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take two: a great Caesar cocktail?

just a few things make it great to me...decent vodka, motts clamato juice, a healthy dose of worcestershire sauce, a few drops of tabasco, and I like a shake of Montreal Steak seasoning. Serve in a tall glass with lots of ice, and a celery salt rim. Garnish with pickled beans or pickled asparagus (Celery is traditional).

Jan 26, 2014
golfer1 in Manhattan

Restaurants in Priorat

We will be in the Priorat next week for three nights, and wondering what restaurants to try. Anything goes, and we are based in Torroja del Priorat. Also, any wineries, with restauarnts, we should not miss?

Sep 03, 2013
golfer1 in Spain/Portugal

things you put ketchup on

Short list really:

Fries (with vinegar as well)
Breakfast Sausage
Western Omelet Sandwiches
Ingredient in some BBQ sauces
Ingredient in some stir fry sauces (not many)
Ingredient in cocktail sauce for shrimp

We have nieces and nephews on both sides who put that *$&# on everything!

Jul 19, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

Vancouver, Canada Day Weekend

Well, we had a great weekend in Vancouver. A wedding was the purpose of the trip, and that took priority, as it should. We had a dinner at Francesco's that was perfect for a family gathering, with enough choice for all tastes, reasonable prices, decent food and friendly service. We had lunch at Guu on Robson, good tasty food for a hot day. The wedding and reception were at the Teahouse, and the venue, weather and food were great! What a great place for a small wedding. Another wedding related event was a brunch at Milestone's in Yaletown. There were about 22 of us, and the kitchen got all the meals out in a reasonable time, was able to get eggs done various ways (one was underdone...but replaced quickly), but the spot was perfect for the event. We were in the back room at a huge table, that allowed for visiting, and was quiet enough for a speech or two.
Dinner at Blue water on Sunday was great...food, service and atmosphere was all very good. A couple of lunches on patios were perfect for the weather. Three golf games topped off the weekend. I do miss Vancouver!

Jul 02, 2013
golfer1 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver, Canada Day Weekend

Going to be in Vancouver over the Canada Day weekend, staying at the Sutton Place hotel. Another couple from Montreal will be joining us. Have not been to Vancouver for awhile, what are the restaurants we should not miss? Will be looking for dinner on Friday night and the Sunday night. No real preferences on cuisine, but want something representative of the area, seafood, west coast cuisine, innovative etc, would all be welcome. Perhaps one moderate priced, and one upscale. Not looking for tourist traps.

Thanks all!

May 27, 2013
golfer1 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Spot Prawns in Edmonton

TnT had live spot prawns this past weekend for $19.99 lb...a bit steep yes, but so delicious. We bought them on Saturday at around 6:00 PM and they did not have a lot in the tank. Not sure if they will have them next weekend or not. Steamed for about 4-5 minutes, piled onto newpapers on the table, accompanied with roasted garlic, Ginger Lime aioli, butter and lemon. Great meal!

May 27, 2013
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Tekarra V Cavell - Jasper

Last summer we stayed at JPL and had dinner at Cavell's. We were disappointed. It is not as formal as it used to be, which is OK, but it really didn't deliver on menu or service. We have been a couple of times to Tekarra, and enjoyed it a lot. All that being said, have not been to either for about a year.

May 27, 2013
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Spot Prawns in Edmonton

No thoughts...they are damn good when lightly cooked and eaten shortly after you take them home.

May 17, 2013
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Spot Prawns in Edmonton

The last couple of years TnT Supermarket has had live spot prawns during the same time as the spot prawn festival in Vancouver. The festival is on this week on the coast and there is no signs of the prawns here in Edmonton. Anybody have any idea of other places that have the live spot prawns?

Thanks!

May 16, 2013
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Costco Hot Dog Combo switching to Pepsi

Still Coke here in Edmonton.

Apr 15, 2013
golfer1 in Chains

Any other roasted broccoli haters? What are your most and least favorite roasted vegetables?

We hated roasted brocolli as well, until we tried a recipe from Cooking light. You toss the green stuff with sesame oil and chili garlic sauce, roast for 5 minutes, add chopped garlic and roast another 5. Delish! OK, i guess it is another "my recipe is different" approach...but really it is!

