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OH NO !!! Cartems coming to Main & 6th

Ahhh, so much easier to get to than Gastown for when I'm in town. Can't wait!!! Thanks for the heads up LR!

May 26, 2015
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recent kitchen remodel? What's the best and worse of the new "technologies" you included?

I love our drawer dishwashers since it's just two of us. I don't create a ton of dishes so it's nice not to constantly wait a week to fill up the dishwasher.

French door fridge, I lived with a side by side for too long. Couldn't prep large trays of food since the side by side couldn't fit the tray! We got a Samsung and it has the shelves that can slide halfway out of the way for extra tall items too. Love!

I do need to install a garbage disposal (surprisingly uncommon in Bermuda) and need some upright inserts to stand my baking sheets and cutting boards upright.

Once upon a time, I had a condo with central vacuum that had a little kickplate at the base of the cabinet connected to the vacuum. Was great, I could sweep everything to this little vent, open it up and voila, was gone. Didn't need to haul out the vacuum, just a broom.

All You Can Eat Lionfish, an over population solution

Here in Bermuda, their population is definitely on the rise and local restaurants are starting to feature it since the supply is a bit more steady.
I've had it as sashimi, it's very nice, light, reminds me of snapper in texture but not a ton of flavor.
The local bio station tries to get the local population involved and has featured a local lion fish tournament to get the divers to fish them and get the people to try it afterwards. A win win to try and overcome their predatory habits of destroying everything on a reef.

Jan 19, 2015
bdachow in Food Media & News

Bermuda Eats

You'll be visiting during local lobster season which is always a nice treat. Local lobsters are the spiny variety, with no claws. Most restaurants will have it on the menu. If you're not a big eater, some may have their smaller cousins, guinea chicks, as well. I personally prefer the guinea chicks.

Since it's your mini-moon, there's a couple restaurants that are a little more romantic than others. Tom Moore's Tavern is a lovely restaurant, set in an old Bermuda house, many people have weddings there. It is located a fair distance from the hotel, closer to the airport.

Another option (weather dependent) for romance, dinner on the beach can be arranged at Coconuts Restaurant at The Reefs hotel (just down the road from your hotel). They have a new chef in and I've gotten good reviews from my friends so far.

For some local seafood, if you like sushi, I'd suggest either Beluga Bar or Pearl Sushi, both located in the City of Hamilton. Beluga Bar had some lionfish sashimi in one night but you may want to call ahead and ask if they have any. It's definitely unique to Bermuda and other Caribbean islands. Otherwise, Pearl is usually quite good about using local fish. Look for bonita, rockfish, hogfish, tuna, or wahoo, those are usually local but ask to be sure.

If you're in St. George's, touring around, try either Wahoo's (they cook wahoo fish very well) or Tempest, both have good food. Or for a budget friendly but gut busting/food coma option, head to Art Mel's Spicy Dicy for a fish sandwich, very good but very large. If you're not big eaters, split a sandwich or opt for a fish on a bun instead. You can gussy it up however you like, I prefer adding coleslaw and hot sauce but some just like to add a slice of cheese and tartar sauce.

If you head the other way to Dockyard, others have recommended Freeport, located at the entrance for their seafood. I've not made it there so can't comment. Otherwise, the Dockyard Pastry and Bakery is a nice spot for lunch (closed for dinner). They're located next to the crew quarters, across the street from Bermy Berry (frozen yogurt).

Another local specialty is the fish chowder (not cream based), laced with some black rum and sherry pepper sauce. Many restaurants serve it and opinions differ on who has the best version. I'm not an expert on it as I don't love it so can't recommend any place in particular.

If you're here over a weekend, many restaurants serve a traditional Bermudian breakfast, consisting of salted codfish over boiled potatoes with sliced avocado and bananas. It's meant as a very hearty meal to last you through the day, it'll stick to your ribs.

For something on the more budget friendly options, the 2 Indian restaurants in the City of Hamilton, Ruby Murray's and House of India both serve wonderful Indian food. Ruby Murray's is quite popular, having opened recently, so reservations for dinner are recommended. Be careful though, the restaurant can get quite loud. House of India is located on the edge of the city, they have a lovely lunch buffet that lets you be non-committal about any particular dish. Otherwise, their dinner menu is quite extensive.

If you're feeling lazy and stay in, the Gastropub at the hotel is quite nice. Unfortunately, I believe The Dock has closed for the season. Waterlot is quite good if you're looking for a steak but it can get quite pricey.

Think that covers some basics. I'll give it a think some more as well.

Six Second Graders Go To Daniel...

Lol, I remember I had the same reaction to caviar the first time I had it, I was about the same age. I can say as an adult, I appreciate the saltiness and texture more now.

Oct 13, 2014
bdachow in Food Media & News

Bermuda Eats

First off, congratulations on the mini honeymoon.

Where are you planning on staying and how many days do you have? I ask since I don't want to send you all around the island since transportation on the island is limited to buses, taxis (can get pricey) or renting a scooter (which I don't tend to recommend since the roads are quite narrow and windy, plus we drive on the other side of the road from North America).

