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    Rib Trouble...

    i would also vote for wrapping in foil at the end of the smoking. usually i just lay them on tin foil, spray with apple juice to keep them moist, and wrap them up for an hour to two hours after smoking for three or four. then unwrap and baste with sauce. it will make your ribs incredibly moist and tender. if you don't like them literally falling off the bone, wrap them for less time.
  2. Straight from the horse's mouth, here is the scoop from the Provincial Regulations to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act: Consumption of liquor in licensed establishments 42 (1) A person must not consume liquor in a licensed establishment unless that liquor has been purchased from or served by the licensee of that licensed establishment. (2) A licensee must not allow consumption in the licensed establishment of liquor that was not purchased from or served by the licensee. (3) A licensee, and the employees of the licensee, must not consume liquor while working in the licensed establishment. (4) All liquor sold or served in a licensed establishment must be consumed there, and the licensee must not allow liquor, other than the following, to be taken from the licensed establishment: (a) a bottle of wine that is unfinished by a patron and sealed by the licensee before being taken by that patron from the licensed establishment; (b) liquor that is sold for consumption off premises in accordance with the Act, this regulation and the terms and conditions of the licence. ....
  3. Aurora is worth the short drive from downtown for those little spiced donuts they have on the brunch menu. And there is a great secondhand bookstore next door. Little donuts plus coffee plus bookstore = nice way to wile away a few hours.
  4. joe louis: processed choco-treat named after a boxer. similar to the wagonwheel. remember those?
  5. I ate lunch at Go Fish yesterday too. While we waited for our food I hung out in the shade by the side window with the two dogs and watched the kitchen staff do their thing. It is fascinating to watch a busy kitchen at work. I had an a very good tuna sandwich with some kind of spicy wasabi mayo or something like that. I ate it too fast to figure out exactly what was in it. The halibut that we got with the chips was a nice big piece, very fresh. The dogs liked it too.
  6. I have never grilled a hanger steak, but here is a good all-purpose steak marinade. It is simple, easy and tastes good. pat dry mustard over both sides of the steak. sprinkle a little worcestershire sauce and the juice of a lime over both sides. marinate half hour. salt and pepper to taste, then grill the hanger steak experts may have some advice on this, but I think this cut should be lightly grilled to rare or medium rare (i.e. 4 or 5 minutes a side) - i think overcooking makes it taste kind of livery. but i would defer to the experts if they have a different opinion.
  7. What about the fine sandwiches at Duffin's Donuts at Main and 33rd? Those tasty little guys deserve their own thread. They call them tortas, which are apparently Mexican, but the proprietors are from Cambodia. Some of the sandwiches are basically bahn mi (such as the "viet-chicken", aka #10), they also have a very tasty one with pork and sliced avocado. Three bucks and change. Maybe I will start a thread: "Luncheon at Duffin's: The Appreciation Thread". Review a different sandwich every day. They also serve bubble tea, fried chicken and some of the nicest donuts I have met. I haven't even had the coffee but it probably kicks ass because the clientele looks like they clearly know their way around a good cup of coffee. It is the kind of place where undercover cops hang out and union guys plot ways to stick it to the management. A donut shop run by a Cambodian family selling Mexican sandwiches and bubble tea. A true Vancouver moment. Douglas Coupland should write a coffee table book about this place.
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    Crab Cakes

    need some advice for upcoming dinner party. I have a very good crab cake recipe, but am wondering how best to serve them. any ideas on presentation? with aioli? mixed greens? something else? any advice from crabcake afficionados would be greatly appreciated.
  9. rangoli and vij's are great rooms. i think the designer's name is bricault. If I won a lottery i would hire him to do a extreme makeover of my house. Has he designed any other restaurants?
