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Baoguette ..... on Denman

FWIW, this type of roll has been around for several decades according to the gal I spoke to at Baoguette. It is a fusing of two classic Vietnamese rolls. And it tastes damn good, at least at Le Do. I'm going to try it at Baoguette if I find myself on Denman and feeling snacky. Would be a perfect takeaway before the fireworks...

about 3 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

WHICH FISH SAUCE? Different ones for different purposes? Oyster sauce, too.

Agree on the Worcestershire sauce -- it has tamarind in it which gives it a whole other spin. Not bad, just not a sub for fish sauce!

I like Squid brand the best so far, though I have a bottle of Prawn brand in the fridge as well that I use pretty interchangeably. I was steered away from the more expensive ones like Red Boat and Three Crabs by the owner of a Thai restaurant and Asian market here, FWIW. I also don't worry if I'm doing a Filipino dish or a Thai one, I just chuck it in -- I've been known to add it to spaghetti sauce for a little je ne sais quoi :-).

I picked up a bottle of Tiparos in Portland as we can't get it here which I am looking forward to trying.

Golden Boy and Lucky I found thin tasting and overly salty.

about 3 hours ago
grayelf in General Topics

Soy Sauce: Does the Brand Matter?

To me, the brand matters. I'm not a Kikkoman fan, despite having grown up on it. For Japanese soy sauce, I prefer the Yamasa imported from there with the gold label:

http://www.yamasausa.com/wp-content/u...

For Chinese, I use the Superior Light Soy Sauce from Pearl River Bridge which is widely available and reasonably priced. This comparison between good and bad soy sauce from their website is rather intriguing: http://america.prb.com.cn/other/qa5.html

about 3 hours ago
grayelf in General Topics

Looking for restaurant recommendations…visiting from Bay Area for 3 days

If you are thinking lunch in Stanley Park, may I suggest you hit up Oyama on Granville Island or elsewhere first and lay in a nice supply of cured meats, cheese, olives and a baguette? The food options in the park are pretty sad, and overpriced too. It's too far to go to leave the park so a picnic is a great option.

If Farmer's Apprentice can't fit you in, consider Burdock and Co or L'abbatoir but call soon for them as well. I like lunch at FA and it is first come, first served.

about 4 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

Non-alcoholic but Front does fine affogatos using Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous in Potrero Hill.

about 4 hours ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

CA + GA friends visit Vancouver for Asian food - need help!

Good idea to warn the OP about the fireworks! Best to book dinner well out of the West End or Kitsilano and be aware of road closures, congestion and crowds for sure. I read somewhere that this is the largest event of its kind in NA, in excess of 400,000 attendees each night.

I'm dining out lateish that night and trying to figure out how to get back to my house in Kits afterward by car :-(.

about 4 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver eating suggestions please - Visiting from NYC

For local, farm-to-tabley stuff: L'abbatoir (especially the apps), Burdock and Co (dinner is best), Farmer's Apprentice -- get resos at all three as they are small and book up.

about 4 hours ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Yasukochi's Sweet Stop, SF

These sound amazing, on the list for next trip. And love the penmanship and politeness of the vacation note, thanks for including!

1 day ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Vancouver July 2014 Trip Report

Great report, thanks! I want to take it all on as a "tourist in my own city" itinerary. Y'all come back now, y'hear?

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

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

I love making tortilla and taking the leftovers cold on the plane to SF -- it's my go-to for avoiding airport food on short hops. Perfect at room temp!

1 day ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

Vancouver eating suggestions please - Visiting from NYC

They have some Hunan and some Sichuan dishes. That's the first place I ever had facing heaven chiles. And BTW I know there are a couple more Hunan places in Bby, I just meant I didn't know there were two in Rmd.

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

Vancouver eating suggestions please - Visiting from NYC

Thanks for the reminder about Chinese Bites, LR. It's not comprehensive but it's a decent roundup and the categories by cuisine are helpful. I didn't realize 0755 had Hunan dishes, thought only Bushuair was left in Richmond...

