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Richmond Night Market 2014

We went last night and had some nice deep fried squid tentacles (actually octopus I guess - big). We noticed the fun potato twirly things varied widely in their crispness. There are about 4 vendors for them so pick the one that cooks them longest (unless of course you like soft deep fried potatoes).
I had a coconut pudding in a cute little blue dish. It looked so plain compared to all the giant OTT mango/sago/tapioca/ice cream etc concoctions but was cold and rich and coconutty, just what I wanted (but I will try to save room for one of those mango things next time).

Jun 09, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen House (Northern Chinese/Szechuan) in Kits

I went in once looking, oddly enough, for Ramen. As a result I was pretty confused about the menu. I seem to remember the hot & soup was pretty good, just not what the taste buds had been told to expect.

Jun 04, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Palm Springs dessert

It's my birthday while I'm here. Where should I shop for a great dessert to eat at home?

Mar 16, 2014
waver in California

My First Tin of Old Bay: What should I make??

Roasted chickpeas, family ate these in 10 minutes (I used pancetta instead of the bacon):

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 01, 2014
waver in Home Cooking

single serving ground beef

Maybe Stong's grinds in house? Worth a call.

Feb 02, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

UBC, Dunbar & Kerrisdale restaurants

Simon's Kitchen is alas no longer good (IMO).
Ginger and Chili might have changed owners recently? An eat-in dinner there before the holidays was really quite bad, but we've had decent take-out in years past. Maybe worth another try, or else one of LR's recs. Which one though? That's the fun.

Jan 28, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

UBC, Dunbar & Kerrisdale restaurants

Anyone know of any Chinese restaurants that deliver in this part of town? Or even in for that matter. Not too fussy but ever since Lucky Star left there doesn't seem to be much.

Jan 27, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

UBC, Dunbar & Kerrisdale restaurants

We really like it.

Jan 27, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

UBC, Dunbar & Kerrisdale restaurants

Oh, Yum yums - loved that place. Nice lunch ladies always called everyone "dear" and "sweetie." Totally defined Chinese food for me for a long time.

Jan 26, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

UBC, Dunbar & Kerrisdale restaurants

Rajio on 10th for deep fried Japanese things on sticks and kimchi caesar;
Handi on Dunbar solid Indian, good take-out business with on-line ordering, eat-in seems quiet;
Spice Islands on 41st Indonesian, haven't been in a while, it was v. good and quite pricey;
Crepe Cafe on 41st for savoury buckwheat crepes;
En on 10th isn't there anymore but replaced by a different Japanese place of some fame from the North Shore (name?), nice lunch bento choices.
And yes, sad about the Chinese place in the UBC Village! Don't think Westbrook has added much except the Taiwanese noodle place which wasn't great the one time I was there but maybe I ordered poorly.

Jan 25, 2014
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Buche de Noel

For future reference. Ours came from Sweet Obsession and it was perfect for everyone, kids included. Very fine layers of white cake, sweet chocolate on the outside and hazelnut on the inside. A couple years ago had one from Thomas Haas that was a little challenging: very dark chocolate and boozy (grand marnier?). Amazing but a bit much after a big fancy dinner.

Dec 29, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Please help me survive Christmas morning! Make-ahead brunch items?

This is the perfect answer for my household: make well ahead. Thanks!

Dec 17, 2013
waver in Home Cooking

My first homemade duck-whole bird or breast only?

A vote for breast. This recipe has been our Christmas dinner for years (tip re the Earl Grey tea involved: keep it in the bags then you don't have to strain the sauce):

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Dec 13, 2013
waver in Home Cooking

Recommend a restaurant for a 40th birthday party for a party of 8-10

We once did a party for 8 or10 at Dan (Japanese) on Broadway and they did up a nice menu for us and were happy to serve a chocolate cake from Thomas Haas next door.

