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Korean on Robson Street?

Parking on Nicola St last week to go to Tavola we noted several (2 or 3) Korean restaurants on Robson towards Denman. Wondering which of these would be considered worth a try since we are not Korean experts (but have always enjoyed it) and not prepared to drive all the way out to Coquitlam. Suggestions appreciated

May 27, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Retirement Dinner in Burnaby

Appreciate.

The guests live near Deer Lake so they go there frequently. Wanted to go somewhere different-- seems like the Pear Tree is it.

May 06, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Retirement Dinner in Burnaby

Looking to take a couple for a nice dinner (read: tablecloths and nice flatware) to celebrate their retirement. Was thinking of the Pear Tree but then noticed good recent reviews for Trattoria Burnaby on Kingsway by Metrotown (an area I usually try to avoid). Anyone been to this relatively new place and is it nice from an atmosphere point of view for such an occasion? If not one of these 2, other suggestions?

May 05, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

That is the plan.

Apr 30, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pushcart dim sum - updates ?

Cambie Flamingo at Cambie around 59th still has mostly pushcart. On weekends it is crowded but the food comes out fresh and hot.

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

Some friends from out of town looking for a place to be married and then a dinner for about 12. They called places like Seasons etc but prices are out of their range. So, thoughts for a nice restaurant with a room that would seat 12-15 for dinner after the wedding? (Location pretty flexible in Vancouver).

Apr 22, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Birthday dinner in Monterosso al Mare

Looking for suggestions for this for September 7. Because half the party will be arriving late that afternoon, need a nice place in Monterosso rather than any of the other CT villages. Nice atmosphere, great food, and good wine list much desired for a friend's special birthday.

Mar 25, 2015
J and V in Italy

Birthday dinner in Shanghai June

My wife will be having a significant birthday in June and we have decided to spend a few days in Shanghai to celebrate. We are staying at the Peninsula on the Bund and wondering about where in that part of town to go for a special birthday dinner? M on the Bund, Jean-Georges, where would be a good place for a more formal dinner? (Fully intending to enjoy lots of other good food but this is a splurge night).

Cheese fondue in Vancouver

A friend wants to try a good Swiss style cheese fondue but not sure where this might be found. Suggestions appreciated.

Jan 04, 2015
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Are "small plates" just a trend (I hope)

Have been to an increasing number of Vancouver places lately where everything is "for the table, small plates, no particular order, etc". I don't mind being convivial with my dining companions but if I am ordering something I generally want to enjoy it myself (taste for taste with spouse of course) rather than having 4 or 6 people piling into one little plate of whatever comes at what time. Am I out of touch or is this just a fad?

Dec 21, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy Ras El Hanout in Vancouver?

Looking at a recipe in a mag today which called for Ras El Hanout, I noticed that one of the original ingredients in the Moroccan version was Cantharides, aka Spanish Fly. For health reasons this has been banned since the 90s but thought it an interesting footnote.

Nov 11, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

C restaurant gone?

While I do not know Mr. Kambolis and do not wish him ill I find his comment at the end of the article to be a bit self-pitying. To state that "fine dining isn't what it used to be" implies that it is the fault of the diners of Vancouver. Having been to Le Crocodile, the Blue Water Cafe, Cioppino, and Hy's Encore recently there did not seem to be any shortage of appreciative customers at any of them.

High end dim sum in the area

Second Red Star but note that the menu is printed in Mandarin only and the "picture menu" only shows about 20 items, mostly those which are pretty standard. Always frustrating to see great looking food and have no idea how to order it next time.

Oct 20, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Near Bentley Hotel on E 62 at York

Staying one night later this month at the Bentley and wondering about 1) a late night casual spot for one person for dinner on a Wednesday and 2) a great breakfast spot nearby. Late would need to be after 10:30 PM so probably a deli or maybe casual Italian but suggestions appreciated.

Oct 15, 2014
J and V in Manhattan

Bucatini pasta?

Used to buy Barilla brand bucatini at Stongs on Dunbar but it seems to have disappeared from there and other places we have looked on the west side of Vancouver. Anyone seen it lately anywhere west of Main St? (not stuck on the brand but do like bucatini over other long pastas)

Oct 09, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Birthday dinner in Barcelona September 7

Appreciate this rec-- they are closed on Sunday but we went on the Monday and had a fabulous dinner at a reasonable price. All of us agreed that they deserve their Michelin star.

