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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

What steve said. And once again I am dying of chile jealousy. We can get shisitos at the Japanese grocer but I've yet to see padrones available to the general public in Van. I've heard tell of them appearing on the odd menu locally but always after the fact. I eat them obsessively when we're traveling...

about 5 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Thanks for the link -- I love that the prep process doesn't involve a bbq since we haven't got one at the moment, and the fact that there is sumac in the sauce. If I didn't already have a chicken planned for tonight (with the only three decent COTC that I could find, grr) plus something green, I'd be making those tonight!

about 5 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

great mole in san francisco?

Curious if there are any updates as to where to find a good mole poblano in SFBA. I got all nostalgic for some looking at this lovely blog post: http://www.patismexicantable.com/2010...

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

I WANT YOUR DINNER, weezie. I've never seen a Hatch chile in Vancouver.

about 18 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Ended up doing the white chili, as some of the fam-damily showed up for dins. The linked recipe was very good though the amount of cinnamon listed is too much (I did half) and the stock is wildly overestimated (I did less than 1/2 a cup). I also used 2/3 white hominy and 1/3 cannellini beans, and added one extra can of mild green chiles. On the keeper list for sure. Yay, ground turkey!

about 18 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

LePho and Tamam Fine Palestinian

Thanks! Per contact page, 10 pm: http://tamam-restaurant.squarespace.c...

about 18 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Googled ground turkey lettuce wraps and found a nice-sounding "receipt" as my mum calls them. Thanks for the idea! And PS I loved the look of that salad -- you formed the tortilla in a Pyrex receptacle in the oven, IIRC.

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

I'm afraid I was going by local Italian restos, who do a sliced version that looks very much like rjbh20's tritip pic. Stupidly missed a daytrip to Lake Garda back in 2007...

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

Differences in terminology

Sometimes I have to google but mostly I've figured out the aubergine/eggplant, rocket/arugula, mangetout/snap pea etc transliterations. For measurements, I'm in Canada which is now nominally metric so I can usually figure stuff out in my head from before the change, or again google is my friend. I've taken to weighing pasta, particularly spaghetti, as I find this easier than any other method but I do it in grams (83 for a nice size serving). I wish we had more recipes that weighed ingredients, especially things like onions -- one large onion is kind of vague, and I've tended to say that's about a cup per mum's advice, but wouldn't it be easier if it said x number of grams!?

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

Will adding a little water while making chicken stock dilute it?

More water and more chicken bone, all good. I always slap a lid on my stock while it's cooking (after the initial boil when it's on simmer) to help with losing water... I just like to make sure all the bones are covered while cooking.

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

Are you thinking of bistecca Fiorentina, Harters?

WFD last night was lasagna made by my mater, quite tasty.

Tonight I am kinda stumped -- I've got a pound of ground turkey in the fridge, but I don't know what to do with it. Also craving tacos, even though I had them a couple days ago. Still warm enough here not to be excited about cranking up the oven. We haven't bought a barbeque to replace the one that got tossed when the new deck arrived so no easy out steak solution for me. Harumph. I think I'll go hang out with google and see what turkey based options I can find, unless someone has an idea...

ETA: This "Thai turkey salad" is looking mighty appealing, maybe with some shirataki noodles: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

Or maybe this white chile -- I have some cotija cheese, and could sub in white hominy for the white beans (too lazy to go to the store)...http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/White-Ch...

1 day ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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LePho and Tamam Fine Palestinian

Thanks for TOFTT at LePho -- I saw it Thursday as well on the way to the PNE and wondered.

I've got resos with a group of four this Friday at Tamam. They have indeed reopened after their break.

Hours from website: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 11:30-3pm & 5:30-10pm
MONDAY CLOSED but I noticed a blog post from June stating they are not serving lunch on Sundays at the moment so prolly worth a quick call before attending.

Reporting on our 9th eatfest in Portland

Good point about going to the source. I've yet to see anything savoury of hers in outside venues, and that croissant sounds right up my street.

One of the reasons I like the figgy so much is it's modulated sweetness. I had a cheese scone of hers at Northwest that was too sweet to be called savoury IMO.

Thanks for the Living Room comments -- I've often thought they'd be ideal on a rainy afternoon.

2 days ago
grayelf in Metro Portland

Reporting on our 9th eatfest in Portland

Glad you're finding my ramblings useful, nomad! Good to know that the dumpling truck on AB is worthy -- we eyed it that day but the weather was so crazy we passed.

I also wanted to mention that we have had one very good, outstanding even, scone multiple times in Portland. It is the figgy buckwheat one from Kim Boyce's Bakeshop, available at various and sundry coffeehouses as well. V. cool that she uses wholewheat flour in her baking: http://www.thekitchn.com/template-mak...

