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Christmas dinner - Turkey? Prime rib? Ham? And where to source it?

I'd go with turkey. I honestly wouldn't worry too much about where you get it from. All the places you list will have good turkeys.

Get a meat thermometer so you don't have to worry about cooking temps. You also must make gravy from scratch! Gravy is really easy...it's just turkey drippings and I add some water from the boiled spuds. Then you need something to thicken it up. I use a flour and water mixture. There's lots of easy recipes on the internet I'm sure.

The thing about turkey is you should let it rest after it comes out of the oven for at least an hour. Just tent it with some foil and start prepping the other stuff while it rests.

You won't really need the oven for anything else. Some typical accoutrements with turkey are mashed spuds & steamed veggies. These can be made on your cooktop.

Give yourself plenty of time as turkey's can take several hours to cook depending on size. Just look up cooking times online. I think the Butterball site has a little chart.

Good luck!

Dec 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant recommendation

Yes, that is downtown. There are no houses at Robson & Seymour so I hope you were not ripped off! Is it an apartment you rented?

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant recommendation

A few places to checkout depending on what you like....
Also where is the house you rented?

West Coast/Farm to Table
Farmer's Apprentice

Seafood/French inspired
Blue Water Cafe

French/West Coast
L'abbatoir

Old School French
Le Crocodile

Italian (high end)
Cioppino's

Italian (mid)
La Buca
La Quercia

Modern indian
Vij's (no resos, go early or wait forever)

Sushi
Blue Water Cafe
Octopus Garden

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seattleites in Downtown Vanc

"We're staying at L'Hermitage New Year's Eve thru Saturday pm. No car this trip"

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seattleites in Downtown Vanc

Not sure why you would go to Kits if staying downtown?

Anyway, you must check out L'abbatoir in Gastown. I also love Pourhouse for a snack and a drink. The bartenders at both of these places are top notch. Order some cocktails and get loose! You could also take a walk through Gastown and bar hop - tons of great spots.

A newish place that is getting lots of love is Farmer's Apprentice. It is worth the short jaunt from downtown.

Also, if you're looking for a higher end option I'd suggest Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown. It's been around a long time and for good reason. Some say it is too "corporate" but I don't get that vibe there at all.

You can wear jeans to any joint in town although some of the Yaletown "hot spots" might frown upon this. I would rather go to McDonald's than any of these places.

As for breakfast, a very popular spot is Cafe Medina. Just expect a crowd.

Dec 09, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best izakaya for a Birthday party?

Thanks all!
I think I'll give Kingyo a shot as I've never been. I've been wanting to check it out for ages.
I'll report back at the end of Dec!

Nov 21, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best izakaya for a Birthday party?

Looking for an izakaya that can host a party of 10 or so. Only requirement is great food of course!

Any suggestions?

Nov 18, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Dinners in Vancouver

Le Croc is an institution in Vancouver. It is quite unfair to right it off due to your singular experience. It is easily the top French restaurant in the city if you ask me and I would recommend it without hesitation.

Keep in mind it is a fine dining restaurant and the crowd is a little older (but not all 60+)! I'm in my late 30s if that helps any.

If you want a more "hip/happening" room look elsewhere.

Nov 13, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Potholes in the Vancouver Dining Scene and a Thumbs Up to the Folks of La Buca/Pied de Terre

Come on - you cannot compare Van to London!

Vancouver pop: 600,000
London pop: 8.3 million

Good restaurant for family in Whistler?

Araxi is the best joint in Whistler if you ask me. Not cheap though!

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Huge bummer. I love this place.

Nov 06, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Dinners in Vancouver

A few recs:

As mentioned L'abbatoir is a great spot.

Indian - Vij's
Old School French - Le Crocodile

I'll let others chime in on the many Chinese options as it is not my area of expertise!

Nov 04, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

La Buca game and mushroom menu

I haven't but I can tell you this. Every time I go to La Buca I make sure to order risotto as a starter to share. They make fantastic risotto! Also, they have the best pannacotta in the city. Enjoy and please report back!

Oct 29, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Take Out/Delivery Pizza

I'm not all that serious about my hipster comment. I'm sure some hipsters love a good deep dish pie too although it might get stuck in their beards.

Take Out/Delivery Pizza

This won't help you much as it's not in your hood but I like to order from Double DD in Kits. It's old school stuff. None of this flimsy thin crust hipster crap!
http://www.ddpizza.ca/DDPizza/Menu.html

Oct 20, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Italian pasta in Vancouver - what's your vote?

Very odd on the tea! I was at Bufala recently and my wife asked for tea. Our waitress responds "Sorry, we're not setup for hot water."

I let it slide but my internal WTF meter skyrocketed.

Oct 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bishop's 2014--How is it?

It was great when I was there last. However, that was not in 2014. I'd love to hear some 2014 reports also. Just so you are aware, it is a very refined (aka quiet) room.

Purebread 'n the Hood-It's Open!!!

Great news & walking distance from my office to boot. Do they offer any lunch items at all? Or just tasty loaves?

Oct 08, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

C restaurant gone?

Not surprised. I haven't seen a recommendation for "C" in ages on here.

Oct 07, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Let's talk turkey

It's all about the gravy guys.
Make this one, trust me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBPsA...

Also, rest your bird for a few hours after cooking!

Oct 03, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Taiwanese braised pork belly inside bun ("gua bao" / 割包)

Pretty sure I had some of those at Bao Bei last time I was there & they were fantastic!

Oct 03, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good salads in Van?

I just had the chorizo salad at Catch 122 and it was outstanding! Two house-made chorizo sausage, slow roasted cherry tomato, fennel, arugula, frisée. I shall return.

Oct 02, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best restaurant on this list? Need your vote!

On your list I've been to Bao Bei, Wildebeest and Chambar. Of the three, I'd cross off Wildebeest. Chambar and Bao Bei have very different cuisine types obviously so it depends on your food preferences.

Bao Bei has a table in the back that should work for a group of 10 - might be a little tight though.

Bao Bei and Chambar certainly fit the "cool decor" requirement.

Oct 01, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Ramen or Sushi and a splurge

Farmer's Apprentice you mean? Very good restaurant indeed! It's fairly casual and not really a full on splurge I'd say. Value is exceptional though.

Not sure on resos - give them a call.

Sep 23, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Ramen or Sushi and a splurge

If you don't mind jumping on a short SkyTrain ride check out Kishimoto. Easily the city's best value for fantastic sushi! Just be ready to wait awhile for a table.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/159992...

I like Blue Water Cafe a lot for a special occasion. I'd also consider Cioppino's or Le Crocodile depending on what kind of food/vibe you like.

Sep 23, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver from SF

Awesome list here! Agree on Farmers' Apprentice...best meal I've had in awhile.

I have to respectfully disagree with Pear Tree, however. I find the room tired and outdated. The meal I had there was atrocious which did not help! I do know many people rave about the food though. I'm still so very confused about my evening there :/

For your splurge dinner I'd go with Cioppino's, Blue Water Cafe or Le Crocodile. For sushi do not miss Octopus Garden.

Sep 22, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good salads in Van?

meh

Sep 19, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good salads in Van?

It is indeed Arbutus Ridge. A perfectly situated neighborhood if you need several hundred options for yoga or high end haircuts.

Sep 18, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good salads in Van?

I live at 21st and Arbutus which is a bit of a no-mans land between Kits and Kerrisdale.

Sep 18, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good salads in Van?

Is this a serious question? I could list 20 easily. Three in my neighborhood alone would be Bufala, Temaki and La Buca. I would much rather go to these than Cactus.

Sep 18, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)