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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Do you steam or stir fry the flowers first, suzi?

I like the fritatta because a) it tastes good and b) I like the parent/child combo :-)

Apr 17, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Thanks, m'dear, no d'ohs required. Seeing you will be another b'day pressie :-). And eating my way through Oaktown with three Bay Area Hounds will be the icing on the cake that will start on Thursday and Friday with two other lovely CHers. My cup runneth over with tasty food and great company. I'll post a pointer to the food adventures report when I'm back in case anyone wants to see what we get up to.

And to BBL below, HBD, and I'm intrigued by your Lithuanian parmesan. How does it differ from Italian?

Apr 16, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

So wish I could get those zuke flowers from you -- one of my fave things about early summer (in BC at least) and uber-expensive to buy, alas. Love them in a frittata with actual zucchini...

Apr 16, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Looking for solid patisserie (birthday cake) between Nanaimo & Parksville

The PILs live in Parksville so I asked the MIL to do a bit of sleuthing and she says:

Your best bet would be Nanaimo Bakery, 1-2025 Bowen Road (250-758 4260). "Real" bakeries are thin on the ground here.

MIL was formerly known as the Martha Stewart of Winnipeg so I put a fair amount of stock in her reccos. Good luck!

Apr 16, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Works been crazy so not much interesting cooking going on. Did get taken for a belated b-day lunch at a local resto that I've been wanting to try for the midday meal -- outstanding beef brisket (!). Also managed our first bbq/grilling attempt of the year: slightly overcooked arctic char filets and steamed asparagus which wasn't as delectable as it usually is this time of year, alas. Also had a lovely Monday dimsum lunch with a Bay Area Hound who was in town for a conference -- haven't had time to get my ds on during the weekends lately so that hit the spot. Speaking of SF, we're off there tonight so will be hanging with WFD's own mariacarmen, if all goes as planned, plus some other BA Hounds. Lucky me!

Apr 16, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

The Shack never reeled me in, but this doesn't sound like an improvement. Couldn't find anything online in a cursory search.

Not quite Kits but close-ish, I noticed there is some kinda Guu going in near Oak and Broadway, upstairs on the south side. Any intel?

Apr 11, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Traveling with a 3 1/2 month old, but would love some great food! [San Francisco]

I've had lunch at Cotogna four times and dinner once. All were well above average and certain dishes stellar (eg their sformatos, which are often veg friendly). The light in the room on a sunny day is really beautiful, and it's a bit quieter at lunch. I'd hesitate to bring a 3.5 month old because the tables are so close together here.

Apr 10, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Burger Wednesdays at Pal's Takeaway [San Francisco]

Thanks for the Pal's burger report. I enjoyed the Lao sausage sandwich but mostly because of the sausage which I read somewhere was from Vientian.

Apr 10, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Dutch Crunch Origins

I remember eating it as a child in Victoria, BC. There is still a bakery there that specializes in it.

Apr 09, 2014
grayelf in General Topics

What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Thanks for the ducky reminder that there are three confit legs in the freezer. The SO is on his own tomorrow night as I have a meeting, then Thurs I'm baching it as he's off to a Canuck's game -- perfect!

Apr 08, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

Driving in Naples, even as a passenger, was one of the more terrifying experiences of my life.

Dinner tonight was a simple but satisfying red Thai chicken curry with quinoa and snap peas.

Apr 08, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

Mmmm, Ting! Thanks for the memories.

Apr 07, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

"New" Places for Dim Sum

We had nice dim sum once at Golden Harvest, and then went back and it was kind of the opposite.

Took some friends to Jade Dynasty last summer and found the same -- not thrilling but surprisingly solid and very reasonable. Bit of a service issue though.

Apr 06, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

"New" Places for Dim Sum

Yup, and Golden Ocean too. Maybe the golden title has something to do with carts :-)

Apr 06, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Uno Dos Taco [Russian Hill, San Francisco]

Ah that's it, then, they do it differently in BCS then, which is where I spent a bit o' time. Never had deep fried fish in a taco in Los Cabos or environs.

Apr 05, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Uno Dos Taco [Russian Hill, San Francisco]

I don't remember ever having deep fried fish tacos in Baja, to be honest, always done on a flat top with a crispy coating. But I don't mind good deep fry :-). Maybe I can hit BOTH Sabrosa and 1 2 if they are close enough together to be considered in your hood.

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Van Hound Marching on Portland next month

And I'm looking forward to sharing it :-). In the meantime, a couple of quick notes about my OP -- Picnic is closed for the season, and Devil's Dill is late night only (luckily found out both bits of info before showing up but in case anyone else is playing along).

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in Metro Portland

"New" Places for Dim Sum

It's funny, every place I've gone to for dim sum over the last number of years has had its drawbacks eg. they do deepfried well but the steamed items are lacking (or vice versa). I don't know of a place that does it all really well. The closest I've come is Golden Ocean in Kerrisdale for all round decent but reasonable. Kirin is my standby for better quality. Both require reservations on weekends. Neither is perfect, alas. I hope you get some other responses as I am curious too.

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Uno Dos Taco [Russian Hill, San Francisco]

Thanks for the reminder about Comal, Robert. We may be in the East Bay and it is now on the list for that day. So maybe two fish tacos :-). But still need to know which between Sabrosa and Uno Dos for over town!

