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Good local cornbread mix ?

If you're desperate, and don't want to make your own (it is really, really easy), I'm heading to TJ's tomorrow, and could pick some up for you. I live in Richmond. Just let me know.... but Allrecipes has a great recipe for Homesteader Cornbread.

Nov 25, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The best thing I had today

Oh, my cassoulet never made it into the fridge: out of the car, into the oven, onto the plates! No leftovers, either - dang if the teenager didn't decide to have some, too!

Nov 24, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Roasted chicken noodle soup without stock?

I've done that before, and it worked well. I roasted the chicken, took off as much of the meat as possible, then made stock from the stripped carcass. After making the stock, I strained it, and rescued any useable bits of meat that had come off while the carcass simmered. From that point on, you can make your soup as usual. I bet it will be delicious!

Nov 22, 2012
KGill in Home Cooking

The best thing I had today

For dinner this evening, I had cassoulet from Oyama, with duck confit and duck truffle sausage. Nary a vegetable in sight :) It was incredibly rich, flavourful, and filling - one of the best meals I've eaten in months. There might be bloodshed over the leftovers.

Nov 22, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Butter Tarts in BC!

I bought two butter tarts at the French épicerie on Granville Island today. I haven't tried one, but my husband seemed to enjoy his. They are tall, and have neither raisins nor nuts (a plus in my books). $2.00 each. I'll see if I can attach a photo.

Nov 22, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Twisted Fork: a brief review

My husband and I had tickets to an 8 pm concert at the Orpheum, and wanted to eat somewhere close by. We decided to try the Twisted Fork, and hoped we wouldn't have trouble getting a table at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We didn't - the restaurant was perhaps 90% full, but they had room for the two of us.

FOOD: We split the chicken live paté as an appetizer, the had the mussels (him) and the onion gruyere tarte (me). The paté plate was lovely; the paté itself was good, and went well with the mustard. The pickled Brussels sprouts were amazing - I really, really do not care for Brussels sprouts, but we were mildly battling over the last one on the plate. My husband enjoyed his mussels, and was, as many other customers were, mopping up the delicious sauce with his roll. My tarte was light and flavourful, and was complemented well by the pear chutney and pesto. While enjoying our own meal, we admired the dishes ordered by other patrons; everything was beautifully presented, and looked delicious. We did not have dessert, although they have a nice selection of them; I'd say the desserts are intended to be shared, as they are not tiny. Our meal, plus three beers, came to just under $60 (including tax, but excluding tip). It was not a large amount of food, but it was sufficient for our dinner, and we enjoyed it very much.

SERVICE/DECOR/LOCATION: The service was flawless and unrushed. I loved the ambience of the place - if you like La Brasserie, you'd probably like the Twisted Fork. As for the location, it was hard to find, even knowing the address - you practically need to be on top of it to know it's there (we couldn't spot it from across the street). As for the locale, well, it's on Granville between Helmcken and Davies, so the area is a mix of other restaurants, clubs, pizza joints, and adult-oriented shops. Not a problem for us, but not a place to impress most out-of-town visitors.

Link: http://www.twistedforkbistro.ca/index...

Nov 11, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Need a dinner spot between Halifax and Moncton

Montel: Thank you for the link to Saltscapes. We never stop in Truro, because we don't know where anything is; now we have a new option. My mother lives in the Annapolis Valley, and my sister lives in New Hampshire, so my mother does that long drive a couple times each year, and will be happy to try out some new dining spots along the way.

Nov 11, 2012
KGill in Atlantic Canada

Need a dinner spot between Halifax and Moncton

We ended up visiting the Masstown Market, and I am so glad we did! It had everything we needed, including a homemade donut that tasted almost exactly like the ones my Nannie used to make. Thank you for an excellent recommendation.

Nov 11, 2012
KGill in Atlantic Canada

Need a dinner spot between Halifax and Moncton

Greg: Big Stops are always a reliable option!

Nov 11, 2012
KGill in Atlantic Canada

Need a dinner spot between Halifax and Moncton

Carolyn: Thank you! This sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. I'm a fan of Just Us, so that's a good selling point right there. I'm glad to hear that the leaves have just started to turn - maybe I'll catch the tail end of the show. Thanks again!