2 days ago
grayelf in Metro Portland

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Hey walker, what is it about 1 pm that makes it the best time for dim sum at Yank Sing? I'm used to things starting to wind down at dim sum shops around that time here at home!

Red Boat fish sauce

Thanks for the tip. I'm gonna have to buy some of this stuff, if only to experience fish sauce that has "absolutely no funky aroma." That seems counterintuitive :-). It's also a good excuse to check out Viet Thanh which I've not been to yet.

Aug 30, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kaya: Singapore's Coconut Jam

Pretty sure I saw it at New Apple on Broadway but that was a while ago. Maybe call first?

Aug 30, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

I was thinking the same thing! I'd never had shaped KD before, and it's prolly been a decade since I had it at all, so was assuming it was a figment of my imagination. Thanks for the validation! And BTW we adults added bits of chopped ham and ate it with lovely ripe sliced tomatoes and corn on the cob so it was practically gourmet ;-).

Aug 29, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Okay, I'll give it up, since I just noticed Truman's post below. It involved sea creature shaped KD and my 6 year old niece. I'll leave you to decide whether only the niece indulged in the KD ;-).

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

And don't miss the uni flan at Skool -- I dream about it here in Vancouver. Nice patio there too. Good for happy hour if the OP wants to do one. Also kind of a cool industrial/arty hood in the daytime that is not touristy and might otherwise be missed by a visitor.

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

I am discovering the wonders of turkey mince late in life and will therefore be stealing your recipe forthwith, Gio (thanks!). I never thought of putting cilantro directly in a patty before, duh, should be awesome. I would think full-sized patties would be best to avoid dryness with the super lean turkey, no? Ground turkey was on sale today so could be WFD on Sunday...

I can't post what I had for dinner last night as I would be instantly banished not just from this thread but from all of CH :-). Tonight will be a mini-batch of red snapper fish tacos just for me as the SO is away again till tomorrow afternoon (double grr on the biz trip that eats into weekend time).

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Thanks for the reminder and link to "the glove" Beerhenia -- I just added it to my greed list :-). Sorry that the reminder was triggered by LindaWhit's Chopped episode!

Aug 29, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Bella Gelateria Yaletown is Open!

Breakfast of champions! I also like a Roli Roti porchetta sando at 8:30 when in SF :-). Great to hear there is another pizza contender on the map, especially in the Yaletown area, which is a bit challenged foodwise.

Aug 29, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition [through August 30th, 2014]

Welcome home to the pup! I hope the recovery is speedy and complete. She looks very dear even in her cone. I'm sad that you aren't feeling well to boot. Don't forget to take care of yourself while you are tending to Young Ms. Doggles.

WWFD here was spaghetti and meat sauce, in honour of the little niece. This followed a sleepover (woohoo!) and a pancake and bacon breaky, then a trip to Grouse to see grizzly bears, a timber wolf, a horned owl, a bald eagle, a turkey vulture, several hawks and a chipmunk, which may have been the highlight. All that on top of a gondola and a chairlift and a twenty-storey high wind turbine's viewing tower. Whoa!

Here's one of the grizzlies lolling, and the view from the peak.

China North Dumpling on Noriega [San Francisco]

Okay, I think I have it straight now. The chiles in davidg1's photo threw me a bit, as I'd not seen them on what I think of as salt and pepper chicken (or tofu or squid or whatever) before. I am very familiar with la zi ji which often gets called thousand chili chicken where I'm from. And I would eat something that fell between the two! Thanks for the extra details.

One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

What a fantastic thread you've engendered, reformed (love the handle, BTW). I spend a couple of weeks a year eating my way around the SFBA so I have an idea of what you've got in your back yard. Herewith some ramblings that may or may not be helpful...

Blanket warning: Vancouver doesn't do air conditioning. And this has been the hottest summer I recall in the last mumble years (multiple decades). So be warned and ask before you go!

Given your OP, I'd say do one of the ramen places (either Santouka for toroniku or Taishoken for tsukemen) but just go really early. We do a good job of ramen around these parts.

I'd do a couple of izakaya if you have time. I suspect we're still slightly ahead of the curve though SFBA is gaining fast, and has prolly eclipsed on higher end offerings. Perhaps Zakkushi on Main, because I think it will be more kid-friendly, and maybe Guu Gastown for the upstairs area mentioned by moyenchow. Suika and Rajio are connected; the former is nicer inside, indeed quite swish, but the food doesn't thrill me. Rajio is super casual and has tasty dishes (was there a couple of weeks ago for a late bite) but it is quite far out of the way as waylman notes. Neither would be bad with kids but I've never seen kids at either. I haven't been to Kingyo in forever.

You've hit on my two favourites for coffee, Matchstick and Revolver, though just this week I went to Timbertrain for the first time and will be returning. As mentioned by moyenchow, it has much more inviting seating than Revolver and (drumroll) it also has cold brew on a nitro tap. So very very good. Pastries from Chez Cristophe nothing to sneeze at and will save you a trip out to his faraway shop. My SIL was swooning over the hazelnut chocolate croissant.

