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Hotel Bar with best ambiance in Vancouver

I agree with fmed with UVA winebar. It's kind of small and impossible on a weekend but it's very chillin on a week night. Comfy chairs, good wine, no stress.

May 21, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hotel Bar with best ambiance in Vancouver

I find the quality of the drinks at Hotel Vancouver inconsistent, depending on the bartender. My friend that manages the front desk operations there agrees.

May 21, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hotel Bar with best ambiance in Vancouver

Diva at the Met

May 13, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Butcher and Fish Monger Downtown (Van)

Went to Le Magasin the other day. The fridges were empty. "Do you have... meat?" I asked. The guy behind the counter sheepishly answered, "we usually do... but" and mumbled something about the owner not ordering any.

Apr 30, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

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

Do you ever buy the big bags of trimmings? It's the charred bits they cut from the sheets of jerky. It's the only thing I buy from there...

Apr 30, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Butcher and Fish Monger Downtown (Van)

I'll check out Tango meats.

I went into the Robson Public Market and the fish looked kind of sad :( They have a butcher there too but I'm worried about turn-over because there rarely seems to be people shopping there.

Thanks for taking time to write, fmed. I'm fine with other places around town but feel like I'm out of options if I don't want to leave downtown. I usually do because I feel like I have to but when I'm lazy, I wish there was something decent close by.

Apr 21, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Butcher and Fish Monger Downtown (Van)

I feel so stuck downtown. I want to find something within walkabout distance from Nelson and Burrard.

Urban Fare is such a silly place. I don't feel their quality is much better than say Safeway or IGA :|

Has anyone been to the butcher at Le Magasin?

Apr 20, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Lumiere or West for milestone birthday dinner

I've yet to try the new Lumiere but I just went to West several days ago and I had a great time. Overall, the service was seamless and the food was really good. Not every dish blew me away but I appreciate how they try to use local and organic ingredients. Their pastry chef is a star. That was probably the favorite part of my meal.

Of course, the experience is much more than just the food. The setting is modern yet comfortable. It's quite brightly lit when I was there so I'm not sure if that's a factor for you. It wasn't very busy when I was there (Thurs night) and about 1/2 the tables were seated throughout the time I was there.

Here are 3 photos (size limit on here) or you can follow this link to view the entire set and the descriptions in the gallery. Good luck with the decision :)

http://www.bouchonfor2.com/dining-aro...

Apr 20, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Butcher and Fish Monger Downtown (Van)

What is your favorite butcher shop and fish market located Downtown?

As much as I love Granville Island, I don't always want to cross the bridge or take the little ferries (which I feel is a rip off...)

Excited to hear your opinions!

Love, Mel
http://www.bouchonfor2.com

p.s. I've searched, I promise! Is there a thread I missed?

Apr 19, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Piquillo Pepper- where in Vancouver?!

Perfecto!

Apr 16, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Phnom Penh (Vancouver, Cambodian/Vietnamese, pictures)

Can't get enough of the butter beef (raw beef in butter, cilantro sauce), and the garlic squid (we call it crack squid). I think the squid is much better than the chicken wings. Very tender and flavorful. Good texture. Rated one of the 100 things to eat before you die in Vancouver.

Apr 14, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver old-school sushi

Thanks thanks :) It was hard keeping track of all the names I've never heard of :|

I'll try those recs, fmed. I've heard Ajisai is a good one too :) thanks.

Apr 13, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver old-school sushi

I know this is out of the area but I just wanted other Chowhounds to know about this gem I found. It's called Sushi Hachi in Richmond. It's a mom and pop's shop open only for a few hours a night and requires reservations. It's very traditional sushi and sashimi, super fresh, and many rare varieties. Some are flown in from Japan and I tried things I've never even heard of. Probably the best Otoro I've had in Vancouver. The info and a gallery can be found in my new blog post here:

http://www.bouchonfor2.com/dining-aro...

It was an amazing experience. I'm honestly not trying to promote my blog. I'd be happy if you'd just look at that gallery and nothing else :)

Apr 13, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Exceptional Regional Cheese Available in Vancoucouver?

I adored the Salt Spring Island "Blue Juliette". It's a soft goa'ts cheese that has a blue rind. At room temp, it's a bit runny, very complex, with the right hint of blue.I even traveled all the way there to buy it (among other artsy activities). However, the last time I bought it at IGA, I found it to be too young and the center was even hard. I haven't bought it since. I wonder if it was just that batch and if it's since improved. Give it a try. It's one cheese I highly recommend. I believe they are sold in Choices. They also have a truffle topped goat's cheese that's very yummy as a spread.

