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First time - 2 dinners & 2 lunches (from Toronto)

I've had nothing but exemplary service at Vij's. Sam obviously holds a grudge.

Apr 08, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

German Whiskey/y to buy in BC

I'm frankly unaware of any German whiskies in this market. Next time I'm at Legacy, I can check, but I can't say I've seen any (and I'm a bit of a spirits geek/professional bartender). There are stranger things on this market though...

Apr 06, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best Ramen

My vote would be for Santouka, Motomachi Shokudo and Marutama. I'm a big tsuke-men fan, and the first two are solid if they are offering that dish now (it's not always on winter menus and I've been too busy to go down to the west end). I haven't been to Marutama, but my Japanese cook friends are rather enamored with their style of ramen. I'm sure others have ideas. The bonus is that all 3 are within a few blocks of each other.

Feb 12, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

I was speaking more about myself perhaps.

Jan 14, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

Alibi is fine for kids (you see them there frequently), but yes, go earlier to avoid the heavier drinking crowd.

Jan 14, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One Night in Vancouver

I would agree. Guu with Garlic. Revel in the atmosphere. Hop in a cab and have drinks at the Alibi Room afterwards (or if cocktails are your style, try L'Abattoir, Pourhouse or Wildebeest, followed by the Diamond or the Keefer).

Jan 11, 2014
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Los Cuervos Taqueria opening soon

Sounds like they need a cocktail called Kingsway & Fresa.

Jul 30, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Meals near Vancouver General Hospital

For a drink I would highly suggest taking the Canada line to Waterfront Station and going to the Pourhouse or L'Abattoir for cocktails. Very good drinks and bartenders, far beyond what you'll get at that Cactus Club. Or, walk up 10th Avenue to Cascade at Main and 10th (a 15 minute walk). Cocktail program is better and better these days. Beer is good and local too.

Jul 14, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Farview Slopes / Cambie Village / Mt. Pleasant Happenings

That new fishmonger is being opened by Rob Clark (formerly executive chef at C) and Mike McDermid (a cofounder of the Ocean Wise program, along with Clark). Should be a tremendous addition to the street and the city as a whole.

Jul 12, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO Barenjager honey liqueur in Vancouver

The source for all your liqueur needs, Legacy, carries it. It's not cheap. 72 bucks!

Jul 10, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

anyone being to burdock & co

Yes. Ate dinner there last night. Had nearly everything on the menu. Absolutely phenomenal. Dishes can be very subtle but extremely clever or beautiful due to the subtlety. Or, some dishes are so concentrated with flavor that they really blow you away. The room has been changed a lot for the better. Much more open than Cafeteria (which I liked a lot too).

The wine list is a bit of a natural wine fetishist list, and for that I support Andrea and her crew even more. Spectacular wines at very good prices.

I can't really express how much I enjoyed my meal and I can't wait to go back.

Apr 25, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Jitlada Thai

Aree Thai as far as I know is closed. When I walked by last week, their signage was gone and significant renos were being undertaken. No news of what will be in there after.

Comparing food prices between here and LA is futile. They're just so much closer to prolific agricultural lands (and rent is surely lower).

Feb 12, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

1st timer to Vancouver in June

I'll jump in on the conversation and agree with both grayelf and fmed.

I did just entertain a couple of friends who were up from San Francisco at Guu with Garlic and they were blown away at how awesome it was. One was from Vancouver originally but misses what she used to get up here, the other was a Southern states transplant to SF and was very much impressed. Just saying.

It really is a bit of an odd city for dining. Fine dining has essentially died in this city. In some ways this is a good thing as I can walk into virtually any restaurant in the city with my bike helmet and cycling gear and get treated the same as the West Vancouver housewives (Hawksworth, I'm looking at you). However, that means that there are no restaurants in town with the hype that many of the American major cities might have.

Feb 09, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Blumenthal-like Fries (Best Fries/Chips/Frites)

I would be very surprised if anywhere in town had a similar process to Blumenthal. Just checked my copy of In Search of Total Perfection and he boils the chips (cut to about 1.5 cm thick) to the point where th ey nearly fall apart, then cools them in a fridge and then twice fries them in peanut oil at two different temperatures.

The Pourhouse might be somewhat similar to this.

Jan 20, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Favourite Thai Curry Paste Available Locally?

I get my coriander root on Kingsway at Dong Thanh. I think a package was $1. It really does make a difference in the flavor.

