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Napa eats for a Vancouver B.C. Chowhounder?

Loved the frickles. Lose a bet with my wife because I thought they were zucchini pickles. Alas...
Oxbow is great, there should be one in every major city. We took cheese from the wine bar and some sliced meat from Fatted Calf and some bread from Model next door and had a great lunch on the road.

May 22, 2013
coliwoggle in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa eats for a Vancouver B.C. Chowhounder?

We arrived last night and were starving and saw that the Oxbow was 2 mins from out hotel so off we went. We had a very respectable Italian dinner and brought a bottle of wine back to the hotel.
The waitress referred to the wine as "rough red" but I have to say that coming from Vancouver, BC what's called "rough" here would probably retail for $20 per bottle back home. We had 1 liter at the restaurant for $22 and happily slurped it back.
We're off to Grace's Table for happy hour this afternoon. Thank you again.

May 21, 2013
coliwoggle in San Francisco Bay Area

2013 Fresh Produce etc.

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!

Thank you!

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

2013 Fresh Produce etc.

I've never seen local asparagus and always believed it just couldn't thrive here. I spend a few years in Niagara and the fresh asparagus was always the first sign of spring. The farmer would deliver it in cases to the back of the restaurant and I'd just eat 'em raw outta the box. Still warm from the sun...beautiful.

So please tell me where to get the Hannah Brooks asparagus!?! Which market?

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Wild Boar bacon

Wow. Thank you for the complements! How do I not let that go to my head? ;)

I'll talk to Vita about half pound packages of the Wild Boar bacon. Check back with her at a later date!

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Napa eats for a Vancouver B.C. Chowhounder?

Great thank you. I'll definitely head over to Grace's Table. It's not too, too far that we could walk over there and really enjoy the happy hour!

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm heading to Portland, Napa, Bend and would love some tips

Thanks very much. I'm intrigued by your suggestion to go to Sisters. I was planning on parking the car and finding good stuff within walking distance. It's safer also considering all the local brews I want to try! But this is good. Do they take reservations?

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in Metro Portland

I'm heading to Portland, Napa, Bend and would love some tips

Thanks for the Bend tips. Good stuff!

Hmmm I'm interested in this best beer bar ever. I'm staying downtown at the Benson but I'll travel for the best. I'm bringing down some Vancouver craft beers to trade and need to get in touch with the local craft beer culture.

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in Metro Portland

Bend, Oregon recommendations

Thanks JillO. I have been contacted by the moderator and understand my mistake. But here's your input so I guess nothing's been lost.

I will definitely consider Chowbend, I would happily eat breakfast/brunch three times a day (or more). And I suppose a hike afterwords would strike a health balance :)

Thank you.

May 09, 2013
coliwoggle in Pacific Northwest

Napa eats for a Vancouver B.C. Chowhounder?

We're road tripping from Vancouver and spending two nights each in Portland, Napa, and then Bend. In Napa we'll be at the Westin Napa Valley so that will be base camp for our visit.

We have a very modest meal budget because we want to load up on craft beer and fine wine to take home with us. So if anyone has any tips on good, simple bistros that won't break the bank please share! I don't mind spending some dough but I'm looking for good honest food and not necessarily a food experience.

And is there a particular wine I should take home with me? I like aromatic whites riesling, gewurz, pinot gris. And juicy, fruit bombs for red.

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

May 08, 2013
coliwoggle in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm heading to Portland, Napa, Bend and would love some tips

Hello Chowhounders!

So we're heading off for a short road trip which included two nights in each location. I've looked into Portland a bit and I think I'm pretty good there. We're staying at the Benson (yay hotwire!) so we'll be checking out Bailey's Taproom for the craft brew scene 'cause it's just a couple blocks away. I've saved Greyelf's last post about Portland and will cherry pick a few from that extensive list.

Napa is a bit more tricky. We're travelling on a modest meal budget because we want to load up on craft beers and fine wines. So what does that leave in Napa. We want to stay away from anything like a chain restaurant and are really happy with simple bistro stuff. A good breakfast is always a nice way to start the day but where?

We'll be staying in downtown Bend also and have heard that The Sparrow Bakery is great for coffee and something flaky for breakfast. I also want to check out the Platypus Pub mostly because it's in a converted church.

Any tips or "must sees" greatly appreciated!

May 08, 2013
coliwoggle in Metro Portland

Wild Boar bacon

I was wondering why Vita needed just one pound of wild boar bacon delivered, now I understand. I'm the Hills Foods rep for downtown and managed to get that pound of goodness to you. Urban Fare has been really progressive about carrying pasture raised, game, and wild meats. Check them out for demos from time to time, you might find me there cooking kangaroo.