Mar 11, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

PB&J - Jelly in US, Jam in Canada

For me it is crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jam. In a pinch, creamy peanut butter, but only strawberry jam will do.

Feb 22, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

PB&J - Jelly in US, Jam in Canada

Anyone know why the difference in the two countries. When i have had them in the US, most times it is with Jam, not Jelly, but they call it Jelly.

Feb 22, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

How do you take your hard boiled eggs (when you eat them as-is)?

Sounds great! Isn't most bread "wheat" bread. Does wheat bread mean whole wheat, or brown bread or?

Feb 22, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

What's your Achilles Heel in the kitchen?

Pan sauces and scalloped potatoes. I make a great poultry gravy, but beef, lamb pork etc never have the depth of flavour that i am looking for.

The scalloped potatoes...always come out raw...follow recipes and time, and they always come out too firm.

Feb 07, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

When judging the quality of a diner, how important is the coffee?

coffee is very important in a diner. It must been hot, fresh and full bodied. IMHO

Feb 04, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

Why no Peanut Butter for breakfast in US?

Just recently in States, and the two places we were for Breakfast (Carrows and an independant place) both said they did not have peanut butter. Hotels tend to have it, but others don't seem to.

Jan 04, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

Why no Peanut Butter for breakfast in US?

How come there are few restaurants in the US that have peanut butter available for breakfast? Many, if not all, in Canada will have it on the table along with Jams and honey, but it is rare in the US. Is peanut butter just for lunch?

Jan 04, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

Products you miss when you're abroad

Milk...cold milk

Jan 03, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

Things you wish were commercially available?

Demi Glaze. Yes it is available by mail order etc...but would be nice if it was available in grocery stores...along with quality stocks.

Jan 02, 2013
golfer1 in General Topics

EMP lunch review (short)

We were there for lunch in September, and asked about the empty tables, and was told it was because of the new menu, and the tighter time restrictions at lunch from the customers.

Nov 29, 2012
golfer1 in Manhattan

Nineteen [Edmonton ]

Chef Fung has quite a reputation, and has won a few awards, and the food at Blackhawk was great, so I'm sure he will do well. There is quite a bit of money in the SW as well, not just in Windemere, and outside of the chains, not much of a dining selection. I wish him well.

Nov 19, 2012
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Nineteen [Edmonton ]

I didn't notice if there were or not, but the place is not too large, and the chef is top notch, so I am sure (i hope) that they can accomodate you.

Nov 15, 2012
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Ousia Restaurant, Edmonton

On my to do list.

Nov 14, 2012
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

YEG: Tumbleweeds BBQ

Sounds interesting. More BBQ!

Nov 14, 2012
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Nineteen [Edmonton ]

Nineteen opened last week just off of the Henday and Rabbit Hill Road. I stopped in last Thursday for a Peek and a bite. Nice space, very comfortable and upscale. I sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple of items off of the bar menu, the blue cheese mussels with frites and the tuna twists. The owner/chef brought the tuna dish from BLackhawk golf course where he was the chef. It is Thai spiced noodles twisted around a fork, topped with ahi tuna and a dollop of wasabi. Very nice. The mussels were a generous serving of very plump mussels in a creamy blue cheese sauce. Not too blue cheesy, but just the right amount to contrast with the sweet seafood. The fries were great as well. I look forward to coming back for a full dinner.

Nov 13, 2012
golfer1 in Prairie Provinces

Most "New York" addition to eating itenerary?

Yup.

Oct 11, 2012
golfer1 in Manhattan

Most "New York" addition to eating itenerary?

We had lunch at EMP 4 weeks ago, and was very surprised at the "casual" dress of the others. There were guys in shorts and t's, torn jeans, sloppy dress etc. There was of course suits and sports jackets, skirts and dresses as well, but at least half of the clientele were underdressed IMHO.

Oct 11, 2012
golfer1 in Manhattan

What is the one item you always leave Costco with?

Lamb Chops, Almonds, Old Chedder and extra Old Balderson's cheddar, Chicken, Steak, Bread, Back Ribs, and others.

Sep 26, 2012
golfer1 in Chains

EMP cookbook ... anyone have Chef Humm sign a copy?

It was on a stand at the front desk...not too discreet!

Sep 25, 2012
golfer1 in Manhattan