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FREEZING BANANAS FOR BANANA BREAD

if you have limited space - and choose to peel and then freeze - make sure you freeze in batches that match exactly the amount you need for your recipe.

also - someone suggested freezing then defrosting on the counter - I would not put directly on the counter as they seep and weep as they thaw - a sticky mess. At the least, put them on a plate to catch the drips.

I have frozen the bananas both ways (whole with peel - and peeled-mashed). It works like a charm. I usually do this because we are going away the very next day and I have to put a lot of last-minute (still good to use) things in the freezer including whole tomatoes (use for sauce later) - cottage cheese (use for pasta later) - heavy cream (use for soup later) - you get the picture.

ps - if you choose to freeze the whole banana with skin on - it might make your entire freezer smell like - bananas, obviously - so you may wish to put them in a freezer-quality bag.

Aug 29, 2015
Georgia Strait in Home Cooking

Best inexpensive but decent knives for sharing at cottage (must be avail in Grter Vancouver)

thx LR
Scoffier's suggestion about LDrugs is very handy for us - there's one nearby

... tho it is like going in to Ikea - go for one boring item like felt pens or batteries, exit 200 dollars later~ wondering how to hide the products as I enter the house!

so I might go in and pick/up a couple of the Henckels "Pro 2" sets (paring etc) for 30 bucks / set

http://www.londondrugs.com/J.A.Hencke...

stamped and all I know - but at least I can hopefully retrieve my really nice ones! And I'm not a knife pro (I need some more lessons and practice) - was it Julia Child who said "be one with the knife" or some similar advice!

Is peacock meat legal in CA/USA?

i think there'd be some people in several BC neighborhoods that might feed the noisy pesky peacocks or p-hens to their dinner guests - apparently big argument in Naramata about it too - another PC place. (the question on the community ratepayers website about a road being paved or something gets 1 comment ... yet the silly peacock topic gets 10 comments about how pretty they are! you get the picture ... to OP I say eat and enjoy as long as it grew up with some joy in its life. And send a feather home with each guest!

also - 500.xx - as in FIVE hundred - what the heck? they are pests, no kidding. Go out and look at your car in the morning in a neighborhood where they are "allowed" to roam. That 500xx must be going toward repairing the damage they've caused.

Aug 24, 2015
Georgia Strait in Not About Food

Have you ever lost . . . .

this is a funny thread - and have we not all done one or several of these things - fat squirrel (I have fat crows, ie I put something out to cool of quickly in our winter climate to find that crows think Xmas baking is pretty tasty!)

aside from finding a petrified moldy apple under the car seat - and lots of kid crumbs - and the cases of soda cans where usually one can has developed a slow, syrupy leak - that is the worst.

our former driveway was on a steep slope down toward the residential street - and in a big hurry taking the groceries out of the car, I lost an onion, some other round vegetables, and those big cans of tomatoes - well, they all rolled DOWN the driveway just as a huge cement delivery truck zoomed by - and you can imagine the result - a HUGE red blotch with potato flesh all over our subdivision street -

i can only imagine what the neighbors thought had happened at our house!

thank goodness for crows and rain to tidy it all up ASAP.

Aug 24, 2015
Georgia Strait in Not About Food

Best inexpensive but decent knives for sharing at cottage (must be avail in Grter Vancouver)

hello - I have my own nice knives at cottage - that I found recently were being used in a way that makes me cringe - so I will lock my own knives away just for my use.

however, I do need to supply knives for other people to use - so other than me taking time to look at the rummage stores - has anyone had experience with - say, a paring knife for $20 (not 100) dollars? - And an 8 or 9 inch slicing knife.

ideally, these would be avail at either Home Hardware or - dare I say it - Cdn Tire - in BC.

ironically, one of the best serrated bread knife I have was a promo from IGA supermarket maybe 5 yrs ago - it works well to this day.

