her chicken pocket pies too. http://www.marthastewart.com/341164/c... And then I made mini quiches, so I could give some to my in-laws since she just had her knee replaced. Other than that, no changes! ;-) Anyway, it was ABSOLUTELY delicious- my husband said it was the best quiche he's ever had! It was very light and silky, buttery, and perfectly golden brown on top. I personally think the corn tasted amazing with the nuttiness of the Gruyere (my fav cheese)! Highly recommend!

Jun 07, 2012
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

2 new restaurants opened this summer in Prairie Village shops

I've been back for the $15 prix fixe lunch since then, and it was excellent- both food and value! Service was so-so, but I think the waiter also had a friend that was eating at the same time as us, so I think they were being a little chatty. Luckily, it was my day off so not a big deal! Delicious, delicious beef cheek ravioli with oyster mushrooms! Very generous portions, which isn't uber important to me, but still appreciated considering the reasonable cost.

Apr 12, 2012
Katie Nell in Great Plains

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

Ugh, I've done that before too! Baking at midnight, knowing full well what happens when you had heavy cream to melted chocolate... don't know what I was thinking either! I always use a (makeshift) double boiler for the chocolate... I'm too slow! :-) I hope the results you got with the ones you did finish worth worth the pains! I'm making them tomorrow, along with the chocolate peanut butter brittle, and sugar cookies, much to my chagrin... I do not like doing frosted sugar cookies, but my husband's boss keeps requesting them!

Also, I've frozen the dough balls before and have made the truffles a couple of weeks later... worked like a charm!

Dec 17, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

I just chop up either semi-sweet or bittersweet (depending on the giftee) chocolate and melt that in a double boiler. I've used chocolate chips before too.

P.S. I made some peanut butter cookie dough pretzel truffles the other day too, and those went over really well!
http://crustabakes.wordpress.com/2011... I made them smaller (maybe 3/4") because they were so rich.

Dec 12, 2011
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El Pollo Rey KC KS

Yes, absolutely, the best chicken EVER!! This was on our second annual family taco crawl, and was definitely the favorite. The sides are so-so, but it doesn't matter! Go for the chicken!

El Pollo Guasave in KC, KS is very good as well... same concept except no seating at all... not quite as good of chicken, but better sides and salsa.

P.S. I have a picture of my husband sniffing his fingers afterwards... that's how good the smell and the memory is! :-)

Dec 05, 2011
Katie Nell in Great Plains

November Cookbook of the Month 2011: Gourmet II: The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl, et al.

Holy crap, that is a HUGE undertaking! I have daydreams of doing something like this, not necessarily to blog about it, but just to do it, but when I think of doing that they are always much smaller books! 1,293 (right?) recipes... that's insane!

Nov 09, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

This just in from the husband: "This is the best jelly or jam or butter I've ever had!" Not that he's biased or anything! ;-)

Oct 26, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

I will need to try a pumpkin butter too... my hubby loves anything pumpkin! Good idea! And excellent substitution idea too!

Oct 24, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

I recently made a Salted Caramel Pear Butter, and it was absolutely delicious! My co-worker gave me a 5-gallon bucket of pears which were the best pears I've ever had, and I made pear cinnamon basil sorbet and then the pear butter with them. Thank goodness for my mom, or I would have never got all of those suckers peeled! Anyway, here is the recipe, I highly recommend it: http://knitandnosh.typepad.com/knit_n... I did double it and I added a teaspoon of cinnamon. I can't wait to make some biscuits! :-)

Oct 24, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

Winner of the November Cookbook of the Month is The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl, et al.

Here's her adapted recipe, though I think it's pretty right on: http://www.leciawphinney.com/2011/02/... No corn syrup. I would probably use challah or a pain de mie loaf. I've been on a french toast kick lately... the favorite so far has been pumpkin pie french toast, and Melissa Clark's was next on my list.

Oct 20, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

Winner of the November Cookbook of the Month is The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl, et al.

Is the Creme Brulee French Toast also one of Melissa Clark's recipes, or is it a different one? There's a Creme Brulee French Toast in In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite that I've been itching to try! It has orange blossom water and grand marnier in it.

Oct 20, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

November 2011 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

I really liked when we did Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook in conjunction with Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook in December. I, myself, find myself making lots of appetizers and baking during the month of December, and I think these books fell right in line with that. Maybe we could do another appetizer and baking conjunction again? I don't have any recommendations at the moment, but I like the general idea.

Oh, also meant to point out that I think a lot of appetizer dishes could be tweaked to be an every day main dish. Myself, I love to graze my way through a meal and it would not be an unusual thing for us to have a 3-appetizer dinner or something like that.

Oct 14, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

2 new restaurants opened this summer in Prairie Village shops

We've been to both,,, once to Story, a few times to Tavern, I wish we could afford to eat at Story more often, because it was delicious, and it's been a while since a restaurant has impressed me as much as it did. I need to try to make it there for lunch, especially on a Friday since they have $15 prix-fixe 3-courses. They also have $10 select entrees on Sunday evenings, I believe. Anyway, my favorite thing we had was an appetizer of very, very, very finely diced beef carpaccio wrapped in thinly sliced potatoes... I think I've dreamt about that carpaccio! The cocktails were also very inspiring as well... I had a pineapple basil mojito that was fantastic and really vibrant. Tavern is just okay... it's decent food and it's better than Blue Moose and nice to have another option in the Village, but nothing to write home about. Some things are better than others. The one thing that we really liked was a Butterfinger cheesecake.

Oct 07, 2011
Katie Nell in Great Plains

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

karykat... this mixed nut spiced toffee is delicious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 19, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

Thanks, that made my day! :-)

Sep 12, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking

September 2011 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

I checked this out from the library and am REALLY loving it! At first, I was a bit put off by all of her past boyfriend/ husband stories (I mean, how many can one girl have?!), but I've gotten over it. I find her family stories charming, and her family reminds me a lot of my family (ordering all different dishes at a restaurant and switching plates after they've eaten a 1/4). I think I dreamed about the spaetzle last night! :-)

And P.S. received my 150 Best Recipes on Friday, so I'm ready to go!!

Sep 12, 2011
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New Fall Cookbooks, eek.

I won the soda book (assuming you're talking about Homemade Sodas, by Andrew Schloss) from Zester Daily, but haven't received it yet! Let me know if you try anything from it. The descriptions on Amazon of some of the recipes sound delicious!

Sep 03, 2011
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September 2011 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Enablers!!! :-) I just purchased it! I can't resist when the used ones are under $5!

Aug 30, 2011
Katie Nell in Home Cooking