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Knifewear coming to the Coast in July 2014

Which one? Maybe they'll hold it for you...

about 1 hour ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

I haven't, which is lame. I just love the Keller one so much I kinda stopped looking.

about 2 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

Thanks for the deets on Tsuki, especially the chawan mushi sighting, which is not that common a dish. It is one of my dad's favourites, and the idea that he might be able to get one with uni, another huge favourite, well... let's just say you may have just made his year :-). Nice that they're also Ocean Wise. And that they have natto and kaiware for me! Quite an interesting menu, with the mix of more traditional options and some "modern" rolls.

I don't know of another good sushi bar in the area so that's a bonus as well. This little zone is really shaping up: The Abbey, Tsuki, Taishoken, Hai Phong #2 all new and all sounding promising.

about 2 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Morning coffee/muffin in Vancouver

Glad to hear Prado has stepped up their game pastry-wise.

about 8 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where would you eat in Vancouver if you were visiting from LA?

I'd do Vij over Rangoli if you can avoid/handle the line. Haven't been to Rasika but I'd describe Vij's the same way. Very easy to get to without a car, just one bus straight up Granville and walk a short block.

about 12 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

An elf amok in the Emerald City -- long report on visitor's trip to Seattle

Love the mini-burger binge and glad my research helped. But I'm sad for you that your top choice will be gone next month: http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201... Let's hope he brings back the burger wherever he lands. And yay to Mission Bowling Club, also my favourite burger!

about 12 hours ago
grayelf in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition

Thos. Keller's chicken tonight, with buttered new spuds and the kohlrabi slaw from foodieX2 posted July 14/14, minus the sugar and the celery seed. V. tasty and nice to try a new-to-us veggie.

Next time I make roast chicken I'm going to try air drying the bird for a bit beforehand, per a tip in Marcus Samuelsson's book Yes Chef which I just started reading. He puts it in front of an air conditioner; I'm going to try a fan.

about 22 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

You are a True Chowhound, maria! Nothing gets between you and good food, or a great cocktail. I Like the sound of the Mishi's. Mind telling us where you had it, so I can add it to my SF list?

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Good to know. We book our lunches at 11:30 to beat the rush a bit so have never been in the afty.

1 day ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

I may be out to lunch but I could swear the name has changed on Kam Gok Yuen. I made a mental note of it today as I went by but obviously that was not successful :-(.

HKBBM is my favourite by a fair piece. Next best for me is Parker Place BBQ. I like Dollar Meat best in Chinatown, though Le Loy is also worthy. But they are all lesser than HKBBM, especially the one-two punch of roast pork and half-half chasiu to go!

1 day ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

Okay maybe decent is overstating it: they HAVE chasiu ;-). Just remembered that Taishoken the new outpost of a Japanese tsukemen/ramen chain recently opened on Abbot which is v. close to the new Hai Phong as well, in case dimsumgirl's group wants to double down on Asian soups!

1 day ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

My pleasure. As LR says, very Skytrain-adjacent. It's in the same plaza as T'n'T in case you fancy some pan-Asian groceries, decent chasiu or Chinese baked goods. If we make it there before you come I'll post. Parking is a bit of a bear in that area and as we usually drive, I suspect we'll mostly continue to go to the original.

1 day ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

Hai Phong has expanded to Chinatown! They have a spot on Keefer Place with a more limited menu that opened two weeks ago. I will be in to check it out soon. They are taking resos at both places which is handy. Still our favourite Vietnamese in town.

2 days ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

WFD may be nothing as I am in a delightful food coma from lunch: two types of ham, porchetta and duck/pork rillettes from one of the best charcuteries in the city, Oyama. I have had rillettes before but only with pork. Add duck and hoowhee. I'm actually a bit frightened that I know about this miraculous substance now, given that it is so accessibly nearby :-).

Seriously, it will be either pork ribs in some sort of Asianesque coating or duck confit legs tonight. Sides to be decided.

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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2014 spot prawn season

Organic Ocean should have them if you want to prep them yourself -- apparently these babies are now Oceanwise which is good news. I generally do that so not sure which restos would have them...

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Knifewear coming to the Coast in July 2014

Argh, sorry to hear about the knives, but this deffo looks like a good chance to get new ones. Good idea on Taishoken. Or maybe the new Durbach eatery in the old Wild Rice spot...really want to try his version of a patty melt!