I do want decent (I know what it's like to use terrible knives that probably worked for a day or so - but something less price than my knives that I like and were a gift (sentimental) so I want to protect them at this time.

thank you!

question - best flour tortillas avail in Greater Vancouver BC supermarkets?

hi GE - yes, i notice that our home town IGA (okanagan) and also the one in Gibsons will take customer requests - so I bet your nearby IGA would do same

while looking for these Santa Rosa on the Sunshine Coast local groceries - I noted some other fancy looking tortillas brand - but they were made beyond Greater Vancouver - can't recall brand name - they were in freezer area.

ps - have you already done the PDX cake - how was it?

question - best flour tortillas avail in Greater Vancouver BC supermarkets?

long-belated reply (review) ----

on the Sunshine Coast (Gibsons BC / SEchelt BC) I found Santa Rosa out of Coquitlam, as recommended by Sam Salmon on this thread.

Well, thank you because we will never have to crave again!

IGA Gibsons apparently receives a direct shipment each Monday - the WHITE CORN tortillas, approx 6 inch diam - they are currently stocked in the fridge case next to cream cheese and eggs and Pillsbury dough stuff. I think they cost me 499 Cdn for 36 tortillas ... further to Greyelf post - we did a taste test (not blind but good enough to know what tasted best) - and for sure the Santa Rosa are better than my recent purchase of Guerraro (spell?) from WA State. (also corn) ---- we have microwaved Santa Rosa, we have quick toasted with a bit of oil in Paderno non-stick pan, we have not yet done them on the BBQ (tho I don't think I would - I'd always want a griddle) - I have frozen the Santa Rosa as we could not eat them all in one fell swoop (seagulls that we are on a summer dinner on the sundeck)

SECOND product - the Santa Rosa white flour 10 inch tortillas - I found them in Super Valu, Gibsons BC - in the fREEZER section. Yes, they are good - I have pan-toasted a quesadilla in Paderno and some other fancy brand non-stick - good result - and I have also just quick microwaved for kidlet tortilla and cheddar cheese melt snack. Good.

I think the white flour ones are FAR MILES WAY better than the usual brands (the bread brands - that make "wraps" --- ugh. Yes, the white flour Santa Rosa are a bit doughy but that is the nature of a white flour tortilla in my experience. I think they are thinner than the bread brands - but that doesn't mean they tear and pull apart. I would buy them again. I can't remember the price.

I notice (going back to CORN) tortillas - that the Santa Rosa ingred list is far shorter than the popular Guerraro brand in WA State. in other words, for what it's worth, Santa Rosa has a list you can pronounce ; )

if you can find either or both at your nearby IGA in BC here - then go for it. I don't always price compare - regardless, to me it was worth having a taste of how a tortilla should really be without me having to make it while everyone is playing outside at the beach. Handy quick lunch and even dinner food (black bean and cheese quesadilla with the condiments on the side)

ps - we even ate the flour black bean-cheese leftover quesadilla "cold" as a quick snack on a hike - so either way - good news.

Restaurants in Sechelt / Sunshine Coast - any good (recent!) recs???

well, it still is an old-time cottage place in the summer where the beach/ocean/mtn scenery beckons (who wants to sit indoors on a sunset evening?), families and friends all gather and cook at home, usually with multi-generations - you will see that "family" aspect as you go around and sightsee, go to beach, shop at Claytons supermarket etc - so yes, the farmstands and Sharkeys Fish Locker are still good recommendations. I know you said you don't have self-catering tho hopefully you have a fridge at your b and b etc so you can buy some fresh fruit or a morning pastry etc

The Sechelt farmer market is Sat morning near the Rockwood Center (the library area)

Sharkey's is in Roberts Creek - if you go for a drive (or golf at Roberts Crk) - they serve various hot foods (and sell frozen fish from their own commercial boat) ---- they are on the internet

coffee and pastries - some savory - the former Black Bean on the main drag - it's a name with a pig on the sign - something like Roasted Pig - there is outdoor seating in the front - and some in the back (past the restrooms - it's nice out there) --- my concern (having been in there recently) is that various baked goods are displayed unwrapped (I know it looks pretty for sure) on platters with no sneeze guard right next to the cashier and the debit machine - not my cup of tea (or coffee) --- I don't like that.

the Japanese place is good (sechelt) tho simple and maybe for elder people the chairs would be uncomfortable --- I would go there
https://www.zomato.com/sechelt-bc/sus...

the South Asian place next to Claytons is a melange menu - however, it's pretty good. I can't think of the name - it's in "Trail Bay Mall"

if you pick up a picnic - Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is nice and the beach is sandy (it is a bit marshy but pretty good

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I think in most places up there you are eating for the scenery and the friendly atmosphere - and if you have something extra Chowhound-worthy (which apparently spans a vast range) - then that's great.

where else would I go - I know that Smitty's Osyter in Gibsons was on one of those Food Network shows - it's ok tho loud and stairs required if elder parents cannot do stairs. Also - I believe there is a current warning (or ban) re: BC oysters served raw. You'd have to check on that to ascertain.