Nov 13, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi in Kits/Kerrisdale good for kids

Second Hitoe. In the other direction (ie 41st) there's Tokyo Thyme.

Nov 09, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

has anyone been to Bon Ton (Kits) lately?

About twice a year I'll get a couple of the little cakes in the store - the slightly salty buttercream is weird and addictive, but I don't think they are in the same league as Haas.

Oct 25, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Japanese carrot ginger salad dressing

That stuff is great. Report back on what you find!

Oct 17, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Beef Bourguignon for a crowd

Thanks everyone for your input! I ended up using 12lb of beef which gave us tons of leftovers, but I was OK with that! 9lb would been enough. Used the JC recipe and served it on mashed potatoes. Oh and used a little cornstarch to thicken it after leaving out the flour. Didn't need to add quite as much liquid in the scaling process.

I made the chocolate mousse from the Cook's Illustrated book - doubled the recipe and it made exactly 16 servings which was just enough.... I think I actually prefer the JC recipe, it is darker, richer and maybe a little airier texture, but everyone was happy so no regrets!

Sep 30, 2013
waver in Home Cooking

Beef Bourguignon for a crowd

Hi, I'm starting to realize I need advice about my party next weekend that will have 20 guests and a French theme. I'm planning to make beef Bourguignon and I'm wondering a couple of things.
I'm planning to use Julia Child's recipe (which I have made in the past), but the Cook's Illustrated one appealed as well: less classical obviously but possibly more reliable given that I don't have time for test run and I need to scale it up quite a bit. Either way I'll make the stew part a couple days ahead and make and keep the mushroom/pearl onion garnish separate til the end.
In terms of making enough for 20, how much should I make? I'll be serving with potatoes, green salad and a fennel/orange salad. Some appetizers before and a cheese plate after (or before if appetites dictate). Chocolate mousse for dessert unless something else occurs to me in the meantime. Guests will be hungry as there is a sports activity beforehand.
Also...one guest is gluten free. Should I try to use a gluten free blend and/or thicken the sauce with the pureed veg? Or should I say go with flour and make that guest something else? Don't want to ruin a massive batch...
Thanks for any thoughts!

Sep 23, 2013
waver in Home Cooking

Mamalee (formerly Cafe D'Lite)

Been there many times and never tried the chicken - how bad is that? But certainly almost everyone else is eating it whenever I'm there. I always either the laksa or the clear chicken noodle soup which is pretty darn tasty - not surprising given the amount of chicken around there. Both soups have two kinds of noodles in them which always delights me for some strange reason.

Sep 06, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

favourite French supermarket products

I loved the selection of yogurt: quality but also array of flavours.

I'm sorry I forgot to look for canned flageolets when we were there - I grew up with those - I wonder if they'd still taste as good?

Have to say though, the most excited person in the family was the 9 year-old then he saw Cherry Coke on the shelves at the G20.