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

I just checked with the SO and he thought the Yank Sing Stevenson offerings were on par with our top options at home, but that the prices were much higher (and he rarely notices prices on anything). I've only had outstanding dim sum once in SF and that was way back in 2007. I still remember that we paid $30 US/$45 Cdn a head with exchange rate of the day which horrified me, despite the delicious eats.

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

To the OP: I'm not mad about tattoos but it's more a not-for-me thing than an I-don't-want-to-look-at-them thing.

What I don't get is how they can force her to resign. Fire her, yes, their call in an at-will situation. Granted I know nothing about labour laws in Michigan (or in the States at large for that matter; I am Canadian) but it seems to me that Starbucks could fire her if she refuses to remove the tat (regardless of how it all unfolded, her heart is in contravention of a company policy, however silly that policy may appear to some). What I don't understand is how anyone can be "forced" to resign. I've seen situations where higher ups have deliberately made the work environment so nasty for an employee that they've driven the individual to leave but this isn't the same thing.

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in Food Media & News

Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

I think we will have to go to the Rincon Yank Sing on our next trip. The SO has been to the Stevenson one and thought it was pretty good, but as barleywino notes in Vancouver we are spoiled for dim sum, and furthermore I believe the Rincon location is the one to go to. As it happens, my two favourite places for yum cha are within 10 minutes of our house, that is, they are in town. They also use premium ingredients and charge more but you're still looking at $20 a head vs $10-15 at a "regular" spot, so I think we win on pricing too. As I said, totally spoiled.

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

College Visits and 3 Days in Portland

Don't miss the muffins, the cannele and the housemade vanilla syrup at Courier either! Little Bird and Lauretta Jean's also faves, though the latter doesn't have any seating at the location.

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in Metro Portland
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B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

I thought the staff interaction was really cool, and everyone on the day we were there was super-bilingual, which is a trifle unusual (IME at least) when I've had great Mexican food State-side. Also loved that they seemed to have a serious and interesting cocktail program going on which I didn't dare sample given the heat wave. Just seemed like a unique place all around, and I'd love to know how it came together. Nosy like I said, and entirely irrelevant to the food :-).

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in Greater Seattle

No reservations/single dining [San Francisco]

Yeah, sorry about the vague referent in the fourth line. As a female dining alone, I'd feel more comfortable walking in the BK nabe during the day. But since I prefer Mandalay, I'd just schlep out there and make sure only to order Burmese dishes!

Jul 20, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

I find New Apple to be the most consistent, though I'll buy certain things at Persia, especially limes. Young Bros I gave up on when all the produce I bought there went off way too quickly. They do have the cheapest yogurt prices though.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

New sushi bar Yagoto on West Broadway, Vancouver

Hmm, I wonder what that means. I'd love another good sushi option so close to home and work. I may have to TOFTT this week. A Japanese friend went tonight so I will check in with her as well.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Wrecking Ball leaves Firehouse 8 in SF

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2014/07/...

Really chuffed that they are getting a full-service spot in Cow Hollow. And intrigued by the iced coffee...

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Italian Night Market in Vancouver

http://vancouver.eater.com/archives/2...

Looks intriguing... starting Aug 18 at the Italian Cultural Centre on Slocan.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Oyster happy hour in Seattle?

I am not local and so have no idea if these places are good but this list was posted yesterday on Eater Seattle and might be useful:

http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in Greater Seattle

No reservations/single dining [San Francisco]

As the OP may be dining alone, I'll just suggest that Burmese Kitchen is a better choice for lunch as a solo female diner unless you cab it. It used to be my favourite but the quality dipped a bit and we switched to Mandalay on our visits. It is a lot quicker to get to.

The only disappointing dishes we've had at Mandalay were when we were there with others who wanted to try non-Burmese items.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

I'd love to know more about the folks who run Senor Moose (I've read a bit on line but I'm still curious/nosy). We really enjoyed our snack there and would deffo return to try more.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in Greater Seattle

New sushi bar Yagoto on West Broadway, Vancouver

I'm hearing good things through my non-CH grapevine about this Japanese-owned and run place in the 2100 block (already two sushi bars in that block so I guess we're looking at an example of cluster marketing). Haven't found anything online so I thought I'd ask if anyone's been.

Jul 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)