I'd look up the "bistro" in Gibsons Landing - Sweetwater for a dinner.

If you're going for a drive, and Gibsons Landing is certainly a lovely day trip drive - go to Molly's reach for lunch, sit outside - it's casual but where else can you see all the harbor and enjoy a small-town atmosphere.

there is nothing fancy there - we cottage summer people just take it as it is and make the most of the friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery, and seeing our summer friends year after year - and thank goodness our ancestors moved to BC way back when and bought family cottages like you'll find up there.

Restaurants in Sechelt / Sunshine Coast - any good (recent!) recs???

well, it still is an old-time cottage place in the summer where the beach/ocean/mtn scenery beckons (who wants to sit indoors on a sunset evening?), families and friends all gather and cook at home, usually with multi-generations - you will see that "family" aspect as you go around and sightsee, go to beach, shop at Claytons supermarket etc - so yes, the farmstands and Sharkeys Fish Locker are still good recommendations. I know you said you don't have self-catering tho hopefully you have a fridge at your b and b etc so you can buy some fresh fruit or a morning pastry etc

The Sechelt farmer market is Sat morning near the Rockwood Center (the library area)

Sharkey's is in Roberts Creek - if you go for a drive (or golf at Roberts Crk) - they serve various hot foods (and sell frozen fish from their own commercial boat) ---- they are on the internet

coffee and pastries - some savory - the former Black Bean on the main drag - it's a name with a pig on the sign - something like Roasted Pig - there is outdoor seating in the front - and some in the back (past the restrooms - it's nice out there) --- my concern (having been in there recently) is that various baked goods are displayed unwrapped (I know it looks pretty for sure) on platters with no sneeze guard right next to the cashier and the debit machine - not my cup of tea (or coffee) --- I don't like that.

the Japanese place is good (sechelt) tho simple and maybe for elder people the chairs would be uncomfortable --- I would go there
https://www.zomato.com/sechelt-bc/sus...

the South Asian place next to Claytons is a melange menu - however, it's pretty good. I can't think of the name - it's in "Trail Bay Mall"

if you pick up a picnic - Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is nice and the beach is sandy (it is a bit marshy but pretty good

)

I think in most places up there you are eating for the scenery and the friendly atmosphere - and if you have something extra Chowhound-worthy (which apparently spans a vast range) - then that's great.

where else would I go - I know that Smitty's Osyter in Gibsons was on one of those Food Network shows - it's ok tho loud and stairs required if elder parents cannot do stairs. Also - I believe there is a current warning (or ban) re: BC oysters served raw. You'd have to check on that to ascertain.

I'd look up the "bistro" in Gibsons Landing - Sweetwater for a dinner.

If you're going for a drive, and Gibsons Landing is certainly a lovely day trip drive - go to Molly's reach for lunch, sit outside - it's casual but where else can you see all the harbor and enjoy a small-town atmosphere.

there is nothing fancy there - we cottage summer people just take it as it is and make the most of the friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery, and seeing our summer friends year after year - and thank goodness our ancestors moved to BC way back when and bought family cottages like you'll find up there.

ps EDIT to add - yes, what Sam is referring to in The Creek is the Gumboot - there is a cafe and a restaurant - some like it, some don't. I'd say if your parents are conservative (no dreadlocks) then totally skip the "cafe" and make sure you go to the larger "restaurant" (it used to be a fancy french place). On your own you might enjoy the streetside cafe place - regardless, after your meal, drive (or walk) below the store (next to gumboot) - there is a beach walk (it used to be huge propane storage tanks) and an interesting mandala. On a clear day you can see WA State (Mt Baker) etc. No restrooms at the beach.

