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  1. A gorgeous omelet indeed! I find it odd that none of the other breakfast regulars have piped up with their admiration... perhaps they're all just stunned. Your omelet is a thing of beauty... keep up the good work!
  2. There may be some interesting aboriginal food offerings up in Whistler... check out this link from the Georgia Straight. Of particular interest may be the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre and also what the Four Seasons is doing at their bistro, Fifty Two 80.
  3. While not a tasting menu per se and not featuring rabbit.... I was at a dinner this past weekend that included: OCTOBER 18 DINNER MENU MIXED OLIVES WARMED GOAT BRIE WITH PESTO CHICKEN LIVER CROSTINI MUSHROOM PATE PRAWNS IN COCONUT MASALA - from vij’s cookbook CHICKEN SATAY BITES MOROCCAN LAMB STEW - with dates and apricots COUSCOUS BIB LETTUCE AND ENDIVE WITH VINAIGRETTE STILTON CHEESECAKE WITH RHUBARB COMPOTE The chicken liver crostini was outstanding.... perhaps this would work with rabbit livers Mushroom pate also offered an assortment of mushrooms in which you could incorporate your oyster mushrooms... These were are wine pairings (sparklings with the appetizer bites, reds with the main course and the Moscato with dessert) 1. Veuve du Vernay french brut sparkling wine 2. Moet & Chandon french brut imperial champagne 3. Yarrabank cuvee 2001 Devaux Yering australian sparkling wine 4. Dominio de Ugarte spanich Rioja Reserva 2003 5. Les Alcusses 2005 spanish red wine 6. Gianpiero Marrone 2007 Sole d'Oro Moscato d'Asti italian sparkling wine Edit to add: now that I've looked at your previous dinner I see that I am way, way of course with my suggestions..... l look forward to seeing what you come up with :-)
  4. Very neighbourly of you, OG! I'd probably want to diss Araxi too if I worked at the restaurant that often played second fiddle to it. ← OG has been nothing but up front about where he works and he has lived and worked in Whistler for a long time. I’d say that qualifies him to make fair comment on what places are preferable to eat at. Not to mention his extremely generous offer to Sobaicecream of the first dozen oysters being on him… not something everyone would do and something he has done before. Pretty damn hospitable and generous imnsho. So why diss him? What's up with that?
  5. I think I have that exact same toaster, those bagels look suspiciously like ones from Solly's, and I think you can buy most of those ingredients in North America... but heck, what do I know. Snowangel says a long flight.... but, from where?
  6. Not exactly personal chef services but perhaps something like this might fit the bill…. Oops... I linked through without reviewing their website.... they used to do private meals... doesn't look like they do so anymore. Sorry!
  7. Wow... that looks delicious! And, upon perusing the site the menu at Rare looks pretty damn fine as well. In fact, I think they are the two most interesting menus of the bunch...
  8. Not sure where Owen bought his but you can find one here ... they are cheap and have multiple uses.... Loving this blog btw... you both have a real knack for evoking a sense of place.
  9. The company mentioned in the NS Outlook article is Tarragon Foods, owned by Andrea Gray-Grant (of North Van, not West Van). ← and low and behold, you can buy these pickles right down on GI at Edible British Columbia Personally, I'm a fan of Big Don's pickles from the farmer's markets.
  10. I've purchased the Luxardo Brand at Qzina in Toronto. There is a Qzina in Vancouver, so I suspect you could purchase it there too. ← well.. a wee google search turns up this: http://www.bcliquorstores.com/en/products/397950 but if you truly can't find what you are looking for give me a call.. I have the fancy pants stuff and I’ll never use it all no matter how many black forest cakes I bake (not many)
  11. I meant unsweetened cocoa mix. TIA ← Saw this at Choices yesterday. It's not cheap mind you ($14.99 / can) but it may be worth a try.
  12. And just what kind of grass are you talking about....LOL ← I've fortunately weaned myself off the Saltspring Vineyards wines long ago. All that hemp culture on the island really permeates the vines. I have no tolerance for the regional/seasonal hippy-shack, green-grass taste. I prefer tobacco any day. Memo - when vacationing in Cuba, my bottom line is a tan mark ← Garry Oaks Vineyard has a blurb about Salt Spring's terroir here. Strangely enough, no mention of hemp.