Sep 04, 2013
waver in France

Loire Valley report: Tours and Villandry

We just got back from a fabulous trip to the Loire Valley as well and made a point of trying Etappe Gourmande based on your report - we weren't dissapointed! We also went to the Chateau first and also saw the leaflets on the cars - too funny. A little disconcerting though because when we got there, on a beautiful sunny day, no one was sitting outside and only one or two tables occupied inside. No problem though, they quickly set us up with a nice table outside and after hearing our version of French the non-English speaking waiter promptly gave us English menus. This was very thoughful, except when it came to ordering we had to try to translate it back to French which was a little complicated, especially when the chevre cheesecake translated into "sheezcake." Didn't see that one coming.
Anyway, we chose to each have an entree and a dessert, one of several formulas on the menu. One boy had the cheesecake that was layered with pesto an sun dried tomato things that could have been a little wedding-showery but was in fact very pretty to look at and nicely savoury. The other had a terrine and was happy. Us parents stole many bites. I had the shrimp, not in brik this time but lightly breaded and also with a grapefruit gelee and plenty of fresh vegetables. Husband had a pot de creme withmorels and leeks which was ok but maybe not as fun as the others. Parents had a totally divine sparkly Vouvray. We were all very happy and ready for our desserts which we had a little trouble ordering because of lack of kid friendly options - our waiter considered most of the desserts too boozy for kids, but in the end husband and one son had praline ice cream with a salted caramel fondant that delighted one of them and confused the other (I guess fondant is weird in that it looks like ice cream but isn't cold) and the other had a chocolate cake that we were duly warned was heavy on the coffee, and in fact it was. Both desserts were beautifully plated and devoured (one small squeak about the coffeeness of the cake but it dissappeared anyway) but I had the real winner: a very fresh tasting mint granita on top of strawberries floating in lime aspic. This was indeed a boozy one. Hooray.
After the beautiful plating and the lovely flavours the best part was going off to find the facilities located in the chevrerie (sp) and finding some wonderful nanny goats sharing the same barn.
We had a couple of other memorable food-related moments during our week in Bourgeuil, will post more later, but thank for steering us this way.

Sep 02, 2013
waver in France

Paris: dining and street performers?

I've enjoyed reading this board over the past few weeks getting many ideas for our upcoming week in the 3rd. Husband and I are looking forward to eating nice but casual French food and/or drinking red wine. The kids are looking forward to watching street performers. Are there any ways to combine these to please both parents and kids? Either sit down (dinner or lunch on a terrace) or picnic or ?? Where are the street performer hotspots anyway?

Thanks so much for any suggestions.

Aug 08, 2013
waver in France

The August attitude

Great. So here's my question. We have the relative luxury of having an entire week in Paris (actually awww only a week) and a kitchen (flat in the 3rd) in which to cook market/traiteur finds, so we are totally planning to try figure out what/where/when to eat out when we get there, based loosely on information I've found in posts here. But maybe this is too laissez faire? My family are all great travellers but are inclined to get anxious when the source of their next meal is not fairly obvious and accessible (and delicious)... Also we are travelling a long way to get there so it would be sad to completely mess it up.

Jul 27, 2013
waver in France

Most kid friendly izakaya in downtown

Ooolala my favourite topic although alas we spend more time just outside of the downtown core. But yes, Kingyo works, its a little higher end but roomy and you can grill meat on a small rock which thrills certain short people. I've not been to downtown Zakushi but its a fave in other (since closed)locations AND I'm not sure its really Izakaya ( its grilled things on sticks), but its our kids' choice for celebrations. I think Suika would work well as its not jammed together - its the cheaper version of Kingyo and might be a little too fun later in the evening (yes that is in fact my husband with the sake in the corner), but fine early on. There is a Hapa downtown which is not super fun, but the one in Kitsiliano (Yew st I think) is better if you're able to score a table outside and watch the world wander by on way to/from beach. There's this lotus root gyoza that causes small squabbles. The kids' current choice is Rajio but it is further from dt toward ubc. The focus there is deepfried things on sticks so who's to complain about that? And a curiously addictive kimchi ceasar salad. The only Guu I've been to (shame) is Garlic and it is a little jammed.

Jul 23, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to find a leafy, shady patio for lunch in Vancouver?

Edible Canada is under the bridge so also shady.

Jul 09, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for Various Recommendations!

Devastation: tonight was last night for Zakkushi on 4th : (

Good news: we are enjoying Rajio which keep us in the hood for sake/beer evenings that are none the less family friendly (although treats deep fried instead of grilled - oops).

Jun 28, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver, Whistler, Tofino family trip - suggestions please

I agree about La Quercia. How about Adesso instead? Its downtown, has nice outdoor space and prix fixe menu. We like it.

May 02, 2013
waver in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Chefs in Palm Springs area

Thanks so much.

Mar 05, 2013
waver in California

Best Chefs in Palm Springs area

What are the other two?

Mar 04, 2013
waver in California