http://www.gumbootrestaurant.com/
nb - I can't tell if the restaurant is open now - I did drive by the other day and saw the "cafe" open - people sitting outside.

here is the link to the South Asian (curry etc) place in Trail Bay Mall, Sechelt --- it is not a very exciting setting, however, the food is decent - start here http://www.saffronrestaurant.ca/zgrid...

the other place is the golf course in SECHELT (not the one in Roberts Crk, tho that one is very nice) - the sechelt one has recently been revived (bankrupt or something) - and I think they might have a new restaurant operation going - it is very scenic - my recollection is that the dining room has very hi ceilings and is loud - however, maybe they have outdoor view seating and a decent menu ... start here http://www.blueoceangolf.ca/

for a closer spot with view - lots of people like the Lighthouse (overlooking the seaplane dock in Porpoise Bay) - and there used to be greek nearby - I have not been that way in a couple of summers -

tho if Greek is your thing, go to Gibsons Landing (near Mollys Reach) and eat lunch or dinner at Leo's Taverna - we always get the lamb or the fish. It is family operated (it's a taverna) - some outdoor seating tho we prefer the indoor tables next to the windows in the evening. (end of 2nd edit

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3rd EDIT - some people still like this place - Blue Heron - it is out in Porpoise Bay - I've been there a few times in the past and we thought that the decor and the whole place seemed tired. It is family run (as far as I know to this day so I'd be tired at this point too) ---- in any event - for a sunset special dinner - this might suit you - the view is pretty - call ahead for best ocean-view table. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_...

Why is 'Western' smorgasbords/buffets a disappearing genre in Metro Vancouver ?

... have to agree it does take one back in food memory

... did you check out the Mandarin website that Melcich (above) posted? the photos take me back to some sort of cruise ship / 1980s over the top atmosphere!

or Vegas.

what is that other place in downtown Toronto - a chain - Tuckers Marketplace or something like that - great for a multi-generational meal out. I think the one downtown might have closed but there are some other locations extant.

we just might have to go see that other part of Canada one day to experience this regional specialty.

Traditional Maya cooking (and eating) workshop - UBC Farm - Aug 8th afternoon (pre-register)

... since we've been talking about tortillas here recently - you might be interested in this event -

the very best corn tortillas I have ever had are at these gatherings. Amazing. I wish I could buy a pound of them to take home and freeze (or eat later in the day)

I am not involved in organizing this event - I rec'd this info as an interested party and past participant

here are the details -

ps - the "UBC Farm" is near the new shopping / condo village at the end of Westbrook and 16th Ave traffic circle - transit friendly with a bit of a walk to the farm gate entry.

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“Three Sisters in the Kitchen”
Traditional Maya Cooking Workshop

Members of the Maya in Exile Garden at UBC Farm invite you to a traditional cooking workshop.

Help prepare (and eat!) several dishes:

*Sopa de calabaza con flor de calabaza y flor de frijol (Soup made with young squash, squash flowers and bean flowers.)

*Tortillas con flor de calabaza, ejotes ( Tortillas with squash flowers and green beans ) y frijol molido (served with pureed black beans)

*Pan Dulce de calabaza (Sweet bread made from squash)

*Cafe tradicional (Traditional Maya style coffee)

Most ingredients are sourced from the Maya in Exile Garden at UBC Farm.

Date: Saturday August 8th, 2015
Time: 2:30-5:00PM
Place: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $30 ( All proceeds to benefit the Maya in Exile Garden )
What to bring: Curiosity and your hungry belly

To register, e-mail
Caroline ---- pendleton.caroline AT gmail.com
or
Nati ---- ngarcia303 AT outlook.com

We need a minimum of 10 participants to offer this delicious workshop.
Early registration helps ensure the workshop goes ahead. Thank you!

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

yes, those little independent kichen boutique shops have gone by the wayside haven't they - if you ever go up to the Sunshine Coast - Seasoned Kitchen is one to visit for sure. Is there a little independent in West Van I wonder? Park Royal maybe? I have never been in this place - http://www.bellavita.ca/Gadgets (near Whole Paychq ;

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i bet they have NorPro

what about New Seasons (supermarket) when you go to PDX - they have all that kitchen gadget gift stuff don't they? I like New Seasons - and it's not as expensive as one might think - for the fun shopping experience and pleasant responsive service - I know from experience that if you phone ahead - they tell you which store has the product you are looking for (they did that the other day for me)

http://www.newseasonsmarket.com/our-d...

