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Where to buy Cherry Coke & Vanilla Coke in YYC?

Looks like there's a Cherry Coke campaign going on, because it's suddenly available everywhere.

Jul 28, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Looking for a specific style of pho sate in Calgary

Try Co Do on 17th.

I know what you mean though. It's very hard to find that form of pho sate. Many places just simply dollop some chili oil in the soup now. Grr.

Jul 21, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

208/240v vs. 120v Portable Induction Range

Lolwut? In this universe we follow the laws of thermodynamics!

Jun 20, 2015
Shazam in Cookware

Weekend breakfast in Calgary, preferably near downtown, 17th Ave SW, Eau Claire or Kensington; also, best dim sum in Chinatown

I wasn't too impressed with the porchetta benny. Pork was lacking in flavour.

Jun 05, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Weekend breakfast in Calgary, preferably near downtown, 17th Ave SW, Eau Claire or Kensington; also, best dim sum in Chinatown

I find all the recent new trendy breakfast places somewhat overrated. Stick to the breakfast items. The burger at OEB for instance was not good (patty was a dense, preformed hockey puck).

Jun 05, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces
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YYC - Recommendations for supper near Chinook mall?

There is a wonderful little Italian place called Botega that is nearby. Service can be uneven because they're now crushed by orders, but the food is very good.

Jun 02, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces
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YYC - Recommendations for supper near Chinook mall?

I think they changed chefs a little while back because their pho is now terrible. Specifically the broth tastes like watered down beef candy.

There's a new Vietnamese place in the same strip mall as O'Sullivans - Blue Ocean, I think. Try it out :)

Jun 02, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces
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Banff?

Skyline is in Jasper National Park, which is a few hours drive from Banff.

If two days best bet is stay nearby. I think there was someone on here that had more experience with Shadow Lake Lodge.

Johnston Canyon is a very easy quick trail you can do as a warmup even on the Friday. Or keep going on the trail and you will hit some "Ink Pots".

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banf...

If you go to Lake Louise there are trails that lead to tea houses. I've always enjoyed them.

http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Things...

Make sure you have at least bear bells, or talk loudly while hiking. Also it will still be muddy despite the rather dry winter we just had, so make sure you have appropriate footwear.

I have found the food and service in Banff has caught up to Canmore for the most part. I do rather enjoy the food at the Banff Springs.

In regards to camping RESERVE RIGHT NOW! Camping is very, very popular there. I can thoroughly recommend Two Jack Lake if you're tenting because only tenters are allowed there. But bring warm sleeping bags as it can easily get down to 32F during the night.

May 20, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Affordable clad triply cookware in Canada?

Those only have an encapsulated base, I doubt they're made by AC.

Apr 24, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Affordable clad triply cookware in Canada?

All-Clad has crazy sales on specific items every now and then. Problem is you need to go a retailer to even know about the sale (Williams Sonoma, your local AC retailer, etc).

There's Cooks Standard that's sold on Amazon.ca. I like it but by me mentioning it I'm sure all I've done is summoned the rather annoying posters on CH that would rather you purchase Demeyere instead because their tests say so.

The Bay's website has sales that actually do apply to AC cookware.

Apr 04, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Can anybody recommend a good dinner buffet in Calgary, AB?

Elbow River Casino has a fairly decent dinner buffet. They do have an "Asian" night but I have never had it.

Grey Eagle Casino and Deerfoot Casino also offer a dinner buffet, I have not had either.

Feb 27, 2015
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Le Creuset grill pan - anyone use theirs?

Yes, that's the name. Not sure what the policy on links here is but you can Google it.

I have a Staub cast iron enameled grill pan, they are perfectly happy in the dishwasher. I think your LC is the same. The cooking surface is also enameled, it's just coloured black.

Feb 04, 2015
Shazam in Cookware

Le Creuset grill pan - anyone use theirs?

I put mine in the dishwasher. Most everything comes off. I use "The World's Best Pot Scrubber" to take off the rest.

Feb 04, 2015
Shazam in Cookware

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

Male, 5'9", 156-158lbs depending.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Not About Food

Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

It tastes fine as well. But whatever, you're convinced that it's not a valid cooking technique, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking
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All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Meh, my Cooks Standard pan works fine.

Looking at those results virtually every brand of cookware fares poorly.

I don't even use the type of saute pan you tested - I don't find them very useful, so your results are spurious for my purposes.

Also, the main problem I find with all-aluminum is their propensity to heat up too quickly, and not retaining enough heat when food is placed onto the cooking surface.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

Do any cultures eat owl?

So Charles Darwin, you know the guy all about the theory of evolution, was the head of the "Glutton Club".

He tried such delicious items as hawk, bittern and... an old brown owl, which he termed as "indescribable". After that they disbanded, but he still enjoyed seeking out exotic foodstuffs such as armadillo, and an unknown rodent which was "the best meat I ever tasted".

Yum.

Nov 13, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Yeah so anyways let's not assume all fully clad cookware is expensive.

Look at Cooks Standard on Amazon...

Nov 12, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

Let's also not forget about quantity. I used to wash dishes in a pro kitchen. Sometimes I'd wash over 100 pans on a shift. Fun times.

Popcorn - Movies?

Real butter is offered at the theatres near me. Is
that still not a thing down in the US? I do have to admit I was rather surprised.

Nov 11, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Tramontina try-ply or All-clad

One brand never mentioned here is Cook's Standard. It's sold on Amazon. Tri-ply, very similar to AC. I have the 12" SS, it works great. I do have some AC pieces and it seems to be on par in terms of performance.

Nov 02, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

It works fine. I have done it multiple times. The skin of course is soggy but the meat turns out great.

Nov 02, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking
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Boneless skinless chicken breasts in slow cooker?

2-3 hours on low is about all they can handle.

If I need to cook something for longer in the slow cooker, I put it in frozen.

Oct 29, 2014
Shazam in Home Cooking

Edmonton: where to buy high quality olive oil for a low price?

Meh, it's been bumped, might as well add my two cents.

Not a fan of Italian olive oil. I prefer Spanish. They have a longer growing season, thus the olives are more ripe when pressed.

Also considering the amount of rampant adulteration in the European OO business, a gas chromatograph is about the only way to determine what your OO really consists of.

Oct 19, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

The place is rather contemporary. The donuts are supposed to be "modern", whatever that is.

By all means, try it out. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there though.

I think people's taste buds have atrophied from the disgusting monstrosities that Tim Horton's sells that something even slightly better makes people go gaga.

You want a great fresh donut? Go to Glamorgan Bakery. Get some cheese buns there while you're at it.

Aug 21, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Keurig coffee maker

CI reviewed them recently, the Cuisinart one took top honors, and in fact brews a cup of coffee that meets the Golden Cup standard. This is the one I have now, works great.

There are lots of reusable pods available, I use the plastic EkoBrew one. It's available from Amazon.

Aug 21, 2014
Shazam in Cookware

CALGARY, what's the latest in great dining?

Jelly Modern is vastly overrated. Dough is bland, toppings are copycat. A real disappointment. TSAW's got some good recommendations although I don't know anyone that's gone to G+G and actually liked their ramen.

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

What's sampling?

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

Return them. The grocery store should be purchasing products from suppliers that use brix meters.

Aug 20, 2014
Shazam in General Topics

Field, Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore

Banff: Just as an FYI, the Rimrock is situated on Sulphur Mountain and there's no restaurants around it, other than the ones in the hotel itself. I recommend Eden if you want a fine dining experience.

Aug 06, 2014
Shazam in Prairie Provinces