Cartems are good doughnuts with interesting toppings. Haven't been since they moved to Pender Street. Thierry has not been successful for me.

I'd probably go with Dynasty if you decide to stick to dim sum in town. Last two very recent visits to Kirin City Square have not been up to par, though I still prefer the room. Sun Sui Wah on Main should be avoided.

Kalvin's is very good but you really have to know what to order. We had a chowdown there a few weeks ago and the quality is still happening, but it is very much a mom and pop, squeezy tables, super busy and service can be variable. DO NOT go without a reservation, even early, as it is tiny and super popular. The fish with yellow chives remains on my last-meal list.

Agree with others about Chambar -- deffo NOT a pub, and I wouldn't take kids there even early. Alibi doesn't have worthy food, and may not allow kids as others have noted. I can't think of a place in town with great food and great beer that allows kids (or maybe even that doesn't allow kids, sigh). We have a long way to go to reach Portland standards, my current benchmark for good brew and good food together.

If you are from the Bay Area, please immediately lower your expectations for ice cream. I think I've tried all the heavy hitters in your home chow zone, and nothing here comes close. Maybe Bella, but you pay through the nose and have to line up forever. Rain or Shine was so disappointing and expensive I only went once and it is walking distance from my house :-(. Earnest is good but not worth the money IMO.

Agree with Philx re Patisserie Lebeau. Since the remodel a few years ago, you can dine in and the waffles are a big hit with the smalls. Pretty tasty for the grownups too -- I love their ham and cheese Brussels (not the stuffed ones). Go early though as they run out. I'd be hard pressed to find something a small would like on a Farmers Apprentice menu, so maybe hit Lebeau first and fill them up, then go to FA right before opening and order a couple of dishes for yourselves. I wouldn't try FA at night with kids.

I love L'abbatoir but it would be tough with kids, even at opening. The upstairs is dark, crowded and loud. The enclosed area at the back is lovely but so freakin' hot when it's hot out, and it doesn't cool down as we discovered a couple of weeks ago. Also can't imagine what a kid would want to eat off their menu -- you can check it out online.

I gotta demur with waylman on Artigiano. Not sure what's going on, but we've gotten such bad coffee at the one near the art gallery that we threw it out. I think they are all franchises now so maybe some are better than others, but I didn't love the one that closed not too long ago in my hood either. YMMV of course.

Good call on the kurtos kalacs at Transylvania Traditions, No More Snuggles! They don't always have them but they are fab. We have a Baguette & Co near us. As long as you stick to the pastries, you're good -- oh, and the brownies are rather fine, popular with our small niece. Bread is meh for sure. But once again, coming from the Bay Area, the OP's gonna have to dial back the expectations for everything baked here!

This is way too long. Shutting up now.

Aug 27, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

China North Dumpling on Noriega [San Francisco]

I'd love some more details on the S&P fish nee chicken if anyone has them, eg what it might look like in Chinese characters or perhaps other English transliterations. It's not a dish I've run across in my travels, and it looks and sounds right up my alley. Why oh why do I read CH late at night when the food in photos like this one are unattainable? ;-)

Chowdown Report: SF Excelsior Food Crawl Part I (Aug 2014)

Nice to see your handle on the boards again, larochelle! Totally agree re the addition of rice flour to pupusas. I was never much of a fan till I had them that way in the Mission several trips ago, not really enjoying them even when et in Central America. Now I'm a convert.

We've only been to a couple of places in the Excelsior, most notably Maneelap Srimongkoun. I've bookmarked this thread for future trips.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

"Chucking it down" is a personal fave that I've only ever heard out of either a Brit's or a Brit ex-pat's mouth. I am related to a lot of both.

cf also Paprikaboy's "tipping down with rain" post above http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9868... for another good 'un.

We have almost as many different names for rain in Vancouver as I've heard folks in the Arctic have for snow, though I suspect ours are ruder :-).

WWFD tonight came courtesy of the SIL: pan-fried sole, green beans fresh from the garden stir fried with garlic and quinoa with butter and green onions. Delicious, simple and good for me, even with the butter!

Aug 25, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

Groceries in Whistler Village

Ooh, good okonomiyaki in Whistler! Nice find, Sam. Noting for future reference.

LR, don't forget about Pure Bread while you are up there, who are up and running still after the May fire -- "As a temporary solution, we are doing a full market schedule, and we'd love you to visit our Function Junction location in Whistler where we have a full compliment of freshly baked breads, lip-tingling sugar buns, savouries, sandwiches and treats too of course; open everyday from 8:30 until 5."

I loves me some Old Stumpy!

Aug 25, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)