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

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

I'm curious too. My mum's been making aspic for decades and it's pretty straightforward via that recipe, just tomato juice, gelatin, grated onion and seasoning.

1 day ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

Baoguette ..... on Denman

That roll's a winner, at least the one I've had at Le Do, the Viet place next to Red Wagon. Added bonus at LD: it's spicy. Here's an old pic...http://www.chowstatic.com/uploads/8/9...

2 days ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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At the end of my rope -- please help

Hey all, just seeing this now! Thanks for the ideas/words of encouragement. I may have a bash at pastry again after all. My mum and I cooked together for years, and a lot of her talents rubbed off on me but not that one, alas. I really don't have the knack. But she can't make risotto or souffle so in some ways the student has surpassed the master, LOL.

2 days ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Read Delicious recently. Very enjoyable, though I'd still give a slight edge to Reichl's non fiction.

Haven't been cooking at home recently -- enjoyable dinners out included Shanghainese last night (superior yellow fish with seaweed) and very decent pizza at a new place tonight very early to beat the fireworks crowd who inundate our neighbourhood.

2 days ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

East of Main Cafe - closed

Good to know. When I stopped to look yesterday, I couldn't find any hours but there was a lot of glare :-).

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

If bun xeo is the same as bahn xeo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1n... then I'm sad because I like that dish a lot at the other Hai Phong (going on Tuesday and that is in my crosshairs!). Maybe they have gas burners there though...

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

Thanks! I'm glad they are thinking of paring down the online menu a bit more if they have limited cooking space. I much prefer to have fewer items better done. I'm a sucker for their wings at the original location and find them much better than Phnom Penh's but haven't tried Longtail's yet.

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

When your family just has to have bread bowls...

Can I just say how much I admire the original post here? It's delightful to see a visitor doing her homework and asking for help with a situation common to CHs traveling with less Houndy family/friends. One mediocre meal won't kill ya and for the sake of family harmony, brava! I've been to SF more than a dozen times in the last eight years and I've never had chowder in a bread bowl, but it's so popular among tourists there must be something to it. And the Musee Mechanique is indeed a cool thing.

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

best cioppinno?

For us, the sand dabs were overcooked. The petrale was done very well.

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

East of Main Cafe - closed

We walked by yesterday and I thought it looked kinda shuttered too, though it was during the day so I wasn't sure. The Parker really looks like it is closed when they lower all the blinds during the day too and has no signage for hours to correct that impression. Seems like an easy fix...

Jul 26, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Wahh Tee Burmese - mini mini Chowdown

el lobo solo and YVRchow previously posted reports on the recent Burmese in Vancouver thread about Wahh Tee that you may want to read as well...

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

Hai Phong: Viet in Vancouver deserving its own thread

Details, dtf???

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

new to north shore

Must demur on Anatoli -- it was bad and wicked overpriced last time we went, so unless there's been a serious uptick...

Jul 24, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Grub on Main

Their voice mail says they are closed for renovations and hope to reopen "early summer 2014."

Jul 24, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Olympic village suggestions

The duck confit at Argo is unbeatable value. But I don't know that they're open for dinner.

Jul 24, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ChocXO - "Bean to Bar Chocolatier" in Ironwood, Richmond

Thanks for the reminder! The SO works near there, so I am going to hound (groan) him to stop in and get one of the dark choc bars. It would be so nice to find a local supplier -- we are currently hooked on the Cuyagua and Ocumare from Choklat in Calgary and the shipping is killing me :-).

Jul 23, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Mmm, now I want deep-fried kale and sprouts ;-).

We had a power outage this morning -- nearly chucked me off the treadmill! -- so I was fearing that I would lose my fridge contents but it came back on after only a hour. Which means my leftover T Keller chicken bits are WFD, along with something green. SO is traveling again so I'm back to boring.

Jul 23, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Favorite Ice Cream 2014

No change from last year for me: Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous, specifically their version of sweet cream which is just the base if I understand correctly. Heaven in a cup.

Jul 22, 2014
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area