May 08, 2013
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver: lots of suggestions needed

Maenam is pretty new and getting rave reviews (used to be Gastropod). The word is that they're doing for Thai food what Vij's has done for Indian. Which brings up Vij's just off South Granville which you simply cannot miss. Get there early though, like 4 or 5 for dinner, they don't take reservations and are regularly lined up well out the door and down the block.

For lunch you could walk to Market in the Shangri La Hotel. It's a branch off the Jean-George Vongerichton tree and they were doing a not bad $29 three course lunch, I hope they still are.

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

Maenam
1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

Oct 31, 2009
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Farmers' Markets in Vancouver

If Maple Ridge is not to far for you I'd have to push you in that direction for a great Farmer' Market. We're so close to all the farms out here that you get to meet the growers that can't make the drive into the Van city. Here's the URL to their site for more information:

http://www.haneyfarmersmarket.org/

I've been getting local berries, garlic scapes, kolrabi, golden beets, baby greens, brown eggs, nice breads and the best scones I've had in ages. There's always live music and kids painting flowers and rainbows with sidewalk chalk.

Jul 19, 2009
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Help! I have too much cilantro!

vinegar? you're blowing my mind! I use fresh lemon juice...but like you said "chimichurri is really versatile".

May 23, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Pie crust questions!

Yuuuuuuuuuum. Apple pie is the king of all pies. And please don't add raisins. Why mess with perfection?

May 23, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Help! I have too much cilantro!

Wow you can use cilantro for chimichuri? I've always used flat leaf parsley but will try a cilantro batch on my next rib eye.

May 23, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Help! I have too much cilantro!

I've just recieved a gift of one CASE of cilantro. Now I'm in the "love cilantro" group and hope you are also because I don't know what to do with it all. Yes I'll be eating fresh cut salsa and guacamole but how long can I keep that up without needing a bigger belt?

Can you make soup with it?

Chutney?

Dessert?

Salad?

Help!

May 23, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Let's go dippin' now, everybody's learnin' how: Favorite Dip Recipes

I stopped eating Velveeta when I found out what colour it is before they add the artificial food colouring.

It's clear. Yuk.

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

Alas the blood orange season has passed me by. We get them in late winter.

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

yes, yeah and yup. I've heard of people grinding a little fresh black pepper on their watermelon so why not peppery arugula?

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

love it. raspberry balsamic just sounds fantastic together. Don't know about the dried cranberries though...are they good really?

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

The first salad must look wonderful with all those colours. And crunchy too. But what are pepito seeds and where do you get them?

pears....blue cheese...walnuts....well I just gotta try that!

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

I do love a grilled veggie salad and this one sounds great. So many herbs in the vinaigrette that it has to be tasty! I think I'll try this one out with some portobello mushrooms in the mix.

The recipe says to whisk in the oil. Have you tried it in a blender?

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

lollya is that your cat eating the salad?

May 05, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Mother's Day Salad Ideas

I'm doing early dinner for mom and wanted to start with a salad that really kicks, something she can really sink her teeth into. In my family a salad wasn't a salad unless it had fruit and nuts in it. Examples include, but are not limited to raisins in vinaigrette and walnuts or slivered apples and almonds.

So I'm wondering if there's a salad that you remember that was truly memorable that you would recommend.

May 03, 2009
coliwoggle in Home Cooking

Market Restaurant in Vancouver Shangri-La Hotel

My wife and I had the lunch special just the other day and it was....well....OK.

The food was good enough but not really all that interesting. No texture. No zing. Kind of like elevator music you know?

The service was ho hum. The server himself was OK but missed here and there which I would forgive if he had any personality at all.

I'd give it a thumbs down because I wouldn't go back. I should have gone to DB Bistro.

Apr 28, 2009
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Western Canada Foodie Tour—Best New Spots?

What are you looking for Pim?

Apr 28, 2009
coliwoggle in Western Canada Archives

What snack do you buy and eat before you get home (van)?

I have a weakness for pastry so I'm into the Copenhagens from Casa De Pane in Port Moody. Crunchy flakey on the bottom with almond (marzipan?) and custard then more flakey pastry on top. With strong Turkish style coffee. Oi!

Apr 28, 2009
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where can I purchase Brioche in Vancouver?

I've tried Brioche (duh) in Gastown but they only have it every once and a while, anyone else see this as absured? I also contacted a lovely lady at La Petite France who has a student today and doesn't know when she'll get to the Brioche. Where else should I try?

Oh and I'm in PoCo so east of Vancouver would be better.

Apr 28, 2009
coliwoggle in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)