  10. Here is the report on a pilgrimage to Sooke Harbour House last weekend. We signed up for the multi-course "gastronomic adventure" menu, but never actually saw a "menu" - it apparently changes every day. The kitchen just kept sending out course after course of creative, fresh and interesting food until we stumbled out into the night 3 hours later. Fresh? The kitchen staff were harvesting greens and herbs for dinner from the garden outside the hotel just as we were arriving. Almost every course included foods that I have never eaten before, or never seen prepared that way. Gooseneck barnacles in lobster broth with seaweed oil. Hemp-crusted rockfish. A terrine of morel mushrooms, figs and possibly goat cheese. The creativity takes you back to first principles of eating. What does a sorbet made of beets on top of a white bean salad taste like? It may not work for everyone, but the inspiration and aspirations were always fascinating. These courses kept coming, one after the other, ending with a plate of Cowichan and Salt Spring Cheeses and a strawberry mousse dessert. Our very suave server even invited us to carry off our half-finished, open bottle of wine back to the room. Stumbling down the hall of a 5-star hotel with an open bottle is class all the way. In a federline-britney kind of way. We drank Kettle Valley King Merlot back in the room. Wasn't it once the accepted wisdom that B.C. produced nice white wine but mediocre reds? That sentiment has hopefully been filed away in a drawer along with voodoo economics and curing medical problems by swinging dead cats. This was a very good wine. Slept in and woke up to croissants, fruit and an omelette stuffed with apples and herbs. As if this was not enough, they gave us a picnic lunch to take with us when we checked out. the total price tag, including room and incidentals, may have come close to the cost of my first car ('68 dodge dart), but we were heavily subsidized by gift certificate and the restaurant itself is not any more expensive than some of the tasting menus around Vancouver. And some things are worth more than money.
  11. There was a french bakery on Broadway near Oak called Champs Elysees. I don't know if it is still there. Hardcore French bakery, I think they fly their dough in from Paris. The kind of place that hangs Jerry Lewis pictures on the wall. But good croissants.
  12. Au Petit Cafe on main and 33rd is a wonderful place. Banh mi loaded up with chilis and cilantro with a bowl of house pho is great comfort food. What's more, the gentleman who works the counter is a very good guy. I ordered take out lunch there recently and when it came time to pay i had some trouble finding enough cash - and they don't take credit cards or bank cards. He immediately offered to give me the lunch and said I could pay the next time I came in! I eventually found a twenty and problem solved, but kindness and character like that is very rare. If you go, its best to get there early as the banh mi usually sells out midway through the day. it would be great to see a place like this in the downtown core for lunch.
  13. discression trailing closely behind spelling and use of smilies.
  14. what are the problems/risks with storing wine without temp control? i've got some very nice brunellos that have been sitting in my closet for a couple of years. must keep them from harm.
  15. i read that they get a lot of their produce from an organic farm called Hazelmere. I think it is in Surrey, not sure of the address, apparently they are sometimes open to the public.
  16. choices (18th and cambie), capers (soon to open at 16th and cambie), and whole foods all within a 9 block radius. hmmmm. what ever happened to the thrill of the hunt? like actually going to a true italian deli for italian sausages? getting fruit and vegetables straight from the people who grow them at the farmers market at trout lake? driving up and down Kingsway looking for ghee and garam masala at the Indian supermarkets? To paraphrase the immortal chuck D: if I ever pay $15 at one of those supertrendymarkets for a bottle of olive oil that you can get on Commercial Drive for 9 bucks, you can slap me right here.
  17. are there any pub staff with any opinions on this? maybe the same old menu is just the path of least resistance. i know that pubs are supposed to be casual and down to earth, but does this mean that the people who go to pubs don't want creative food? in the u.k. they have gastro-pubs where you get the full pub vibe but also get an interesting menu. is this an idea that could work here?
  18. We were lucky enough to hit Lark the last time we were in seattle. it was a fantastic place, and i don't think we have any place quite like it in vancouver. the menu seemed to focus on regional foods (i especially remember the artisanal cheeses) in small, tapas-like servings so that you can try many different tastes - but not a tasting menu. very sophisticated food and room but still very casual and not too trendy. it was about letting the food have the glory - no see through restrooms, v.i.p. tables or palm piloted waitstaff. apart from a regrettable debate at our table over whether britney spears is "hot" or "not", we had a great evening. i think the closest thing to Lark in town would be aurora bistro on main street near broadway ave. as a bonus, it is a great neighbourhood with a great used book store (pulp fiction right next door) and coffee shop (soma).
  19. one solid reason to go: the b.c. provincial barbecue competition is in full effect on sunday afternoon at Eat Vancouver. about 20 teams will be barbecuing senseless amounts of brisket, pork shoulder, ribs and chicken. the judging takes place in the early afternoon. after the judges get theirs, i think the public can get in on the action by buying tickets to exchange for samples, with proceeds going to charity. it is happening outside B.C. Place on Terry Fox Plaza, so you probably don't even need to pay the $12 entrance fee if you don't want to go inside.
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