  13. Never heard of one.. perhaps there is an untapped market for you...........
  14. Interesting... I have heard good things about their chocolates.. but.. I have to say the batch of truffles I picked up at Edible BC on Granville Island were less than stellar. Not sure if this was a bad batch, or just something I was not used to. Very strange texture, hard on the outside and somewhat marshmallowy in the middle. Ultimately, the texture seemed artificial and was not pleasing. Perhaps, just not to my taste, but at $27 a box, I'd think long and hard about buying them again. On another note, a friend of mine swears by their chocolate bars..... perhaps that is the better bet.
  15. As someone who attended this special evening, I can tell you that the spirit of generosity is alive and well in Vancouver. What a fantastic evening. Huge props to all those who worked tirelessly to make this evening possible. The food was fantastic and for all those who are curious, here is the menu: Champagne and canapés Cauliflower & truffle shooter Pumpkin ravioli * beurre noisette emulsion * amarettini-sage crumble Fennel risotto * neon squid * malt-cured oak-smoked bacon Duck soup * black beluga lentils * evergreen organic autumn vegetables Butter-sautéed sablefish * tarragon * chanterelle & porcini mushrooms * apple puree Blue Goose organic beef tenderloin * Dungeness mashed potatoes * red wine reduction Okanagan apples five ways (gala, ambrosia, granny smith) Local cheeses & charcuterie ********** What a night! Goes to show what a small group of people with big hearts can do to help another.
  16. Obviously... it sucks... Any other point you were trying to make?
  17. Lori, I have very much enjoyed your blog.... it has been extremely fascinating to get a glimpse of your daily life. You have described your days so eloquently. I have one quick question.... what is going on, on the wall behind everyone at your dinner table? It looks like a chart of some kind and I am most curious to know what it represents.
  18. There's a new fusion restaurant opening up (or perhaps it's open... I couldn't tell from across the street) on West Broadway at MacKenzie. It is right beside what I think is the 2nd Cupcakes location (if they are the very bright pink place. ) Name begins with an "S", alas I can't recall the rest of the letters more precisely. It's in the spot that housed Ted's Place many moons ago IIRC. A bit of a dubious spot... will be interesting to see how it pans out. Hopefully well. On another note, I walked by Karv (resto that has taken over the old Adesso location at 1st and Yew) this afternoon and the menu looks quite imaginative and is reasonably priced. Poked my head inside to check out the renos and the decor is a tad on the dark side... but I'm guessing that they are going for a "nightclub" feel. A couple of guys were on the patio having burgers so I asked them how the food was and they said "great". We had a brief conversation about the fact that it was a tricky location and they said they thought that this concept would do well. Time will tell I suppose.
  19. Happy Belated Birthday and Happy QueensDay! I am really enjoying your blog! You certainly give us all a bird’s eye view into what it might be like to live in your part of the world. And I, for one, am jealous! Also... have to agree with Jack(al)…where are the hopjes (in case that means something besides delicious coffee flavoured candies…. I am referring to the candies)
  20. Paper on the windows of Soupspoons... or whatever the heck it was called... on West 4th opposite Capers. I meant to cross the street and read the notice on the windows but got caught up in a conversation with my favorite alternative newspaper seller. 'Tis it true that the rumors are correct and "Fish Cafe' will be opening there soon? About time something interesting happened in the 'hood.
  21. As far as I can tell, nothing has been posted about Banff for a looooong time. However, you may wish to peruse the following: Banff restaurants, cheap and cheerful in the mountains Upon reviewing the above thread... I see that I already made linkys to most of the previous Banff commentary. Don't think there's been anything much since. However, perhaps someone new will chime in. Bon Chance
  22. Ding, Ding, Ding.. Houston we have a winner Loving: La Frenz Viognier Joie Noble Blend Laughing Stock Portfolio
  23. the Living Room Bistro ... heard that changes are in the works...... anyone have the low down?
  24. Indeed it does. I was a little confused what they were when I first saw their booth. I thought initially they were a recruiting agency or an investment advice group. When they are available, you can find a listing here While Burrowing Owl would like you to purchase on-line there are a few wine shops in town that do carry there wines. Broadway International Wine Shop, Marquis Cellars, Kitsilano Wine Cellar, amongst others. They may not have all wines available but they do have some. As to Nichol... same thing applies, if you are in town, check the small wine merchants. If not, get a few people together and order on line.
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