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Black Garlic Powder

Ever seen black garlic powder for sale in Vancouver? Have asked at Famous Foods, Kim's Mart, Fujiya and South China Seas, but no luck.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Aug 14, 2014
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Any great Thai in Vancouver?

Adding another vote for Maenam. One of the most underrated restaurants in town.

Aug 14, 2014
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Barrel-aged cocktails — where do you find small barrels in Calgary?

Nice find, but maybe a little bigger than what I had in mind. Was thinking more in the neighbourhood of 2 litres.

Jul 17, 2013
bookley in Prairie Provinces

Barrel-aged cocktails — where do you find small barrels in Calgary?

My question is who sells them...imported, manufactured here, whatever.

Jul 17, 2013
bookley in Prairie Provinces

Barrel-aged cocktails — where do you find small barrels in Calgary?

Anybody selling anything like this around here?
http://oakbarrelsltd.com/info.html

Jul 17, 2013
bookley in Prairie Provinces

Nut allergies in Seattle

Have got a friend with a severe tree nut allergy visiting. Want to take her to some places that represent the current culture of dining in Seattle, which either (a) don't use nuts in their kitchen, or (b) won't mind catering to her allergy. Thanks for any suggestions.

May 07, 2013
bookley in Greater Seattle

German beer bar?

Too late for this trip, but there's a currywurst place opening up in Chinatown early next year. (I think their tagline is "Chinatown's best currywurst.") I'm told they'll carry some German beers too.

Nov 10, 2012
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to go?

Perhaps Pizza Barbarella? http://www.pizzeriabarbarella.com/

Oct 08, 2012
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

what are your BCLS beer staples ?

They seem to do a half decent job of bringing in seasonals. Earlier this week, Kingsgate had six kinds of pumpkin ale.

How long has CDA been "a style" out here? This is the first year I've really noticed it.

Oct 05, 2012
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Perfect Mojito

Of all the misconceptions about Mojito, the most curious is that it’s a summer drink. Mojito is a harvest drink. It’s the drink that circumvents the first frost. You wait until that crisp September moment before the mint turns to a patch of green slush in the corner of the garden, and the sparrows race like drunken crop dusters into the front window, bellies full of fermented crab apples—only then can you make Mojito.
http://veryethnic.wordpress.com/2012/...

Sep 28, 2012
bookley in Spirits

Cross-border shopping: the food/drinks you always bring home to Vancouver

Great suggestions! Especially the sour beer and cheese. (I usually pick up some goose eggs from Pike Place Market too.) If you're interested, here's some info about the distiller's fest: http://www.distillersfestival.com/

We're also going to hit the mushroom festival in Yachats on Sunday. (Bonus points if anyone wants to share a good place to forage.)

Oct 11, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cross-border shopping: the food/drinks you always bring home to Vancouver

Headed to the Great American Distillers Festival in Portland later this month (with a few stops en route). Presumably, we'll bring back some local craft spirits, Stumptown coffee, seasonal beers...and hit Trader Joe's. Am curious about what those of you who make regular trips to Washington and Oregon like to bring back to Vancouver. Either local specialties, or just daily staples that are way cheaper in America. Is it better to do our shopping in Oregon or Washington? Thanks for any help!

Oct 11, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Mighty Kingsway

Inspired by Michael Turner's anthology and the "le pen now and again" blog,we're going to hike the Kingsway tomorrow. Would love to hear any suggestions for short stops along the way. Prefer to eat a dozen little unique snacks at different places more than full meals. Thanks for your help!

http://www.lepenquotidien.com/?cat=11

May 05, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Have You Ever Seen Real Korean Grown Rice For Sale Here?

South China Seas carries some unique varieties of rice. Nor sure about Korean, but might be worth contacting them.

http://www.southchinaseas.ca/Pages/at...

May 05, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Medicinal soup

Thanks for the suggestion. A Chinese medicinal soup would be excellent, but I'd also settle for a great bowl of borscht or chicken noodle too. Just something very nourishing.

Feb 22, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Medicinal soup

Walking out into a crisp nigh with a tickle in my throat. Looking for a bowl of extremely nourishing soup -- if not something downright medicinal. Where am I headed?

Feb 21, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bo Kong reopening today as Po Kong

Presumably, they'll be selling the same mix of mushroom and faux-meat Buddhist dim sum at 1334 Kingsway (near Clark Street). I have missed their hot and sour soup.

Feb 01, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where do you go for Greek in Vancouver?

I recently had some business at the Greek consulate, and asked the woman helping me if there was a consensus best Greek restaurant. She thought for a quite a while, and eventually decided Apollonia, but didn't really seem convinced, and so proceeded to ask everyone else in the consulate, and even made a couple of phone calls. "I guess it IS Appolonia," she finally conceded, but still seemingly disappointed THAT was the best. I tried it before Christmas. They did a very good skordalia. And a pretty good avgolemeno soup. The prices were good. It wasn't amazing, though. It's disappointing that nobody's really taken on contemporary Greek here. It's the same dozen dishes everywhere you go. In the last few years, Greek chefs in Melbourne have really updated the cuisine.