Sep 21, 2014
J and V in Spain/Portugal

Amateur cooking classes in Vancouver?

We had previously enjoyed and benefited from classes at the old Dubrulle Cooking School and the now closed Cook Shop in City Square. So question is, where are there interesting cooking classes for amateurs in Vancouver now? Prefer hands on with a chance to enjoy the food at the end of the evening (with a glass of wine?). Whatever cuisines but thought this might be an interesting conversation.

Aug 22, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sablefish versus Alaska Black Cod

Sorry if this is a bit mundane but is there any difference between these? Wikipedia implies they are the same but at a local very well known Japanese restaurant this week, the hostess spent time noting how this was sablefish, NOT Alaska black cod. Is this just a marketing thing like Copper River salmon? Is one more sustainable than the other?

Aug 16, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Detroit near Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Like others, have noted the inability to reply to comments but felt I should give feedback since I am now home from Detroit. Went to Wright and Co on Thursday night and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Service was friendly and reasonable wines by the glass. The tuna tartare was recommended as a favourite but to be honest was my least preferred of the 3 plates I ordered. Far more enjoyable were the duck liver mousse and the charcuterie plate. All in all a good experience. For breakfast Friday went to the Hudson Café and also enjoyed it. Had the huevos rancheros which were excellent (although no beans which I had always thought were mandatory for this dish). Good service in a simple atmosphere and very reasonable price. So all in all a good outcome and glad I asked--thanks to all for the ideas!

Aug 16, 2014
J and V in Great Lakes

Detroit near Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Looking for a rec for dinner Thursday evening and breakfast Friday morning. Have never been to Detroit before so prefer close to the hotel (safe walk). For breakfast, noted a place called the Ham Shop on another site but not sure if this lives up to it's reputation? Any thoughts appreciated

Aug 12, 2014
J and V in Great Lakes

Vancouver July 2014 Trip Report

Glad you found waiting for almost 2 hours at Vij's acceptable. This reinforces the owner's impression of his wonderfulness and that customers will willingly be treated like cattle to reinforce his ego. Most great restaurants have discovered something called "reservations" which allows both diner and resto to be treated with respect.

Grub on Main

Has Grub reopened after their fire earlier this year?

Jul 23, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Morning coffee/muffin in Vancouver

we need to visit the Drive from time to time for other reasons so this would allow and exemption from the west of Main criteria! Thanks.

Jul 23, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Morning coffee/muffin in Vancouver

appreciate the suggestion..we have been buying his bread since he was on Broadway and like him and his staff. Will give it a try.

Jul 23, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Morning coffee/muffin in Vancouver

West side limitation is just to try to minimize drive/gas use and help the environment.

Jul 15, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Morning coffee/muffin in Vancouver

Being recently retired, my wife and I are looking to expand our selection of places to enjoy a leisurely coffee/baked goods in the morning(s). Nothing against the coffee at the "green mermaid" but what we want is a combination of people watching ambience, good coffee and tea, and a nice selection of baked goods, preferably fresh and in house ( free parking an added bonus). We have relied on JJ Bean at Main and 14, Bean Around the World at 21 and Main, the cinnamon bun place at Alma and 10th, and a few others on the west side. So, looking for suggestions anywhere west of Main that fit the bill. Hope there are some little pleasant places we have missed and would like to try.

Jul 15, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

where to buy a cleaned octopus

Saw an interesting recipe for grilled octopus on the weekend but noted that the instructions were to "clean the octopus and remove the head". I am not hesitant to do this but I have no idea which parts to keep and which to throw away so I thought it made a lot more sense to just buy a fresh cleaned/beheaded one. Any suggestions? (last post on this I saw was from 2009 and things change).

Jun 17, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Birthday dinner in Barcelona September 7

agree. We decided on the W for various reasons but we have been there before so knew that it is a bit out of the way. Will have time to try other places as well as the birthday dinner but want to do something nice on the day as you only turn 65 once!

Jun 12, 2014
J and V in Spain/Portugal

Birthday dinner in Barcelona September 7

appreciate the ideas! Question, has anyone eaten in the Bravo 24 restaurant in the W Hotel (which turns out to be where we will be staying)? J and V

Jun 12, 2014
J and V in Spain/Portugal

Any good Burmese restaurant in town ??

thanks to both for the advice.

May 30, 2014
J and V in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)