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

did you order?
... if YES, can she ship for reasonable price?
possibly someone is coming downtown Hotel Vanc area in late Aug.

question - best flour tortillas avail in Greater Vancouver BC supermarkets?

hello - I like the plain and simple Guerrero corn tortillas - usually out on the non-fridge shelf in every supermarket south of the 49th (at least in the Pac NW that is)

I did a bit of research - not a taste test in our house - but I read some articles -

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/taste...

http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652018

... so next time at the safeway on Guide Meridian (Lyndon) or pretty much any supermarket in BLI - you'll find Guerroro - they are about 7 inch diam. There are white corn and yellow corn types. I freeze them and use them a few at a time - they may make some of our US neighbors cringe (esp if they can get real ones) - however, for us Cdn's - they are pretty good and better than our local supermarket options (tho as S Salmon says, it would be interesting to go to Poco (see above). That was one of our jobs as kids was to find the tortilleria (tortilla factory) in the small Mexican towns we lived in way back when - it was a big conveyor belt that made a very distinctive squeak-squeak rhythmic sound - and it flattened, cooked, and flopped them off at the end (corn) - there were many ladies working on the line - I think pinching off and rolling little balls of dough to go in to the machine and at the finish end making sure the tortillas were stacked and sold. We always took a wicker basket and a clean tea towel and they were sold by the kilo, having been weighed on a "balance" type of scale.

Small Birthday Cake or Cake Dessert reco

yes, I think you'd do well with Papa Haydn's ... I have many a calorie invested way back in the early days at the original location (east side of Willamette) - interesting history

we'd go to Roses too for the really tall layer cake - it was up somewhere near the Ringside off Burnside - can't remember exactly ... there are a couple of current incarnations - don't know how good or if popular any longer http://www.eatatroses.com/history/

and the Rimsky Korsa Coffee Haus in Sellwood area

this is interesting to read - highlights from my PDX era - way before cool hip foodie city ;

)

- we still go down there - and it's changed - obviously - but still fun small city.

http://lostoregon.org/2010/05/30/port...

Jul 30, 2015
Georgia Strait in Metro Portland

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

hi GE - I happened to be down in Gibsons Landing - up on the Sunshine Coast BC - and the lady owner Karla at "The Seasoned Kitchen" nice boutique says she is placing a Norpro order now - and can get a box of four (4) of these for $28.xx Cdn plus taxes.

you have to order in boxes of 4 and she needs to know soon so she can place her entire order.

she says she expects her order to be here in 3 or 4 weeks (late Aug)

do you work downtown? (like near Burrard & Georgia - Hotel Vanc)

how about if I leave it with you that you call her directly - let her know yes/no - I would think you could order-pay over the phone - and request shipping maybe (or I'm sure if you work downtown someone is going in that direction and could meet you at the Hotel Vcvr on Georgia - Burrard etc)

start here - maybe give her a call whether it is YES or NO, ok, then she knows she can go ahead accordingly -
PH Karla at Seasoned Kitchen, Gibsons BC ... 604 886 7724
http://www.theseasonedkitchen.ca/

hope that helps - now bring on those Chilliwack cobs!

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - new restaurant - Notch 8

re: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Notch 8

... a report about this new restaurant - esp for those who have to organize corporate meals downtown.

... as many of you know, the venerable Hotel Vanc has been undergoing significant renos of the lobby and porte cochere (the drive-in covered valet area off Hornby over to Burrard)

there are many more "DESIGNER" boutique stores in the lobby now.
the elevators and Concierge are still where they have always been (same people too - good news)

Griffins is long-gone (thankfully - never really liked it - too loud, too crowded, to un-cozy comfy for a meaningful dinner - ie screaming family next to us taking our elderly parents who are hard of hearing out for special anniversary dinner was our experience - food on the floor, food on the chairs, everything that could be happening was happening at our neighbor table - and then it was not even cleaned up by staff after the loud family left so we had to sit next to the mess for the remainder of our special meal)

so - over the winter - the "roof" was open - now it is closed (unless special function) and the former lobby lounge and 900 West venues have been reconfigured in to "Notch 8"

you may wonder - Notch 8 name - it is the most "open" or "high" speed on a locomotive - so they are channeling to a degree their RR heritage - fair enough - and it is tasteful - no kitschy rr decor - it's subtle.

