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Fresh whole wheat pasta

he makes 2 types of pasta:

whole wheat and white flour.

I know this may come as a surprise to you but quality goods cost more. If you want low quality then you can find some Olivieri in the refrigerated department at Save on Foods.

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

Fresh whole wheat pasta

This guy sells at the farmers markets and it is top shelf quality.


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

Looking for solid patisserie (birthday cake) between Nanaimo & Parksville

I go to Parksville regularly and have tried to find high quality foods and its pretty tough.

Dairy Queen?

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

Return of the refuel burger at Campagnolo, Vancouver

I went here a couple of nights ago. The burger is better then the refuel burger. It juicy and is extremely flavourful. The sauce and cheese were spot on.

At $8.50 (plus $4 for fries) its a steal.

Apr 13, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kaplan's closed ???

Romanian is unparalleled, along with Hess in Jerusalem.

Omnitsky's products are second rate and terribly overpriced.

Apr 07, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kaplan's closed ???

Kaplan's is being replaced by Omnitsky's:


They are moving from their Cambie location and replacing Kaplan's. Their products are ok.

Apr 07, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best place to buy a French press or ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

If you want to go high end then get an espro press or a stainless one. They are pricey but they will last forever. Its probably a worthwhile purchase

The glass ones will break and are expensive and a pain in the arse to replace.

or go low end:

Its works great and when you break it....just buy a new one.

Mar 25, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

cheapest butcher for natural meats?

Windsor Meats had decent (not great) prices and they have special 'cuts' for dog food.

Feb 11, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Ramen

Hello again.

This weekend a good friend of mine is coming to visit from Seattle. He is an absolute ramen fiend. I do not have much knowledge of ramen places in the city so I need your help. I am looking for the the top 2 or 3 places in the lower mainland. Price and location are no object. The only thing that matter is the best tasting.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Feb 11, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

small group dinner?!

Hey All,

I am looking to go for a nice dinner for 8 people. The original plan was to go to Les Faux Bourgeios but they can't accommodate 8 on the night we want.

We would like something around the same price range, but are not feeling like anything Asian.

Any suggestions?

Jan 13, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Update on Indian in Vancouver?

Check out Mirichi at 63rd and Granville. Its not the nicest looking place, but the food is absolutely outstanding. They don't have a website so here is the yelp (gasp, sorry) link.


Jan 13, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant near Cellar jazz club?

+1 for The Wolf and Hound. Among the best pub food in the city. Great pot pies, poutine, and beef dip. Also a nice selection of beers on tap and a really chill atmosphere.

Jan 07, 2014
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beaucoup Praise for Beaucoup Bakery

I have only had really excellent baking from Beaucoup. My only issue is that I find the place a little too 'precious' for my liking. Its just not my style. Additionally, the staff are far too pretentious, why can't they have some fun, or even crack a smile.

I do however continue to return for the tasty treats.

Dec 03, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO american cheese

Ya, I wasn't looking for slices.

The suggestions of Target was great - thanks.

Thanks all for the suggestions. If I find any I will report back!

Nov 27, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO american cheese

I'm not looking for individually wrapped slices, I'm looking for a block of american cheese, or a place that will slice it.

I know that this site typically caters to 'higher quality' goods, but I want to make a classic home style grilled cheese.

Nov 26, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)


Over the last couple of years pizza has taken a giant step in Vancouver. We now have some great options and differing styles.

Which have you tried? What are your favorites?

Some places to reference are:
Via Tevere
Pizza Farina
Nicli Antica
Don't Argue

Looking forward to hearing your opinions!

Nov 05, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Kitsilano Butcher

About a year ago I made it a point to visit many butcher shops. I was curious about service, ethical products, prices, quality. Here are a few of my views:

Windsor Meats (on Main): awesome service, decent prices, top quality meats. They are happy to cut to specifications, no matter how large or small the order. I once had them cut 2 inch think porterhouse steaks, that ended up being the best steaks I have ever cooked. Also, their marinated products are quite tasty Their sausages are average. Overall, the best in the city.

