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Fish and chips that are worth a drive?

our elderly relatives over in the Cowichan Valley enjoy a couple of other spots too - what have you heard about these ones -

1. Maple Bay - I think down in Birds Eye Cove (marinas)- I think it's in an old shed-like building ... the Shipyard perhaps.

2. what is the name of fish and chip place in Cow Bay? they like that place too. Rock Cod Cafe I think is the name.

Oregon-grown Cranberries

in greater Vancouver BC Canada, this gentleman was in the cranberry industry - and he endowed the "JACK BELL FOUNDATION." ... His legacy is a very much appreciated and well-used "van pool" system for the many commuters in our beautiful city

cranberries used to grow out in the peat bogs toward Delta BC.


Sunday evening rec for party of 5

on a different day - lunch? - and very casual - i'd go to Anatolia Express - on the sea walk level on the north side of the newest convention center (the one with the grass roof)

there is a pub next door - some sort of irish theme I think. Yes, that's right - it's called Mahoney's. fab view. Easy walk from convention centers.

steamworks is another casual pub type place at the entrance to Gastown - near the convention centers (walk to it)

Sunday evening rec for party of 5

what about Carderos
beautiful west coast view
you can walk along the sea wall

I assume your 30 dollars pp is in US funds?


Which Richmond Night Market is optimal for food (of course)?

any current updates 2015 night market Richmond BC?
thank you.

Fish and chips that are worth a drive?

Sharkey's Fish Locker, Roberts Creek, BC
the best.


Road trip Pacific NW

we liked this place last August

excellent oysters
very helpful serving the kids
good beer
great river/ocean view


the glass floor will entertain the kids.

the tram that goes along the waterfront is well worth it

Yakima Area Recommendations

hello - assuming you are going in the height of hot temp season - we go to cool off at this relatively boring restaurant - but it's green (being a golf course) and pretty - and predictable


just go to the mexican restaurants - there are many. Wapato, Toppenish, etc.

the old downtown (around the old historic train station) is pretty - http://www.oregonlive.com/mix/index.s...

there is also the arboretum for a picnic site.
activities with kids:

take a drive thru the Yakima River canyon toward Ellensburg - very scenic.

if your children like trains - check out http://www.nprymuseum.org/ in Toppenish

homemade pizza ideas

Hello Masha - thx for your response - I think we have the same old food processor (smaller bowl) - still works!

i will be devastated the day the bowl or lid etc breaks - ouch. It's one of those machines I use for certain recipes a few times a year.

QUESTION - when you roll out your dough - are you making a _____ inch diam round - thin crust or thicker crust?

Jun 05, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

homemade pizza ideas

hello Masha - what is the "windowpane test" - throw it, hold it up, not sure - thank you

if you could provide your food processor recipe - and exactly which yeast - that would be great

my fp is an old robot coupe - smallish capacity - I assume you use the plastic blade? (not the metal one)

Jun 04, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Trader Joe's handsoap with the pump drives us crazy - what is the top secret technique for opening the pump and making it work?

i have saved pumps from the previous bottle etc

I know there are little arrows (almost invisible at our retired age!)

we like the bergamot french liquid pump handsoap - the foamy one not so much just because of the foamy texture . i know that sounds contradictory - i just had not previously used foamy soap -

so anyone with advice about opening the bergamot liquid handsoap - please reply

Jun 04, 2015
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Quark (German Farm Cheese)

Ms Scorpio - you inspired my curiosity - so I bought some Liberte brand at our local IGA the other day

it certainly has a "tang" taste - a combo of soft (spreadable) cr cheese with heavy sour cream - and maybe some more tang like heavy yogurt? Very smooth and full (cream) texture (mouth feel).

how do you use Quark?
I an see it on baked potato ----
or as a dessert somehow with fresh fruit or a compote?

what about for "high tea" instead of devon cream?