Jan 22, 2011
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sockeye

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-colu...

Short of jumping on a trawler this week, how will you partake in this historic salmon run? What's your favourite restaurant to eat it at? Which fishmonger or grocery store to buy it from? Any old family secrets on how to prepare sockeye?

Aug 25, 2010
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Iftar meals during Ramadan in Vancouver

Sorry to have posted this twice.

Aug 10, 2010
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Iftar meals during Ramadan in Vancouver

I realize there's something a little naive about the premise of this question. Am keen to take part in one of the meals eaten after sunset each night during Ramadan. (Would gladly maintain a fast all day in preparation.) Is there such thing as a "proper" Iftar meal? If so, are there restaurants in Vancouver that serve these meals?

Aug 10, 2010
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bo Kong, Vancouver - What should I order?

Has anyone been to the restaurant that's opened up in its place? I think it's also vegetarian. Maybe it's a matter of same place, new name?

Apr 30, 2010
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

where to buy birch beer in calgary?

Grizzly Paw Brewery in Canmore might do a birch beer.

On a different note, does anyone know if Clear Creek Distillery's Douglas fir eau-de-vie is available in Calgary?

Nov 08, 2009
bookley in Prairie Provinces

to all the restaurant's I've loved before....

Yanjing, in that cursed little space by the Roasterie, nourished me through some good times and bad times in my life.

Oct 21, 2009
bookley in Western Canada Archives

Commercial Drive, Vancouver -- top ten places to Chow?

Thanks peter.v. I always seem to end up with Cruz de Malta or Rosamonte. (In my next lifetime, I hope to come back as a mate label designer.) Didn't notice much difference in the flavours between the two. Have also tried Amanda, which seemed a little dustier and twiggier. Wasn't aware that mate was aged...aged how? I once had a roasted version, which was pretty good -- I think the roaster was in Nelson.

Also: lunch yesterday at Rinconcito. We shared a bland corn tamale and an amazing plate of huevos rancheros. Finished with pupusas, which were a step down from El Bombazo in Calgary. A good meal for the price, though.

Oct 17, 2009
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Broken Plate Greek Restaurant - Calgary

For far too long, Calgary's Greek restaurants have foisted an unimaginative bastardized western version of what's supposed to be precise, simple nourishing (even creative) Mediterranean cuisine. The menus, soundtracks and smells in these places are virtually interchangeable. I always walk out feeling ripped off.

Crete Souvlaki is a happy exception. Piato (RIP) was another. Calypso's Taverna, which recently opened on Centre Street and 20th Ave N, seems to be off to a terrific start. They've got traditional soups and clean bean dishes. Their tomato sauces taste like tomato. They use fresh herbs. You don't have to fight through those layers of burnt cheese and greasy phyllo pastry to pick out sincere flavours. The appetizer platter for two will feed three. If you're still hungry, try a $5 bowl of whatever soup they have.

The place was empty last time I went in, which is really sad.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628390

Oct 17, 2009
bookley in Prairie Provinces

Commercial Drive, Vancouver -- top ten places to Chow?

Great lists. El Sueno has got to be my favourite so far. From the rambunctious kid who seems to run the place on the weekend to the 3 lb avocados -- not to mention the largest selection of yerba mate I’ve ever seen -- I discover something new with every visit. (How DOES one go about about choosing mate, anyway?)

Which of these places would you be most likely to stock up on something like black garlic?

Oct 15, 2009
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Turning 18 in Calgary - Pubs, steak house?

Can't beat Hop n Brew. The Palomino's begun to hit its stride these days too. (Pretty decent nachos and a MUCH improved local beer list.)

RE Ruth's: I'm probably missing the point, but isn't there something treasonous -- not to mention vaguely unsustainable -- about ordering US beef in AB?

Oct 15, 2009
bookley in Prairie Provinces

Commercial Drive, Vancouver -- top ten places to Chow?

Any updates on your top 10 lists? I recently moved into the neighbourhood and am (pleasantly) overwhelmed with the Drive's choice. It looks like Bump n Grind has emerged as a serious coffee place in the last year. I've quickly become a sucker for Sweet Cherubim. The beer list at Timbre has been a nice surprise.

Beyond cafes and restaurants, which secrets have you discovered at the grocery stores, co-ops and delis?

Oct 13, 2009
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Pumpkin Pie in Vancouver?

I had a very nice version at Thomas Haas today.

And I salivate every time I walk into Sweet Cherubim and see their fresh pumpkin pies. (Shaped a little like a tagine.)

Oct 09, 2009
bookley in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)