I am not a food-beverage professional - other than being a self-appointed professional customer - so I noticed how they have designed this one room (formerly the lounge and 900 West)in to various sections - which indeed makes sense I"m sure from a staffing and kitchen POV.

*the bar with tall chairs and tV screens - dang - they are for sure an eye diversion - esp if you are there with folks who keep track of tv sports - or kids who can't not look at a screen no matter what it is.
*the lounge with upholstered wingback and other chairs for tea or drinks and light meals
*some proper dining tables - some are nicely secluded for a small corporate lunch/dinner/breakfast.
*some sheltered "nook" type tables reminiscent of a vintage sleeping car on train - very private (tho the bench seats are upholstered in fabric and make it hard to clean - and hard for guest to slide across the bench gracefully - I'd prefer a leather type surface. These are THE tables to request if a very private corporate lunch etc - no eavesdroppers ; )
* and finally, a private dining room - Scotch lounge in the style of a dark vintage library (reminded me of the Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, except MUCH lower ceilings) NB - the library dining room is for some reason not "accessible" to guests with significant mobility limitations

if you are booking for corporate - ask to see the tables at the back of the room - closest to the valet parking drive-thru. Or the very private "booths" (see above)

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the service was very pleasant - attentive yet not invasive - we were lucky to have an experienced server - that certainly makes a difference. We had late lunch 2pm on a Friday - so there were lots of cruise ship type tourist older people (having drinks and comparing shopping from the hbc) - some corporate socializers - some families - the usual mix. It was busy.

the live music started at 5pm - it was OK - and we usually enjoy it- but they have taken out the piano - so it was a Nora Jones type folk singer with guitar - well, she was professional in her presentation and obviously talented - however, I am not sure her style was conducive to 5pm on a Friday afternoon at the end of a work week when most of us have some celebratory energy to expend (we were all falling asleep with her lullabyes ~)

the food was very good - it's hotel food - however, I know I can count on it - and they do have a menu with a local emphasis - grown, caught etc.

although the salmon option was apparently farmed Atlantic - maybe the recent drought has something to do with that. I was surprised given that 1. Salmon is a given in Vancouver - and 2. the website says "WILD BC SALMON" - so maybe the server was mis-informed or there was a change that day.

another guest at our table enjoyed the halibut

others enjoyed the fresh oysters - a "flight" - very good.

the shared beer yeast bread is hard to resist and avail for a fee - as far as I can tell - I was not in charge of the invoice. It was a bit hands-on awkward for sharing - so if you are with corporate guests -ask your server to divvy it up better than the way we experienced it. ie make it in to slices.

the salad greens - apparently local - were nice and fresh -

drinks delivered exactly as ordered incl good old tap water with lemon slices on the side.

prices were as to be expected at a major downtown hotel - we were happy with the all-round experience and would go back for corporate or personal.

for those of you looking for fabulous Vancouver views - this is not the place - however, for those of us who live here - it is fun and perfect for winter rainy wet weather for sure when you can't really see any view outside.

the a/c climate control seemed fine to me - tho an older guest (our parents are always cold) may need a sweater.

i did not see where the coat check has moved to - but I'm sure there is one at the valet.

http://www.fairmont.com/hotel-vancouv...

thank you.

Closed restaurants, cafes, etc.

I wonder - are some changes due possibly to price of real estate?

in other words - why keep an old building / parking lot if it is zoned and possibly opportune to build for more revenue.

this theory may apply more to the ABC and the McD's on the above list than some others.

or branding - megabite pizza? i did not go there - so maybe it was worthwhile - but the name is funny clever in its day (ie it's dated, no?).