Vancouver to the Okanagan and back

good suggestion for casual

being a BC road tripper - i've always enjoyed this blog

Vancouver to the Okanagan and back

what day of the week are you driving EAST - then back WEST? (we know you're late afternoon heading east to YLW. What time of day heading back to YVR? this makes a difference in drive time to get in/out of the metro VAncouver area.

i agree with Waylman and other locals here - it's only a few hours - part of it (east of Hope BC) on a beautiful mountain freeway - I would get out of metro VAncouver (tho your timing looks like it will be rush hour - but there are ways fr YVR out to the Valley to get you going toward Hope) - bring a picnic from the supermarket (there are lots out in the Valley en route, pretty close to the freeway - if you like Cheese, then look for the local cheeses - etc you get the picture.)

you say nothing (EDIT - I meant to type you said "little") of value - I am not sure if you have been to BC before - it is as big as WA, OR and CA put together. And very scenic mountainous for most of the province - so we prepare for that journey. The Coquihalla (freeway east of Hope) will be gorgeous at sunset time - it is dark here by about 930pm so you'll be fine making it to Kelowna.

where are you staying in YLW? It will take you about 20 minutes drive from the end of 97C (where it meets 97) to downtown Kelowna. If you are going north near the airport and UBC-Okanagan, then that's longer drive.

Best local, veg food on an island.

hi Puffin3 - this is not a "ready made meal" however, I do like the mixes that come out of the Valley there - made by Mitchells - handy for last-minute and smaller households where you don't want a whole pantry full of bulk-size bags of dried peas, beans etc. Good for camping / boating / cottage too.


Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

a rice salad - whereby you freeze the cooked rice - then add the extras in the morning - etc.

so reading your post that they throw everything out every day - this means you can't use a re-usable (like ziploc / tupperware) container?

how do the kids take their extra tee or an extra pair of undies or their hat or their sunscreen? (I'm used to dealing with a YMCA daycamp in western Canada)

May 27, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

good idea about cheesy cornbread - my friend used to make a similar recipe that also included finely diced firm avocado - would he eat green bits in the muffin? If you make them smaller size, that makes it fun as well as more manageable for small hands.

what about some homemade granola with the yogurt / pudding - you could turn it in to a crumble - fruit bar kind of thing to make it firmer

our bakery here makes mildly seasoned turkey sausage rolls (small size, probably for hors d'ouvres) - the turkey sausage is quite crumbly tho firm (not like a hot dog) so less choking risk maybe?

the bakery also makes mild (or spicey for those who like it) pepperoni sticks - basically bread dough wrapped around pepperoni sticks - they don't put them in the fridge to sell - they sit in the display case no fridge.

cut up pieces of no-meat pizza? (or pizza pretzel)?

i make my own hummus and freeze little snack size containers of it - by lunch time it would be thawed --- does he like hummus?

instead of a bread sandwich, would he eat a waffle sandwich? (w/ jam or pb or nutella?)

good idea to freeze the juice box / water bottle --- and also there are insulated lunch packs with zipper avail. They are at the dollar store often.

May 27, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

I sometimes wonder - when and where will be the first "TJ concierge shopping" with drive thru p/up ---- I agree with all the posts - the parking is a nightmare and the aisles are crowded - it is criminal in a sense that we all crowd in to a place that requires driving and hovering (more exhaust fumes) etc. I like my downtown urban local supermarket and farmer market in many ways - walk to and from not looking strange pulling a little cart of milk and bread ; ) (that's normal in our downtown city area)

May 25, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

this really has to be the best post i have ever seen about TJ's ---- "My Aunties Shopping List" ---- just the best!

I can't wait to be the topic of a post like yours ; )

only a few more years!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

we shop at TJs in WA and OR - and plan ahead! (as we are from Vancouver BC.)

does TJs still have the QUICK COOK organic brown basmati rice?

(I think I bought the package I am just finishing last fall in Bellingham WA Trader Joes)

if you have not tried it - it really does cook in 15 minutes and retains a nice texture (some go mushy)

(I add it to soup broth - like a brothy poultry soup with veggies etc)

thank you.

May 25, 2015
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Why is saving at Target so unnecessarily confusing?

you make very good points - i have no solution, sorry to say. I kind of like Target and always spend WAY more than intended there (or online). Like Ikea and TJ's.

and I do use a phone - just not for my whole life any longer. I got my life back, so the companies that try to connect thru every means - they are missing me - but maybe I don't fit their target (no pun intended) market.