As for being over-priced, it's all relative, but please keep in mind that all our food is shipped in from elsewhere usually, tends to make things more expensive (you'll definitely get sticker shock if you walk into a grocery store here).

Do you have any food aversions as well, that way I can avoid recommending sushi if you don't like seafood.


Vilamoura area?

Thanks so much for your thoughts, much appreciated!

Aug 25, 2014
bdachow in Spain/Portugal

Vilamoura area?

Looking for some recommendations in the Vilamoura/Algarve area for mid-September. We don't plan on renting a car so within easy taxi or walking distance would be nice. Willie's I believe is nearby, do we need to make advance reservations? Any other recommendations?

Thanks very much!

Aug 22, 2014
bdachow in Spain/Portugal

Sunday brunch like The Publican in Chicago

So we ended up going to The Breslin. Went around 10am on Sunday and it wasn't super busy which was great as we had a very inquisitive toddler with us. Tried the following items:
Kolache - reminded me of a Chinese bakery bun but with Western breakfast items inside (cheese, egg and sausage). The bun was very light and fluffy and it definitely would make a great portable breakfast to go.
Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with bourbon and vanilla - Sandwich doesn't really describe it well as it came out shaped like a dome. They soak the crumbs in bourbon before dipping and deep frying it. Was very decadent and rich but some bites, the bourbon was a little overpowering. Couldn't discern a lot of banana flavour.
Baked egg with prosciutto and stuffed squash blossoms - eggs came out nice and runny, perfect to go with the toast points to smush and dip. You definitely needed to smush the dish as some bites with the prosciutto ended up to salty but bites with just stuffed squash blossoms were a little too mild.
Blueberry and cornmeal pancakes - had just a small bite and really enjoyed it. They came 3 to a plate (larger than tennis ball diameters, a bit small perhaps) but were pretty tasty. Cornmeal added a nice texture (which the toddler did not enjoy by the way).
Steak and eggs with tomatillo sauce - perfectly cooked steak and runny eggs, the tomatillo sauce definitely livened up the dish and made it a hit.
Side of bacon - nice tasting bacon, good smoke, not too salty and smokey but suffered from wimpy bacon syndrome, I like mine definitely crunchier than it was served.

Overall a nice brunch. The room had atmosphere (and lots of things to distract the toddler's eyes). Bonus points on the booth with multiple charger plugs for use. Probably a bit pricey for portion size but I'm a light eater so was quite satisfied overall. Didn't see the total since I got beat to the bill.

Jul 21, 2014
bdachow in Manhattan

Sunday brunch like The Publican in Chicago

Thanks everyone. Gonna run The Breslin past him. Might be able to hook him on the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Jul 16, 2014
bdachow in Manhattan

Sunday brunch like The Publican in Chicago

We're going to be in NYC this weekend and my fiance was thinking brunch (instead of dim sum...sad for me). Anyways, we loved the brunch we had at the Publican in Chicago and were hoping for something fun and innovative along those lines. I ran the menus of the following places past him and got a big fat zero from him, any other suggestions (preferably that take reservations)?

Nomad, Locanda Verde, Colicchio & Sons, David Burke Kitchen, Public and Prune.

Thanks very much in advance everyone!

Jul 15, 2014
bdachow in Manhattan

Offaly good: how many of these "daring" dishes have you tried in Vancouver?

Sigh...I would love to try them all although I've eaten most of those things at various other places. I miss Vancouver and my fellow hounds. :(

What do you eat when sick?

Congee, pho, ramen, anything soupy with noodles in it. Occasionally, a zhong with the fatty pork in it.

When my IBS kicks in, I stop eating...sadly.

Jul 10, 2014
bdachow in General Topics

What Foods have You Eaten That Were Past The 'Best By' or 'Expired Date'

Yogurt as long as the top wasn't distended. I usually do any canned goods, I've kept eggs for months and eaten them to no ill effect. Box juices too.

As long as it smells ok, the package isn't bulging or have a fur coat, should be good. :)

Feb 18, 2014
bdachow in General Topics

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Oh to have a DW....I can keep dreaming!

Feb 14, 2014
bdachow in Not About Food

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Your behaviour is definitely not unusual or unique. I don't have a dishwasher and I don't have a ton of dishes so I'm constantly cleaning to re-use. Plus in the summer here in Bermuda, if I leave anything out too long, it attracts the ants hence the cleaning compulsion.

Feb 12, 2014
bdachow in Not About Food

Kits Happenings

Am buying the Little Sheep packs from T&T. They have2 kinds, the spicy one and a regular herbal/plain one. Love the spicy one as do many of my friends down here, we moderate it a bit by not dumping the entire contents of the oil packet. Lol. Otherwise, pretty tasty. The plain was interesting, i may stick to a plain miso one next time though, the herbs in it remind me too much of my mom's herbal soups as a kid which took me hours to swallow.

