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  1. Thank you, Canteen it is. That was my initial first choice anyway. I was considering Gitane for my late night endeavour and I did look at nopa. Any feedback on Gitane? I would like to avoid the whole cab thing if possible.
  2. I will be in San Francisco, staying in the Union Square/Market Street area and was looking for a really fabulous place for lunch AND a great late late night eats. I am on foot, with a very tight schedule (have an appt at 1pm) for lunch. I love to try new and interesting things, but mostly I want to see fresh ingredients prepared beautifully and with imagination. Would love any suggestions. So far, I am considering One Market and Canteen for lunch. Thanks in advance. Linda
  3. The menu for LCS is amazing. I will try to fit the restaurant in somehow....
  4. Thank you both for your comments. Nickloman, I am checking out all the recommendations on your list to see if I can work them into our route. CalumC, thank you for the travel tip. Anything that makes navigating the area easier is much appreciated. Also, if there is nothing truly good in Bromsgrove, it probably won't matter that much as jet lag will no doubt be kicking in...
  5. I am heading to England in April for a canal holiday and am hoping to get some culinary recommendations. The route we are taking is known as The Avon Ring and my major stopping points are Bromsgrove, Stratford (2 nights), Evesham, Tewksbury and Worcester. We also have one night in London and are staying in the area of Grosvenor Square/Hyde Park. Any suggestions for good places to eat in the cities and towns along our route? I am an adventurous eater and a professional cook, but I am not rich, so budget breakers are out of the question. In London, I was eyeing up Hereford Road as a possibility. Good choice? Or are there better to be had in the area I am staying in? Any and all help would be appreciated. This is not my first trip to England (In fact, I lived in York for four years a couple decades ago) but it is the first time I want to go with a culinary focus. I have done some reading through the last year on this boards, but instead of answering questions, I find myself even more confused about where to eat... Cheers and thanks in advance! Linda
  6. Not sure about victoria, but I know that Les Amis de Fromage carries a few Irish Cheeses. Also, there is a butcher in N.Van has some British food products (maybe some Irish thrown in there.) Any particular cheese you are looking for?
  7. Thank you for the resounding reccomendations! If we go, I will be sure to report...
  8. I had a look at the menu, looks great. I suspect it is a little close to where my parents are located. Is Van Isle near where the Blue Peter and Jespersen's Boats are located??
  9. Thanks Ducky... by right at the end, do you mean past theroad that leads to Port Sidney? Its been awhile since I was in Sidney last, so I can't really picture exactly where you are talking about.
  10. Question for those who may be in the know ~ is there somewhere good to dine out in Sidney by the Sea? We are heading to the island for a familial visit, but would love to get in a nice night for the two of us. We are staying at the Cedarwood, right near the anacortes ferry, and would like to go somewhere within a ten minute driving radius. Any suggestions? Thank You!
  11. I picked some up at opus or Loomis Art Supply stores. Cheap too.
  12. How depressing. Someone brought the paper to my desk this morning. That was the first I heard of it. He also pointed out the great shot of the Wonder Bread bag on the counter, unscathed by the fire.....
  13. I had a (very sweet and dear) friend go for me this morning. She was there around 8, said she had to fight off the hordes, and was able to score me a basket of sungolds and a handful of tomatoes ~ shortly to be sliced, placed between two slices of toasted home-made rosemary garlic bread along with some thinly sliced crispy golden smoked bacon from oyama and savoured...
  14. I was just interrogating someone this weekend about him. Too bad I have class from 8-1 on Thursdays....
  15. I think maybe half the students are like that. The other half are regular people like me who have scrimped and saved and gone into massive debt so that they can go to school. Unfortunately, I do see a mindset from some students that they are better than everyone else (to the point where they don't think its necessary to wash their own dishes~pet peeve of mine). The takeover by AI is still in the early stages and I think it has not been an easy transition. I was informed a mere two weeks before I started that the course I had signed up for had completely changed and I very nearly bolted then.
  16. I will officially out myself as a culinary student at Dubrulle. I hope to God I am not an elitist snob, but I can understand why some students turn out like that... Still too early in the game to say if I am getting my($$$) money's worth.
  17. bumping up the thread for ease of discovery and to see if anyone else has any thoughts on historical Vancouver restaurants. Not being a native, I know very little about the evolution of our restaurant scene. And I am particularily curious about what happened in 1910... ETA nevermind. through the use of google, I answered my own question. In 1910, the provincial government severely restricted the availability of alcohol.
  18. Kayaksoup

    Preserving Summer

    I made a Strawberry, Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean jam two weeks back based on one of Christine Ferber's recipes. I am going to try some Rhubarb and Ginger this weekend. Last weekend I made and preserved Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce. \ Its that time of year again. I love preserving...
  19. I have been trying to curb the spending lately as school is sucking great amounts of cash from my bank account, so its been a while since I have had enough restaurants to post to this thread. Last Friday Night, Cipriano's again, for The Feast. Saturday Morning (the Morning after the night before), Helen's Grill for the ultimate hangover breakfast. Wednesday, after school lunch at Café S'il vous Plait downtown. I had a chicken, orange and ginger sandwhich. Great flavour, simple, cheap food! One of my co-diners had an avacado and banana sandwhich! Which didn't taste as scary as it sounds.
  20. I understand there is a certain genius to it, but I personally would never pay money for that experience. I don't think I could see it catching on in Vancouver.
  21. Interesting list. Some surprises there for me. Is the problem with oysters their mercury levels or their potential to be endangered? Because I am seriously addicted to oysters. As for the ignorance of people - someone told that we were trying to move away from Red snapper because it was a potentially endangered fish "Oh my god, I better eat as much as I can while it is still around." ??!! Sometimes, people amaze me.
  22. The herb guy at Granville Island moves around the market, so he won't always be in that location. I buy my herbs from him because I am perpetually tempted. I have marjoram, rosemary (7), sage, oregano, thyme (4), bay (2), and mint. last year I tried tarragon and cilantro, but they don't like my shady patio. And sorrel was out of control - I couldn't use it up fast enough.
  23. eggplant marinated in red wine vinegar and garlic, wrapped around goat cheese.
  24. I love reading what people are inspired to make from GI market. I must admit that I cook almost exclusively from the market - convenient location and all. Tonight was pasta with fresh tomatoes and fresh broccoli after a marinated eggplant and goat cheese starter.
  25. I have been accused of overtipping, in particular by my mother, a former waitress. I can't help it, I just want to show my appreciation for the fact that these people have to put up with a whole lot of crap from the general public. FWIW, I work counter food service and have been working in service related jobs for the last ten years.
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