Jan 14, 2013
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Veteran Nigiri Sushi Level

I think the reason why you feel the thread was derailed was because there really isn't a place that might attain that "veteran" level you describe here in Vancouver. Ajisai and Dan are probably my top choices (while lamenting the late Sushi Kimura), followed by Toshi, Shiro, Miko and the various other spots mentioned on the first thread you mention. Based on reviews of people I trust, I imagine Sushi Hachi in Richmond would be up there with Dan and Ajisai.

However, I would say that the whole mayo thing is a little over emphasized. Yes, there is a lot out there, but it's not as prevalent as it's made out to be. I've never ever seen nigiri made with mayo. If you have seen it done, I am terribly sorry, but even the sketchier places know what nigiri is.

Dec 12, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Meat On A Stick

I got caught by the HK BBQ Master Wednesday closing last week. You can always skip across No. 3 Road to Parker Place BBQ, a worthy rival (though no seating).

Nov 28, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The best thing I had today

Was downtown at Chapters drooling over various food books and decided to walk down Robson to Jinya for some ramen. Had the black garlic tonkotsu ramen and was very impressed. Pretty incredible flavor and in my mind, preferable to the toroniku at Santouka in terms of top ramen bowls in the city. Especially when the price difference is considered ($10.75 for the Jinya black ramen, $16 for the toroniku at Santouka).

Nov 19, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seen any nice quinces in Vancouver and area?

Como Market at Hastings and Nanaimo had them yesterday for $1.19/lb.

Nov 12, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seen any nice quinces in Vancouver and area?

A colleague just got about 10 pounds from a guy who had a tree and advertised free quince on craigslist. Processed them today! Some were a little gnarly, but most are quite nice.

Nov 11, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Dog-friendly coffee shops in East Van?

Vancouver Coastal Health regulations prohibit animals (with the exception of service dogs) from being inside any food establishment as well as their patios. There can be some pretty big consequences for a business if they allow dogs.

Oct 31, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Noodle Box unconcerned of allergies [moved from B.C. (inc. Vancouver) board]

No, if he has a potentially lethal seafood allergy, regardless of whether or not he is ordering a dish with seafood potentially in it, he should be declaring that allergy. Southeast Asian food is loaded with fish sauce, shrimp paste and other things that could trigger a reaction. Let alone. The potential for cross contamination with an allergen. Sorry, he needs to be explicit.

Oct 24, 2012
peter.v in Not About Food

Party of <25 downtown - where to go?

They won't do groups of more than 10.

Oct 14, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

anyone know where to get Guanciale ?

Lots of porky treats and it's better than it's ever been. The Guanciale is delicious and is used properly in the carbonara at Roma. I'm a huge fan of the saucisson sec and bresaola as well.

Sep 26, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

anyone know where to get Guanciale ?

Moccia has regular supply of Guanciale. I prefer it to Oyama's as it's heavier spiced and you don't have to skin it. About double the price of Oyama's.

Sep 25, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Fresh Hopped Brews - Sightings?

Fresh hopped beers are actually a rarity. A fresh hopped beer is one made with hops that are not dried. Driftwood, for example, harvests the hops off of the vines at the end of the summer and trucks them as soon as possible to Victoria to get them into their Sartori harvest ale. You get a different set of resins and flavors from the fresh hops versus the traditionally used dried hops. The casks are often dry hopped, which means that hops were added to the beer post-boil, resulting in a strong hops aroma in the final beer.

Sep 22, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Location in Downtown Vancouver for Stand Up Mix n Mingle

Yeah, our arcane liquor laws can be a pain.

Sep 06, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Location in Downtown Vancouver for Stand Up Mix n Mingle

12 is a tough number. You're not enough for a buyout (nor would the event command such a budget I imagine) and BC liquor laws technically prohibit standing with a drink unless specific licenses or permits are in place (eg. liquor primary establishments or a private room/special occasion license).Perhaps some of the smaller private dining rooms? Maybe Salt's cellar room?

Sep 05, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

just back from Oregon ...

Ugh, yeah, there are a bunch of shuttered breweries on that list. Better to go to the beerfly section on BeerAdvocate and search for BC breweries. Including some pretty small operations, there are still over 50. Probably about 56ish.

Aug 31, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

just back from Oregon ...

BC is doing quite well for breweries I would think. Especially when you consider that it is virtually impossible to open a brewpub in Vancouver. If it were easier to brew your own beer for a brewpub here it would be a much more vibrant scene.

Adding to my list:
Spinnaker's
Dockside
Steamworks
Cannery

EDIT: Here's a list at http://www.bcbeer.ca/brewery.aspx - It's over 50, though some of the breweries listed are closed.

Aug 31, 2012
peter.v in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)