Jan 05, 2014
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kits Happenings

Alas....back to the packaged stuff. :(

Dec 26, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beaucoup Praise for Beaucoup Bakery

Have been in twice now and not had bad service on either occasion. First was this past weekend, had mini chocolate croissants, cheese croissant, cinnamon scroll and the peanut butter cookie. Everything was really good. Croissants were flaky and buttery, leaving a lovely butter flavor finish and a mess of shards everywhere. Cookie extremely rich and decadent, major peanuty flavor, the filling was so light and mousse like almost. Scroll was crunchy and had a lovely intense flavor. Second trip had a cheese and onion scone, tropical scone, americano and latte. Was surprised how much i enjoyed my americano, was smooth and not acidic with a sweet flavor. Much better than one I had at Elysian before. Scones were big thumbs up, very light, crunchy outside, tender and moist and buttery inside. Tropical is macadamia, pineapple, coconut and white chocolate. Really enjoyable. Fortunately, am staying around the corner so gonna try again to try the koigh (sp?) amann. They were out by the time we rolled over. Coffee is 49th parallel I believe.

Dec 24, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

BERMUDA in December

Glad to hear that everything was wonderful. Ascot's has always known how to treat its customers and glad you enjoyed the pastry shop.

Kits Happenings

Thanks GE! Counting down days!

Dec 17, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Let's See How Smart You Are....

Lol, I got 7. Apparently I should stay put in Canada and strangely I got the China one wrong (and I'm Chinese), Mom always told me about the starving kids in Africa.

Dec 12, 2013
bdachow in Not About Food

Kits Happenings

Ooohhhhh....I've taken to buying the pre-packaged hot pot soup mixes from them at T&T and really quite enjoy them (although it was way too hot here still last weekend when I whipped it out), can not wait to actually try their store front. Alas, I'm guessing not opening before the new year?

Dec 12, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Portuguese egg tarts: where do you get yours?

GE, did you try them at Cafe Bica yet? Will be back in town over Xmas with the Portuguese fiance (yeah me!) in tow and looking forward to some good Portuguese egg tarts. GIsle is conveniently located for me.

Nov 29, 2013
bdachow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Do you moderate your drinking around your family?

Definitely not, with a winemaker for a cousin and my parents generation called the Frowny people by my young niece, it takes more drinking to get me through a family meal without wanting to get up and walk right out on them. After 60 years of being siblings, you'd think my mom would eventually stop squabbling over the same arguments. *roll eyes*.....

Thank goodness it's usually once a year now that I live abroad. :)

Nov 27, 2013
bdachow in Not About Food

BERMUDA in December

Did you get to try Tribe Road Kitchen when you here last? Corner of King Street and Reid Street in Hamilton?

In Dockyard, there is the pastry shop that does sandwiches, it's closer to BoneFish, in a little courtyard, next door to the crew sleeping quarters. I love their quiche and you can get a nice loaf of bread from them for your breakfasts.

In town, on Court Street, upstairs from Chewstick (not sure what the cross street is), there's a chicken and waffle joint that I haven't gotten around to trying yet.

By Elbow Beach hotel, near the residents area, there is a little place called Thyme that opened recently, again, I haven't made it there yet.

Southampton Princess has the Gastropub which replaced the Newport Room. I'm a big fan of the burger and steak tartare. Open for dinner only I believe. Not sure if they'll switch to winter hours as well come December.

Otherwise, more upscale is Red Steakhouse in town. The usual, steakhouse fare. I prefer their lunch to their dinner, steak salad was very nice.

That's all I can remember off the top of my head.

And of course, congratulations on 25 years. Wishing you both all the best for another 25!

CHOW Reviews: Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System

I inherited one from my BF. Use it to grind coffee beans and smoothies and that's it. Everything else, I have a knife for or my handy Bamix for making soups. :)

Sep 28, 2013
bdachow in Cookware

Bermuda Birthday Trip Dinner Plans

I like Wahoo's especially for their wahoo preparations since it's a fish that easily dries out if overcooked slightly.

Dinner at The Point is nice, I had a very nice dinner there quite a while ago but have never made it back (it's a bit of a trek for us).

Mad Hatter's is nice, good value for money I think. The fun hats make it a little zany but in a fun way. Sides are served family style and the food is solid cooking but nothing too avant garde.

Not been to Coconuts so defer to Athena for that. I'm a big fan of The Dining Room at Gibb's Hill Lighthouse. I like the views over the island and water and food is good when I've been for brunch (it's the same restaurant group as Rustico's mentioned by Athena). If you go, try and request a table by a window.

Good luck, welcome back and happy pre birthday!!!!

The Reefs Bermuda

Ditto, although it might have been more than a year when I went for dinner, service was excellent, food was terrible. May have to put it back on the visit list.

Bermuda Restaurant Recommendations

It's not super strict about the smoking, in buildings yes, outside on the street, don't think anyone fusses.

Good luck with the ginger beer, it's obviously a personal taste thing, some like it more "gingery" than others. :)