May 24, 2015
Georgia Strait in Chains

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

I think we are more north-south out here than we are east-west in terms of our common sustenance I think (having born and then raised both sides of the 49th)

i would attribute the commonalities to more than just our time zone and relatively mild climate ---- we have food from our shared ocean, our shared rivers, our shared mountain ranges and valleys (largely north-south) - and our work (our BC born and raised dad worked in the forestry industry on both sides of the border as did many other families -

it's interesting that our shared food traditions sometimes have no borders - a good reminder for other topics I'm sure

AND no, we don't add an extra letter or change the er to re or anything on that word "border" ; ) ... in other words, I enjoyed LR's comment about Harbour - above (and a valid point for searches, for sure)

Quark (German Farm Cheese)

i like good cottage cheese (sometimes the batches seem different from week to week, I find) However the sodium content is very high.

is quark equally sodium-filled?

how do you eat your quark (as a spread or a dip, etc?)

i read up about making homemade quark but have not yet tried (I made Feta once - that was a good experiment - as in ... "never again!" - I think because it involved a lot of attention over several days)

is it easier to make quark?

ps - agree with Sam Salmon's comment that even the cottage cheese "frontage" in the display is much smaller ---- seems it's all about the yogurt these days.

EDIT to add --- well, if i would click on your link (above) - then I could see that Liberte Quark seems to have much less sodium than their 2% cottage cheese when comparing gram for gram


Best local, veg food on an island.

here is the menu for Providence Farm - not sure if it's current tho - you'd have to check. This is a very historic and well-operated farm just outside Duncan BC in the Cowichan Valley


Best local, veg food on an island.

I should have been more clear - there are TWO "Gumboots" in Roberts Creek "downtown" (near the store and the little post office etc)

1. the original - the Gumboot Garden Cafe - I have not been in a while because I found it dirty and too casual - the server appeared to have not bathed etc in a long time - not a nice thing to say, I know - however, our dining party noticed. I read some recent reviews and it appears it has cleaned up literally.

2. the bigger, newer Gumboot is right next door - more upscale (if that is possible in the Creek) -- it is in the building that used to be a fancy french restaurant - can't remember the name now. http://www.gumbootrestaurant.com/menu/

I realize both places are not strictly vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free - however, these options are avail - and I know that they do source from some of the local certified organic farms around the coast.

this is the ferry route from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Sunshine Coast, incl Gibsons Landing, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Pender Harbour etc) ---- the next ferry is the Earls Cove to Saltery Bay in order to reach Powell River - then you can take a third ferry from Powell River over to Comox etc. The ferry corp usually offers a pre-purchase special ticket for the "circle route"

Best local, veg food on an island.

are there still the dinners at Providence Farm - also near duncan?

Best local, veg food on an island.

Sunshine Coast - lots of farms, fresh stands at the gate, pay on your honour - not an island. But BC Ferries is the way to get there.

EDIT - meant to say - Powell River too - not an island, BC Ferries is the way to get there. Super blueberry farm on Hwy 101. No propane cannon noise last year. (that's a huge positive for those who know). Many other farms en route.

lots of local restaurants in both of these mainland destinations (ferry only - or float plane or your personal watercraft) - the Gumboot is popular in Roberts Creek, for example


well, they are fantastic (for some of us - not everyone eats gelatin or nuts) - and they come from Cashmere, WA (near Wenatchee)

they have an interesting background story - based on Turkish Delight candy and the local fruit crops of that region of WA.

my friend buys them sometimes here in BC - during candy season, like Xmas - at TBS (the bargain shop http://www.tbsstores.com/ ) or sometimes at LD (london drugs


do department store souvenir areas still have maple syrup and candies like this? Maybe at the Hudson Bay?

i think one time i ate an entire dinner's worth of samples on their "factory tour" in Cashmere WA!

EDIT to clarify - I may be mistaken about the gelatin - maybe it is pectin that makes it "jelly like" - and some comes w/o nuts tho of course is possibly made in a facility that handles nuts. Check Walmart, too.

Southern resto in Marpole - ring a bell ?

LR - this is so funny to see an "ancient" post - from 2010 - then talking about year 2000 approx - i used to work down there Airport Square area - and the most caffeinated coffee in the world in the plaza area of Airport Square - and all kinds of flavours of coffee - it must have been that brand one would get at a gas station maybe now (a name maybe like "van de kamp"?) - anyway - instead of that option - we'd drive like fools during our 28 minute break across Gran at 70th and up West Blvd to Kerrisdale because that was the closest Starbucks in those days(41 and Larch? maybe)- makes me laugh now. so different down there now. Safeway looks nice. Have not been in that one yet. What other restaurants are down that way these days? Excellent 2nd hand charity store for finding kitchen type stuff.

suburb help

... curious to know where you went today (Saturday) for your brunch