Pete's Meats: Great service, excellent quality, good sausages, Very inconsistent selection. I basically stopped buying here because it was impossible to know what they had in stock.

Harkness and Co: I visited here 3 times. Each time I had snotty service, and was generally disappointing with the selection.

Honest Butcher: It was great, really top notch. I haven't visited the shop that replaced it yet.

Rio Friendly Meats: Great prices, excellent sausages, not always the best quality. If you live in the area its worth a visit. Nice folks too!

Sebastian and Co: Great place, but its too far to drive to West Van for a butcher.

Nov 04, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

has anyone been to Bon Ton (Kits) lately?

My family has been enjoying pastries from Bon Ton for years, since their Granville location. I remember going for pastries with my grandmother years ago.

We still, on special occasions, get a diplomat cake and some of their pastries. They are always amazing. The Canadian Cheese is worth a drive across town. The butter cream is awesome and their pastries are perfect. Also, their butter buns are to die for. Around Christmas they make a very good panettone as well.

Their service is atrocious and crusty. Its really bad.

Also, they are not a 'cool and trendy' like the other bakeries around (Haas, Beaucoup. etc) so that surely stops many people from going or knowning about them.

Oct 27, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Korean BBQ in Richmond tonight!

Does good KBBQ actually exist? I am pretty sure it is all 'meh'.

Oct 19, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where can I buy Monin syrup?

or you could just make your own. Simple syrup + vanilla extract for an quick fix. For a tastier and more time consuming option use real vanilla beans

Sep 27, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

sauce with local tomatoes

Hey Folks,

I would like to make sauce, primarily for pizzas, and some pasta with local tomatoes. Which tomato variety is best?! Also, where is a good local to get these varieties?


Aug 17, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)


Hello All,

It has been a while since croissants were discussed so I thought I would make a post! Who makes the best croissants in Vancouver -plain or stuffed!

Here are a few options:
-Thomas Haas
-Beaucoup Bakery
-Patisserie Bourdeaux
-Beyond Bread Artisan Bakery

Personally, I have found that Faubourg is tops!

Jul 31, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Parksville/Qualicum Beach

Thank you to those who responded.

Parksville and Qualicum are pretty low on quality food establishments. Bread and Honey looked like it had promise but is closed on the weekends.

I did have a nice visit to Qualicum Cheeseworks. There was a jazz concert, which was great, and the grounds are lovely. The cheese is good, not great, but good.

The saving graces were the local grocery stores that had excellent local produce at very reasonable prices.

Thanks again.

Jul 18, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Parksville/Qualicum Beach

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Jul 11, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ragazzi Pizza freezer burn

Enough of this ;)

check out this video - I think you will all enjoy it.


Jun 29, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ragazzi Pizza freezer burn

you tasted freezer burn from canned olives? ...sure...

Jun 29, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ragazzi Pizza freezer burn

your taste buds must be off.

I can't imagine, in any way, a veggie slice of pizza being frozen from a reputable pizza place like Regazzi.

Dough is always fresh and same with veggies. Maybe if it was a meat pizza, some of the meat could have been frozen.

My guess is that you confused freezer burn with something else.

Jun 28, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Challah / Egg bread in Vancouver (Area)?

Sabra Bakery is hands down the best in the city. They only make them on Fridays and often sell out so get there early. Solly's is a good second option.

Jun 20, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best breads in the Lower Mainland, 2013 version

The breads at Union are made by Chris Brown (Rise Artisan Baking). He does a lot of farmer's markets as well. I think he is the best bread maker in the city.

Beyond Bread (4th and Alma) has excellent selection. Their breads are 'Tartine style', and top notch. Their other baking is super tasty as well.

Jun 14, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Essential Restaurants- Can anyone point me to a list?

nice plan! Vij's does not take reservations and has crazy waits. I would recommend either going early/late or just be prepared to hang out and have a beverage for a while...

Jun 03, 2013
koshfoodie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)