Wine service in Vancouver Restaurants

... on a diff note - I am looking for a "dog friendly" resto in downtown area for visitor friends who insist on taking Barker Bowser everywhere w/ them - I have read about Dockside - did you happen to notice any companion dogs tied next to the outermost patio tables there?

i realize dogs cannot be on the official part of the restaurant patio (thankfully in my opinion) - UNLESS a bona fide service animal in uniform.

thank you.

question - best flour tortillas avail in Greater Vancouver BC supermarkets?

yes, thank you both
I see on the Santa Rosa website - that they show "avail at IGA" - so next time I'm in the small town at the cottage coast - I will check out what they have.

I know IGA is usually pretty good about carrying "local" boutique type products (from produce to cheeses etc)

will report back w/ findings - we grew up in 1960's mexico (west coast, north of Puerto V ---- ) so we will activate our taste memories!

question - best flour tortillas avail in Greater Vancouver BC supermarkets?

... we just want plain flour tortillas (no enhanced colors or flavors) - which supermarket easy available brand do you recommend?

we are making quesadillas on the BBQ grill at the cottage. IGA supermarket is close, and a couple of small independents (well stocked) too.

I like to use corn tortillas normally (I am well supplied with fav brand from WA State) - however they are smaller diameter and kidlets would like the "real tortillas" (the large diam flour ones)

thank you.

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

Hello - how many of these dishes are you looking for?

I might have a lead on some - will find out later today or tomorrow morning hopefully - and get back here with price Cdn dollars.

isn't that interesting - all that Norpro stuff is from Everett WA apparently (well, the company is there - not making the stuff there - we all know where a lot of that comes from ; )

Wine service in Vancouver Restaurants

with due respect - I think that the branding for this particular restaurant is about highlighting "local" (or BC in any event) - and "Oceanwise"

it's a fun location - no doubt - I hope your guests enjoyed beautiful Vancouver BC

here is more info about their brand mission - which explains the menu design. (see link below)

being an Okanagan person - we enjoy supporting the local wine growers we know - the ones that take care of their farms and the natural environment, treat their neighbors respectfully (roundup etc over-spray and cannon noise), etc.

one of our favs is "Elephant Island" in Naramata - fruit wines, certainly, but not the way our grannies made them! (over sweet). Another is Nichol, one of the first farmgate wineries in Okanagan.

http://www.docksidevancouver.com/menus

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

ok, got it - haha, did they forget to cook the corn before its big modelling photo gig? (the one w/ butter on it)?

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

have you looked at
Home Hardware - in fact, even if not on the shelf- go and ask at the back of the store and they have the computer where they look-up in their master catalogue for you - and then bring it in the following truck delivery usually - that's how the Home Hardware is in our small coastal cottage town nr Vcvr.

or - of all places - you never know -
Cdn Tire

EDIT to add: how about London Drugs - I have not personally looked but I know they have lots of that Norpro brand don't they? (in the kitchen/small appliance section)

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is it possible for you to post a photo so I know exactly what I'm looking for in my various rummage travels ; )

thank you.

full pig roaster -- Gelderman Farms (cannon-free blueberries too)

I am not in any way associated with this business - I want to say I was impressed (and fully ready not to be) by a large event I was invited to recently - and it was large pig parts roasted etc - quite amazing and tasty - from this farm out in the Valley.

they supply the raw meat and the cookers

apparently they also sell fertilizer (see website) - and cannon free blueberries (an important consideration to those of us who live near vineyards and blueberries etc)

http://www.geldermanfarms.ca/about_us/

so if roasting large animals for a large crowd is your thing - I'd for sure look in to this.

ps - from what I understand the cooks started at 6am with refrigerated meat - and then turned it in to fully cooked pulled pork at 330pm.

I don't think the cooks had to stand there over the cookers the entire time - tho obviously for safety etc - someone has to take shifts to supervise the process.

it certainly was tasty and tender. I can't make it like that

ISO clear glass Norpro corn dishes in Vancouver

I think your post is great - and i am nuts about rummage (second hand) stores - i see all sorts of things like this - that people paid good money for - and have either downsized or demised.

rummage is my "museum of modern N Am culture"

so if i find any - for sure will figure out how to contact you - tho it might be next year's corn crop ; )

restaurants in Victoria/Vancouver with dog friendly patios

any updates on this topic - specifically vancouver - ideally west of main st - I looked to see if Vancity Buzz had a 2015 list but I can't find it - thank you.

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.

http://www.thejackbellfoundation.org/