Oct 06, 2012
KGill in Atlantic Canada

Need a dinner spot between Halifax and Moncton

My mother and I will be driving from YHZ to Moncton (or perhaps Fredericton) later on this month, and will need to stop along the way for dinner. I'd really rather avoid a fast-food chain restaurant meal, and was wondering if anyone could suggest a casual local place for us to go instead. I'm a big fan of local cafes/diners that do a decent job with their meals - they don't need to offer fancy menu choices, but neither should the entrees come out of a microwave. We eat anything, but seafood is always a plus (Digby scallops - mmmm). Thanks!

Oct 04, 2012
KGill in Atlantic Canada

vancouver in oct

Stay near a Canada Line station near YVR, and just use public transit to get around. It is cheaper, less stressful, and often faster. There are a few hotels near the Aberdeen station.

Sep 20, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

have any BC'ers been to Trader Joe's lately - what do you have to bring back over the border from TJ's?

We lived in California for 12 years before moving back to Canada, so I head to BLI for my TJ fix every month or so. On the shopping list:
- TJ Joe-Joe cookies (like Oreos, but better)
- TJ's version of Ritz Bits sandwich crackers
- frozen naan bread
- nuts and dried fruit
- cheese cheese cheese
- large whole wheat tortillas/wraps
- Just Avocado packs
- filled pastas
- Kerry Gold butter
- TJ cereal bars
- frozen edamame

No cheap wine - the duty charges are just too high.

Sep 20, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Prime rib in Richmond: Carver's or Chop?

I looked at American Grille, but they don't have prime rib listed on their (online) menu. Perhaps it is a special, offered only on certain days? I will call them to find out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Aug 28, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Prime rib in Richmond: Carver's or Chop?

A quick review, for anyone who might be interested. We ended up going to Chop, as I wanted to enjoy a meal at a restaurant that didn't have chicken strips on the menu.

We arrived at around 5:45 pm, and were offered immediate seating on the patio, which we accepted. Our server arrived within 30 seconds to offer us menus, and take our drink order. A basket of bread was on our table within 2 minutes, and our drinks were delivered in under 5 minutes. One odd thing there: My husband was given his bottle of Granville Island beer, but not a glass into which he could pour it. I noticed the same thing at another table, so perhaps I am out of touch with restaurant beer etiquette. Our server was ready to take our orders then, so we went ahead: My husband ordered the medium-sized prime rib, with French onion soup as his appetizer and veggies and Chop fries as his side dishes. I ordered the pancetta and goat cheese stuffed chicken breast, which was served with rice pilaf and mixed vegetables. Our food arrived at the table in around 20 minutes, which seemed appropriate.

The food itself was fine. My husband said his French onion soup was a bit spicy, which seemed odd, but he still ate it. The prime rib was very good, and exactly what he had been craving. His order was missing the Chop fries, which the server quickly fixed when we brought it to her attention. My chicken dish was also good - not "tell all your friends about it" good, but perfectly fine. The rice pilaf was what you'd expect, and my veggies included carrots, zucchini, and pattipan squash (all in-season, and the carrots certainly tasted very fresh).

The total bill (two mains + one beer + one sangria) was about $70, after tax but before tip. The service was prompt, probably because we went early in the evening, although the missing beer glass and missing fries were small missteps. We might try another place the next time someone's craving prime rib, just for comparison's sake, but we enjoyed our dinner at Chop.

Aug 25, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Prime rib in Richmond: Carver's or Chop?

Hi all,

I need a quick recommendation on where to go for prime rib in Richmond. I'm not much of a meat-eater, but my spouse is craving prime rib, and wants to eat out. Any suggestions/places to avoid? Thanks - you guys are lifesavers.

Aug 25, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

How do I prepare packaged tofu puffs/deep-fried tofu squares?

You guys are fast!

The tofu is in cubes about one inch square. They are golden-coloured, so they appear to be already deep-fried. I was just looking for a way to heat them up, but now that I've read your replies, I have even more ideas for how to use them. I love the idea of slicing them and adding them to a stir fry. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2012
KGill in Home Cooking

Homemade Ice Cream Troubleshooting

I love David Lebovitz' book, but have had trouble with my ice cream leaving a buttery/greasy taste in the mouth. I am now playing around with one of his recipes, varying the proportions of whole milk to heavy cream, and occasionally replacing the heavy cream (35%) with coffee cream (18%). I assume it's the percentage of milkfat that has been altering the 'mouth feel' of the finished product. I use a Kitchenaid mixer with the ice cream bowl and attachment.