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area
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Van Hound Marching on Portland next month

How kind of you to think of me, JillO! I was a bit trepidatious opening the link, fearing they might be moving away from the awesome burger but huzzah, there will be more of that style. We almost went to the bistro side with my niece in March but ended up at Davenport instead. We will be looking in on our next trip in May for sure. And I am working on the March report, of course.

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in Metro Portland

Hominy in Vancouver?

Not near Main but Fresh is Best on West Broadway carries the large format cans. Completely awesome in this dish: http://www.food.com/recipe/mesa-grits... especially if you top it with fried prawns. Works equally well with half and half...

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Uno Dos Taco [Russian Hill, San Francisco]

I only have time for one Baja-esque fish taco on an upcoming, last-minute flying visit -- Bay Area Hounds, should it be at Uno Dos or Sabroso? These two seem to be the front runners in town at the moment for this dish. I'm leaning toward Uno Dos because of Melanie's praise of the tortillas but I'm open to persuasion :-).

Apr 04, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

First time in Vancouver

I've found Dynasty and Kirin to be about 20% more expensive than other moderately priced ds in town but they're both still cheaper than most comparable ds in the Bay Area, FWIW.

Apr 03, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best cupcakes in vancouver

I tried a bunch of mini-Mancakes at Pete's Meat a couple years back, well before they opened their bricks and mortar of course. I thought they were decent, maybe a bit heavy. Congrats to them on their expansion and I'd love to hear more and more recent reports.

Apr 03, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recipes for non-traditional ice cream flavors?

Avocado ice cream is superb. There is one available commercially that I buy. I can only imagine how much better homemade would be.

Apr 02, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Dang, wish I had a cool kitty to blame missing foodstuffs on :-). The SO always knows who's polished things off around here.

Was planning to make Vietnamese grilled pork patties, okay, thaw and bbq them but taking the mater out for her birthday instead. Yup, she's an April fool. Who I'm going to stuff with Thai food. Patties tomorrow...

Apr 01, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Best current foie gras dishes?

Might be worth a call to Little Bird to check on the foie options. Pretty sure it was on the menu on Mar 23 as a separate torchon for $20...

Apr 01, 2014
grayelf in Metro Portland

Visiting Vancouver for a few days Next Week

Eep, that's a long wait for L'abb. Glad you got to do a few spots after all.

Apr 01, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Another English major waving from Vancouver (my masters is in children's lit but read the C Tales in undergrad -- always fancied myself a bit of a gap-toothed wench, snrk!)

Haven't been cooking much at home, what with six days in Portland, but certainly eating well there. Did manage a fine oven roasted batch of chix thighs recently, and an excellent moo gratiem with spinach this evening.

Mar 30, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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First time in Vancouver

Foo's Ho Ho is still a fun place to eat, and their lemon chicken is very good. We always go spur of the moment, so I still haven't tried their full sticky rice stuffed chicken which requires advance notice.

For dim sum, I usually stay in Vancouver. Kirin at City Square is good and takes (needed) resos. Ask for a table with a view. Don't order anything off the regular menu (too expensive). The dim sum menu will be about the same price as moderate ds in SF, IME.

Here's my "best of Van" list again:

L'abbatoir for higher end French-influenced modern food
Alvin Garden (Hunan, pork heart!)
Anatolia's Gate (Burnaby, Turkish, awesome baked lavash and cheese pides)
Good Choice (dimsum, certain items are very good, avoid steamed dumplings)
Kirin Citysquare, Dynasty (dimsum)
Pinpin (Filipino, just the sisig and the crispy pata)
Zakkushi (for Japanese things on sticks)
Argo Cafe (if they have the duck confit on the menu posted at 11 am each weekday)
a #2 or #7 banh mi from Ba Le on Kingsway
Hai Phong for Vietnamese hot pots, tamarind crab, bun, ban xheo, ban khot, chicken wings
Kalvin's (Sichuan/Taiwanese mashup, resos mandatory, get the fish with yellow chives, on Victoria Drive)
Bee Kim Heng (this is a store that sells very good Singapore-style beef and pork jerky on Fraser)
Green Lemon Grass (Vietnamese $5 breaky dishes before 11 am, bot chien is great)
My Chau (Vietnamese chicken pho, really excellent, closes early, no Sundays)
Lin's (only get the XLB and maybe the rice hot pot, but get the XLB!)
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (a Japanese chain, yes, but they have toroniku, which you must have before you die, limited quantities and lines so go early for lunch)
Miko Sushi (expensive but topnotch old school sushi place on Robson, NOT Miku, casual, only order a la carte)
La Buca (muscular Italian food, reservations mandatory), Sweet Obsessions (just for the lemon dacquoise dessert), Ajisai (somewhat pricey, go early re no resos and sit at the bar)
Tokyo Thyme (casual sushi, traditional ingredients used in modern ways, avoid cooked food)
HK BBQ Masters (Richmond, the best Chinese BBQ I've tried yet, you can dine in on a very limited menu or take it to go, stick with the bbq or roasted pork/ribs, ask for "half/half" chasiu which will avoid you getting the less prized lean stuff)
Richmond Public Market/President's Plaza/Lansdowne etc (Asian food courts, do a day-time tour and pick the top items, need a car and extra bellies for this)

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