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Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread) in Oakland?

Any idea where I could buy one?

Maybe it was the Groupon??

You are so right, CanadaGirl. That is the point.

Jul 15, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Maybe it was the Groupon??

Oh dear. We were looking forward to our tasting menu lunch at C, for which we were using a Groupon.
First of all, the important stuff - the food was very, very good and executed competently, with one quibble and one exception. With the bisque, there were four pieces of seafood - an oyster, a piece of spot prawn, a piece of Dungeness crab and a piece of lobster. The quibble - could it not be ALL seafood from BC, when there is so much here? I found the lobster somewhat tasteless, and as an Easterner (born and bred iN Boston, lived in Nova Scotia for many years), just not what it should be. On the other hand, the bisque broth was exquisite. My exception - the piece of halibut in my bouillabaisse was woefully overcooked. This should not happen in a restaurant priding itself on its fish preparations. But the real problems were the service and the pacing. There were long stretches between courses (except, oddly enough, the dessert course, which arrived quite quickly). No apologies were offered. My companion had to ask a busboy for another glass of wine, my second glass of wine arrived when I was over halfway finished with the course I had wanted it to accompany, and, after we had been asked if we would like more bread and said yes, no bread arrived. Ever. No apologies for any of this, either.
Too bad...what should have been a lovely, celebratory lunch turned out to be not so lovely after all.

Jul 15, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Rating of 3 is only because of the food

After dining at Chambar several times, I took my visiting sister there this evening. I wanted her to experience what I consider the best restaurant in Vancouver. Oh dear. The food was as usual excellent. However - the service was not good. In fact, it was abysmal. Our server was extremely rushed, and did not make us feel welcome or as if he had any interest at all in making our dining experience a good one. He paid a great deal of attention to tables near us, those occupied by business customers, obviously the high tippers. However, we were given barely passable attention.
This is not what I expect of a restaurant the calibre of Chambar.

May 03, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Poblano Peppers?

I saw them fresh yesterday at South China Seas Trading.

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South China Seas Trading
1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H, CA

Feb 25, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cazuelas in Vancouver??

Help! My partner just got back from a wonderful cooking school in Tepoztlan, Mexico, and he really wants to buy some cazuelas to put into practice what he learned. We have tried two grocery stores (Los Guerreros and South China Seas Trading Company) and Gourmet Warehouse, with no luck, although several places had tortilla presses, the other piece of required equipment. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Gourmet Warehouse
1340 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L, CA

South China Seas Trading
1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H, CA

Feb 23, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

A lovely surprise!

Never been to Steveston before... Off we go on a cloudy Wednesday, because I bought a Groupon for a place called Gudrun's Tasting Room. What a delightful surprise! First of all, the town is interesting, trying to decide if it will be trendy or tourist-kitchy. We found a truly excellent bread bakery on one of the main streets run by a Romanian baker. It has a HUGE wood burning oven, and the bread is whole grain and delicious. Gudrun's is lovely. You approach down an alley. The place itself is very nice, minimalist and comfortable, at the same time. The owner/manager is welcoming and enthusiastic about his locale and about food. There is a good selection of wine, cheeses and a few other things. Rillettes were outstanding. The fondue was small and perfect for a cold night. We also had a bit of epoisse, which was good, but still a bit cool. Needed more tempering, information the server volunteered. All in all, a good place.

Jan 20, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Reasonable lunch with a view - Is it possible?

OK, the Beach House in Dundarave is not good and overpriced. There is the view, though. In Dundarave Village, there is the Fish Market, MUCH better food. No view, however.

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Beach House Cafe
2775 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K2C4, CA

Fish Market
, Richmond, BC V6Y, CA

Jan 20, 2011
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

HELP - Take out sushi this Sunday evening?

Does anyone know of a good place? All our faves seem to be closed on Sundays. We live in East Vancouver, but will drive a reasonable distance. Family is arriving for the holidays, they love Vancouver and they love sushi.

Dec 15, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Two dinners, first time to Seattle

Thanks for these. I too will be in Seattle for just two nights early in October, and want to make the most of the opportunity. My requirements are similar to those of CricketTX (although we are in a bit different age demographic, late 60's, we like buzzy and hip). Sounds like Matt's and Dahlia or Lark will be our choices, with Pink Door for lunch one day. We live in Vancouver, so the bar is high.

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Pink Door
1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

Sep 09, 2010
annadev in Greater Seattle

Place for an adult family and friend dinner in Boston's North End?

Any suggestions? We could be as many as ten people. It will be a bit of a celebration.

Sep 01, 2010
annadev in Greater Boston Area

Disappointment

Dinner tonight at Burrowing Owl. Food very good, well executed and well presented. Service not so. Several glaring errors of service, which did not totally ruin the quality of the food, of course. THe wonderful synchronicity that happens when good food and good service mesh well was missing.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Ltd
, Oliver, BC V0H, CA

Aug 23, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Calistoga?

I am looking for a good place for a very nice lunch (think two hour) in Calistoga. I understand Wappo's is no more, and Brannan's has never thrilled me. Any suggestions?

Shellfish

A quick follow-up. We went to The Lobster Man at 9am Sunday morning, and were delighted with what we found. We bought mussels, clams and oysters (Kushis and Kumamotos). The staff person on duty was very helpful. Our riff on a steamer pot (oysters were a separate course) turned out very well, thanks in part of the quality of the ingredients. Thanks again.

Apr 12, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Shellfish

Thank you very much jcolvin. I moved to Vancouver last Summer after being an East Coaster by birth and for most of my life, then a middle Canadian for the past 17 years, so this info is really useful. And actually is why I don't buy East Coast lobster anywhere but the East Coast. I don't need lobster anyway, with the wonderful crab out here. Thanks again.

Apr 09, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Shellfish

Does anyone know where T and T markets get their shellfish? we are looking for local mussels, clams and scallops to make a soup. Well, as local as possible. How about the purveyors in Granville Market?

Apr 08, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Boboli

Thanks, I had thought to try Scuie, so I'll follow up on that, and also the Calabria. I tried some places in my neighborhood, Commercial Drive, and had no luck.

Feb 27, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

King Crab Season has started at Vancouver Restaurants ($13.80/lb)

I am new (relatively) to Vancouver, would like names of some restaurants where we could find King Crab?

Feb 26, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Boboli

Does anyone know where one can buy boboli in Vancouver? They are wonderful round Italian "doughnuts" rolled in sugar and filled with cream or jam - or even Nutella.

Feb 26, 2010
annadev in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

BEST DESSERTS IN OAKLAND??

Some of these places sound really good. Which one would people suggest for a birthday cake to order? A really really good one!
Thanks!