Jul 25, 2012
KGill in Home Cooking

How do I prepare packaged tofu puffs/deep-fried tofu squares?

I bought a small package of deep-fried tofu squares today, but there are no instructions for preparing them. Should I bake them? Dry fry them? They appear to have already been deep-fried.

In case it matters, I bought that at the Canadian Superstore in Richmond, BC. The package says, "Mandarin Soyfoods Deep Fried Tofu".

Thanks for any advice!

Jul 25, 2012
KGill in Home Cooking

Pasture-raised eggs in Vancouver

Cucinelle: I buy my eggs there, but didn't know that they also sell the birds. Do I need to ask the owners to find out about that? Love their eggs!

Jun 24, 2012
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Lunch and/or supper in C-town before seeing "Anne"

My 13-year-old son and I will be taking my mother to see "Anne of Green Gables" on August 3rd, and plan to spend the afternoon in Charlottetown. I'm looking for lunch and/or dinner suggestions that would be suitable for our group of three. My mother doesn't drink, and my son is under age, so I assume the pubs are out-of-bounds. We all like seafood, and are reasonably adventuresome eaters. I like fresh, made-by a-real-person (as opposed to "came from a can") meals when I eat out, but it doesn't need to be fancy.

We'll be staying overnight somewhere (haven't gotten that far yet), so we could probably use a breakfast suggestion, too; otherwise, I just know we'll end up eating McMuffins or TimBits (not that there's anything wrong with TimBits, of course).

Thanks!

Jul 21, 2011
KGill in Atlantic Canada

Spot Prawn Season Starts May 5th

Bought live spot prawn from the boat at the Granville Island wharf for $12/pound today (ouch - good thing I only needed two pounds).

May 19, 2011
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Other "choys" besides bok choy?

Mmm - choy sum is excellent!

May 14, 2011
KGill in Home Cooking

Need recipe ideas for bok choy

I cooked my homegrown bok choy just as specified aobove tonight - perfect!

May 14, 2011
KGill in Home Cooking

Top five gourmet sandwiches in Vancouver?

A Dunn's here in Vancouver? My Montreal-born husband will be overjoyed. Thanks for mentioning it!

May 14, 2011
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

La Brasserie

Thank you so much for mentioning this. I'm heading to the VAG, and was hoping to find a decent food truck from which to purchase lunch. I've always enjoyed the food at La Barsserie, so I'll give their sandwich a try.

May 10, 2011
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

to all fans of db moderne and lumiere....................

I have a $50 gift card for these places that I won't be able to use before they close. If anyone wants it, and can come get it (I'm in Richmond), it's yours. Email jamesmum@yahoo.com

Mar 09, 2011
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Inexpensive, great vegetarian for out of towners?

Not sure what price/atmosphere you're looking for, but I had a very satisfying lunch at Falafel Plus on 8th Ave. at Cambie today. It's kosher vegetarian, and I enjoyed all the different salads that were served with my falafel platter ($9.99 for 4 falafel, a plateload of salads, and pita bread). Closed Saturdays.

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Falafel Plus Catering
428 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y1N9, CA

Dec 28, 2010
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Barbecued salmon event - food carts near Bridgeport Stn in Richmond

The food vendors outside the Bridgeport Canada Line station are having a barbecue salmon 'customer appreciation' event Friday - Sunday this week, noon - 10 pm. I saw a poster for it while buying noodles this evening, and thought I'd pass the information along. A guy working at the Japanese dumpling place (I know that's not what they're called, but you know what I mean) also said that they'd be selling salmon fillets for $5/piece, or 2 for $8, and will have a couple marinades available. There was also mention of drawings for prizes. If anyone goes, let us know what you think.

Aug 26, 2010
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

"Japanese village" food carts in Richmond

Hmm - I was in that area today at around noon, and didn't spot any carts. I walked around the bus bay area, but didn't see anything obvious in the parking lots. Should they have been easy to spot?

Jul 30, 2010
KGill in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)