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Who (bakery) makes great fresh cherry pies ?

Aphrodite's on 4th Ave. Their pies are delicious, although I personally can't get past the banana chocolate cream pie.

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

New life for the Lido?

I've been waiting for the Hot Deli to open too! Saw some people there on Saturday and realized that 1) it is in fact a pub and 2) Hot Deli is an anagram of The Lido and someone just rearranged the sign :) Either way, it looked bustling and I plan to check it out this week.

Jul 08, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recent closures - surprised ?

Oh, I wish I'd known in advance! My freezer would be full of their lemon tarts and brandy snaps. Makes me sad to hear.

May 10, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Travel Gifts

Edible Canada is great for Canadian food gifts in general...we recently made a gift basket of their goodies for a friend who just got their Canadian visa. Not so sure it's great for kids though...I suspect they will want something less highbrow.

Butter bakery makes handmade marshmallows that will travel well (packed in tupperware or similar) in a ton of flavours. Their bakery is in Dunbar but they are also at Whole Foods and possibly elsewhere.

Chocolate Arts makes chocolates mixed with local products and in local designs. I think they would be fine to travel if packed properly. Rogers Chocolate is another BC favourite and available many places.

Mar 27, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Am in Thailand now

South China Seas (Granvile Island Market & Victoria Drive) carries Thai chilies; not sure about the powder though.

Mar 05, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kombu and wakame in Vancouver?

South China Seas Trading Co, in the market at Granville Island or at 1502 Victoria Drive.

Jan 01, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

So really what's the problem?

well-played :)

Jan 01, 2014
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Malebranche matcha Chanoka (cats' tongues) in Vancouver?

At Le Grand Epicerie in Paris earlier this week, they were handing out samples of Malebranche Chanoka: two green tea biscuits sandwiching a layer of white chocolate. They were absolutely delicious but I didn't buy them as a box of ten was 30 Euro, or $44 Canadian.

Now I can't stop thinking about them...they may in fact be worth almost $5 a bite. They also sell them online but only ship to Japan. Before I hop on the metro back to Le Grand Epicerie, has anyone seen these anywhere in Vancouver?

Dec 29, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Your Top 3 restaurants in Vancouver

Sal & Limon

Dec 14, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best chocolate cake in Vancouver?

+1 on Kreations. She does beautiful work and the cakes are delicious.

Nov 03, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kitsilano Butcher

Harkness & Co at Fraser & Broadway. Everything is from local, ethical sources and butchered in-house. They always have a terrific variety of sausages and the house-cured pancetta is delicious.

Nov 03, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Don't Argue Pizzeria on Main St

Unforgettable Pizza at Cambie & 8th has great by-the-slice too. Crispy NY-style crust and slightly sweet sauce. $5 for two includes a drink.

Sep 24, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Halloween Party: Clever Food Ideas?

I made a savoury version last year using puff pastry cut as fingers, brushed in pesto with red pepper fingernails. My recommendation is to also get a bag of dry ice for the punch...we served ours in a dutch over. The table looked great with smoke rolling across it all night.

Sep 14, 2013
mendicity in Home Cooking

CHOW Reviews: The OXO 3-in1 Avocado Slicer and other unitaskers—drawer clutter or keepers?

This looks like a terrific product for people who only eat avocados and don't already own a knife.

Aug 03, 2013
mendicity in Cookware

Honeymoon Vancouver / Victoria - am I on the right track?

Oh and forgot to say, definitely the Brasserie in Victoria. It has the perfect ambience for a romantic honeymoon meal. Take-out on the ferry; I'd recommend Red Fish Blue Fish or Rebar (killer desserts).

Jul 23, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Honeymoon Vancouver / Victoria - am I on the right track?

I definitely wouldn't do C; they have gone very downhill in the last few years, as have all restaurants by the same owner. I think some of the best seafood in Vancouver for the last few years has come from Boneta, a fun and sexy restaurant in Gastown. They have a seasonal menu and a great hand with fish.

I also strongly recommend Chambar over everything on your list as your other Van dinner. It can do casual or dressy in a warm, exciting setting and the food and drinks are phenomenal. Check any review site--you will not be disappointed.

Couldn't agree more about Vij's...I've lived here my whole life and I still want to applaud every time I eat there.

Jul 23, 2013
mendicity in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Why would I use white vinegar?

For cleaning only. There is no other use for it.

Jul 05, 2013
mendicity in General Topics