Apr 09, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ice cream maker? - Vancouver

Thanks for all the feedback! I spotted 2 Cuisinart models at Ming Wo. One is under 100 and the other is almost 300. I think I know which one I'm going to get :)

Apr 08, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ice cream maker? - Vancouver

Thanks :) I will go check those places. I need to get one before mango season is over!

Apr 08, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ice cream maker? - Vancouver

I'm looking to buy an ice cream maker. I checked Sears and The Bay without much expectation (no luck). Does anyone know a good place with some selection?

Also, any recommendations for a model you like?

Thanks in advance!

smel
http://www.bouchonfor2.com

Apr 07, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Piquillo Pepper- where in Vancouver?!

Called both. Nope and nope. I should be able to find some canned ones though. Thanks though, peoples!

Apr 03, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Piquillo Pepper- where in Vancouver?!

I need to buy Piquillo peppers for a recipe (preferably fresh but roasted is ok too). It's a Spanish chili. Does anyone have any idea where I can find them?

Thanks in advance!
-Smel

Mar 31, 2009
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Raw Deal

I understand and respect the notion of eating for "optimum health" but one should be careful to dictate what "health" envelops. Raw purists (or purists of any type of strict diet) may have their definition of health but need to understand that health is understood in many ways. Personally, regular food-orgasms are required for me to reach optimum mental health and I will not deprive myself from it in exchange for someone else's idea of optimum health. Likewise, people eating raw foods should feel free to manipulate their food so it tastes good to them. Eating raw should not be confined by the single "health" objective.

Nov 27, 2008
smel in Features

Grill Owner Stings Bees

This is disgusting and makes me so sad, especially when considering the dramatic decline in the bee population as of late.

Nov 16, 2008
smel in Features

Wow, That's Some Tip

Yes, the whole issue is they were making way below minimum wage.

Oct 23, 2008
smel in Features

Taste of Yaletown?

Average $35 for 3 courses, October 14 to 26

Are you going? Where? Why? Expectations?

I'll leave my sentiments towards these taste of/ dine out events until later.

http://www.yaletowninfo.com/events/to...

Oct 13, 2008
smel in Western Canada Archives

10 Kitchen Hazards

or does lumpy mean just allowing it to dry instead of leaving it in the sink?

Sep 18, 2008
smel in Features

Play It Cool

I'll give the "gazpacho" some credit for creativity, but a drink, a salad, and ice cream layered on a cookie crumb base is the best you can think of for a menu? Come on, Chow.

Jul 23, 2008
smel in Features

Vancouver Early Bird Prix Fixe

Wow, thanks for all the responses! They give me some good ideas and all sound like fun spots to dine. Much appreciated.

Jul 22, 2008
smel in Western Canada Archives

Vancouver Early Bird Prix Fixe

West... tehe.

Jul 22, 2008
smel in Western Canada Archives

Vancouver Early Bird Prix Fixe

I'm always willing to shell an extra few bucks for a great meal. From chic fine dining, to casual, yet precisely executed cuisine, to the unique, innovative dining experience, I love it all. It's been my quest to eat all over town so I feel I have a pretty good grasp of where to go, depending on the occasion.

However.

The new guy I'm seeing does not have the same appreciation for food as I do. In fact, we're likely opposites. (Granted, he goes to Nando's Chicken every week... ugh and enjoys Cactus Club.) I've exposed him to the finer side of cuisine and he's beginning to understand my passion. Still, he's not as willing to spend money on a nice meal as I am because he doesn't have full appreciation for what goes into food.
Yet.

My new strategy is to expose him to more restaurants via the Early Bird Prix Fixe route. Sure, there's a very limited selection and we finish dinner before movies start playing but I think it's worth the compromise. So far, I've only tried the one at Raincity Grill and it was pretty decent. He enjoyed it as well. I see there's also one offered at Gastropod.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance :)

Jul 21, 2008
smel in Western Canada Archives

best real thai food in Vancouver?

Having never been to Thailand, I can't wait to see the recommendations. I usually go to Sala Thai because it's close... the food is yummy even though they tend to overcook the meat and shellfish. I can't say how authentic it is though because I have nothing to compare with.

Poor Arroy D, stuck in the Canada line freakshow. I would go there just to get their taro dessert (to go?). It's a baked taro custardy cake with fried onions on top. Fragrant, barely sweet, hint of smoky savory... yum. I don't really recall how the rest of the food is.

Jul 14, 2008
smel in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Surrealistic Seasoning

Amazing.

Jul 12, 2008
smel in Features